Helen could see what she guessed was the River Styx just off to her left. It was a roaring torrent, riddled with ice burgs. No sane person would dare to swim across it. Feeling stranded, she limped around in a tight circle. A quick scan of the horizon showed that there was no one else on the barren plain.
“Dammit,” she swore to herself, her voice breaking. Her vocal chords were not completely healed. Less than an hour ago Ares had slit her throat, and although it still hurt when she spoke, cussing made her feel better. “So typical.”
Not even an hour ago she’d made a promise to her friend Zach. He was dying in her arms, and she swore that she would make sure that he drank from the River of Joy in the afterlife. Zach had sacrificed himself to help her, and in his final moments, he’d given her the clue that allowed her to kill Automedon and save Lucas and Orion.
Helen intended to keep her promise to Zach even if she had to carry him to the Elysian Field and right up to the banks of the River of Joy herself—broken ribs, wonky leg and all. But for some reason, her usual way of navigating in the Underworld wasn’t working. Normally all she had to do was say what she wanted aloud and it just happened.
She was the Descender, which meant that she was one of the exceedingly few Scions who could go down to the Underworld in her living body, and not just as a spirit. She could even control the landscape to a certain extent, but of course just when she needed that talent the most, it found a way to go on the fritz. It was just so Greek. One of the things Helen resented the most about being a Scion was that it meant that there was an appalling amount of irony in her life.
Helen pinched her bruised lips together in frustration and raised her hoarse voice to the empty sky. “I said-- I want to appear by Zach’s spirit!”
“I have that one’s soul, niece.”
Helen spun around and saw Hades, Lord of the Underworld, standing several paces behind her. Tall and poised, he was wreathed in shadows that dissipated like fingers of fog relaxing their grip. The Helm of Darkness, and the extra yards of fabric from the black toga that he wore obscured most of his face, but she could just make out his lush mouth and square chin. The rest of his toga was draped over his body like a decorative afterthought. Half of his smooth chest and his powerful arms and legs were bare. Helen swallowed and concentrated on focusing her swollen eyes.
Get your horses, get your hounds. WE'RE GONNA HUNT!!!
Okay, there's no fox at the end of this one, but we've got something so much better. How's about a chance to win over 50 books?
Was that thud I heard your hearts, or your butts hitting the floor?
Here are the deets. It starts Wednesday August 1, noon, PST.
Scroll down for a list of the participating authors.
JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT
TERA LYNN CHILDS
DAVID MACINNIS GILL
ELISSA J. HOOLE
COURTNEY ALLISON MOULTON
PETER ADAM SALOMON
If you are in the Los Angeles area I will be at the Central Library doing the LA Teen Read this Thursday the 26th.
Come and hear me read out loud!
It's like TV, but without the actors or the set! :)
Before I announce the winners I'd like to take a moment to thank you all so much for spreading the love. I know that a lot of you weren't just doing this for a t-shirt. You did it to support me and my series. It means the world to me that there are so many of you who have fallen for Starcrossed and want it to be a success.
One quick thing, though.
Um... I may have inadvertently gotten one or two of you in trouble with Twitter. I had no idea that was going to happen and I'm really sorry about that. So, if I do one of these Twitter things again, I'm going to rework the format so that there are only so many entires or something like that. That was poor planning on my part, and, um, yeah. Whoops.
Anyway! On to the fun part.
The winners are....
Congratulations you three!!! Email me your addresses and I will get the jerseys out to you ASAP.
Once again, thank you all so much for your love and support. You are the best fans ever!!!!
First of all, I would like to take this moment to thank you all. I've been getting so many amazing Tweets and posts on my Facebook page these past few weeks about Dreamless. Every day, dozens of you, my precious StarHearts, both old and new, send me their love for the series. I've been walking around with a blissed-out grin on my face for weeks.
But while I absolutely adore getting bathed with your support, I would love your help getting the word out to a few other people. The media! I want to let them know how you feel.
Renee Grant made these stylin' Team Fate jerseys.
Aren't they cool!? Renee did this all on her own (thx Renee!), so there aren't that many jerseys to go around just yet, but she agreed to let me give 3 away on my site.
Here's what I'd like you to do.
Something like that. I've included 9 media outlets in the entry form. Do as many as you can. Each Tweet earns you 2 points. The more points, the better your chances of wining a Team Fate jersey.
The deadline to enter is Monday, July 16th. The 3 winners will be announced on Tuesday the 17th.
And of course, the giveaway is international. :)
Good luck and thank you!! <3