Friday, August 7, 2015

Hercules Research - Labors of Love

I've been working on writing my next book - Labors of Love - a series of stories following the turbulent affairs of Hercules. And, while doing some research, I found along the way some very interesting insights into who and what Hercules was into. My highlights are outlined below. Read on and enjoy!

1. Did you know there is a band called "Hercules & Love Affair"? I didn't. But try googling about Hercules, the man of myth, and any of his many love affairs. This group shows up first and foremost every time. Not really related to the original topic, but I felt it was a cool insight into the topic of my next book.

Here is the link to their website: http://herculesandloveaffair.net/
And a video from YouTube:


2. Hercules was originally married to Megara - though it appears she was more of a prize than a willing bride. And as to the number of his and her children, well, there may have been three or eight or any number in between. Oh, and apparently, though not certainly, he killed her and their children in a fit of drunken rage which may or may not have just been Hera having some fun with her husband's newest illegitimate son.

3. His other "wives" - both of which count as legally as Megara in whatever sense she counts as a willing choice - were Omphale and Deianira. He was beholden to Omphale because she won his service in an auction. Why was he auctioned? Well, he killed Iphitus, the son of Eurytus, from whom he "stole" Iole, another young girl he may have had sex with or whom he was going to give to his son (maybe Deianira's child, but the timeline is all wrong) as a bride. Either way, the death of the young man lead to Hercules consulting an Oracle which told him to auction himself as slave for three years. Omphale, a queen, won.

It is my sincere opinion Hercules wasn't so much her household slave as "sex" slave. A situation, I cover quite in depth in my book.

4. Now as to Deianira, well, he won her, too. So much for finding willing, true love brides.

Then again, perhaps these wifely situations explain why he has many more interactions of a sexual nature with young men - related and not.

5. Iolaus was Hercules' nephew, charioteer, and travelling companion. He was also popularly, to the ancient Greeks, viewed as one of Hercules' lovers. Perhaps, his lognest running relationship. There were numerous temples built in his name. The most famous one was in Thebes, a mecca for male couples to express their love and leave vows.

6. Hylas was a young man Hercules met after all his other famous labors, even taking him along on the Argo as one of the Argonauts. He eventually dies because of some naughty nymphs.

Now, I can't say for sure, but if you notice the close spellings of Hylas and Hyllus (Hercules' son), I'm a little curious as to whether or not Hyllus was named after Hercules' lover. That's a twist, huh? Deianira would be so proud.

What about after death?

7. Hebe, his Zeus given wife, after he died and went to Olympus may have been the closest he came to finding true love. I'd like to think he finally find the right one with her, but Ganymede was, of course, just down the hall...

So, what say you all. Boy oh boy, did Disney get Hercules all wrong. However, I have to admit I would have loved for Hercules to be the first bisexual Disney "princess." Now, that would have been awesome!


Friday, July 31, 2015

A Hundred Days of Night - Web Comic on Persephone & Hades

Oh, look at what I have just stumbled upon!


(Web Comic)

A Hundred Days of Night (100DoN) © 2013-2014 by Anastasia Symeonidou and Mariló Delgado. All rights reserved.

Oh, and they have good stuff to buy... I am greatly enjoying the comic, though I've only just begun. Can't wait to read so much more! This is great!

Friday, July 24, 2015

My First Author Chat!

So, last night I got a chance to participate in my first Author Chat as part of the Divine Desire release party. Just a smidgen of the transcript is below. Can you tell I was nervous? Because trust me, I was. I was, in fact, terrified I was going to screw this up bad. I am not so good with impromptu conversation - online or in real life.

21:37
D.M. Atkins
You can private message if you prefer. So, Elly, you ready?

21:38
Elly Green
Yes, I am am. And just as a precursor to anything I might do wrong, this is my first Author Chat! I am very excited for the chance to participate.

21:39
Elly Green
My story, the first, but hopefully not the last with Forbidden Fiction, is "Scylla's Pool."

21:40
Siol na Tine
I haven't gotten to read Scylla's Pool yet

21:40
Elly Green
It takes a different look at the monsters of ancient Greek lore.

21:40
Lon Sarver
It's fun.

21:41
Lon Sarver
Unfortunately, it was one of those where we started with a wealth of detail, and had to trim back to fit out publication needs.

21:41
Siol na Tine
Did you give the monsters humanoid bodies or...?

21:41
Elly Green
Yes, well my faults have always run toward the verbose...

21:42
Lon Sarver
We're used to that at FFP

21:42
Siol na Tine
Authors? Verbose?!

21:42
Siol na Tine


21:42
Elly Green
No, I keep pretty close to the original myth, but instead of dealing with the Scylla of the Odyssey and Aeneid, I worked from the Scylla before then. The one Galucus loved.

21:43
Elly Green
I love the ancient myths, but hate the dumbing down of most. I figured my place in the world would be to recreate the lost eroticism that the ancients definitely would have been all over.

21:43
D.M. Atkins
So, ready for a peak?

21:44
Annabeth Leong
Yay!

21:44
Elly Green
Oh, yes, please!

21:44
D.M. Atkins
“Lover, is that you?” Her dulcet tones struck his heart and plucked it like a harp. Closing his eyes, he savored the harmony of the sea mistress’s words. A whiff of the scent of her sun-warmed skin flitted across his nostrils and he groaned. He had missed her so much.

21:44
D.M. Atkins
“Yes, I’ve returned,” he said softly, standing. “With gifts.” He stepped inside the cave and Scylla’s giddy grin greeted him as she rushed forward. Her honey-colored curls swung around her shoulders. Naked and unashamed, the nereid was the most beautiful woman he had ever laid sight on. “Oh, Scylla, you take my breath away.” He sighed as his hungry gaze took her in. His heart skipped a beat.

21:45
D.M. Atkins
Love. It had to be love.

21:45
D.M. Atkins
“Where? Where do you have them hidden?” Scylla used her fingers to search within his limited clothes for her promised gifts. Reaching the border of his tunic, she dipped her fingertips under the hem. His breath caught in his throat and his vision narrowed, completely focused on the beauty kneeled before him. Pulling her bottom lip between her teeth, she flashed her long lashes.

What I can tell you all is that if you all are ever asked to participate in an Author Chat be very glad if you have some wonderful moderators. D.M. Atkins made me feel very welcome, got me involved, gave me a quick run down of what was expected and was incredibly supportive of the whole endeavor. It made everything so less scary.

All in all, I am loving the chance to work with Forbidden Fiction and will definitely look into writing more for and with them.

So, folks, tell me... Ever had to do this? Chat? What was your experience? Any advice for the next time?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Divine Desires Anthology Release Party!


Come celebrate a divine collection of erotic stories of gods and goddesses.

The Divine Desire anthology is available for sale now and we will be hosting a chat with some of the contributing authors and editors in our Release Party chat on 

Thursday, July 23, 7-10 EST.

I'll be there! Come talk with me!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Now Available! Divine Desire, edited by Lon Sarver


Forbidden Fiction's newest anthology, including these forbidden fantasies:

Crossed Rose by D.M. Atkins
Scylla's Pool by Elly Green
Tomb Brides by Konrad Hartmann
Hera's Punishment by Natasha Niel
In the Death of Winter by Annabeth Leong
Gods Among Men by Jacqueline Broker
Consoling Psyche by James L. Wolf
Maman Brigitte by Slave Nano
Fools Rush In by Elizabeth A. Schechter
Hunting Artemis by Annabeth Leong

There’s a reason people often cry, “Oh, God,” in the throes of passion. God is the only concept big enough to hold all the pleasure they’re feeling; pleasure that is as close to beatific grace as any mortal comes.

This collection explores the connection between sex and divinity, the mix of temporal and transcendent passions. These ten stories of erotic encounters with the divine invite the reader to witness mortals who crave an immortal touch, deities whose anger with one another is matched only by their lust for one another, and the fate of those tempted by gods of the grave.

Rise beyond the limits of mere mortality, and partake of Divine Desire.