The Chrysomelia Stories (Book One)
The Greek gods never actually existed. Did they? Sophie Darrow finds she was wrong about that assumption when she's pulled into the spirit realm, complete with an Underworld, on her very first day at college. Adrian, the mysterious young man who brought her there, simply wants her to taste a pomegranate.
Soon, though she returns to her regular life, her mind begins exploding with dreams and memories of ancient times--of a love between two Greeks named Persephone and Hades. But lethal danger has always surrounded the immortals, and now that she's tainted with the Underworld's magic, that danger is drawing closer to Sophie.
ISBN Trade Paperback: 978-1-926760-98-8
FICTION | Mythology
List Price: $19.95
Published: June 28, 2013
***** Night Owl Reviews Top Pick
***** Long and Short Reviews Book of the Month
"This was a beautiful story, and I'm really excited to see how it unfolds in future installments of the series." ~ Kaitlin Bevis, author of Persephone
"I read Persephone's Orchard a year ago and it still remains one of the most unique and engaging retellings of the Hades and Persephone myth I've ever read." ~ Rachel Alexander, Author of Receiver of Many
"This novel jumps right into the action and doesn’t look back! Readers of all kinds, and especially those that enjoy paranormal fiction, will be instantly intrigued by the spirit world and the reincarnations of ancient Greek gods who are able to travel there." ~ San Diego Book Review
"You don't want to miss this one! If you enjoy reading about Greek Gods, the unique spin on this tale, action, mystery and romance will keep you turning page after page until you reach the spectacular ending that has you asking Ringle, "Where are on Earth is the sequel?" Definitely recommended." ~ JC's Book Haven
"If you love Greek mythology, particularly the story of Hades and Persephone, then you should definitely add Persephone’s Orchard to your TBR list. I was very impressed with Molly Ringle’s reworking of the myth, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for the rest of the series." ~ Rally the Readers
"I felt a deep connection with this beautiful retelling of this Greek Myth, (which is my favorite) and how she has wound it all together into this delectable story. I believe Ms. Ringle's readers will be enthralled by this journey too!" ~ A Bookish Escape
"This reinvention of Hades, Persephone, and the rest of the Greek gods is fascinating, creative, and breath-taking. A perfect blend of the old myth and the present day. And the love between the two main characters is aww-worthy. You will laugh, cry, and wish for more." ~ Such a Novel Idea
The first gunshot sent Adrian Watts' dog, Kiri, crashing to the ground with a yelp. Ten meters ahead, in the darkness under a tree, she twitched and lay still.
The smart thing to do would be to switch realms right away, without her. But he would never leave her.
He sprinted forward and threw himself on the grass, gathering her in his arms. He looked around the park, but the night hid his attacker. All he caught was a shadow and fast footsteps: someone taking cover behind the next tree.
As Adrian was about to dive into the spirit world with Kiri, the second shot came. The bullet tore through his back and out his front. It felt like his midsection had exploded.
Gasping and rolling onto his back, he set his hand over his belly. The ragged wound stretched as wide as his palm. Blood soaked his T-shirt and jacket. The attacker walked over, gun pointed at him with both hands. Adrian could just make him out against the stars: medium height, muscular build. A strange shape around the eyes, and a glassy glint, suggested night vision goggles.
"If you're mugging me," Adrian said hoarsely, "I only have twenty dollars on me."
"You know who I am, then?"
"I see." Adrian gagged, tasting blood, and cleared his throat. "What if I'd been some ordinary bloke, walking his dog in the park?"
"Then you'd be dead."
Adrian touched his stomach wound, where the edges were already itching and trying to pull together. "Yeah. Guess I would be."
By Molly Ringle