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Psyche – FREE Book!

As a reminder, in honor of Valentine’s Day (which was yesterday, I know, but as I said, this is a reminder), I’m giving away my newest release Psyche (Myths of Olympus Book 1) for FREE on Amazon! Get it now while it’s still on sale because after the 17th, it’ll go back to $0.99 (I know, real bank breaker).

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Psyche is a retelling of the Greek myth of Psyche and Eros (some would argue it’s Roman but I believe it’s interchangeable and I prefer the Greek names so…).

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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.

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If you do decide to get it and read it, I would greatly appreciate a review. Pretty please! It’s my bread and butter!

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Psyche – Coming February

Editing is almost done. It’s pretty easy with this story considering I knew exactly what I wanted to write. Of course, tweaking is always necessary to get rid of superfluous sentences, correct inconsistencies, and fix typos. That doesn’t take all that long though so 2 days into editing and I’m already over halfway. Yay! My goal is to be finished by Friday and publish on February 1st.

Yep!

Psyche will be released February 1st, 2017!

Yay! Cheers all around!

Here’s the cover:

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It hasn’t changed much from when I introduced it as a cover choice before. I liked it quite a bit already and only changed the size of the font and the placement of my name/series title.

Again, I can’t take credit for the picture. It came from Comfreak on Pixabay.com. Check out his page if you’re interested in seeing more of his work. He has some awesome graphics!

Be sure to pick up your copy of Psyche when it comes out February 1st! It’ll be selling for $0.99. Just 99 cents.

Psyche by Kathryn St. John.

February 1st, 2017.

$0.99.

Posted in Night's Treasure, Weekend Writing Warriors, Writing Endeavors

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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Available for Pre-Order: Night’s Treasure

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My debut novel, Night’s Treasure, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. It is currently only available as an e-book for the Kindle or Kindle App. Night’s Treasure is a fantasy novel bordering on dark fantasy and focuses on ancient Greek mythology.

For Sophy, an unloved and unwanted demigod, happiness seemed an impossibility until one night when she made a deal with the god of death and was flung into a dangerous world of ancient gods and unknown possibilities.

Forced to please her manipulative brother, Sophy makes a deal with Thánatos: herself as Death’s bride for her brother’s immortality. Doing so unearths the family she dreamt of having, but in order to join them in Tartarus she must first gain immortality and she must do it on her own. Her journey takes her from the underground labyrinths of Hypnos’ Palace to the cloudy realm of Zeus; from a mysterious garden at the end of the world to the depths of the Underworld where her fate is at last decided.

Powerful gods intent on their own selfish plans are determined that she bend to their will and give up her quest and her betrothed. She’ll need all of her power over light along with a fair amount of luck in order to survive and not end up a plaything of the gods.

If you’ve ever been curious about the gods who weren’t part of the 12 Olympians (and Hades/Persephone) or if you’re tired of only ever reading about the 12 Olympians (and Hades/Persephone) and want a taste of something new, here you go! While I do include a handful of the mainstream gods/goddesses, I also delve into the lesser known deities and mythological creatures.

For example, some of the lesser known deities are:

  • Nyx
  • Thanatos
  • Icelus
  • Phantasos

Yes, the names are Greek. Yes, they are hard to read and hard to pronounce. I realize this puts some people off, but I wasn’t about to rename ancient gods. I see other authors doing that and sometimes it’s fine and I have fun playing match the unknown deity with the new name, but other times it doesn’t work.

My goal was not to change the gods but to try to breathe new life into them. I wanted to create my own story and weave it into the preexisting myths while changing as little as possible (preferably nothing at all). That was the hardest part in writing this book. There are different versions of the myths and many times the versions don’t agree with each other or they do but they argue about details or leave details out.

In my attempt to recreate the world of ancient Greek gods and place my own characters in it in a way that would work, I had to choose single versions of myths whilst combining other versions. It didn’t matter to me if the myths came from different people because the fact remains that each variation is out there and is known to some degree.

Anyway, Night’s Treasure is a little less than 250 pages (according to Amazon) and will be selling for $2.99. I hope you go on over to Amazon and add my book to your collection. Greek mythology is so much fun. I really hope you enjoy the path I’ve taken with it. Sophy’s story doesn’t end here nor does my trip through Greek mythology as I have a sequel to Night’s Treasure in the works along with several novellas in line to write as well.

Also, I had fun with Pinterest some time back saving pictures connected with Greek mythology and with how I imagined Night’s Treasure might look. Check it out, it’s just for fun.