Friday, September 27, 2013

Guest Post by Mina Lobo, author of That Fatal Kiss

Hey, minions!  I have fellow author, friend and Goth babe extraordinaire, Mina Lobo visiting my blog today.  She just released her debut novel, That Fatal Kiss this week and is doing a special post for my minion fans.  Pretty awesome, huh?  Please welcome, Mina...

Hello, fans.  Below is a small excerpt of my new fantasy romance, That Fatal Kiss.

Persephone glared at him. “You might put yourself to good use rather than just standing there, laughing at me.”

Hades was before her in an instant, swooping down to pick up the pin and gathering the folds of her gown up on one shoulder. “But it affords me such pleasure,” he said, clipping the folds together before twirling her around so that he could arrange the other shoulder.

“Then mock me, if you must,” Persephone said, swatting at him when he stole a peek down her neckline. “You aging degenerate.”

“Madam, you wound me,” Hades stated crisply, giving the newly pinned cloth a final tweak. He turned her around once more and shoved her so that she was forced to sit down on their bed.

“Have a care, Hades!” she admonished without heat. A smile broadened her lips as the Lord of the Underworld played Lady’s maid. He solemnly took her foot and placed a sandal upon it, lacing it quickly. “You’ve done this before, have you?” Persephone asked, and then squealed as he tied the lace too tightly. “Gently, you brute!”

“Really, Persephone, you might address me with the respect due to your King,” he pointed out, taking her other foot in hand.

“Yes, I might. But what joy would there be in that?”

“Very little, I should think,” Hades acknowledged, rising to his feet and grasping both of her hands to pull her up. He stared down at her for a moment and then noted, in a warm and hushed tone, “You’re really quite lovely, you know.”

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That Fatal Kiss, is set in a mythical Greece. In it, Persephone and Hades, Queen and King of the Underworld, engage in a bit of teasing as they prepare to meet with the half-mortal son of a fellow god, who's come to request a really big favor. Throughout the book, Persephone breaks Hades' chops over the difference in their ages, while Hades "kills her with kindness." Beneath the raillery, however, is a growing affection which always turns up to take the edge off the silly taunts.

Some folks do more than gently tease, of course; they launch wicked barbs under the guise of wit and expect their significant others to take it all in stride. OK, I agree that it's a generally favorable characteristic to be able to laugh at yourself, but I really don't want to spend the majority of my time dodging the sarcasm of the person who's supposed to love me best. Of course, if that sort of put-down "joking around" works within your relationship's dynamic, then rock on. I guess.So, when does teasing cross the line? Maybe never, for some couples? What do you think? Tell us in the comments!

About the Book
In That Fatal Kiss, life-giving Persephone seeks a mate but the goddess' mother frustrates her plans. Then Hades, King of the Underworld, spirits Persephone away to rule with him below, as his bride. Yet, even as she awaits rescue, Persephone aches to be consumed by the fire in the dark lord's immortal soul.  

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About the Author
Mina Lobo writes dark and whimsical romances, dodges the slings and arrows of her outrageous college-aged son, and feels compelled to do things in threes. She digs comedic horror, alternative rock, and Belgian chocolates. 

Visit Mina's Web site, Some Dark Romantic, from September 24 - 29, for your chance to win an e-book copy of That Fatal Kiss!
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Thanks for stopping by, Mina.  What do you think?  Isn't that excerpt delish?

Mina B.


Yolanda Renee said...

Only time my hubby's teasing got the best of me was when he did it in front of family. As the black sheep, he made me feel bad, as bad as they always had, until I pointed it out to him, then he stopped and showed nothing but support. Sometimes it's easy to get on the bandwagon, but when he understood how I really felt - he stopped. (Of course it helps if you share that info privately - I'd have only made things worse if I'd done it in front of them. Would have fit their scenario perfectly!
Loved the book Mina! Five stars for sure - the writing is flawless and it's a great love story! Kudos!

Rocky said...

Teasing can be a subtle way of expressing our desire for change in those we love.

It crosses the line, in my view, when it hurts the object of the teasing, and this is determined by the person being teased.

We can all cross that line, but when that person tells us we've done that, it is our duty as the one teasing to apologize, and stop it.

It always crosses the line without exception, when someone is hurt.

I'm a third of the way through, Mina, and I'm enjoying the hell out of it!

Mina Lobo said...

@Yolanda - I'm glad you sorted that situation out sooner rather than later. Sometimes, folks don't address a matter with a lover at the start of things, for fear of upsetting him or her, when a simple, respectful conversation is all that's required and can prevent months, even years of simmering resentment. And thanks for your lovely words!

@Rocky - "It crosses the line, in my view, when it hurts the object of the teasing, and this is determined by the person being teased." YES! The intent behind the teasing/sarcasm is irrelevant if the person being teased tells you it hurts and asks you to stop. Agree 100%. And thanks to you for your kind words as well!

Mina Lobo said...

Fellow Mina, just wanted to thank you for hosting me on my bloggy-blog tour! :-)

Elise Fallson said...

Love the dialogue, it's so well written. This book is going to rock! I can't wait to read it. Congrats Mina! (:

Mina Burrows said...

Mina, thank you for stopping by and commenting. I'm about on one third through That Fatal Kiss and am totally enjoying it! Thanks for sharing. :)

S. L. Hennessy said...

That sounds like a terrific premise. Persephone was always one of my favorite goddesses (second only to Artemis). Sounds like an awesome awesome read.

Mina Lobo said...

Thanks, Elise, S.L., and Mina! :-D