Hello everyone and welcome to October. Autumn is my favorite season. To celebrate as we anxiously wait for Halloween to arrive, each Monday from now until the end of the month I will have a book on sale for 99 cents. The books I chose will be books that are magical, spooky, or that have at least a touch of paranormal in them.
I am calling these my Rose’s Reads for All Hallows’ Eve. Halloween is said to have originated from the ancient Celtic harvest festival, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain. Once thought to have had pagan roots, back in the medieval times the church Christianized the holiday, tying it to the worship of the dead, being All Saints and All Souls Day which are on Nov. 1st & 2nd. Therefore, the night before All Hallows’ Day was All Hallows’ Eve.
Interesting fact: The word Halloween didn’t originate until about 1745 and it was from the Scots. The Scottish word for eve back then was ‘even’ or e’en, which added to Hallow was Hallowe’en. I will be telling you more interesting facts through the month, such as how treat-or-treating originated, as well as why we dress in costumes or light up jack-o-lanterns on that day.
But for now, the first 99 cent sale book that will lead up to Halloween is The Pandora Curse. It is on sale from Oct. 2nd – 8th.
This is one of my Greek Myth Fantasy Romances. I first started writing them many moons ago when The Legendary Journeys of Hercules and Xena Warrior Princess were popular on TV. Do any of you remember that? The idea of the mythical Greek gods and goddesses intrigued me. I loved mythology ever since high school and couldn’t wait to take a myth that is usually tragic (face it, they are) and turn it into a romance with a happily-ever-after.
The myth of Pandora being curious and opening the box, hence releasing the vices onto humankind, is what my story, The Pandora Curse is based on. My heroine is Vara the Conquerer who is ruthless, selfish and mean – at the beginning of her journey. She is a descendant of Pandora, and all the females in the family have “The Pandora Curse.” She is inflicted heavily by the vices, Greed, Lust, Jealousy, Anger and Gluttony that her great grandmother, Pandora released from the forbidden box. Vara also hears the voices of the Furies constantly taunting her in her head, urging her to give in to these weaknesses.
My hero is Nikolai the Seer. He is a demigod, his mother being Hera. Hera is angry at Zeus as usual, so she sends her son to collect the vices of Vara in secret. She does it just to spite her husband who likes to see mankind suffer because of his gift of Pandora to the Titan, Epimethius.
I loved writing this book because it deals with the darkness and vices that all of us have to face in our lives. While the subject may seem a little intense, there is still a lot of humor in this book. Most of it is brought on by Hera’s shapeshifting minion, Baruch who is sent to watch over Nikolai so he doesn’t screw up Hera’s mission.
I won’t tell you which other books will be on special at this time, but I will say this will be the only Greek Myth. I hope to have time to send out more blogs with insights as to why I wrote the books or what was involved. Watch my website every Monday from now until Halloween, for another of Rose’s Reads for All Hallows’ Eve.
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