Mythology Monday: Halloween

When people talk about mythology, they act like it’s something ancient. Something that already happened. We are constantly creating myths in our own culture today. Some elements occur over and over and over again, like the myth of Superman. It’s kind of similar to Hercules, Gilgamesh, Odysseus, take your pick. That’s all myths are, stories. There may be some basis in truth, but for the most part, they’re just fun to tell.

Halloween has a mythology all of its own. Every ghost story, campfire tale, and urban legend is better when it’s told in the dark of the night on Halloween. So let’s tell some scary stories, shall we? Leave your scary story in the comments, and the creepiest one will get a spooky surprise.

Here’s the scariest story I ever heard: (note: I didn’t come up with this, I heard it as a kid)

So there’s this girl, and she’s home alone. She lives in a big house and it has one of those glass sliding door. As she’s passing through the living room, she catches a glimpse of someone in her back yard. It’s a creepy looking man holding a butcher knife. She freaks and runs up stairs, locks her door, and calls the police. The come, but the man is long gone.

“You’re very lucky miss,” the policeman tells her. “The man you described is an escaped killer. Now, where did you say you saw him again?”

She stands in front of the sliding glass door and points to where she saw him in the back yard.

The policeman exchanges a look with his partner. “See, here’s the thing, the soil out there is still wet from this afternoons downpour, and there’s no foot prints.”

The girl gets defensive, “you don’t believe me?” she asks.

“Oh we believe you saw him, just not there.”

“Where was he then.”

The officer motions for her to look out into the back yard again, and shifts positions. Suddenly his reflection is visible in the sliding glass door.

“Right behind you.”

The Search for Cerberus

If you’ve read Persephone, then you know that Cerberus, the giant three headed guard dog of the Underworld has been missing ever since Hercules borrowed him and drank from the Lethe.

Hades still misses his dog, so the search is on. I’ll be hosting a search for Cerberus web quest that will be going on until the sequel to Persephone, Daughter of the earth and Sky, is released on January 4th.

I need a few things from my readers. First, a picture of Cerberus in some unlikely location. I’ll be accepting entries, and we’ll be voting on them until December 1st. The winner will get a mention in the sequel as the person who discovered Cerberus in that unlikely hiding place. You’ll also win an advanced copy of Daughter of the Earth and Sky

December 1-31 the webquest will go live. Anyone who finds Cerberus and comments on his location will have a shot of winning one of three free copies of Daughter of the Earth and Sky.

Let the search begin:

Release Party! Win a copy of Persephone!

I’m having a release party! Since Persephone is an ebook, having an erelease party made sense to me. To “attend” just share this blog and post a comment on my blog, facebook, or twitter Friday at 5 pm, through Saturday at 5.

You can post questions or comments. I’ll reply, and one lucky commenter will win a copy of Persephone in whichever format they prefer. At 5:30 I’ll be bringing snacks to my writers group for an in person celebration, and they’ll help me choose a random winner.

Spread the word!

Memorial Day

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I have a lot of family that served in the military. Both parents, and pretty much my entire extended family. I grew up right outside of Fort Benning Georgia, so you would think I have some idea of what Memorial Day is all about.

Until recently, I didn’t. It was a day off from school that I often confused with labor day. It’s really only been since I’ve grown up and started a family of my own that I began to understood the sacrifice our troops and their families make.

I can’t imagine having to pick up and move every few years. I can’t imagine being separated from my husband for months. I can’t imagine the stress, much less the fear. Our troops and their families sacrifice so much for our country, and some even sacrificed their lives. So today I’m taking a moment to remember those who have fallen, and their families. Thanks for everything.

In honor of Memorial Day, my publisher, Musa Publishing is hosting a blog hop. Everyone is hosting a giveway, so the more blogs you visit, the more chances you have to win. To enter, follow me on my blog, facebook and twitter (links are to your right in the sidebar). For each place you follow post one comment by midnight on Memorial Day. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Tuesday.

I’ve written a young adult novel called Persephone. Persephone is a modern day Retelling of the classic Greek myth. Here’s my blurb 🙂

The “talk” was bad enough, but how many teens get told that they’re a goddess? When her mom tells her, Persephone is sure her mother has lost her mind. It isn’t until Boreas, the god of winter, tries to abduct her that she realizes her mother was telling the truth. Hades rescues her, and in order to safely bring Persephone to the Underworld he marks her as his bride. But Boreas will stop at nothing to get Persephone. Despite her growing feelings for Hades, Persephone wants to return to the living realm. Persephone must find a way to defeat Boreas and reclaim her life.

My book doesn’t come out until July 7th. You’re welcome to wait for an advanced reader copy, but if you’d rather choose from one of the other books on the blog hop I’m happy to accommodate you. Check out all the books Musa Publishing has to offer. Be sure to post which book you want if you win!
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