Sometimes destiny tempts us, and sometimes we tempt destiny—either way, every choice brings consequences.
"Suspenseful, intriguing and powerfully tense, this is a dark fantasy work like no other... The Temptation of Destiny is a master class in tension and supposition." ~ Readers' Favorite Book Reviews, K.C. Finn (5 STARS)
Jake has the perfect life—a successful marriage, three great children, and a plan set in place for his future. Yet with one tragic twist of fate, all he has achieved is threatened.
Dakota, a recent graduate from law school, is eager to start her life in Wind River, a magical place where legends of strong warriors and beautiful maidens, in a majestic land steeped in lore, have always captured her imagination. Yet one horrible night threatens her piece of heaven on earth.
The Spirits dance across the night sky as the most vile, violent, and darkest of humanity's secrets invade Wind River. Prophetic visions warn of a great battle, and the dead tell tales, as the past and future collide and the struggle between the Spirit and Mortal worlds tear at the fibers of humanity.
EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a compelling story of light and darkness, love and despair, life and death, set against the backdrop of Wyoming American Indian country, culture, and spirituality. [DRM-Free]
"The scenes are beautifully written, the points of views clearly narrated, and the conflict is so skillfully constructed that it drives the story forward. A great read, indeed." ~ Readers' Favorite Book Reviews, Divine Zape (5 STARS)
"...beautifully written, expressive, and enjoyable." ~ Readers' Favorite Book Reviews, K.J. Simmill (5 STARS)
Books by D.M. Earley:
- Call of Destiny - Book 1: "The Temptation of Destiny"
- Call of Destiny - Book 2: "The Pyres of Destiny" (Coming 2020)
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- The "Shining Light's Saga" Series by Ruby Standing Deer
- "The Augur's View" by Victoria Lehrer
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- "The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky" by David Litwack
About the Author
Like many new authors, I said for years I wanted to write a book. Life, careers, and other necessary evils seemed to always derail that goal. Then, last year, on a road trip out west, I found the spark that ignited The Temptation of Destiny.
My journey began in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. After high school, I joined the U.S. Coast Guard, spending the better part of eight years busting holes in the sky on C-130s. After the military, my career path meandered through the financial services industry, auto industry, bar industry, and construction management.
I am excited to start my next adventure with a move out west, and begin work on my second book. New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment, will provide the rich Native American mythology to take readers on another roller coaster ride (as The Temptation of Destiny does).
In my downtime, I enjoy hiking and other outdoor adventures with my wife. Hunting, fishing, and doing everything possible to stay from falling into the “status quo,” fuels me.
When it’s time to wind down this adventure we call life, I hope to be sitting in a cabin high in the alpine forests of the Rockies, spending the days with my wife, children, family, and friends, reminiscing about the blessings this life afforded us all.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have just finished reading "The Temptation of Destiny" and it is a great, engaging read. Once I got into several chapters, I found it difficult to put it aside for daily activities.. I have never really been into spiritual or super natural until I read this book. So proud of D. M. Earley for such a great first novel, and I cannot wait for the next publication.
The Temptation of Destiny was engaging from the very beginning. With every page, I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next. Throughout the book I was able to connect with each character, feel their emotions and vividly picture the amazing locations where this story took place. DM Early provided suspense, mystery, heartbreak, love and a deep and dark look into the spiritual world. I highly recommend this book and hope you enjoy it too!
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite The Temptation of Destiny by D.M. Earley is the first entry in the Call of Destiny series. The narrative is atmospheric, written in prose that entices the reader and featuring characters who are caught between their dreams and a future that threatens those dreams. We encounter Dakota at the opening of the story, just recently graduated from law school and looking forward to settling in Wind River. Then there is Jake whose life is just wonderful, a man who has three lovely children and a successful marriage. But a glimpse into the future compels him to make choices that will affect the lives of everyone. How do we respond to prophetic visions and can we embrace the present when we know the future spells doom? This is the question that haunts the characters in The Temptation of Destiny. This novel opens a powerful series and I loved how the author deals with existential themes. The descriptions are terrific and they capture details of the setting, leaving readers with clear pictures of the environment in which the story takes place. The story has a thought-provoking premise: what happens to our lives when we have an idea of what our future looks like? The spiritual themes run through the narrative in which two worlds seem to collide and the lives of the characters are tested. The Temptation of Destiny explores some of the hidden fears of the human spirit, exploring the anxiety that affects people when danger looms ahead. The scenes are beautifully written, the points of views clearly narrated, and the conflict is so skillfully constructed that it drives the story forward. A great read, indeed.
Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite Jake had found love and happiness when he had least expected it. He had made a life for himself, raised a family. Concerns, however, gave him cause to reflect on what he wanted for them, what was for the best. The answer, however, turned him onto a path of destiny he never would have imagined. In Wind River, Dakota's home town, visions have been haunting the medicine man, visions which have come to pass, and those that warn of forthcoming battles and the need for a warrior. A storm is coming to Wind River, and now more then ever it is told she will need a warrior beside her. The Temptation of Destiny is a suspenseful novel written by D.M. Earley. Following destiny and the path fate weaves before someone is something often considered as not without its challenges, but easy to follow. Prepare to lose your misconceptions. Following his fate, Jake is led through trials and tribulations he could never have seen coming, all tempering him for the difficulties of what is still in store, but at the same time, he is given the tools needed to survive. I enjoyed watching the characters grow and develop, as well as the immersion into different cultures, survival, and values. It was amazing to see how the pasts of the characters and their experiences all combine to ensure they are in the right place, position, and have the capacity to do and be exactly what is needed. Past, present, and visions of the future pave the way, and the depth and detail ensure the reader will be left satisfied. The Temptation of Destiny is beautifully written, expressive, and enjoyable. I loved the idea and themes behind the plot, and how everything came together.
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite The Temptation of Destiny is a work of literary fantasy and paranormal fiction penned by author D. M. Earley. Written for adults due to its dark themes and explicit language and content, this harrowing drama follows the concept of prophecy and how the temptation to know and see the future can affect even the most idyllic of human lives. We follow father-of-three Jake when a mere glimpse of the future sends him spiraling into a journey for answers and self-assurance, and the dreams of a young woman, Dakota, as she embarks on her adult life, alone for the first time. Darkness looms as Destiny awaits, and we begin to wonder whether it can be altered at all. Suspenseful, intriguing and powerfully tense, this is a dark fantasy work like no other. Fans of many different genres, including crime, horror, and mystery will all find something they can enjoy in the pages of author D. M. Earley’s psychologically chilling vision of how the future can affect the present. The characters are well developed, and Jake in particular presents as an everyman whom most people could aspire to or relate to for his peaceful little life. His journey is harrowing, with highly atmospheric and torturous moments of narrative as his psyche is invaded by what he sees and what he thinks he knows about his own destiny. The graphic content is shocking but appropriate to the dark nature of the plot. Overall, The Temptation of Destiny is a masterclass in tension and supposition.