The Nectar of the Gods by Mary Bernsen, the first in the Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance Series Beyond the Gods, released yesterday and I can give you a post choke full of nice things!
Let me start from the basics and we’ll work our way from there.
Ambrosia has spent her life preparing for the day she would avenge her mother’s death. Working undercover as a prostitute, she draws in the man who took her mother’s life. Not realizing who Ambrosia is, the man admits to her that her mother is actually still alive—and he’s on a quest to finish what he started twenty-three years ago. Desperate to find the mother she’s never met, Ambrosia convinces him to let her help. It’s a partnership of necessity and founded in deception, but Ambrosia is faced with an uncomfortable truth: this man is not the monster she has always envisioned him to be. Worse yet, she finds herself drawn to him…craving his touch. How can she reconcile these intense feelings for the man who shattered her life?
The first novel in the exciting new Beyond the Gods series, Nectar of the Gods is a fantasy romance steeped in Greek Mythology and full of passion that will leave you breathless.
Now, before you go and start picturing people in your head, here’s who Mary visualized for her characters. Her own DREAM CAST (gosh, how I LOVE this!)
Beyond The Gods Dream Cast
When I sit down to plan a new book, the first thing I have to figure out are my characters. Their personalities, backgrounds, motivations… and of course, their looks. Scenes are way easier to write if you have a full image of the person you’re writing about. Like many writers, I usually imagine a familiar face for comparison sake. Sometimes my heroine is molded after someone I know in real life (quite often my villains are. Sorry, not sorry!). Often times, though, specific actors/actresses come to mind. If any of the Beyond the Gods books were ever turned into movies, this would be my dream cast!
Introducing the heroine in Nectar of the Gods… Ambrosia (aka: Gabrielle Wilde)
And her love interest, Perseus. Better known as Wilson Bethel
Perseus’s brother and rival, Hercules the brothel owner (William Moseley)
Their well known, chipper sister, Queen Athena ( Sky Fierreira)
They’ve got a tyrant of an uncle who parades around with a trident, King Poseidon (Donald Sutherland)
And of course Poseidon’s concubine turned sorceress Ursula (Mackenzie Foy)
Mary also tells us which ones are, to her, the top 5 Under-Used Paranormal Creatures
Vampires, zombies, werewolves; yes, we love them. So much so that a simple search on Amazon will leave you with literally thousands of choices. You’ll never, ever run out. I’m guilty of the fetish myself (I actually have a shifter romance coming out in April, so obviously I’ve been bitten!), but even I can only read so many love stories about fanged spawns falling for the hapless mortal female before I start rolling my eyes. That’s when I start looking for variety. There’s an entire spectrum of paranormal elements/creatures that tend to be left out, especially among romances, and I get super excited when I come across a book featuring one of these misfits. Here are some of my favorites:
Yep, these guys are made of stone, but do their hearts have to be? I don’t think so.
4) Jin (a.k.a.: djinn or genies)
Okay, how is the romance writing community not all over this? A magical guy can give his love interest anything she desires. Anything. So much potential.
These violent half-breeds of the Greek underworld weren’t always depicted as hideous monsters. Maybe it’s time to bring back the original version: stunning but deadly.
2) Other shifters
I know, I know, we were going to stay away from the whole shifter thing. But, there’s an entire animal kingdom just ripe for the picking. Why do we have to be so stuck on werewolves and bears? What about… I don’t know, bees? Less sexy, but I bet it’d be interesting!
Yep. Shrek was one of my all-time favorite movies, simply because of its originality. I love ogres; there’s something about their predatory nature that I think would work fantastically well in a romance.
Now that you stayed with me through all this cool stuff, here’s the reward, the Extract.
“What in Hades is wrong with you?” I hissed, trying to keep my voice down.
“You,” he growled. “Tramping around with my brother alone at night!”
“Why should anything I do with your brother concern you?”
I managed to pull my arm away, but he pivoted on his heels and came at me with wild, dangerous eyes. I retreated to a corner, and he pinned me in. With one arm on each side of my head, he leaned in and pressed himself against me.
“For the love of Zeus, Ambrosia. Don’t you see what you do to me? I can’t handle the thought of you with anyone least of all that spoiled sniveling excuse for a demigod.”
His words came out as desperate pleas. I fought hard against them, but I couldn’t ignore the fire they lit in my heart. How did it come to this? He was supposed to have met the sharp side of my blade by now. Everything had spun horribly, horribly off path, and it was too late to regain control.
My heart thumped so strongly it caused a pain in my chest. His breathing was so chaotic and unbridled it was all I could focus on. His lips hovered over mine, and I wanted to reach up to bring them to mine, but I didn’t dare.
He smiled the same forbidding smile he had shown me the night we first met. I melted in place, my knees nearly giving out at the sight of it. I had never seen a man as tempting as the one here in front of me.
“He can’t have you, Ambrosia. You are mine.” He lowered his lips down onto mine, forcing me to breathe in his groans.
Any small restraint I had left was gone. My body trembled under his hands. I tried to gasp when he finally pulled away, but the air caught in my throat as his mouth trailed it with rough, lingering kisses.
And last, but so not the least, The AUTHOR:
Mary Bernsen is a southwest Florida (go Florida! Sorry…) native currently living in North Port with her two beautiful children and a third, much larger child that she affectionately calls husband. She is the Amazon Best Selling Author of Healing The Bayou, The Ganga Shift, and Beyond the Gods series.
She also writes young adult romances under her pseudonym, M.E. Rhines.
- Clean Teen Publishing Mystery Box (Intl winner would get eBook prizes)