Once upon a time, there was a woman made of stone. She was beautiful and perfect and strong. Until one day, she was found by a lonely man who could not find a woman to love him.
Blind to her beauty, Pygmalion took a chisel to her and reshaped her to better fit his desires. Though her flesh softened and her shape changed, she remained strong and unchanged within.
Frustrated, the man appealed to the gods. “The women of Cyprus are all poor and whores and unsuited to a man of my station. Breathe life into this stone, and I shall build a great temple in your honor.”
“The city of Cyprus is filled with women made of flesh and bone,” The goddess of wisdom reasoned. “Perhaps the problem does not lie with them.”
“Do not blame the prey when you are not worthy of the hunt,” said Artemis.
“Never,” replied Ares, eyes glittering with disdain.
“Build me a temple that touches the sky and the woman is yours,” decreed the God-King.
Pygmalion agreed and when the last stone of the temple was set into place, Zeus breathed life into the statue, hollowing out her insides, removing every trace of who she once was and replacing it with what Pygmalion wished her to be.
According to the myth, she was beautiful, dedicated, and obedient to her husband’s every whim. The perfect wife. But I know better than anyone that perfection has a price.
The Daughters of Zeus, Book One
One day Persephone is an ordinary high school senior working at her mom’s flower shop in Athens, Georgia. The next she’s fighting off Boreas, the brutal god of winter, and learning that she’s a bonafide goddess–a rare daughter of the now-dead Zeus. Her goddess mom whisks her off to the Underworld to hide until spring.
There she finds herself under the protection of handsome Hades, the god of the dead, and she’s automatically married to him. It’s the only way he can keep her safe. Older, wiser, and far more powerful than she, Hades isn’t interested in becoming her lover, at least not anytime soon. But every time he rescues her from another of Boreas’ schemes, they fall in love a little more. Will Hades ever admit his feelings for her?
Can she escape the grasp of the god of winter’s minions? The Underworld is a very nice place, but is it worth giving up her life in the realm of the living? Her goddess powers are developing some serious, kick-butt potential. She’s going to fight back.
Kaitlin Bevis spent her childhood curled up with a book and a pen. If the ending didn’t agree with her, she rewrote it. Because she’s always wanted to be a writer, she spent high school and college learning everything she could to achieve that goal. After graduating college with a BFA and Masters in English, Kaitlin went on to write The Daughters of Zeus series.
I want to thank Kaitlin for writing a post specially for my blog today and to remind readers that Persephone is on sale for $1.99 from today until July 17th.