Hello, again! Welcome to the book blitz for Life is But a Nightmare, second book in The Elysium Legacies series, by Erin Hayes! ❤ In this post, you’ll find overall information about the book and the author, an excerpt, a playlist, a guest post, my cover analysis and a fabulous giveaway! =D
Life is but a Nightmare
by Erin Hayes
The Elysium Legacies, #2
Publication date: February 28th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Mythology, Urban Fantasy
The sequel to the genre-bending, hugely imaginative Death is but a Dream.
“There must always be a God of Wealth…”
Former police detective Callie Saunders shouldn’t be alive, but she’s been thriving with her new lease on life away from the machinations of the ancient Greek gods and goddesses.
Yet there’s always been someone missing from this little piece of paradise.
When a vengeful god kidnaps her son, she travels back to a world she barely understands to find him. A world where she must face humanity’s greatest enemies and her former lover. If she’s not careful, she’ll lose her soul again. And, maybe, even her heart.
Life is But a Nightmare is available in ebook format at Amazon and it’s only $0,99 for a limited time! =)
With the word… Erin Hayes!
I grew up watching Hercules and Xena on TV, which was my first foray into the world of Greek mythology. In that world, gods and goddesses played with mortals like you and me. There were elements of action, and there were elements of drama. Most of all, I remembered it being fun.
Move forward about ten years. I was in high school, and I was an avid Japanese manga fan. Back then, I wanted to draw my own comics. I drew a character and labeled her as Hades’ daughter. I created an entire world around that character and a young adult story to go with it.
Since then, I’ve evolved that story many times, to where it’s almost indistinguishable from the original idea.
It’s never left me though, so one day ten years after that first drawing, and nearly twenty years after watching my first Hercules episode, I sat down to write Death is but a Dream. And Life is but a Nightmare continues that story.
I will say, that while I spent a good deal of time researching Greek mythology, I have taken a few liberties in order to create a modern tale. Some of the characters are reimagined. For others, I chose the source that met my ends, even though I found others that said otherwise.
And then we come to the royal family of the Underworld. A lot of mythology says that Hades, as the God of the Underworld, was unable to produce offspring because Death can’t create Life. Some texts even said that the Furies were his children.
I did find an article that talked about Plutus, the God of Wealth, who was often confused with Pluto, the God of the Underworld, who was also in charge of wealth. Another source said that he actually was Hades’ son, which I honestly found to be pretty cool and a great foil to myths about the Underworld.
My wheels started turning, and that character played a big role when I started world building for the Elysium Legacies.
The Elysium Legacies are nearly twenty-five years in the making. And it feels so great to share with you. Happy reading!!
The ache in my heart stayed with me as I fell asleep.
In my dreams, I woke up, laying in a courtyard with an ethereal light. I’d woken up here before, back when Plutus and I were traveling across the country. I hadn’t been back here since I got pregnant and Plutus had to return to his duties in the Underworld.
Familiar, strong arms embraced me. In those moments, time slowed down. Lips met mine in a crash of contradictions and unanswered questions. I gasped against them, not ready to get my hopes up. That this was really happening.
In one of the dining room chairs, he sat, waiting. Our eyes connected across the room, and his milky-white eyes froze me in place. For a second, everything slowed down for us, as I was transfixed by the fact that he was in my house, sitting at my dining room table. Just like I had imagined so many times before, only under different circumstances.
He watched me, unblinking.
“What happened?” Plutus asked softly, although his voice held an undercurrent of tightly coiled tension. “Callista, where is our son?”
- I See Fire by Ed Sheeran ( ❤ )
- Papa Don’t Preach by Madonna
- Like a Prayer by Madonna ( ❤ )
- No Church in the Wild by Jay-Z
- Death is the Road to Awe by Clint Mansell
- I Don’t Wanna Live Forever by Taylor Swift and ZAYN ( ❤ )
- Hurricane by 30 Seconds to Mars ( ❤ )
- Committed to the Crime by Chaos Chaos
- Paint It, Black by The Rolling Stones ( ❤ )
- Imagine by John Lennon
Fun Fact: Listening to Papa Don’t Preach on repeat while writing Life is but a Nightmare completely changed the ending.
Can we start by the brilliance of this title? Thank you. Because seriously, the names for the books in this series are perfect. As in I’d tattoo them on my body. Just saying, haha!
I love all the elements in this cover and, surprise, surprise, I wouldn’t change ANYTHING. The eerie colors, the model in deep midnight blue/black, the despair, the Greek styled writing of the title balanced with a contemporary style for the other wording on the cover… Seriously, A+ for this one, hahaha!
Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.
She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she’s an award-winning New York Times Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.
You can reach her at erinhayesbooks [@] gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.
One lucky winner will take home a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
Thanks so much for reading! I loved the title for the books in the series, I need to start reading them asap! Hahahaha!