Monday, September 23, 2013

THAT CAN BE ARRANGED by MINA LOBO

Today I am happy to host the indomitable Mina Lobo, aka Goth Mom (Lite) on her book tour for THAT FATAL KISS! An awesomely hot love story between Hades and Persephone, however before they got all hot and bothered they were arranged and Mina explains all that here, today!



Zeus huffed loudly through his nose but did not respond in kind. Instead, he seemed to ponder the matter before asking quietly, “What if she does not want you?”

 Hades’ lips twisted. “Since when did a female’s wishes ever matter? You know the customs. If you as her father give her to me, then she is lawfully mine.”

 “But why do you not court her properly, ask her if she would be your queen?”

“Court her? The way you courted your bride? Did you prostrate yourself before Hera, begging her to have you? No—You wanted her, Father Cronus was in no position to challenge you, and so you took her.”

 “I had Mother Rhea’s consent.”

 “And I would have yours. What is your point?”

The above excerpt comes from the opening chapter of my fantasy romance, That Fatal Kiss, set in a mythical Greece. In it, Hades (King of the Dead) asks Zeus (King of the Gods) for his daughter Persephone's hand in marriage. Only, Hades doesn't so much ask as he threatens ruin and destruction if he doesn't get what he wants, but that's neither here nor there. In the ancient Greek world, marriages were brokered by the bride's father (or nearest male relative) and either the fella who wanted her or his family. So, you know—buzzkill for the bride, who didn't have much of a say in anything, really.

It didn't surprise the ancient Greeks that Hades should try to work this out with Zeus, without consulting Persephone. But framing the tale with my 21st century sensibilities, the book repeatedly touches on the fact that, as an immortal goddess, Persephone merited a lot more respect than she initially received in this...er...transaction.

On the other hand, arranged marriages do still take place in this era (and can be successful and happy ones). Plus, many of us have to deal with the expectations of family, regarding our marital choices. Growing up a first-generation American daughter of Portuguese immigrants, folks in my extended family often urged me to settle down with a nice Portuguese boy. (Going totally against the tide, my parents only urged my sis and me to go to college, so yay, Mom and Dad!)

What about you? Have you ever felt any parental pressure to marry within a particular group, be it ethnic or socio-economic or anything? If so, how did you handle it? If you're a parent, have you ever tried to steer your offspring toward a particular person? Tell us in the comments!


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About the Book

In That Fatal Kiss, life-giving Persephone seeks a mate but the goddess' mother frustrates her plans. Then Hades, King of the Underworld, spirits Persephone away to rule with him below, as his bride. Yet, even as she awaits rescue, Persephone aches to be consumed by the fire in the dark lord's immortal soul. 



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About the Author

Mina Lobo writes dark and whimsical romances, dodges the slings and arrows of her outrageous college-aged son, and feels compelled to do things in threes. She digs comedic horror, alternative rock, and Belgian chocolates. (See?)


Visit Mina's Web site, Some Dark Romantic, from September 24 - 29, for your chance to win an e-book copy of That Fatal Kiss!
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FYI -  Continuing the tour for my book Murder, Madness & Love I'm over at Christine Rain's Blog. She had some very interesting questions for me!

20 comments:

  1. Already visited Christine today!
    My parents didn't care who I married as long as I was happy.

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  2. Awesome cove rand nope no pressure to marry within any kind of group, might be trying to pressure me to actually get there though haha

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  3. "Indomitable," eh? I dig that, Yolanda!

    Alex, I'm glad to know it!

    Pat, LOL, good luck with your search! :-)

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  4. Fantastic teaser! Oh the drama between gods! I love Greek mythology. Can't wait to read this one.

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  5. Oh those machismo gods! I hope Persephone raises a FINE stink at being treated that way! Love the Greek gods. They are so palpably flawed...; makes them delicious characters.

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  6. I was [jokingly] promised to the son of friends of the family. He's a doctor now, just like his dad, so it wouldn't have been so bad. ;) He's also a super nice guy and easy on the eyes. However, we lived states apart after the age of 7 so it didn't happen.

    My parents never pressured us in any way except for the fact that they thought I was too young to marry at 18 (hubby was 19). And just like in the movies, I was able to throw their young ages at marriage in their face. They didn't try to stop the wedding, and when they knew I wasn't going to wait, they supported me fully. Thank goodness.

    I do enjoy the interaction between the gods. Man, were they a tumultuous bunch!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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    1. 1. I'm glad your parents fell in with your plans eventually.
      2. I don't suppose that doctor-fella's single??? ;-)

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  7. I love the idea of dark and whimsical romance! Congrats Mina~ Yes, what is about Gods and all that ego ;D


    Yolanda....have a fabulous time at the beach!!!! And take lots of photos ;D

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  8. Hi Mina and hi Yolanda,

    Nothing like a bit of dark and whimsical romance. Or in my case, any romance would be a start. Looking good, Mina and I'm wishing you loads of success with this.

    Speaking of marriage, I'd love to arrange to get my son married off so I can take back over my home :) Yes, please somebody take my son!

    Gary :) Also, what has Google done to the comments section. I hate the way it jumps about when I'm trying to recheck my comment....

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  9. I love anything with Greek mythology!

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  10. Hi, Yolanda, Hi, Mina...

    AWESOME cover and premise... all the best, Mina!!!!

    Heading over to Christine's ...

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  11. First, I loved your dialogue. I could hear the voices and knew the setting before you described it. Well done.

    I didn't grow up steeped enough in a single culture to feel any specific pressure other than a man "who could take care of me" which is more a reflection of the times than a specific culture. Great premise for a book.

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    1. Thanks so much, Julie. One thing I worried about as I wrote TFK was that I wouldn't adequately convey all the undertones and subtexts I heard so clearly in my mind's ear. Your words mean a lot to me. :-D

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  12. Yolanda, just stopping by to say THANKS for hosting me on my bloggy-blog tour! <3

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Would love to hear from you, say hello and leave your blog address - I'll visit, but please take with you my undying gratitude that you stopped by for a read. Be well, be happy, and may your blog surfing bring you joy!