Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Feature: Persephone Remembers the Pomegranates by Samantha MacLeod

You’ve heard it was the pomegranate. 

Those six juicy, ruby seeds, staining my lips and fingers. Sealing my fate. Damning me.

Well, maybe so.

But that’s not entirely the truth.



Mortals assume our realm is separate from the living world, that we are somehow distant and inaccessible. That is not the truth. The underworld is a mere heartbeat away from the living world, lying like a velvet shadow across the entire mortal realm. When there is trouble in the sunlit lands, disease or famine or war, we know it. Often we know it before the mortals, and sometimes even before the gods.

So, despite the constant distraction of my husband’s body, it was mere days before we realized what my mother had done.

The first shades had died of exposure, freezing to death in what should have been a constant, pleasant climate. Hades’ brow furrowed at the influx. In the privacy of our chambers, he tried to console me.

“She’ll come around,” he whispered. “The other gods will never let this continue.”

I held my tongue. My heart and body longed for his words to be true; it had only been a matter of weeks, and already he was a part of me, his body as intimate and familiar to me as my own. Already the sunlit lands had lost their appeal, for they did not contain him.

The next round of shades came to the shores of the River Styx gaunt and pained, dead from starvation. The God of the Underworld bit his lip.

“It won’t last,” he told me, his breath soft against my neck. “She cannot hold the mortal lands in thrall.”

“You don’t know my mother,” I replied, and his voice stilled.

The numbers of the dead increased, grew to crowds whose size Hades reluctantly admitted he’d never seen before. The shores of the Styx tumbled with crowds; my heart ached. My husband assured me I had nothing to fear, but his words shifted away from promises that my mother’s curse upon the mortal lands could not continue and became vows that he would protect me. That he would keep me.
“I love you,” I said. “This is my home, and you, my husband. I’ll never leave.”

You don’t know my mother, I thought, my lips a tight, silent line.

Samantha MacLeod
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A #TuesdayTeaser Book Recommendation -- Renee Vincent

Longing For Langston (Mavericks of Meeteetse, Book 1: Brody & Liv)


Tired of living in his brother’s shadow, Brody Galven wants the folks of Meeteetse to realize he’s no longer a bad boy screwup. He also wants his childhood best friend, Olivia Langston. While staying out of trouble proves impossible, admitting he loves her is out of the question…even when she’s about to walk out of his life forever.

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A Time Travel #TeaserTuesday from Maddie James


Soul Mates, Book One 

Can souls touch through time and hold on when all odds are against them? 

Claire Winslow vacations on an East Coast barrier island, content with her life and her potential future--until the illusion of a man walking the misty shore haunts her. Then one kiss--a beautiful, soulful, stolen kiss in the night--and her life changes forever.

Nearly 300 years past, Jack Porter is in hot pursuit of his kidnapped wife. Not an easy feat considering the year is 1718 and the kidnapper is the notorious pirate Blackbeard aka Edward Teach. Determined to rescue his wife and take the pirate's head in the process, Jack steals aboard the pirate's ship to save her.

Entranced sends Jack and Claire on a wild search through time, not only for the resolution to a powerful attraction between them, but also for a historical artifact that holds the key to their future happiness--the coveted silver-plated chalice made from Blackbeard's skull.

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