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To kick-off a new week of Fantastic Fables, we have a wonderful tale from a debut author who’s book kept me captivated. Today’s Fantastic Fable comes courtesy of Elizabeth Miles, author of the Fury Trilogy. FURY is a unique blend of suspense and Greek Mythology. It tells the twisted tale of two characters, Em and Chase, coming to terms with their actions and the consequences that follow. As tragedy and mayhem unfold, these characters come to realize that sometimes sorry isn’t enough. The dreaded Furies have landed in Ascension, and these lovely ladies are handing out red orchids. You can read more about Em and Chase in the upcoming FURY, which will be available on August 30th from Simon Pulse. Thanks to the amazing people at Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, five of you who comment on this post will win a copy of the book! See details below
In my book, the Furies are hell-bent on revenge—just as they were in Greek mythology. In some versions of the Fury myth, these “goddesses of vengeance” were particularly interested in punishing disobedient children. I chose not to explore that theme in my book…but I had fun playing with it here!
UNDER THE SEA—Three females went on trial this morning for allegedly immobilizing and then killing Princess Ariel, the youngest daughter of King Triton. The supposed immobilization, achieved when mermaid princess was in human form on dry land, made her unable to return to sea for vital resources.
Upon the untimely death, which the Conch-coroner blamed on a combination of starvation and suffocation, royal court composer Sebastian blamed Ariel’s demise on three mysterious female creatures who had recently—and inexplicably—appeared in the mermaid’s life.
“They just…showed up,” the red Jamaican crab told the jury of seafolk. “Ariel liked them because they gave her a flower they called ‘the flower of the human world’—it was bright red, like blood.”
The Aquatic Army apprehended the accused females on land last week. The suspects claim to be from the Greek islands and, citing “their own code of justice,” they have chosen to defend themselves in court. While all three have been seen on land and in the water, they appear to be neither human nor merman—they are able to assume both forms.
This morning’s primary witnesses were Sebastian and another royal associate, the fish Flounder. In front of a packed reef, the Prawn-prosecutor called on both of them to describe Ariel’s recent behavior.
“She and her father weren’t getting along,” said Flounder, who seemed anxious on the stand. “She was headstrong. Determined to get to the surface, at least for a little while. He asked her to reject the human world, and she wouldn’t. And then these…women came along. They took advantage of her.”
When asked to elaborate, the fish looked nervously around the reef before continuing. “They promised her things.”
“What types of things?”
“They said they could give her what she wanted,” Flounder said. “They could make her part of that world.”
“And are the women you refer to here right now?”
The fish took a deep breath before pointing his fin at the three expressionless females who sat in a row: one with hair the color of fire, one white-blond and voluptuous, and the third with pixie-like features, slate-blue eyes, and ribbon tied around her neck.
The star witness of the day, however, came this afternoon, when the prosecution called King Triton to testify.
“It’s true that Ariel disobeyed me,” the king conceded. “But I never wished for a punishment as terrible as this.” His voice came close to breaking several times.
During cross-examination, the blond-haired member of the mysterious trio seemed cold and unaffected. She asked a series of questions in a calm staccato:
“Your daughter expressly ignored your wishes, is that correct?”
“These were wishes that had her best interest at heart, correct?”
The king could not deny this statement either.
“By collecting human objects and yearning for an interspecies romance, she was, in fact, spitting in the face of your fatherly rule?”
At this question, a collective, bubbly gasp escaped the onlookers. Triton merely hung his head, and the defense rested for the day.
The Jellyfish-judge called recess at dusk; the trial will resume tomorrow. Meanwhile, paparazzi and tabloid journalists continue to dig for information about the three women who are, by defending themselves in court, effectively deciding their own fate.
The website SharkBite.com, a 24-hour gossip blog, reports that a similar case occurred recently in the Rabbit World, when three buxom female rabbits lured a young Peter Rabbit to his untimely death in a garden—a garden his mother had warned him not to enter.
Elizabeth Miles grew up in Chappaqua, New York, not far from New York City. She graduated cum laude from Boston University in 2004, worked for several years at the Boston Phoenix, and now writes for the Portland Phoenix, an alternative weekly newspaper. She has won several awards from the New England Press Association and was nominated for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Award. Elizabeth serves on the board of trustees of Portland Players, a community theater and second home. She loves pizza; she can often be found running around on stage while scantily clad; and a cold winter night in Maine is one of the creepiest and most beautiful things she can think of. Fury is Elizabeth’s first novel.
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This giveaway is provided by Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse
Five winners will each receive a copy of Fury by Elizabeth Miles
Available on August 30, 2011 from Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse
About the Book:
Sometimes sorry isn’t enough….
It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems…
Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better–the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.
On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel…something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.
In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay.
Em and Chase have been chosen.
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