Decision or Destiny? Final E-book Giveaway [NOW CLOSED]

Thanks for entering! This giveaway is now closed (see winners here). THE MARTINI OF DESTINY will be available worldwide June 20, 2013

The Martini of Destiny, by Anthony St. ClairI can’t get over how much fun it’s been talking with you over these last few weeks, while getting ready for The Martini of Destiny’s June 20 launch. Thank you!

When writing this novella, and throughout all the things I’ve worked on for the Rucksack Universe, one question keeps popping up in my mind: Fate or Free Will? Or, to put it another way, Decision or Destiny?

I’ve always leaned toward free will and decision, or as Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor says in Terminator 2, “No fate but what we make.” I’ve also heard it said that “character is destiny,” which is a concise way to say that our personalities, experiences, backgrounds and circumstances direct and limit the choices we make.

But as I work on these stories, the two seemingly mutually exclusive concepts of fate vs. free will have begun to merge for me. Maybe what’s really at work are two intertwined, interdependent concepts of decision and destiny, like how DNA is made of 2 conjoined strands.

Maybe there’s no destiny but what we decide, and no decisions but the ones we are destined to make. What do you think?

E-book Giveaway

After last week’s giveaway, winner announcements and special features, it’s time for our next—and final—E-book Giveaway for The Martini of Destiny.

Except this one’s going to be a bit different.

You can enter this giveaway anytime until June 18. On June 19—the day before launch—I’ll announce not one, not two, not three, but FIVE winners who will each receive a copy of The Martini of Destiny.

Want to be in the running? Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post. BONUS BROWNIE POINTS: Decision or Destiny?
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm PT on Tues., June 18, 2013. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Wed., June 19.
  3. Giveaway open to everyone, one e-book per winner. Void where prohibited.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

The Martini of Destiny, by Anthony St. ClairAbout The Martini of Destiny

A special martini gives courage to a doubting man, a ghost doesn’t pay for his pints, a destiny-slinging bartender questions everything, and the world will never be the same. The first Rucksack Universe Novella E-book, The Martini of Destiny is available June 20, 2013.

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10 comments on “Decision or Destiny? Final E-book Giveaway [NOW CLOSED]
  1. Congratulations, Anthony! Please enter me in your drawing. 🙂

  2. I think it’s like a choose your own adventure book, every choice you make opens up a handful of possible options for the future, so it’s kind of a combination of the two.

  3. Matt Roach says:

    I’ve always pondered on the idea of decisions vs destiny. How sometimes there is such a small window for an event to happen that greatly impacts your entire life. For example, I am getting married this summer to someone I met in a place I only lived in for four months. So many seemingly little or unrelated decisions can completely alter your course in life, how can it not feel like destiny? Anyways, it’s good to see you writing, Anthony, and I can’t wait to read your book.

  4. Martha Kuhn says:

    Destiny throws the decisions at me, ones that I would have not predicted, then I must make those decisions. And then there are all those decisions that others are making all the time, maybe those add up to some variety of destiny?

  5. Mary Lowd says:

    Hi Anthony,

    That’s a beautiful cover and a great title. I’d love to be entered in your giveaway drawing.

  6. Carol Campbell says:

    I like The Bon’s explanation. I think it is both, micro and macro type of thing.

  7. Marianne Garrison says:

    Congrats on the book. Looking forward to your launch. I agree I think it’s a little bit of both.

  8. drkayporter says:

    I look forward to reading it. I think it is both decisions and destiny that shape our lives.

  9. I haven’t thought about it for a long while, but since I do believe that everything happens for a reason, I would have to say that fate and destiny are two different things to me. It’s subtle, but it’s there. Fate sounds like there is no free will — which I definitely believe in. But destiny reminds me that certain things are supposed to happen, if only we are in the right place at the right time for them to happen. And it’s free will which takes us to those places.

  10. anthony probably has no idea who i am, but a few years back i emailed him about some questions about coffee shops and restaurants in eugene back in 1999 for my own novel. he was very helpful and i’ve been following his blog ever since. good luck with the launch and i look forward to reading the finished story.

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