Sasha Summers’ second book in her Loves of Olympus series, For the Love of Hades, is a romantic fantasy/paranormal romance that was just released yesterday. She’s here to talk about how she turned Hades, death deity & ruler of the Underworld, into a romantic hero. Her post today is part of a tour she’s doing through Bewitching Book Tours. She’s giving away some terrific prizes so be sure to check out the list and Rafflecopter link below. Welcome, Sasha!
My Muse and Mythology by Sasha Summers
I’ve been stuck in Ancient Greece for the last few years. Not stuck, that sounds bad… How about vacationing? I’ve been on a fantastic holiday surrounded by gorgeous immortals – happily exploiting their trials, tribulations, and loves. And since I’m really a romance writer, I tend to focus (obsessively) on their love life.
Hence the name: The Loves of Olympus Series. Seriously, it’s the many loves of the various Olympians that have provided me with such endless writing inspiration. I like to add in some actual history, some known mythology, and then shake it all up with a major ‘What if’ for fun.
And what lover of romance, Greek Mythology, and tragedy could pass up writing a tale based on the ultimate tortured hero – Hades? Yes, that’s right – Hades… as a hero? Well, he is! And what a hero!
I know, you’re not convinced. I guess he’d not the most obvious choice for a leading man. He’s this ‘evil’ guy that rules the Underworld. He tortures the dead, putting them in their ‘place’. He has cold, pale skin. He’s heartless, cruel… unfeeling. And he kidnaps an innocent young girl and forces her into an eternity of living half of each year in the Underworld which results in the annual change of the seasons…
But what if there’s more to his story – and what makes him tick?
If you read For the Love of Hades, you’ll learn his story and, hopefully, see my lord Hades as a very different sort of fellow. A hero. A romantic hero. The romantic hero – one that will make your heart speed up and your tummy warm and fuzzy. At least I hope that’s the way you’ll feel – I did when I wrote it, anyway. Here’s hoping he has the same lovely effect on you, too!
Happy Reading and thanks for letting me gush about my latest hero – Hades.
More About For the Love of Hades
Hades, God of Death, has no heart. Persephone is determined to prove otherwise…
Hades, the Lord of the Underworld, has no patience for living things or his Olympian brethren. His purpose is order, administering justice to those who enter his realm, and keeping the balance decreed by the Fates. Meeting Persephone sways his focus, her gentle sweetness threatening his control. But he will not be tempted.
Poseidon’s scheming wreaks havoc upon Persephone. Hades has no choice – he must rescue her.
Hades awakens something within the Goddess Persephone. She feels no fear from his brooding presence. In truth, she’s never felt so alive. Every stolen moment together only confirms her instinct: he is meant to be hers. Such a powerful union suit will face opposition – from Olympus, her troubled betrothed, the Fates, even Hades himself – but she is determined to win his heart.
More About Sasha
Sasha Summers is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history, and travel. It’s no surprise that her books visit times past, set in places rich with legends and myth. Her first play, ‘Greek Gods and Goddesses’ (original title, right?), was written for her Girl Scout troupe.
She’s been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she’s doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.
Sasha is an active member of RWA and several Texas Chapters. A self-proclaimed movie-addict, she is full of all sorts of useless movie tidbits and trivia.
Where to buy and how to find Sasha online
Details on Sasha’s tour-wide contest and giveaways
Sasha is giving away the following prizes as part of her tour:
- one white lily pendant (image below-US only)
- one signed paperback set of Medusa, A Love Story and For the Love of Hades (USA/Canada only)
- one $15 Amazon or BN Gift Card (winner’s choice)
Click here for the Rafflecopter form to enter the contest!
Readers, do you like tortured heroes? How about Greek gods and goddesses? I, for one, am fascinated by the Hades/Persephone myth. I love all the symbolism and I think it’s neat that it’s been told in different ways. Sounds like Sasha’s version puts an interesting new twist on an ancient story. (Love her idea of shaking things up with a major “what if?” ) Thank you, Sasha, for guest blogging today!