Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Language of Worlds July-August 2019 Edition!

I'm really excited about this link-up because I get to squee about the sequel for Red Hood, the book that got me an agent! A lot of stuff is spoiled just in the back cover copy for book two so I'll try to keep this spoiler-free as possible. But basically, Mor has to recover from the events of the previous book and make the treacherous journey home to save her friend from going mad. If you'd like to participate in the link-up, hop on over to Liv's blog!

Friday, August 16, 2019

How Writing Chapter Summaries Can Help With Editing

I first heard about these when I was writing my first book proposal. I had no clue how to do that, so I looked at all of these different publisher requirements and just included them all in my proposal. Apparently, chapter summaries are used for just non-fiction books for proposals, but I've found that writing them can be so handy for fiction writers. We have to juggle so many elements of story it can be overwhelming and writing these has saved me a lot of headache. I tried this method with my last draft and I love it. I'm definitely using it from now on. 

I've written mini versions of these as I write as I've mentioned in another post, but these I've written while editing. The way I outlined my last book was I read every chapter then wrote chapter summaries for each one then I went over them to help create an outline. I want to use these again for the next stage of editing to help me remember elements of my story. I wish I did this with my previous book. Thank God for ctrl+F. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Interview with Gunn (Silver Hood)!

Hello! And thank you for the questions! *turns in Tonight Show desk to Moira who's sitting on a couch* Good afternoon, Doctor Gunn.

Good afternoon. *has ankle crossed on his knee*

Ready to get started?

Yes. This sounded fun from Chalmers' description.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Writing Lessons from Anime: Attack on Titan

This is just becoming Attack on Titan month and I have no shame since I just freaking love this show, guys. I haven't done an AoT Writing Lessons post earlier because I thought I did one, but I didn't so now I am. I've been with this fandom for six years and next fall the final season will release. It's been a long commitment, but so worth it.

Attack on Titan is set in a world where Titans, man-eating giants, have brought humanity to near extinction and what remains of it live behind gigantic walls, but Eren, Mikasa, and Armin dream of a world outside of the walls. When Titans break through one of the walls, Eren and Mikasa's mother is eaten and their father disappears, leaving Eren with a key to a basement that holds the secrets of the Titans. Eren, Mikasa, and Armin join the military to fight the Titans to take back their world for humanity.

Warning Spoilers: Steer clear of point two and four if you're not caught up.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Interview with Gunn (Silver Hood)!

Interview time and this is with Chalmer's older brother Gunn! He's been a stubborn little twit and not wanting to tell me anything about his past, so he needs an interview. Their mom is Snow White so that's pretty cool. 

Gunn is a twenty-something Silver Hood and the eldest of his seven brothers. His father Rem is the leader of the Silver Hoods and his mother is the cultural leader of his people. Gunn is a doctor, apprenticing underneath another doctor to learn his skills. He is closest with his younger brother Chalmers and they work together to invent medical advancements to help patients. Because leaders are elected Gunn isn't obligated to take his Father's position when it's time, but it's a rumor that he'd likely to be elected. Gunn would rather focus on his medical profession. He enjoys helping others heal and that's what he'd like to spend the rest of his life doing.

Leave your questions in the comments or in the form if you'd wish to remain anonymous or if you're having trouble with the comments. He will answer them next Tuesday! Thank you! 

Friday, August 2, 2019

Attack on Titan and Mystery: How to Keep Your Readers Turning Pages (Or Clicking on the Next Episode)

Mystery is not just for mystery stories. Attack on Titan is one of the most popular anime out there running and it's not primarily because it's packed with action, it's because of the questions it makes you ask: Where did the titans come from? Who is Colossal Titan and Female Titan? When is this story taking place? In the future? Is it in our world? What are the intelligent Titans' goals? How will our heroes ever stop these things?

You want to click to the next episode not just to see if characters live or die but to find out all of these mysteries! Season three has finally revealed a number of these answers prefacing the show's final season and this show handled mystery in such an amazing way and it's something you can apply to your stories too to make sure they flip to the next chapter as fast as you can click the next episode on Crunchyroll.

WARNING: Spoilers up to the end of Season 3 of Attack on Titan, but I will redact the big spoilers with a black highlight which you can highlight with your mouse to read. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Monthly Wanderings: July 2019

July was a whirlwind of a month! I went out of town twice, which was tiring but super fun! :D

Friday, July 26, 2019

Realm Makers 2019 Report!

Realm Makers 2019 was very different for me since this was the first conference I've been to in a while where I'm not pitching, but I learned so much about being in this stage of my writing journey and I got advice from some fantastic authors and I got to meet some of you lovely bloggers!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

A Book Review of Game of Lives by James Dashner

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Michael used to live to game, but now, the games are over. The VirtNet has become a world of deadly consequences, and cyber-terrorist Kaine grows stronger by the day. The Mortality Doctrine—Kaine’s master plan—has nearly been realized, and little by little the line separating the virtual from the real is blurring. If Kaine succeeds, it will mean worldwide cyber domination. And it looks like Michael and his friends are the only ones who can put the monster back in the box—if Michael can figure out who his friends really are.

Series: Mortality Doctrine (Book 3)
Genre: YA Science-Fiction
Publisher: Ember; Reprint edition (May 2, 2017)
Page Count: 384 pages

I read the first two books of this series a couple years ago and I’ve been wanting to read this last installment for a while and now I’ve finally gotten to it. Despite the semi-recent controversy with the author, I still want to complete the series. Since this is the last book of the series there’s some spoiler material of the information revealed in the previous books that’s unavoidable to mention.

Friday, July 19, 2019

How to Create Iconic Props

There are so many awesome props out there whether they be weapons, jewelry, or tools. Some props become so iconic that when that prop is nearly synonymous with its title.  Lightsabers = Star Wars. Keyblades = Kingdom Hearts. Sonic Screwdriver = Doctor Who. Some props when you think of it you immediately pair with a character. Sokka loves his boomerang. Gandalf wields his wizard's staff. Harry owns a wand with a phoenix core. Anduril stands out as a special sword among all of the other dozens of swords in fiction. How is that possible? Here are some tips on how to make props that your stories will be remembered for!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A Book Review of the Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

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Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic of his own—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman—and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

Series: Ravenspire (Book 1)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (December 20, 2016)
Page Count: 416 pages

I’ve heard of this book and its author for years, but the fact that C.J. Redwine is coming to Realm Makers prompted me to finally read it and it is such a good book!

Friday, July 12, 2019

The Bestiary Tag

I've created my very first tag! I've wanted to do this for years, but I didn't know what I wanted it to be about. Well, I haven't seen a tag anywhere that talks about amazing mythical beasts, so I thought I'd fill the gap! I didn't use mythical beast for the tag name cause Good Mythical Morning has claimed that but I love mythical creatures and there are so many unusual and creative ones out there! I literally own a bestiary--two of them, so I'm nuts about these!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Interview with Moira (Red Hood)!

Hello! And thank you for the questions! *turns in Tonight Show desk to Moira who's sitting on a couch* Good afternoon, Captainess Moira.

*sitting with her legs crossed, posture straight, face placid * Good afternoon, Victoria.

Are you ready for the interview?


Let's get started!

Friday, July 5, 2019

Writing Lessons from Movies: Ralph Breaks the Internet

Since I’ve loved Wreck-It Ralph so much I’ve really wanted to see the sequel, but I didn’t manage to see it in theaters so I was happy to see it on Netflix. Though I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first film, it had some really sweet and original writing that was very refreshing for a kid’s film.

Ralph Breaks the Internet takes place six years after the previous film and Ralph and Vanellope have been best friends and spending their days together. Though this has been Ralph’s ideal life, Vanellope dreams of something more than the confines of her video game. In an accident, Sugar Rush is damaged Ralph and Vanellope have to search the internet to find a new part to fix her game but during their journeys, Vanellope finds another calling that puts a strain on their friendship.

Warning: Minor spoilers in point two and three. Big spoilers in point four.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Questions for Moira (Red Hood)!

It’s time for another interview and this one is with Mor’s mom! She plays a big roll in the second book Silver Hood so I don’t know why I didn’t think of doing an interview with her sooner! She’ll be in the first book timeline though cause spoilers haha. And again thanks, you guys, for being so interested in my characters and helping me develop them. It’s really encouraging and I hope you can read their stories soon! Here’s a bit about Moira!

Moira is the Supreme Captainess of the Western Red Hood Manor, a position passed to her after her mother the legendary Margo Galbraith retired. She’s Mor’s mother and her husband was Tavish Hier, a soldier who went missing in action about ten years ago. Since then hers and Mor’s relationship has been strained much like Moira’s own relationship with her mother. Moira has been the Supreme Captainess for twelve years and is very respected among her people, if not pressured to be as good of a leader as her mother. She’s been especially close to her good friend since trainee days Bethia Harrower but their relationship has fragmented since Bethia’s mental condition has worsened. Moira has struggled with isolation as she’s pushed those closest to her away as she tries to contain her emotions and handle the strain of her position. 

During the rare times she does get to relax, she enjoys horseback riding in the forest and hunting for pheasants or ptarmigan with her wolfhound. She’s also skilled with axes and pistols like she trained her daughter to be. Though she’s devoted her life to keeping her people safe, she hopes one day to restore her relationship with her daughter but she fears that the wounds are now too deep. 

Leave your questions in the comments or in the form if you'd wish to remain anonymous or if you're having trouble with the comments. They will answer them next Tuesday! Thank you! 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Language of Worlds May-June 2019 Edition!

I'm actually doing a Language of Worlds on time! Yays! If you'd like to join you can hop over onto Liv's blog. Today, I'll be focusing on Bethia from my Red Hood series. She's a Red Hood, so she has the ability to copy the powers of a werewolf, but she's also Locked which means she can't turn off this ability so she's slowly going crazy. O_O

Friday, June 21, 2019

How I Write and Got Into Writing Articles AND Get Paid for It

If you've followed me for a while then you probably know I've written articles for a few magazines and webzines. I mention it on my social media and my monthly wandering posts. I'm not an expert article writer ... person since I don't make a living off of it but I do get a few hundred bucks a year for doing it. If I had more time I could probably get into it more and maybe I will in the future but for now it's a nice little profit. For an aspiring writer every penny counts and I'll be honest, it's really validating to get paid for your writing. It's like "Yay! Hours of working my butt off are actually paying off." XD 

I've written for Splickety Magazine (Now Havok), Area of Effect (Now Mythos and Ink), and I'm currently a monthly contributor for Think Christian. I got my first piece published in a magazine in 2016 and I've been writing essays and short stories since. Though essays are my specialty. Since becoming a monthly contributor at Area of Effect in summer 2016 I've probably brought in over 1,500 bucks. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A Book Review of Daybreak by Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson

When the shotgun-blasted body of a goose hunter is discovered, the police believe they have a list of suspects who may have wanted the victim dead, from his young wife to the caretaker of his property. But then a second body, another hunter, is found with a similar fatal wound. And then a third. As the pattern emerges—all goose hunters, all shot at the break of dawn—Reykjavik policemen Gunnar and Birkir face the terrifying possibility that a serial killer is stalking the idyllic Icelandic countryside.

Gunnar and Birkir set a trap for the one they call “the Gander,” but it quickly becomes a wild goose chase as the murderer plays some tricks of his own. With the clock running out and the discovery of another body all but guaranteed, the cops must determine if there is a thread connecting the victims or if the killings are all part of a twisted game.

Genre: Adult Mystery
Publisher: Amazon Crossing (May 7, 2013)
Page Count: 224 pages

I received this book as a freebie in my grab bag when I attended the Iceland Writers Retreat in April and I was super excited to read my first book by an Icelandic author. But uh... well ... it wasn't my favorite.

Friday, June 14, 2019

How Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Does Fan Fiction Right

I've never been that crazy about fan fiction. Mostly it's wrapped up in retconning points in the plot that people didn't like or shipping two characters that didn't sail in the show/movie/video game. I had a friend who did fanfic of How to Train Your Dragon which included changing all of the characters' names (Like Hiccup to Sven) and I'm like ... why? Which is one reason why I haven't played Shadow of Mordor until last month--the other reason was I didn't have a PS4, but that's beside the point. I could have watched the YouTube gameplay if I really wanted to.

I'm a big fan of Tolkien's works and I did not want to play a game where the canon was shredded and things were retconned. But one of my best friends who watched her husband play it convinced me that it was good, so I bought it last month on sale at GameStop and ... I loved it. Hence the focus of the post. Not much of a plot twist. But I played this game and thought it would totally get Tolkien's approval and should be a model for anyone who wants to write good quality fan fiction that hardcore fans of the source material will really enjoy. 

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor centers around Tallion, a Gondorian ranger, who was killed along with his family in a blood ritual by the Hand of Sauron. But he wakes up alive in Mordor, sharing his body with the spirit of the elf Celebrimbor whose family was killed like Tallion's. Using the wraith-like powers granted to Tallion by Celebrimbor the two seek to thwart Sauron in any way they can and exact revenge on the Black Hand.

Warning: Some spoilers unless you read the Silmarillion then you know most of them already.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Interview with Maeja and Fannar (Silver Hood)!

Hey! Thanks, everyone, for the great questions! *turns in Tonight Show desk to face Maeja and Fannar who are sitting next to each other on a couch*

Hello! *^ ^*

*being cranky and arms crossed*

*nudges him with her elbow* Fannar ...

*mumbles* Hello.

Are you two ready to get started?



Friday, June 7, 2019

Writing Lessons from Movies: A Bug's Life

A Bug's Life takes place in summer, so what better time to talk about this Pixar classic? This is the first Pixar movie I saw in the theaters, so it has so many memories attached to it. To this day it's one of my favorite Pixar movies of all time. 

If for some reason you haven't seen this movie, it's about a colony of ants oppressed by a gang of grasshoppers. Every year the ants gather food for the grasshoppers to "earn their protection." After an ant named Flick accidentally destroys all of the food, he leaves to find bigger bugs to rid the colony of the grasshoppers. 

Warning: Some spoilers in points 4 and 5.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Questions for Maeja and Fannar (Silver Hood)!

On popular request, I'm doing another dual interview! And this is with the two other main halfura from Silver Hood. Meet Maeja (May-yuh) and Fannar! 

She looks like this but with the below blue hair.

Maeja is an eighteen-year-old halfura and Aska's younger sister. The two of them were adopted by Nzelt, Lord of Isriki, at a young age and have been trained to use their matter-manipulating abilities ever since. Though Maeja knows well how to defend herself, she prefers socializing at the rare parties she's allowed to attend and drawing.

When she isn't training or in lessons, she helps Nzelt with sketches. She's drawn many plants, animals, anatomical diagrams, blueprints, and invention plans. Photography has been invented in their world, but it hasn't advanced enough to allow the detail that Maeja can replicate in her drawings. 

Since Nzelt is a very wanted man by their enemy country of Silfurlund, Maeja has to constantly move from place to place with her fellow halfura wards, not allowing Maeja to ever make lasting friends outside of her sister and her three other adopted siblings. Though she tries to stay cheerful that one day, they won't have to be on the move anymore, she wishes more than anything that she could make her own friends and be a normal girl and maybe even find love. 

Fannar is eleven-years-old and has only been Nzelt's ward for two years, so his difficult and treacherous life on the capital city streets is fresh on his mind. Because he is halfura he was abandoned as a baby, but fortunately, saved by an orphanage. When the orphanage was burned down in a fire from a Silfurndian military attack when he was five, he was forced to live on the streets and steal to survive. The few friends he had that managed to escape from the fire with him he lost to the cold Isriki winters. His talent in using his matter-manipulating abilities to break into houses and squat in them kept him alive.

Nzelt since found him squatting in a lavish hotel he stayed in and adopted him, but Fannar has not been able to recover from the horrors he witnessed. He's constantly angry and course and seeks vengeance on the humans who destroyed the orphanage that rendered him homeless and allowed his friends to freeze to death.

I had to search for a ridiculous amount of time to find this picture CAUSE DISNEY'S FROZEN HAS INFILTRATED EVERY SEARCH! I finally got it on Pinterest from "frozen to death hand." Good Lord.

Leave your questions in the comments or in the form if you'd wish to remain anonymous or if you're having trouble with the comments. They will answer them next Tuesday! Thank you! 

Friday, May 31, 2019

Monthly Wanderings: May 2019

What do you think of the new name and logo for these monthly recaps? I thought little Inukshuk needed more spotlight. If you don't know him from Instagram, Little Inukshuk is my little travel buddy I got in Canada. He's made of star marble and nephrite jade. Inukshuks are structures made by Inuit to lead the way in the Canadian tundra. They're a symbol of safe travels, so Little Inukshuk accompanies me on my adventures. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

A Book Review of Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

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Aelin has risked everything to save her people-but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they've gathered to battle Erawan's hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation--and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen-before she is lost to him forever.

Series: Throne of Glass (Book 7)
Genre: NA Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA; 1 edition (October 23, 2018)
Page Count: 987 pages

I've made it to the end! Seven books later and I've reached the climax and it's been a wild ride, but I was so nervous about the fates of all of the characters!

Friday, May 24, 2019

MegaCon/Summer Florida Trip 2019 Report!

I'm still in shock at the epicness that occurred this past weekend. I had such a wonderful time, I checked off so many things off of my bucket list, and I just feel so rejuvenated. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Language of Worlds: Belated March April 2019 Edition

Late again, but I just couldn't miss out on these questions on Liv's Link-up! Today I'm talking about Nzelt who is one of the main villains of the Red Hood series and he's a ... special fellow. He is an Isamaour which is a humanoid being that lives in the north and can manipulate matter at will, though Nzelt is nearly completely black because he's used his abilities too much. I have a full bio and interview centering around him too!

Friday, May 17, 2019

15 Natural Healing Materials to Help Your Ailing Characters

The top medical technology isn't always available to your characters, so how do they survive without aspirin, cough drops, or antibiotics? Humanity has been using natural healing substances for thousands of years and though some entail cat dung and frogs the list I've composed include healing materials that actually do work. So whether your character is in a medieval fantasy setting or stuck in the wilderness with a hospital a thousand miles away, here are some items that can help! I'm focusing on more first aid or illnesses as opposed to beauty treatments, but many of these plants can be used to keep your characters looking fine too!

Disclaimer: I'm not a medical professional, so if you do happen to personally try some of these remedies make sure to do your due research!

Images are not mine

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Interview with Skua (Red Hood)!

Hey! Thanks, everyone, for the great questions! *turns in Tonight Show desk to face Skua who is sitting on the couch next to his big kisafonn*

*scratching his Kisafonn's leg, has an Icelandic accent* Hello.

Ready to get started?


Friday, May 10, 2019

The Marvel Cinematic Universe Tag!

The lovely Christine has made a Marvel tag! And seeing as I'm a huge MCU fan and I'm reeling in the wake of Endgame I have to participate!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Questions for Skua (Red Hood)!

This is the closest picture I could find of
someone who somewhat looks like him.
He is a bit older though,

Here's another character that I need to know more about. Though he's only in the first book he has "cameo" roles in the other two, so I'd like to learn more about him. His name is Skua!

Though Skua looks in his thirties, he is closer to sixty because of his Isamaour longevity and has been a gun for hire for more than half of his life. He has deadly aim with his rifle and swift precision with his ulu knives with dozens of kills to his name and he rides upon a kisafonn, a giant snow leopard, who's as lethal as he is. He has worked for crime lords and even common folk as long as they can pay, but currently, his services are contracted to Lord Nzelt.

Skua isn't his true name, but an alias he's taken to protect his identity and his small family's. The creatures called skuas are fierce arctic birds of prey who often hunt for animals much larger than them for food, thus he took on the title of that strong beast. Skua sends a sum of money to support his hjakona (wife in all but being bonded by matrimony) and twins who live in a small home hidden in the Isriki tundra and visits them a few times a year, but the money is just too good for him to give up his dangerous profession. 

Leave your questions in the comments or in the form if you'd wish to remain anonymous or if you're having trouble with the comments. Skua will answer them next Friday! Thank you! 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Writing Lessons from Movies: Ladyhawke

This is one of my favorite childhood movies. Ladyhawke was always a classic at my house. Though some of the knights' costumes are too clean and the 80s synth thrown into a fantasy setting is cringy, I love the characters, the Italian countryside, Goliath the Horse, and even the visual effects are not bad for 1985. This story is about Philippe Gaston, a thief who becomes the first person to escape from the prison of Aquila which spurs a manhunt. A man named Navarre saves Philippe from capture and Philippe becomes entangled with the mysterious black knight as they try to break the unholy curse that the evil Bishop cast upon Navarre and his beloved Isabeau that keeps the lovers forever apart.

Warning: Some spoilers. Mostly in section two in three.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019

Interview with Benedikt and Aska (Silver Hood)!

Hey! Thanks, everyone, for the great questions! Something went wonky with Aska's questions and they didn't show up in anyone's feed so she didn't get many questions, so we're doing a dual interview with both Benedikt and Aska! So this interview won't get too long and I know Aska won't answer many of your questions some of them will be only directed to Benedikt. *turns in Tonight Show desk to face Benedikt and Aska who are sitting next to each other on a couch* Hey, you two.

*smiles* Hello.

*nods in greeting*

Ready to get started?

Yes, this seems like an interesting experience. *has ankle rested on his knee, dressed in nice clothing*

I suppose. *shrugs, has her arms crossed, wearing buckskin*

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A Book Review of Germ by Robert Liparulo

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If you breathe . . . It will find you.

The list of 10,000 names was created for maximum devastation. Business leaders, housewives, politicians, celebrities, janitors, children. None of them is aware of what is about to happen--but all will be part of the most frightening brand of warfare the world has ever known.

The germ--an advanced form of the Ebola virus--has been genetically engineered to infect only those people whose DNA matches the codes embedded within it. Those whose DNA is not a match simply catch a cold. But those who are a match experience a far worse fate. Within days, their internal organs liquify.

Death is the only escape.

The release of the virus will usher in a new era of power where countries are left without defense. Where a single person--or millions--could be killed with perfect accuracy and zero collateral damage. Where your own DNA works against you.

The time isn't coming. It is now. Pray the assassins get you first.

Genre: Adult Thriller
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 5, 2007)
Page Count: 577 pages

I won this book in a little contest during Robert Liparulo's class at Realm Makers two years ago and now I finally got around to reading it. XD I've been wanting to read one of his thrillers for a while especially since I had a morbid fascination with the Ebola virus when that whole fiasco broke out a few years ago, so I was happy to delve in!