I loved my title ever since I started the first draft of Curse of the Sphinx in 2009. Like serious, mad love. I thought it was so clever… But as my husband pointed out the other day, when someone says sphinx to me, I have a clear picture of a beautiful creature sitting atop a craggy mountain with the bones of the men she’s strangled scattered about.
Most people (myself included prior to the aforementioned painting), if they’re familiar with a sphinx at all, know only of the Egyptian structure in Giza built by Khafra (Khafre). I’ve had several readers make comments about how they thought the book was going to be about Egyptian mythology, which the blurb of the book then solidly contradicts. And the confusion was very likely costing me readers.
After lots of learning about self-publishing, hours and hours and hours, I’ve decided to change the title of the first book to Cursed by the Gods. I’m hoping my loyal fans will indulge me the late change, and that the new title will entice readers to dive into a modern realm, still ruled by Olympus, and journey with the cursed girl, Hope, as she tries to break Apollo’s curse.
The story is exactly the same… Only the title has changed.
Here’s the blurb:
Hope has a deadly secret…
Even though mortals think the gods have disappeared . . . Olympus still rules. Demigods have elite hunters who viciously kill monsters. And shadow-demons from the Underworld, the very harbingers of death, are tracking her.
When tragedy destroys the only safety she’s ever known, all signs point to Hades’s demons. Or do they? Something doesn’t add up, and Hope needs answers. But now, someone knows she exists . . .
Forced to hide, Hope pretends to be normal. She’ll do whatever it takes to keep her secret safe— and her heart protected. But when Athan arrives, her world is turned upside down.
With gods, demigods, and demons closing in, the question is…
How long can a monster stay hidden in plain sight?
Join Hope on her unforgettable journey to discover what it means to live and her daring fight to break Apollo’s curse.