Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Is In The Air

So, Spring is in the air… this is a time for rebirth and new beginnings according to legend and general consensus. But where did this concept really start to become a part of popular culture. As many of you know, I am very fond of Greek Mythology, so I thought we’d have a peek at their legend/myth as explanation. It’s a nice one, I think!


Why do Winter and Spring arrive? How does the changing of the seasons really work? We could consider the scientific way, or we can look at the more romantic and fun explanation that Greek mythology gives us! The reason for winter and spring as according to Greek mythology is this:

Demeter, Goddess of agriculture and daughter of Cronus and Rhea, had a daughter named Persephone (by way of Zeus). One day she was snatched away by Hades, God of the Underworld, to live with him in down in the Underworld. No one knew what had happened to Persephone. Her mother, Demeter, heard her cries but knew not where she was. Distressed by this disappearance, Demeter left all the harvest alone and as a result, mass famine struck. One day while Apollo was making his rounds through the underworld as he does through the sky, he spotted Persephone down there and reported the finding to Zeus. Zeus then sent Hermes, the messenger god, to bring Persephone back. Unfortunately, Persephone ate six pomegranate seeds given to her by Hades in the land of the dead. This trickery bound her to return to the underworld for six months every year. When Persephone returns from the underworld each year, Demeter makes the earth bloom and grow beautifully which is the time of year we know as Spring and Summer. When Persephone returns to the underworld, Demeter stops and Fall & Winter arrive.

That’s more fun than science, isn’t it?

A new paranormal romance/mystery novel


A series of killings has the Toronto Police Department in turmoil. The press has labelled the killer a “werewolf” and hysteria is on the rise in the heat of the summer… Detective Damien Knightley is the lead investigator, but he’s got secrets of his own that need guarding in this very public investigation. Knightley is a vampire, and as the case gets more complex, what he discovers has him both baffled and worried.

In the Northern Ontario town of Brighton, a visionary woman finds a stranger outside her door, and because he’s near death she brings him into her home. In the wake of her kindness, dreams and visions expose things that terrify her. The stranger is a wolf, and history is about to repeat itself and explode in violent death if they can’t reach Toronto and capture a renegade on a blood-hunt.

As Damien recalls a love from a century ago, the threads of time are being pulled together, joining the past and the present. The beautiful woman he is falling in love with is bringing back memories he’d rather forget, and when the killer is finally revealed, there are more questions than answers in the identity…

As part of the Spring is in the Air hop, I’ll be giving one winner here a book from my backlist – winner’s choice. BUT to be eligible for my prize, and the GRAND PRIZE of a package from XoXo Publishing™ - you MUST leave your email address in your comment. Good luck, and enjoy the rest of the hop, there are some great folks on this adventure!!!


  1. i adore the legend of persephonie. that was one of my fave stories

  2. What a fun legend - def better then science :). Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love Persephone's story :) Out of the Past sounds like a pretty awesome read, too; I used to visit Toronto regularly and I love books set in cities I know :)

    ~Helen Pattskyn

  4. I love Greek Mythology and Persephone's Story is one of my favorites.


  5. Nice blurb. I like myths.


  6. Thanks for the giveaway! Spring is in the air, but unfortunately living in Upstate NY, it is not even close to arriving. It snowed again at my house just tonight. I'm looking forward to the warm weather and longer days though. Spring is the time of love and my favorite romance novel is entitled "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. It's not strictly a romance novel as it's found in the literature section of a bookstore, but it has strong romantic elements. Jamie Fraser is my favorite romantic hero as he's strong, sensitive, honorable and slightly flawed. Sometimes his pride gets in the way of making the right decision, but in the end, he'd do anything for Claire.
    I love this giveaway hop! And, I plan to keep on hopping!

    mestith at gmail dot com

  7. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I'm really into Greek mythology :)

  8. I love these blog hops, I learn new things and I find the best books.


  9. I adore Aries. He was awesome.

  10. What a wonderful myth!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  11. I am a huge history buff and love greek and roman mythology... I actually wanted to name my oldest son Antigone if he was a girl but hubby said no... Not to mention our home town is Antigo.. lol. Thanks for being part of the hop.

  12. this has been one of my favorite myths ever since i was a small child and the story read to me

  13. Oh this blog is awesome. I love Greek mythology so stumbling upon this one and getting to read the story of Persephone, Hades, and the rest of the gang and the season changes was so much fun, and it is indeed more fun than the scientific blah, blah reasons for the seasons. As if that wasn't enough, a book with murder, mayhem, and more is there (Lethal Obsession) and another (Out of the Past) with death and secrets and ohhhh I think I need to take a trip to Amazon because not only do they sound good, they have great covers as well (and sometimes I must judge a book by a cover, I admit it!).

    Thanks for the chance to enter here and for having such a fun blog. I'm happy to have found it today! Thank you!

    Happy spring one and all!

    Shelly H.

  14. I love the Legend Of Persephone! It's one of my favorite Greek myths! Out of the Past sounds like a great read too!! Thanks for the great giveaway!! Happy spring!!
    Ashley A

  15. Out of the Past sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

    thompsonem3 @

  16. Excellent story!!! I love paranormal, mystery and romance--this has all of my faves combined into one. Can't wait to read it!!


  17. Denyse' is the bomb at writing .. she rocks it out and gets you all going .. Love her.. Love her books that i have read so far..

  18. I love the legend of Persephone.

    Krysta B.


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