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Destiny Defied by J.A. Marx

Do you remember me telling y’all that I was famous (here)?  Well, I finally read the published book that made me the celebrity I am today.

Destiny DefiedWhen I read the first draft ten years ago I remember being impressed that such a creative story came out of the mind of a friend.  Not that I was surprised, Julie is a fun and unique woman.  As I read it again these past few weeks I was struck by the fact that she has also become an even better writer.  The story I remember, the great writing I noticed more this time around.  I guess that’s what practice will do for you 🙂

Trapped on a mysterious island, eighteen-year-old Riki finds refuge with four strangers. Isaac, the rugged EMT, insists no one else is around, but Riki cannot ignore her fear that someone is stalking her. Unless she finds a power truly great enough to overthrow Darkness, Riki will choose death over returning to captivity.

Lord Vétis, high priest of a cultic underground, will stop at nothing to reclaim the chosen one, but he must do so before her introduction to the real world ruins her royal destiny. Using black magic, he manipulates Riki and her self-assigned bodyguards, triggering a battle that consumes the entire island. The underground will never allow Riki to live out her dreams of a normal life…something she has never known.

from Goodreads

The four life-long friends are trying to vacation together on a deserted island when Riki washes ashore, close to death.  As they take her in and nurse her back to health they realize how odd her behavior is and try to be on their best behavior.  But one of them encounters someone else who washed ashore, someone pretending and spreading lies, and the light of the friends is the only thing protecting Riki from darkness.

I would call this book an adventure of spiritual warfare.  At one point Isaac even calls himself a superhero for God.  The lines are drawn between good and evil and there is a mystical element that makes the setting of a deserted island a perfect one.  What happens to the friends and to Riki?  They next in this new series will come out in August.

Visit Julie’s blog, Embattled Spirit, to sample her writing.  Congratulations, Julie, on a dream come true 🙂

June 26, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized |


  1. How exciting! You were famous to me before the book came out. 😉

    Comment by BermudaOnion | June 26, 2013 | Reply

  2. This is so awesome. I love it when people’s hard work makes their dreams come true!!!

    Comment by Staci@LifeintheThumb | June 26, 2013 | Reply

  3. Isn’t the book all the more satisfying when you are so happy for your friend?!!

    Comment by Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) | June 27, 2013 | Reply

  4. Thanks Stacy. This is super sweet!

    Comment by J.A.Marx | August 22, 2013 | Reply

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