For those who supported my Book Giveaway event last month, thank you so much! I truly appreciate the support, and it was so nice to connect with you and celebrate the relaunch of my books. i finally feel like I can put that series behind me, and move on to bigger and better things! So glad I have you along for the ride!
My writing retreat last month was a huge success, and I managed to finish Medusa's Secret which I plan to launch next month. I am including a little sneak peek for you below along with my cover reveal and you can check out the first book in the series here. I am so excited to share this story and have some awesome plans for our next goddess Athena! I have another writing retreat planned for November, which is when I plan on starting her story.
For my House Of Bloom series, I am taking a step back and working through some edits to tighten up the story. I found that as I got far into Book 2, that I needed to smooth things out for consistency. My plan is still to query until next year, at which point I will make a decision on how to proceed. I just love the story and premise, so I may be too anxious to hold it back any longer than 2022. Keep your fingers crossed for me! Would love to find this series a home!
For the Power Of Four series, I do have another promotion lined up through Hello Books in September, so there will be more news on that next time. The lucky winner for my event in July was Tina and the books have been shipped! Enjoy!
I hope your August is filled with laughter and sunshine, and I hope that you are able to get out and about a little more each day. See you next month! XO
As it turned out, Athena came back to the temple just as Medusa was serving Perseus dinner. The other nymphs had prepared the meal before they left for the night. Medusa kept her distance and watched from afar as the two of the most important people in her life discussed family matters over the main course. Her passions flared anew each time Perseus pulled the wineglass from his lips. She longed to taste the wine that lingered there, and his glances and secret smiles to the corner where she stood confirmed he’d allow it. Thankfully, her reaction to him was hidden by the shadows and boisterous conversation.
It wasn’t right for one of Athena’s virgins to be consumed by such thoughts, and if Athena knew the truth of it, she wondered if their friendship would survive the goddesses’ wrath. What made it worse was the fact that he was Athena’s brother, well half-brother technically since they didn’t share a mother. Although more than Athena, it was their father that Medusa worried about. Zeus had plans for his son, and they didn’t include him settling down with a family. Athena wasn’t the only hot head on Mt. Olympus. Medusa needed to tread lightly, as did Perseus.
“Medusa come join us,” Athena offered. She pointed to the chair near her, across from Perseus. “You are making me nervous hovering in the dark.”
Against her better judgement, she moved toward the table. “It is easier to stand between the table and kitchen, especially since we are the only ones left this evening.”
“All the more reason to join us,” Athena smiled. “I’m sure Perseus won’t mind.”
“Not at all.”
A quick glance was all Medusa needed to see the mischief in his eyes. He shifted in his seat, then cleared his throat after the warning glance she shot him. Now was not the time or place.
“Very well,” Medusa demurred. “I will be honored to join you. Thank you, Thea.”
“You don’t have to refer to me as goddess, Medusa. I do have a name. You may call me by it.”
“I don’t feel it is proper when we aren’t alone.”
“Well, the others have left and Perseus is family, so I insist you use my given name.”
“Very well. Thank you for the honor, Athena.”
Athena smiled in response, then glanced between her two guests and raised a glass. “Long life and health to my two favorite people.”
“I’ll drink to that,” Perseus said. “And thank you, sister. Your love and friendship mean the world to me.”
“I would do anything for you, my brother.” Athena took a bite of cheese before addressing Medusa. “I understand Poseidon has taken another one of my nymphs to be his plaything?” Her tone was conversational, but Medusa could feel the anger coming from her in waves. Athena didn’t like it when her nymphs were bothered and was especially irritated when they were taken from her temple. Poseidon was the worst of the offenders. Medusa often wondered if it had more to do with their dislike for one another, than it did Poseidon’s libido.
Medusa nodded. “It was Thyia, mistress.”
“I understand that when she and the others arrived, you had been here alone for some time with Poseidon.”
“That is true.” She glanced at Perseus, who was attempting to seem indifferent to the conversation, but his grip on his wineglass told another tale. His knuckles were white against the goblet, and his jaw tight. His anger grew as she tried to diffuse the situation Athena had caused.
“He came to pay his respects to…”
Athena slammed her goblet down on the table. “Don’t be ridiculous, he came here to see you.”
Perseus stood up from his chair and paced between the table and fireplace. His nervous energy shook Medusa to the core. She had never seen this side of his demeanor, and it unnerved her.
She lowered her head to hide the tears that were forming. It seemed that no matter what she did, she was fated to disappoint her goddess. “Mistress, I didn’t…”
She felt Athena’s hand on her arm. “I’m not angry with you, Medusa. Poseidon is another story.”
“Poseidon is a pig,” Perseus murmured.
“Most would agree,” Athena said. “Although there are some that see nothing wrong with his behavior.”
“No man should ever have the right to treat women, the way he does. As a god, he should serve as a better example.”
“He’s a bit overbearing, it’s true. But nothing happened.”
Perseus posed a question before Athena could respond. “Did he touch you?”
Medusa glanced at Athena, who patiently awaited her answer. Perseus waited as well, a vein in his neck pulsing with the beats of her heart. The small gleam in Athena’s eye was disconcerting, and Medusa struggled to understand its meaning. Her lack of response brought Perseus back to the table. He leaned forward, hands in front of him, and posed his question again. He was taut, like a tiger ready to pounce.
His voice deepened; his tone serious. “Medusa, did he touch you?”
The tears fell and it upset her to no end that she couldn’t remain strong, but the stress of her secret, and the decision she would now have to face, was too much for her to bear. The pain of it dripped down her face as she shook her head and answered her lover’s question. “Only my hand, and a kiss to my wrist.”
Perseus pounded the table, then stood and addressed Athena. “There are things I need to attend to. Thank you for dinner, I must take my leave.”
“I understand. Safe travels, brother.”
They watched as Perseus stomped out of the temple. The muscles in his arms bulging, and his chest puffed. He was a man on a mission. While Medusa was flattered that he would be upset about Poseidon’s visit she was simultaneously terrified. A demi-god had no strength against one of the ancients. Athena on the other hand seemed pleased with herself.
“He's quite taken with you,” she said with a smirk.
I will be traveling with friends this month and will be soaking up as much relaxation as my body can hold. I can't wait to spend some time with laughter and sunshine, things I always manage to get when I am with my BFFs. For the most part, I believe the plan is to sit by the poolside with a cold adult beverage, something I have been needing to do for some time! Fingers crossed for good weather!
I am also planning out my office remodel, and plan to share pictures along the way of my progress. For those who are interested in seeing the project as I go, be sure to follow my Facebook or Instagram which is where I'll post updates! You can find the links at: https://dahenneman.com/welcome...
Stay healthy and safe and see you next month! Happy Reading! XO