A Teeny Tiny Free Sample of Divine Misfortune.

Funny thing.  At this point, I’ve written so much that I often forget things I’ve written.  I’m not talking about stories, but little bits and pieces here and there.  I was reading through DIVINE MISFORTUNE (due out in March, I believe) and came across this little section that I completely forgot.  Made me laugh, too.  Kind of weird to be taken by surprise by your own writing, but it happens.

So here’s your first (tiny) little taste of DIVINE MISFORTUNE.  Hope you enjoy it.

            “I’ll let you in on a little secret.”  He leaned closer.  “Nobody has had a destiny in a thousand years.  Not an official destiny anyway.  Things got too big for that a long time ago.  It was a lot easier to preconfigure the paths of fate when there weren’t so damn many of you mortals running around.  Now it’s pretty much impossible.  I think the last guy The Fates tried to guide was Gary Hamelin.  And we all know how that worked out.”

            “Never heard of him,” she said.


            “Well, my mom swears by them.  Said they helped her find some lost keys one time.”

            “Oh, yeah, they’re good for stuff like that, I suppose.  Just don’t expect them to be infallible.  It’s a good way to end up doing life in a Peruvian prison.”

            “Gary Hamelin?” she asked.

            “Trust me.  You don’t want to know.”

Fighting the good fight, Writing the good write,


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  1. Jessica
    Posted January 11, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Looking forward to it!

  2. Posted January 11, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Why do I have the horrible feeling some poor schmuck is going to end up in a bad place? lol. As to being surprised by something you wrote, yeah, I have that happen a lot. Since my mind is a steel sieve, I lose a lot of things. Especially if it ended in a revision after a few edits, the brain doesn’t keep it. It’s weird. lol.

    Looking forward to the book in March!

  3. tera lane
    Posted January 11, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    it’s like he sees the movies that play in my head… i’m glad at least someone else is as warped as me

  4. Posted January 12, 2010 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    It’s cute! 🙂 Can’t wait to read it!

  5. Richard
    Posted January 13, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    hey i enjoy reading gil’s all fright night dinner and im readin now is monsters and goin read more, look forward to the new books. thank you im into books good job.

  6. Posted February 19, 2010 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    Im almost always thrown back by how interesting and inventive your novels are and thanks to you i find myself reading more and more lately… I thinks its fair to say your a writing guru!!! Until I read your first book I never really liked to read much but when I find a book that speeks to me in the fashion that yours do I just cant help but to spend my last pennies buying your amazing novels. I cant wait to dive into your new book “Devine Misfortune”, it truely looks to be the best seller of 2010!!! So please keep it up and dont ever forget your massively inthusiastic readers out there that would most likely throw themselves under a mach truck to keep you writing… I mean that figuritively by the way lol Keep on writing big guy Peaceout mang!!!!

  7. Posted February 23, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    I read the excerpt of Divine Misfortune in the paperback Monster book and have already pre-ordered DM! I’ve really, really enjoyed Monster. Thanks so much for being such a creative, imaginative writer. Love you books! –ally

  8. BadGrapes
    Posted March 5, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    had a question but not sure if you’ll be able to answer…

    i just finished MONSTER and i’d like to say great job on that. thank you for a wonderful read. im eagerly waiting for divine misfortune. had a question about a paragraph in monster though… the part where you talk about Build Your Own Homunculus… was that a reference to full metal alchemist? im not saying anything bad about it mind you but it’d be awfully coincidental if it WASNT a reference to the anime. thanks again!

    • A. Lee Martinez
      Posted March 5, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

      Nope. This was not a reference to Full Metal Alchemist. While I am aware of the show, I’ve never seen it. Of course, I’m not surprised that the concept has been used before. The homunculus, or something like it, has been prevalant in folklore of many cultures and has ties to alchemy, which, as I’m sure you’re aware, is older than Full Metal Alchemist and a precursor to modern chemistry.

      So it’s not exactly a coincidence because both the show and I were drawing from the same sources. But it’s not a direct reference either.

      Thanks for the question.

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