All’s Fair in Blogs and More! 2012 Blogger Book Fair, Day 2

It’s day 2 of the BIG virtual book fair (click the red square), and I have MORE awesome paranormal fantasy books from Crescent Moon Press. I was going to post ALL the books I have today, but…I think I’ll just add two more and make it Sasha Summers day.

You don’t know who Sasha Summers is? I want you to meet her. Her leads, Medusa and Ariston—and an amusing ensemble of Olympic gods—kept me company during the drive through northern Nevada two weeks ago. When I get around to writing reviews again, Sasha will be getting five stars. For now…I’ve got covers and links, and FREE books. Sasha is giving away 1 signed copy of Medusa AND Hollywood Ever After to lucky commenters on this post.


It’s said love can change a person. Medusa wasn’t always a monster…

Medusa is ruled by duty, to her Titan father and the Goddess Athena. She’s no room for the tenderness her warrior guard, Ariston, stirs. When Olympus frees her from service, her heart leads her into the arms of the guard she loves… and curses her as the creature with serpent locks. [ Full Blurb ]

Medusa: A Love Story is Book 1 of the Loves of Olympus Series by Sasha Summers

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She wasn’t meant for movie stars, Hollywood, or happy endings. And then she met him.Happy Endings are for fairy tales. Or the movies. Not for real life. At least, not in Claire’s life. Even though she’s starting over, she knows better than to want too much this time. But when she falls, literally, into the strong arms of Hollywood’s ‘it’ boy Josh Wiley, Claire’s in for some surprises. Her plans for rest and relaxation are forgotten as one incredible night with Josh becomes two… And her heart begins to want him as much as her body. Will two kids, one bastard ex-husband, and Josh’s juggernaut career mean the end of their affair? Or can Claire find her happy ending after all?Hollywood Ever After is Book 1 of The Red Carpet Series, released by InkSpell Publishing.Hollywood Ever After on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo


Yesterday’s Books:

Constance Phillips “Fairyproof”
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Louann Carroll’s “Shadow of Time”
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Also by Louann Carroll: Gemini Rising

Diane M. Haynes “Rift Healer”
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New Releases: Medusa, A Love Story, by Sasha Summers

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Excerpt:

“You asked for an audience, you have it. Now tell me, where do you belong?” Hades’ voice was deep, emotionless.

Ariston swallowed. “Athens.” He met Hades’ gaze, but the God revealed nothing to him.

“Why? You died with honor and glory. Is that not what every soldier wants?”

“My wife…” His voice wavered.

Hades brow lifted slightly. “Lives. You do not.”

“She is in danger.”

“Earthly danger. She is no longer your concern, Ariston.”

“The danger she faces is not earthly, but far from it…” Ariston’s voice was hoarse, his desperation mounting. He took a wavering breath before he began again. “She is everything to me. I am proud of my death, but it means nothing if she is in peril. I must know.” Ariston kneeled. “I beg you. I beg you to return me to Athens.”

Ariston waited, willing himself to be strong.

“Who is this wife?” Hades asked.

“Medusa of Athens.” He paused. “Now of Rhodes.”

Hades was silent, his dark blue eyes regarding him steadily.

“When I die—” Ariston began.

“You are dead,” Hades assured him.

“When I return…die again, I would serve as guardian to Tartarus. I am a skilled warrior, a skill I might offer you.” He spoke with confidence.

“You vex me,” Hades muttered, the slightest crease appearing between his eyes. “You offer this to me for a woman?”

Ariston nodded. “She is worthy.”

Hades was silent again, his eyes shifting to the blue-white flames in the massive
fireplace.

“My words do not…adequately express the love I have for this woman. But I cannot leave her. She is at risk. I must return.” The words came without thought. How could he justify such emotion to a God who reviled affection or companionship? “As Olympus has my arm and sword, she has my heart – a mortal, and perhaps weak, heart.”

The room was silent for too long. He would have to fight his way out…

“It is a weakness not reserved for mortals alone, Ariston of Rhodes.” Hades’ words were so soft Ariston feared they’d not been spoken. But Hades continued, strong and clear. “I will return you to your ship so that you may lead your men to victory. Too many have fallen from this war and I would see it end. When that is done, you may go to your wife.” He paused then added, “When you return to my realm, I will have your fealty.”

The God of the Underworld, Lord of Death, gave him mercy? Mayhap there was one God he might serve with honor.

Ariston vowed, “You have it.”

Medusa, A Love Story is available today from Crescent Moon Press.


Sasha 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.

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Cover Reveal: Medusa, A Love Story

Medusa, A Love Story
by Sasha Summers

It’s said love can change a person. Medusa wasn’t always a monster…

Medusa is ruled by duty, to her Titan father and the Goddess Athena. She’s no room for the tenderness her warrior guard, Ariston, stirs. When Olympus frees her from service, her heart leads her into the arms of the guard she loves… and curses her as the creature with serpent locks.

Ariston goes to war with a full heart… and dreadful foreboding. He learns too late of the danger Medusa faces, alone, and a Persian blade sends him into the Underworld. But death, curses, nor the wrath of the Gods will keep him from returning to her.

Poseidon will use Greece’s war to get what he wants: Medusa. He does not care that she belongs to another. He does not care that she will be damned. He is a God, an Olympian, and she will be his.


“This tragic and beautiful retelling of one of the world’s oldest stories tackles the eternal battle between duty and happiness. Medusa, A Love Story broke my heart then filled in the cracks with joy. Sasha Summers is simply a mesmerizing new talent.”

~Stephanie Dray, Author of the critically acclaimed Song of the Nile


If you want more…you’ll just have to wait until the book releases. I’ve been told it’s soon.

Evolution Thursday: Sasha Summers

Today for Evolution Thursday, we have Sasha Summers.

Sasha 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.

You can stalk her blog, follow her on Twitter and Like her on Facebook.

Her novel Medusa, A Love Story is soon-to-be released from Crescent Moon Press, and today she’s going to tell us a little about where the idea started and how it evolved.

Sasha, what gave you the idea for Medusa?

Medusa, A Love Story came to me in a dream. It was very emotional. I remember waking up totally out of sorts. But I could still see it: A man, running desperately across a field, staring up into a storm heavy sky. He waited, braced over a hole into some horrible fiery place, his gaze never wavering. And then, from the black, swirling skies, a woman fell towards him.

That’s a vivid scene. So, what was the first scene you wrote?

I wrote the book in order. It was one of the most driving projects I’ve ever ‘experienced’. I did little else, write – write – write. Each character was so clearly whole, so demanding in their need to be on the page, that I didn’t have much down time. I did try to research quite a bit of history, to add authenticity. That was both rewarding and frustrating. Rewarding when you could find ‘real’ bits to strengthen the story, frustrating when the characters were screaming at me to get back to the whole writing part.

Did you have a scene that you loved but ended up cutting?

One scene from a secondary character’s POV. It gave a lot of insight from the characters perspective, but it didn’t enlighten the reader. So, I cut it. This secondary character, Elpis, is Medusa’s companion. She goes through quite a bit, enough that her story might be a very nice companion short story. But I didn’t want to overwhelm by adding her ‘stuff’ to Medusa and Ariston’s story.

How about an “A-ha!” moment? I usually have at least one insignificant detail that becomes something really important. Did you have a moment like that? Will it spoil the plot to tell me what it was?

Yes and yes. Sorry. You’ll just have to read it. I have to say I had quite a few a-ha moments.

Are you surprised where the story took you? Or if ended up where you planned, were you surprised how you got there?

A little. I knew what I wanted to write. As I said, I wanted to tell a story worth remembering. I wanted the characters to be visual on a cinematic level – an old sword and sandal epic. Tears, laughing I knew the end was going to challenging. I didn’t want to throw readers off or deviate too severely from known mythology. In the end, it just came together.

I love when they just come together. What’s next for you? What story idea is sitting in the class right now, raising his hand madly, begging you to call on him?

Book 3 of the Loves of Olympus series. It’s funny, but both Apollo and Ares are demanding that their story needs to come next. I’m having a hard time choosing, but I’d promised Ares he was next. He’s such a horrible, blood-lust crazed monster and yet, a wonderful reluctant hero. But then there’s Apollo’s story. *sigh* It’s so beautiful and tragic, that I might have to bounce between the two. We shall see – I don’t want to deprive either of them. And I don’t want to short change either of their stories either.

Oh, and the sequel to my contemporary is in the works too. I love going back and forth between the two genres. It’s really helped me stay productive too. When I find myself grasping in Ancient Greece, I work on pages for my Hollywood contemporaries. And vice versa. So far, so good. So I’m never bored. And there’s always an excuse to avoid real life things like laundry and vacuuming and cleaning.

Thanks so much for your time, Sasha! Everyone, please check out the trailer and blurb for Medusa, A Love Story.

It’s said love can change a person. Medusa wasn’t always a monster…

Medusa is ruled by duty, to her Titan father and the Goddess Athena. She’s no room for the tenderness her warrior guard, Ariston, stirs. When Olympus frees her from service, her heart leads her into the arms of the guard she loves… and curses her as the creature with serpent locks.

Ariston goes to war with a full heart… and dreadful foreboding. He learns too late of the danger Medusa faces, alone, and a Persian blade sends him into the Underworld. But death, curses, nor the wrath of the Gods will keep him from returning to her.

Poseidon will use Greece’s war to get what he wants: Medusa. He does not care that she belongs to another. He does not care that she will be damned. He is a God, an Olympian, and she will be his.

Medusa, A Love Story – a fantasy romance, coming fall 2012

See you next Evolution Thursday!