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Final Beryllium ChaliceIt’s here! My new cover for The Beryllium Chalice is finally launched. To mark the occasion, it is launching at 30% off the listed price.  If you love Greek-based fantasy, come and get it now as this offer won’t last! The sale is offered exclusively at Musa Publishing.30-off-rt-red

For now, here’s a free excerpt!

Perhaps he left for only a few seconds, but to Flora, blind and naked in a strange place, it felt like an eternity. She stood vulnerable and trembling, and felt more fear than she’d ever known before. Her empty stomach roared for attention, and if she did not eat soon, she would faint. She had need of Dero’s courage, and she turned the ring still on her finger. A warm sensation crept through her tired limbs and her hunger faded at once, but not even Dero’s magic was enough to erase her fear of pain. What will he do to me? What form will the sacrifice take? How much will I suffer?

She did not have to wonder long for the mage soon returned.

“Come,” Maljandra said. He took her hand and led her forward. Slowly, they walked down a couple of steps and then water rose over her foot. As they descended the steps, the water rose up her legs and she realized they were in a pool. This must be his bathing chamber. The water was warm and soothed her blood-stained skin. Nevertheless she advanced cautiously, and her legs locked, afraid she might slip and fall. As he brushed by her, Flora felt the wizard’s bare skin and knew he’d undressed to bathe her.

The slightly rough surface of a sponge rubbed across her body as the mage wiped away the stench of stale blood and the dungeon. He washed her slowly and carefully, and left no part of her body untouched. She trembled with every stroke, and she sensed her fear pleased him. As his hands washed her hair, he was close up against her, and Flora felt both his desire and frustration.

“Do you always do as you’re told?” she asked.

“What do you mean?”

“Ragnold is your master, is he not? You are in his service and do his dirty work.” She put her hand on his bare chest. “Set me free and I could reward you. Return my sight to me and help me escape.”

Maljandra’s hand cupped her right breast and he caressed it gently. “You want me to set you free?” he whispered in her ear.

“Yes, I beg you, let me go.”

He squeezed, but the pain she felt in her breast was nothing to the pain she felt throughout her body. It twisted within her, eating into every part of her, leaving nothing unscathed by its sharp teeth. A scream tore from her, leaving her throat raw, followed by another. She screamed more than she’d ever done before.

“And who would free me from the wrath of Hades?” he asked. His breath was hot against her ear. “You think me as weak as any mortal man? Do you think the temptation of a little dryad would easily turn me? Know this, foolish woman. You’ll remain blind till I take you to the temple. I’ll restore your sight long enough for you to see Ragnold’s gauntlet rip out your heart.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Patti2Iris Woodbury writes fantasy and children’s literature. It all started when, for her sister’s sanity, she was asked to calm down two naughty nieces who were fighting in the back of the car, Iris created a story: ‘Pixies in the Hedgerow.’ She told them about the tiny people who lived beneath the hedges, and how they had great adventures, and would do anything to keep their world secret from the Big Folk. From Bexley to Hastings, the two children were glued to the window, watching for the tiny pixies Iris promised were hiding in the shrubs. After that the two girls couldn’t get enough of their mad aunt’s stories, and Iris has been making up tales ever since. Her preferred genres are fantasy and children’s literature, though Iris has a special place in her heart for short stories.  She has four stories available for download with http://www.alfiedog.com which is one of the biggest short story download sites in the world and a novel with Musa Publishing, LLC.

She also writes pretty much anything that comes into her head on her blog, https://iriswoodbury.wordpress.com/

You can reach Iris at IrisWoodbury@yahoo.com.

Connect with Iris on social media. She always follows back.

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Recent publications by Iris Woodbury:

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 If you buy it, I hope you enjoy reading it!

Thanks, and best wishes – Iris Woodbury!

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New Cover – Beryllium Chalice

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Greek, Greek and more Greek! If you like to see the Gods strutting their funky stuff on Mount Olympus, then look no further than The Beryllium Chalice! And the good news is there’s a new cover scheduled for release on Oct 10!!! Mark it in your diaries – and stay tuned for teasers and promotional giveaways in the days to come…

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My characters are dying to meet you – literally!

If your heart is romantic – you’ll be inspired by my outlawed lovers, Kytos and Flora who must fight legions of monsters before they discover their love.

If your heart is saucy, then you will adore Redwood, my horny little satyr who has naughtiness on the brain (PG).

But beware Maljandra, my misogynistic mage! He will skin you alive to pay a debt of hatred to his mother as soon as look at you.

All this and so much more it makes my heart dance  just thinking about it!

The new glorious cover for The Beryllium Chalice will be available October 10!

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Thank you for stopping by!

Cordially, Iris.

 

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COVER REVEAL – THE LAUREL by Liz DeJesus

If you’re anything like me and you love all things Greek, then mark your diaries for November 28th 2014 because a good one’s a-coming.  Strap on your big boy Achilles underpants because Liz Dejesus is preparing to do battle with the Gods in the arena of mythological love. So, let me stir the dais on Mount Olympus and show you a glimpse of the past in our future, here on earth…

 

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In The Laurel, the gods and the immortals interplay, and both will learn a valuable lesson about love and life, a lesson that will forever be told. Zeus, after bedding and impregnating the fair Titaness Leto, becomes father to twins: Apollo and Artemis. Unlike his other “bastard” children, Apollo and Artemis are made into gods, an event which will set the course for the rest of the story. Artemis has never forgotten the heartache that her mother suffered at the hands of her father Zeus, and as such, she wishes to leave a solitary life, away from men and love and relationships. Though she stands firm in her conviction, moments bubble up in her that are full of yearning. Apollo, who has never been seen without a smile on his face, is much more fanciful and wanting than Artemis. He wants love, and he wants it in a big way. Having loved and lost love, Apollo believes he has found it again with the beautiful nymph, Daphne.

He quickly learns, however, that she has made a vow to celibacy. But that doesn’t matter to Apollo; his love for her is so profound that he asks her to be his companion, to live with him just so that he can be near her. Apollo’s lifelong wish is about to come true, but people on the fringes of his life have other plans. Those plans not only thwart what could be the love of a lifetime for Apollo, but it also will be the catalyst to which both gods and mortals will learn how much one should love, how much one should consider the feelings of the one loved.

The Laurel, by Liz Dejesus, is scheduled for release 0n November 28th 2014.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Liz DeJesus was born on the tiny island of Puerto Rico.  She is a novelist and a poet. She has been writing for as long as she was capable of holding a pen. She is Liz DeJesusthe author of the novel Nina (Blu Phi’er Publishing, October 2007), The Jackets (Arte Publico Press, March 31st 2011) First Frost (Musa Publishing, June 22nd 2012), Glass Frost (Musa Publishing, July 2013) and Morgan (Indie Gypsy, Summer 2014). Her work has also appeared in Night Gypsy: Journey Into Darkness (Indie Gypsy, October 2012) and Someone Wicked (Smart Rhino Publications, Winter 2013).

​She is also a member of The Written Remains Writers Guild  http://www.writtenremains.org/ .

​Liz is currently working on a new novel and a comic book series titled Zombie Ever After (Emerald Star Comics, Fall 2014).

 

If you want to read more about Liz and her works, she can be found at www.lizdejesus.com

Thanks for reading,

Iris!

The Beryllium Chalice #ASMSG #Fantasy #Excerpt #Mythology

UraniaFINALHi all,

It’s been a few weeks since my fantasy novel, The Beryllium Chalice was released. I’ve been delighted with the feedback I’ve had so far – and in the flush of its success am furiously working on another just like it. More on that later though. TBC is full of action and adventure – if you love Greek Mythology, with flawed heroes, strong warrior-women, all set at odds against bone-chilling monsters, then this is the book for you. If your taste also runs the gambit of emotions – from laugher to tears – you will not be disappointed either.

Anyway, what I wanted to share with you now was the official excerpt from the book. So here goes:

Flora climbed down from her horse. She would not confess any weakness to her captor, but she was unused to riding, and her limbs were sore. She welcomed the chance to rest. Kytos noticed her grimace as she dismounted. “You’ll get used to it,” he said.

“Like I have a choice,” she retorted.

She rubbed her backside while Kytos took some packages from his horse’s pack. He sat down on a rock and pulled out meat wrapped in paper. He attacked it with gusto.

“I can see you haven’t eaten for a while,” said Flora.

“Warriors have little time to eat. When I feel hunger, I eat, and I’m starving now.”

She couldn’t determine what beast the meat had come from as she watched Kytos devour the dead thing with interest. As his first pangs of hunger were sated, he looked at her and misjudged her interest. He offered some of his dinner to her. “I thank you, but no, I do not eat the flesh of animals.”

“Is that a girl thing?”

“No, it is a dryad thing. Meat is poison to me and others of my kind.”

“Suit yourself.”

He rose to his feet, still chewing on his hunk of meat. He walked a few feet behind her, until his footsteps came to a stop.

“You might want to gather some of these to keep you from starving. You’ll find little else once we get to the Widden Mountains, for the pass is barren. And these berries will cost us nothing.”

She looked behind her to see what he was looking at. Beautiful white berries adorned an herbaceous plant. Dread shot through her. She jumped to her feet, and ran to where he stood. Before Kytos could unsheathe his sword to defend himself, she placed her hand on his wrist.

“My people call those the sleeping death. I think you would call them the berries of Korymbus. Our children are warned to keep away for a single berry can stop a heart before the juice leaves your lips. I thank you, but, no, I think I’ll pass. I suggest you do, too.”

He shrugged but appeared surprised by her intervention. “Suit yourself. In any case, there will be provisions enough for our journey in the city of Bartom. Anything can be bought there for a price.”

“Is the city much further?”

“A few hours’ ride, no more.”

As Kytos finished the last piece of meat, he looked thoughtfully at the berry bush. “A wiser prisoner might have let me continue and then you would be free.”

“I have no stomach for murder.”

“The gods have decreed otherwise.”

Flora frowned as a stone settled against her heart. “The gods are wrong.” – See more at: Musa Publishing.

 

 

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Fare thee well. Thank you for checking me out!

Stay warm and toasty!

Iris

Final Beryllium Chalice

THE BERYLLIUM CHALICE – Musa Publishing – Available Feb 28, 2014

“When sacrifice of blood is made,

Only then allegiance it will trade”
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"When sacrifice of blood is made, Only then allegiance it will trade"

“When sacrifice of blood is made, Only then allegiance it will trade”

Flora, a dryad accused of murder and exiled from Mount Olympus…

Kytos, a battle-weary warrior who follows orders and believes the gods can’t be wrong…

Redwood, a fun-loving and perpetually aroused satyr…

What could these three possibly have in common? The Beryllium Chalice, the source of all life and power on Mount Olympus. With the chalice stolen from Mount Olympus by Hades, the other gods will weaken and Hades will be free to overthrow them and take control of the world. The only thing standing between the God of Death and his treacherous scheme are Flora, Kytos, and Redwood. They must band together to steal back The Beryllium Chalice and return it. In spite of their differences, can the three companions get the chalice and return it to Mount Olympus in time to save the gods and the world? – See more at: http://musapublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=746#sthash.ptnzJ2SL.8AOTrFf3.dpuf

Click to buy The Beryllium Chalice