No one can outrun destiny or the gods.
In Epiro, a kingdom in Greece, Perseus is prophesied to be a great demigod hero and king, with a legacy that will shape the world of Gaia. When he was born, his grandfather exiled him, and his mother brought them to Seriphos, where she created an academy for demigod youth. Perseus trains there and waits for the day when he will be able to take the throne of Argos.
Despite potential future glory, Perseus’s fellow students think he is weak. By the time he reaches manhood, he has given up the hope of having any real friends, until Antolios, a son of Apollo, takes an unexpected interest in him. Perseus and Antolios fall in love, but Antolios knows it cannot last and leaves Seriphos.
Perseus, grief-stricken and lonely, rebels against the Fates, thinking he can avoid the prophecy and live his own life. But when the gods find him, he is thrust into an epic adventure. With his divine powers he fights gorgons, sea serpents, and other monsters, and he battles against his darker nature. Perseus strives to to be the man he wants to be, but the gods have other plans.
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Thank you to Cate for hosting me again. I'm here to promote my second release in as many months, this time with Less Than Three Press called A Winter In Rome. I want to return to a topic I've covered before: music.
I love music. I never have it on when I write (I'm really picky about silence), but during the rest of the day, I always have some type of record or soundtrack on, and my headphones are worn perpetually around my neck.
Music helps to shape a lot of the mood I'm striving for in my stories, so I often make small playlists for longer projects I'm working on. My first m/m novel How To Make a Carrot Cake as an 8tracks playlist and so does A Winter In Rome. You can find both under the username francisgideon, but I'll include the track listing for Rome's soundtrack here:
Postcards to Italy - Beirut
Gloria - Patti Smith
Winter - Daughter
Black - Pearl Jam
Because The Night - Patti Smith
Your Ex-Lover Is Dead - Stars
Are You Ten Years Ago? - Tegan and Sara
Satellite Mind - Metric
If You Wait - London Grammar
Come as You Are - Nirvana
Sea of Love - Cat Power
Postcards to Italy - Florence and The Machine
I want to zero in on "Postcards to Italy" by Beirut (and the subsequent cover by Florence and the Machine). I almost named A Winter In Rome "Postcards to Italy" because I listened to the song so much and many of the central images (like the postcards Craig and Alan exchange when they're away from one another) match up perfectly to the lyrics. I'm also a huge fan of Florence and The Machine, and her cover of this song is so, so gorgeous. I like having both versions of the song on this playlist because they both provide a nice feminine/masculine balance. Since the MC Craig falls in love with both Sybil and Alan during the course of the story, having two separate "theme" songs fit really well.
Other tracks on this list are there for particular characters; the Metric song "Satellite Mind" summarizes how Sybil feels when she's an outsider to Craig and Alan's relationship, but still developing feelings. "Black" is about the beginning of Alan and Craig's love affair, while "Sea of Love" by Cat Power (another cover) is about all of them together. Patti Smith appears on the list a lot because her memoir Just Kids acts as a catalyst for many conversations the three of them have, and eventually helps Craig to figure out what he wants in his life, other than Alan and Sybil.
I could go on about music--and I usually do if you follow my website--but for now, I'll leave you with the link to the 8tracks playlist: http://8tracks.com/francisgideon/a-winter-in-rome-1
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