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Touch of Fate was my debut novel, first published in 2006, a story of suspense about a woman who can predict the future but who cannot change the things she sees.

Marianne knows the future can’t be changed, but sometimes even a lifetime of experience can’t keep her from wanting to try. Sometimes, it’s too personal. With the shadow of a killer looming over her, Marianne is running out of time to learn the truth — about herself, about her power, and about the murderer.

Get the book for FREE in epub, mobi (kindle format), or pdf on Twilight Times’s website.

Read an Ebook Week

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Touch of Fate (ebook) was free for Read an Ebook Week at the beginning of March. And get this…it was downloaded 183,101 times!

 

No, that’s not a typo. My publisher assured me. 🙂

New Interview

A new interview went live today…this one with a few questions I haven’t already answered. 🙂 Check it out at Entropy Central.

Free Short Story: Signs

Before there was Touch of Fate

….there was Signs, a short story which introduced Marianne and her daughter into my life.

I wrote Signs in 2003, then set it aside for almost a year. I remembered it when I took an on-line course on writing a mystery novel, at which point Touch of Fate was born.

Signs is a self-contained short story which takes place before the events in Touch of Fate. At one point, I considered turning it into a prologue for the novel, but dismissed the idea because I was going through an anti-prologue stage. (I’m over it now. 🙂 ) There is therefore no reason you can’t read this short story before you read Touch of Fate — it contains no spoilers. If you have read Touch of Fate, you may appreciate this glimpse into the back story described in the book.

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Here, in its original, unedited glory:

SIGNS

What would you do if you knew death was coming for you?
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Don’t forget Touch of Fate is FREE until March 10, 2012!

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Get Touch of Fate for Free

Read an Ebook Week is March 4th-11th!

 

As part of the celebration,

Twilight Times Books will be offering the ebook version of

Touch of Fate for FREE until March 10, 2012!

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Marianne knows the future can’t be changed, but sometimes even a lifetime of experience can’t keep her from wanting to try. Sometimes, it’s too personal. With the shadow of a killer looming over her, Marianne is running out of time to learn the truth — about herself, about her power, and about the murderer.

Eric Hoffer Award for Legacy Fiction 2011 (Honorable Mention)

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That’s right — Touch of Fate is free in eBook formats until March 10. And when I mean free, I mean you don’t have to do anything to get the book except download it. Reviewing it is optional (although always appreciated). Purchasing/reading my other novels is optional (although again, appreciated).

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A Little History

 

Twilight Times Books first published Touch of Fate as an eBook in 2006, then as a paperback in 2007 (sorry, printing costs being what they are, the paperback is not free). It was my debut novel, and I was thrilled that a reputable press was willing to give me a chance. Since then, they have published The Immortality Virus in 2011, and have accepted a series of urban fantasy novels for publication beginning in February 2013. (More details to come.)

 

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Touch of Fate Review

The US Review of Books, which covers the Eric Hoffer Awards, had this to say about Touch of Fate:

“This is a strong first novel from an author who understands dialogue and the art of making human exchanges believable. Here is a mystery story wrapped around paranomal events. Marianne can see the future, although what value is this gift if she has no control over fate? With a rich story line, Amsden does not miss a chance to please. “

Eric Hoffer Honorable Mention: Touch of Fate

My debut novel, Touch of Fate, received an honorable mention for legacy fiction in the Eric Hoffer 2011 Book Awards.

Touch of Fate was published through Twilight Times Books in 2007, and is still available as both a paperback and an ebook. (Amazon has had the kindle version for $2.99 for a couple months now.)

I made the decision to enter it into the legacy fiction category earlier this year, when I was researching competitions and awards for The Immortality Virus. As a new, uncertain author, I missed a lot of opportunities with Touch of Fate, but when I learned the Eric Hoffer Awards had a category for books published at least two years ago, I decided to give it a shot.

I was thrilled to see Touch of Fate receive some recognition after all this time. I would like to take the time to offer a special thank you to Lida Quillen at Twilight Times Books, who gave the book its chance and, through hiring a gifted artist for the cover and wonderful copy editors, helped turn it into the work of art it is today.

For those of you who haven’t read Touch of Fate, you can give Chapter 1 a try right here.

And the Winner Is…

The winner of the Touch of Fate book giveaway is Judy Cox, who was of the opinion that in the year 2450, we would stop hating one another, try to do good things, and the government would recognize the need for equality for all people.

I want to thank everyone who entered my contest, or who just visited my website over the weekend. For those of you who are still interested in reading Touch of Fate, Amazon.com still has the kindle for $0.99 — I honsetly have no idea how long that will last.

And though all of you made it difficult to pick and choose, here are a few of my favorite predictions of what the world will be like in 2450:

“Hopefully by then we’ll have figured out a way to live sustainably!” — Melissa (I hope we figure it out a lot sooner than 2450!)

“think that by 2450, at least one compatible, habitable planet will have been discovered and a colony ship will be on its way if not already landed and settling in.” — GoodyScrivener (And may I add that I volunteer?)

“What I do hope is that one day everyone is going to be treated equally no more gender/love/racial lines drawn in the sand.” — Drea Becraft (This seems to be a popular sentiment. My heart hopes right along with you, although my brain wonders if there won’t always be some new way to divide humans into groups.)

“I would think that there would be robots to do housework.” — June M. (You should meet my robots — Chase, our vacuum cleaner, is a cute little Roomba that bounces off the walls as it cleans. Max, our lawn mower, is a Robomower RL1000 who uses a buried wire to find the edge of our lawn. I want a robot to clean the bathroom, but my husband, who’s really into robotics, thinks it would be exceptionally difficult to design. Ah well.)

“I think everything will be just like the Jetsons!!!” — mommy_to_7 (I’ll take Rosie!)

I very much hope some of the more dire predictions don’t come true, but of course, my own imagination took me to the dystopian world I present in The Immortality Virus.

Touch of Fate Book Giveaway

In celebration of the eBook release of my brand-new science fiction novel, The Immortality Virus, on April 15, 2011, and as a part of the Easter Hopping Blog Hop, I am giving away a signed copy of my debut novel, Touch of Fate. (Giveaway Format: Trade Paperback)

Only comments left on this blog post will be entered. (If you don’t see comments below, you may need to click on the blog title to go into the actual post.)

For your chance to win a signed copy of Touch of Fate, simply post a comment with your prediction, in 50 words or less, of what the world (or some small aspect of it) will be like in the year 2450. Have fun with this! It won’t be graded, but I will post my favorites on Monday, when I announce the winner.

You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Contest will run April 15, 2011 at 12:01 a.m. through April 17, 2011 at 11:59 p.m.. Winner will be chosen at random and contacted by e-mail on April 18. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the e-mail, or another winner will be selected.

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Amazon.com has marked down the Touch of Fate kindle to $0.99 for a limited time only.buy now!

“Marianne knows the future can’t be changed, but sometimes even a lifetime of experience can’t keep her from wanting to try. Sometimes, it’s too personal. With the shadow of a killer looming over her, Marianne is running out of time to learn the truth — about herself, about her power, and about the murderer.” READ CHAPTER ONE ———————————————————————————————————————-

When the cost of eternal youth grows too high, will we give up our chance at immortality?

The Immortality Virus

Available in Trade Paperback June 15, 2011

eBook available TODAY!

Barnes and Noble Nookbook (50% off)

Amazon.com kindle (50% off)

Omnilit .pdf, .prc, .mobi, .epub (50% off)

Pre-order print version through Barnes and Noble

READ CHAPTER ONE

———————————————————————————————————————-BLOG HOP — this is the list of blogs participating in the hop, all of which have giveaways going on right now! To enter my contest, just keep scrolling down to leavea a comment. There is no need to click to any other page.

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Touch of Fate $0.99

My debut novel, Touch of Fate, has gone on sale through amazon’s kindle store: for a limited time, it’s just $0.99!

“Marianne knows the future can’t be changed, but sometimes even a lifetime of experience can’t keep her from wanting to try. Sometimes, it’s too personal. With the shadow of a killer looming over her, Marianne is running out of time to learn the truth — about herself, about her power, and about the murderer.”

READ CHAPTER ONE