Happy February! And Happy Book Birthday to Athena's Challenge!
Athena's Challenge is complete and up for pre-order! There is a whole lot of back-end stuff that has to take place anytime you launch a book, so I have been trying to do a bit each day. The book goes live on February 5th, and order links are below. I like the way the story came out and really tried to stay true to Athena's origin story, while still giving her a HEA. You all gave me quite the challenge by choosing her story in the survey I sent out. :)
Web of Lies is coming along, and the story is as much about Forgiveness and Creative Passion as it is about finding your soul mate. As with most of my stories, there are interesting characters and situations that are causing me a bunch of research, but I am having fun which is all that matters at the end of the day. There are so many characters coming to light as I dig, I just can't see an end in sight for these shorter books.
I went on a weekend writing retreat at the end of January and if you have ever wondered what it looks like with 8 writers in the same room I have a picture below. It was a lot of fun catching up with my writer friends, and sharing ideas. I was able to catch up also on some much-needed rest, which was amazing. I will give you one guess which bottle was mine in the photo.
I have an event in Ann Arbor this weekend that I have linked to below and plan to stay put for the rest of February since it seems the winter has truly come now. Never liked driving in this stuff!
Such exciting news! I will be hanging out with some of my author friends at Booksweet in Ann Arbor this Saturday, February 4, 2023, where we will be not only chatting about books but also playing Romance Trope Bingo! Yup, you heard me right! Your love of Romance is going to pay off!
Booksweet has graciously offered to host and donate prizes for this event and seating is limited. You can find this event on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2... We will also be signing books for those who purchase or bring their own, so be sure to come and see us!
The authors that will be with me that night write Contemporary Romance, and you can find their information on their websites if you want to check them out.
For those who aren't in the area, but would still like to support this amazing independent book store, I have an affiliate link for any of my available e-books which are purchased through Kobo. Purchasing this way doesn't cost you anymore, but it sends some money Booksweet's way at the time of the sale. I'm sure they would be really happy to help you with your paperback purchases as well, so check out their website by clicking the image above!
One is hiding their identity, the other is trying to understand theirs.
Faced with the possibility of having her beloved city of Athens governed by Poseidon, Athena goes on a quest to find the perfect gift for humanity. What she finds, instead, is a friendship with an unlikely ally who has her questioning her very purpose.
Tiresias lives simply, spending the days propagating new varieties of plants and conducting research. Little does he know that the unnamed plant he is working on could be the very thing that keeps a cherished goddess on her throne.
Athena must make a choice…save her people from a known tyrant or stay with the person who has stolen her heart. The goddess’s decision should be easy, but she is no longer thinking like one.
Please consider hitting the "Want To Read" button on Goodreads for my next book, Athena's Challenge. Every toggle helps me out, and I appreciate any support you can send my way! If you are interested and would like to make a purchase, just click on the book cover and it will take you to my Universal Book Link!
As promised last month, I took a deep dive into Arachne and her mythology. My post also touches on the symbolism of the number 8 and you guessed it... facts about spiders. If you want to check it out the button will take you there.
This month I am working on posts about the heroes in Athena's Challenge and Web Of Lies, Tiresias, and Morpheus respectively. As with all of these projects, I find so many interesting things that I couldn't possibly include in one short story, so I these blog posts are a way for me to share interesting things I find.
I also have Pinterest boards for every project I work on, which gives you an idea of the visuals I have in mind as I write. If you ever want to check those out, you can find me here: https://www.pinterest.com/daau...
A friend of mine has a new release this month, and if you like heartfelt Women's Fiction, please give her a look. I haven't read her new release yet, but I can tell you that I absolutely loved Maggie's Way! This series is a spin-off, and I can't wait to check it out myself! Here is the Blurb:
How much will Chloe McIntyre and her mother, Brook, sacrifice to rebuild their relationship?
Chloe McIntyre expectant momma, invites her Hollywood fashion designer mother to the Montana family ranch, knowing it's time to make amends after a three-year rift. As Chloe and her mother strive to start over, they quickly discover that letting go of past hurts is easier said than done. Brook's workaholic lifestyle leaves little room for mother-daughter time, and Chloe's impulsive nature to fix what she sees as her mother's shortcomings create added tension.
Just as Brook finally expresses the maternal emotion Chloe craves and acceptance breeds a newfound trust, Brook's hidden agenda is revealed. Chloe's instinct to protect the wranglers she oversees, her home and her heart leaves her mother with an ultimatum: to stay and to stick with their compromise—or cut ties for good.
Chloe and her mother must come to terms with what they can't change in order to accept an outcome defined by tough love.
I'm including the link below if you are interested in supporting a fellow author, and I believe for those on Kindle Unlimited, you can find this new series there!
I have promised myself to read a few titles on my TBR before buying anything new, so started reading Kirsten Miller's The Change, which I already adore! In a nutshell, it is about three women who find they have powers after going through Menopause and get caught up in solving a mystery. This is right up my alley, just what I was looking for!
If you are reading something terrific, please be sure to drop by one of my socials and let me know! You can find all of the links via my website, or by using my Link Tree which you can typically find in my Bios. https://linktr.ee/DAHenneman
As always, wishing you a magical month full of reading! XO