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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Giveaway & Excerpt: PERSEPHONE by Kaitlin Bevis

I'm not sure how it always works out this way, but it seems like every time I'm gearing up for a blog event, I have a ton of giveaways on the blog right before it starts - one went up on Monday for Sink or Swim, and now I'm back with another (and there are more to come before AIA begins!).
This time, though, the giveaway is based in mythology, which anyone who's spent any length of time with me will know, I'm a tad bit obsessed with. And when it comes to the story of Persephone? Well, that one's a long-time fave!
Today we're taking a closer look at that tale with the aptly titled Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis; below you'll find an excerpt of her mythological take, and below that, you can enter to win a copy!

Check it out:

The branch crashed in front of me, scraping my legs. I ran for the parking lot as fast as I could. The frost closed in, surrounding me. I’d never been claustrophobic, but as the frost cut off my escape path with a solid white wall, I panicked.
Fog rolled in, like cold death, cutting off my view of the park. It curled around me, brushing against my face, arms, and legs. I turned back to the tree and ran faster, my dress tangling between my legs as the fog and icy wind blew against my skin.
The parking lot is the other way! my mind screamed. The other way was cut off by a mountain of ice. I felt as if I was being herded. By ice?
I slipped on the icy ground, falling face first into the frost. Ice crept up my toes and along my legs. I thrashed and screamed. I felt the fog becoming a solid mass above me, pinning me to the ground. The ice piled around me. Am I going to be buried alive?
I dug my nails into the frigid snow in front of me and tried to claw my way out of the frosted death trap. I was so panicked I didn’t feel it when my nails broke against the impenetrable wall of ice, leaving red crescents of blood welling up on sensitive skin. An hysterical sob worked its way out of my throat as I gouged red lines into the ice. The ice was above my knees, snaking its way up my thighs. I shivered.
Shivering’s good, I reminded myself. It means your body hasn’t given up…yet. The cold was painful, like a thousand little knives pricking my skin. A violent tremor went up my spine, sending waves of pain through me.
“Help me!” I screamed, knowing it was futile. I was going to die here.
Except I couldn’t die. Could I? Mom said I was immortal, but was that all-inclusive? Did I have a weakness? Was snow my Kryptonite? If I got hurt, would I heal or would I be trapped in an injured body in pain forever?
I suddenly didn’t know if immortality was a good thing or a bad thing. The cold hurt. I was kicking, screaming, and clawing my way out of the frost, but for every inch I gained a mountain piled around me. I thought I heard a man’s laughter on the wind, the sound somehow colder than the ice freezing me into place.
The ground before my outstretched hand trembled. The shaking increased. The earth lurched beneath me. The surface cracked and the sound was so loud that for a moment all I could hear was high-pitched ringing in my ears. The ground split into an impossibly deep crevice. My voice went hoarse from screaming as I peered into the endless abyss, trapped and unable to move away from the vertigo-inducing edge.

Win a copy of Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis!
Fill out the Rafflecopter below to be entered to win a copy of this modern take on the story of Persephone. Winner will receive 1 ebook in their choice of format. Ends August 8th at midnight EST.
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Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis
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Mythology/Fantasy, 237 pages
Published July 6th 2012 by Musa Publishing
There are worse things than death, worse people too.

The “talk” was bad enough, but how many teens get told that they’re a goddess? When her mom tells her, Persephone is sure her mother has lost her mind. It isn’t until Boreas, the god of winter, tries to abduct her that she realizes her mother was telling the truth. Hades rescues her, and in order to safely bring Persephone to the Underworld he marks her as his bride. But Boreas will stop at nothing to get Persephone. Despite her growing feelings for Hades, Persephone wants to return to the living realm. Persephone must find a way to defeat Boreas and reclaim her life.


Kaitlin Bevis spent her childhood curled up with a book, and a pen. If the ending didn't agree with her, she rewrote it. She's always wanted to be a writer, and spent high school and college learning everything she could so that one day she could achieve that goal. She graduated college with my BFA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and is pursuing her masters at the University of Georgia.

Her young adult series "Daughters of Zeus" is available wherever ebooks are sold. She also writes for truuconfessions.com and Athens Parent Magazine.

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  1. My favourite mythological character is Cassandra. I loved "Cassandra" by Christa Wolf.

  2. I love a good mythology re-telling...my favorite character is Helen of Troy....loved her story in Josephine Angelini's StarCrossed, Dreamless and Goddess series...

  3. As far as mythology goes it would be Poseidon or Neptune

  4. I teach Greek mythology to my 8th graders and Persephone is a great one explaining the seasons. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. I love mythology. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good. Please enter me in contest.

  6. I love Persephone's story - I'm fascinated by it.

  7. My favorite mythological character is Medusa because her story is so tragic.

  8. I love myth but I have not done a lot of reading books that have mythological beings in them and I want to change that. This book looks great, and I have heard you speak about this author before and I that makes me even more excited to read it!

  9. I've always been drawn to Aphrodite.

  10. I love the Persephone myth and look forward to reading this retelling.


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