The only cure to the satyr curse is a nymph. When Ariston finds one spying on him, can he win her over?
Under the Satyr Moon a curse was wrought, and under the same moon shall it be reversed…if the Fates allow.
A freelance photography job goes downhill fast when Lily Anders’ boyfriend dumps her and disappears from the campsite, leaving her stranded in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Feeling lost, heartbroken, and afraid, Lily follows a mysterious melody through the wilderness. She never would have guessed the source of the music would reveal that legendary figures of Greek mythology really existed, and she could be one of them.
Ever since he was cursed, Ariston has only wanted one thing—to be human again. He has searched the globe for a nymph to free him, but over three thousand years of failure has pushed him into a life of solitude. Ariston believes he’s finally found the salvation he’s longed for when he catches Lily spying on him in the forest. Unfortunately, he has to convince her to like him first.
What seems to be the Fates bringing them together in time for the Satyr Moon proves to be an elaborate scheme with macabre intentions. Dionysus has sent Ariston’s estranged brother, Adonis, to ensure the curse cannot be broken, and nothing tosses cold water over the flame of seduction like a twin seeking vengeance.
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“Oh God. Oh God. I’m hallucinating, probably have a fever, and I need to get out of here now.” She nodded as she said the last word as if it finalized her babbling, confirming an inner argument of some sort.
“I don’t think you’re suffering any ailments. You can keep gawking at me all you like. Although, I would prefer if you looked a little higher than my feet.” Much more impressive, that. At least, no one had ever complained before.
She made a derogatory noise in the back of her throat. “Please tell me you’re some D&D nerd in a really well-made costume and you mean me no harm. Also, if you have a cell phone, I would really appreciate it if you don’t take my previous comment personally and let me borrow it for a moment.” Ah, well, that solved one of his concerns; if she had no phone, she couldn’t have sent evidence or contacted anyone about what she’d seen. Unless, of course, she had a camera stashed somewhere. I should probably frisk her to find out.
He crossed his arms. “This is not a costume.” Ariston narrowed his eyes, a thought occurring to him. “I didn’t sense you being attracted by my song like I did the blonde. Are you a magical being? Who are you? A deity? A demigoddess?” He was on to something there, but wasn’t sure what. Had she brought the freak thunderstorm the night before? There had been no sign of rain, yet rained it had. And hailed on top of it.
“Right… Maybe you should let me hold that phone I mentioned before. I think it could bring help for both of us.”
“I don’t have a phone on me. Where would I put it? In my leg hair?” He lifted a hoof and waved it in a counterclockwise motion. Brunette’s eyes widened once more. Why did everyone get all worked up over the hooves, but not the horns? Those mostly received a pffft reaction followed by a series of retorts about his nature of “horniness.” It’s not like he would start making goat noises and chewing on buttons. The only part of his anatomy of any real importance hung heavily between his legs, and that was as human as any mortal man. Except he liked to think he was better endowed.
“In your, uh, gun holster?” Brunette pointed to his panpipes.
“What about it?” Ariston asked.
“You asked where you would put a cellphone. There is a large pocket on your strappy purse thingy.” She nibbled her full bottom lip, an act that shot fire to his groin.
“It’s not a purse. How could you even say that? It’s very manly.”
“Uh huh. Of course.”
“It is.” The twinge of lust faded out as he noticed the blood spotted bandage across the palm of her hand. “How were you injured?” Ariston took an unconscious step toward her. He had medical supplies at the cabin. Though he healed at phenomenal speeds, his blood still made a mess when it flowed on the wrong side of his skin. He could patch her up in no time.
She glanced at her palm, almost surprised to see the bandage there. Then she shook her head and said, “Yeah, this is the weirdest conversation ever. Sorry, but…gotta dash.” She darted off in the opposite direction. As she sprinted away, stinging drops of water began to bombard his skin. Brunette had to be the one manipulating the rain, but how? What was she? It must be linked to her emotions somehow, and it made him wonder what had happened to provoke the furious assault from the elements the night before.
Ariston snapped out of his stupor and chased after her. “Hey, not so fast!” A thought started taking root in his mind. He’d been excited about her before, but if he was right… Gods, he couldn’t let her escape. Not if there was a chance.
Brunette was magical in nature, affecting the elements. The timing was too good to be true. Ariston had sought one of her kind for as long as he’d been a satyr, and if she turned out being a nymph, she was also his savior. Unfortunately, his salvation continued putting distance between them. She may have the upper hand in the rain, but he knew the forest well. He’d capture her like the legends of old, and she’d be his. Mine!
She had revealed herself to him. Perhaps not intentionally, yet she had. All he needed was Brunette to desire him enough to take him as a lover under the Satyr Moon. He smiled. Ariston was rusty when it came to true seduction, without the use of magic, but he enjoyed a challenge. He could be free, mortal, could finally have a family, grow old, and live a normal human life.
1.) What does your writing schedule look like? Do you have to plot or do you write as it comes?
It’s a scramble right now. I have a general outline for my works in progress, but I let the characters take me from plot point A to plot point B. Sometimes they deviate from the plan, and it is always interesting to see why.
2.) What inspired you to be a writer? Who is your biggest support system? When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I enjoyed to read as a kid, so I dabbled with writing a lot in middle school, high school and college. I took two creative writing fiction classes in college. While I wanted to be a wild animal trainer at the end of high school, I always knew I would write something one day. (p.s. animal training didn’t work out. Had to drop Biology as a major because I couldn’t get through botany and it was required. I aced the animal biology classes, failed miserably at plants LOL!)
3.) Which genre is your favorite to write? Is there a genre that you would love to write but haven’t yet? Are there any that you would stay away from?
Paranormal is my favorite. I like the vast amount of possibilities to work with that aren’t grounded as much into reality. When I read a story I want it to take me away from my life, and since paranormal things don’t happen to me I like to experiment with my characters and see how they react to things that don’t seem possible. Because reaction is what makes a person interesting. If, say, a vampire hops out and demands blood, any sane person would be afraid. But if they aren’t, well…they either have a death wish, or they have secrets you want to know. Why doesn’t that vampire scare them? Or is it all a front?
I probably won’t write contemporary romance. I need a spice of something surreal. I don’t want to live in the real world when I read or write!
I have an idea for a YA series I would like to develop further, and have been plotting since 2005. But since it is also mythology based, I want to finish the Cursed Satyroi first. I don’t need to pantheons of gods in my head at one time. They are bossy.
4.) Do you use a pen name? Why or why not? If you do does the name have a special meaning to you?
I do use a pen name. Mainly because if looking for a job, I didn’t want my naughty satyr books to be the first thing in a Google search. I’m not ashamed of them though, and I have no issue if people know my real name. Rebekah is a name I have always liked the spelling for. Lewis came from a great number of silly things, but let’s just say it is the first name of the author who wrote my favorite childhood story: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
5.) Have your characters ever taken a turn on you and changed personalities? What was your most challenging character to create and why?
Personalities, not so much. Entire subplots: yes. Hermes decided Kat was going to have Pan’s child at the end of Wicked Satyr Nights. That was never part of the plan! Lol
Most challenging has been Ariston. He just did not want to cooperate with me and fought every step of the way. He’s very honest and wants to lay it all out, and I had to let him to an extent because the book wasn’t going anywhere because he refused to be secretive.
6.) What kind of research do you do for your books? Where is your favorite place to find what you need to know? What is the most interesting thing you have learned?
I have been doing a lot of research on mythology for this series, cryptozoology, maps, landmarks, and ancient Greek. Internet is the easiest, but you have to be careful with that because not all sources online are accurate. If I can get physical books, I do. I have a shelf of mythology books and ancient Greek books as well.
7.) What is the last book that you read that left a big impression on you?
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. I loved seeing the before and after of the apocalypse. Usually we only see the after and know very little about the cause. I think I have an author crush on Kresley. Not in a creepy way. I just admire her so! lol
1.) What is your favorite TV commercial? How about your least favorite?
Currently this is my favorite: http://youtu.be/ZFqaFu2maDg
Why? Tom Hiddleston. I want him for my very own. LOL
Least favorite is hard to pick since there are so many bad ones out there. I think the mariachi band Little Ceasar commercial is the most annoying at the moment though.
2.) Who was your first celebrity crush? Is he still hot?
First celebrity crush would have to be…you know I think it was David Jason Frank from Power Rangers. He’s not bad looking now, but I have moved on.
3.) What are your favorite TV shows? Which shows could you do without ever watching?
Favorite shows are Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Vikings, and Once Upon a Time.
I could do without watching just about any reality show ever (though I do watch the Voice and Face Off on occasion. They tempt me with their evil ways…and Adam Levine.)
Rebekah Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She is an award-winning cover artist for digital publishers, and enjoys every minute of it when not immersed in a world of satyrs and Greek gods. Always feeling the need to be productive, she can be found creating something whether with words or images, or with arts and crafts. She resides in Savannah, GA with her cat, Bagheera.
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