Gods and Goddesses: Astra

Realm of Astra, Goddess of Love

White and gray columns held up a balcony that ran the entire length of Astra’s two-story square palace. A frosted pink and white skylight shone down on the double staircase in the foyer. Crystal chandeliers hung in each of the two-hundred rooms, and someone was always playing a musical instrument. It could be heard almost anywhere with sheer curtains billowing from glassless windows.

Despite the lack of belief, Astra would visit the mortals on a regular basis. Her walled-in temple was surrounded by six sets of four pillars. The five alcoves belonging to her siblings were each set at the top of a separate staircase inside. An infinity symbol carved from marble served as her altar before the pit with a wide, single-wick candle at its center. A river flowed near the entrance with paddleboats waiting by the dock. Flowering trees grew across the hilly landscape. A stone path lined with always-blooming cherry blossoms could be followed throughout the realm.

Most residents preferred to spend time in the common areas: pillows covering the flat roof to enjoy the stars at night or the atrium that opened to the entire first floor with a deep-set pool at its center. With seventy-five servants remaining along with seven husbands, there was always company to be found in either place. While Astra loved each of her sacrifices equally, she hadn’t truly accepted any husbands in the last nine hundred years. If the men chose to stay, she honored their sacrifice and encouraged them to find love elsewhere in the household.

 

Cover Reveal: Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell

Hardcover

ISBN-10: 1-946024-24-4

ISBN-13: 978-1-946024-24-4

Trade Paperback 

ISBN-10: 1-946024-00-7

ISBN-13: 978-1-946024-00-8

eBook (ePub Edition)

ISBN-10: 1-946024-01-5

ISBN-13: 978-1-946024-01-5

Audiobook Edition

ISBN-10: 1-946024-25-2

ISBN-13: 978-1-946024-25-1

ASIN: B071CYFGJV

AppleID: 1253613072

BN ID: 2940157306519

Release Date: July/August 2017 (July 11th, 2017)

Synopsis:

A GOD OF WAR SEEKING RESTORATION.

AN UNWILLING SACRIFICIAL BRIDE.

BETRAYAL THAT COULD DESTROY THEM BOTH.

“[E]very fiber of my being is woven from the rage of mortals.”

Theodric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restored to power.

“I loved Kisk once; it was my home… But that was before. This is now.”

Sixteen-year-old Cassia, like many in the modern era, believes gods and goddesses to be just a myth. Enemy to her country and an orphan of the war, she has no time for fairy tales. That’s until religious zealots from Theo’s sect offer her up as a sacrifice.

Can Cassia and Theo end the mortal war and return balance to the earth and heavens? Or, will their game of fate lead down a path of destruction, betrayal, and romance neither of them saw coming?

“You’re the only war I can’t win. The only war I don’t want to.”

Fragile Chaos is Amber R. Duell’s debut novel invoking the myth of Cupid and Psyche, and Persephone and Hades, with a modern mythological twist.

“It feels as if my soul has detached, soaring away from my body toward his.”

Advance Praise:

“[A] great book for anybody who loves the myth of Cupid and Psyche…I loved the…mashup of modernity with the mythological” – Abby Reed, Author of When Planets Fall (Soul Mate Publishing)

“Loved Theo’s complex character… Cassia was a really brave and sassy character who always had her head firmly on her shoulders…” – Kariny, kariny’s book frenzy

“…[T]his book was absolutely amazing…!” – Words I Write Crazy

“Amazing, thrilling and unique…” – Booklove

“This mash[-]up of modern times and mythology combines elements of Beauty & the Beast and Hades & Persephone to create a totally original retelling” – Kati, To Be Read

“If you love…myths and retellings than this mash-up is one you shouldn’t miss… Action, Adventure, Fate[,] and D[e]struction are all tied up in this [wondrous] novel that I just couldn[‘t] put down!” – Crossroad Reviews

“A story full of romance, betrayal, and chaos is sure to attract those teens that enjoyed Percy Jackson but are ready for something more mature” – Jenny, Goodreads Reviewer

“The slow smoldering romance that Theo and Cassia can’t deny greatly pushes each page with anticipation” – Tawney, Twinning for Books

“Filled with folklore, violence, epic battles, and tons of drama, Fragile Chaos is a gripping thrill ride” – Jordan, YA Book Madness

Fragile Chaos is a great story of the follies of pride, the consequences of abusing power, and the power of love to heal all wounds” – Liza, Quite the Novel Idea

“If you love a good young adult romance, mythology, and a story with high[-]stakes then you definitely need to read Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell” – Olivia Chanel, Galaxy of Books

“This author[‘]s first novel is an extreme display of promise” – Rachel, Rachel’s Book Reviews

Gods and Goddesses: Leander

Realm of Leander, God of Death

A muted sun shone down on the white, rocky landscape of the Netherworld. Opaque peaks protruded from the ground, casting shimmering blue and yellow shadows over the ground. The air felt frozen with the lack of life—still and unforgiving. Few sacrifices made it longer than a week before asking to move on.

The front side of the largest mountain was a castle made entirely of opal. With delicate carvings and pointed towers, it was something one would expect from a storybook. Inside, were sweeping staircases, detailed ceilings, and elegant archways. While no decorations hung on the glimmering walls, each room was covered in rich area rugs and comfortable furniture. A warm, green fire burned without kindling in Leander’s private fireplaces. Living alone, he never bothered to light the others.

The backside of the mountain held a more ominous purpose. A wide, black river cut Leander’s realm in half, keeping the waiting souls on their side of the realm. Leander was able to walk across the surface untouched to reach the dead, but if one of the crystalline souls tried to cross, they would be forever trapped beneath the swirling water with all of Drea’s failed, monstrous creations.

On the opposite shore, onyx pillars stretched up between two mountains on the other side, showing the souls what they most wanted to see. While they were usually calm while waiting, albeit confused, a riot sometimes broke out if the shore became overcrowded. Leander did his best to usher the souls through the looming archway to the afterlife in an orderly fashion, but it was particularly difficult in times of war.