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Hunted Fate eBook Available Now!

Hunted Fate, Book Three in the threads of the Moirae is now available.

The paperback is scheduled for release on October 17, 2017. 

Here's the brief synopsis:

"Alex and Atropos have taken refuge at an abandoned mountain resort compound. Atropos is a wanted woman in hiding, and the downtime with her soul mate is a nice change of pace. But the peace will be short-lived. The authorities are after her for her role in the attack on the city of Charlotte. Zeus has put a bounty on her head. There's also a war to prepare for--and if she wins, the gods will be deposed once and for all. But first she needs to track down Gaia, and even that won't be simple. Gaia resides at the bottom of the ocean, and the humans and gods are already hot on Atropos' trail..."

If you haven't had a chance to read the first two books, Broken Fate is a free ebook on Amazon and other major ebook platforms. Avenging Fate is $3.99 for the ebook, and the print version is $10.95.  

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Broken Fate Is Now an Audiobook

The other release this month is Broken Fate as an audiobook

I'm so happy with how this turned out. I've never had an audiobook done before, so I wasn't sure how it would be, having someone else "being" my characters. I was nervous.

But I have to say, the narrator, Tyr Tharsis, did a fantastic job. I think she captured Atropos' snarkiness and vulnerability well. 

Now it's onward and upward as I'm told the other books will also be getting the ebook treatment. (Eventually.)

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The Gates of Hell and Hunted Fate's Cover

If you look at the cover for Hunted Fate, you'll notice the flaming pit behind the water drop. When it was time to design the cover, I told Marya Heidel, the cover designer for Clean Teen Publishing, that I wanted something hellish. A big part of the book takes place in the Underworld, after all, so it seemed fitting.

I showed her some sample images I'd found around the internet. She looked at one of a flaming pit and said, "That's a real place, you know."

I asked where it was. I figured it had to be a volcano in Hawaii, or maybe a lava pool in a national park somewhere.

Nope. Turns out it's in Turkmenistan and there's a whole story behind this place which the locals now call, "The Gates of Hell." Well, with a name like that, the image had to go on the cover, but I wanted to know the story. It's one of humor, colossal stupidity, and turning (however accidentally) something bad into something kind of good. (Well, unless you're a spider. Read on for why the spiders get the short end of this story.) 

In 1971, Soviet petroleum geologists headed into the desert of Turkmenistan to look for oil. I'm sure there were dreams of big money floating in their heads. The scientists found a likely spot and a drilling rig was brought in. Unfortunately, they erected the rig over a huge underground pool of methane gas, not oil. If the story ended here, it wouldn't have been so bad; there's no shame in making a mistake like that, after all. What happened next, though, brings this tale into epic territory.

The Earth's crust wasn't strong enough to support the drilling operation. Oil, gas, didn't matter. No matter what they were drilling for, the whole thing was doomed. When the engineers began drilling and further weakened the surface, everything collapsed, sending the drilling rig into the pit of methane gas. 

Oops.

So now not only is no one getting any oil, they've also lost the rig. Any dreams of making big money were shot to, well, hell, at this point. But worse, now there was a huge open hole leaking methane gas into the air. Methane is deadly if inhaled in large quantities, plus it's highly explosive. Not the kind of thing you want just wafting around.

So what did these geniuses do to dispose of the huge pool of highly explosive gas? They set it on fire. Absolutely brilliant idea. (Not. Do not try this at home. please.)

The thought process behind this stupidity was that the pool of gas would burn itself out rather quickly and everything would go back to normal. Well, it's been burning for over forty years and shows no signs of burning out anytime soon.

Double oops.

The locals call it, "The Gates of Hell," and in the only positive to come out of this whole sorry story, it has become a tourist attraction. People flock to see the flaming hole in the ground. The government occasionally raises the idea of capping the pit, but the Minister of Tourism shoots that down because, frankly, Turkmenistan doesn't have much else to draw in tourists. Nobody's making money from oil in this pit, so might as well make some money somehow, right?

Weirdly, the burning pit also attracts spiders. Lots and lots of spiders. They are drawn to the light and then fling themselves over the edge to be consumed by the flames. While I personally agree that spiders belong in hell (arachnophobia is a thing, people), the idea of mass spider suicide is almost funny in a twisted way.

So that's the story of the Gates of Hell. A drilling operation gone wrong becomes a tourist attraction (and the site of mass spider suicides). And now it's on a book cover. 

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Q&A

Author Q&A

I'm going to include an author Q&A in most of my newsletters. If you want to ask me a question, you can feel free to contact me through my website. Sometimes I may ask another author to answer a question, just to get a different perspective. This month's question is:

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Oy. I just did a quick shuffle through my desk and hard drive and came up with six complete novels and thirteen that were abandoned at various stages. I didn't realize the numbers were quite so large.

Some of them are truly awful. Others aren't so bad and might even be publishable with significant revisions. The problem is, I have so many other, new projects that excite me that it's hard to go back. The abandoned books are likely unsalvageable, simply because they either didn't work or I lost interest. 

That's okay. It's only through trial and error that a writer learns how to write and work. 

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New Release I'm Most Excited About

I'm not usually a fan of movie tie-ins. Most of the time they feel like simple, rushed, blatant cash grabs that don't really extend the story or develop the characters in any way.

Which makes it strange that I'm drooling over the August release of Wonder Woman: Warbringer. 

I loved the movie. (Saw it twice!) This book takes place before the movie, as Diana is still a teenager. She saves and befriends another gifted young woman and they become friends. 

Since it's written by Leigh Bardugo (author of the Grisha trilogy), I'm certain it's going to be fantastic and take the story in all kinds of new directions. 

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Newsletter Exclusive Giveaway

Here's your chance to win an ebook copy of Hunted Fate! I'm giving away two copies.

How to enter:

Simply visit my Facebook page and leave me a message stating that you saw the giveaway in this newsletter. On August 11, I'll assign everyone who messaged me a number and let random.org choose the winners. 

Likes aren't required to win, but they are always appreciated. 

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