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The Muse

by Fred Warren

Stan Marino needs a muse. He’s written himself into a corner...again. 
A shot of inspiration is all he needs to finish his story...where is he going to find it? 
What Stan doesn’t know: Inspiration has found him, and it’s about to take over his life. 
Ripped from reality, he must lead a band of lost souls in a life-or-death battle with a merciless enemy. 
Stan has found his muse, but will he survive it? 

Finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards 2010 and Nominee in the Clive Staples Award 2010 

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Delightful from start to finish. A story of three friends with writer’s block soon turns into a tale of everyday magic and real danger. Fast-paced chapters, great dialog, a fantastically magical climax, and a soulful inner journey—Warren does a bang-up job of keeping these themes consistent and tight...the result is a heart-warming ending that will have you reminiscing about it for days. A truly impressive debut novel. 
~ Kirk Outerbridge, author of Eternity Falls, a Rick Macey Cyberthriller

The Muse is unique and imaginative, a humorous yet mysterious twist on the journey to success that warns: if the deal is too good to be true, it likely is. I got caught up in the story of love and Divine inspiration, which totally took me by surprise. I loved the idea that you shouldn’t rush creativity, that it takes time to build art that entertains and gets people to think. A well-written delight, The Muse will inspire readers to enjoy their own artistic gifts and the time it takes to create them. 
~ Jill Williamson, author of By Darkness Hid, Christy Award Winner 2010

The strength of the story lies in Mr. Warren’s well developed characters. He has a great cast, and they are well written. I read this rather quickly—the writing and characters were so well done, I had to find out what would happen to them. 
~ R. L. Copple, author of Reality's Dawn and Reality's Ascent

A breath of fresh air: crisp, sharp and to the point, as creativity becomes a two-edged sword. The Muse is definitely a good first novel—a book to muse about—and a sign that Mr. Warren is an author to watch. 
~ Walt Staples, Radio Playwright and author of Crossways comics

The Muse is great fun. Engaging, quirky characters, snappy dialog, unexpected twists, and the thrills and woes of every writer—a story that is quite possibly in itself a cure for writer’s block. A very true-to-spirit yet atypical Christian fantasy. 
~ Kasey L. Heinly, Book Reviewer

An excellent read that keeps the focus throughout, with colorful descriptions and smooth dialog to open the imagination. Warren has outdone the norm...definitely a good read for any fantasy buff. 
~ “Jesus Puppy,” Book Reviewer