Tuesday, June 26, 2012

GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: Bella Street

Bella Street writes romance with a touch of weird, and after reading Kiss Me, I'm Irish, I can think of no better phrase to describe her work! She's kind and she's fun, and it shows through in her writing. Take a look at her inspiration and her view of mythology in romance!

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The Mythology of Romance

When I think back to when I became aware of myth used in romance, it came via the TV set—Buffy The Vampire Slayer. I had never seen anything so clever, fun, and adept at using monsters, physical and spiritual battles, deep symbolism—and a girl's place in it—to speak to everyday issues we all deal with, especially in love and life.

Mythology did the same things in times past. Stories were circulated to explain natural and not-so-natural phenomena...and gave people a way to work through issues in their lives.

Romance novels are a great place to discover new mythologies—some ancient, some made up on the fly. Genre romance, especially paranormal, urban-fantasy, and science-fiction, offers new tangents and symbols to explore as we navigate our relationships (or the lack thereof). The more common myths or tropes of genre romance offer a plethora of thematic opportunities. Werewolves focus on the pull between humanity and the beast within. Vampires offer us a peek at immortality at a the cost of taking innocent life. Fairies make us wonder what outside influences flicker just at the edges of our consciousness. Time-travel is the classic fish out of water theme.

In my book series, Apocalypse Babes, the main character Seffy echoes the myth of Persephone—which is a tale of lost innocence and the cycle of life and death. Seffy must deal with an 'abduction' (in this case time-travel) and come to terms with her newfound circumstances, which ultimately will take her places she never wanted to go—in a pink velour Juicy Couture tracksuit. Weaving in the symbolism of a well-known myth can bring an instant connection for the reader while giving the author a chance to put their new spin on something old—hence the pink tracksuit.

Genre romance—without an ounce of irony—takes the reader on new adventures to explore the most mythological force in the universe—this thing called love.

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About the Author
Living so close to Nashville has provoked Bella to take up fiddle lessons. Until her tunes no longer sound like amorous alley cats, she writes romance with a touch of weird.

Find her here, on Twitter, and on Facebook.


The Z Word Available Now!

Book One of Apocalypse Babes, The Z Word, follows Seffy Carter and her longtime friends Gareth, Addison and Lani. The four besties share a past dysfunctional and dark enough to keep them bound together under do-over identities. But like off-brand velour, rends develop in their relationships from the flesh-eating pressures of ending up in 1980, in a Montana desert, surrounded by zombies wearing dated disco duds.


***Want a copy of the entire Apocalypse Babes series? Bella Street's generously offering up an e-copy of the whole collection! Just enter via the Rafflecopter below.***

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2 comments:

  1. i like myth about hades and zeus.....
    thx u for this giveaway :)

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  2. I like Greek myths.

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