Thursday, October 25, 2012

Young Adult Mythology Hop and Persephone's Trouble


Mythology is such a fascinating subject, because myths--extremely similar myths--persist in the histories of all culture worldwide. Does this point to a common beginning? Shared stories (before social media??)? Or common themes of the human condition?





Whatever the reason, mythology never gets old and continues to reveal the depths, motives, and secrets of the human heart.





One of the most compelling myths is the story of Persephone. Some have called her story 'the rape of Persephone'. Rape most likely is better translated as 'abduction', but ultimately what's at stake is the loss of innocence.


A young maiden picking flowers in a field wanders away from her mother (Demeter). The earth suddenly opens and Hades emerges from below and abducts her, forcing her into marriage.

Demeter's grief--which causes crop failure and starvation--makes Hades release Persephone for a few months a year so the earth can recover and mankind can survive.

Kinda like the cycle of the seasons.



In my six book series, Apocalypse Babes, the main character (Seffy--get it? Tricky, right?) is a modern Persephone. She travels to 'Hades' against her will and spends her time torn between capitulating or fighting against the forces holding her there.


And instead of pomegranate seeds, a pink Juicy Couture tracksuit might be what holds Seffy in Hades--or is the vehicle for her ultimate release. Either way, she experiences her own personal apocalypse.



For a chance at free copies, please post your name and contact email in the comments section below. For fun, feel free to add your favorite myth. Five commenters will be randomly chosen to receive the six book set--only available for Kindle and Nook. If you want a preliminary peek at the first book, The Z Word, it's currently free for all ebook formats; Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords



Special thanks to I Am A Reader Not A Writer and For Those About To Read for sponsoring this hop. After entering mine, hop onto the next for more chances to win great books! And a special note: Be sure to check back in December for a big promotion of Apocalypse Babes. Grand prize will be a pink Juicy Couture tracksuit--you know you want one! :)



20 comments:

  1. I've checked out this series a few times, and I just picked up the Z word -thanks!

    I don't really have a favorite mythology story. I do enjoy hearing about them though! :)

    Thanks!
    Liz
    liz at fictional candy dot com

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  2. I've heard the Persephone tale. Cool. And thanks for the tip about the "Z-word." I picked it up, too.

    Since my background's in theater, I'm going to choose Dionysus as my favorite mythological dude.

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  3. Jo
    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

    One myth that really resonates with me is the Orpheus and Eurydice myth. Thanks for being in the hop!

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  4. Great giveaway! I just enjoy all mythology. But psyche is interesting. Emmaleehelen@gmail.com

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway! I love greek mythology and Persephone and Hades story is actually my favorite.

    Tiffany Sill
    brokenheartedemo@hotmail.com

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  6. Persephone's story is one of my faves.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. This sounds like an interesting story.

    bookaholicholly at gmail . com

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  8. Thank you so much for the giveaway. I am going to pick up the first book at Barnes and Noble.

    tambrewer35 at msn dot com

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  9. I love Persephone's story
    erma2167@sbcglobal.net

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  10. Kpoo18(at)gmail(dot)com

    Love Athena's story!

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  11. I love the story of Atalanta!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    star_chaser76(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  12. Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway :D!

    I am a big fan of all Greek mythology, and I enjoy reading the myth re-tellings of Persephone and Hades.

    ssweett_rebelde(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. Thanks!
    I like Artemis and Orion.
    gokarter418 (at) aol (dot) com

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  14. Thanks for the giveaway chance!
    megan(dot)bowie(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. Thanks for having such a great giveaway!

    I don't really have a favorite myth, but I do like the one with Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite fighting over that apple - shows that such a little thing can have huge consequences.

    --Alicia
    dmr8888 at yahoo dot com

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  16. Thank you for the lovely giveaway!
    MostlyMisha[at]gmail[dot]com

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  17. My favourite myth is the story of Persephone and Demeter and how the change of seasons occurred!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

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  18. I've been fascinated with Hephasteus for some time.

    nrlymrtl at gmail dot com

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  19. Thanks to all who entered! Our winners were: Misha, Kassandra, Erma, Tiffany, and Vampire Mistress. Congrats, ladies!

    Please check back for new hops and giveaways!

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