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We’re celebrating Greek Week with Kaitlin Bevis! What better way to do that than to share her books about the Greek Goddesses?
The Daughters of Zeus, Book One
One day Persephone is an ordinary high school senior working at her mom’s flower shop in Athens, Georgia. The next she’s fighting off Boreas, the brutal god of Winter, and learning that she’s a bonafide goddess—a rare daughter of the now-dead Zeus. Her goddess mom whisks her off to the Underworld to hide until Spring.
There she finds herself under the protection of handsome Hades, the god of the dead, and she’s automatically married to him. It’s the only way he can keep her safe. Older, wiser, and far more powerful than she, Hades isn’t interested in becoming her lover, at least not anytime soon. But every time he rescues her from another of Boreas’ schemes, they fall in love a little more. Will Hades ever admit his feelings for her?
Can she escape the grasp of the god of Winter’s minions? The Underworld is a very nice place, but is it worth giving up her life in the realm of the living? Her goddess powers are developing some serious, kick-butt potential. She’s going to fight back.
The Daughters of Zeus, Book Two
Some vows can never be broken, especially when you’ve recently found out you’re a goddess.
In the flick of a eyelash Persephone has gone from being a high school junior in Athens, Georgia to the wife of Hades, god of the Underworld. Under his platonic protection, she’s waiting for springtime, when Boreas, the sinister god of winter, will stop stalking her.
But even Hades can’t keep Boreas and his minions from threatening her. Finally she escaped back to the world of the living. Maybe she can just go back to normal—and forget that she’s fallen in love with Hades.
Thanatos—a friend from the Underworld, has betrayed her. Persephone can’t tell anyone about Thanatos’ betrayal, and it drives a wedge between her and Hades.
And then there’s Aphrodite, the gorgeous goddess who was born among the ocean waves with more charm than she can control. Persephone’s dearest ally, Melissa, is furious and jealous when Aphrodite starts winning Persephone’s friendship. Persephone turns to a human boy for friendship. But will their relationship put him in danger?
Persephone must choose between her human life and her responsibilities as a goddess. If she doesn’t, she could lose that life and Hades, too.
But either way, she may not survive her father’s schemes. After all, she’s Zeus’s daughter.
The Daughters of Zeus, Book Three
His love could destroy their world.
Life is hell for Persephone. Zeus will stop at nothing to gain access to the living realm and the Underworld. As the only living god with a right to both, Persephone’s in trouble. Captured and tortured beyond the limits of her resolve, Persephone must find the power to stand against Zeus. But will she be strong enough?
Meanwhile, Hades contemplates desperate measures to rescue his queen. Persephone never thought of herself as dangerous, but there’s a reason gods never marry for love. A being with the power to destroy all of creation shouldn’t place more value in one individual than the rest of the planet. But Hades . . . Hades would break the world for her.
To save the world and stop both Hades and Zeus, Persephone must make a difficult choice. One that may cost her everything.
The Daughters of Zeus, Book Four
It’s not easy being perfect…
But Aphrodite is determined to prove that she’s more than just a pretty face. When she’s asked to investigate strange events occurring on cruise ships, she’s all over it. Little does she guess just how much this mission is going to cost her.
The problem—demigods are mysteriously disappearing. Prepared to investigate, Aphrodite manages to charm herself into the best room on the ship. Unfortunately, the room is already taken. It belongs to the one demigod immune to her charm: Adonis.
Aphrodite doesn’t know what to make of Adonis. He obviously disapproves of her…yet he saved her life. And he’s hot! Then again, Aphrodite is still reeling from a disastrous—yet incredible—fling with Ares. Gods, these men are going to be the death of her.
But then Aphrodite realizes that Adonis could be the next target, and her investigation becomes personal. Only the more she uncovers, the clearer it becomes that she’s in over her head. Confronted with a strange and powerful new opponent, Aphrodite realizes she might not be as immortal as she thought.
And Adonis may not be the one who needs saving….
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The Myth of Pygamlion
ONCE UPON A TIME, there was a woman made of stone. She was beautiful and perfect and strong. Blind to her beauty, Pygmalion took a chisel and reshaped her to better fit his own desires. Still, though her flesh softened and her shape altered, she remained strong and unchanged within.
Frustrated, the man appealed to the gods. “The women of Cyprus are all unsuited for a man of my station. Breathe life into this stone, and I shall build a great temple in your honor.”
“The city of Cyprus is filled with women made of flesh and bone,” the Goddess of Wisdom reasoned. “Perhaps the problem does not lie with them.”
Artemis nodded. “Do not blame the prey when you are not worthy of the hunt.”
“Never.” Ares’s eyes glittered with disdain.
But Pygmalion found a surprising ally in his quest. “Build me a temple that touches the sky, and the woman will be yours,” decreed the God-King.
Pygmalion agreed, and when he set the last stone of the temple into place, Zeus breathed life into the statue, hollowing out her insides and removing every trace of who she once was to replace her very essence with what Pygmalion wished her to be.
According to the myth, the statue became a perfect wife. Beautiful, dedicated, and obedient to Pygmalion’s every whim.
But I know better than anyone that perfection has a price.
I’m going to be honest, I *hate* this myth. I hate the message it sends. I hate that it’s so popular. Everything about this myth makes me feel kind of sick. So be warned, my distaste WILL be reflected in my tone. But it’s important in Aphrodite. So…mine it for spoilers.
Pygmalion was a skilled sculptor who grew tired of he local prostitutes (technically these women angered Aphrodite, so she cursed them into prostitution). Apparently every woman he met, ever, was unworthy of his love, so he made one of his own. He carved a beautiful, pure, clean woman, and fell in love with it.
Like, really in love with it.
At Venus’ next festival, Pygmalion made a sacrifice on the alter and prayed for a girl who was like his statue. He later returned home, began to make out with his statue, and noticed its lips were warm.
Let’s pause there for a minute. Pygmalion did not go home assuming his statue would be alive. He didn’t check it for a pulse or anything. He didn’t even ask Aphrodite to bring his statue to life. He asked for a girl *like* his statue to appear on his doorstep (where he likely would declare she was unworthy, slam the door, and start a war of epic proportions). The idea that his statue could come to life had not actually occurred to him before he started making out with it.
Take from that what you will.
Anyhow, the statue comes to life and Pygmalion names it Galatea, or Galathea, or Elise. That last name you may want to remember when you read Aphrodite. Just sayin.
They get married and have a daughter named Paphos, who had the Island of Paphos named for her, near the rock of Aphrodite (where Aphrodite was born). They also had another daughter named Metharme who married King Cinryas, who had a daughter named Myrrah, who slept with her father and had a child named Adonis. More on him later.
As much as I hate this myth, it’s become a major part of Aphrodite’s trilogy. My favorite part of studying mythology is seeing where the myths intersect. They’re all connected, which makes my job of rewriting them a lot more fun.
Kaitlin Bevis spent her childhood curled up with a book and a pen. If the ending didn’t agree with her, she rewrote it. Because she’s always wanted to be a writer, she spent high school and college learning everything she could to achieve that goal. After graduating college with a BFA and Masters in English, Kaitlin went on to write The Daughters of Zeus series.