Release Date, Blurbs, and Excerpt!

So, my short story titled “Threads of Discord” will be released in the Mythologically Torqued vol. 2 anthology (Male/male and female/female couplings) on 08/19/15.

They had sent us a fantastic cover which I had planned to display here — a picture of a black-winged female warrior in battle armor and a winged helmet wielding a scythe — but then were told at the last minute that we weren’t using that cover. *sigh* I hope the new cover is as good as this false one, because it was amazing. When I get the actual one, I will post it.

More good news is that there are 18 authors, and the anthology will come to 102k words. According to the publisher’s guidelines, that means it will go to print (anything over 60k does). So, it will be available in print and eBook format. Also, the eBook formats will have the entire anthology and each individual story available separately if so desired.

My story involves the dreaded love triangle and an initially indecisive guy trying to pick the best suitor for him. The gods…they all have their favorites and aren’t afraid to beat the hell out of each other for them. I am sure that the anthology will contain some explicit sex, but mine does not. There is a heavy implication (as in two guys are naked in bed together after having done the horizontal twist), but I’ve never been one to be explicit in my writings. So, if some people are on the fence and that’s a factor, there’s the information you might be looking for.

Below are the excerpts and back of the book blurb and all that.

Two line blurb, meant to catch the attention enough for you to read the synopsis:

 

At a crossroads of destiny, Riley must choose between two potential loves. As he sets to make his choice the gods intervene, and their battle will shake both Olympus and Earth.

 

The synopsis/marketing blurb/back of the book stuff:

 

The Fates discover a Thread of Life whose choice in romance will shape his future as well as the potential future of mankind. Consulting Athena, the Fates are joined by several other gods, and a battle for candidates ensues, alternatingly peaceful, devious, and vicious. Meanwhile on Earth, Riley is unsure of his growing attachment to the hunky surfer Dylan when the enigmatic and gorgeous Evo comes into his life. He casually dates both men, his internal tension mounting, until the battle of gods and human desire explodes in a climax whose outcome could mean everything.

 

And finally, an excerpt:

 

All the gods gasped as Eros’ golden arrow of love was rendered in two.

Ares’ great sword glowed red with the flames of war and chaos. Eros’ arrow burned with these flames and fell into the Pool, dissolving into nothing.

Athena whirled, her shield in her hand, and struck Ares in the face with it. There was a great clanging as Ares flew back, striking the marble lip of a nearby planter. He rebounded, landing on his feet, his lip bleeding. He was laughing.

“How dare you?” Athena said, her sword in her hand. “It is not our place to interfere…”

“Nice hit, sister,” Ares said. “But I beg to differ with you — it is our place. Is that not why we are here?”

“It is why I am here,” she said, her body pulsing with controlled wrath. The owl Nycti appeared and flapped to her shoulder, ready for battle. “It is why the Fates are here. It is NOT why you are here.”

“Apollo mentioned that Riley is one of his,” Ares said, walking forward. He pointed his flaming sword at the Pool. It showed Dylan, the tall, handsome, blond male who had been involved with Riley in the past. “Dylan is one of mine. And I will fight for him, sister.”

“We are not measuring the situation properly,” Lachesis said, stepping forward. “This is for the good of the Web of Life. This is to shape Riley into the best that he can be. This is not about who we favor.”

“I like the strong one,” Aphrodite said, smiling. She frowned at Eros. “And who told you to shoot that arrow?”

Eros bowed. “It is not for either of us to decide. The arrows tell me. The Universe tells me.”

“I’m with Aphrodite,” Artemis said, shocking them all.

Apollo looked at his sister in disgust. “Since when do you like strong men? Or men at all?”

Artemis scowled at him and tossed the forgotten apple at his head. Apollo caught it in his mouth, took a bite, and raised his eyebrows at her.

 

Hopefully, this will intrigue some people out there. The anthology has some good authors, and should be worth picking up. *crossing fingers, toes, and various other parts*

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~ by Darren Endymion on July 23, 2015.

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