Today I am so pleased to welcome Sam Burns and W.M. Fawkes to Joyfully Jay. The authors have come to talk to us about their latest release, Prince of Death. They have also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving them a big welcome!
If you went to an American public school, chances are you studied Greek and Roman mythology. We can’t speak for any other country’s system, but in the U.S., you probably learned about larger-than-life heroes, the Trojan War, Zeus sleeping with every woman he met, and the many, many ways dealings with the gods can go wrong.
If that’s the only opportunity you’ve had to learn about myth, we’ve got great news: you haven’t read the best parts yet.
You probably didn’t read about Ganymede. It turns out that Zeus didn’t just sleep with every pretty woman he met—he liked all the pretty people. In fact, Zeus was pretty clearly pansexual in many versions of mythology.
Most of us never read about Hyacinth, Apollo’s beautiful young Spartan lover. The story says the god loved him so dearly that when he was struck down in a tragic accident (or killed by another jealous god, Zephyrus), Apollo wanted to become mortal and die himself. Failing that, he turned Hyacinth into a flower in memory of his love.
Then you have the mpreg. In a story told by Aelian, a Roman author and teacher, Nerites was the only male nereid. He captured the attention of many gods in his day, but the only god who captured his attention in return was Poseidon. Eventually they had a son, Anteros, the god of reciprocated love. We guess U.S. middle school curriculums didn’t know what to do with that.
To learn more about the ancient mythos, though, you don’t have to go as far back as Aelian. There are lots of stellar examples of the Greek pantheon, tropes, and mythology in current LGBTQIA+ fiction. We took some liberties when we wrote our own interpretation, but oral mythologies and histories are fluid enough to allow storytellers to continue to change and reinterpret them for the modern age. Hopefully you’ll find more myth to love in the first book of our Lords of the Underworld series, Prince of Death.
Gifted power over life and death, Lysandros has spent millennia in the underworld, listless and alone. The youngest child of Hades and Persephone, he’s been sheltered from the threats in the world above.
Theo Ward hasn’t been so lucky. After watching his mother wither away, he’d do almost anything to have her back. When a messenger appears at the Banneker College of Magic and offers the young professor a chance to save her, Theo can’t pass it up, even if it means going straight into the underworld and dragging her home. But Theo gets more than he bargained for when he crosses paths with the prince of Hades.
Set against the king of Olympus, they must shed their past burdens and learn to trust in each other, so they can face down a storm that threatens to wipe the nation’s capital off the map.
Sam Burns and W.M. Fawkes bonded over a shared love of crabs (the shellfish), cats, and happy endings. Together, they’re working on the Lords of the Underworld series, featuring brooding gods and the men, myths, and creatures of the night that soothe their worried hearts.
Sam and W.M. have brought a copy of Prince of Death to give away to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter. The contest ends on Monday, March 11th at 11:59 pm ET.
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Welcome, Sam and W.M., and best wishes for the success of Prince of Death; it sounds like a good story. (And thanks for clarifying about the crabs!)
Thanks so much! Haha, yeah… well, some crabs are more likable than others.
I’ve already seen a couple of good reviews for this and Sam Burns’ Rowan Harbor books are on my TBR, so I’m definitely interested.
That’s awesome! I hope you enjoy it 🙂
I read a review on another site this morning and was hooked – went straight to KU and downloaded! Can’t wait to read (and thinking I’ll want a copy of my own to keep when I’m done:)
That’s great! I really hope you like it!
This does look really. Congrats
I’ve read other Sam Burns stories before. Looking forward to this collaboration. Congrats on the book release!
Thank you! I hope you like it.
The cover looks great. It sounds like a fun read. Congrats on the collab and release =)
Thank you!! 😀
Love the cover, cool premise, can’t wait!
Awesome! Thank you! Our cover designer is totally amazing. All credit to her. Hope you like it!
I already knew about Gamynede’s story, but I do love Greek and Roman mythology. I am looking forward to reading this one!
That’s awesome! I really hope you like it 🙂