Gods of Olympus is live!
This pick-your-own-path adventure story with the gods of Mount Olympus was a BEAST to write and manage, with nearly 140,000 words. In fact, I couldn't distribute the file to retailers other than Amazon because, when I tried to convert it into an epub, the links to the alternate versions would become contaminated.
I discovered only one other non-linear pick-your-own-path ebook that's been published, and it was an erotica book. It, too, is exclusive to Amazon. Maybe this, combined with how difficult this kind of book is to write, is why there aren't that many.
Since I couldn't upload it to the other vendors, I enrolled it into Kindle Unlimited. If you're a subscriber, read it for free. Otherwise, it's $5.99 to buy--which I think is a steal considering it's like reading 50 stories in one book.
Here's the blurb:
The sound of nearby footsteps in the grass startles you awake. You blink rapidly as your eyes adjust to the sunlight and you become aware of a formidable figure standing over you. He is wearing golden armor—a breast plate and knee guards, along with a sword sheathed at his hip. Beside the figure is a golden chariot and horses that seem plucked right out of a fairy tale. You blink again, but the formidable figure and his exotic chariot remain.
“Hello,” the figure says. “My name is [choose one] Zeus.” Poseidon.” Hades.”
You are the main character in this encounter with the Olympians. Throughout the narrative, you make choices that change the course of the story. Which god or goddess will Cupid make your love interest? You decide. Then, to prove you're worthy to become immortal, so that you can remain with your love interest, will you face Cerberus or the Hydra? Will you offer cakes or strike with the sword loaned to you by Athena? How will you steal a golden apple from the garden of the Hesperides, and who will help you through the Minotaur's labyrinth, and which god or goddess will comfort you if you fail?
Enjoy dozens of adventures in a single book!
Although this pick-your-own-adventure novel shares the world of The Gatekeeper's Saga, it can be enjoyed before, after, or without reading the saga. Here's the cover:
As I mentioned before, there will not be hard cover, paperback, or audiobook editions because of the nature of the story. To be interactive, the narrative contains hyperlinks, which only work in ebook form.
The web-based version of the game will also release sometime later this month, with the app-based version coming out by the end of the summer. The game version will be similar in concept with the same opening and characters but different challenges to prove your god-worthiness. I couldn't be more excited! I hope you are, too! Stay tuned for those announcements.