Greek gods

F is for the Fates (What’s yours?) #AtoZChallenge

The Fates are arguably the most powerful of all the gods and goddesses.  Its not clear where they came from but even the gods feared them. Known as the Moirai, they collective weave our futures.

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Clotho spins each life with her thread. Lachesis chooses the length and contribution of each life, assigning what you will do and when you will die. Atropos cuts the thread when it is time.  In a way, they are another female articulation of the natural world, as they represent the natural order of things.  Although the big pieces are sketched out, if you believe in fate or the fates, there is still lots of room, even in the myth, for free will.

Of particular interest, in Plato’s Republic the Fates sang the past, present and future. Lachesis, the past, Clotho, the present, and Atropos, the future. Which reminds me of Dickens’ book, A Christmas Carol and how often mythology underpins our stories.

Where do you stand?  How much is fated, how much do we weave for ourselves?

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C is for Clio (Looking for a muse?) #A to Z Challenge

Clio is the muse of history in the greek pantheon. Like all the muses, she is the daughter of Zeus and the Titan, Mnemosyne. In greek myth, the muses were seen as the best in their chosen discipline. No human were supposed to equal their prowess. If they did, bad things often happened. But we don’t look to myths for happy endings, but life lessons.

The name Clio means to make famous, which is an interesting foundation for our concept of history and historical record.  But maybe because only history decides true fame (for good or ill) and fame is not the fleeting moments attached to celebrity in modern culture.  What do you think?
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I used the muse Clio in my book Thirteen Nights. She runs a Boston pub called the Quill and Parchment, which caters to the human and supernatural set who like to sit around and discuss deep thoughts and solve philosophical conundrums. Maybe at the Quill and Parchment, everyone does know your name. 🙂

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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.