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Guest Post: Leto of the Ionian Sea

Today I’m hosting Maria Siopis, author of Leto of the Ionian Sea, part of the Resist and Triumph anthology.  All profits from this anthology, put together by Grace R. Duncan, go to The Trevor Project and GLAAD. Keep reading for an excerpt and giveaway below!

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Tricia, I’m truly grateful for hosting me on your blog,

 

First of all, I want to thank Grace R. Duncan for taking an action toward what she felt was unjust and unfair, and all the writers who donated their stories and talent for a worthy cause. Each story has a voice, and each author skillfully produced fascinating characters to remind us that humanity could be saved if we only let words guide our way.

Similarly, I let the amorphous words in my head lead the way thus creating, Leto of the Ionian Sea, which is a story of resistance and triumph and draws a lot from my background. However, that was not my initial intention when I began typing the first letters on the screen, but soon my mind, heart and Homer took over. His legendary writings of Iliad and Odyssey filled me expending my desire to create something entirely different of what he offered to humanity. Besides where could we uncover democracy other than ancient Greece?

I hope that my miniscule contribution will make a difference in a world that is full of the modern plagues of hate, prejudice and governmental uncertainties. I hope our collective effort is successful. Below is an excerpt of my story where I introduce the idea of equality:

 

The sun was brighter today than any other day. Leto squinted her eyes and let the warmth engulf her face and body. She stayed in front of the gates as if she was afraid to progress forward. She was terrified of what the gods would reveal. She looked back at the palace and then moved forward. Melpo was behind her holding the basket with the gods’ offerings: Honey, and oils to burn for them. Leto wished to please them first before she evoked from them to reveal her fate. The pathway to the temple was narrow and wrapped around the mountain that was infertile of any vegetation. The soil was dry already, and the rain was evaporated returning to the gods. Dust cloaked Leto’s feet, and her sandals collected specks of dirt, but she continued walking. She could see the temple emerging gloriously at the peak of the mountain. The sculptures of deer were in full view, and the three steps at the entrance were decorated with leafs of daphne. She sat on the steps wiping off the sweat from her forehead and stared at the golden sea.

“My lady we have to go in before the sun reaches its zenith. It will be disrespectful to do it afterwards.”

Leto knew that Melpo was right. The offering had to be done before the sun was on top of the temple. How did she know her land’s customs? She was new and came from another state. Did her people make their offering to the gods the same way?

“You look perplexed my lady. We do our offerings to the gods the same way. Yet, my land is better…” Melpo said but stopped realizing that what she uttered was offending. “I’m sorry for being so blunt. I miss my land.”

“How did you get captured?”

“Our ship capsized. Poseidon was angry with us for an unknown reason. I was the only one not to cross Tartarus and I was saved by your people. The gods have plans for me.”

“Are you from the upper class?”

“There is no upper class in my state. Everyone is equal.”

Leto thought about this new idea that never crossed her mind before and made her reconsider what was known to her. She always felt that her land’s law was unjust, but no class would create turmoil and unrest. She wanted to ask this new servant how it was possible to maintain order, but the sun was progressing. She got up and offered her hand to the slave as if they were equal.

 

Blurb of the anthology:

As 2017 opened, the United States took several steps back in the progress toward equality. In response, a group of authors has stepped up to offer positive stories of hope and love. In an effort to help fight and support those groups who are facing even greater challenges, we wrote these stories to offer a small amount of aid.

Stories of hope, resistance, and ultimately triumph fill the pages of this anthology.

All proceeds of the anthology go to The Trevor Project and GLAAD to help fight the effects of the dark times we’re facing.

 

Rafflecopter: We are offering a free paperback copy of Resist and Triumph so we encourage everyone to enter our giveaway. It truly is a remarkable anthology.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/3797bda115/

 

Buy Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Resist-Triumph-Anthology-Grace-Duncan/dp/1983912239/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=151671690

Author’s bio:

Maria Siopis possesses a MPA in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. She completed her dissertation, “Avian Influenza (H5N1): The Doctrine of Social Disassociation, Quarantine, and Emergency Preparedness,” in 2006 tackling a non-fictional theme. Other than writing she obsesses over climatic or manmade catastrophes and continuously attempts to conceptualize needed actions. Her first novel, The World That Will Never Be, was published in 2017. The author lives in New York and is currently working on her second novel, The Music Hall of Dreams which will be released late in 2018.

Links:

http://www.mariasiopis.com

http://www.mariasiopis.com/blog/

msiopis46@gmail.com

http://www.facebook.com/maria.siopis

http://linkedin.com/in/maria-siopis-author

 

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New Release: Lucky or Not, Here I Come

Welcome to #FeatureFriday! Today I’m featuring the first novel written by Gerry Orz. Check this kid out! He’s only fifteen, yet he’s got his own production company and wrote a 300+ page book! Seriously, check out his YouTube channel! Gerry’s got great creative vision. Can’t wait to see more of what he does. 🙂

Blurb:

This story is about John Wilson, who has no talents or aspirations. He is certain that he will never live up to his parents’ expectations. He’s forever stuck in the shadows of his quarterback older brother and his multitalented younger sister. However, just as he comes to accept his dull existence, a series of both extraordinary and devastating events change John’s life forever. John goes on a journey that turns out to be anything but ordinary as he embraces his own destiny in this adventurous and inspirational story of love, loss, and loyalty. As it turns out, anything is possible

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New Release: Sacrifices

For today’s #FeatureFriday, I have the latest from Weston Kincade, the final book in the A Life of Death trilogy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blurb:

Alex’s ghostly visions can save lives. But can they stop a drug czar from disrupting the peace and harmony of Tranquil Heights?

For Alex Drummond trouble doesn’t come knocking, it kicks down the door and raids the refrigerator. War is brewing between moonshiners and a murderous drug kingpin. Cremated human remains are appearing everywhere. And now Alex’s family is in the middle of it all. To make matters worse, his son’s powers rival his own… as does his stubborn nature. Choices will be made. Laws will be broken. And morality will be questioned. Will Alex’s family survive the bloodshed?

Psychometric powers combine in this thrilling battle for survival in Weston Kincade’s final book in the A Life of Death trilogy. The future of Alex’s hometown is at stake… but sacrifices must be made. Step up and buy Sacrifices today.

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New Release: Christmas Lites VI

Christmas Lites

For the sixth year, I’ve participated in a great anthology, with a greater cause. Christmas Lites donates all proceeds to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Inside this year’s book, you’ll find not only a story by me, but also my daughter. The story themes vary, so there’s most likely something for everyone inside.

CoverBlurb:

Cthulhu wants to wish you a Merry Christmas. The Fae sprinkle their fairy dust to ensure your light never fades. Assassins and adventures alike keep the spirit of life alive. Even the mob brings their family to the dinner table for glorious feasts.

Feel  the magic of the season, the spirit of giving, the love of friends and family.

Discover bright new worlds, blood-pumping adventures,  true love and heartbreak as you explore the stories inside these covers.

For the sixth year in a row, authors from all over the world combined their efforts and talents to create the anthology in your hands. Not for fame or fortune, but to help those in need. Every dime raised from this anthology goes straight to those who provide the assistance to these people. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has been helping in ways we can never imagine for years, and we are happy to help support their efforts.

Please visit their website at www.ncadv.org  for more information.

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Guest Post: Tim Mettey

Today’s #FeatureFriday author is Tim Mettey! I was lucky enough to read and review his first book, Secrets, shortly before it came out. The main character, Nicolas, showed great courage and acceptance of what path life had in store for him, which made him very interesting to read about.

As the series progresses, Nicolas and Elle face incredible situations and learn a lot about not only their history, but themselves. They grow as the face challenges no “normal” teenager would have to face, and I can’t wait to see how the series ends.

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The first book in The Hero Chronicles series, Secrets, was published in 2014. I learned a lot while writing the book, but the most important thing I learned was patience. I worked on the story for years. At first I wanted to rush to get it into some format that I could share with others, but thanks to the encouragement I received from my friends, I took the necessary time to edit and get it ready for publishing.  And I am so glad I did.  I’ve continued refining my writing process through the other books in the series.  I have a great team of editors, graphic designer, and publicists who help me with the process as well.

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Guest Post: C.S. Poe

Hello friends! My name is C.S. Poe, and I will be your train conductor today.

That’s not true.

I’ve never been a train conductor. Although I have ridden many trains.

I was happy to write a guest post for Trish’s blog, then realized afterward I had no idea what to talk about. So let’s look at topic options.

SimmerI have a new short story being released February 24th with Dreamspinner Press, as part of their anthology, Simmer. Its theme is men and food and happily ever afters. My piece is “Kneading You,” and features a super cute librarian, an equally sexy, tattooed repairman, and lots of bread baking. (Not a euphemism.) So I could talk about cooking, but really, I don’t like cooking. I do it only under duress. For someone who talks about food so much in her writing, you’d think it was my favorite hobby. I love eating. The work prior to— not so much.

So instead I’m going to talk about music and movies in books.

Didn’t expect that, did you?

I really enjoy adding these little tidbits to my writing. The mention of a television show or a particular song can, when used correctly, set a tone to the story without the author detailing it through additional or unnecessary words. There are pieces of art that are widely known, that move us as an audience, where just the mention of it subconsciously changes the reader’s mood.

An example of this is from one of my all-time favorite series, The Adrien English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon. Now and then there are mentions of songs by Rufus Wainwright, (particularly in one of the codas), which for those familiar with his music, you know what I mean. How his voice and melodies set the somber tone that matches Adrien’s mindset. I get shivers thinking about it! Heidi Cullinan is another excellent example of an author who knows how to use media in writing. Carry The Ocean focuses heavily on the film, The Blues Brothers, and that sense of hope and humor from the movie is deeply engrained in the novel.

In “Kneading You,” I mention a film and make reference to a particular scene, but it’s such a widely known moment in cinema that many readers will undoubtedly understand both the sexy suggestion, as well as how it can be found funny. Ghost, I admit, is one of my favorite movies. The love story is very powerful and beautiful, but it isn’t without its moments of hilarity. It was the perfect film to reference in “Kneading You,” because like I said, while there isn’t any pottery being done, there is quite a bit of dough kneading. If you can’t wait until release on the 24th, I will be sharing an exclusive excerpt to my newsletter followers! You can sign up for that here: https://tinyletter.com/cspoe

So what about you? Are there any books that mention songs or movies that changed the mood for you? Please share them with me!

Thank you for stopping by! Please feel free to friend me on social media. I love talking about cats, coffee, books, and meeting new people. I hope you’ll stick around as my releases roll out this year. May you always find love in the end!

C.S. Poe

Bio:

C.S. Poe is an author of gay mystery and romance. She lives in New York City, but has called a host of different locations home in the past, most recently being Ibaraki, Japan. She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats, in no particular order. C.S. Poe can be followed on her website, www.cspoe.com, for more information.

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/C.S.-Poe/e/B00YNHOV4W/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1452981229&sr=1-1

New Release: The Salvation State

salvationstate“This is what the truth is. Second Salvations murdered my parents, and I’m running away.” 

It’s here! The latest from Marcus Damanda is a dystopian take on the world, bringing Rebecca and Daniel together for a journey that will change their lives forever.

With beautiful cover art by the talented Jay Aheer, and and ~Editor’s Pick~ from yours truly, and great characters, The Salvation State has it all. It’s the beginning of the end, and you’ll want to stay up to find out what happens next!

Blurb:

A single post over unregulated Internet channels. A sleeping society awakens to a chase, broadcast live on television screens all across the New United States of America…

Rebecca and Daniel have never met. A fifteen-year-old preacher’s kid and a sixteen-year-old atheist outcast, they appear to have little in common. And yet they have both attracted the attention of a recruiter for Angel Island, where bad kids go to be remade—or destroyed.

Agents of the all-powerful New America Unity Church will stop at nothing to get them. They’re building an army, a modern children’s crusade, in which Rebecca and Daniel may be just the kind of future leaders they need.

If not, they might be just the kind of sacrifice necessary to keep the rest of the faithless in line.

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