Pegasus’ Top Ten Ways to Ruin Ariston’s Day

UndertheSatyrMoon_200x300Rebekah Lewis is the author of the Cursed Satyroi series. The second book, Under the Satyr Moon comes out April 11!

Every hero needs obstacles to get around when trying to win the heroine’s heart. For Ariston, one of his biggest hurdles is trying to find alone time with Lily without her “chaperone” getting in the way. So I asked Pegasus what were the best ways to irritate Ariston, and these were the results. He knew only too well how to push Ariston’s buttons, and enjoyed doing it!

  1. Biting. Probably the most direct way, but efficient.
  2. Pushing between him and Lily when they try to make out.
  3. Not being around when actually needed to be around. Ariston is so amusing when he’s mad.
  4. Nomming all the apples. No apples for Ariston! Mwa ha ha ha!
  5. Breaking down the door. (Pegasus likes to make a grand entrance)
  6. Being a Peeping Tom at all hours of the day and night. Got to keep an eye on those frisky rascals!
  7. Having Lily take his side in all things, and watching Ariston’s face turn red when she tells him off for saying something unkind. BTW, Ariston, Pegasus says grass is NOT his favorite food ever. Just sayin’.
  8. Flapping his wings and getting dirt in Ariston’s eyes. Petty, but satisfying.
  9. Keeping Ariston from getting laid, but not denying his own stud-ly ways in the mean time. The lady horses fawn at his hooves.
  10. Simply be present, in his point of view, giving him the ole’ stink eye.  Day ruined. In 0.5 seconds. Mission accomplished.

So there you have it. Straight from the horse’s mouth…well, kinda.

Do you think it is wrong for Pegasus to torment Ariston, or does he deserve it?

Blurb:

The only cure to the satyr curse is a nymph. When Ariston finds one spying on him, can he win her over?

Under the Satyr Moon a curse was wrought, and under the same moon shall it be reversed…if the Fates allow.

A freelance photography job goes downhill fast when Lily Anders’ boyfriend dumps her and disappears from the campsite, leaving her stranded in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Feeling lost, heartbroken, and afraid, Lily follows a mysterious melody through the wilderness. She never would have guessed the source of the music would reveal that legendary figures of Greek mythology really existed, and she could be one of them.

Ever since he was cursed, Ariston has only wanted one thing—to be human again. He has searched the globe for a nymph to free him, but over three thousand years of failure has pushed him into a life of solitude. Ariston believes he’s finally found the salvation he’s longed for when he catches Lily spying on him in the forest. Unfortunately, he has to convince her to like him first.

What seems to be the Fates bringing them together in time for the Satyr Moon proves to be an elaborate scheme with macabre intentions. Dionysus has sent Ariston’s estranged brother, Adonis, to ensure the curse cannot be broken, and nothing tosses cold water over the flame of seduction like a twin seeking vengeance.

Buy: Under the Satyr Moon

Excerpt:

“Oh God. Oh God. I’m hallucinating, probably have a fever, and I need to get out of here now.” She nodded as she said the last word as if it finalized her babbling, confirming an inner argument of some sort.

“I don’t think you’re suffering any ailments. You can keep gawking at me all you like. Although, I would prefer if you looked a little higher than my feet.” Much more impressive, that. At least, no one had ever complained before.

She made a derogatory noise in the back of her throat. “Please tell me you’re some D&D nerd in a really well-made costume and you mean me no harm. Also, if you have a cell phone, I would really appreciate it if you don’t take my previous comment personally and let me borrow it for a moment.” Ah, well, that solved one of his concerns; if she had no phone, she couldn’t have sent evidence or contacted anyone about what she’d seen. Unless, of course, she had a camera stashed somewhere. I should probably frisk her to find out.

He crossed his arms. “This is not a costume.” Ariston narrowed his eyes, a thought occurring to him. “I didn’t sense you being attracted by my song like I did the blonde. Are you a magical being? Who are you? A deity? A demigoddess?” He was on to something there, but wasn’t sure what. Had she brought the freak thunderstorm the night before? There had been no sign of rain, yet rained it had. And hailed on top of it.

“Right… Maybe you should let me hold that phone I mentioned before. I think it could bring help for both of us.”

“I don’t have a phone on me. Where would I put it? In my leg hair?” He lifted a hoof and waved it in a counterclockwise motion. Brunette’s eyes widened once more. Why did everyone get all worked up over the hooves, but not the horns? Those mostly received a pffft reaction followed by a series of retorts about his nature of “horniness.” It’s not like he would start making goat noises and chewing on buttons. The only part of his anatomy of any real importance hung heavily between his legs, and that was as human as any mortal man. Except he liked to think he was better endowed.

“In your, uh, gun holster?” Brunette pointed to his panpipes.

“What about it?” Ariston asked.

“You asked where you would put a cellphone. There is a large pocket on your strappy purse thingy.” She nibbled her full bottom lip, an act that shot fire to his groin.

“It’s not a purse. How could you even say that? It’s very manly.”

“Uh huh. Of course.”

“It is.” The twinge of lust faded out as he noticed the blood spotted bandage across the palm of her hand. “How were you injured?” Ariston took an unconscious step toward her. He had medical supplies at the cabin. Though he healed at phenomenal speeds, his blood still made a mess when it flowed on the wrong side of his skin. He could patch her up in no time.

She glanced at her palm, almost surprised to see the bandage there. Then she shook her head and said, “Yeah, this is the weirdest conversation ever. Sorry, but…gotta dash.” She darted off in the opposite direction. As she sprinted away, stinging drops of water began to bombard his skin. Brunette had to be the one manipulating the rain, but how? What was she? It must be linked to her emotions somehow, and it made him wonder what had happened to provoke the furious assault from the elements the night before.

Ariston snapped out of his stupor and chased after her. “Hey, not so fast!” A thought started taking root in his mind. He’d been excited about her before, but if he was right… Gods, he couldn’t let her escape. Not if there was a chance.

Brunette was magical in nature, affecting the elements. The timing was too good to be true. Ariston had sought one of her kind for as long as he’d been a satyr, and if she turned out being a nymph, she was also his savior. Unfortunately, his salvation continued putting distance between them. She may have the upper hand in the rain, but he knew the forest well. He’d capture her like the legends of old, and she’d be his. Mine!

She had revealed herself to him. Perhaps not intentionally, yet she had. All he needed was Brunette to desire him enough to take him as a lover under the Satyr Moon. He smiled. Ariston was rusty when it came to true seduction, without the use of magic, but he enjoyed a challenge. He could be free, mortal, could finally have a family, grow old, and live a normal human life.

Buy: Under the Satyr Moon

SONY DSCBio: Rebekah Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She is an award-winning cover artist for digital publishers, and enjoys every minute of it when not immersed in a world of satyrs and Greek gods. Always feeling the need to be productive, she can be found creating something whether with words or images, or with arts and crafts. She resides in Savannah, GA with her cat, Bagheera.

For more info about Rebekah Lewis, visit www.Rebekah-Lewis.com

Buy: Wicked Satyr Nights, and Under the Satyr Moon

Review: Enraptured (Eternal Guardians, Book 4) by Elisabeth Naughton

eternal guardiansReviewed by Sharon S.

This story picks up right after the events from book #3 Tempted. You can read this as a standalone and enjoy the romance between Orpheus and Skyla, but you will be missing out on extensive world building and overall story arc information. Naughton does a good job of giving you the basics you will need to understand, but at book #4 there are so many character storylines that cross each other you would miss out on what makes this series such a pleasure to read. There is a glossary at the back of the book, but I would really appreciate a cheat sheet about who is who.

The story is way too complicated to go over in a review so I will just talk about the romance. Orpheus is convinced he is a monster without any chance of redemption. He is part Argolean, Medean and daemon. Three races that hate each other; he shouldn’t even exist. But he has a past life that is over 2000 years old that only a few know about, that is intertwined with the Gods and the Siren Skyla. Hades is willing to kill to keep the secret from getting out.

Skyla had her heart broken 2000 years ago and has never truly recovered. She shut herself off emotionally and became Athena’s top assassin. Orpheus spends most of the book not understanding why he is so drawn to Skyla and she struggles with keeping his past a secret from him. In true PNR fashion the two give in to passion only to push each other away afterwards determined to focus on their own personal goals.

Their romance didn’t move me like the couple in book #3. There was nothing that set it apart from all the other paranormal romances out there. I was more interested in the advancement of the main story arc, which is where I think this series really shines. Naughton’s world building based on the Greek myths is as complicated as a fantasy series, but you get the all the fun of a HOT romance.

I was intrigued by the character Maelea who we meet. She is the daughter of an affair between Zeus and Persephone. Neither parent wanted her and she was exiled to the mortal realm to wander alone as a human for eternity. She must also deal with the light and dark sides she inherited from her parents. Orpheus needs her to help him find rescue his brother, Gryphon from Tartarus. Gryphon is saved, but he is no longer the man he was. There is a darkness in his soul and I have a feeling Maelea will be the key to saving him. At least I am hoping they are the focus of the next book.

This was an enjoyable read, but not a page turner for me.

[Rating:3.5]

Buy: Enraptured

ABOUT THE SERIES

The Eternal Guardians Series is centered around seven warriors who protect their realm from threats of the Underworld.

Each of the guardians are descended from the seven strongest heroes in all of Ms. Naughton has taken the Greek Argonaut myth, turned it on its head, and OWNED it! mythology.

Book one, MARKED, is Theron’s story. He’s the leader of the Argonauts and the one person who has the power to stop an evil god from destroying their world.

Book two, ENTWINED, is Zander’s story. The oldest Argonaut and the one rumors say can’t be killed. After 800 years Zander doesn’t think he has much to live for until a random twist of fate finally gives him a goal worth fighting for.

Book three, TEMPTED, is Demetrius’s story. The cruelest Argonaut and the one the other Guardians steer clear of. Demetrius hides a dark secret that just might be the key to the destruction of their world.

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Get into Bed with Tina Folsom (Author Interview)

Keira: How did the Out of Olympus series first come to you?

Tina Folsom: I read a Greek God romance where a Greek God  was locked in a marble statue, and I thought the idea was very clever. Unfortunately, the execution of the idea wasn’t to my liking, so I looked around to find other books in that genre, and there were virtually none. I knew this would be a hard sell, but I really wanted to do something with Greek Gods, so I decided to come up with the rat pack of Greek Gods, four best friends who are mischievous and fun. I think I’ve found them in Triton, Dionysus, Eros, and Hermes.

Keira: What inspired A Touch of Greek and A Scent of Greek specifically?

Tina: In A Touch of Greek I wanted to explore what really attracts people to one another. Because we are all very visual and often judge people we meet by how they look, I liked the idea of taking that one sense away, making the heroine blind. Triton, who’s always relied on his looks to get by now has a harder time. He actually has to be nice for once, something less handsome man had to do all along.

A Scent of Greek came really when I was wondering how I could make it believable that a philanderer like Dionysus would suddenly change. I figured, if he didn’t know what he was really like, he would have no preconceived ideas about love and relationships. And I think by robbing him of his memory, I allowed the character to feel what he wanted for the first time in his life without him having to keep up a certain image.

Keira: Why do the titles include the physical senses? Does that mean future titles will be the other senses?

Tina: Actually, the first title A Touch of Greek was a variation of the old movie title A Touch of Mink. I liked the sound of it. So, when I had to come up with the second title, I needed something to show that the two books are related. I wanted the same kind of feel for it. The next books will definitely be along the same lines: … of Greek, but I don’t know yet whether I’ll find something fitting that relates to the senses. I’ll certainly try.

Keira: I noticed that in A Touch of Greek the heroine is blind and in A Scent of Greek the hero is suffering from amnesia. Will this trend of disabilities continue in future releases?

Tina: Both disabilities were fitting for the stories, but they are not necessarily what I was going for in terms of a theme for the books. In fact, only since you’re pointing it out here, I’m realizing what I’ve been doing. It’s funny how our subconscious sometimes does things we don’t even realize. I haven’t decided on the plots for Eros’ and Hermes’ story yet, therefore I don’t know yet whether another disability will fit into a future release. If it does, I’ll use use, but I try not to squeeze something into a story if the story doesn’t call for it. Otherwise it might feel forced. The way I plot stories, I often start with a central “What if?” question, and then work outwards from there. Sometimes I come up with a scene I really like and I build a plot around that. It’s a process, and that’s actually my favorite part of writing, figuring out the story.

Keira: What is your favorite scene in A Scent of Greek and why?

Tina: I love the scene where Dionysus prepares a special dinner for Ariadne and then proceeds to seduce her. When Ari is about ready to submit to him, he stops, and what he says next is just so hilarious that every time I re-read the scene I haul. It’s so Dio.

Readers have gotten back to me that their favorite scene is actually Dio’s first night as a waiter, and I must say, it’s pretty funny. I wanted to pay homage to all those waiters and waitresses out there who work so hard every night and have to take so much crap from the customers on a daily basis. Dio tells the customers what so many waiters and waitresses would like to say to them but can’t if they want to keep their jobs.

Keira: How do you define love?

Tina: Wow, that’s a tough one. There are so many types of love in this world, but if we’re talking about love for a partner/husband/boyfriend etc, then I’d have to say it like this: to understand and be understood, to be each other’s best friends, to have arrived.

Keira: What’s next for the Out of Olympus series?

Tina: There will definitely be books for Eros and Hermes, and depending on the popularity of this genre, I might add other gods to the mix. Certainly, there are always lots of other gods who play minor roles in each book, so it would be easy to introduce other potential heroes. Now the trick is to find some interesting and funny premise for the next books. A Scent of Greek is going to be a hard one to top. In hindsight, maybe I should have waited with Dio’s story until later! LOL!

Buy: A Touch of Greek, A Scent of Greek

GIVEAWAY: I have an autographed paperback of A Scent of Greek ready to go to one lucky winner. Open to domestic and international readers alike. To enter: 1 entry if you friend the author on Facebook, 1 entry if you sign up for her newsletter, and 1 entry if you leave a comment.  Max number of entries per person 3. Last day to enter: October 15, 2011.

Guest Review: The Heart of War by Lisa Beth Darling

by Sandra Scholes, guest reviewer

Greek myth and Celtic myth meet in this novel of passion and sexual attraction. Although the Greek myth and god part it taken lighter than expected as Ares has quite a list of personality traits to deal with, or more is the case, what other women have to deal with, and being a god who is largely well-built, well-endowed and has a sex drive that would flay most puny humans, the readers will wonder where he will find his new lady love next.

Alena is a runaway bride, one who is supposed to be kept for one man or one god if you prefer, and the god in question is Cernunnos, and he is very angry at her leaving his side after she meant so much to him. She in turn falls for Ares, the god of war, and wanting his protection strikes up a bargain with him using her virginity as bait. Ares is like her in many respects as he is in hiding from the gods for the rumour he has killed Psyche; though whether he has or not is up for debate. Even though he enjoys her in his bed, he would like to think that he has no emotional ties to her at all, even going so far as to consider giving her over to Zeus as his afterward.

He doesn’t realize how much has enjoyed her company, her personality, their similarities, both runaways, and misunderstood. Even having to choose between handing himself over to Zeus, and be judged accordingly, or spending the rest of his life with Alena seems to be a no-brainer to most readers who will notice how saucy and well-written the erotic scenes are in this hot and romantic story is.

I like the way the title is taken from that infamous novel The Art of War by Sun Tsu, and the way there is a little humour in it to take away some of the serious parts of the story. Katarina is the woman he is with at the beginning, but she might not be there at the end. The myth of both Greek and Celtic mixes well with the overall story, and readers will be in for a treat. Ares proves what kind of man he is both in and out of the bed, and Alena has a lot to offer him, both finding they are similar souls in the romance.

[rating:4]

Buy: The Heart of War

Review: The Heart of War by Lisa Beth Darling

by Sharon S., guest reviewer

It doesn’t take long to realize Ares is an ass. He is definitely the spoiled, self-important brat that the gods of Olympus think he is. Lots of stories like to romanticize the Greek gods, but in reality they were a petty and mean bunch of beings. As a fan of dark paranormal stories, telling a story about the Greek gods as a dark erotic story only makes sense.

There are lots of reviewers out there that loved this book. I was impressed with how Darling took the Greek mythology and made it her own in The Heart of War. It is a damn fine saga with lots of twists, betrayal, brutality and sex (we are talking about the Greek gods here). But in the end I just wasn’t moved by Ares and Alena’s love story. The only character I felt sorry for was Eros.

The story is complex, with a lot of meat to it (yes, pun intended <G>). I did get a little confused by the shifting in POV sometimes. This is an erotic read, but not overly so. There is a good deal of rape, some of it brutal, but once again, we are talking Greek gods.

If you are a fan of Greek mythology then you will find this story fascinating. From a romance stand point, it didn’t move me.

The second book in this series “Child of War” releases Dec. 31, 2011.

[rating: 3]

Buy: The Heart of War