Persephone's Orchard by Molly Ringle
The Greek gods never actually existed. Did they? Sophie Darrow finds she was wrong about that assumption when she's pulled into the spirit realm, complete with an Underworld, on her very first day at college. Adrian, the mysterious young man who brought her there, simply wants her to taste a pomegranate. And soon, though she returns to her regular life, her mind begins exploding with dreams and memories of ancient times--of a love between two Greeks named Persephone and Hades. But lethal danger has always surrounded the immortals, and now that she's tainted with the Underworld's magic, that danger is drawing closer to Sophie.Giveaway: 1 copy of the signed ebook in the winner's choice of format and a $5 Amazon.com gift card. International. You could ask them to follow molly on facebook and twitter, but I leave the choice to you on what you think is best.
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--The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.
"A modern young woman and man find the memories of Hades and Persephone awakened in their minds, along with dangerous magic."
--How did you get the idea for the story?
Lots of people in recent years have already realized the paranormal romance potential of the Persephone and Hades myth, but for what it's worth, I wrote my first draft of this story about 17 years ago. It's been in my head a long, long time. When I saw the popularity of such things emerge in the publishing world, I thought I might as well fix up my version and add it to the heap.
--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?
I'd most like to have Aphrodite over. It'd be fascinating to hear her insights about people's intimate lives. I'd least like to host anyone from Thanatos, the crazy murderous cult in the book. Call me unadventurous, but they don't sound fun.
--Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?
I'm working on the sequel to Persephone's Orchard, though it's nowhere near finished, so I can't estimate a release date. Perhaps we'll see it in another year--I hope.
--What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?
I always wish I had more time to read, but I do make at least a little time, because it does such good things for my brain. Right now I'm re-reading Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, which is wonderfully imaginative and magical. I also love classics; I find myself coming back to re-read George Eliot, E.M. Forster, the Brontë sisters, and many more. And of course, plenty of new YA and NA when something fun catches my attention.
--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?
I usually write best in silence. But I do have a playlist of songs that I listened to while daydreaming about the plot and characters, and which seemed to fit especially well. For Persephone's Orchard, two of the big ones (which are almost embarrassing since they're so trendy lately) were "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers and "Shake It Out" by Florence and the Machine. But I also reached back into the '80s for atmospheric Greek-god mood music like Dead Can Dance.
--What is one thing you would tell your 15 year old self?
"Relax. Don't stress out so much about what people think of you. Everyone has those same thoughts and worries. You're not weird; you're normal."
Lightning round: this or that?
Vanilla or chocolate?
Chocolate chocolate chocolate!
Edward or Jacob?
For myself, neither. But when I was Bella's age, I probably would've been crazy for Edward.
Hockey or soccer?
Soccer. Easier to see the nice legs.
Ebook or paper?
I gotta have both. I like variety.
Salty or sweet?
I tend to reach for salty late at night. Tortilla chips, cheese puffs, that kind of thing.
Beach or mountains?
I'm a Pacific Northwesterner--I love both too much to choose between them!
Phone call or email?
Email. Can answer on my own time.
Early bird or night owl?
Closer to night owl, though I don't really stay up all that late.
Dog or cat?
I'm fond of both, but dogs do win my heart.
Messy or neat?
I think I'm neat, but truly neat people show me I could be better at it.
Ninjas or pirates?Pirates, though it's hard to say how much Johnny Depp swayed my answer there.
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