Novel

Is fate a shield against the agony of choice or a force that suffocates free will?

From diverse walks of life and different corners of the globe, ten strangers are being brought together. Prejudice, fallen dreams, loss, and trauma have plagued each of their lives . . . until they find each other, and for once it seems serendipity may heal their collective pain.

But behind these fated meetings lurks a sinister agenda.

Terrible and elusive beings have endowed the ten with supernatural abilities. Far from a gift, some are losing their minds to these overwhelming new powers, forcing the ten into a deadly game with humanity's future at stake.

What does fate permit us to do? Are we a product of choice or design? In this urban fantasy adventure, the ten must resist the will of destiny if they wish to carve their own paths. Armed only with camaraderie, they will discover if the strength of their choice is enough to prevent the looming, catastrophic future thrust upon them.

The battle for free will begins here.

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About the Book

An old soul looking for his place in his universe. A fiery spirit that never goes out. A willful outcast following her heart. Two British brothers avoiding responsibility. A trans runaway searching for hope. A wandering orphan with a secret. A disillusioned journalist studying the supernatural. A Botswanan minister with hidden knowledge. And a mysterious fortune teller hiding behind an innocent smile.

Centered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, TEN is an urban fantasy tale of mystical intrigue, destiny and choice, and a found family carving their place in the world. It explores the philosophical concepts of free will and determinism.

de·ter·min·ism the doctrine that all events, including human action, are ultimately determined by causes external to the will

I grew up reading manga and playing RPGs, especially Final Fantasy, so I take a lot of inspiration from that style of storytelling. TEN came about after asking myself, "Why would characters that receive supernatural powers easily accept them? What if destiny forced them to take a path they didn't want?" Stories like Narnia and X/1999 got me thinking about that, and so TEN was born.

However, the focus of this story lies in its characters. I created a wide, diverse cast because it seemed appropriate that people deciding the fate of humanity should come from all over. Different identities and cultures offer unique perspectives. Ten characters is a lot to juggle, but making these characters memorable and individualistic has been my central goal. So much of my soul went into giving them voice and making them grounded and relatable. I wanted to share the struggle of overcoming trauma while providing hope in healing. I'm sure among these ten characters, you'll find someone you resonate with.

TEN is planned to be a tetralogy with the goal to release TEN: Part 2 by the end of 2019, and Part 3 and Part 4 slated for 2020. I hope you'll give this story a chance to speak to you; it may take you on a journey to a place in your soul you didn't know existed.

Genres:
Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Action & Adventure, New Adult, LGBT, elements of Thriller and Romance

Content Warning:
TEN: Part 1 is suitable for most readers aged 13 and up (using the ESRB rating system as reference). It contains adult situations, infrequent strong language, and mild violence.

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