Out of Practice Aphrodite
(Book 1 of The Naughty Goddess Chronicles)
by S.E. Babin
Abby’s major screw-up brings the wrath of Zeus upon her head. He offers her a choice – work for him or spend the rest of her days hanging out in Hades with her ex-husband. For Abby, this choice is a no-brainer, especially when Zeus says the only thing he wants her to do is make a love match.
She’s the Goddess of Love. What could go wrong?
Abby stumbles into an ex-lover, a dead demi-god and the realization that a crucial relic has been stolen right out from underneath Zeus’ nose. Eris, the Goddess of Chaos and Discord, is behind the theft and murder and the faltering powers Abby is trying to keep secret. With Zeus breathing down her neck, she’ll need to keep her wits about her as she races against the clock and Zeus’ imposed two-week time period.
Of course, this is easier said than done. Not only is she struggling with a budding attraction to a sexy lawman and feelings for long-time friend, Hermes, she’s also trying to keep everyone out of the path of a vengeful goddess while saving the Earth and Olympus from the reign of a tyrant. What’s a goddess to do when the fate of the world rests upon her fashionable shoulders?
“Ma’am, mind telling me why your little gang is here?” Although I loved his baritone, I took offense at his tone and felt myself bristle.
“We’re here to see a friend,” I said, my tone icy.
His face gave nothing away, but his cold eyes told me he knew there was much more I wasn’t telling him.
“We received a phone call about ten minutes ago about a disturbance in this area.”
Impossible, I thought. There’s no one around to see anything. “Who called you?”
“None of your business, ma’am.” He tipped his hat at me and turned to Artie.
“Hi, Officer,” Artie chirped a little too brightly, especially since there was a dead guy lying less than fifty feet from us.
He said nothing but whipped out a notebook from his pocket. He flipped it open to a clean page, extracted a pen from his uniform pocket, and barked, “Name.”
“Jane Smith,” Artie said.
At his tilted brow and look of disbelief, I groaned inwardly. This couldn’t go worse if we had planned it.
“Nice name,” he said, condescension dripping from his voice.
Artie, clueless to his sarcasm, grinned widely at him. “It’s a family name.”
“I’m sure it is.” He then turned to Ares.
“And you are?”
Ares offered him a superior smile and said, “John Smith.”
I choked on a hysterical giggle. We were about to get cuffed and thrown in the pokey if we weren’t careful. The officer let out a deep sigh and closed his notebook.
It is my pleasure to welcome S.E. Babin to Room With Books. Ms. Babin, would you please tell us about your book, Out of Practice Aphrodite, and what inspired you to write it?
I love Greek Mythology and I love cozy mysteries. I decided to combine the two and see what happened!
When you start writing, do you outline the story or do your characters dictate what will happen?
I have done both, but I prefer allowing my characters to take me where they will.
And do you ever have arguments with your characters? If you do, who usually wins?
I can’t say that I do. I’m the boss around here 🙂
What is something about you, Ms. Babin, that your readers would be surprised to know?
My husband occasionally calls me the absent minded professor. I lose things all the time, and I forget what I was doing in a matter of seconds because I have so much running through my mind. I have trouble sleeping because of it, and I tend to be a little scatterbrained.
If you had the opportunity to write with any other author, who would it be any why?
m pretty sure if I hung around them too much my ovaries might explode. I adore their writing style, and I love the characters they created. Those two are on my autobuy list.
When you were little do you remember what you dreamt of becoming when you grew up?
I always wanted to be an astronaut. Something about being in a place where few could go and seeing things that defied the imagination inspired me.
What was it that prompted you to begin writing?
I’ve been writing since I’ve been a young girl. Reading was the drug that made me wonder if I could write just like my favorite authors.
Is there special music that inspires your writing?
I love Indie rock. I always listen to Ray LaMontagne, Passenger, Amos Lee, The Civil Wars, The Wailing Jenny’s, Damien Rice and several others while I’m working.
What is your favorite breakfast? Biscuits and sausage gravy
What is your favorite color? Definitely royal blue
What is your favorite movie? Love, Actually
What is your dream car? How about a dream truck? I’m not a fan of cars. I’d say a 1953 Chevrolet truck.
Where can your loyal readers, both old and new, find you?
Twitter – @hungrybiblio
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SEBabin
Wattpad – http://www.wattpad.com/user/chandlermaid
Website – http://www.sebabin.com/
Sheryl has had a book in her hands pretty much from the time she could hold things with her hands. Her love of reading turned into a curious exploration to see whether or not she could write her own. Beginning with random, terrible poetry and a slightly popular reimagining of Beowulf’s Grendel in her high school English class, Sheryl ended up spending way too much time in the library, killing any chance of her becoming a cheerleader or anything even remotely cool.
Sheryl has a fondness for humorous, lighthearted stories but also secretly covets bad-ass leather wearing chicks who curse too much. It helps if they’re funny, too. She writes a little bit of everything but is currently focusing on light paranormal mysteries. Visit her at http://sebabin.com/.
Twitter – @hungrybiblio
Website – http://sebabin.com/
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