Welcome Guest Author
to the blog today!
Welcome, Sasha! Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
Hi Laura, thank you for having me. My pen name is Sasha Summers – it’s the only one I have. J I write contemporary romance, romantic fantasy, and sci-fi romance.
Awesome! So, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
Medusa, A Love Story came out last month. It is, I think, a lovely novel if you are a fan of Greek Mythology or historical/fantasy novels or romantic tragedies.
I think the tagline sums it up fairly well: It’s said that love can change a person. Medusa wasn’t always a monster…
Very cool! I love mythology romance! Which character is your favorite and why?
I loved Ariston. I’m not sure he was my favorite as I enjoyed them all, but he was so strong – such a wonderful hero. Both he and Medusa are. They know what’s right and stay true to duty throughout the story. You can’t help but root for them even though you know what’s going to happen. I don’t change the Medusa myth, I just offer a ‘what if’ to it.
I’m so intrigued! *grins* As the author, what surprised you about this story?
The whole story, really. I didn’t set out to write a historical myth retelling – but the story came and demanded to be written. I was really sucked into it while I wrote it. Even now, working on the next books, it’s like traveling to another time and place. A magical place.
That’s an awesome feeling! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?
Yes, Book 2 of the Loves of Olympus series is Hades’s story. It’s called For the Love of Hades and will release in January. I’m working on Book 3 and have two more plotted… but there are so many possibilities…
Wonderful! I love a series! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?
It was emotional. I cried and wanted to change things so it would end differently. One of my critique partners told me I had to change the ending. I didn’t, I couldn’t. And I don’t think she ever read the ending – LOL!
What are you working on right now?
I normally have a few projects going at one, to keep things flowing. I’m working on Apollo’s story – along the lines of Medusa’s tale – and the 3rd book in my Hollywood contemporary romance series as well. I’m also waiting on my edits for my scifi novella.
Busy author! Awesome! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?
I have it. It’s a massive thing, all typed up on a Brother Word processor that took floppy disks. It’s a historical romance – a western. And I was very young when I finished it… Probably will never see the light of day!
Fun story! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?
Hardest, sincere emotion from the male perspective. Men don’t talk the way women do. I try to write honestly. But since I’m a woman, I have no idea if I get it right or not.
Easiest – the naughty bits. J
Woot! Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?
Not in my mythology, no. It’s a time apart, the people and everything are very much a ‘movie in my head’ that I write. However, I do ‘cast’ my characters with actors. And sometimes they’re ticks or habits will leek onto the page.
In my contemporary a little more, I guess. Some of my characters resemble people I know or actors/actresses I’m a fan of. Are they those people? No. But I use bits and pieces to make it real for me.
Makes sense! Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?
Love requires compromise and, sometimes, sacrifice. Obviously not to the extremes that are represented in the mythology stories, though.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I don’t have lots of surprises… I’m a painter as well.
Very cool! Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?
That’s an interesting question. I’m not sure. I’m a big time reader, I can’t imagine writing someone else’s book – if that makes sense? J
Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
Here’s the thing. I get totally invested in the characters that I’m currently writing. I loved writing Poseidon and Hades and now I’m loving Apollo.
I totally get that! Okay, now, just for fun:
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Dark
Salty or sweet? Depends on my mood ;)
Bed or kitchen table? Bed
Beach or mountains? Beach
Give or receive? Give
Medusa is ruled by duty, to her Titan father and the Goddess Athena. She's no room for the tenderness her warrior guard, Ariston, stirs. When Olympus frees her from service, her heart leads her into the arms of the guard she loves... and curses her as the creature with serpent locks.Ariston goes to war with a full heart... and dreadful foreboding. He learns too late of the danger Medusa faces, alone, and a Persian blade sends him into the Underworld. But death, curses, nor the wrath of the Gods will keep him from returning to her.Poseidon will use Greece's war to get what he wants: Medusa. He does not care that she belongs to another. He does not care that she will be damned. He is a God, an Olympian, and she will be his.
“You asked for an audience, you have it. Now tell me, where do you belong?” Hades’ voice was deep, emotionless.
Ariston swallowed. “Athens.” He met Hades’ gaze, but the God revealed nothing to him.
“Why? You died with honor and glory. Is that not what every soldier wants?”
“My wife…” His voice wavered.
Hades brow lifted slightly. “Lives. You do not.”
“She is in danger.”
“Earthly danger. She is no longer your concern, Ariston.”
“The danger she faces is not earthly, but far from it…” Ariston’s voice was hoarse, his desperation mounting. He took a wavering breath before he began again. “She is everything to me. I am proud of my death, but it means nothing if she is in peril. I must know.” Ariston kneeled. “I beg you. I beg you to return me to Athens.”
Ariston waited, willing himself to be strong.
“Who is this wife?” Hades asked.
“Medusa of Athens.” He paused. “Now of Rhodes.”
Hades was silent, his dark blue eyes regarding him steadily.
“When I die—” Ariston began.
“You are dead,” Hades assured him.
“When I return…die again, I would serve as guardian to Tartarus. I am a skilled warrior, a skill I might offer you.” He spoke with confidence.
“You vex me,” Hades muttered, the slightest crease appearing between his eyes. “You offer this to me for a woman?”
Ariston nodded. “She is worthy.”
Hades was silent again, his eyes shifting to the blue-white flames in the massive
“My words do not…adequately express the love I have for this woman. But I cannot leave her. She is at risk. I must return.” The words came without thought. How could he justify such emotion to a God who reviled affection or companionship? “As Olympus has my arm and sword, she has my heart – a mortal, and perhaps weak, heart.”
The room was silent for too long. He would have to fight his way out…
“It is a weakness not reserved for mortals alone, Ariston of Rhodes.” Hades’ words were so soft Ariston feared they’d not been spoken. But Hades continued, strong and clear. “I will return you to your ship so that you may lead your men to victory. Too many have fallen from this war and I would see it end. When that is done, you may go to your wife.” He paused then added, “When you return to my realm, I will have your fealty.”
The God of the Underworld, Lord of Death, gave him mercy? Mayhap there was one God he might serve with honor.
Ariston vowed, “You have it.”
Thanks again for having me Laura. I’m a big fan!!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING MY GUEST! Okay, everyone, leave Sasha some new release love! Did you have a favorite line from the excerpt! Thanks for reading!