Hugh Fritz launches his blog tour of Made to Be Broken; book one in the Mystic Rampage series

Monday, November 04, 2019
Flarence knows that Genies are supposed to help their masters by granting wishes, but he’s never been comfortable taking orders. To him, pummeling bad guys with magically enhanced weaponry feels like a much better way to use his powers.

Darren is a gangster who wants to leave his reckless life behind so he can focus on providing for his family. Unfortunately, there are people in the neighborhood who won’t let him move on.

Soleil is a humble man who tries to lead a passive lifestyle. In times of peace or times of war, he can be found cleaning his cafe or singing along with rock-’n’-roll tunes while tending to his houseplants.

Darren, Soleil, and Flarence will have to work together and step outside their comfort zones when a rogue Genie and a hot-headed police officer threaten the lives of their loved ones. Flarence will be challenged to work with a criminal, Soleil will be forced to leave his sanctuary and act to help his friends, and Darren will face the possibility that being a gentle and caring family man may not be an option for him.

Print Length: 264  Pages
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Golden Word Books
ISBN-10: 1948749432
ISBN-13: 978-1948749435

Made to be Broken is now available to purchase on, Barnes and Noble, and IndieBound.

Book Giveaway Contest
To win a copy of the book Made to be Broken by R. Hugh Fitz, please enter via Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. Giveaway ends on November 11th at 12 AM EST. We will randomly pick a winner and email them the same day. Good luck!

About the Author
Hugh Fritz is a fan of monsters, mad scientists, sorcerers, and anything that involves being with incredible powers beating each other senseless. After years of writing research papers, he decided it was time to give reality a rest and let his imagination run wild. This is his first book, and it has been an illuminating experience making the transition from reader to author.

He was born in Chicago where he spent most of his life until moving to the Southwest in 2015. He finds inspiration bouncing ideas off other novelists in a critique group, but hours of television and finding the right songs to put him in the writing mood play an important role as well. He has no plans to end the Genies' adventures here, so be on the lookout for more magical mischief in the next book of the Mystic Rampage series.

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Author Interview by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto

WOW: Thank you for being with us today and choosing WOW to help promote Made to be Broken! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more of your work. I'm sure you are an avid reader as well. Who is your favorite author?

Hugh: I like Brian Harmon, who wrote two series of fantasy novels. One is Temple of the Blind and the other is called Rushed. I don’t like everything he does with his characters and their development, but I enjoy how his stories progress. Temple of the Blind had interesting puzzles and throughout Rushed the hero has found clever ways to defeat the antagonists.

WOW: I love that you can speak objectively about your favorite author - that's very insightful. When did you write your first book or poem? Did you know at a young age that you had a passion for this craft?

Hugh: The first piece I worked on continuously was for a club that I joined in high school. The title was Nidrack and it was a series of skits. Each member of the group was a character, and then there was one random character named Nidrack who I always played. I don’t remember anything inspiring the idea, other than the observation that most people were writing poems and short stories but nobody was bringing scripts to the meetings so I gave it a shot.

WOW: Sounds like a great group to help inspire someone like yourself. Let's talk about the opposite of being inspired - How do you deal with rejection and what advice do you have for other up and coming authors?

Hugh: I treat rejection as if it’s a negative review. I read through it a few times, take a moment to reflect on it, and then go about my day. Before making a creative piece public it’s important to realize there will be people who hate and criticize it, sometimes in a blunt and offensive manner. It’s just going to happen. There will be times to defend your work, but there will also be times to accept the blows. Agents and publishers are usually busy with other inquiries, so they probably don’t have time to listen to me trying to change their mind. Therefore, rejection letters are times to practice admitting to suffering a setback and finding a way to move on.

WOW: What great advice for a writer at any level.  How do you feel about critique and writing groups?

Hugh: I’ve been going to a critique group weekly for a few years and the people there are the reason I’ve been published. In addition to improving the quality of my writing, they’ve given me advice about marketing and helped me find places to pitch my work. I hadn’t heard of the Southwest Writers until someone in the critique group asked if anyone wanted to go to one of their conferences. I accepted and it was where I met a representative for my current publisher, Golden Word Books.

WOW: Well, I'm glad I asked that question; it may help some of your fellow authors see the benefit of those groups. Thank you for your honesty!

If your book was made into a movie, what song should be played as the title track?

Hugh: I’ve thought about this before because I like listening to music while I’m writing and I’ve settled on theme songs for my main characters. If a movie were to open by introducing Darren, I imaging the song being Clint Eastwood by the Gorillaz. If it opens with Soleil, it would be Watching the Wheels by John Lennon. For Flarence, it would be Pompeii by Bastille.

WOW: As we wrap up our time together today, I simply must know, what's next for you?

Hugh: For the moment I’m working through Mystic Rampage 3, and making revisions to part 2. When this series is finished I plan on writing a more typical fantasy book. It was fun writing about a group of genies in modern-day Chicago, but I have another story about a dragon, a farmer, and a knight in an imaginary kingdom.

WOW: Thank you so much for your time today - I'm sure readers will delight to learn more as they follow you through the tour. We look forward to your tour and future releases!

--- Blog Tour Dates

November 4th @ The Muffin
What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Join us as we celebrate the launch of the blog tour for author Hugh Fritz’s book Made to be Broken. Read an interview with the author and win a copy of the book.

November 5th @ Book Santa Fe with Crystal Otto
Crystal Otto shares her thoughts about the first book in the Mystic Rampage Series - Made to be Broken by Hugh Fritz.

November 7th @ Bring on Lemons with Carmen Otto
Middle Schooler Carmen Otto raves about the first book in the Mystic Rampage Series – she encourages everyone to read Made to be Broken by Hugh Fritz! Find out more today at Bring on Lemons.

November 8th @ World of My Imagination
Nicole Pyles reviews Made to be Broken by Hugh Fritz – find out what you’re missing and learn about the first book in the Mystic Rampage series – if you love sci-fi you’ll love this book!

November 9th @ World of My Imagination
Learn more about Hugh Fritz and his new book Made to be Broken as he shares a few thoughts in an interesting interview with Nicole Pyles at World of My Imagination.

November 15th @ Anjanette Speaks
Anjanette Potter interviews Hugh Fritz as well as reviewing his book Made to be Broken – find out more about the first book of the Mystic Rampage series – now available!

November 18th @ Breakeven Books
Today’s Book Spotlight at Breakeven Books is Made to be Broken (first book in the Mystic Rampage Series) by Hugh Fritz – don’t miss this great opportunity to add this exciting new novel to your collection!

November 19th @ To Write or Not To Write
Sreevarsha reviews Made to be Broken by Hugh Fritz and delights readers at To Write or Not To Write with her thoughts about this fast-paced novel – it’s the first book in the Mystic Rampage Series – don’t miss this!

November 20th @ A StoryBook World
Don’t miss today’s publicity post at A Storybook World as readers at Dierdra’s blog are introduced to the first book in the Mystic Rampage Series – you’ll want to run out and get your own copy of Hugh Fritz’s Made to be Broken!

November 21st @ Lisa Haselton Reviews and Interviews
Lisa Haselton interviews Hugh Fritz about the first novel in the Mystic Rampage series, Made to be Broken. Readers will delight in learning more about this science fiction story with intriguing plot and multiple plot twists!

November 22nd @ Look to the Western Sky
Visit Margo's blog today where you can catch today's author spotlight and learn more about Hugh Fritz and his fabulous book Made to be Broken.

November 26th @ Selling Books
Don’t miss today’s author interview with Hugh Fritz as Cathy Stucker finds out more about his latest release Made to be Broken – the first book in the Mystic Rampage series.

November 27th @ Author Anthony Avina
Author Anthony Avina shares his thoughts after reading Made to be Broken by Hugh Fritz – don’t miss this review!

December 2nd @ Bring on Lemons with Tara Forst
Wisconsinite Tara Forst shares her thoughts after reading the first book in the Mystic Rampage Series – find out more in her book review of Made to be Broken by Hugh Fritz.

December 4th @ Author Anthony Avina
Author Anthony Avina interviews Hugh Fritz about Made to be Broken - the first book of the Mystic Rampage series.

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Margo Dill said...

It's so great that you have a good critque group and found your publisher at a conference! Best of luck to you with your book.

Unknown said...

Thanks. The people in the critique group really are the reason this book has gone this far. It's exciting to see them finding success as well. I'll be returning the favor by helping them get the word out for their work soon.

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