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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
October 9:  Pembroke Sinclair
October 9:  Houston Havens
October 14:  Sizzling Book Blog
October 15;  Valerie Twombly
October 17:  A Writer’s Mind

 

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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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Writing: Its One Word at a Time

The wonderful Sandra Danby, my fellow contributor to The Milk of Female Kindenss: An Anthology of Honest Motherhood, nominated me for the writing process blog tour. She is currently working on the second novel in the Rose Haldane identity detective series (how cool an idea is that?). Here goes.

 

How do you start your writing projects?

I’m never without ideas, as a general rule. But it often starts as a small concept that evolves and shifts over time. I also do well with broad writing prompts, such as in anthologies. Here’s an example of how that works. thirteennights_msr

About two years ago, some writer peeps and I were toying with the idea of doing an anthology. The common thread-a club run by a siren-had to show up somewhere in the story. I knew I wanted to write a love story about an Amazon warrior finding love, as I have a thing for strong, kick-ass women as heroines.   A little research on Greek mythology revealed that Amazons probably procreated by heading over to their neighbors, the Gargareans, once a year—a sort of hit and run baby production ritual. Digging deeper, I found that there was a preference to spend 13 nights together as that was believed to increase the chance of conceiving. Given the standard ovulation cycle, there is truth there. From those various pieces, Thirteen Nights emerged. I made the club called Neutral Ground, based in DC where I live, the location for an annual speed dating ritual between the Amazons and Gargareans in modern day. From a germ of an idea, I built the foundation for the story.

I loved the world so much, I turned it into a series, Divine Temptation. All the heroines are Amazons. LifeReignitedBook 2, Life Reignited, launches on September 3.

So often, once a project starts, it’s easy to spin off additional stories. Once I’ve started to create a world populated with characters I’ve grown to love, I want them all to have their HEA.

 

How do you continue your writing projects?

I do a broad outline of the main story and try to summarize each chapter into a sentence. Then I just sit down and write. I’m pretty much a pantser with an outline.

How do you finish your project?

One word at a time. Once I complete a full draft, I put it aside. Then I re-read, revise and repeat the process. The third draft I send out for critique and feedback. Then I revise based on the feedback. Put aside, then do a last final edit before sending it off.

Include one challenge or additional tip that our collective communities could help with or benefit from.

Don’t get caught up with what other people are doing. We each have our own style, pace, life demands, etc… Its too easy to feel the pressure to do more (write more words, market more, publish more).  We each bring our own unique voice that we develop and nurture in our own unique way. Be proud of how you do it. Of course experiment with different approaches, but you and only you should be the final judge of what works for you.

Passing the Pen

I am passing the pen to Misa Buckley, an awesome author of science fiction romance, a genre I aspire to write in.  Misa has a slew of books you must check out.

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.

O is for Oracle #AtoZChallenge

Oracles are central figures in mythology.  They take many forms with an emphasis on their ability to predict the future or serve as agents to speak for the god.  They often raved, as if mad, or their words were cryptic, at time indecipherable, so that they had to be interpreted by priests, omens or signs.  They are such figures of awe. Thus, its  not uncommon to weave these figures into modern stories, such as the oracle in the Matrix films (whose name happens to be Niobe).

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An oracle serves as one of the key threads that weaves together my Divine  Temptation series with Ellora’s Cave. Her name is Sylla, and she is half oracle and half siren. Not only does she tell either the hero or the heroine that they have a role to play in the destiny of the pantheons on earth, she has the power of voice. She can draw the truth from them with a word. Come meet her in Thirteen Nights, and she” be back again in Life Reignited, which releases in September.

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.

Thirteen Nights Review Roundup

My blog tour is just about over, and I had a fun time wandering all over the blogosphere, meeting new folks, and reading reviews ofthirteennights_msr Thirteen Nights. Thanks to all of you for participating on the blog tour.

I’m so pleased the reviewers liked Thirteen Nights. Here’s what they’re saying:

Nicky Peacock Author (Five Stars)

What a great book! As romantic reads go, this really takes the reader that extra mile. There’s lots of steamy scenes in here, but they are legitimate and pretty much built into the plot. I also loved the idea of Amazons and Greek warriors entering into a breeding ritual. It set it up nicely that love could bloom and it was a refreshing change for the male protagonist to be the one really pushing the relationship forward.

The writing style was effortless. The whole book incredibly thought out and thoroughly engaging. Definitely for over 18s though!

TNT Reviews (Five Stars)

This was a very hot novella.

Overall, this was a well written and easy to read book.  I was able to finish it in one sitting.  I couldn’t put it down.

So, if you’re looking for a hot and steamy read, pick up Thirteen Nights.

Paranormal Romance Fans for Life (Four Fangs)

Rich and imaginative, this story has depth, humor, and plenty of heat.

I enjoyed the characters, their chemistry, and the intrigue that surrounds their determination to be together – no matter what. Well done.

Ramblings of a Book Lunatic (4 stars)

This was a great read, interesting lore and well written.  Well done, Sabrina.