Weekend Writing Warriors 10 – Psyche

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Weekend Writing Warriors | #8Sunday | 2/5/17

If you want to read other writer’s work, meet those writers, or participate yourself, stop on by Weekend Writing Warriors. Every week writers get together here to share their work, published or unpublished.

My 8-sentence excerpt this week is from my newest release – Psyche. It’s the first novella in the Myths of Olympus series.

——– Psyche ——–

“Sir, it is not proper,” she protested in a gentle voice, her eyes cast down and away as was expected of her.  “If you would speak to my father….”

She let the sentence die away unfinished, knowing he wouldn’t act on the suggestion.  He was not yet a man to look for a wife and she would no longer waste her time catering to his infantile delusions.

He stood, his body awkward with his sudden luck at having touched her skin.  Psyche noticed the bulge under his tunic a moment before he did and averted her eyes, determined not to look at him again. He saw her reaction and felt the difference in his body, had the grace to blush.  Clasping his hands in front of him and hunching over to hide his disgrace, he pretended to give the requisite bow and save his dignity.

——– End of snippet ——–

psyche-1This snippet happens early on in Psyche as we’re being introduced to her and her situation. This boy-who-would-be-a-man triggers the events to come as Aphrodite happens to catch a word or two…or sentence…at the time of his speaking before he touches Psyche’s hand. Needless to say, this does not make her happy.

Psyche is a beautiful maiden reaching the end of her cultural prime. She is flattered and worshiped by men everywhere, but has never received an offer of marriage and despairs she ever will.

Eros is the god of love. He lives to inspire love between mortals and give them their “happily ever afters” but has yet to find his own goddess with whom he can share eternity.

Aphrodite, the goddess of love and Eros’ mother, is jealous of Psyche’s beauty and the love she inspires in mortal men. For this reason, she sends Eros to punish Psyche by making her fall in love with a hideous beast. When Eros sees her, however, he falls in love and risks his mother’s wrath by taking the mortal for his wife.

When a foolish act of doubt separates them, Psyche must gather her courage and find strength to fight for their love and reunite them once more.

If you haven’t figured it out already, this book is my version of the ancient Greek myth of the love between Psyche and Eros (or Cupid for all the Roman mythology people out there. Actually, I want to call this a Roman myth as it came from a Roman story but it seems a Roman told a Greek story and it can be interchangeable (if you adjust the names of course).

Just so everyone knows, Psyche (Myths of Olympus Book 1) by Kathryn St. John is available as an ebook on Amazon for $0.99. Happy Reading!

And if you’re interested in more writing groups, I recently discovered Snippet Sunday on FB. Go check them out to discover more authors!

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About Katie St. John-Shin

I believe in living life and not letting it pass you by. I mean, come on, if you really want to do something but don't have the courage to do it so you let the opportunity disappear, you may regret it for the rest of your life. How can you know what you're capable of unless you go for it? Like every writer, I naturally plan on becoming a world-famous writer. I love reading, writing, fitness, coffee, watching my favorite movies/shows, listening to music, and trying new things even if they're sometimes terrifying. I'm a stay-at-home mom, a writer, and a POP Pilates instructor. I didn't think I'd succeed at that last one but I did it! I confronted my fears, dealt with things I didn't want to deal with, and completed the training! POP Pilates classes are coming soon to mid-Nebraska!
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19 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors 10 – Psyche

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    The people’s reactions hint at interesting social rules.

  2. I love how you’re writing their characters–so easy to feel their discomfort!

  3. nancygideon says:

    Whoops! How embarrassing! Poor guy.

  4. Interesting excerpt, always fun to play with myths and see how you can rework them! Love it…

  5. Love mythology and your telling is superb.

  6. Such a sweet, yet awkward scene!

  7. Jayne Fury says:

    That poor tenting tunic guy!

  8. Diane Burton says:

    Awk-ward. Embarrassing for both of them.

  9. siobhanmuir says:

    Oh the tell-tale signs of attraction. Good snippet, Katie. 🙂

  10. P.T. Wyant says:

    Well, that was the most awkward non-conversation ever. LOL! So much was said by body language — well done!

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