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Thursday, January 03, 2013

Tour Stop: Medusa's Desire by E.B. Black


Greek Myth Inspired Novels
by E.B. Black

When I was in high school, my English class read the Odyssey out loud. I had a friend who would laugh hysterically during every graphic description. The teacher would ask her to stop, but that would just make her laugh harder.

She said that she had no idea why she laughed. I think I know why. The predicaments the characters found themselves in were uncomfortable for her because they were a little too intense. Laughing was a defense mechanism she used to help her get through reading them.

It’s something you see a lot about on the internet: religion, politics, death, disease, tragedy. It all gets mocked. We want to laugh through our pain, so we can pretend it doesn’t hurt.

When I’ve had a rough day, I love to escape in a book. I had a kidney stone around Christmas time this year and when I wasn’t curled up in the bathroom clutching my stomach, I was reading books, trying to distract myself from my suffering and forcing myself through it. Life is hard and many times we choose books in order to forget about it.

Greek mythology as a religion died a long time ago, but the stories have lived on. There’s a reason for this, even though most of the stories do not contain a happily ever after. Although some of the graphic ideas in it, like Zeus cheating on Hera repeatedly and Oedipus dealing with his complex, are difficult to think about, they force humanity to face itself. Although I feel disgust for the gods and their antics, a lot of people in positions of power abuse others in the same way.

We’ve all suffered in life. If all stories were full of happiness, I would be unable to relate to books after awhile because they wouldn’t resemble reality in any way. Sometimes the struggles that characters like Odysseus might inspire me. Odysseus would do anything to get back to and protect his family. I’d do the same.

Writing about injustice in the world is a difficult thing to do. It makes people uncomfortable, makes them want to run away from your books because they are forced to face that the world is filled with horrible things. It’s impossible not to deal with these issues when writing about greek mythology though.

But I love it. Homer had a lot of guts to write as honestly about humanity and its faults. And it’s necessary every once in awhile to talk about these issues.

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Title: Medusa's Desire
Series: Fate of Eros #1
Author: E.B. Black
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Medusa's Desire

"It all started the day her god raped her.

She transformed into an abomination through his touch. Her skin grew scales. Her eyes turned red. She screamed for help, but all who saw her became stone. Medusa thought she would be alone forever, until the day a man came to kill her and fell in love instead. Now Perseus is running from those who hired him as he continues to love a girl who could kill him with a glance."




Excerpt
Medusa walked in front of the full-length golden mirror and stared at herself. Her eyes were red and her face was swollen. Even crying, she looked beautiful. If only her reflection matched her real body.

She could have been so much happier if she had never been cursed. Her mother would still be alive and proud of the fact that she had found such a wonderful and handsome man to marry. Perseus would be worthy of her, and she'd feel good enough for him.

Medusa's face twisted and her blonde hair grew wild. Her scales and wings flashed in her reflection. She recoiled and almost punched the glass in front of her.

Her heart pounded. Her true self had manifested in the mirror for a split second, but luckily she hadn't gazed into her own eyes or she would have died. What did this mean? Was her condition getting worse? Eventually, would she be unable to see anything besides her true form when she glanced at herself?

Her stomach twisted and she realized that hate had been brewing in her heart. She despised Andromeda and wished for her to go away. Were the negative emotions affecting her physically?

She wanted to share this concern with Perseus, but her heart squeezed at the thought. That woman in the mirror was the one he had fallen in love with and she was disappearing. If she told him the truth, she could lose him forever, but if she kept it a secret, he could look at her at the wrong time and be transformed into stone.

Author Bio
E.B. Black lives in southern California with her family and two rottweilers. She daydreams about dressing up like a necromancer for Halloween and about new fantasy worlds she can throw her characters into.

Links
Website: http://www.ebblack.com/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/writerblack
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003033921752
Blog: http://deathauthor.blogspot.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6586070.E_B_Black
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Medusas-Desire-Death-Series-ebook/dp/B00ABMAW5K/

Giveaway
E.B. Black is giving away an ebook copy of her book, Medusa's Desire. Giveaway is international and ends on January 10th.

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