Read A Chapter From My Upcoming Novel FLEX!

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 12.06% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

My upcoming urban fantasy novel Flex contains one of the wildest magic systems ever put to paper.  And so when SFSignal kindly asked for a sample chapter from the book, I thought giving something that would highlight just how odd the magic could get would be a good thing.
So here. Read Chapter 5: “Sexing Chickens.” 
Also, if you’d like some to read reviews that highlighted stuff about the book I was trying to shoot for:
I, Fat Robot: “I loved Flex.  All the thumbs up and all the stars checked.  It was really an easy book to love, for many reasons, one of which I tweeted somewhat incredulously: “This book has a female character who gets to be described as pudgy AND pretty with no BUT in between the two?!”
Michael Patrick Hicks: “It helps, too, that Steinmetz casts his characters are real people, first and foremost. These aren’t part-time models who strut around on the catwalk and then fight crime at night. Paul’s a paper-pusher for an insurance company. An ex-cop, he lost a foot in the line of duty and has a robotic prosthetic that can be a bit ungainly. Valentine is a wonderfully natural heroine, a bit chubby, a bit geeky, a bit sarcastic, and she adopts Paul’s mission as her own out of sincere compassion. They make for a dynamic team, and their relationship shows wonderful growth.”

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