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Fantastic Fables day two features one of my favorite authors and Greek Mythology. Jennifer Estep’s Gwen Frost, attends Mythos Academy — a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids. Gwen is giving us a story from one of her assignments from her myth-history class. TOUCH OF FROST (available now) is the first book in the Mythos Academy series, followed by KISS OF FROST on November 29th. Gwen’s Fairy Tale Scene is a take on The Minotaur fable. Thanks to the wonderful team at Kensington/Teen, one of you who comment on this post will win a copy of the book! See details below
My name is Jennifer Estep, and I write the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more.
Touch of Frost, the first book in the series, came out on July 26. First Frost, a prequel e-story to the series, is also available now. The second book, Kiss of Frost, will hit shelves on Nov. 29.
In keeping with the Fantastic Fables theme, I thought I would let my heroine Gwen tell you a little bit about an essay that she had to write recently. Enjoy!
My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy, a school for warrior whiz kids. One of the classes that I have to take is myth-history, where we talk about the evil god Loki; his equally evil minions, the Reapers of Chaos; mythological monsters; and other Bad, Bad Things. Fun, fun.
Anyway, Professor Metis, my myth-history teacher, recently made us write an essay about what we would do and how we would react if we suddenly found ourselves in one of the myths that we talk about incessantly in class. FYI, here at Mythos, myths aren’t myths so much as they are facts and history, and everyone takes them very, very seriously (except for me).
So I decided to write about the Minotaur. You know, the mythological monster that had the head of a bull on a man’s body and was put in a labyrinth so he could basically eat people – at least, until the Greek hero Theseus eventually killed the monster instead.
So what would I do if I was suddenly plopped into the Minotaur’s labyrinth? Well, I certainly wouldn’t go looking for the Minotaur. That seems to me like a very stupid, very quick way to die. Oh, I know all the other warrior whiz kids would do that very thing – especially someone like Logan Quinn, a fierce Spartan who’s as cute as he is deadly. Then again, Logan has the ability to pick up any object and automatically know how to kill with it. He’d probably make short work of the Minotaur and smile the whole time. Logan actually enjoys fighting mythological monsters, like the Nemean prowlers the Reapers of Chaos use to kill warrior kids like us. The Spartan’s kind of freaky that way.
Me? I would stay as far away from the Minotaur as I could. And if I did come across the creature, I’d be able to run away like the blue blazes, given the fact that I almost always wear jeans, hoodies, and sneakers. Yeah, running away would totally be my plan. It usually is in most situations. I am so not hero material, no matter what some people think.
I don’t think I’d be trapped in the labyrinth very long, though. Thanks to my pscyhometry magic, I can touch any object and immediately know, feel, and see its history. So all I’d have to do to find my way out would be to touch the sides of the maze, get flashes of other people wandering around inside, and sort through those memories until I found the right way out. Problem solved, the Minotaur is left behind for some other real warrior to kill, and yours truly, Gwen Frost, is back in my dorm room, reading my latest stash of comic books, and gnoshing on some excellent chocolate chip cookies that my Grandma Frost made.
Yeah, that totally sounds like a plan to me. What do you think?
Jennifer Estep is a USA Today bestselling author who also writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.
Books in the series are Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, and Tangled Threads. Spider’s Revenge, the fifth book, will be released on Sept. 27. Visit Jennifer for free short stories, excerpts, and more.
Want to read more from Jennifer Estep?
This giveaway is provided by Kensington/Teen
One winner will receive a copy of Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Available on July 26, 2011 from Kensignton/Teen
About the Book:
My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy — a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.
But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I’m determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why—especially since I should have been the one who died. . .
Click HERE to read an excerpt
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