I’m super excited to celebrate my release day for West of Want, Book 2 in my Hearts of the Anemoi series, here at The Readiacs! The Anemoi were directional wind gods that the Greeks associated with the seasons—and book two focuses on Zephyros Martius, the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring. This is the first time I’ve based characters and a world around Greek mythology, and honestly it’s just been so much fun! There is a rich selection of romance based on mythology, including series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Alyssa Day, Elisabeth Naughton, Gena Showalter, Stephanie Draven, Stephanie Julian, and others. And here are some reasons I especially love this particular brand of paranormal romance:
Compelling Characters. Greek mythology is filled with a compelling cast of characters. Some are tortured and tormented. Some are jilted and heartbroken. Some are triumphant and heroic. All are powerful and beautiful. The gods, monsters, and other characters associated with Greek mythology offer up a huge bounty for an author!
Rich Backstory. Because every character from Greek mythology either played a certain role, possessed particular powers or starred in a particular mythological tale, they all have hugely rich backstories an author can use to shape the goals, motivations and conflicts of characters based on mythological beings. This is certainly true of the Anemoi, who family was characterized by daddy drama, fraternal feuds, competition over lovers, and more.
Cool Powers. Greek gods possessed the full gamut of supernatural powers—and seeing those in action is one of the reasons I particularly enjoy reading paranormal romance. And this was true of the Anemoi, too. The Greeks attributed the power of the winds, weather and seasons to the four Cardinal (N, S, E, W) Anemoi, who also possessed the power to assume multiple forms (god, elements, human, animal) as well as powers relevant to their season.
Built-in Conflict. Greek mythology reads like the soap opera of the ancient world! Adultery, revenge, power plays, secret babies, and jilted lovers are just a few of the many examples you’ll find in mythology. And this makes for a rich field of problems to throw at your characters—including my characters in West of Want!
High Drama. Put supremely powerful beings together with huge egos together with competitions over power, control, love, and territory and you have all the ingredients for high drama, a great foundation for good storytelling!
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Thanks for reading!
“Laura Kaye’s captivating writing and vibrant world-building will have readers hooked on the gods of the Anemoi. WEST OF WANT is steamy, spellbinding, and a must-read for all romance fantasy fans.” ~Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series
About West of Want:
Betrayal is all he’s ever known, but in her, he’ll find a love strong enough to be trusted…
When Marcella Raines’ twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she’s gravely injured–and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce–Ella fights to survive.
Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn’t protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he’s sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph’s heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.
Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting…everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want–a love that can be trusted.
About Laura Kaye:
Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura
is the bestselling and award-winning author of over a half-dozen books in paranormal,
contemporary and erotic romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with all things paranormal. A published non-fiction author, Laura’s work as an historian and training as an archaeologist help her create vivid and accurate portrayals of other times and places. She lives inMarylandwith her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of theChesapeake Bayevery day.