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.
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