Monday, 23 October 2017

Guest Post: Bringing Ancient Myths to Life in Contemporary Romance by Rebecca Buchanan (@daleclowry)

Gods, Goddesses, and mythology have always been a central focus in my writing. I love reimagining the myths of old, or working ancient Deities into the modern world. Only recently have I turned my attention to writing romance, but I quickly discovered that it was quite easy to mesh these two interests.

As such, when the call for submissions for Myths, Moons, and Mayhem appeared, I knew that I wanted to write something featuring an ancient Deity and a modern devotee of that Deity (who would, of course, also have awesome magical abilities). The question was: which God or Goddess? A well-known Deity, like Zeus (who would require less backstory for the reader); or a lesser-known Deity (thus introducing the reader to something new)? And which mythology should I use as the basis of the story? Etruscan or Lithuanian or Zoroastrian or Aztec or …? There were so many possible choices!

Maybe a fantastical tale about a first century warrior from central Africa who tracks an enemy to Rome, where he meets the loves of his life? Or a Finnish spiritworker who teams up with a secret Allied military force to stop the Nazi’s occult plans, and falls in love with two of the soldiers? Or maybe FEMA agents sent to New Orleans after Katrina to take care of an infestation of hungry ghosts, and who discover that they have more in common than they thought?

Ultimately, I settled on “The Secret of the Golden Cup,” a story set in the modern world, but with a mythology based on ancient Crete and its many Goddesses. It gave me the opportunity to explore one of my favorite ancient cultures (seriously, the art is gorgeous) and imagine what would happen if a thoroughly modern man discovered that everything he thought he knew about mythology and magic was completely wrong. It was a blast to write, and I hope to revisit those characters again some day.

About Rebecca Buchanan

Rebecca Buchanan is the editor of the Pagan literary ezine, Eternal Haunted Summer. She has been published in a wide variety of venues, and has released two collections with Asphodel Press: A Witch Among Wolves, And Other Pagan Tales and The Serpent in the Throat, And Other Pagan Tales. She loves to spin stories about gods and goddesses and heroes doing heroic things. If she can't be a writer in her next life, she would like to reincarnate as a library cat.

In her story “The Secret of the Golden Cup” for Myths, Moons, and Mayhem, a classics professor is on the cusp of translating an ancient artifact when he finds himself at the center of a magical war. With an unfairly attractive student and a campus janitor as his only allies, can he stave off the forces of evil?

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About Myths, Moons, and Mayhem

Myths, moons, and mayhem make the perfect threesome—and so do the men in this anthology.

Enjoy nine erotic stories of paranormal ménages a trois fueled by lust and magic, where mystical forces collide with the everyday world and even monsters have their own demons to conquer.

A werewolf gets a lust-fueled lesson on fitting in with the pack, a professor unlocks ancient secrets and two men’s hearts, and a pair of supernaturals find themselves at the erotic mercy of a remarkable human. Ghosts, fairies, aliens, and mere mortals test the boundaries of their desires, creating magic of their own.

Editor Dale Cameron Lowry brings you tales by favorite authors such as Rob Rosen and Clare London, as well as by newcomers to the genre. The paranormal lust and polymythic beings of Myths, Moons & Mayhem will spark your fantasies and fuel your bonfires.

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To celebrate the release of the paranormal gay ménage anthology Myths, Moons & Mayhem, editor Dale Cameron Lowry and Sexy Little Pages are giving away trick-or-treat baskets filled with delectable paranormal, scif-fi, and ménage ebooks (epub or mobi) for your reading pleasure.

About Dale Cameron Lowry

Dale Cameron Lowry’s number one goal in life is getting the cat to stop eating dish towels; number two is to write things that bring people joy. Dale is the author of Falling Hard: Stories of Men in Love and a contributor to more than a dozen anthologies. Find out more at You can also find Dale on Facebook and Twitter. 


  1. Looks great! Thanks for being out guest.


  2. I love this post! Thanks for inviting Rebecca and Myths, Moons, and Mayhem onto Brit Babes.


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