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Guest Author: Sherry Ficklin (Guest Post & Giveaway)

I’m so pleased to welcome Sherry Ficklin here today to Dark Faerie Tales.  The first book in her Gods of Fate series, Foresight, was recently released in July.  The second book in the series is called Second Sight, and is scheduled to be released in September 2011.  You can read an excerpt from Foresight here.

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a giftpack that includes a book tote, bookmark, button, and random goodies.

Because Greek Mythology Kicks Ass

By Sherry D. Ficklin

Okay, not just Greek mythology. Any mythology. These are timeless stories of tormented lovers, brave heroes, terrible injustices, and often, of overcoming earth shaking obstacles. Show me one modern hero that could take on all 3 Gorgons. No? How about a pair of perfect lovers that have to fight an entire pantheon of Gods to be together? Nada.

So… I’m a geek. I love curling up and reading the Iliad (after watching a classic Star Trek episode).  I love being drawn into battles with Hydras, Nymphs, and twisted Demi-gods. And I wanted to bring that kind of story to life again. I love teen lit, but was tired of weak heroines and muddy stories. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Twilight as much as the next girl, but the character of Bella irked me. I needed a strong, fierce heroine I could go on an adventure with.  Perhaps you’ve noticed a trend in paranormal book covers? On the front of almost all of them there is one, buff chick (usually wearing scraps of leather)kicking the ass of something or just standing there looking battle ready. That’s because we want strong female characters. We need Buffy. We love Buffy.

Enter Foresight, the first book in The Gods of Fate series. Meet Grace Archer, a typical teenage girl with a long buried secret. Her mother was Pandora, and now it’s up to Grace to protect her mother’s deadly box.

You may think you know this myth, but you’d better think again. It wasn’t HOPE that Pandora managed to stuff back in that box, it was something much more sinister.

With any reinvention of a classic story it’s important to both stay true to its roots and at the same time present it in a way that surprises people, challenges the way they think about an old idea.

Writing Foresight was very easy for me. I’ve always been a writer. When I finally sat down and decided to write a novel, I had no intention of it being published. I had a story in my head and I had to find out how it ended. So I wrote. And Wrote. And before I knew it, I had a book. Then two. Then three.

I took pieces of everything I loved to read, fantasy, romance, adventure and shook it up and poured it into the book.  Because of this, Foresight is hard to pin into any one genre or category. And that’s okay because the characters are strong enough to hold their own.

I get a lot of calls and e-mails from writers asking the same basic questions.

What should I write?

Write what you love, what you would want to read. It’s the only way to find happiness and fulfillment in the act of writing. Everything else will fall into place, promise.

How do I know when to submit my book?

You don’t. It will be a constant evolution. I suggest going over a manuscript (with a crit group or beta readers) at least 3 times before you even think of submitting. Then read it one last time, out loud, to someone. Do a final polish. Then, consider sending it around.

How did you do it?

I got rejected a lot. Everyone does.  The trick is to take criticism when it’s offered and move forward. Publishing is hard and slow. Just never give up.

Author Bio:

A former military brat, and later military wife, Sherry grew up all over the country. Now transplanted to Colorado she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuation number of chickens and houseguests. When she’s not busy writing Sherry can often be found haunting the racks at her local bookstore with a white hot chocolate in one hand and a stack of books in the other.

You can visit Sherry around the web here: Website | Blog | Facebook

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a giftpack that includes a book tote, bookmark, button, and random goodies.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

Who is your favorite mythological hero or heroine?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to everyone.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Thursday, September 30th at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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34 Responses to “Guest Author: Sherry Ficklin (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Misha MathewNo Gravatar
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    My favorite mythological heroine is Athena

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    +1 My favorite mythological heroine is Maliha Crayne from the Mortal Path series by Dakota Banks.

    +2 I’m a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

    +3 for tweeting about this contest
    http://twitter.com/aikchien/status/23989844361

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  3. jmspettoliNo Gravatar
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    +1 My favourite mythological heroine is Medea because she took revenge on her husband Jason by killing their two children (a little extreme but she take no s*&% from no one LOL)

    +2 blog follower and follower on Twitter (@jmspettoli)

    +3 Twitter: http://twitter.com/jmspettoli/status/23993025123

    spettolij AT gmail DOT com

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  4. Jessi ElliottNo Gravatar
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    +1 I love me some Poseidon … thank the Percy Jackson series…

    +2 follower of blog and Twitter (@elliottreview)

    +3 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/elliottreview/status/24001402681

    jlelliott08 AT gmail DOT com

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  5. Dana SandstromNo Gravatar
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    My favorite mythological hero would have to be Hercules because he was so powerful and disney helped too.
    ten.labolgcbsnull@mortsdnasanad

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    +2 follower
    +3 twitter.com; profile: Dana_Dee123

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  6. Jessica S.No Gravatar
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    + 1 My favorite mythological heroine has always been Artemis. When I first learned about Greek mythology back in middle school, I immediately took a liking to her. Not sure why, just did!

    +2 I’m a follower

    +3 Button is in sidebar

    jessbess2505[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  7. KellyNo Gravatar
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    Who is your favorite mythological hero or heroine?
    My favorite mythological heroine must be Artemis. She is the Greek Goddess of Hunting and the Moon. I’m Greek so I always felt a connection. I always liked her because she was never tamed, she was wild, confident and independent and I love that in a woman/heroine +1

    – I’m a follower of this blog on twitter! +2
    -I tweeted about it! :)+3
    http://twitter.com/yllektra/status/24044752636
    – Kelly: moc.liamtohnull@sitnavy

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  8. lulilutNo Gravatar
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    +1 My favorite mythological heroine is Ariadne.
    +2 blog follower and follower on Twitter
    +3 http://twitter.com/lulilut/status/24046361755

    d.septer(at)insightbb.com

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  9. BrittanyNo Gravatar
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    I always loved Zeus!

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  10. Vickie BNo Gravatar
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    Who is your favorite mythological hero or heroine? Having to choose….Perseus or Jason….both had some fab adventures and did some hellah decent slaying.

    1. +1 entry for answering the question (required)

    2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.
    I am a loyal follower!! (-V- with the puppy with glasses avatar)

    Please include your email address in your comment.
    VWinship at aol dot com

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  11. Theresa MNo Gravatar
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    +1 My favorite mythological heroine is Antigone because she was a strong character who stood up for her beliefs.

    +2 Follower of blog and on Twitter @Theresa_9

    moc.liamgnull@4589asereht

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  12. EliseNo Gravatar
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    I would say He-man from that cartoon, he was strong!
    I am a GFC follower.
    caliblue7 at gmail dot com

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  13. KatelynNo Gravatar
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    I love Greek Mythology so this was a really tough pick but here it is. My favorite Mythology Hero/Heroine is Artemis goddess of the hunt and the moon because she stands strong and is fierce, and i love all the animals that are sacred to her.

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  14. Lauren MNo Gravatar
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    My favorite Greek heroine is Hera! She may be bitchy sometimes, but she knows how to get what she wants (and how to keep her husband in line!).

    +1 answering the question
    +2 follower on twitter (@renkellym) and the blog.
    pichipitch(at)gmail.com

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  15. VilijaNo Gravatar
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    Odysseus is my favorite one. xlacrimax at gmail dot com

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  16. J L JacksonNo Gravatar
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    Tough question. My favorite mythological herione would have to be Athena! +1 for answering +2 for following

    moc.liamtohnull@lrigwoCymaerD

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  17. SherryNo Gravatar
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    Can we give extra points to Elise for her answer of He-Man? You, my friend, are awesome!!!
    ~Sherry

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  18. Heather HendersonNo Gravatar
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    Madusa or at least she had the best hair of anyone. Now if I had that power on bad hair days. I am a follower through GFC. moc.oohaynull@nosrednehmh

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  19. elaing8No Gravatar
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    +1 My favorite would be Hercules

    +2 blog follower and Twitter follower @elaing8

    +3 tweeted http://twitter.com/elaing8/status/24198024151

    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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  20. Mette JNo Gravatar
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    My favorite mythological hero must be Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters series.

    +1 answered the question
    +2 follower on blog and twitter (Mysteriousrose) (forceofstars)
    +3 twitter: https://twitter.com/Forceofstars/status/24201853699

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  21. MissieNo Gravatar
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    You can’t go wrong with Achilles!

    I’m a follower on Twitter and of the blog!

    Thanks for the guest post! Yes, we want our strong female heroes!

    Missie, TX

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  22. KarenNo Gravatar
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    I love anything relating to King Arthur! Knights of the round table, excalibur, Merlin, Lancelot..ohh the list goes on~

    moc.oohaynull@sniarlufssilb

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  23. ArceliNo Gravatar
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    Like many others on here, my favorite heroine is Artemis.
    a dot long at tcu dot edu

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  24. KasumiNo Gravatar
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    +1 The answer would be easier if you’d asked about gods, but amount heroes, I think my favourite was Hercules, because he hadn’t got an easy life.

    +2 I’m a follower of this blog but don’t use Twitter, does it count?

    +3 I blogged about it: http://resumiendotodo.blogspot.com/2010/09/ronda-de-concursos-septiembre-de-2010.html
    And put a link in my sidebar: http://resumiendotodo.blogspot.com

    Thanks for the chance!

    martasder[at]gmail[dot]com

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  25. Eva SBNo Gravatar
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    Who is your favorite mythological hero or heroine?

    +1 Weirdly The Medusa. As a child I had such wild hair that Medusa was my nick-name!
    +2 I’m a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter. @EVA_n_essence
    +3 I tweeted
    https://twitter.com/EVA_n_essence/status/24906078015
    +3 I posted to my sidebar

    eva.s.black[@]gmail[.]com

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  26. Jeannine mNo Gravatar
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    My Fav are athena and aries…

    +1 for answering
    +2 for follow blog(mellanhead74) and twitter (@mellanhead)

    mellanhead74 at hotmail.com

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  27. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar
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    My favorite is Athena, but I, also, like Hades and Persephone.
    +1 comment
    +2 I’m a follower on Twitter and of the blog
    +3 tweeted http://twitter.com/mbreakfield/statuses/25054830117
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. Mary KNo Gravatar
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    I have always liked Hades, It always seemed he was so misunderstood and if his wife can care for him so much…there must be some good in him.
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  29. SharliNo Gravatar
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    +1 Who is your favorite mythological hero or heroine? I like Persephone, she has a great story :P

    +2 I follow the blog andon twitter (@Entre_Libros)
    +3 Tweeted here: http://twitter.com/Entre_Libros/statuses/25277914966

    Thanks!
    entrelibros_blog at hotmail.com

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  30. Jennifer K.No Gravatar
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    My favourite is Artemis. She’s a graceful goddess that hung out in the night sky. +1

    Followed the blog and via Twitter (@underhero) +1

    I’ve tweeted about the giveaway here: https://twitter.com/underhero/status/25279460782 +3

    Total = 5 entries.

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  31. Cathy WallaceNo Gravatar
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    +1 My favorite would be Cassandra

    +2 blog follower and Twitter follower @cjwallace43

    +3 tweeted http://twitter.com/cjwallace43/status/25635542597

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  32. Tanya1224No Gravatar
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    My favorite is Atlas. All that strength and responsibility. Sexy :) This series sounds like its going to be good. I really enjoyed Gena’s Lords of the underworld series that has greek myth intertwined in it. I follow and tweeted at http://www.twitter.com/Tanya1224 total of 6.
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  33. samanthaNo Gravatar
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    Who is your favorite mythological hero or heroine?

    My favorite heroine is Hestia. She was a noble Greek goddess that nobody ever remembered. Hestia was the goddess of hearth and home. According to Greek mythology she was once one of the 12 Olympians but she gave up her ‘seat’ to Dionysus so there wouldn’t be another quarrel between the gods.
    That’s why she is my favorite heroine. Even though mythology forgot her, when you really look at it she was a true heroine.

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  34. GillieneNo Gravatar
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    I guess my favorite mythological heroine must be Psyche. She’s not well known but she has a really cool story!

    +1 answered the question
    +2 blog follower and Twitter follower
    +3 Twitted about it
    http://twitter.com/gmaeong/status/25964742443

    A total of 6 entries!

    Gilliene
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