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Tag Archives: Mythology

Giving
it Up for the Gods 
Have you ever thought some gods are
too stupid to live? Not all of them of course. Saturn’s not bad, and his close-lipped
friend, Jase, is a stunner.
Sorry, I should introduce myself.
I’m Lindy Lou Majors, Country and Western singer and siren extraordinaire. You know
us sirens are the sexiest females on the planet, so I won’t bore you with that.
We have a bit of a history with self-seeking gods of course.
First Juno cheated us out of our birthright,
and then Neptune demanded an annual virgin sacrifice.
I mean, some gods like yucky dead stuff and have animals sacrificed in their name.
Artimis, the Goddess of the Hunt, always wanted game killed in her honor. Me, I’d
hear the game birds sing, not have their innards spread out all over the place.
The Greeks offered up pigs to their
Gods. Like to like I suppose, but they didn’t think of it like that. They even poured
water on the pigs head until it bowed, then they claimed it had nodded and agreed
to the sacrifice. Those poor pigs hadn’t a clue what they were in for.
Once someone split piggy’s throat,
his killer spread his entrails–especially his liver–out to see if the Gods accepted
the sacrifice. It gets pretty hot in Greece, so I bet they made a quick decision.
Just imagine the stench of rotting liver, beside people were usually hungry. They
couldn’t wait to dig in to the post sacrifice feast.
Each to their own I suppose, but us
sirens have this problem with Neptune. A few centuries
back, he got hit with a curse, and that wicked sorceress, Circe, saved him. Now
he’s the Greek-god version of the green man. He needs an annual sacrifice to renew
his youth. He doesn’t want meat. He wants virgin blood, and his sacrifice of choice
is a siren.
Neptune’s a kinky old sod He has his
henchmen strip his victims then tether them–legs and arms wide open–across his
altar. I mean a little light bondage can be good, but Neptune
takes things too far.
Each year the sirens draw lots to
see which unfortunate virgin he’ll screw that summer. That’s another reason why
sirens spread themselves around. Anything’s better than letting Neptune screw them. No way am I letting that stinky old man
touch me. I mean, would you?
Now me, I’m the dumb virgin that dreamed
of giving up to her one perfect man. I really wanted to find my soul mate. Then
Neptune abandoned the ballot this year and named
me for his sacrifice. I’m the clock now. I’ve got forty-eight hours to give it up,
or Neptune will take me by force. Suddenly, I’ve
got a great deal of sympathy for all those ancient Greek pigs and game birds.
So what with stupid Greeks killing
innocent animals, and stupid me keeping my legs crossed too long, you’d think we’d
cornered the all the stupid stuff. Only Neptune
wins the really big stupid prize. When he named me, he’s changed the ritual, and
that changes Circes spell. Apparently, if I’m still a virgin on midsummer’s day,
whoever screws me first gets a hit of supernatural powers. Not that it matters,
because I’m going to give it up before then.

About the Book

Not only angels fall.
Convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, the warrior god Janus
plummeted from the heights of Olympus to the depths
of the Underworld. After centuries of pain and torment, he finally clawed his way
free. He’ll never forgive the gods who condemned him, or the sirens for their part
in his downfall.
Each summer, to celebrate the Feast of Neptunealia, Neptune demands a virgin sacrifice. And his sacrifice of choice
is a siren.
Sirens are strong, sassy, and sexy.
Lindy’s siren heritage makes her fierce, lusty, and curious but
she dreams of loving one man forever. She won’t give her heart–or her virginity–to
a short lived mortal she might accidentally break in bed. When Neptune demands her as his sacrifice, she’s determined to
give her virginity to anybody except him.
Janus, or Jase as he calls himself now, rescues Lindy from Neptune’s mermen. He’s the one man she’s eager to bed. The
clock’s ticking. Lindy has forty-eight hours to seduce the siren-hating Jase and
win his heart. That or Neptune will find her and
take her against her will.

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Author Social Media

Eternal Tuat 

About the Book

Title Eternal Tuat – Sekhmet’s Guardians – Book 4 – Bagsu’s Story
Genre: Historical/Paranormal
Author Name V. S. Nelson
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): Entire
series is R (adult)
Bagsu, his name alone strikes fear in the Guardian Nation.
What can cause one twin son, destined to take his father’s place
as a priest, turn evil and lead a crusade to dominate the human race while the other
fights to save mankind.
Finally, secrets are revealed in this tell-all adventure which
takes the reader back in time 6,000 years to the land of New Tuat.
Experience first hand Bagsu growing up with Sekhmet’s ancients, long before they
became immortal, when twin brothers were the best of friends and united as family.

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Eternal Tuat – coming this spring to Amazon and other fine stores
where books are sold. Please check her Amazon author page for release date: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00AXYLHF0

Interview with Bagsu, son of the High Priest Aapehti and Kheri

What is it that you want,
but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
In the beginning Nefer-her; later my legs.
What’s your internal limitation?
Meaning, what is it about you that makes it so you cannot do what it is you need
to do during this story?
Nefer-her and I shared several years enjoying life together before
she officially became a woman and before she began her training as a priestess of
Isis. I should have married her then… before she joined the Vestal order, but
her duty, as was mine was elsewhere.
I’m not sure if it’s internal or not, but I’ll answer your question
as best as I can. Growing up I believed I was destined to follow in my father’s
footsteps; his choice, not mine. As I grew, I developed a need to be more and I
worked hard at it. My body developed and I strived to be everything everyone wanted
me to become, including myself. With my eyes cast in another direction, I had full
intent of joining the most precious school of fighters our world had to offer…
then the accident happened. My world came to a complete halt at that point.
What inner doubt causes
you the most difficulty?
I no longer have any doubt or expectations, but as a child and
young man I suppose that would be my naivety.
Tell us about your significant
other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Nefer-her has long since turned to dust, although her memory
is never far from my thoughts. Not only was she physically beautiful, she was the
kindest most loving person I’ve ever met. She was my world and I will never have
another.
What would that person
say about you?
She never was one to talk about other people, but knowing Nefer-her
as well as I did, I can only imagine what she would say to me and that would be
to forgive myself… but you know, that’s something I can’t do. Not now, not ever.
What is your family like?
The family I have today is much different than the one I grew
up with. Today, my brethren would be considered cold, vindictive and determined
on destroying the human race.
What special skills do
you rely on?
Everything Set granted me when he turned me into an immortal.

About the Writer

Why did you choose to
write about this character?
I had several books written and planned out for my series, Sekhmet’s
Guardians, long before Bagsu’s story came about. It was actually a critique partner
who casually made the suggestion I should share Bagsu’s complicated story with my
readers. After reviewing the pages upon pages of notes I had on him it became evident
there was way too much information to merely insert as back story into another book.
So Eternal Tuat – Bagsu’s story was born.
Was there anything you
discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
Make no mistake about it, Bagsu is as evil as they come. He’s
killed, raped and plundered without a conscious thought. Seeing him as a happy well-adjusted
child who wouldn’t hurt a fly was quite a shocker. I’ve even grown to love what
he once was and like Jennifer, the leader of the Guardian’s Blades, I hope some
day he will find peace and redemption.
When you wrote about this
character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
It’s not uncommon for me to laugh or share a few tears when writing.
I laughed at Bagsu’s s innocence when he received his first kiss, I applauded his
heroics like I would any fine gentleman and I wept like a baby at his personal loss.
Are any sequels planned
for this book?
Eleven books were originally scheduled to make up the series,
Sekhmet’s Guardians. Three of those were released for publication in 2013. Three
more are scheduled for 2014 beginning with Bagsu’s story, this spring.
For those who are not familiar with the series, all of the books
with the exception of two historicals take place in modern times. Bagsu’s story
is the first of those two historicals.
It’s unusual combining modern and historicals in one series,
but as I mentioned above, there is a tremendous amount of back-story (6,000 years
to be exact) to cover, it only made sense to write them as historicals. Books 4
& 5 in the series both pick up at the ending of book 3, Eternal Blades. One
takes you back… on a journey with Bagsu (Book 4) while Eternal Life (Book 5) moves
forward in time with Michael, the Guardian’s physician.
Is there anything you’d
like to say to your readers?

VS Nelson

Perhaps just a bit more regarding the series if you have no objections.
The books are not limited to one couple or one romance. The characters from the
previous books in the series continue into the next, much like a night-time premium
channel series. More recently, I’ve heard reviewers compare to my books to Game
of Thrones. I believe this is because of the way they are written, not based on
content or time frame. Everyone of the books is considered a stand alone and for
the most part are written that way, but personally, I feel the reader would become
more invested in the cast of characters if they read them in order .
Kayelle, thank you so much for having Bagsu (and me) on Romance
Lives Forever. It’s one of my favorite blogs and I consider it an honor to be here.
Sincerely, V

Author Social Media

 

Krystal Shannan, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, Open House: Pool of Souls Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Cover artist: Lauren McCauley
Length: 53 pages
Heat rating: Spicy
Blurb:
Intrinsically woven into the fabric of human existence, Aphrodite, Titan Goddess of Love and Passion, dedicates
herself to matching soul mates….Rebecca Carol and Robert Corvin missed their original chance to bond when Ares, God of War, took control of Robert’s career ten years ago. Their souls have naturally pulled them back together for a second chance at love, but… How far with the gods go to get their own way? Will divine influence create another perfect match or will it tear them apart forever?
Buy links:

Kobo http://kobobooks.com/ebook/Open-House-Pool-Souls-Book-1/book-OHXqaaSc_0GEmuZ8gF2Wvw/page1.html?s=7FjsaPGem0CRVKqm-ocdYg&r=1

What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Hero: Robert Corvin – 31 – Owns and operates a large software
engineering company. Moving to Houston,
TX.
Heroine: Rebecca Carol – 28 – Works as a real estate agent in
Houston, TX.

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
Well, Open House: Pool of Souls is my first published book….
so I’m just getting warmed up. I’ve been writing for years. It was only just this
past year or two that I’ve really pushed myself to take the leap into publication.
What websites do you visit daily?
Facebook, my blog, and Twitter…. does email count. I feel like
I’m always in my email.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what
would it be?
Write more! I wrote constantly in high school and college, but
after I got married I let it go for a while. I wish I hadn’t.
Do you have a muse? Describe this person, please.
I don’t have one particular muse. My characters are my muses.
My characters whisper…. does that sound strange. I joke that I have a multiple personality
disorder, but that’s how it feels to me sometimes. ROFL! My husband has even told
me he’s had conversations with some of my characters in the middle of the night.
So apparently, even when I’m sleeping, they are creeping around up there!
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Absolutely! There was the one time… it involved Mexican dominos….
satisfying someone….. and a whole lot of laughing. It’s not in a book yet, but it
totally is going to be.
What are some jobs you’ve done before (or while) you were
a writer?
I teach elementary music in a Texas public school, but I’ve also worked as
a bank teller, and in a department store.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
I read mostly contemporary, paranormal, and a few science fiction
romance thrown in for good measure. Lately I have started a couple of romantic suspense.
Pretty much anything with a ‘Happily Ever After’ is fair game on my Kindle.
What do you think is the future of epublishing?
I think it will continue to grow and eventually dominate the
publishing market.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only
one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview.
What will you take with you and where will you go?
I’m going to Greece!
My dream is to see the ruins at Athens and on Crete. I would pull down my travel bag from my closet, load
it with clothes, shoes, my husband’s toiletry travel kit, make up bag, my camera,
a beach towel, and I’m ready to go!
What is your favorite holiday and why?
I really enjoy thanksgiving. It’s all about being grateful for
what we’ve been given and celebrating with family…..plus really really really good
food!
What good book have you read recently?
I actually just finished Jennifer Probst’s The Marriage Bargain
and Laura Kaye’s Hearts in Darkness.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
Read. Watch TV. My favorite show is LOST GIRL and MERLIN.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Kate Hudson…. hands down! I love her snarky sense of humor paired
with loyalty and down-to-earth friendliness.
Which statement is more like you:
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because
I do things as fast as possible.”
The first, LOL. I just go with the flow most of the time.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love
pizza with canadian bacon.
I’m always
ready for fun.
When I’m
alone, I read.
If I could
dance I’d want to be on Dancing with the Stars.
I can
never stop writing because the characters in my head would torture me.

Other Books

Krystal Shannan
Pool of Souls Book 2 (coming soon)
A Very Russian Christmas (Decadent)
Holiday Chase

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Other sites: AmazonAuthor Page

Danica Winters, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, The Nymph’s Labyrinth–Book 1 of the Nymph Series.

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Cover artist: Crimson Romance
Length: 300 pages
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: Forbidden passions threaten to expose deadly secrets…
Blurb:
As a world shrouded in mystery and intrigue, the Sisterhood of
Epione must not be exposed.
A Shape-shifting nymph, Ariadne, is tasked with keeping the truth
of her group’s existence and their ancient mysteries far out of reach of an American
archeologist and his troublemaking son. When forgotten and forbidden passions are
awakened, Ariadne is forced to make a choice–fall in line and continue to be overrun
and pushed down by the sisterhood, or follow her heart and put everyone’s lives
in danger.
Can she have the man she loves or will the pressure and secrets
of the past keep her from her heart’s desire?
What are your main characters’
names, ages, and occupations?
Heroine: Ariadne Papadakis; Curator for the Heraklion Museum; Immortal
Hero: Beau Morris; Archeologist and Professor at the University of Texas, mid-thirties
Buy links:

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Paranormal Romance Fans for Life Blog: http://paranormalromancefanforlife.blogspot.com/

Touch of the Gods.

Have You Been Touched?

Love and war are usually opposing forces. So, what happens if they make a bet? Everyone has someone, right? But is everything really fair
in love and war? Heph isn’t the perfect guy, at least not where he lives and
being a divorced bachelor is the worst. Pressured by his brother and nephew to
find a mate, he moves to a new place, determined find ‘The One’.
He finds her living next door and when they meet? They
nearly go at it on the front lawn. Heph knows he has to do this the right way,
but he just can’t keep his hands off of the curvy, full-bodied Vanessa. Once
he touches her, it sets a catastrophe into motion, and he may lose the first
woman who could ever love him.
– – –
Tell us about the main character in your current book. What is he like?
Hephaestus, the god of inventors, blacksmiths, and
volcanoes. Sounds great right? To be immortal and all powerful. Well, for this
guy, he’s hated by all the other gods, divorced from  Aphrodite. He’s lame
and unloved making his self esteem not the greatest. But he’s loyal to his
family, and has a bit of hope that his day for happiness will come.
If your main
character was here today, what would he say is his strongest point?
The strongest point for Heph would be the fact that he’s an
excellent handy man. He can fix anything and everything.
Does he think he has
a weakness? (If so, what does he think it is? What does his lover think it is?
What does his enemy think it is?)
Being the everyday punching bag, his self esteem is the
weakness Hephaestus lives with. Because of the accident he suffered as a baby,
he has a limp. For a god, any imperfection makes one unworthy. So, he suffers
with image problems and is pretty anti-social.
What drives your hero
to do the things he does? What makes him want to be the “good guy?”
Hephaestus is a loving spirit. He works hard to please his
customers and those he loves. Never the type to do things half way, the way
Heph lives is by giving 100%.
What’s your main
character’s favorite guilty pleasure?
Listening to rap music and singing it as loud as possible.
If you didn’t know
how old you were how old would you be?
Physically Hephaestus would look to be in his twenties. But
in actuality he’s close to the age when man first came to be.
A biography has been
written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
How To Embarrass Your Older Brother.
If money were not an
object, where would you most like to live?
Hawaii.
Hephaestus is the god of volcanoes.
He’d see that they stayed inactive.
What song would best
describe your life?
The Way I Am by Eminem
If you were a tool,
what would people use you to do?
Hammer in things. Heph loves his hammer.
Picture yourself as a
store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would
be sold there?
Every tool and power tool known to man.
As a child, what was
your favorite thing about school?
Heph lived among humans after being cast from Olympus. His favorite class was in the blacksmith forges.
Tell us an
embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story
about a significant other will do. ^_^
Hephaestus once owned a pig. He later learned that the pig
was in fact his former neighbor who had been cursed by his older brother Ares.
Sadly that pig had been sold for more tools and the neighbor’s wife wasn’t too
thrilled with him.
If you came with a
warning label, what would it say?
Watch out for the Prince
Albert. It vibrates.
Please Fill in the
Blanks (as the character)
I love pizza with a bottle of tequila.
I’m always ready for the next shoe to drop.
When I’m alone, I long to be accepted.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m a really big teddy
bear.
If I had a halo it would be melted
after working in the forge.
If I could fly I’d never have fallen from Olympus in the first place.
I can never like my brother Ares because he’s a
douche bag.
Other books by D. X.
Luc
Down the Yellow Brick Road:
Finding Homesickness
— New Concepts Publishing
A Zombie Hunter’s Holiday — New Concepts Publishing
About D. X. Luc
An avid reader since I was a child, I never found a book I
disliked. Mostly, you could find me lost in Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, or
Ernest Hemingway, and my most favorite, Ancient Greek literature. Taking my
love of books, I started writing poetry, short stories, and even helped with
screen writes for my drama club.
By the time I was in my teens, my older sister introduced me
to my first romance novel, The Hawk and the Dove by Virginia Henley. The moment
I fell into the world of love, I was hooked, and my addiction grew
until I found myself delving deeper into the erotic. After being convinced that I had the skills to try my hand
at writing, I went to work on my first story Down the Yellow Brick Road:
Finding Home. And since being published, I’ve not looked back.
Now, as a busy mom who homeschools, drives to activities,
and manages to find time to just cuddle with my husband of ten years, I have to
say, I love being naughty when I get the chance. It’s freeing and I wouldn’t
want it any other way!
Books Coming Soon
Just had a new release Touch of the Gods: The Wager on
Amazon
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Neptune the Briarhearted.

Today, Romance Lives Forever is featuring a long-time friend, muse, and critique partner. I’m going to let her take over the blog… stand back, world. =^_^=  You have been warned.

– – –
File: D.N. “Nicki” Lyons
Age: 27.1 years old
Offending Document: Neptune the
Briarhearted – Book I: The Beginning
Insanity Level: Bipolar Schizophrenic.
So I woke up this morning with a blistering sinus headache.
I mean, oh my God, fires of Hell, someone smashed me in the face with a spanner
sinus headache. What do you think I did about that?
Yeah, it wasn’t too unusual. So I just sat down, watched
People’s Court, and drank a disgusting concoction made of beets, spinach and
assorted fruit. Then I went to the gym and lifted almost one and a half times
my body weight. Pretty standard.
You see, I’m the kind of girl who lurches out of bed in the
morning, cusses out the cat when her blanket smells like pee, and drinks either
a metric fuckton of caffeine for breakfast or has nothing at all. I like my
mornings like I like my Tetris games: hard and fast.
Recently I published my first novel, Neptune
the Briarhearted – Book I: The Beginning. It’s a lovely little tale, filled
with humor, dark Lords, demons and magic, all mixed up in a pot with a
black-skinned, blonde-haired Wizard. Genetic limitations have no meaning to the
Planetaries.
This is in the same world (though far before that time) as “What
Flavor Are You?” a short story that is definitely not meant for the kiddies.
But this one—Neptune the Briarhearted, that
is—is YA. Harry Potter kinda stuff, or Lord of the Rings. Not adult in
content—and kids like Wizards and Elves a lot more than adults do, to hear my
local librarians talk. (The hand-drawn graphic novel type cover is a plus.)
So…if you want it, you can either order a preorder copy
directly from me (only 59 of the limited print are left, and they are signed
and numbered in the back, autographed in the front), or rush to your local
bookstore to have them carry it. If you ask Amazon really nicely, they might
put it on the Kindle. ^_^
And hey—Don’t be a stranger! Come on over to my neck of the
woods sometime.
Buy a first print: (PayPal is the only online payer I use
right now. But snail mail or Western Union is
also o.k.…just no cash. Personal checks are fine too.)
locke.saintaugustin (at) rocketmail.com
Get in touch: (Add me as a friend! I don’t bite. And if your
kiddies want a poster, ask here.)
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