Enemy One Drops TOMORROW!

 

Abandoned. Hunted. On the run. In the wake of the Fourteenth’s extraction then escape from the EDEN base of Cairo, the crew of the Pariah find themselves hanging onto survival by a slowly stretching thread. Where does one turn when the whole world is after them?

If you’re Scott Remington, you turn to Iosif Antipov.

The story of Enemy One is not one of heroism. It is a story of desperation. While Antipov and the Nightman remnant migrate to the crumbling husk of Chernobyl, Scott is instructed to flee to the mysterious mountain facility of Northern Forge, nestled deep within the valleys of Norilsk. But even Northern Forge offers no promise of protection, as staying there may prove more dangerous than being on the run.

 

Checking behind him, Scott confirmed what he’d already feared: there was a mound of rubble between them and the street. They weren’t going anywhere. “Change of plans! We’re going through!”

“Through wha’?” asked Becan, shooting a wide-eyed look to Scott and pointing where EDEN’s gunfire was coming from. “Through them?”

The yes was implied. Comming the Pariah again, Scott yelled to Travis. “Get off the ground! We’re going to try and fight our way out of here. If we don’t make it, head to Northern Forge!”

Esther’s voice cut through. “We are not leaving you, Scott!”

“We’re not the mission. You’ve got what we came here for. If you can’t get us, get out of here!” A bullet dinged against one of his shoulder guards. Scott stumbled backward then retreated for cover. “Never a vecking break,” he said off the comm.

As the crew of the Fourteenth fights to survive, the line between hero and villain becomes more and more blurry. No question has been more prevalent in Epic than, “do the ends justify the means?” Are all options on the table when battling for a greater good? Or are there some lines that one simply cannot cross? The harder the world pursues Scott and his comrades, the more innocent lives are put at risk. Moral questions such as these permeate Enemy One, which is as much an exploration into the nature of self and identity as it is a shell-shocking fight for survival.

For no two characters is this confrontation with self more perilous than for Svetlana and Esther. Though both women find themselves in vastly different situations, they both must nonetheless face their true natures, untainted by their own rose-colored glasses, as their lives and the lives of those around them hang in the balance.

 

Staring at Scott with an almost calculating glare, Esther set her hands on her hips as if digging in to the trenches of defiance. At long last, though—and when it became apparent that Scott wasn’t budging—her face softened. Sighing, she put her hand back down and walked past him. “Did you know that I struggle with things?” she asked almost nonchalantly.

Walking again, he followed behind her. “We all struggle with things. I struggle, Dave struggles, Jayden and Becan struggle. Everyone here is struggling.”

“Yeah, well there’s a big difference between ‘everyone’ and me.”

“And what is that, exactly?”

Pivoting to face him, the scout answered, “Because you’re all good people.”

 

Enemy One is not for the faint of heart – and as is the case with every previous installment in Epic, it is not a story you’ll see coming. Never before have the stakes been higher for the Fourteenth. Never before has the danger been more real. This is the one you’ve been waiting for. This is the one you’ve been fearing. At some point, we all must come face to face with our true selves and with the prospect of our mortality. For the Fourteenth of Novosibirsk, that time has come.

Run.

The Finishing Touches: E5 Release Date Coming

As all updates must be when things are going fast and furiously, this one’s going to be short and sweet. Epic 5: Enemy One has finished the editorial stage and is beginning its final read-through. The final read-through is exactly what it sounds like: the final read-through. The novel is printed, in a binder, and being read by me from cover to cover for any last-second finishing touches. When this final read-through is finished, E5 will enter the last stage of the novel-creating process: design and production.

After four arduous years, the most ambitious installment of Epic is about to see the light of day.

Though I’m as eager as anybody to get Enemy One out there, I won’t be rushing the release date announcement. When I am fully confident that the release date can be met, it’ll be posted (and yes, there is a specific one in mind). If you’ve been intending to reread the first four installments…now might be a good time to start.

Get ready, friends. It’s on its way.

EPIC 5: Enemy One, Coming Summer 2016

Coming Summer 2016

 

Epic faithful, the wait is finally coming to an end. In Summer of 2016 (month TBD), the most daunting book in the Epic series, Enemy One, will see the light of day.

Fans, you have been waiting for this a very long time. You have been patient with me while I battled cancer and experienced the birth of two sons. You waited for me to get my head right, then my heart right, as I wrestled this story from its inception to its end. Enough words in Enemy One were rewritten and left on the cutting-room floor to create a whole other installment. After a two-year personal hiatus from writing, you all deserved the very best I could give. Enemy One is the very best.

Between now and release, I will be teasing various aspects of Epic’s fifth installment. But for now – for tonight – enjoy that something new is on the horizon. Your comrades are coming back.

Thank you for praying for me. Thank you for sticking with me. It’s almost time.

Vivat 14,

– LS

Big Audiobook News re: Distribution!

So I’ve been waiting to get all my ducks in a row before writing this entry (and some of them are still flying around), but there’s been a major development for the Dawn of Destiny audiobook in the realm of distribution. As those who have kept up with the audiobook know, rights were a major issue for me post-audiobook development. I made an unconventional decision in going with CD Baby exclusively, at the cost of widespread distribution, because of the fairness of how they did business. Well, things have changed!

There’s a lot of nitty-gritty in the details, but the short version is that I found a means by which to distribute my audiobook to all major retailers without feeling like I sacrificed my freedom. Yes, the audiobook is still available at CD Baby, but you’ll also be able to find it at a ton of other places, including Audiobooks.com, Audible, and iTunes. If you’ve been waiting for the audiobook to pop up in these spots, that time has finally come.

I definitely want to encourage you guys to give the audiobook a listen if you haven’t already. This was a huge undertaking for Epic and the resulting product is really something special. I would love to do more audiobook adaptations in the future, so getting support for it is a big, big deal!

Enemy One is still steamrolling forward at a whopping 180,000 words, which already makes it the largest book in the series (with a lot more still to write). This is going to be a chunk of reading for you guys. Long time coming, right? Length has pushed this to mid-2016, as it’s just going to take that long to get this behemoth through post-production. Loving this story, though. As is usually the case, you’ll never see some of this coming.

Hope everyone’s holidays are going well!

-Lee

What’s Going On (& why it matters!) + Enemy One Update

Those of you who follow me on Twitter (@epicuniverse) may have noticed some increased activity today in the form of mentions and retweets. That’s because from today to April 10th, Dawn of Destiny will be doing a blog tour to thirty different websites, all of which will be doing their own spotlights and reviews on either the novel or audiobook version of DOD.

Why does this matter to you?

Because attached to this blog tour is a massive giveaway with ten prizes, all of which will be determined in a drawing a week after the blog tour has ended. That means you have a chance to win some pretty awesome swag, such as a Kindle Fire HD 6, just by participating! Details on the tour can be found here, and info on the giveaway (hosted by Rafflecopter) can be found by scrolling down on that same page.

Why does this matter to Epic?

Because this is once again a chance to really get the Epic fan base alive and active during this dreadful in-between-book lull (though I promise, that lull will be coming to a close)! You can increase your chances of winning the giveaway by doing certain things on social media, such as tweeting and following me on Epic. Even liking the Epic Facebook Page counts. But the two biggest bonuses are these: owning the DOD audiobook and participating on the Epic forums.

Once again, if you don’t own the Dawn of Destiny audiobook yet, which you can find here, now is really, really the time to pick up a copy! Owning the audiobook allows the biggest bonus in terms of the giveaway, and look, I mean…this thing is winning awards, guys and gals! DOD just took “Best New Fiction” and “Audiobook of the Year” from the New Apple Literary Awards. If you’re a fan of Epic, this is a MUST-own audiobook. It will change your entire perception of the series, and I’m not just saying it to say it. This thing has changed my perception. It’s the real deal.

Secondly, and always big on my heart, are the Epic Forums, found here. Every day that you start a new thread and reply to someone’s thread on the Epic boards, you get points toward the giveaway. Yes, every single day! That means that between now and the giveaway’s end, you have a chance to really ramp up your chances to win something just by being active on the forum, starting new threads and replying to others’. New members will be joining the discussion on the forum during this giveaway. I want you guys there, too! They’re new to Epic, but you’re not. Show them what this series is all about. You guys are my ambassadors! Let’s get some conversations going. 🙂

Last, but not least…let’s talk some EPIC 5: Enemy One!

As I’ve mentioned before, by leaps and bounds, this has been the most challenging book to write in the Epic series. The good news is this: this monster has found its traction, and it’s going to be one good book. There are a lot of things I’ve never been able to address in the narrative, such as Vector Squad, other worlds, and only-mentioned characters like Todd Kenner, John Mariner, and Mark Remington. Enemy One finally gives me a chance to flesh all of these things out to a degree I’ve never been able to in the previous books. Epics 1-4 and 6-8 are essentially the two “halves” of the Epic Octology. Epic 5 is the bridge that brings them together. This is a book of massive transition.

This is my promise to you guys, my fans, whom I do this for: Enemy One will be the best it can be. You guys have been patient beyond comprehension to me while I battled cancer and brought my first son (and soon my second) into the world. I am eager to get this book in your hands, and 2015 will be that year. But I won’t allow my own impatience to make its quality suffer. Time is of the essence, but this is a book that must be done right. I will not publish a book that is not solid. You guys deserve my absolute best – and that’s what you’ll get.

In the meantime, dive into this giveaway, guys! Get on that forum, start some conversations, and let newcomers to the Epic series know that it’s a series well worth their time. You’ll be reading Epic 5 before you know it.

-LS