Amazons

Hope Restored Release Day

Hope Restored, the third and final novella in my Divine Temptation Series, released today from Ellora’s Cave and is topping the EC’s top rated list. For those who’ve read Thirteen Nights and/or Life Reignited, this is Marta’s story.  Everyone deserves their happy ending.

Marta’s hero is Paean, the brooding, exiled demigod, proudly displayed on the cover.  HopeRestored_MSR

Blurb

Marta, an Amazon warrior, is going insane. Born an empath, she cannot block the emotions of others. As the Greek gods she serves go mad from the loss of their powers in the modern world, they are dragging her down with them. Her only hope—find Paean—the demigod of healing, banished centuries ago from Olympus for crimes long forgotten.

Paean wanders the earth an empty shell. Stripped of his powers, cursed with immortality and the relentless carnal hungers of a god, he finds escape only in his music. Until Marta finds him. Her love-making restores his magic and her courage gives him something to believe in again.

When the Roman gods attack and weaken the Greeks, the Olympians wants Paean back. They will do whatever is necessary to keep him there.

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Brooding demigod anyone? #coverreveal

And so my non-writing life has been packed to the max, taking on that almost nonsensical level of busyness that marks the 21st century where the digital product has taken its role in the pantheon of gods.

Somewhere, somehow, stealing five minutes here and five minutes there, I completed the third and final novella in my Divine Temptation Series, Hope Restored. For those who’ve read Thirteen Nights and/or Life Reignited, this is Marta’s story. Its about time, don’t you think? Everyone deserves their happy ending.

Marta’s hero is Paean, the brooding, exiled demigod, proudly displayed on the cover.  Their story releases from Ellora’s Cave on July 24rth. I hope you pick up a copy. HopeRestored_MSR

Blurb

Marta, an Amazon warrior, is going insane. Born an empath, she cannot block the emotions of others. As the Greek gods she serves go mad from the loss of their powers in the modern world, they are dragging her down with them. Her only hope—find Paean—the demigod of healing, banished centuries ago from Olympus for crimes long forgotten.

Paean wanders the earth an empty shell. Stripped of his powers, cursed with immortality and the relentless carnal hungers of a god, he finds escape only in his music. Until Marta finds him. Her love-making restores his magic and her courage gives him something to believe in again.

When the Roman gods attack and weaken the Greeks, the Olympians wants Paean back. They will do whatever is necessary to keep him there.

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Looking for Beta Readers for EC Fantasy Romance

Hi out there.

I have a draft of Hope Restored, Book 3 in the Divine Temptation Series from Ellora’s Cave. Since I’ve been off the writing circuit for a bit, I want more folks than usual to take a look at the document before I submit it. (Thanks to those who already have).

Its Marta’s story, the evil sister in Thirteen Nights.thirteennights_msr

 

Marta shows up again in Life Reignited, a little softer this time, but still not quite there.

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Hope Restored is a novella so its not a long read–about 20,000 words. Let me know in the comments if your interested in taking it for a test run or email me at sabrinagarie@gmail.com.  You must be over 18.

Life Reignited On Tour

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October 8:  Erotica For All
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 Phoebe lives trapped between two worlds. Born an Amazon warrior, she’s sworn to serve the Greek pantheon. It’s her work as a scholar in the human world that gives her life passion and purpose and eases her heart—which shattered when the pantheon forced her to abandon her human lover.

Alexander Xenos is world renowned classics expert, who has dedicated his life to the study of ancient cultures and promoting peace. His fame and global adventures hide a hole in his heart, ripped out by a beautiful, gentle scholar, who shut him out cold after the most intense love affair he’d ever had.

Thirty years later, Sander meets his long lost love, only to learn she’s an Amazon, the mythical gods are real, and they are about to go to war. And Phoebe, who still sets his blood to boil, is in the thick of it.  He’ll have to prevent a conflict between the Greek and Norse pantheons or lose her again—this time permanently.

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T is for Themis..cyra #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z Challenge today, I’m doing two Ts:  Themiscyra and Themis

Themiscyra is the mythological capital of the Amazons, which is believed to be somewhere in Asia Minor, near the city of Troy, which would be modern day Turkey.  The Amazons took part in the Trojan War on the side of Troy. That is pretty much all I could find without doing some pretty heavy research.

So, I will also highlight Themis, the Greek Titan goddess of divine order, law and custom who held sway over the oracles.  Notably, she delivered justice for divine law, not human rules and regulations. Some tales say she is the mother of the fates.
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I use Themis in Thirteen Nights to preside over the tribunal which determines the fate of Annie and Tai. Nothing like a Titan goddess of justice to add a little mystery to the outcome. For fun, here’s an excerpt where Themis has her cameo.

 

Just as the Elder warriors looked ready to storm out, Themis hit a gavel on the table. “I will pass judgment now.” The Elders sat, respectfully—powerful as they both were, neither were strong enough nor stupid enough to defy the Titan goddess of justice, the mother of the Fates and the ruler of the oracles. Even if the magic of the pantheon gods was waning, Themis remained formidable.

“Antiope, you carry the descendant of Hippolyta, the greatest of all Amazon queens.” Annie nodded, but Tai felt her shoulders and back stiffen. Themis was the most powerful deity in the room, her mind her own, her decision final, and they had no clue how this would play out.

P is for Phoebe #AtoZChallenge

The name Phoebe shows up a lot in Greek mythology.  She is, among others:

  • One of the Titans. Mother of Leto. Grandmother to Apollo and Artemis.
  • An Amazon who fought Hercules when he came to claim Hippolyta’s girdle.
  • A sister of Helen of Troy.
  • An epithet for Artemis and for Selene (goddess of the moon).
  • One of Saturn’s outer moons (see below, most of her crater’s were given names from Greek mythology as well).

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The name means bright and shining.  Phoebe is also an Amazon in my Divine Temptation Series.  She is the mother of Tai, the hero of Thirteen Nights. She gets her own love story in Life Reignited, releasing September 3, as part of Ellora’s Cave Vavaboomers series, which covers love and lust for the over 50 baby boomers.

M is for Molpadia #AtoZchallenge

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M is for Molpadia, the Amazon who killed, Antiope,(A in my A to Z Challenge) when trying to rescue her from, well uh, marriage.   According to myth, when Molpedia found Antiope in Theseus’s castle, Antiope refused to return with her to the Amazons.   Molpadia killed Antiope and then is herself killed by Theseus.

In Thirteen Nights, I reimagined Molpadia as Marta, Annie’s sister.  Marta tries to prevent Annie and Tai from getting together. While she’s the nasty in the first book, there is a reason and she softens in the ensuing books. Currently, I am writing her story,  Hope Restored, because everyone deserves their HEA.

L is for Lampedo (Who is she?) #AtoZchallenge

Lampedo is another Amazon Queen. I found her interesting enough to give her a post simply because she is identified in Roman historical writings. My knowledge of Amazons comes mostly from Greek mythology.

Having said that, her name means Burning Torch in Greek, which is thought to be a reference to the torchlit processions held on nights of the new moon in honor of Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt.

We don’t know a lot about her, but she supposedly ruled with her sister, Marpesia, and extended the reputation of the Amazons into wider Europe and Asia Minor, spreading fear and terror.   The two sisters are below. I was pleased and surprised to find this on wikimedia commons. You can scroll over for more information.
Woodcut illustration of the Amazons Lampedo and Marpesia - Penn Provenance Project

 

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H is for Hippolyta #AtoZ Challenge

Hippolyta was one of the most famous of the Amazon Queens. Most likely because Hercules of muscles (and Kevin Sorbo) fame had to gain Hippolyta’s girdle as one of his Twelve Labors, a penance for his crimes (Hera, queen of the gods, drove him to madness causing him to kill his wife and children–the old greek myths were pretty nasty at times.)  The girdle or belt was a gift from her father Ares, the god of war,  that signaled her authority as Amazon ruler.

In the DC comic and television show Wonder Woman, Hippolyta was Diane Prince’s mother. Just for fun, here’s Cloris Leachman as Hippolyta in the original Wonder Woman show.

CL as Hippolyta

 

Given her status in the annals of Amazon history, Hippolyta appears in my Amazon romance series. Antiope and Marta, heroines of respectively Thirteen Nights and my WIP, Hope Restored, descended directly from Hippolyta, which of course gets them into all kinds of trouble.

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A is for Antiope, a Unique Amazon #AtoZChallenge

Welcome to Post one of the A to Z Challenge. My theme is mythical goddesses and ancient queens. My post for the first day is arguably both.

Antiope is an Amazon princess, daughter to Ares, the Greek god of war. In some stories, she is also an Amazon queen.  What brought her to my attention is that Antiope is the only known Amazon ever to formally marry. Her husband was Theseus, king of Athens, companion to Hercules, and famed for defeating the minotaur. The ending is sad, as most myths tend to be.   Theseus kidnapped Antiope when traveling with Hercules on the quest to gain the girdle of Hippolyta, the Amazon Queen.  In the process, she fell in love with him. The Amazons attack to reclaim the girdle and rescue Antiope, who was killed by the Amazon Molpadia in the process. As with most myths, there are other versions of this story, such as Theseus killed her in order to marry Phaedra. Here she is:
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No matter which version is true, if any indeed are, it makes a great story.  I had wanted to develop a romance series around the Amazons and I couldn’t resist rewriting Antiope’s story to kick it off. Its called Thirteen Nights, because in myth, the Amazons would procreate once a year with their neighbors, the Gargareans, a group of male-only warriors. It was believed that spendingthirteennights_msr thirteen nights together ensured conception.

I updated that pair matching to an annual speed-dating event.  If you like hot romances, check it out. If you just like kick-ass female mythical leaders. come visit during the A to Z challenge. I’ll be doing one each day. I promise not too much promo. But I have two heroines from my mythology-based series whose names happen start with A and B.  As historical figures, they are interesting because they are not as well known.

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