Sirens vs. Mermaids

Yesterday I introduced writer me to friends and family on Facebook. Wow. The response was amazing, and I still have some residual wobbles going on, to be completely honest. But the show must go on, as they say, and business must be conducted as usual. So…

Next on the agenda is a promo team. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to put one together for the first book, just because there is already so much to do before release, but it’s never a bad idea to start laying the foundation for one, right?

As such, I’ve been thinking a lot about a name for my promo team. I thought about having Sirens in there somewhere, but Kerri’s Sirens doesn’t really sound all that cool. Street Sirens sounds even worse…

Anyway, while revisiting siren mythology, I noticed that a lot of the Google images I was seeing were of mermaids. Is there a difference, you ask? Oh, yes. There is a big difference.

Mermaids appeared in the folklore of many cultures, sirens were exclusive to Greek mythology. While they were both beautiful mythical creatures with enchanting singing voices who dwelled near the rocky shores of islands, sirens were, um, not as nice as mermaids.

Mermaids were humble and kind in nature, and always helpful to the sailors they lured in with their songs. Sometimes even selling their souls to awful sea witches named Ursula for a chance to fall in love with and marry princes named Eric.

 

Sirens were a bit less curious and a lot more…intense. They lured sailors to their deaths. Usually by shipwreck, which meant drowning and all sorts of other watery unpleasantness.

 

There are some physical differences as well. Contrary to popular belief, sirens are not part fish like mermaids. They are part bird. Also contrary to popular belief, although they convalesced near craggy cliffs and the like, they were not aquatic. Meaning, they did not live under the sea.

Sinister as they were, they didn’t  start out that way. They were said to originally have been the companions of Persephone, and that her mother Demeter, goddess of the harvest, gave them wings when Persephone was abducted by Hades so they could find her. When they failed, Demeter cursed them. They would die if any mortal was able to pass by their enchanting singing and survive.

Okay, that explains a lot. Their malicious intent was a matter of life of death for them. I suppose I’d be a bit intense as well.

Here’s an interesting fact, and a possible explanation why sirens seem to be depicted as a more vicious version of a mermaids. Hera, queen of the gods, persuaded (knowing Hera, probably more like commanded) the Sirens to enter a singing contest with the Muses. When the Sirens lost, the Muses plucked their feathers and made crowns from them.

Embarrassed and full of anguish at having lost, the Sirens turned white and fell into the sea at Aptera, which just so happens to mean “featherless.” Myth has it they formed the islands in the bay there called the Leukai, “the white ones.”

So there you have it, the difference between mermaids and sirens! Have a great weekend, everyone…and try to stay away from alluring craggy cliffs if possible. 🙂

 

Kerri

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Why Eros is my bae.

Eros, the Greek god of love, AKA Cupid…and one of my very favorite gods.

Earlier tradition has him as a primeval god, being born of Chaos, the original primeval emptiness of the universe. Later tradition has him as the son of the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite and… well, there are three possible father scenarios. Lady Love liked to get it on, to put it mildly.

Of the three gods who are said to have sired Eros (Zeus, Ares or Hermes), I prefer to believe that Ares, God of War, was his father. I mean, it just seems like that would be the most interesting pairing, don’t you think? Love and hate. War and peace. Pain and sweet, sweet pleasure.

Also, because in my Eros & Co. series of romantic comedies, Eros and Hermes are dude bros. I’m all for close father/son relationships, but thinking of Hermes as his dad would be kind of weird, no? The incest that goes on between gods and goddesses (Hello Zeus and Hera) is already creepy enough. But we won’t get into that.

Anyway, Eros was the god of passion, desire and attraction. All good qualities in a man, but what makes Eros my ultimate bb is his romantic side. His love story with Psyche is swoon times a thousand. It’s no wonder it’s been used as the basis of another great love story: The Beauty and the Beast.

If you aren’t familiar with the story of Eros and Psyche, check it out (You’re welcome).

Back to the Ares being his father thing.  Although Eros had wings, he was no saint. He lost his temper plenty of times (Just ask Apollo and Daphne). What I love about him, though, is that he had a heart. He wasn’t all hulk smash all the time like Ares. Eros preferred to make love not war. Anger wasn’t his default. Or at least that’s how I imagine him. So don’t ruin it for me, okay?

Another interesting fact is that Eros actually had four siblings: Harmonia, Deimos, Phobos, and Anteros. 

Harmonia was the goddess of harmony and concord. Deimos and Phobo were twins. Deimos was the god of terror and Phobos was the personification of fear. Anteros was avenger of unrequited love. Meaning, he punished those who scorned love. Anteros is depicted as similar to Eros in every way except that his hair was longer and his wings were plumed butterfly wings.

ANOTHER interesting fact is that on top of having siblings, Eros belonged to a group of winged love gods called the Erotes. One of which was Hedylogos, the god of flattery. Did you even KNOW there was a god of SWEET TALK?

The last interesting fact I have for you is more of a tip. Don’t do a Google image search of the word Eros.

Kerri

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6 Rom Coms by Indie Authors + Bonus LOL PNR

So. I haven’t said much about this, but I’m self publishing the first book in my romantic comedy series, tentatively scheduled to release in February. Valentine’s Day, because, yes, I am a big ol’ hunka gooey cheese. But hey, my book bae Eros (AKA Cupid) is involved. How can I not?

The reason I’ve kept this info kinda low key is because I still have a few queries out. I’m pretty sure they’re both CNRs, though, so I guess consider this an official announcement.

I mean, there’s definitely no turning back now. My sparkly little manuscript has gone through an editor, proofing is underway… formatting is on the docket…and the cover is close to being sprinkled with the magic dust I keep stashed for special occasions. So, yeah, I’m self publishing, y’all!

Anyway, while I patiently (ha, ha, ha) await my release date, I thought now would be a great time to give some fellow indie rom com authors some love. And also, because I want some new swoony LOL books to read.

PSSSST… There’s a PNR by one of my favs at the end that combines LOLs with demons. I mean, COME ON. 


ONE-NIGHT STANDS: SHE’S DOING THEM WRONG…

RULE #1: NEVER STAY THE NIGHT

Happy-ever-afters are for suckers, and Cat Keller ain’t no sucker. For years, she’s followed a set of rules–rules to keep things casual, to keep her heart safe. And she’s never broken them…until a one-night stand turns to two nights, then three, then…well, maybe she can bend just one rule.

RULE #2: NEVER BRING A BOY HOME

Jude Oliver–radio deejay and local heartthrob–was only looking for one night, too, and the cynic in red high heels seemed like just the girl to erase the taste of heartbreak from his lips. But with every night they spend together, Jude is falling for Cat. Soon, he’s ready to take the leap and love again. Can he convince her to jump with him?

RULE #3: NEVER…UH…WAIT, IT’S HERE SOMEWHERE

With his unwavering optimism and dimpled grins, Jude is defying Cat’s casual code. As she scrambles to hold onto her defenses, she can’t help but wonder if he’s the one guy worth breaking all her rules for.

YES, PLEASE

 

Holly has spent her whole life as a walking disaster, from running into walls, tripping over invisible objects, and always being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When a seemingly normal outing taking her overly opinionated Corgi for a walk resulted in an object to the face, she didn’t think her day could get any worse. The moment she opened her eyes and saw the Adonis standing over her, she knew she’d been wrong. It was about to get a whole lot worse.

Ben’s lived his whole life disobeying his uptight, self-centered, shrew of a mother. Instead of going into the family business, he followed his dreams and opened his veterinarian clinic. One ordinary day at the dog park, and a rogue dog toy later, he found himself captivated by the curvy woman that had a feistiness which set him on fire.

It could only get better from here, right? Too bad his mother had other plans.

YES, PLEASE

 

Lynn Scott

You know that super-hot guy from high school? The jock. The popular guy.
The one you fantasized about when you were supposed to be studying.
The ex-Olympic water polo player you expect to be married in his thirties to an ex-beauty queen and driving around Los Angeles in a Mercedes SUV full of kids.
The man who could never be as smart and fun as you.
The guy who is not supposed to ask you to hook-up during a party. (Correction: He commanded.) That’s Nick Willingham.

Even in my thirties with a thriving career, a great home, awesome friends, and a very green, holistic lifestyle, I still check the box: nerd.
And in what world does a nerd end up with the hot guy?

Nick Willingham

Lynn Scott is the woman who is not supposed to say yes.
The shy, polite writer who lives in San Francisco.
The woman you expect to be married or waiting for some man to choose her.
Yeah, that’s not Lynn.
And I want her.
I want whatever happy ending her brilliantly dirty mind and perfect mouth wants to create.
She’s decided that our thing is just a hook-up with an expiration date less than that of her favorite fresh-pressed green juice.
Lucky for me, I like to win.
But am I willing to take a wrecking ball to my meticulously handcrafted life to win her?

YES, PLEASE

 

Looks can be deceiving in this hilarious enemies-to-lovers romcom complete with a shocking secret hobby, a heavy metal playlist, and an uninvited wedding guest!

Chris Everson has a pretty sweet life: a great job as a state trooper, lots of buddies to hang out with, and he lives at the beach. What could be better? But he’s harboring a secret–a secret that doesn’t fit with his whole tough guy cop persona. He’s gone to great lengths to keep his secret from his guy friends AND the women he dates.

Brynne Miller’s job as an ER doctor means she’s always meeting cops. In fact, she’s dated so many that her friends call her “Badge Bunny.” But she will never date Chris Everson. Nope. Not a chance. He managed to piss her off within two seconds of meeting him…and first impressions are everything.

Aren’t they?

YES, PLEASE

 

This opposites attract romantic comedy is a must-read novella in the Beach Squad series featuring a sassy heroine and an alpha cop too serious to handle her. #BWWM

Jack

In my world as a cop, things were either black or white. Right or wrong. Then Bailey arrived, challenging all my principles. She had a mouth on her, the level of sass matching the exaggerated swing of her hips. I couldn’t get her out of my head, even knowing she wasn’t right for me. I tried to stay away, I really did. But once I had a taste, I kept coming back for more. Something didn’t add up though, and I would figure it out even if it ultimately meant we couldn’t be together.

Bailey

The only thing sexier than his dimple was the set of handcuffs the hottie detective threatened to use on me. If only he’d give me a chance to show him I was more than the tough-girl exterior I’d carefully crafted over the years. Oh yeah, and if I wasn’t engaged in criminal activity that would land me in handcuffs…and not in a sexy way. More like an orange jumpsuit way, and I can tell you now, no way in hell would I be caught dead in an ugly jumpsuit.

No matter which way this thing ends, I’ll be in handcuffs. The question is, will Jack join me in the grey area? Or will I have to do the impossible and admit I was wrong?

YES, PLEASE

 

Paige has everything she thinks she wants.

Nick might be the one thing she really needs.

Sometimes the best dreams are the ones you didn’t know you had.

Dr. Paige Ellis has worked hard to make her dreams come true. But somewhere along the way, she lost something important–herself.

Luckily, her dead grandmother is still looking out for her.

When Paige returns home to fulfill her Nana’s last request, she comes face-to-face with an annoying blast from her past. Not only does Nick Collins know just which buttons to push to make Paige crazy, but he also might be the one thing Paige has convinced herself she doesn’t need.

Can Nana and Nick persuade an overachieving workaholic that love might be the best medicine after all?

YES, PLEASE

 

Trent’s heart may belong to Tina, but a shadow demon is after his soul…

Trent Austin is a successful, big-city lawyer. The last thing he needs is the burden of a run-down house in the suburbs. But when his crazy uncle dies and leaves his estate to Trent, he soon learns he’s inherited a lot more than a Victorian mansion. He’s got to get rid of the house–and the ghosts that came with it–before it kills him.

Tina Sanders is the best real estate agent in Michigan, so she shouldn’t be surprised when Trent calls her to sell his uncle’s house. But she hasn’t spoken to Trent since she dumped him three months ago. Her fear of commitment forced her to sideline Trent to the friend-zone, but the flames rekindle as soon as she sees him again. Despite her better judgement, she accepts the job and soon discovers her connection to the house runs deeper than the sexy lawyer who owns it.

Something in that house wants Trent dead. As he battles to win the affections of the sultry real estate agent, he’s also fighting for his life.

To Stop a Shadow is a steamy paranormal romance recommended for readers 18+. It is the second book in the Spirit Chasers series, but it can be read as a stand-alone and has a guaranteed happily ever after.

 


Kerri

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