Five Words to Describe Hunger (Goddesses of Delphi Book 4)
In this book and series, I tried to infuse a sense of urgency. Sure, there are nine Muses, and each will get her story, so keeping the suspense from book to book is key to making the series work. And coming up with a situation that differs from Muse to Muse can be a challenge. In Hunger, it is the first time the mortal destined to help the Muse conquer the challenge is handpicked by the man staging a hostile take-over of Olympus. Throughout the book, Lia Thanos worries that the attraction between her and Ben is manufactured and in the end, she might not end up with the man.
Lia is the Muse of Comedy. Putting her in a dire situation let me throw in a lot more comic relief than I could with the other Muses. There’s a scene in the book where the discussion turns to vampires. I laugh each time I’ve reread those lines.
As each new mortal man is brought into play, the mortals who have preceded him in helping a Muse stands shoulder to shoulder with the new guy, helping him understand the way of the Muses and educating the new kid to the brotherhood about what to expect, how to act, et cetera. I love that Ben finds new friends to stand with.
I never meant the book to make me cry. It’s about the Muse of Comedy after all. But I managed it. I put Lia through the wringer in her challenge and her decisions to keep Ben safe. I don’t want to spoil it, but in this story, the villain, Pierus, is really awful.
I’ve always been intrigued by gods and goddesses. Were they good? Were they bad? For my books, I chose to make them truly care about the wellbeing of mortals. They’re immortals, they can have anything. But what they desire, above everything else, is for humans to be happy, even if they no longer believe in the gods of myths.
Hunger (Goddesses of Delphi Book 4)
by Gemma Brocato
Jan 10, 2017
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Romance
Number of pages: Approximately 220
Word Count: 66K
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde Media
Lia Thanos, Muse of Comedy, has joked her way through hundreds of lifetimes. But the past few months have been no laughing matter. She and her sisters have been locked in a battle to save Olympus from a hostile takeover. Now, the god challenging them has upped his game and personally selected the mortal man destined to help Lia win.
Botanist Ben Jordan has his hands full; running a farmer’s market, helping his hearing-impaired sister, and trying to figure out why crops around the world are failing. If the trend can’t be reversed, humans will starve and chaos will destroy the world. The only good news is the long-time famine he’s faced in his love life came to an end when he met Lia. Despite the fact that Ben finds it hard to believe immortal gods exist, he accepts the challenge to help Lia, a woman he yearns to spend the rest of his life with. But Pierus and his daughter, Hunger, will stop at nothing to keep the two apart.
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Gemma's favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a 'round tuit,' and a slip of paper from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she'd write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss, even the rejections addressed to 'Dear Author' were gratifying.
After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy.
Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue a career as a romance author.
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