Howdy folks! Welcome to Wednesday’s Blue Light Special, the day I show you something you may not have known you need. Today we have a Celebrity Author Playlist.
Annetta Ribken, my editor and friend–who also happens to be a hell of a storyteller–is here to share the Celebrity Author Playlist for her novel Athena’s Promise.
My Comments on the Book
I am so glad I gave Athena’s Promise a chance. Though I loved this genre when it first got popular, my interest has faded. The genre is inundated with interchangeable books.
I’ve grown tired of the too similar creatures–dashing vampires, scruffy but sexy werewolves, and ethereal faeries expert in espionage and political wars. The protagonists, usually a mixture of two supernatural races who are traveling under a centuries old curse, no longer sparkle for me.
In this regard, Athena’s Promise is a breath of fresh air. It introduces creatures I never imagined translating well into this genre and puts a fresh spin on some of the more overused ones. The heroine, Pallas, is just a regular chick who possesses a little glimmer of the supernatural–just enough to get her neck-deep in trouble–and who gets her butt kicked more often than she kicks butt.
I loved Athena’s Promise and can’t wait to read the second book in the trilogy.
Without further blathering from me, heeeeeere’s Annetta!
As the front desk manager of a hotel on the edge of Zombietown, Pallas is used to dealing with angry centaurs, surly trolls, and zombie housekeepers. The trouble really starts when one of her guests ends up dead. But that’s not her only problem.
A cop with an attitude – can he be trusted to be more than just a pain in her ass or does he have a more sinister agenda?
A new Guest Services Manager, out for her job and ready to sacrifice anyone in his way – what does he really want?
The attractive maintenance guy, endangering the promise she made out of necessity to the Goddess Athena – does he know more than he’s telling?
A mermaid diva, whose show at the Sparkling Butterfly must go on – or else.
Pallas needs to find the killer, and fast, or she’ll lose her job, her home, and the ragtag family she’s adopted out of her crew of “critters”.
In the course of the investigation Pallas uncovers connections to a nasty Oddities dealer deep in the heart of Zombietown, forcing her to expose a trauma from her past which could threaten her future. With everyone and everything she loves in danger, the promise made to the Goddess Athena may well damn her if she breaks it, but she is bound and determined to save her friends, her home, and everything she’s built.
No matter what it takes.
While I don’t listen to music as I write, it is a big influence on my story lines. Since Pallas is such an unusual character in many ways, her playlist is equally as eclectic. So when I need to get into her head, these are the songs I’ll listen to as I continue to write her adventures.
Disturbia – Rhianna: To me, this conjures up Zombietown, a dark and dangerous place Pallas must visit. She makes it out alive…barely.
The Princess Who Saved Herself – Jonathan Coulton: Pallas is a strong woman, and takes care of business herself. She doesn’t buy into the fairy tale of anyone else saving her and I really like that about her, even if she is impulsive and acts before she thinks things through.
Pretty Vegas – INXS: This is another song which evokes the atmosphere of the hotel in which Pallas works and lives, as well as a touch of the Sparkling Butterfly, the local club many of her guests either work or visit.
So Much To Say – Dave Matthews Band: Pallas has a past. A secret, dangerous past which makes it very difficult when it comes to a love connection. She does have a lot to say…but finding someone with whom she can share this information…well, that’s not as easy as it sounds.
Skeletons – Yeah Yeah Yeahs: And so Pallas struggles with not only the present situation in which she finds herself, but the demons of the past.
Love Left To Lose – Sons of Sylvia: Pallas’ relationship with Denis is complicated. She is bound by a promise to the Goddess Athena she doesn’t dare break, but she can’t deny the feelings she has for Denis, either. What’s a girl to do?
Asshole – Dennis Leary: Unfortunately for Pallas, she’s stuck with one of these as a co-worker who happens to have the mistaken impression he’s the boss of her. Um. Not so much. Nobody is the boss of Pallas.
This Corrosion – Sisters of Mercy: This is another song which reminds me of the dangers of Zombietown when I’m writing Pallas.
Zombie Love Song – Your Favorite Martian: Pallas has a most unusual staff with whom she’s bonded. The outcasts of both the Other Side and this one, she loves her people. And they love her.
Ramalama Bang Bang – Rosin Murphy: This is a song which reminds me of the relationship Pallas has with her staff and friends, the zombies.
Everybody – Backstreet Boys: And last but not least, this is just a fun song with visuals which remind me of the clientele Pallas has to deal with every day in not only her job, but her life.
Pallas is really one of the most fun and complicated characters I’ve ever written. She’s a blast, and she cracks me up all the time. I’m currently working on the next in the trilogy, titled “Athena’s Chains”, which should be out by Summer 2013.
Thank you so much to Catie for hosting me here today!
More About Annetta
Author bio: Freelancer writer and editor Annetta Ribken has been writing since a tender young age, when letters were chiseled on stone tablets. A precocious student, Annetta earned her Ph.D in the School of Hard Knocks, with honors, in the early Age of Disco. Her mission: to take over the Universe, one word at a time. Annetta is very pleased to announce she has accepted a position of Content Editor with Gryffynperch Books in addition to her regular roster of amazing writers. She lives and works just outside of St. Louis with her evil feline overlord, a rescued shelter cat named Athena.
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Annetta.Ribken
Annetta, thanks for being here with us today. I really enjoyed your music choices and thought they fit Athena’s Promise well.
And that’s today’s Blue Light Special. Download the sample of Athena’s Promise and see what you think. If you’re like me, you won’t be able to stop reading at the end of the sample. Go ahead and ask Annetta any questions you may have about her fiction or her editing services. But keep one thing in mind: she’s wily like that cartoon coyote.