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:
RhiannaJune 23, 2014 at 11:54 am
I love seeing authors take elements of mythology and reconfigure them for scifi! Very cool. 🙂
Thanks for the chance Deb!
DeborahJune 23, 2014 at 12:14 pm
Thanks for stopping by, Rhianna. I love mythology. It’s fun to weave it into my stories.
Ed HoornaertJune 23, 2014 at 10:35 pm
I agree with Rhianna about using mythology–and I like that you’re using something fresh rather than the well-worn mythologies!
DeborahJune 23, 2014 at 11:01 pm
I started this story right after taking a class on mythology in the Harry Potter series. That inspired me to look beyond the usual stories and see what else I could draw on. Thanks for stopping by, Ed!
S E Gilchrist (@SEGilchrist1)June 24, 2014 at 8:50 am
Mythology is something I love researching and reading about. I also love looking into the origin of names and their meanings and often give my characters similar personality traits. Intriguing excerpt Deborah. Thank u for sharing.
DeborahJune 24, 2014 at 10:37 am
I love it too. And luckily there’s a lot of information out there about the lesser-known myths and deities. Lots of inspiration for stories. Thanks for stopping by!
CorinneJune 24, 2014 at 12:04 pm
Thanks for sharing info on the mythology – I love learning about alien cultures! It’s something that can really pull me into a novel and make me fall in love with the characters. corrinthia @ gmail dot com
DeborahJune 24, 2014 at 12:42 pm
I agree with you, Corinne. It can make it exciting to write as well. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
KM FawcettJune 24, 2014 at 2:40 pm
Fun use of Mythology! Nice excerpt, too! Good luck with the rest of the blog hop.
DeborahJune 24, 2014 at 3:01 pm
Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by!
Pauline Baird JonesJune 24, 2014 at 5:51 pm
Thanks to SG-1, I actually know the name Hathor. LOL The premise is most fascinating. 🙂
DeborahJune 24, 2014 at 6:35 pm
LOL! It’s amazing what you can learn from a sci-fi TV show! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
Kathleen McGJune 24, 2014 at 11:59 pm
Sounds like a great book. I find all sorts of new authors on these blog hops. kathleenmcg6 at gmail.com
DeborahJune 25, 2014 at 12:12 am
Thanks, Kathleen! Glad you stopped by! 🙂
S. J. Pajonas (spajonas)June 25, 2014 at 9:57 pm
Sounds like a cool premise for a book!
DeborahJune 25, 2014 at 10:42 pm
It was certainly fun to write! Thanks for stopping by!
smclement5June 25, 2014 at 11:35 pm
I love Mythology. I love sci-fi and the world building and alien cultures that go with it. Love your Egyptian ideas for the book!
DeborahJune 26, 2014 at 12:31 am
Glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for stopping by!
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