WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, OH--(Marketwire - December 11, 2008) - There's a new voice on the literary scene -- as powerful as it is palpable, Jason Austin and his debut novel, "Dues of Mortality," proves a stunningly original debut novel and swipes first place winner of WritingRoom's Author Launch Contest.

The story focuses on the unfolding of extreme circumstances and the alchemy of chance, or, the not so randomness of events that coalesce, essentially sealing one's fate -- and that of the future itself.

Ambitiously and fantastically set against a Futuristic Sci-Fi, 2021 Cleveland back-drop, Austin's tale of redemption, choice and ultimately consequence, lead our faltering hero Xavier Clyde Hawkins down a spiraling whirlwind of self contempt, unraveling conspiracy and monolithic corporate corruption.

When Hawkin's life auspiciously collides with the bold and arresting Glenda Jameson, both lives take a tumultuous turn as unexpected as it is unnerving in what New York Times best selling Author Jon Land calls, "A major debut." Land goes onto say, "Austin ably follows the trail blazed by such thriller greats as Steve Berry, Vince Flynn and James Rollins -- this is a writer we will almost certainly be seeing for a long time to come."

WritingRoom.com -- an inspired online community for aspiring writers to engage with and appraise one another's work -- considers Jason Austin's "Dues of Mortality" exemplary of the kind of fierce writing that the Author Launch Contest was created to celebrate and support!

The promise of thirty-eight year old Jason Austin -- a Warrensville Heights, Ohio native -- with this staggering debut seems, not unlike the unfolding of his stories... almost preordained.

"DUES OF MORTALITY" is published by PublishingRoom.com. "DUES OF MORTALITY" will be available in the PublishingRoom bookstore and online at Amazon and BN on October 2008.

For more information, please contact Eileen Koch @ Eileen Koch & Company, 310. 441.1000 or email Eileen@eileenkoch.com. Please visit www.eileenkoch.com.

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