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Michael Lynes

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MICHAEL LYNES is the Award-Winning Author of The Blood Series. To date, the series has won the New Apply Literary, Indie BRAG Medallion, Readers Favorite for FANTASY and most recently the IAN Book of the Year Selection for Fantasy.
It begins with the novella "It's in the Blood". Continues with Destroyer's Blood and the NEW release Book Two - FIRST BLOOD is due out on November 1st 2019.

Book One - "Destroyer's Blood"

Reviewed By Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Destroyer's Blood: The Adventures of Devcalion is the first entry in The Blood Series by Michael Lynes, a gripping fantasy with strong hints of Greek mythology. Meet Devcalion, "Dev," a demigod, son of Prometheus and nephew of Zeus. He has a telepathic sword and a very close friend cal

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Michael Lynes I adored his smile; so like mine; snaggle-toothed yellow; he smoked like a chimney; chipped from childhood; “…tragic…,” he breathed, eyes memory brigh…moreI adored his smile; so like mine; snaggle-toothed yellow; he smoked like a chimney; chipped from childhood; “…tragic…,” he breathed, eyes memory bright.
His dark-eyes-caves-dark-shadow-clean-smooth-white-soft and shining; he was my first; a whisper…“I love you Dad.”
Michael Lynes There is a Reaper – Creation…

Almost three years ago I first sat down in front of my computer in my office, driven to somehow find a way to honor the m…more
There is a Reaper – Creation…

Almost three years ago I first sat down in front of my computer in my office, driven to somehow find a way to honor the memory and life of my son Christopher Aaron. I thought I would write a few words, something to try and capture some of the memories, some of his spirit, before they became too far removed from memory and distorted by time. I sat there, really just lost, and unable to find a way to begin. Touching back into those memories was like opening a long shut door, reentering a place of fear and failure and pain that I was not sure I would be able to handle.
I typed a few words, and discarded them. And then I typed a few more, with the same result.

I realized that, in order to tell this story I would have to face my fear, and my failure. My fear of the pain that this re-exploration would dredge up. My failure to prevent or find some way to cure him of his deadly affliction. These two overarching forces combined to hold me impotent.
In all likelihood, left to my own preferences, this project would have been abandoned, stillborn…but there was a third force.


As I sat there, blank page before me, paralyzed by my own doubt, my own fear, my selfish, craven indulgence….it was Chris, clear and sharp and powerful, who appeared in my mind’s eye. I realized that he wanted his story told, that it needed to be out there.

The feeling had grown, imperceptibly…a wish, then a whisper then a calling and now an unfulfilled duty.

When Chris had become sick, we were consumed in combating his disease. When he lost his battle we were shattered by his death. He knew that we needed time, to heal, for the wounds to knit and scar, for his memory to become a story rather than a source of heart-bursting agony… He had given us that time, but now he was calling me, back to myself and to my unfulfilled duty.

I owed him this – and my debt was due.

I nodded my head, silently signing my unspoken contract...
There were many false starts, and many, many days when I laid aside my task, exhausted by the anguish and emptied of tears. Despite all, the promise I made to Chris and to myself that day drove me onward. The story, Chris’s testimony and epitaph, the memorial of his life here and the start of his life eternal is now complete, and I fervently pray that it satisfies my debt and honors his memory.

Thank you Chris, for pushing me to complete this work…

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The GIVEAWAY for It's In the Blood - Book 0 of The Blood Series has ended! Congratulations to the 50 WINNERS!!!

If you didn't win click here to get your FREE consolation prize!! https://www.dropbox.com/s/onzhdjwn9nt...

Gif Paperbacks were ordered last month - they should arrive from the printer this week and then I'll be sending out 50 Christmas Gifts to the LUCKY winners!

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It's In The Blood by Michael Lynes
"I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway. This is the first thing in this series I've read, and the first thing by the author I have read.

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"This is a fast-paced story of war among the gods. The story uses most of the Greek gods and the powers they had in mythology. There is a lot of action and sorcery. I enjoyed the story and think many others will too."
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"Destroyer's Blood is a great read, especially if you love Greek Mythology. The relationship between Dev and his sword keeps the book moving forward and his relationship to the rest of the pantheon was well-worked. It's an incredible journey and I'm a" Read more of this review »
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“THERE IS A PLACE BEYOND SUFFERING, beyond hope, beyond despair. It is peaceful and timeless, and it is not death.”
Michael Lynes

“I am alone," he said. "The realities I knew no longer exist, and I am damp and cold. All about me is a sense of gloom and dejection. It is an apprehension - an emanation - so deep and real as to be almost a tangible thing. The walls to either side of me seem to be formed, not of substance, but rather of the soundless cries of melancholy of spirits I cannot see.
I am waiting, waiting in the gloom for something which will come to me. That need to wait is an innate part of my being and I have no thought of questioning it.”
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