Vampires VS Werewolves Blog Hop

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Sorry this didn’t go up yesterday! Scheduling issues on the blog!

* giveaway ends on the 20th. At 11:59pm.

Vampires versus werewolves:

If we’re going by Greek mythology, they both sucked.

Vampires are mentioned here and there in the old Greek myths. There was an entire island of blood drinkers in The Odyssey and birds called strix that drank blood.

Hecate had a daughter named Empusa that would seduce men an drink their blood while they slept.

Lamia was a daughter of Poseidon who had an affair with Zeus. When Hera discovered their affair, she cursed Lamia and forced her to devour her kids. After all her children were killed she continued to drink the blood of normal children. Zeus then blinded her so that… Well I’m not sure exactly how that was supposed to help other than making it more difficult to catch the children.

There is only one instance of werewolves in Greek mythology.

Once upon a time the nymph Callisto and Artemis were lovers. Callisto had no desire to be with anyone else but Zeus decided he had to have her, so he disguise himself as Artemis and the two had sex. They had a child named Arcas.

As punishment for her infidelity, Artemis transformed Callisto into a bear. Meanwhile, in a faraway Kingdom, Lycaon decided that he wanted the power of the gods himself. So he kidnapped the now grown son of Zeus Arcas,(Lycaon was also Arcas’ grandfather on his mothers side but that’s neither here more there) put him on an alter, and shouted a challenge to the sky. If Zeus valued his sons life, he would come down and save him.

Zeus did. And then he turned Lycaon into a wolf, gave his kid hunting gear, and said “have fun!”

Arcas wasted no time hunting down Lycaon. On his way back to what would now be his kingdom, he spotted a bear. The bear was actually his mother, but he didn’t know that. She was so excited to see him that she ran forward to embrace him. He, terrified, notched an arrow. Zeus arrived on the scene just in time to avert tragedy. He whisked them away into the stars where mother and son are reunited forever as Ursa Major and minor.

As far a as my favorites in the modern day go? I prefer vampires. They just have more finesse. However, book wise, my absolute favorite is Bitten, which is a book about werewolves by Kelley Armstrong.

Warning: Bitten is not Young adult, so if you win my contest, do no choose this book if you are under eighteen. I will happily substitute it for a young adult book by the same author that also features a werewolf called “The Awakening.”

My favorite vampire books for the moment are the Vampire Academy series so I’ll give away the first in that series.

Of course the winners are welcome to a copy of either one of my books.

To enter: leave a comment with your preference, vampire or werewolf and your favorite story.

Additional entries:

Follow me anywhere you can think of (blog, Facebook, twitter, tmblr, Pinterest, linked in, anywhere you can find me) and leave a comment for EACH entry.

2 Winners will be chosen at random from the comments, they can have any book they choose as an ebook. Enjoy 🙂

Happy Release Day!

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Happy release day!

Today, the sequel to Persephone, and second book in the Daughters of Zeus story has been released!

Below is a never before seen, extended excerpt! Want to win a copy of Daughter of the Earth and Sky? Answer the trivia question below in the comments. For additional chances to win, follow me here, or twitter, or Facebook, linked in, google plus, tumbler, Pinterest or anywhere else you can think of! Be sure to comment for each follow!

One lucky winner will be chosen at midnight to tonight! Good luck!

“Your mom’s shop is right around here, isn’t it?” Joel motioned out the window, though all we could see from our vantage point was the gravel parking lot and a steady stream of cars flowing down South Lumpkin Street.

“Yeah, just up the road. Don’t tell me you’ve never been.”

Joel laughed. “I’ve seen her work. You guys do all the centerpieces for school stuff, right?”

I nodded and fiddled with my necklace.
“But I haven’t been to the shop. As much reason as I’ve had to buy flowers…”

I kicked him lightly under the table. I knew he didn’t have a girlfriend, but flowers weren’t just for couples. “What about your mom or aunts or something?” I didn’t know if Joel had any sisters. None had attended Athens Academy, but he could be the youngest child.

Joel hesitated. “I don’t…My mom’s not…” He scowled at the table, rubbing at a spot with his thumb. “She was murdered. Forever ago.”

I gasped. “I’m so sor — ”

Joel cut off my apology with a wave of his hand. “Don’t. I never mentioned it to you before. I just don’t like to talk about my family. I’d send flowers to the extended members, but I don’t think they’d appreciate the reminder I still exist.” He shrugged and changed the topic. “If I were to get someone flowers, what would you recommend?”

“My favorites are daisies. But most people prefer something more elaborate.”

He gave me an easy grin. “Daisies, huh? I’ll keep that in mind.”

A movement in the corner of my eye caught my gaze. A man stepped through the door of the Smoothie King. No one else seemed to notice his entrance, but that wasn’t surprising. The light fractured around him, bending oddly and seeming to absorb into his black robes.

The Reaper met my gaze and stood behind Joel, hand hovering over his shoulder.

“Stop it.”

Joel followed my gaze past the Reaper. “Stop what? What are you looking at?”

I smiled brightly at Joel. “Being such a shameless flirt. I’m not impressed.”

“Still got a boyfriend?” Joel asked.

I eyed the Reaper, and he gave me a malicious grin. I turned my attention to Joel. “I have…you know, it’s kind of complicated.”

Joel looked at me over his cup. “Is it exclusive?”

I did my best to ignore the Reaper’s hand hovering over Joel’s head. I had no idea what Hades and I were right now. Everything had gotten so weird. “I’m not interested in anyone that isn’t him.” I shrugged. “I’m flattered, really, but I don’t want to lead you on.”

Joel folded his straw paper into a tiny accordion. “It was worth a shot. Still running buddies?”

When I hesitated, he looked me in the eye. “I can date other girls. Friends are harder to come by. Plus, running alone is dangerous. I could fall and break my ankle, or some random stalker could push me off the path. You never know what kind of crazies are out there. Please?”

I laughed. “Yeah, okay. So what classes are you registered for?”

When he launched into his answer, I dropped a shield so Joel couldn’t hear me and raised my smoothie in front of my mouth. “If his name was on the list, he’d be dead by now.” I kept my voice calm as I addressed the Reaper. “Thanatos doesn’t want to attract attention by taking the wrong souls, so you can cut the theatrics.”

“Thanatos sends his regards,” the Reaper said softly. His threat was completely undermined by his puppy-dog brown eyes. I frowned, trying to focus on his soul instead of the light bending around him. He was not much older than me. How long had he been dead? Why did he decide to become a Reaper instead of just spending his afterlife in the Underworld?

“Bring me to Thanatos,” I demanded.
It was a long shot, but I was Queen of the Underworld, and that included Reapers. He might listen to me. I just needed one second of eye contact to charm Thanatos, and I could uncharm this mess. But so far I hadn’t been able to get near him. Each time I’d gone to the Underworld, he’d managed to be elsewhere.

The Reaper gave me a cutting glare and meandered behind the counter. The brunette girl who’d made our smoothies shivered as though she sensed his presence. He touched her shoulder and she collapsed.

Joel swore and sprang from his seat, rushing behind the counter to check on the girl. I forced myself to stay in my seat and ignore the scream of rage and horror that threatened to erupt from my chest. I buried it and kept my face impassive as I stared down the Reaper. I couldn’t show any weakness. Not to him.

“Your move, Queen.” His lips curved in sarcasm as he gave a shallow bow and vanished.

Trivia question: why doesn’t Persephone think the Reaper will kill Joel?

Bobbing for books

Who likes apples anyway! I’m much rather bob for books. Want to a chance to win a bunch of new books? Head on over to http://lisaorchard.wordpress.com/ to enter to win a bunch of new ebooks, including mine!

To enter the giveaway tweet or share about the giveaway and post the tweet or facebook share in a comment on Lisa’s blog. Or buy one of the participating author’s books and post the confirmation code of their purchase along with the book title in a comment on my blog.

The tweets and shares count as one entry. And the purchases count as two. So if you buy two books you are entered four times in the giveaway. 🙂

Have fun!

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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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