I am happy to be participating in Spread Some Indie Love Blog Hop, hosted by b00k r3vi3ws. The hop runs from March 21 to April 7, 2016. Each person in this hop is featuring an indie (self published) author and is hosting a giveaway (click on the links below to get to the other participants).
I am featuring my new book, Prophecy.
My giveaway is international and is for:
3 ebook copies of Prophecy
My name is Coreena McBurnie and, ever since grade 5 when I had to do a report on Theseus and the Minotaur, I have had a soft spot for Greek mythology. When I hit university, I was drawn to the Classical Studies department, where I studied the archaeology and culture of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds — and also where I managed to read Homer’s Odyssey, one of my absolute favourite books, in the original Greek, something which was thrilling for me (I know, sounds crazy, but the poetry and scope of the original text is amazing). After a lifetime of “what is that?”, “why did you study that?”, and “what can you do with a degree in Classical Studies?” I have decided to write novels based in ancient myth and to bring so many of the stories I love to life for a modern audience, with my own spin, of course.
Prophecy, Book 1 in the Antigone Series, is my first published novel. Currently I am working on Book 2 in the Antigone Series, called Fate. I am also in the middle of another novel about Clytemnestra who is notorious in Greek myth for killing her husband, Agamemnon, when he returned home from the Trojan War. I love exploring the motives of strong women in ancient myth.
I live in BC, Canada with my husband, our three kids, and our cat, in a beautiful part of the country, on two rivers, surrounded by ranches, near ski hills, and only a couple of hours drive to the ocean.
Prophecy by Coreena McBurnie
An ancient princess, hidden prophecies, impossible choices…
Sixteen year old Princess Antigone, daughter of the infamous ancient Greek King Oedipus, wants to lead a normal life and fulfill her duty to the gods, her city, and her family, but fate has other plans. The Olympian gods bless her, the snakes talk to her, her parents want her to marry a foreign prince, her embroidery looks like burial shrouds for dogs, and she has fallen in love with the wrong boy.
When the mysterious and devastating prophecies surrounding her family are revealed, Antigone must choose where her allegiance lies: With the gods who have betrayed her family but who she is obliged to serve? With her plague ridden city? With her family which lay in ruins? Or even with herself?
In Prophecy, Book One of the Antigone: The True Story series, Antigone steps out of the shadows of the past to tell her own story, a story where truth of history is stranger than the fiction of myth.
Excerpt from Prophecy:
“What’s wrong, Antigone?” asked Ismene.
“Nothing,” I snapped. Then I sat down. “I’m sorry, I don’t enjoy sewing. It’s so hard for me, so delicate. My fingers don’t work like yours do.”
Ismene smiled. “You need to slow down. You have the talent, but not the patience.”
“So you say,” I picked up my sewing and looked at the uneven stitching and bunched up fabric, complete with blood stains. “Maybe I could use this for a dog’s blanket.”
Ismene looked over and giggled, “Only if the dog was blind.”
“I swatted her with the sewing. “Or maybe dead. That’s it, I could sew burial shrouds for dogs.” We both laughed hysterically. I held my sides and tears streamed down my face. Ismene had to put down her sewing, she was laughing so hard.
Suddenly, Ismene screamed and jumped up, pointed to my basket. I followed her finger and jumped up as well. Winding its way through my sewing was a huge grey and black adder. I leaped up in front of Ismene and stared at the venomous snake, mesmerized by its scaly skin glistening in the sunlight. It watched me lazy, flicking its tongue.
My giveaway is international and will have 3 winners. Each winner will receive an ebook copy of Prophecy in the format of their choice (mobi, epub, or pdf). I will check for the legitimacy of the entries. When you are done, click on the little blue box below with the frog to get to the others in the hop and learn about more great indie authors.