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The Eighth House: Hades & Persephone (Flames of Olympos) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 28, 2017
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From the Author
Romance readers can enjoy The Eighth House without any prior knowledge of Greek mythology. Just look at it as a romance in a fantasy setting, where there are immortals with incredible powers, and you're all set!
If you're like me, however, and have a love for, and familiarity with, the ancient myths, you're going read my version of the Hades & Persephone tale and have at least one, "Hey, wait a minute!" moment, I assure you. I thought this would be a good place to let you know, lovely reader, that I have taken quite the healthy dose of creative license with the original mythology.
I like to think of it as, "Sure, you know what the ancient poets wrote, but come let me tell you what really happened." *wink wink* I hope you have as much fun reading all the twists and surprises as I had in writing them.
About the Author
Eris writes subversive romance for people who hate romance novels. Her stories are the stomping grounds for bada** heroines, untamable alphas, a spectrum of sexuality, and a serious disregard for convention. She is a complete nerd and possible crazy cat lady. She will annoy you with puns.
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All her life, Persephone has been hidden away from all the gods on Olympos by her mother, so that she would stay a maiden. Persephone made sure that didn't matter, even if it wasn't with a god. Hades has spent his life in the dark Underworld, alone. Neither one of them is happy what trysts they manage to have with mortals, and each wants more. When Aphrodite forces Hades to steal Persephone, they both find the person they were looking for.
Persephone is my favorite myth, and I love Eris' retelling of it. I will have to read and reread it.
Hades may be the ruler of the Underworld, but he's not a cold, unfeeling monster. Rather he's hot as molten lava, as devastating as an earthquake, and with a rigid sense of duty only rivaled in austerity by the stone he controls. Persephone isn't some meek, delicate flower, either. She's strong in her own right, not only able to withstand the desires of the God she finds herself with, but against the very Olympians who would bring her to heel. Making her own decisions, finding her own path in the twists and turns of eternity, creates a balance within her as much as it does without.
I would recommend this book! I love stories where Persephone is depicted as a strong woman and not a helpless maiden and when the love she shares with Hades is consensual, dark, and true.
This tale was simply beautiful. The plot, characters, setting, theme and flow were astounding. I hope you have quit your day job AFTER publishing this gem. I shed tears of joy, not sadness, especially while reading the last two paragraphs. The imagery was so heartfelt and....sigh...perfect. I'll probably think of your tale every fall from now on.
Lastly, your writing reminds me of another favorite writer of mine, Anne Rice. Your talent for lush descriptions of characters, emotions and settings reminds me of her novels. To put it simply, you can write your ass off. Please take a bow/curtsy. I applaud you.