While I researched Greek mythology for my fantasy romance, The Duende and the Muse, I came across some interesting info about Dionysus, God of the Vine, and his followers, the Maenads.
Dionysus was madly in love with his mortal wife, Ariadne. One of the few gods to remain faithful to any woman, he mourned her for eternity.
In ancient times, Dionysus became a master marketer to push his product: wine. He enticed people to drink by any means, and could be either friend or foe to humans. Sometimes both.
The Maenads worshipped Dionysus, but also lived in complete freedom. They slept beneath the stars, sang and danced in the forests. And, oh yeah, ripped to shreds animals or humans they happened upon, and feasted on their flesh.
As an immortal, Dionysus would, theoretically, still be in existence today. Still promoting his product. And still yearning for Ariadne. Or someone very like her...
The story intertwines these legends in a tale of present day. I hope you'll read it and let me know what you think! Read a fun interview with Dionysus here.
Formerly published as The Lure of the Vine (I know, a terrible title, I still cringe every time I see it!) Clio’s Choice is now available on Smashwords and Amazon.
Here's the blurb:
Clio’s honeymoon with Jon is paradise – until they return home, and Jon’s new client, Dion, usurps his time. Michelangelo’s David has nothing on godlike Dion, who charms Clio with his old-world ways. The more she’s near him, the more she forgets who she is. What – and who – she really wants. When Jon disappears, she learns Dion’s true identity, and must make the most difficult choice – a decision pending for centuries. Can she stay true to Jon, and to herself?
Read an excerpt, reviews, and more at: http://catemasters.blogspot.com/2007/12/lure-of-vine-contemporary-paranormal.html
Tomorrow, I'll post the Casting Call for Clio's Choice. I hope you'll check it out!