I know I’ve been an inconsistent muffin with the blogging and I’ve been meaning to do a post to apologize, and guess who’s been busy with all the writing and life things and still hasn’t done it?
BUT! I interrupt the chaos of trying to wrangle characters with edits and first drafts to bring you an awesome urban fantasy/retelling from my friend Hazel West!
She writes super fun urban fantasy, and I was so excited to see her tackling a re-telling of the Hades and Persphone myth with her usual epic, snarky flair!
About the Book!
What happens when the Lord of the Dead accidentally falls in love with the Goddess of Spring?
Well, when there are brothers with crazy political agendas and overprotective mothers involved, a simple romance may not be as simple as it looks. Hades wants nothing more than to woo Persephone, but his fellow Olympians have other ideas. Zeus and Poseidon seem set on starting World War Three, Persephone’s mother wants her daughter to marry Ares, the insufferable God of War to make sure the earth doesn’t get destroyed in the process, and Hades is being pressured by his brothers to join in a fight he never wanted a part of. He’s definitely going to need some help with this one. Calling on his friends Hermes, Artemis, and Apollo, they do the only thing they can: kidnap Persephone themselves and team up to try and stop Zeus before his plans succeed.
This modern retelling of Hades and Persephone is part romance, part political intrigue and guaranteed to be a version you’ve never heard before.
The next day, first thing in the morning, I sent out messages. To my shock, Hermes appeared almost immediately.
“That was fast,” I told him. “Were you with Iris when I sent her my messages?”
“No. Hades, something’s happened,” Hermes said, he sounded breathless.
My heart clenched. “Another disaster?”
“No, worse,” Hermes said. “Look, I don’t know everything that’s going on here, but everyone’s taking sides and making truces. I guess Zeus and Demeter are trying to come to some understanding, but…Persephone summoned me.”
I frowned, folding my arms over my chest. “Why would she summon you?”
Hermes rolled his eyes. “Not the time to get jealous, lover-boy, I’m far easier to summon than the Lord of the Dead, in case you aren’t aware of that. But listen! Whatever happened, some truce has been struck and Persephone has just been promised to Ares—as his wife!”
“WHAT?!” I demanded, my anger palpable, as shadows darkened the room. Cerberus growled and crouched like he was on the verge of hunting something.
“Yeah, Zeus arranged it.”
I growled something unkind.
“Agreed,” Hermes said, holding up his hands. “But, can we talk later? She kinda asked me to come get you. She needs your help.”
“How in Tartarus am I going to fix this?” I demanded. “I already tried to dissuade my brother against this ridiculous plan, and he obviously is only making it worse, now somehow gaining Demeter’s favor!”
“Look, I want all the details, but you can give those to me later. Right now, you need to go rescue your lady-love. She says they’re supposed to meet Ares at New Olympus just about…now!”
I grabbed my helmet and rushed out of the office, Hermes right on my heels. Charon wasn’t at his post, probably ferrying souls, so I snagged the keys to the Bugatti and headed toward the garage.
“How fast can this thing go?” Hermes asked as he climbed into the passenger seat and I turned the key in the ignition.
“It’s one of Hephaestus’s modifications, as fast as I need it to,” I growled and floored the pedal. Hermes whooped in exhilaration as the scenery blurred and we flew through the slipstreams.
Does this look epic! (Fun Fact: It is because I got to read the beta version and it is SUPER fun!) So go check it out and let me know what you think of it aall!!
Hazel is giving away a signed paperback of the book! You can get extra entries by commenting or reading all the other posts! So go check them out!
About the Author
Hazel B. West is the author of several novels including historical titles like On a Foreign Field, By Blood or By Bond; Wolfsblood, a book about werewolves in Roman Britain and the Modern Tales of Na Fianna series, which feature modern Irish warriors with swords and fast sports cars and lots of faeries.
As to what she prefers to consume (aside from bacon and coffee) she can often be found with her nose in dusty tomes about mythology and folklore, serial killers, and other dark and gruesome things. She has an almost unhealthy penchant for stories about siblings, particularly brothers, and you can probably win her over by alerting her to any books or shows that feature this. She is a true book dragon and has a lovely hoard of books (and Pop Figures). When she’s not writing, she’s probably still being antisocial, reading books, drawing, or binge-watching the same shows over and over because there’s nothing else quite like Supernatural and Merlin. She also likes to listen to music because, who doesn’t? Hazel’s particularly fond of modern folk and classic rock, which is usually what makes up the majority of her book playlists.
And that’s it, guys! Go check out this book, and Hazel’s epic Irish Na Fianna urban fantasy because they’re some of my favorite things! Have a wonderful weekend, and wish me luck since I’m going to see Endgame on Sunday. *dies of nervousness* 🙂