In American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Shadow’s wife, Laura, is his driving motivation to stay on the straight and narrow when the day finally comes that he’s released from jail. When she’s killed in an accident shortly before his release, he’s left rudderless and accepts a job from a mysterious man named Mr. Wendesday. Soon he discovers a world that could not have been imagined of ambitious new gods versus weary ancient gods. As the storm brews, who will survive and who will win the battle of American gods. Continue reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman
[easyazon_link identifier=”0996275029″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Hidden by Moonlight[/easyazon_link] is the story of the five immortal children of Nut (primary Gods of Egypt). Nebt-Het (Nephthys) longs to be remembered and interacts in a way that could be damaging to the emerging civilization. Can she make her mark without destroying what her brother and sisters have done?
Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross takes place in the ninth century. Young Joan is thirsty for knowledge, which she is denied because of her gender. When Joan’s brother dies, she assumes his identity and heads off to a Benedictine Monastery. As Joan distinguishes herself and rises in the religious ranks, she finds herself heading to Rome. As her star rises, Joan finds herself playing a dangerous and precarious political game.
Warrior Lore: Scandinavian Ballads by Ian Cumpstey is a collection of Scandinavian Ballads translated into English verse. Ballads translated are Widrick Waylandsson’s Fight with Long-Ben Reyser, Twelve Strong Fighters; Hilla-Lill, Sir Hjalmar, The Hammer Hunt, The Stablemates, Sven Swan-White, The Cloister Raid, Heming and the Mountain Troll and Heming and King Harald.
Olivia is a woman who was traumatized by a former lover. Phthonos enters her dreams and makes all her sexual fantasies come true, but when the reality comes knocking at her door fully aware of the shared dream history, what’s a girl to do? Phthonos, son of Aphrodite, has also been running from his own destructive past. Is Thon the god of envy or the demon of envy? With Thon’s jealousy ruin what might have been?
Story Sparks has terrible dreams. She hasn’t had a dream for eight years, and suddenly as a freshman in college, they return. In an effort to cheer her up, Story’s mother suggests an outing to Lake Sandeen, and once there, warns Story about going into the water. Story’s Uncle Peter disappeared into the water and her mother isn’t so sure he drowned. When Story and her friends choose not to heed her mother’s advice and take a cool dip, they find themselves in a terrifying world of wolves, witches and mortal danger. Can Story and her friends find their way home without dooming both worlds?
Anthony Griggs was an abused child who fell deep into introspection as an adult. When he starts seeing things that aren’t there—people in trouble that he knows can’t exist—Anthony recognizes that he has a problem. Or does he? Is there a world that he can’t see and simply could not have fathom exists? When the war comes to this secret world, will Anthony stand up and be accounted?
In Year of the Wolf by Heather Heffner, Citalli Alvarez moved to Seoul, South Korea she thought she’d left her old life and old pain behind. A mysterious illness took her older sister. Now that dark evil is consuming her younger sister, Citalli knows that she cannot just stand by and watch her waste away. How far will she go to save the ones she loves?
In Revelations: Book One of the Merlin Chronicles by Daniel Diehl, Jason Carpenter, a grad student in England from Canal Fulton, Ohio, finds a crystalline sphere in the layers of the earth under a medieval outhouse. The mystical sphere seems to be alive and is a mystery as the technology to make such a sphere wasn’t available in the time period from which is must have come. Jason soon starts to have terrifying dreams featuring an older man with a white beard and when that man appears to him in the flesh and tells Jason that he is Merlin of the Arthurian legend, Jason is sure he’s going crazy. Merlin is on a quest and he needs Jason’s help to stop an old and very dangerous enemy. An enemy set to destroy and then dominate the modern world. Can they work together and save mankind?
A Touch of Greek (Out of Olympus Book 1) by Tina Folsom or Thoughts on Free Books and Self-Publishing
Publication Date: September 30, 2010
In A Touch of Greek by Tina Folsom, the Greek god, Triton (son of Poseidon) is beautiful and selfish. He has an affair with Zeus’s mistress, and Zeus punishes him by stripping him of his powers and sending him to the mortal realm where a woman must love him for himself and not his beauty. The catch? He’s sent to the beauty-obsessed United States.
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