A bargain worthy of the gods of old…
Persephone and Hades fell in love, eloped, but their happily-ever-after was put on hold when Prometheus invaded the Underworld to steal fire magic and make the queen of the after-life his bride.
Although the trickster god’s plan was ultimately thwarted, Hades was wounded and forced to stay in the realm where his powers are greatest in order to heal. As punishment, Zeus agreed to confine Prometheus on Mt. Olympus as long as Persephone lived on Earth in modern times six months out of the year. If she failed to return at the summer solstice each year, Prometheus would be released…and the Titans set free from their exile.
When gods demand worship, worlds will either fall to their knees…or to their destruction.
Under a curse inflicted on her by Prometheus’ partner in crime, Nemesis, Persephone lost her memories of being a goddess. She lives in New York City as Sephanie “Seph” James, a blogger and graphic designer. When Seph fails to contact Hades with the time of her return to Mt. Olympus via the Underworld gate, he reaches out to the other gods living on Earth. She’s located in the nick of time, but recovering her memory will require nothing less than divine intervention to prevent the collapse of all worlds under the unleashed fury of the Ancients.
Read an Excerpt of Queen of the Night
She heard thunder in the distance and looked around, searching the meadow for the source of the noise. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky.
Then she saw a team of horses approaching from across the field. Black stallions were pulling a shiny gold chariot. Seph counted four of them, their hooves pounding the ground so loud she felt the vibration. Behind it was another golden chariot drawn by sleek, brown horses.
Startled by the sight, she jumped out of the way. But as they came closer, the driver of the lead chariot pulled on his reins and slowed the horses just before they reached her. The chariot came to a stop and a man with short dark hair climbed down. His muscular arms were bare, as were his legs up to the thigh. His golden garment sparkled in the sunlight, the top fit him just enough to outline his broad chest.
“I’m sorry if we startled you,” he said. “We were out hunting. I didn’t expect to almost run into someone so beautiful.”
Her face felt hot, but she wasn’t unfamiliar with men and their complements. “Then it’s a good thing you stopped in time, isn’t it?”
“Hades. Do you know who that is? It’s Lady Persephone.,” the other chariot driver called. “Don’t let Goddess Demeter find out we’re trampling her gardens.”
The man did a double-take. “Persephone? I haven’t seen you in years. On Olympus, in fact.” He smiled.
Hades. This was the Lord of the Underworld, himself. Should she admit she didn’t remember their previous meeting? Would he be offended? “Yes, I go there with my mother from time to time. But mostly we’re here on Earth,” she said. “I’m sure mother won’t mind your being here.”
“I certainly don’t mind.” He turned to his companion. “Achilles, why don’t you go back over to where we saw the boar? I’ll join you in a bit.”
“As long as you’re sure.”
“I am,” Hades said.
“All right.” Achilles nodded to Persephone, then headed off towards a grove of trees.
“So, do you always come to Earth to hunt? And I thought Achilles…was…well…”
“You’re too polite to say it. Yes, he was killed during the Trojan War. Now he lives in the Elysian Fields with the other heroes. But I allow them to return here to Earth from time to time.”
“I thought no one could leave the Underworld,” she said. “Can anyone visit?”
Hades chuckled, his dark brown eyes filled with mirth. “Usually no one wants to visit.”
“Are they afraid of you?” Seph asked.
“I’m not to be feared,” he replied. “Especially not by you.”
About the Author
Maxi Kane writes sensual romances for grown-ups. Her stories are about women who choose their own adventures, and who don’t apologize for their fantasies. Maxi loves reading, writing (of course) and spending time with good friends when she has the chance. Since her characters insist on whispering in her ear, she’s usually working on her laptop on most days. A few other favorite things of hers are, Netflix, chocolate ice cream and coffee.
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