Mythology

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 Blasts Off (with a #Freebook #giveaway)

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Life Reignited releases today from Ellora’s Cave. Its book 2 in my Divine Temptation series, which started with Thirteen Nights.  You can pick up a copy at Ellora’s Cave or Goodreads. I am setting up a blog tour at the end of the month. Updates coming soon.

To celebrate the release of Life Reignited, I am offering a free ebook,  A Flicker of Power, Divine Temptation 1.5. It was originally released as “In Search of Pink Coral” as part of the Shades of Pink Anthology 2013 and has been revised and extended. Its a quickie, but its a good introduction to the pantheon world and its free. Right now its available on Kobo,  AllRomance,  Barnes and Noble and iTunes Books. It will be available on Amazon soon. Thanks to all who helped me pick a cover.  I tried to integrate all the comments and the poll. I like it.

Life Reignited Blurb and Early Reviews

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.

Here’s what the earlier reviewers have had to say:

The Jeep Diva:  “This fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps readers shivering in anticipation with suspense, drama and romance. The author paints vivid images of the story with well written scenes and details that transport the readers to a modern mythological and fantastical world. ”

Indy Book Fairy:  “This was a really good story, the story flowed and it kept you wanting to know more.”

A Flicker of Power Blurb

Bara’s powers are deteriorating. A daughter of the Norse sea gods, her magic is tied to the dying coral reefs.  When she catches Dylan, a human scuba diver, tampering with her coral, she attacks him only to discover he holds the key to the survival of the reefs and the pantheon gods, herself included. His passion recharges her magic.  But Bara has eight sisters and they all want a piece of the action. Bara must choose between her love for Dylan or saving the Norse Pantheon.

 

 

3, 2, 1 Release Day and #Freebook #giveaway

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I’m on the countdown to the release of Life Reignited with Ellora’s Cave. Its book 2 in my Divine Temptation series, which kicked off with Thirteen Nights. It’s releasing September 3, two days from now. One thing that makes me proud is that the hero and heroine are over 50. They’re still sexy and still got it, although perhaps differently.

To celebrate the release of Life Reignited, I am offering a free ebook,  A Flicker of Power, Divine Temptation 1.5. It was originally released as “In Search of Pink Coral” as part of the Shades of Pink Anthology 2013 and has been revised and extended. Its a quickie, but its a good introduction to the pantheon world and its free. Right now its available on Kobo and AllRomance but I am working to distribute it on more sites over the next week. Thanks to all who helped me pick a cover.  I tried to integrate all the comments and the poll. I like it.  What do you think?

Life Reignited Blurb and Early Reviews

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.

Here’s what the earlier reviewers have had to say:

The Jeep Diva:  “This fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps readers shivering in anticipation with suspense, drama and romance. The author paints vivid images of the story with well written scenes and details that transport the readers to a modern mythological and fantastical world. ”

Indy Book Fairy:  “This was a really good story, the story flowed and it kept you wanting to know more.”

A Flicker of Power Blurb

Bara’s powers are deteriorating. A daughter of the Norse sea gods, her magic is tied to the dying coral reefs.  When she catches Dylan, a human scuba diver, tampering with her coral, she attacks him only to discover he holds the key to the survival of the reefs and the pantheon gods, herself included. His passion recharges her magic.  But Bara has eight sisters and they all want a piece of the action. Bara must choose between her love for Dylan or saving the Norse Pantheon.

 

 

Y is for Yemaya (African Pantheon) #AtoZChallenge

Yemaya is the goddess of the seas and motherhood in Yoruban mythology.  Yoruban culture is found in West Africa, particularly southwestern Nigeria and western Benin.

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Of interest for this theme, Yemaya was worshipped predominantly by women because she both grants fertility and protects women during childbirth.  She is known as the mother of fish and in fact her full name means mother whose children are fish.

She has a global reach as she was brought to Brazil, Haiti, the U.S. among others from Africa. Since our knowledge of Yemaya has been passed through oral traditions, many variants of her name and capabilities have emerged.

Like most of the sea goddesses I’ve covered here, she has mood swings, with the potential for the calm of the ocean at peace and the anger and destructive potential of an ocean storm.

X is for Xi Wang-mu (Chinese Pantheon) #AtoZChallenge

Xi Wang-mu is the Chinese goddess of immortality.  She personifies the “yin,” the feminine half of the yin-yang balance of the world.  The daughter, of Yu-huang, the Jade Emperor and highest ruler of the Taoist Heaven, she,  unsurprisingly, lives in a nine story jade palace.  In the palace garden, she cultivates the peaches of immortality.  If a mortal eats of it, he or she becomes immortal.

Xi Wang-mu means Queen mother of the west. She lives in the Kunluth mountains in the western part of China, where it was believed heaven and earth met.  Another figure, like the Babylonian goddess, Kishar,  that appears to be associated with the horizon. As a mother figure, and one of the oldest gods in the Chinese pantheon, she has powers of creation and destruction.

Her history seems to change over time.  While associated with Taoism, she predates it. Older history and images associate her with the tiger and even allocate tiger-like traits to her. Her association with Taoism softens those claws over time.

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.

N is Niobe of the never-ending tears #AtoZChallenge

Niobe, the Queen of Thebes, weeps to this day. In a moment of human arrogance, she bragged of her fourteen children to insult Leto, daughter of Titans, who only bore two offspring, Apollo and Artemis.  In revenge, Leto had Apollo kill Niobe’s seven sons and Artemis kill her seven daughters, a scene often captured in classic art. Here’s an example.
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Desolate (as if there truly was a word to convey the sorrow of a mother who lost all her children to her own vanity), Niobe fled to Mount Siplyon and turned to stone.  A stream formed from the rock, and is continuously replenished from Niobe’s never-ending tears. There is a weeping willow that bears her name-the Niobe weeping willow.

Niobe is the second historic female figure from whom water flows, the result of the loss of children.  So many myths teach of the sin of hubris–thinking we are better than the gods. But I think what they are really trying to tell us is that hubris is simply thinking we are better than others. From that simple assumption, so much tragedy ensues.

Do you agree?

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.
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If you have time, why not stop by some of the other A to Z Bloggers.

K is for Kishar (Babylonian Pantheon) #AtoZchallenge

I am trying to mix in goddesses from lesser known pantheons. I must admit, its hard to dig up anything but basics on them. I couldn’t find any images, not even a statue or figurine. So I’ll share what little I’ve dug up in my internet archeology.

Kishar is the Babylonian Goddess of the earth and mother to Anu, the Babylonian king of gods. Her consort was also her brother, Anshu. Kishar and Anshu together were considered the twin horizons of the sky and earth and the two principles of the Babylonian pantheon.  Of particular interest, her name’s direct translation is “totality of the lower world.”

From these principles came the Annunaki, the gods of Mesopotamia, who are mentioned in the work Gilgamesh.

Have a wonderful weekend all. If you have time, why not visit some more bloggers on the A to Z Challenge.