Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Think Greek Week: Guest Post & Giveaway Kris Cook


Gods? Greek Gods? Gay Greek Gods? What was I thinking?

I first was exposed to Greek mythology in Mrs. Green’s class in the fourth grade. Ever since then I’ve been enamored by the stories of Zeus, Ares, Hera, Aphrodite, Poseidon, Hades, and all the Olympians. Still in my teens when the movie “Clash of the Titans” came to theatres with Harry Hamlin as the hero Perseus, I was first in line. This love affair with the myths of old has never dimmed for me. Anything mythic that comes out in film, television, or books I devour.

The myth of Prometheus always held my attention and curiosity. Even back in Mrs. Green’s class I struggled with the punishment he received for enlightening humanity. As a ten-year old boy I found his act, breaking the laws of the Olympus to gift mankind with fire and knowledge, noble. His punishment was to be chained to a rock and have his insides eaten away by vultures only to be healed afterward to be the black birds meal the next morning—day after day for eternity. His suffering for raising us up I found unjust.

So, after years of toying with an idea for an urban fantasy male/male romance series I finally dared to put pen to paper.

In Love Ink, we learn that the myth of Prometheus isn’t quite accurate. In fact, it was a blatant distortion of the facts, ancient propaganda. When the god of knowledge was abducted, the other gods retreated from mankind, leaving humans to their own devices.

Here’s the blurb for – Cupid’s Arrow, the first book in the series (releases next week):

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For Titus Love, matchmaking is much more than a hobby – it was the family business. Being the grandson of Cupid himself, Titus is obsessed with restoring his grandfather’s good work and leaves Olympus to secretly work his magic in Dallas’s hottest new tattoo studio, Love Ink.

Detective Derek Stone doesn’t believe in love. Betrayed by a former lover, Derek views the sentimental emotion as a weakness that almost destroyed him vowing never to give anyone that power over him again.

While investigating a string of grisly murders, Derek discovers one common thread – all of the victims were clients of Love Ink and its owner, Titus Love. But when Derek questions his gorgeous suspect, their passion ignites and Derek discovers that the world is bigger and darker than he ever knew.

Something evil has come to Dallas, and only a hard-boiled detective and the new god of love stand in its way.

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My love of the gods continues after Mrs. Green’s class, and with Olympus’s favor, will continue for a long time to come. I’m currently working on Ares’s grandson’s story. His name is Cole Powers, and assassin of the gods. Ares’s Sword releases Fall 2012.


GIVEAWAY: I'll give an ecopy of Cupid's Arrow to one commenter. What do you love about Greek Mythology?

Dream Big!
Kris

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9 comments:

  1. FYI - it released early at Amazon - Here's the link for those who are interested - http://www.amazon.com/Cupids-Arrow-Love-Novel-ebook/dp/B008OC1PK0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343152794&sr=8-1&keywords=Cupid%27s+Arrow

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  2. i didnt know a lot about them until my daughter did a big thing with them in her english class about 14 years ago. then she did a piece on ares. but i was fascinated by hades and how he romanced persephone. and her mother interfered. but i think zeus as a lot to answer for.

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  3. Lennette DanielsJuly 24, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    I like how excited my daughter is about greek mythology. I forgot most of what I ever learned but she is 16 and is fascinated.

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  4. My brother is into Greek Mythology... as for myself, I only remember bits and pieces of what I learned in school or he's mentioned, eek :)

    Congrats on your latest book release, Kris!! I just purchased.

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  5. I love the variety of the Gods and Goddess' and the other characters in the mythology. I am definitely interested in this book. I have forgotten a lot of what I learned about mythology bu have always been interested in it, especially Ares :)
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  6. Hip, hip, hooray!! It is finally here and I cannot wait to read it!! Luv ya and happy writing!! See ya in a few weeks!! Now I am off to share the love of Cupid's Arrow!

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  7. I loved Greek mythology in high school. I love when an author writes about Greek mythology and turn them into hot sexy alpha males.
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  8. I like Greek mythology.

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  9. ~ADMIN~ A winner has been picked and email sent. Congratulations to June M. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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