The Muse



a new novel by Fred Warren

from Splashdown Books

Purchase online at and   Barnes & Noble

Available in all popular e-book formats

2010 ACFW Carol Award Finalist for Speculative Fiction

Imagine you’re a writer searching desperately for inspiration.

Imagine that one day, you find it, but in a way that seems impossible, that challenges all your assumptions about reality.

Imagine if inspiration could be fatal.



Read the first chapter!


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 will he find it?

Stan doesn’t realize that inspiration has found him,

and it’s about to take over his life.

Ripped from reality, he must lead a band of lost souls into a life-or-death battle

with a merciless enemy.

Stan has found his muse, but will he survive it?


Here’s what readers are saying about The Muse:

“What would you do to fulfill your artistic dreams? Fred Warren offers a humorous, yet mysterious, twist on the journey to success that warns: if the deal is too good to be true, it likely is. The Muse is unique and imaginative.”  — NovelTeen Book Reviews

“I give The Muse two thumbs up, with a gold star for family friendliness, a gold star for originality, a gold star for plot, and a silver star for characters. Plus, a first place ribbon for Fred Warren’s first novel, and a shiny red apple for Splashdown books for taking a chance on a new writer.”  — T.W. Ambrose, Editor, Digital Dragon Magazine

“Fred Warren’s debut is great. I am a new reader in this genre. I found the book to be fun, fast-paced, and an excellent read.”  — L. Hooker

“Fred’s book is a fast read that I could not put down until I reached the end.”  — Paulette Harris

“The dialogue is snappy, the action is taut, and the family emotion is strong and real.”  — Steven Rzaza

“…beyond the fast paced chapters, great dialogue and fantastically magical climax is the soulful inner journey of the main character that so many stories seem to lack these days…A truly impressive debut novel” — Kirk Outerbridge

“Fred Warren’s deftly-designed characters and well-developed scenes will draw in a variety of readers and carry them along for the ride.”  — Cathi

“…a work which proved to be original and thought-provoking, while containing well-rounded characters, a solid story, and a couple of genuine surprises. In other words, The Muse has all you can ask for in a good fantasy story.” — John K. Patterson

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3 thoughts on “The Muse

    1. I’m glad you liked the first chapter, Lindsey. Stan’s about to get a lot more help with his problem than he wants! I hope you’re able to get a copy of the book and read the rest of the story. If you do, let me know, and I’ll send you a signed bookplate to go with it.


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