Q&A with Morgan St Knight, Curse of Prometheus: A Tale of Medea Excerpt & Giveaway

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Curse of Prometheus: A Tale of Medea

  • By Morgan St Knight
  • Editions: paperback
  • Published/Expected publication: here
  • Genre: Adult Paranormal / Urban Fantasy
  • How do you fight a god of light who has been seduced by darkness? That’s the challenge Medea Keres must meet. Posing as a wealthy young heiress in modern day Atlanta, no one knows she is the original Medea, the sorceress from ancient Greek legends.
    As priestess of the witch goddess Hecate, Medea is charged with hunting demons that would otherwise overrun the world. Now she must face a far greater adversary. One of the twelve shining Olympian gods has turned rogue, violating the edict against human sacrifice. As the body count quickly rises, Medea knows her enemy is getting stronger.
    With the help of the underworld nymph Orphne and the hero-god Heracles, she must find a way to unmask the evil so that the other Olympians will take action.
    But as she probes deeper into a blood-soaked labyrinth of suspense and intrigue, Medea finds a net of deceit and treachery that will require all of her cunning to escape.
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    Excerpt


    ” His hands found my arms again, but I pulled back slightly so I could take off my shirt. Knowing exactly where this was going, and having no compunction about it, I quickly slipped out of my jeans.
    He tentatively raised a hand to touch my stomach, giving me petal-soft caresses. Odd how such a light touch could make me feel even more urgent…
    “Shouldn’t do this,” he murmured, very unconvincingly. The argument really fell flat when he reached around my back and drew me down again.
    We explored each other, touching, tasting, each move more certain, more insistent. Within a few moments I was completely naked, thanks to some surprisingly skillful moves on his part.
    A low vibration shook through me, and it took a moment to realize it wasn’t just my response to him. A brief flash of light came from the darkened laundry area next to the finished portion of the basement, followed by another low thrum. There were windows in there; it must be a late-season thunderstorm.
    His attentions quickly drew my focus back where it belonged. My breathing was getting more labored, and his was absolutely ragged. The hunger quickly grew, and it was as delicious as the method of satisfying it promised to be.
    The thunder was coming closer and more quickly as the storm intensified. It seemed to mirror the waves of our passion. He was clinging to me as if he had no other hold on the world. Maybe, at that moment, he didn’t.
    It was too much. I had to do something—now.
    I moved over him, feeling him ready. He slipped into me easily, so smoothly that I briefly marveled at it. But that idle musing quickly flew out the window as rational thought gave way to pure sensation. We were moving together now, a tandem race to reach a goal we both wanted badly. We weren’t separate any longer, but one.
    The lights in the basement flickered just as the first spasms of release began from deep inside me. Such delightful little tickles, but they quickly intensified until they were clutching me. We were half-sitting at that point, and suddenly I felt my insides giving way as I fell back, my legs and arms wrapped around him, bringing him down on top of me.
    I moaned over and over, a staccato tattoo that made my throat feel raw. The thunder crashed outside, a counterpoint to my screams. He was groaning too, deeply, as if he was experiencing pain as well as pleasure.
    He started jerking against my grasp. “No—”
    “YES!” I screamed as my legs pulled him closer. He gave a wordless gasp, then a short cry. Another, and another. His grip around me tightened, making it nearly impossible for me to draw in a breath. I felt myself getting lightheaded.
    Wave after wave of release surged through me, concentric circles of pure pleasure. The thunder outside was so loud now my ears rang.
    He stiffened, and I felt his own release as a scream broke from him. Thunder crashed again and again as the lights flickered, faded, came back. His grip was crushing me, but I didn’t care.
    I could feel huge spasms across his back, as he bucked and sank into me. But it wasn’t just a normal response. No, not by a long shot. We were locked in such a tight embrace that I could see clearly over his shoulder. Slowly, something filled my vision as my body shuddered from seemingly endless spasms.
    Just before another flash of lightning sent the lights in the room out for good, I saw an enormous pair of white wings emerging from his back. ”

    Q&A


    1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
    Evocative

    2. What would you say inspired you to write it?
    I have always loved the character Medea and thought she would be an excellent protagonist in an adventure

    3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist?
    Both were from Greek mythology, but through the years they have been pared down to one-dimensional characters. I wanted to give them depth.

    4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
    Yes. I stepped away from that part of the book and moved on to a later section, then revisited the part that gave me trouble

    5. Your all time favorite book?
    D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths. (Apostrophe is in the right place, it was written by a couple)

    6. What made you pick that one above all others?
    It introduced me to a wonderful new world when I was in second grade. Suddenly there were heroes, magic and a slew of gods and goddesses. For a kid who was raised as a Catholic, that last part was really eye opening.

    7. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
    Years. This project started in 2005, I finished the book in 2006, hated it, revised it entirely, then put it on hold for several years while pursuing other projects. Finally the time came to publish it this year.

    8. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
    It’s opened up my mind to new possibilities in all areas of my life.

    9. Was there ever a time, during your work for the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
    No. Even when the book was on hold, I knew I would publish it one day.

    10. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
    I was a journalist for 25 years, but now I am writing full time. I love to cook, and I love to read about and research various disciplines in the physical sciences (astronomy, geology, etc)

    11. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
    When the book is done and published, I release it. Reviews are irrelevant. I write as I want to write, not to please others, knowing many will not like it but some will. The only advice I can give is to either ignore reviews entirely, or read them with an open mind in case there is some practical feedback (like factual errors) that you can act on. But as far as the subjective like/dislike portion of the review, you open yourself up to a lot of second-guessing if you take it personally.

    12. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
    Yes, there will be two more books in the “Tales of Medea” series. They will continue and complete this particular story arc. As I have other books I want to write, I am not sure that there will be anything in this particular series after the third book, but I don’t want to make any absolute declarations.

    13. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
    The second book in this series will introduce another character who will get her own spinoff series. It will be a series of its own, and aside from this character’s role in the second “Medea” book, there will be no crossovers or interactions between the characters in the two series. I am also working on a third series, now in the plot development/character outline stage, focusing on a male character. All three series will involve magic and sorcery.

    14. What made you decide to go the self-pub way?
    I was happy with the book, and at a point in my life where I didn’t want to wait around for the say-so of an agent, then wait around more for the say-so of a publisher. A couple of years ago I heard Scott Sigler speak about the benefits of self-publishing, and I realized that it was no longer the refuge for desperate writers, and that there are many plusses, including total control of all aspects of the book.

    15. What would you say was the toughest part?
    Formatting it so that it looked like a decent book.

    16. Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting?
    No, and because of that there are still some typos in the book. I hope to get to them at some point after the second book is published, but I plan to keep a couple in as personal jokes for the friends who pointed them out.

    17. How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to self-pub to when you hit ‘Publish’?
    I’m going to deduct the idle time when I didn’t work on the book at all because it’s not representative of how I would normally do things. So, with the first draft, total rewrite, and the work on formatting and design, I would say a little over two-and-a-half years from start to publication. The second book is proceeding much more quickly.

    18. Where is your work being distributed, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, AllRomanceEbooks/Omnilit, some other distributor? How did you decide which one(s) to go with?
    Amazon. I liked what they offered, but that doesn’t mean I won’t look at other distribution channels in the future.

    19. If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change?
    I wouldn’t change anything, because the process as a whole has taught me so much. Now that I’ve had the experience of formatting and cover design I will likely hire pros for that in the future, but I’m glad I did it myself this time around. It was a good exercise in discipline to keep moving forward and not ship it out to someone else.

    Fun facts:

    1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
    Perfect knowledge of how everything in the universe(s) works.

    2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
    “How to Get Off an Isolated Island in 24 Hours”

    3. Name your favorite fruit.
    Dragonfruit

    4. Coffee or tea?
    Tea

    5. Favorite season?
    Early spring (March)

    6. How about fav time of 24 hours?
    Night, especially 12-3 AM

    7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout?
    No, but I learned how to tie some useful knots at an early age

    8. Favorite food for breakfast?
    Congee (an Asian porridge made from rice) with a condiment called XO sauce

    9. Latest book you’ve bought and read?
    “The Girl in the Red Tunic” by Alys Clare

    10. Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
    Heads

    11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
    Black

    12. Drama or comedy?
    They can’t be separated or it’s not believable

    13. Have a fav quote or personal motto?
    “There is not one who is thought of as great, powerful or wise who has lived their life in hopeful pursuit of the few days off they are given by their “boss”. If you are living for moments of reprieve rather than moments of bravery and accomplishment—I urge you, rethink your choices.” —Sorceress Cagliastro

    14. Cats or dogs?
    Cats

    15. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
    Candlelight dinner, and then dessert in the dark.

    Giveaway

    Kindle Giveaway
    To win, you just have to follow Morgan on Twitter @MorganStKnight and send a tweet that says “Entering giveaway for CoP”. Only one tweet is necessary, but you must send that one tweet to know you’re interested in entering the giveaway.

    Additionally, Morgan will be giving away 2 copies of “Curse of Prometheus” each week of the tour. Everyone who enters for the Kindle giveaway on a given week is automatically entered for that week’s book giveaway.

    And yes, if you win a copy of the book, you are still in the running for the Kindle giveaway.


    About the Author & Links:

    Morgan St. Knight live in Atlanta, and is a lifelong student of mythology, the occult, and comparative religion. With more than 25 years of experience as a journalist, Morgan enjoys the occasional foray into fantasyland to escape the grim realities of life. He is currently working on the sequel to “Curse of Prometheus” and is developing a second paranormal series which also takes place in the South.

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    11 thoughts on “Q&A with Morgan St Knight, Curse of Prometheus: A Tale of Medea Excerpt & Giveaway

    1. Morgan St. Knight

      Thank you for hosting my book excerpt and for the interview. I hope your readers will check out my website, which has the link to the Kindle and paperback version of my books at Amazon as well as a list of the major characters in “Curse of Prometheus: a tale of Medea”.

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    2. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

      GAWD, Livia. First of all, this is another fantastic interview, so well done. The thing I love about your interviews is that by the time I’m finished reading one, I know whether or not I want to read the book. Like, definitively know. I’m kind of a brat about reading books from authors I don’t like, and your questions always provoke an author to reveal more than just generalities about themselves and their motivations. And honestly, when I saw “evocative” as the one word description, I rolled my eyes and said, “PASS.” (b/c pompous), and the further I read, the less I decided I liked this author–Medea? Really? She killed her children to get back at her husband. She cut her brother into tiny pieces and chucked them in the ocean to slow down her father when he pursued her after she fled with Jason and the golden fleece. BUT then I read the excerpt. And it’s superbly written. The guy “screaming” his orgasm gave me pause, but then I saw that wings had ripped out of his back, so yeah, okay. I’m deciding to put my knee-jerk reaction on hold, and check this out anyway, b/c maybe the author is just quirky and decisive and I’m too critical (<—–definitely true).

      Sorry, for writing you a novel, but I wanted you to know that when I say, "Great interview, Livia!" I'm not just spouting a token response.
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      1. Morgan St. Knight

        Hi Jessica, thanks for the detailed input. It always helps me gauge where I’m going, and when I’m hitting sensitive spots with the audience. I did a lot of research into Medea’s story, and in the earlier versions she doesn’t kill her children. They are killed either by the citizens of Corinth, or by the relatives of King Creon after Medea kills him and his daughter, who was Jason’s mistress. Euripides popularized the plot line with Medea killing her own children out of spite, and later writers kept that version going. Here’s a link explaining the contrasting versions of the story:

        http://mkatz.web.wesleyan.edu/medea_lecture/scholia.htm

        I weave an alternative story about her children’s deaths into my book, in which the she-demon Lamia is the real killer.

        Thanks again for taking time to comment on the interview and excerpt!

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      2. LiviaLivia Post author

        The Euripides Medea version is the one I know too, the version I’ve seen in plays, books, etc. Reading the info from the link the author provided puts things in another light. You know how it is with these things, the “truth of the matter” is really the most wide-spread version of events, lol. But in my mind, Medea is always gonna equal child-killer, because after having that version ingrained in my mind, I can’t help the association.

        Anyway, thanks so much, I took my time putting together the questionnaire wanting to do just that, give authors the chance to convince readers, one way or the other.

        If you’re a brat, I’m a brat too, lol! If I don’t like the author in any version I see them, I won’t want to read their books either, lol. It might be a really bratty thing, but I have this idea that if I don’t respond to the person, I’m most likely not going to respond to their voice in writing either. Meh.

        Oh honey, you write me a novel any time, and I’m gonna love it to bits!

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      1. LiviaLivia Post author

        With you on that, Braine.
        Though even after having editors work on something, there’s always the chance of that one wrong goddamn letter popping up somewhere, lol.
        I’m not gonna freak over a few errors in a book, but if we’re talking a couple of them on pretty much every page, that baby would get DNF-ed by page 30, lol. And as mean as it might seam, it would also put that particular author on my long-time not-trying-again list.

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