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Book Release: Metatron’s Legacy

56a6562ddef68bec844aa17e3e5224ca-700Playing the Soundtrack for the upcoming book Metatron’s Legacy.

On track for a December 15, 2019 release.


This book, that takes place 20 years after the Metatron’s Army series ends, has been a lot of fun to work with.

The idea for the story came to me while I was working on Pin: Book 8 in the series.  I set Pin aside and spent 2 weeks getting the first draft for Legacy down.

Writing a book that, while related to a series, is independent of it was a very cool experience.  I was able to take the characters outside the boundaries of plot constraints.

Each installment in the Metatron’s Army series builds on the previous one as part of a story arc that traverses the series itself, with each book like a chapter in the main character’s life.

When I circled back around to finish the manuscript, I found that as a reader I really enjoyed the story – so much so that in the past year I’ve read the book just for pleasure.

There’s a lot of humor in it.

With Legacy I was able to liberate characters that are a major part of the original series by putting them in a situation that meant all expectations were off.  They have the freedom to go outside the bounds of the original series even as they have to stick to the plan.

Readers of the series will enjoy seeing familiar characters in an unexpected situation that forces them to go off script, if you will.

A lot of think on your feet because there’s no time to think this out.

Those who have not read the original series will be able to enjoy Metatron’s Legacy as a stand-alone work of science fiction.

Though if you read it and decide to go back and read the series, there are spoilers due to the fact the story takes place decades later.

As with Metatron’s Army, Legacy’s primary plot involves multiple dimensions, alternate universes, and time travel.

With Light Beings and other alien species thrown in for good measure.

light headphones music headphones girl lines dj girls colors 1920x1200 wallpaper_www.wallpaperhi.com_15Music Matters.  Just as with the books in the Metatron’s Army series, I have created a Soundtrack for Metatron’s Legacy.


Music I listen to that does justice to the story and the characters.

Other than sharing that Sir Nigel Stanford’s Solar Echoes album – by coincidence – maps to the Metatron’s Army series, I haven’t shared too many specifics about the songs that appear on the playlists.

I say coincidence because I was well into the series when I realized while listening to the album that Entropy perfectly suited the opening scene in Advantage, where Ryal is about to deliver the serum at the Warehouse Bar in Perm.

Though the album fits the series, the order of songs on the album doesn’t apply to the order of the books in the series.

Sea of Tranquility fits the ambush scene in Diagonals: Book 10 in the series though it’s the fourth song on the album.

The album has a dramatic tone to it that perfectly suits the series though individual Soundtracks contained a variety of rock and pop songs.

A lot of the songs are mentioned in the books as Christine uses music as a way to ground herself while living through fantastical events.

The Soundtrack for Metatron’s Legacy is a little different.  Like the main character and various plot elements, the tone is less dramatic, more upbeat.

Like the main character, there’s a lot of humor and sass in it.

Once again, the first song in the Soundtrack maps to an early scene where  we have the main character rappelling down a cliff face.

While I plan on releasing more information on Metatron’s Legacy  in the near future, I will share the playlist I created, as a bit of a teaser.

I hope you enjoy!

Metatron’s Legacy Soundtrack as created by Elizabeth Maxim.

Sunrise – Blackwater Holylight

Willow – Blackwater Holylight

Wave of Conscience – Blackwater Holylight

Army of Me – Bjork

Calling All Angels – Train

Slide – the Goo Goo Dolls

Drops of Jupiter – Train

Beautiful Day – U2

Where the Streets Have No Name – U2

Stay Tuned.

Science Fiction or Fantasy? Depends on Where You’re Looking

PA_SEO_095_Are_Fairies_Mythical-624x245I never used to understand why bookstores had a section called Sci-Fi/Fantasy.  They seemed so completely different.  Then again, I read neither.

I read spy novels (Jean le Carre, Nelson DeMille), straight fiction (Sydney Sheldon, Jeffrey Archer), and later, action/adventure (Stuart Woods, Clive Cussler).

As I write Dragon Core, I can’t help but notice elements that could find a home in either genre.

Multiple dimensions, time travel, parallel universes, mystical/fantastical creatures, unexplainable phenomenon.

And now I know why.  It depends on whether you are looking forward or backward.

Forward:  If you took a cell phone and traveled back in time, depending on how far back you went you would…

  • Be ignored
  • Be attacked
  • Be mobbed
  • Be embraced

I left off burned at the stake but that is definitely on the roulette wheel.

This suggests that technological advancement would be considered science fiction as opposed to fantasy if you were backward in time.

I’m simplifying in order to make a point.

Backward: If you were backward in time and saw the use of pyrotechnics (gun powder – a technological advancement) as brought from Asia to Europe, you would likely consider it “magick” and therefore in the realm of fantasy.

Cauldron of the Gods.  I was using a spell as a plot device earlier today and recalled a similar use in a science fiction series I’d seen years earlier – though it wasn’t accomplished by way of a spell.  It made me see how a person’s view – sci-fi or fantasy – would change depending whether they were looking forward or backward.

As I wrote this, I recalled a confrontation in Star Wars IV: A New Hope between Darth Vader and Motti.

“Don’t try to frighten us with your sorceror’s ways, Lord Vader.  Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you clairvoyance enough to find the rebels’ hidden fort…”

Another example of the two genres coexisting within one framework.

Much as Lucas’ unseen until then special effects technology brought an uneducated audience into the future of cinema.

I’ve always found it ironic that I have never been a big fantasy or science fiction reader, though I have read a variety of books classified under those genres throughout my life.

One of my very favorites is a short story I read in 8th grade.  Dark They Were and Golden-Eyed by Ray Bradbury.

In the end I just accepted that what I am is a storyteller and though my settings may vary, my art does not.

The art of telling a good story.

Looking Forward.  If all goes as scheduled I should have the first draft of  Cauldron of the Gods, – first in the Dragon Core series – finished within the next week.  In the meantime, Metatron’s Legacy, a science fiction story, is set for release in late 2019.

Stay tuned…