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Weekend Writing Warriors 11 – Psyche

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Weekend Writing Warriors / #8sunday / 02/12/17

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 Every week writers get together here to share their work, published or unpublished.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 ——–

“Surely you will not deny that your presence there would attract more men to her worship.  What goddess would refuse such an offering as that?”

“And if the men come to place their worship at my feet instead of hers?  What then?”

“Then they are fools and she will curse them.”

Psyche sighed and bent over to rest her head on her mother’s knees.  “I feel she has cursed me in their place,” she admitted. … “What have I done to anger Aphrodite so that she would deny me love?”

——– End of snippet ——–

psyche-1Psyche 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.

Psyche (Book 1 of Myths of Olympus) by Kathryn St. John is available for $0.99 on Amazon as an ebook.

*** HOWEVER!!! All through the week of Valentine’s Day (Feb 13 – 17), Psyche will be FREE to download on Amazon!! It’s all in the name of love. You’re welcome! ***

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

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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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Weekend Writing Warriors 9 – Night’s Treasure

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Weekend Writing Warriors | #8Sunday | 1/1/17

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.

Here’s my newest snippet (10 sentences) from Night’s Treasure for your reading pleasure. Just some quick info on it. This happens soon after the last snippet with the ritual. The house is on fire. The unknown woman talking to Sophy is Nyx, the goddess of night.

——– Night’s Treasure ——–

“Please, you must trust me. I know it is a lot to ask especially after the life you have led but, please. You must leave this place; you cannot stay here.”

“I have nowhere to go,” Sophy whispered.

As if on cue the roaring inferno from the basement burst through into the rest of the house, filling the night with flames. The intense heat stole Sophy’s breath and threatened to sear her skin where she lay crumpled int he grass. It consumed the house in seconds.

“Hermes,” the lady said, brisk and business-like. “The time has come. Take Sophia and wait for me by the mouth of the Styx.”

——– End of snippet ——–

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If you liked this snippet and you’re interested in reading the rest of the book, Night’s Treasure is available to buy as an ebook on Amazon for $2.99. Reviews are much appreciated! I’m trying to get some of those. I had some but Amazon deleted them for some reason. I think it had something to do with them being from family members. My family’s pretty honest (even when it’s bad though these weren’t), but it broke the review guidelines so Amazon took them down.

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Weekend Writing Warrior 8 – Night’s Treasure

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I’m back to participating with the Weekend Writing Warriors! 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. #8Sunday

Here’s my newest snippet (9 sentences) from Night’s Treasure for your reading pleasure.

-Night’s Treasure-

“Daphne berries,” he informed with his rasping whisper.  “Mixed with poppies.  A merciful way to die.  You will slip off to sleep and awake in Tartarus or the Underworld, depending on which route you take.”

The rise of her chest was imperceptible as Sophy drew a shuddering breath that she feared would be one of her last.  The cloying aftertaste of Leuco’s draught was sharp and disgusting on her tongue.

“You do not offer yourself of your own free will,” he stated.

“I do.”  Her voice was a hoarse whisper as she forced out the lie.

-end of Night’s Treasure excerpt-

nights-treasure-4Night’s Treasure is a fantasy novel that delves into the world of Greek mythology. It follows Sophy, a demigod and daughter of Nyx, as she endeavors to find a way to gain immortality and join the family she’s always wanted but never had in Tartarus. However, there are powerful gods who have no intention of letting her disappear into the darkness below the Underworld and Sophy must fight for her life and her freedom before she can find peace and love. But will her power over the dark by enough or will she fall prey to the selfish, cruel gods who seek to use her?

This novel has been published by Kathryn St. John…in other words, by me. You can find it as an e-book on Amazon for $2.99. HOWEVER! Wait another week or so and you’ll be able to download it for FREE!

In honor of the holidays and as an end of year bang, I’m giving Night’s Treasure away for FREE on Amazon! Yay! I thought a fun freebie for the end of the year would be nice. Really, I just want people to be enjoying my stories like I do. It makes me so happy when I hear that other people enjoyed it.

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My only request is to please please please leave a review so I know how I did and what I should work on and so others have a guide to let them know how the book is. It’s not mandatory or anything, but I would seriously appreciate it!

Don’t forget! The last week of 2016!

12/26 – 12/30.

I would’ve made it longer but I’m only allowed 5 days. Sorry about that. But 5 days is more than enough to download it! Tell your friends, tell your relatives, tell everyone!

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Weekend Writing Warriors #7

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This 8-sentence snippet is another from my published short story entitled Rapunzel. If you’re interested in reading the whole thing, you can find it in DM du Jour, a blog associated with the online magazine Danse Macabre.

If you’re interested in posting a snippet of your own story yourself or want to read things that other people have written, mosey on over to Weekend Writing Warriors. Every week they have a new sign-up sheet for people interested in showing their work to the world.

– 8-sentence snippet of Rapunzel

“My lady, I am Prince Rollin, defender of maidenly virtue and destroyer of witches.” He stared in rapture at her beauty. She kept her head tilted from him so he could only glimpse the side of her face which was partially shielded by her hair. “We will leave this accursed tower and you shall be my wife. You will never want for anything, my love, for you have but to ask and it will be yours.”

“You pledge your love to me?” she asked, her speaking voice as stunning to hear as her singing. His vow was enthusiastic. “You pledge your life to me and my happiness?”

– End Snippet –

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I wanted to do 3 snippets but since this short story is only 3 pages long, I’m sticking with 2 snippets. I mean, why bother getting anything published if I put the majority of it here?

If the last 8-sentence snippet wasn’t enticing enough, then hopefully this caught your interest. The link to the published full work at DM du Jour is given above in the beginning of this post.

Happy reading!

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Weekend Writing Warriors #6

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This 8-sentence snippet is unrelated to my others. It comes from my short story entitled Rapunzel which was published in DM du Jour, a blog associated with the online magazine Danse Macabre.

If you’re interested in posting a snippet of your own story yourself or want to read things that other people have written, mosey on over to Weekend Writing Warriors. Every week they have a new sign-up sheet for people interested in showing their work to the world.

– 8-sentence snippet from Rapunzel

When he reached the top and saw her, he was mesmerized. She was the most beautiful woman in all the lands and he wanted her for his wife. They vowed their undying love to each other and consummated their union of the heart. He left through the window, swearing to return after he informed his father of the wondrous beauty he had found.

That is how the story of her tower spread – by word of mouth amonst the courtiers and servants, then peasants and tradesmen till it was known to all the lands. And the prince? He remained true to his word like a valiant prince should and rode to the tower the next day.

He did not return.

– End snippet –

I’ve always loved fairytales and have been toying with my Rapunzel idea since I was in college and had to write an essay in Japanese for my Japanese language class. Yep! My idea started out 100% in Japanese. I was in either the 300 or 400 level class so I was almost done with my minor.

It started off with a horror story (written in Japanese for Japanese class) about a grad student who’s working late at night in their building. At the time I was really into Japanese horror so I tried to emulate the style etc in my story. Despite getting low marks on my essay (I’ve always sucked at Japanese), I loved the story’s idea. So the next time we had a similar assignment, I wrote Rapunzel.

That early draft was like a condensed version of what currently stands published and it focused more on the ending than on the beginning. I mean, come on. It was written in Japanese. Do you think I wanted to burn my brain up writing 3 whole typed pages of Japanese when I sucked at it? Good grief! Of course not! Besides, the assignment didn’t call for something that long. I think it turned out to be a little less than 2 pages. Although the teacher again gave me low marks, I liked this idea as well. So well, in fact, that I never forgot it and eventually wrote it again from scratch.

It was actually changed very little. I kept it as horror and just expanded on the bones from the original story.

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Weekend Writing Warriors #4

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– 8-sentence snippet from Night’s Treasure

“Everything in your life I’ve given you and now that I ask for one thing in return, you refuse to help. You pay back my kindness with ingratitude. Does filial loyalty mean nothing to you?”

There was a weight crushing her, wrapping around her chest till she couldn’t breathe. His eyes bored into her and she felt sweat begin to prickle on her forehead as she fought to remain standing. The strain was too much though and she fell to her knees with a gasp.

“Stop! Please!”

– The End –

Hope you enjoyed my 4th 8 sentence snippet from my manuscript Night’s Treasure!

If you’re interested in posting a snippet of your own story yourself or want to read things that other people have written, mosey on over to Weekend Writing Warriors. Every week they have a new sign-up sheet for people interested in showing their work to the world.

In other news, I’ve started writing the sequel to Night’s Treasure. For the moment I’m sticking with NT2 for the working title. It’ll change in the future, probably the distant future when I’m nearer to at least the middle if not the end because NT2 is really easy to type and I’m in no hurry to change it.

Yay for writing again!

When do you decide on a story’s title?