Welcome to the Starry Nights Blog Hop!
You’ll have two chances at a giveaway.
For my blog giveaway, one random commenter will receive an ebook version of Hathor Legacy: Outcast AND an ebook version of my new novel (part 2 of the Hathor Legacy series) Hathor Legacy: Burn when it’s published in next month.
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In keeping with the Starry Nights theme, I want to share a bit about the setting for my Hathor Legacy series.
The planet, Hathor was discovered (or will be!) in the year 2234.
The name of the planet is a perfect fit for the theme of the story. Hathor is an Egyptian goddess who symbolizes joy, love and motherhood. In my books, mothers play a key role in shaping the events. Both Jonathan Keel and Nadira’s mothers rebelled against the established order.
Their rebellion ultimately led to Jonathan and Nadira getting together and falling in love, and that relationship will help shake things up in a culture that is controlled by Novacorp, the corporation that runs things on the planet.
But why stop there? I added several additional tie-ins with the mythology. Hathor is also known as the “cow goddess,” and her symbol is a sun disk sitting between the horns of a cow. Novacorp’s U-shaped corporate logo is based on that symbol.
Since Hathor is also known as “Mistress of the West,” I had Jonathan’s mother be from that part of the planet. Hathor is the patron goddess of miners–and mining is at the core of the Novacorp economy. This doesn’t relate to stars, but Nadira’s mother is named after Minona, a West African deity who protects women and the home. And in the books, her mother takes action to protect Nadira from the forces that want to use her for their own purposes.
Hathor’s mythology is similar to the goddess Isis, and over time a lot of their characteristics were merged. But Isis has her own story, and it inspired me to name the twin moons of Hathor, Isis and Osiris. This relates to the myth of Isis searching for her husband Osiris after his brother Set killed him to assume the throne. There’s a lot more to Isis’ story that I won’t go into here, but I used the imagery to symbolize the journey that Nadira and Jon take when they’re searching for Jon’s father who’s presumed dead.
Now I’ll end with a snippet from Hathor Legacy: Outcast:
After dinner they strolled over to the waterfront and sat on a metal bench facing the water. It was quieter here. Off in the distance, a ferry boat skimmed across the water, lights blazing. Above them, the moon Isis followed Osiris across the starry night sky.
He slid his arm around her shoulders and felt her warm energy flowing into him. At the time, his club had been the answer. But now, everything was different. Hathor was where he wanted to be, and it was where he wanted to stay.
Hathor Legacy: Outcast is available on Amazon.com
Blog Hop Grand Prizes are:
1st – $100 Amazon or B&N gift card, plus books
2nd – $50 Amazon or B&N gift card, plus books
3rd – $25 Amazon or B&N gift card, plus books
Update: the Grand Prize winners are:
1st – Meri Bee
2nd Sierra McBride
3rd Alan Saxon, Melissa Weeks, Blair Smyth
Hathor Legacy ebook giveaway winner: