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Voting ends TODAY for the Hasbro Kindle Worlds Fan Vote

Today is the big day…that’s right, only a week for the Hasbro Pulse Kindle Worlds Fan Vote, and the last day of voting is TODAY.

Please, if you haven’t yet, take just a few moments out of your busy day and familiarize yourself with the four Kindle Worlds characters on the Hasbro Pulse website.

Then please consider placing a vote for my character Whisper. I spent a lot of time developing her backstory and hope to be able to use her as a catalyst for a new Dio-Story and new Kindle Worlds adventures! As with the other authors, it would be a dream come true for my character to be immortalized in Hasbro plastic and sold in an official G.I. Joe package.

You can vote here.

Thanks very much for all of your support over the past week, this has been a wonderful experience!

Best of luck to the other creators.


Who is Whisper, and where does she fit in the G.I. Joe world?

As the deadline for the Hasbro Pulse fan vote nears (tomorrow, November 9th) the question remains…which of these four characters will get the green light, and where do they fit in the G.I. Joe mythology.  The other three writers have done a great job jiving their creators with an overall timeline, but as I look towards the future, in the event that Whisper actually wins, I want to plan not just where she’s been, but where she will be going.

For anyone who follows my dio-stories, you know that “universe” more or less wrapped up this past year with Darkness Falls.  If Whisper wins the Fan Vote, I have already developed a follow up that Darkness Falls Dio-Story that I will be excited to launch!

The following contains spoilers to Darkness Falls, so if you haven’t read that yet, you may want to before continuing…

“Rescued” by COBRA from a South American fishing village after the entire village was massacred (see Marvel’s G.I. Joe #1), Whisper was brought in and raised by COBRA Commander as his own personal assassin.  Trained by the elite of COBRA operatives, Whisper learned martial arts, silenced weapons, sabotage, covert operations, and disguise by some of the most talented masters in the world.  Then employed those skills in sinister fashion for COBRA (as seen in The Price of Peace trilogy).

Time has passed…

The decades long battle between G.I. Joe and Cobra has more or less ended.  Casualties on both sides.  COBRA Commander as we know him is dead, as are Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow.  Scarlett has retreated to the cabin in the Sierra Nevadas to raise her son Tommy and the world feels a little bit safer.

But the battle is not over.  Whisper has returned, and has returned to find her father dead and her support system decimated.  With only her blinding hate of G.I. Joe to guide and feed her, Whisper prepares for a massive campaign of revenge on former G.I. Joe leadership.  Meanwhile, the remnants of the COBRA organization have come together to form The Coil, a sinister underground devoted to furthering the COBRA cause.  But they may hit some resistance as a new and improved COBRA Commander comes on the scene…

I plan to use Whisper to kick start a new generation of G.I. Joe, focusing pretty strongly on the Pursuit of COBRA aesthetic.  While my old dio-story used a lot of those figures, this new universe will take that concept and run with it.

So, please consider voting for Whisper, and we can all experience this fun new world together!  You could also expect to see her show back up in my Kindle Worlds work as well.

Meanwhile, definitely check out all of the other creators behind their own Hasbro Fan Vote creations as well.  Lots of good stuff there.


Kindle Worlds Fan Vote – Who are these people?

As I run around stumping for Whisper in the Kindle Worlds fan vote, I see my bud Fred from JoeBattleLines point something out…and I feel pretty stupid for not being on top of it yesterday when the vote was announced.

Yes, I want everyone to vote for my character. Of course I do. Who wouldn’t want a G.I. Joe figure based off of someone they created? But more importantly, the great thing about this fan vote is that no matter who wins, there will be a NEW character in the G.I. Joe mythology, which is something that doesn’t happen often. So who are these characters?

You can obviously go to the Hasbro Pulse site and read all of their bio’s, but those only scratch the surface. If you really want to know who they are, you need to read the books, plain and simple.

Jim Beard
Character: Adventure Team Marcus
Book: Mystery of the Sunken Tomb


Bill Nedrow
Character: Stilleto
Book: G.I. Joe: Body Count


Troy Osgood
Character: Blackjack
Book: G.I. Joe: Brainstorm


Justin Bell
Character: Whisper
Books: The Price of Peace: Snakebite


Keep in mind that each author put a piece of themselves into these new characters, and you should all do yourselves a favor and figure out who these characters are.

Then you can vote Whisper. 😀

Hasbro Pulse Kindle Worlds Fan Vote is LIVE!

The time has come G.I. Joe fans, but time is short!  For ONE WEEK ONLY you can sign up at Hasbro Pulse and vote for your favorite Kindle Worlds character to be made into an actual Hasbro produced G.I. Joe action figure!


Four great new characters have been created by some talented Kindle Worlds authors and this is your chance to tell Hasbro which one you want made.


Jim Beard, Troy Osgood, Bill Nedrow and yours truly have all submitted characters to the contest, and all of us are excited for the chance for our characters to debut in action figure form.  No matter who wins, the fans will be the ultimate victor.

But only if you VOTE WHISPER.

In all seriousness, I’ve talked to each one of these other authors, and we’ve all put in some hard work developing cool characters in fun stories that hopefully G.I. Joe fans love.  I’ll be pulling for everyone.

Psst…  vote Whisper.

Check out the awesome Robert Atkins artwork below and check out all of the character filecards and art at the Hasbro Pulse website.

Best of luck to everyone!

But only if they vote Whisper.

As an added bonus – By the way, for anyone who might consider this an incentive…  I have written a very special edition follow up Dio-Story designed to take place after the events in Darkness Falls!

This special dio-story will be a direct continuation from Darkness Falls and will feature Whisper herself!  If the figure gets chosen by the Fan Vote, you can look forward to seeing that exciting Dio-Story here on!

Thank you all!

The Full Force Podcast interviews yours truly, plus some actually interesting guests, too…

When good friend Chris asked if I wanted to go on the Full Force podcast to discuss my latest non-G.I. Joe novel, The Fog of Dreams, I was pretty ecstatic.  For all of the work I put into developing the book, I’ve found precious few chances to talk about it, and it was an absolute blast.

I talked about the writing process, character building, and of course couldn’t help but dip into the G.I. Joe universe and also speak about my Kindle Worlds projects.  Thankfully, this episode of The Full Force actually has some credible people on as well, as they speak with Paddy Lennon and Brian Hickey of Total Retaliation fame, as well as caster/customizer extraordinaire RagingSpoon and Nichole.

It’s an action packed episode, so join Chris, Dave Tree, and Eddie Inman for a fantastic packed episode.  Then after you listen, please consider hopping over to and picking up The Fog of Dreams so you can see what the talk is all about.  It’s only $2.99 for Amazon Kindle and has a lot of appeal for G.I. Joe fans.

Take it away Full Force!

Hasbro NYCC Party reveals Kindle Worlds Fan Vote Artwork

If folks remember, back at JoeCon in April, Hasbro announced that they would be producing a new figure next year based on a character from one of the Kindle Worlds novels that are on  This obviously excited me quite a bit, since I have a few of those novels posted myself.

Well, tonight at the New York ComicCon ‘Twas the Night Before party, Hasbro revealed fantastic artwork of four of these characters who will be included in a “Fan Vote” to decide which character gets the new figure next year!

This is very exciting news for me personally…as a diehard action figure fan and G.I. Joe collector for 30+ years, the possibility of a character I created getting made into an actual G.I. Joe figure has me almost giddy.  It’s a fantastic feeling!  The artwork Hasbro had done to represent my character (Whisper) is spectacular.

That being said, all four characters are new characters, which is very cool, and while I have my own skin in the game, it will be great to get a new character on the G.I. Joe or Cobra roster regardless of who created them.

Check out the images below, and if you need a refresher on Whisper, check out my Price of Peace trilogy on Amazon.  She plays a REALLY big role in that series of novels.

Images are courtesy of Dan from and