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Mike Shel

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Mike Shel (not his real name) was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1964 and grew up in the suburb of Dearborn, the hometown of Henry Ford, genius industrialist and virulent anti-Semite nutjob. Mike has also lived in southern Illinois, Louisville, Kentucky, Atlanta, Georgia, and now Indianapolis, Indiana. After writing two adventures for Dungeon Magazine in the early 90s, he crawled down a deep, dark hole. He emerged 15 years later, Rip Van Winkle-like, looked around for a moment, then crawled back down again. Re-emerging after another 3 years, he rubbed the sleep from his eyes and began freelancing for Paizo Publishing and third-party publishers like Kobold Press and Legendary Games.

Mike is currently hard at work on his epic fantasy trilogy en
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Mike Shel Right now I'm writing the conclusion to my Iconoclasts trilogy, IDOLS FALL. The first and second books in the series are entitled ACHING GOD and SIN…moreRight now I'm writing the conclusion to my Iconoclasts trilogy, IDOLS FALL. The first and second books in the series are entitled ACHING GOD and SIN EATER.(less)
Mike Shel Thanks for your question, Thomas!

No, it's not LitRPG. It's probably inevitable that people would assume so, given my background in RPG freelancing,…more
Thanks for your question, Thomas!

No, it's not LitRPG. It's probably inevitable that people would assume so, given my background in RPG freelancing, but I think it's better categorized as epic/dark/sword & sorcery fantasy.

That said, I think the influence of my RPG background is pretty apparent in the novel, as several reviewers have already noted. You may recognize character classes, for instance, and a classic Grand Quest. But my goal was to write a story set in a world that felt real, with characters in three dimensions rather than flat archetypes. I also wanted to portray the impact of the emotional and psychological trauma that would come with facing undead and the like.

If you are interested in LitRPG, I suggest you check out Phil Tucker's Euphoria Online; he's got a Kickstarter up right now that will give you an opportunity to access the books early:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...(less)
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Sin Eater Approacheth

Howdy, all!

The sequel to my debut, 2018's Aching God (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...) is scheduled for release in two days: May 20.

Sin Eater (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...) spends time in the heads of both Auric and his daughter Agnes, and answers many questions left dangling in AG.

I'm excited for you to read it. A number have already pre-ordered it at Amazon - Enough so t... Read more of this blog post »
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"A stunning sequel that takes everything I loved about the first book - intrigue, dungeon delving, and a protagonist you can really root for - to the next level. The introduction of a new POV (Auric's daughter, Agnes) brings more depth to both main..." Read more of this review »
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“What truth they contain is hidden or twisted,” said Sira. “In the end, the god and his servants have a joke on those who heed them. Irony and jests are an essential part of the cult’s sacraments.”
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“We all have our failings, Gnaeus,” answered Auric. “Understanding one’s own is the measure of wisdom.”
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“Welcome pain, for it is sent to instruct the wise man.”
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