Update on Destiny in the Shadows – Blood War, Warlord and War Path

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Sometimes a project is so complex and close to your heart that it consumes all your time. The fourth installment of the Destiny in the Shadows series has been no exception.

Many of you have been asking what became of the series since there has been such a lag between books. I released a Christmas novella in 2020 from Dantenn’s POV to break the silence and many of you loved it. But still you demanded to know what became of Sierrenna. Or more affectionately known, Rain. *SPOILER ALERT* Plus her baby.

And I don’t blame you. I’ve missed them, too. You see, what exists on paper is truly real in an author’s head. I deal with the main characters every day to the extent they almost come to life. Sometimes the things I originally plot out at the beginning of a first draft are refused. I realize that the action I’d originally planned would not be something a character would do. Cain was originally supposed to be a villain, you know. And he said to screw that.

War Machine was no different from any of my other stories. My first concept is usually very different from the finished product. And my science fiction novels are more difficult for me to write because I am literally inventing a new, unseen world. I must explain every bit of their society, their cities and how their new technologies work. With my urban fantasy novels, they are all based in the now. The settings are simply the world we live in and need to be much less detailed in certain respects.

What was once one book quickly morphed into two the more I worked on it. And those two books rapidly each escalated to over 150K words. The original title Blood War became Warlord: Scorpius (part one of the original manuscripts). The second half became Blood War: Defiance or more precisely, book five. The story simply could not be told on one book.

Another spoiler: Plus Cain quickly took to demanding that he get chapters from his point of view and I agreed it was what the story needed What he resented was the long wait that it has been the journey from my mind to the page

2021-2022 has been an intense roller-coaster for me and my family. I have experienced many health challenges that impacted my ability to work with as much focus as need for this series. But with happiness, I can announce that both books are in the hands of my editor. In fact, I am now working on the book directly after them, so three books can be released in relatively quick succession.

They will be in your hands soon, as well as the first Sanctum of Hell series book: Helice. It was previously published as a weekly serial during the Covid-19 pandemic and has since been vastly expanded upon. Again, the finished product is very different from the original. Call me a perfectionist, but I do not stop until I see a story as perfect. And again, what was once a simple novel became a triad of epic books. Book two Del Muerta is largely complete.

I also am in the process of bringing a fan request to life upon request. Many of you wished to read Rain’s early backstory when she was in training as an assassin. That book will not be in your hands for a while, but I can tell you it will be in the next year or so, providing my health complies with my wishes.

Hopefully this summer will be a great one not only for you, my reader, but also a better one for me. I am sending my love and hugs.

Love, Author Maggie Lynn

Join Us For the Lurking For Legends 100th Episode Celebration Show!

Hi everyone! Make sure to join me tomorrow, Tuesday February 7th, to celebrate the 100th broadcast of the Lurking for Legends show. A bunch of wonderful authors including Richard H Stephens, Christie Stratos, David M Kelly and Jorge De Jesus and me, Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel, will be reading from one of my favorite works, The Importance of Being Earnest. I’ll be reading for the parts of Lady Bracknell (Aunt Augusta). It is going to be loads of fun and I hope you’ll tune in!

A message from the hosts of the broadcast:

Join Lurking For Legends once again as we entertain with a very special 100th episode! Thanks to all our viewers for your support and appreciation of our broadcast. Without you all, Lurking For Legends wouldn’t exist as a space to support authors and our quest to help readers connect with them.

We hope you enjoy this fun broadcast and will celebrate with us on Tuesday February 7th at 8pm EST! As always, bring your questions and comments!

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Stay warm! Record Cold is Coming Tonight to the Northeast

Please pray for those who no shelter tonight in the Northeast; whether they’re homeless or have no heat. It’s supposed to be below zero.

Animals need shelter, too, so make sure to check your car engine hoods to make sure no cats have gotten inside before turning them on. Any animals you have should be brought in for shelter. If it’s too cold for you outside, your animals will be too cold, too. Even my Malamute was cold and wanted come in after being outside for less than two minutes with me.

If anyone has nowhere to go, look up warming shelters in your area or call 211 for help finding one. Or contact your local social worker for your town. They will be able to help.

Here’s a list of warming shelters here in CT: https://connecticut.news12.com/warming-centers-open…

STAY SAFE! XO Maggie Lynn

Books, Kidney Transplants and 2023: The Future

Greetings readers. This author is writing to you with a new kidney! Praise the Lord, I got my transplant at last. In fact, I got the call to come to the hospital while writing my last blog post to you all. It’s been quite the ride here on my end, but hopefully in 2023 I can get you the sequels I have been promising.

New Books

So while the Destiny in the Shadows trio is off in edits with my editor (three books, good grief), I’m working on my next standalone release. This one is more sci-fi, though it centers on the Phantom of the Opera tale. It’s a standalone, so it should prove to be a bit less long (*cough cough* it never turns out to be small for this author. What starts as a small project usual morphs as the characters scream at me). It definitely has a strong cyberpunk twist with a huge focus on AI, a hotly contested issue of 2023 as is.

As for Destiny in the Shadows, the next three books should be released in short succession to each other. Originally, it was one large megabook, but I felt it was getting too large. So, as authors often do, I added even more to each book. I can attest that they are action packed and the cliffhanger you have all been after me about from Slave to War will finally be answered.

The series of chapters I released from Del Muerta in 2020 are also coming to you in book form. The story I began will progress through Aiyla Gobcheva’s eyes, coming to Amazon this year. As my editor said, “Welcome to the blood bath in Dejado Atras‘. It will be one Hell (Infierno to be precise) of a bumpy ride! The first two books in the Sanctum of Hell series will be Helice and Del Muerta.

Kidney Transplants And A Plea

Also, as I am sure you’ve noticed, I used a dreaded word in the previous paragraphs. For those of you who follow me on social media, you’ve probably already heard I was on dialysis. Back in May 2021, my kidneys failed and I was going for treatments at least three days a week; many weeks being five treatments every seven days.

Most dialysis patients will attest that this isn’t a lasting solution. Dialysis is hell on the body. To keep going in life for the long term, they need a kidney transplant. And that means a donor.

When my kidneys failed, I was astounded to learn that over 100,000 people need a kidney at this time. And only about 6,000 people donate every year. Too many perish without ever getting the kidney they need, waiting years on the list to no avail. The average wait is from six to nine years. Many people desperately need a donor, but few come forward for a person they do not know. Those who do are known as Good Samaritan donors.

My donor was a gift of life from someone after they passed on and I am forever grateful for that heroic gift. Much like any other after death donor, they may have saved as many as nine people via different organs such as kidneys, heart, lungs, liver, etc.

So this is me asking any of you would consider being a donor, either in life or to be listed in the registry for after you have passed on for those who need a new organ. Any age is accepted if you are determined to be in good enough health to donate. If you cannot or will not, I would ask that you spread the word that many people are in need of one. Word of mouth has been proven to be the best way to spread the word.

If you would like more information or would like to consider donating, please call Yale New Haven Kidney Transplant Center at 866-925-3897 if you are in the New England or visit https://www.kidney.org/transplantation for more information.

Thanks for listening to me. I hope to make 2023 a good year and pray it will be equally good for you, my dear readers. God bless you all!

Merry Christmas My Dear Readers

Merry Christmas, everyone! It’s been a tough, trying year for us all but we’ve made it through. May you be blessed in the coming year.

My gift to you this Christmas are these three ebooks from my collection. Make sure to download them before they go back to full price ❤️ God bless you

The Swan Princes: https://www.amazon.com/Swan-Princes-Christmas-Retelling-Classic-ebook/dp/B07L6RFXGK/

A Caligo Christmas: https://www.amazon.com/Caligo-Christmas-Shifter-Novella-Arestina-ebook/dp/B0833RC8RC/

A Touch of Snow: https://www.amazon.com/Touch-Snow-Destiny-Shadows-Christmas-ebook/dp/B08R9GKYM2/

Cyber Monday Freebie: Cursed Hart (Book 1)

Free for #cybermonday: It’s number two in Women’s #Fantasy today on Amazon ebooks!

TOP TEN FINALIST FOR BEST URBAN FANTASY 2019 – CAFFIENATED FANTASY AWARDS

Lost by the Fidem. Hunted by Xydon. Her family murdered… Only one power can save them all; the power of a herald Väktare and her Protectore.

When a mysterious stranger arrives at Shira Black’s motorcycle restoration shop, trying to kidnap her and knowing her true identity, all hell breaks loose… quite literally due to her curse. Her only hope to stay free and in turn alive, is to trust two brothers to find the last of her family. To survive, they must unite their powers to evade the demonic forces of evil looking to capture her soul. Before long, the heavens will split open and the legendary Golden Cuckoo of Toucson’s hatchling will be hers. People long dead will seemingly rise from their shadowy graves as secrets from the past are brought to light. But can Shira Hart resist the demands of the Tro Fidem? Or will her black magic curse kill those who are trying to help her and consume her soul at long last?

Väktare of All Realms series is an action-packed urban fantasy with a flare of humor that will keep the reader on the edge of his or her seats until the very last page. Between magic, dragons, wall walkers, and a sassy talking cat, one thing is for sure. The world will turn upside down and inside out before the Shira Hart’s story is at an end.

Make sure to grab your copy before it goes back to full price! https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B08139WG5P/

Still Death: Free for Memorial Day

Free today on all book platforms:

The crime before the story and the murder that started it all…

Betrayal begins with friendship. Power begins with greed, and death precludes all. Bear witness to the beginning of a new era; the blood of heroes spiraling down the drain to fuel the rise of a new empire.
Still death is a five thousand word prequel short story to the Destiny in the Shadows Series.

– Praise for Destiny in the Shadows –

” Absolutely WAR MACHINE is a well written novel that one cannot stop reading until the very last page – and then thirsts for a sequel! I especially love how the characters play off of and interact with one another throughout, especially given their roles on a journey that could prove to be a death mission in a dark world of deception. There is a balanced essence of danger, compassion, romance, and even humor, all elements not easy to successfully combine. Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel nailed it with all the skills of a seasoned writer. I cannot wait to read more from this budding, brilliant author! “

– A Goodreads Review

– About The Destiny In the Shadows Series –

Blackmailed, cornered, and screwed. That’s what happens when you get caught… If you’re an assassin, that is.
When a contract killer teams up with a four-star general to track down an elusive terrorist group intent upon detonating a nuclear bomb inside their city, sparks fly and not of the romantic variety. Racing against the clock through the desert, facing harrowing odds and dire consequences should they fail, they discover that the terrorists aren’t always the ones to fear… and may not be their true enemy.

Set in the ruins of New York, WAR MACHINE is a fast-paced adventure thriller filled with betrayal, suspense, and alliances that quickly turn into deadly enemies. Destiny in the Shadows hauntingly echoes the state of the world today and the fate of the heroes determined to save it.

READ IT HERE