Friday, October 28, 2011

Under the Moon

The true origin of our ancestry has been lost to time and secrecy. Very little is known about how we originated, but it is believed we are descended from the lines of powerful humans who spawned the tales of the Greek, Roman, and Norse gods. Only females are currently born with power; despite multiple theories about why this is, no one knows for sure. Again, our heritage is stuff of legend rather than true history. What is important is how we use our abilities.—The Society for Goddess Education and Defense booklet, “From Isis to Freya”

An author's favorite game is "what if?" What if goddesses had been real? What if, millenia later, their descendants still had abilities? What would they use them for? How would they organize?

And who would make them targets?

My Goddesses Rising series explores all of this and more. My paranormal interests tend to lean toward humans with amazing abilities, and they are (almost never) the monsters of the story. The true monster in Under the Moon is just a man. But a man who won't be content until he's drained as many goddesses as possible of their power.

One of the fun things about writing a trilogy about supernaturally powerful people is thinking up things they can do with that power. My heroine uses hers to help whomever she can, whether it's healing injuries or improving local farmers' crops or retrieving lost items. Her birth mother does a kind of non-invasive plastic surgery, from fixing uneven earlobes to eliminating scars and birthmarks. Another goddess can infuse items with certain properties. She usually creates novelties, like stones that never stop glowing, but her abilities get twisted when a bullet is infused with a hallucinogenic that almost kills the book's hero.

So here's your challenge! Think up some out-there abilities you'd love to have! Get as far outside the box as you can!

Under the Moon, Book 1 in the Goddesses Rising trilogy
Their power gives them strength…and makes them targets.

Quinn Caldwell is the epitome of a modern goddess. Her power source is the moon, her abilities restricted only by physical resources and lunar phase. She runs a consulting business and her father’s bar, serves on the board of the ancient Society for Goddess Education and Defense, and yearns for Nick Jarrett, professional goddess protector and the soul mate she can never have.

But someone has developed the rare and difficult ability to drain a goddess of her powers, and Quinn is a target. With the world thinking Nick has gone rogue (whatever that means) and that Quinn is influenced by “family ties” she didn’t know she had, keeping themselves safe while working to find the enemy proves harder each day.

But not as hard as denying their hearts…

Natalie J. Damschroder's latest and upcoming releases:

Behind the Scenes October 31, 2011
Carina Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible coming soon.

Under the Moon November 1, 2011
Entangled Publishing | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Fight or Flight Out now!
Carina Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible

You can learn more about Natalie and her books at her website, eHarlequin, Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook. She blogs with four other obsessed passionate Supernatural fans at Supernatural Sisters, with a number of fantastic romance authors at Everybody Needs a Little Romance, and just to hear herself talk at Indulge Yourself.


Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Katie, thanks for having me today!

Okay, this may not be very clever, but I wish I had the ability to turn a sink full of dirty dishes into clean ones in the cupboard. :)

Katie Reus said...

Thanks for joining me today!

And I think that's a great ability. In fact, I'd take it one further and have the ability to make my house clean and tidy with one thought. Not as exciting as being able to turn invisible on command (which would probably be my first choice) but it's still cool ;)

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

LOL Katie, I would have expanded it but that felt greedy. Now that you say that, though, I'd at least want to be able to create magical litterboxes that never need cleaning.

Invisibility is my husband's traditional ability of choice. He's a prankster. I'd rather be able to fly! :)