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Friday, July 20, 2012

Blog Tour: "Persephone" by Kaitlin Bevis (Guest Post/Excerpt)

Author Kaitlin Bevis has stopped by today with a guest post fro the Persephone Daughters of Zeus blog tour.  Make sure you get your copy of Persephone Daughters of Zeus that came out Friday July 6th.

Guest Post

There are so many books I've written. I wish I'd written just about every book by L.J Smith, and Kelley Armstrong. L.J Smith was my favorite author when I was in middle school, and Kelley Armstrong is my favorite writer as an adult. They have such similar universes that I had this whole conspiracy theory that Kelley Armstrong was L.J Smith, because L.J Smith kind of disappeared for awhile. But then she came back out of the woodwork, and most of her series became television shows, so I guess they're separate people. 

I wish I'd written the Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld. It's so good. He does action so well. I wish I'd written Tamsin by Peter Beagle. It's beautiful prose, and great character development. I wish I'd written the Night Circus because the plot was so well interwoven. I wish I'd written Harry Potter because it would be awesome to be rich... 

I pretty much wish I'd written every good book I've ever read. And in a way I have. Writers read. And when you read something it becomes a part of you. My brain works the way it does because I spent my entire childhood curled up with a book. I had a real issue with telling fact from fiction... In that I made up a whole lot of fiction and tried to pass it off as fact. I think in plots and characters and dialogue. I'm not a "natural" at writing, like my creative writing teacher said. I became one through reading.
I don't plagiarize or anything, but everything I read teaches me more about writing. My friends from book club complain that I ruin good books by picking apart their plots and character arcs. I'm pretty proud of that because that's a learned skill from a lifetime of reading and a degrees worth of classes in literature and writing classes.

So I wish I'd written everything. And maybe, just maybe, one day someone else will wish they wrote one of my stories.You never know, it could happen. 

 Published: 7/6/12
Publisher: Musa Publishing

There are worse things than death, worse people too

The “talk” was bad enough, but how many teens get told that they’re a goddess? When her mom tells her, Persephone is sure her mother has lost her mind. It isn’t until Boreas, the god of winter, tries to abduct her that she realizes her mother was telling the truth. Hades rescues her, and in order to safely bring Persephone to the Underworld he marks her as his bride. But Boreas will stop at nothing to get Persephone. Despite her growing feelings for Hades, Persephone wants to return to the living realm. Persephone must find a way to defeat Boreas and reclaim her life.

I sat down on the cool grass. Have you ever eaten one of these? Theyre delicious. I offered him a pomegranate seed, and he took it, sitting down beside me.
Ive tried everything. I was there when your mom came up with this one. He leaned back, studying the sky.
I followed his gaze. The sky was empty, faintly glowing with the same soft light that filled the Underworld. It was never quite dark here, but never bright enough for my tastes. You guys really need to get a moon. I tilted my head back further. Where are the stars?
This is the Underworld. The sky is just a decoration.
Stars are pretty.
Stars are tragic. Hades turned to face me. Most of the stars are nothing but reminders of love gone horribly wrong, or men challenging the gods.
I thought they were gas giants.
Hades waved his hand. Semantics. The constellations they form are nothing but sad stories. Why would anyone want to have a constant reminder of tragedy hanging above their head?
I thought about that for a minute, studying the blank sky. Did you play a part in any of those tragedies?
He met my eyes and something in them set my heart beating uncomfortably hard. No.
I smiled. Youre nothing like I pictured you.
Yeah, lets not go down this road again. If you start talking about how my hair should be on fire, or how evil I should be, I might take Thanatos advice.
Youre not evil.
You dont think so? Hades asked, studying my face. After what I did to you?
You saved me.
I could have handled it better. I could have taken a second to think, found some way that wouldnt tie you to me. He hesitated. But when I saw you, there was just something about you…” He trailed off and looked at the sky. Maybe I didnt want to find another way. What if I wasnt just impulsive, what if I was selfish? What kind of a person does that make me?
I burst out laughing. Do you always over-think things so much? You saved my life. Thats about as selfless as it gets. Being down here isnt convenient, and being married is a little weird, but its just a few months. Its not like you get anything out of this, and Ive been such a brat about it. I shook my head, enjoying the wave of dizziness that accompanied the motion. Thank you, Hades. For everything. Really. I leaned over and kissed his cheek, giggling at the surprised look on his face. I owe you, big time.
I dont think you understand. He reached toward me. I blinked when he brushed a strand of my hair behind my ear. Its not just a few—”
Hey, Hades! Persephone! Cassandra called. She laughed when she found the grove. Oops, hope Im not interrupting anything.
Of course not. Hades stood, brushed himself off, and extended his hand. I lay frozen, hand touching my face where the ghost of his fingers had brushed against my skin.
Persephone. His voice was gentle. I looked up and grabbed his hand. We should get back to the party.

Kaitlin Bevis spent her childhood curled up with a book, and a pen. If the ending didn't agree with her, she rewrote it. She's always wanted to be a writer, and spent high school and college learning everything she could so that one day she could achieve that goal. She graduated college with my BFA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and is pursuing my masters at the University of Georgia. 
Her young adult fiction novel "Persephone," will be released this summer. She also writes for Athens Parent Magazine, and


Anonymous said...

Lol! I guess I never really thought about wanting to have written all the great books I've read. Although I do remember becoming all depressed while writing Shadow Eyes once after I'd read The Hunger Games. It was a sad realization when I realized that no matter how great my book was or any other book I'd write, I could never top such an amazing book with such an amazing plot. I quickly got over it though when I realized that pretty much nobody else could either and they still sold books, so...I guess I'd be alright. Haha! Congrats on your book, which is awesome by the way! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks Dusty! And thanks so much for hosting today :)

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