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Friday, April 23rd, 2010
MARKED Release Contest Day 7!

Only four days left!

(FYI: I’m going to be reposting the contest rules every day, so if you just want to skim to the bottom to see the new daily questions…go for it.)

For those of you new to the contest, here are the official deets:

Okay, this is how the contest is going to work: Each day from now until April 26th, I’ll be posting at least two questions for you to answer. Post your answer to THE DAY’S QUESTIONS in the comment section of that day’s post. You have to answer ALL QUESTIONS to be entered. And the really cool part? I’ll be choosing AT LEAST two winners per day as well.

Winners will get to choose their prize from the list below:

Angie Fox A Tale of Two Demon Slayers
Jessa Slade Seduced by Shadows
Heather Davis Never Cry Werewolf
Loucinda McGary The Wild Irish Sea
Kari Thomas Hold onto the Night
Sandy Nicks Circle of Eternity
Isabel Roman Murder and Magick
Susan Kelley The Greater Good
Louisa Kelley Lydia & the Draca
Denise Agnew Dark Fire
Catherine Anne Collins A Witch’s Lament

Erin Kellison Arc of Shadow BoundWon by Amy (Day 1 winner)
Melina Morel Smolder/Prey1st combo won by Colleen (Day 1 winner)
Nina Pierce Promo pack of goodies won by Stacey (Day 2 winner)
Anita Clenney $15 Borders Gift Certificate won by Donna S (Day 2 winner)
Helen Scott Taylor The Phoenix Charmwon by Pam P. (Day 3 winner)
Larissa Ione Desire Unchainedwon by Delitealex (Day 3 winner)
Vivi Anna The Vampire’s Questwon by Karin (Day 3 winner)
Juliana Stone His Darkest Hungerwon by Christie (Day 4 winner)
Vivi Andrews The Sexorcistwon by Joder (Day 4 winner)
Lucy Monroe Moon Cravingwon by Julie (Day 4 winner)
Annette McCleave Bound By Darknesswon by Melissa (Day 5 Winner)
Alix Rickloff Dangerous as Sinwon by Cybercliper (Day 5 winner)

Jess Granger Beyond the Rainwon by Sue A. (Day 5 winner)
Joan Swan Custom 1.0L SIGG water bottlewon by Jane C. (Day 6 winner)
Donna Grant Dangerous Highlanderwon by Missy B (Day 6 winner)
Melina Morel Smolder/Prey Combowon by Phyllis (Day 6 winner)
Barbara Monajem Sunrise in the Garden of Love & Evilwon by Arantza (Day 6 winner)

Once a prize is chosen, it gets crossed off the list, so pay close attention to what gets claimed so you have your 2nd, 3rd, etc. choices mapped out.

That’s it. Super easy. I ask, you answer, YOU WIN!

(Winners will be chosen at random, must be 18 yrs old to participate, yadda yadda yadda. Winners will be contacted by email, when a prize is chosen, it’s crossed off the list and the winner’s name is listed next to their prize.)

Also, don’t forget part two of my awesome contest. I have THREE $25 gift cards to the bookstore of your choice to give away. To enter this portion of the contest, simply email me at elisabeth@elisabethnaughton.com to tell me where you posted about either this contest or the release of MARKED. Simply put “MARKED Release Contest” in the subject line of your email. (If you post the above MARKED widget or book cover somewhere you get entered twice!). You can enter as many times as you like. The more times/places you talk up MARKED, the more chances you have to win.

Got it?

Let’s keep going…

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Okay…DAY SEVEN QUESTIONS:
(FYI: the number of questions equals the number of prizes being given out that day. And if you haven’t already figured it out, question one will ALWAYS have something to do with Greek mythology.)

1) Explain how Persephone is related to the seasons.

2) Author Lucy Monroe and I are both going to be in a new RS anthology. What’s the name of this upcoming anthology and when is it scheduled to release?

3) Author Heather Davis is part of something called “The Buzz Girls”. What is this?

4) One of Loucinda McGary’s books has been nominated by the Australian Romance Readers Association for best RS of 2009. What is the name of her nominated book?

24 comments to “MARKED Release Contest Day 7!”

  1. Stella (Ex Libris)
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 2:47 am · Link

    1) Explain how Persephone is related to the seasons. Persephone was the daughter of Demeter, goddess of the harvest, grains and the fertility of the earth and the seasons. Hades abducted Persephone and took her to live with him in the underworld. Demeter was devastated by the kidnapping and while she roamed the world in search of her daughter and didn’t care about her tasks, the people were starving the earth was dying, so Zeus forced Hades to return Persephone to her mother. However there was a rule that if anyone ate or drinka nything in the underworld, they were bound to spend eternity there. Hades tricked Persephone into swallowing a pomegranate seed and thus she had to return to him. The Fates decided that because of this Persephone will have to spend one season in the Underworld, and that’s why the seasons change and when Persephone leaves her mother the earth freezes and dies and it’s winter time.

    2) Author Lucy Monroe and I are both going to be in a new RS anthology. What’s the name of this upcoming anthology and when is it scheduled to release? It is called BODYGUARDS IN BED and it is scheduled to be released in June 2010.

    3) Author Heather Davis is part of something called “The Buzz Girls”. What is this? According to Heather’s site: “[The Buzz Girls is] a group of Young Adult authors who got together a few years ago at the beginning of our publishing journey. Each of the six of us writes for a different YA publisher and we all write very different types of books. On our daily blog we have contests and photos and we always discuss the very important three B’s—Books, Boys, and Buzz”

    4) One of Loucinda McGary’s books has been nominated by the Australian Romance Readers Association for best RS of 2009. What is the name of her nominated book? The Treasures of Venice



  2. Fran
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 5:00 am · Link

    1) Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, – goddess of the harvest. Hades abducted Persephone. Demeter was so angry that she withdrew herself in loneliness, and the earth ceased to be fertile. Knowing this could not continue much longer, Zeus sent Hermes down to Hades to make him release Persephone. Hades grudgingly agreed, but before she went back he gave Persephone a pomegranate to eat, and it bound her to underworld forever and she had to stay there one-third of the year. The other months she stayed with her mother. When Persephone was in Hades, Demeter refused to let anything grow and winter began. This myth is a symbol of the budding and dying of nature.

    2) It is called BODYGUARDS IN BED and it is scheduled to be released in June 2010.

    3) The Buzz Girls is a group of Young Adult authors who got together a few years ago at the beginning of their publishing journey. They have a daily blog where they have contests and photos and they discuss Books, Boys, and Buzz

    4) The Treasures of Venice



  3. Kirsten
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 5:10 am · Link

    1. She is Demeter’s daughter and because she ate during a visit to the underworld she must return there for a month each year. As she is gone nature shows her mother’s grief and refusal to grow stuff.
    2. Bodyguards in bed – June 2010
    3. A group of girls that write YA and have a blog.
    4. The Treasures of Venice.



  4. Ina
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 8:46 am · Link

    1. Every time that Persephone left her mother to live in the underworld, Demeter grieved. She withdrew her blessing of a good harvest on the Earth. Thus, the four months of separation caused cold, barren winters. When Persephone was returned to her mother, Demeter would be so glad that she would be kind to the Earth again. This would lead to spring, and then summer, followed by fall. In this way, the seasons were established.

    2. Bodyguards in Bed – June 2011

    3. “We’re a group of Young Adult authors who got together a few years ago at the beginning of our publishing journey. Each of the six of us writes for a different YA publisher and we all write very different types of books. On our daily blog we have contests and photos and we always discuss the very important three B’s—Books, Boys, and Buzz.
    Check it out; I think you’ll love meeting my fellow “Bees”—Dona Sarkar, Tera Lynn Childs, Stephanie Hale, Tina Ferraro, and Marley Gibson!”

    4. The Treasures of Venice

    have a great weekend 🙂
    greetings, Ina



  5. Melissa
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 10:05 am · Link

    1. Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, – goddess of the harvest. Hades abducted Persephone. Demeter was so angry that she withdrew herself in loneliness, and the earth ceased to be fertile. Knowing this could not continue much longer, Zeus sent Hermes down to Hades to make him release Persephone. Hades grudgingly agreed, but before she went back he gave Persephone a pomegranate to eat, and it bound her to underworld forever and she had to stay there one-third of the year. The other months she stayed with her mother. When Persephone was in Hades, Demeter refused to let anything grow and winter began. This myth is a symbol of the budding and dying of nature.
    2. Bodyguards in Bed – June 2011
    3. “We’re a group of Young Adult authors who got together a few years ago at the beginning of our publishing journey. Each of the six of us writes for a different YA publisher and we all write very different types of books. On our daily blog we have contests and photos and we always discuss the very important three B’s—Books, Boys, and Buzz.
    4. The Treasures of Venice.



  6. Cindy C.
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 10:10 am · Link

    1) Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, – goddess of the harvest. Hades abducted Persephone. Demeter was so angry that she withdrew herself in loneliness, and the earth ceased to be fertile. Knowing this could not continue much longer, Zeus sent Hermes down to Hades to make him release Persephone. Hades grudgingly agreed, but before she went back he gave Persephone a pomegranate to eat, and it bound her to underworld forever and she had to stay there one-third of the year. The other months she stayed with her mother. When Persephone was in Hades, Demeter refused to let anything grow and winter began. This myth is a symbol of the budding and dying of nature.

    2) BODYGUARDS IN BED and it is to be released in June 2010.

    3) The Buzz Girls is a group of Young Adult authors who got together a few years ago at the beginning of their publishing journey. They have a daily blog where they have contests and photos and they discuss Books, Boys, and Buzz

    4) The Treasures of Venice



  7. Danny
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 10:16 am · Link

    1.In the later Olympian pantheon of Classical Greece, Persephone is given a father: according to Hesiod’s Theogony, Persephone was the daughter produced by the union of Demeter and Zeus. “And he [Zeus] came to the bed of bountiful Demeter, who bore white-armed Persephone, stolen by Hades from her mother’s side”.

    Unlike every other offspring of an Olympian pairing of deities, Persephone has no stable position at Olympus. Persephone used to live far away from the other deities, a goddess within Nature herself before the days of planting seeds and nurturing plants. In the Olympian telling,[6] the gods Hermes, Ares, Apollo, and Hephaestus, had all wooed Persephone, but Demeter rejected all their gifts and hid her daughter away from the company of the Olympian deities. Thus, Persephone lived a peaceful life before she became the goddess of the underworld, which, according to Olympian mythographers, did not occur until Hades abducted her and brought her into the underworld. She was innocently picking flowers with some nymphs-, Athena, and Artemis, the Homeric hymn says-, or Leucippe, or Oceanids- in a field in Enna when Hades came to abduct her, bursting through a cleft in the earth; the nymphs were changed by Demeter into the Sirens for not having interfered. Life came to a standstill as the devastated Demeter, goddess of the Earth, searched everywhere for her lost daughter. Helios, the sun, who sees everything, eventually told Demeter what had happened.

    Finally, Zeus, pressured by the cries of the hungry people and by the other deities who also heard their anguish, could not put up with the dying earth and forced Hades to return Persephone. But before she was released to Hermes, who had been sent to retrieve her, Hades tricked her into eating pomegranate seeds, (seven, eight, or perhaps four according to the telling) which forced her to return to the underworld for a season each year. In some versions, Ascalaphus informed the other deities that Persephone had eaten the pomegranate seeds. When Demeter and her daughter were united, the Earth flourished with vegetation and color, but for four months each year, when Persephone returned to the underworld, the earth once again became a barren realm. This is an origin story to explain the seasons.

    2. Bodyguards in the bed, June 2011

    3. We’re a group of Young Adult authors who got together a few years ago at the beginning of our publishing journey. Each of the six of us writes for a different YA publisher and we all write very different types of books. On our daily blog we have contests and photos and we always discuss the very important three B’s—Books, Boys, and Buzz.

    4. The treasures of Venice



  8. CrystalGB
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 10:22 am · Link

    1. In Greek mythology, Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. She was gathering flowers when she was seized by Hades, who carried her off to the underworld to make her his wife. On learning of the abduction, Demeter was so distraught that she allowed barrenness and famine to spread over the earth. Zeus commanded Hades to allow Persephone to return to her mother, but because she had eaten some pomegranate seeds in the underworld, she had to remain one-third of the year with Hades, spending the other two-thirds with Demeter. This myth accounts for the change of the seasons and the annual cycle of growth and decay.
    2. Bodyguards in Bed; June 2011
    3. The Buzz Girls are a group of Young Adult authors who got together a few years ago at the beginning of their publishing journey. Each of the six authors writes for a different YA publisher and they all write very different types of books. On their daily blog they have contests and photos and they always discuss the very important three B’s—Books, Boys, and Buzz.
    4. The Treasures of Venice



  9. Jeanette Juan
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 10:40 am · Link

    1. Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, – goddess of the harvest. Hades abducted Persephone. Demeter was so angry that she withdrew herself in loneliness, and the earth ceased to be fertile. Knowing this could not continue much longer, Zeus sent Hermes down to Hades to make him release Persephone. Hades grudgingly agreed, but before she went back he gave Persephone a pomegranate to eat, and it bound her to underworld forever and she had to stay there one-third of the year. The other months she stayed with her mother. When Persephone was in Hades, Demeter refused to let anything grow and winter began. This myth is a symbol of the budding and dying of nature.

    2.BODYGUARDS IN BED and it is to be released in June 2010.

    3.The Buzz Girls is a group of Young Adult authors who got together a few years ago at the beginning of their publishing journey. They have a daily blog where they have contests and photos and they discuss Books, Boys, and Buzz.

    4.The Treasures of Venice



  10. Chelsea B.
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 11:05 am · Link

    1) Explain how Persephone is related to the seasons.– In the later Olympian pantheon of Classical Greece, Persephone is given a father: according to Hesiod’s Theogony, Persephone was the daughter produced by the union of Demeter and Zeus. “And he [Zeus] came to the bed of bountiful Demeter, who bore white-armed Persephone, stolen by Hades from her mother’s side”.

    Unlike every other offspring of an Olympian pairing of deities, Persephone has no stable position at Olympus. Persephone used to live far away from the other deities, a goddess within Nature herself before the days of planting seeds and nurturing plants. In the Olympian telling,[6] the gods Hermes, Ares, Apollo, and Hephaestus, had all wooed Persephone, but Demeter rejected all their gifts and hid her daughter away from the company of the Olympian deities. Thus, Persephone lived a peaceful life before she became the goddess of the underworld, which, according to Olympian mythographers, did not occur until Hades abducted her and brought her into the underworld. She was innocently picking flowers with some nymphs-, Athena, and Artemis, the Homeric hymn says-, or Leucippe, or Oceanids- in a field in Enna when Hades came to abduct her, bursting through a cleft in the earth; the nymphs were changed by Demeter into the Sirens for not having interfered. Life came to a standstill as the devastated Demeter, goddess of the Earth, searched everywhere for her lost daughter. Helios, the sun, who sees everything, eventually told Demeter what had happened.

    Finally, Zeus, pressured by the cries of the hungry people and by the other deities who also heard their anguish, could not put up with the dying earth and forced Hades to return Persephone. But before she was released to Hermes, who had been sent to retrieve her, Hades tricked her into eating pomegranate seeds, (seven, eight, or perhaps four according to the telling) which forced her to return to the underworld for a season each year. In some versions, Ascalaphus informed the other deities that Persephone had eaten the pomegranate seeds. When Demeter and her daughter were united, the Earth flourished with vegetation and color, but for four months each year, when Persephone returned to the underworld, the earth once again became a barren realm. This is an origin story to explain the seasons.

    2) Author Lucy Monroe and I are both going to be in a new RS anthology. What’s the name of this upcoming anthology and when is it scheduled to release?– Bodyguards in Bed, June 2011.

    3) Author Heather Davis is part of something called “The Buzz Girls”. What is this?–We’re a group of Young Adult authors who got together a few years ago at the beginning of our publishing journey. Each of the six of us writes for a different YA publisher and we all write very different types of books. On our daily blog we have contests and photos and we always discuss the very important three B’s—Books, Boys, and Buzz.

    4) One of Loucinda McGary’s books has been nominated by the Australian Romance Readers Association for best RS of 2009. What is the name of her nominated book?– The Treasures of Venice.



  11. Jane
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 11:11 am · Link

    1. Persephone’s mother, Demeter, found out that her daughter was in the underworld. She was so distraught over losing her daughter that she withdrew her usual blessing from the Earth. She refused to provide for the harvest until her daughter was brought back to her. This resulted in droughts on the Earth. A famine soon began. Realizing that humankind would perish without crops, Zeus ordered Hades to free Persephone. Persephone could be freed as long as she hadn’t eaten any food in Hades. Just before he set her free, Hades tempted Persephone to eat a few pomegranate seeds from his garden. Because Persephone had eaten while in the underworld, she could not be freed. But without Demeter’s attention to the earth, all of humankind would die. It was decided that Persephone would stay with Hades in the underworld for four months every year. During the other months, she would return to Earth to be with her mother. Every time that Persephone left her mother to live in the underworld, Demeter grieved. She withdrew her blessing of a good harvest on the Earth. Thus, the four months of separation caused cold, barren winters. When Persephone was returned to her mother, Demeter would be so glad that she would be kind to the Earth again. This would lead to spring, then summer, followed by fall.
    2. “Bodyguards in Bed” will be released in June 2011.
    3. The Buzz Girls are a group of Young Adult authors who came together as they started their publishing journey a few years ago. Each writes for a different YA publisher and write very different types of books. They have a blog where they discuss books, boys and buzz.
    4. Loucinda’s “The Treasures of Venice” was nominated by the Australian Romance Readers Association for best RS of 2009.



  12. Virginia C
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 11:18 am · Link

    1) Persephone was the daughter of Demeter, the goddess of the bountiful harvest, and Zeus, who was the king of the Olympians. One day as Persephone was in a meadow, Hades, king of the underworld, came and snatched her away. He took her to the underworld and made her queen over it. Persephone’s mother was so distraught over losing her daughter that she withdrew her usual blessing from the Earth. Persephone could be freed as long as she hadn’t eaten any food in Hades. Just before he set her free, Hades tempted Persephone to eat a few pomegranate seeds from his garden. Zeus was forced to negotiate with Hades about where Persephone would live. It was decided that Persephone would stay with Hades in the underworld for four months every year. During the other months, she would return to Earth to be with her mother. Every time that Persephone left her mother to live in the underworld, Demeter grieved. She withdrew her blessing of a good harvest on the Earth. Thus, the four months of separation caused cold, barren winters. When Persephone was returned to her mother, Demeter would be so glad that she would be kind to the Earth again. This would lead to spring, and then summer, followed by fall. In this way, the seasons were established.

    2) BODYGUARDS IN BED will be a June 2011 release.

    3) YA Authors from Berkley JAM, Flux, Dutton, Puffin, Delacorte, HarperCollins, Harlequin Kimani-Tru, Houghton Mifflin, and Simon Pulse discuss writing, promotion, and of course, hot guys.

    4) The Treasures of Venice



  13. elaing8
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 12:09 pm · Link

    1-Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, goddess of the harvest. Hades abducted Persephone. Demeter was so angry that she withdrew herself in loneliness, and the earth ceased to be fertile. Knowing this could not continue much longer, Zeus sent Hermes down to Hades to make him release Persephone. Hades grudgingly agreed, but before she went back he gave Persephone a pomegranate to eat, and it bound her to underworld forever and she had to stay there one-third of the year. The other months she stayed with her mother. When Persephone was in Hades, Demeter refused to let anything grow and winter began. This myth is a symbol of the budding and dying of nature.

    2-Bodyguards in Bed releases June 2010

    3. A group of girls that write YA and have a blog,books, boys and buzz

    4. The Treasures of Venice



  14. Calila
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 12:40 pm · Link

    1. When Hades kidnapped her, her mother Demeter was so distraught that she refused to let crops grow until she was returned. Zeus agreed but since Persephone had eaten some Pomegranate seeds she had to spend part of her time in the Underworld. Her return to Earth is Spring and her return to the Underworld is Winter.
    2. Bodyguards in Bed, June 2011
    3. A group of Young Adult authors who run a daily blog.
    4. The Treasures of Venice



  15. limecello
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 12:44 pm · Link

    1. Heh I’ve got this one covered – it’s part of why I like Demeter so much. Persephone is tied to the seasons because she was kidnapped by Hades who fell in love with her. (I try not to think about this/the relations too much. Ever.) While she was in the underworld her mother refused to let things grow/bless the crops, so everyone freaked out. (Yup – that’s verbatim from the ancient Greek text, fyi.) So the gods told Hades he had to let Persephone go – but she ate a few pomegranate arils, the number varies depending on translation, and Persephone has to stay in the underworld for the corresponding number of months.
    2. “Bodyguards in Bed” will be released in June 2011.
    3. The Buzz Girls are a group of Young Adult authors who came together as they started their publishing journey a few years ago. Each writes for a different YA publisher and write very different types of books. They have a blog where they discuss books, boys and buzz.
    4. Loucinda McGary’s (Or Aunty Cindy!) “The Treasures of Venice” was nominated by the Australian Romance Readers Association for best RS of 2009.



  16. Cathy M
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 12:46 pm · Link

    1. Persephone was titled Kore (the Maiden) as the goddess of spring’s bounty. Once upon a time when she was playing in a flowery meadow with her Nymph companions, Kore was seized by Haides and carried off to the underworld as his bride. Her mother Demeter despaired at her dissappearance and searched for her the throughout the world accompanied by the goddess Hekate bearing torches. When she learned that Zeus had conspired in her daughter’s abduction she was furious, and refused to let the earth fruit until Persephone was returned. Zeus consented, but because the girl had tasted of the food of Haides–a handful of pomegranate seeds–she was forced to forever spend a part of the year with her husband in the underworld. Her annual return to the earth in spring was marked by the flowering of the meadows and the sudden growth of the new grain. Her return to the underworld in winter, conversely, saw the dying down of plants and the halting of growth.

    2. Bodyguards in Bed due out June, 2011

    3. They are a group of Young Adult authors who got together a few years ago at the beginning of our publishing journey. Each of the six of us writes for a different YA publisher and we all write very different types of books. On our daily blog we have contests and photos and we always discuss the very important three B’s—Books, Boys, and Buzz.

    4. The Treasures of Venice



  17. Lisa G.
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 12:49 pm · Link

    1. Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, – goddess of the harvest. Hades abducted Persephone. Demeter was so angry that she withdrew herself in loneliness, and the earth ceased to be fertile. Knowing this could not continue much longer, Zeus sent Hermes down to Hades to make him release Persephone. Hades grudgingly agreed, but before she went back he gave Persephone a pomegranate to eat, and it bound her to underworld forever and she had to stay there one-third of the year. The other months she stayed with her mother. When Persephone was in Hades, Demeter refused to let anything grow and winter began. This myth is a symbol of the budding and dying of nature.

    2.BODYGUARDS IN BED and it is to be released in June 2010.

    3.The Buzz Girls is a group of Young Adult authors who got together a few years ago at the beginning of their publishing journey. They have a daily blog where they have contests and photos and they discuss Books, Boys, and Buzz.

    4.The Treasures of Venice

    Have a great day,
    Mama G.



  18. Mina Gerhart
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 12:50 pm · Link

    Hi Elisabeth 🙂
    1.Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. Demeter is the goddess of harvest and fertility of the Earth. Persephone was taken to the Underworkd by Hades to be his wife. Demeter was so distraught that the Earth dried up & people were starving,. Demeter asked Zeus to make Hades return Persephone to her. While Persephone had been in the Underworld she ate 6 pomagranet seeds & Zeus was forced to have Persephone stay in the Underworld for 6 months each year, 1 month for each pomegranet seed. Demeter is always so happy to see Persephone that the Earth becomes fertile (Spring & Summer) and distraught when Persephone returns to Hades that the Earth becomes barren (Fall and Winter) till Persephone returns.

    2) Author Lucy Monroe and your RS anthology is Bodyguards In Bed to be released June 2011.

    3) “The Buzz Girls” are a group of Young Adult authors who got together a few years ago at the beginning of our publishing journey. Each of the six of us writes for a different YA publisher and we all write very different types of books.

    4) Loucinda McGary’s book that has been nominated by the Australian Romance Readers Association for best RS of 2009 is The Treasures of Venice.
    Thanks Elisabeth,
    Mindy 🙂
    Birdsooong@aol.com



  19. Tracey D
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 1:10 pm · Link

    1. When Hades, God of the Underworld, kidnapped Persephone, her mother, Demeter, was so distraught that she refused to let crops grow until she was returned. Zeus agreed but since Persephone had eaten some Pomegranate seeds she had to spend part of her time in the Underworld. Her return to Earth is Spring and her return to the Underworld is Winter.

    2. Bodyguards in Bed, June 2011

    3. A group of Young Adult authors who run a daily blog.

    4. The Treasures of Venice



  20. Robin K
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 4:44 pm · Link

    1. When Persephone was returned to her mother, Demeter would be so glad that she would be kind to the Earth again. This would lead to spring, and then summer, followed by fall. In this way, the seasons were established.

    2. Bodyguards in Bed, June 2011

    3. The Buzz Girls is a group of Young Adult authors who got together a few years ago at the beginning of their publishing journey. They have a daily blog where they have contests and photos and they discuss Books, Boys, and Buzz.

    4. The Treasures of Venice



  21. Spav
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 5:34 pm · Link

    1) Persephone was the daughter of Demeter and when Hades abducted her, Demeter refused to let nature to grow, so when people started dying from hunger, Zeus forced Hades to give her back, but before Persephone returned he offered her a pomegrade, which she ate and made her have to return to the underworld 4 months a year. When Persephone was with her mother, Demeter let things grow, which created spring, summer and autumm, but when her daughter was in the underworld, she didn’t, which created winter.

    2) Bodyguards In Bed – June 2010

    3) It’s a blog of 6 different Young Adult authors.

    4) The Treasures of Venice



  22. stacey smith
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 5:49 pm · Link

    1.Persephone
    Persephone or Proserpine , in Greek and Roman religion and mythology, goddess of fertility and queen of the underworld. She was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. When she was still a beautiful maiden, Pluto seized her and held her captive in his underworld. Though Demeter eventually persuaded the gods to let her daughter return to her, Persephone was required to remain in the underworld for four months because Pluto had tricked her into eating a pomegranate (food of the dead) there. When Persephone left the earth, the flowers withered and the grain died, but when she returned, life blossomed anew. This story, which symbolizes the annual vegetation cycle, was celebrated in the Eleusinian Mysteries , in which Persephone appeared under the name Kore.
    2.Body Guards in Bed to be Released June2010
    3.A Groub of Young Adults Authors that got togetter and started a blog about Books,Boy,and Buzz
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  23. Mariska
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    · April 23rd, 2010 at 7:05 pm · Link

    1) Explain how Persephone is related to the seasons.
    ===> Persephone was the daughter produced by the union of Demeter and Zeus. Unlike every other offspring of an Olympian pairing of deities, Persephone has no stable position at Olympus. Persephone used to live far away from the other deities, a goddess within Nature herself before the days of planting seeds and nurturing plants. In the Olympian telling,[6] the gods Hermes, Ares, Apollo, and Hephaestus, had all wooed Persephone, but Demeter rejected all their gifts and hid her daughter away from the company of the Olympian deities. Thus, Persephone lived a peaceful life before she became the goddess of the underworld, which, according to Olympian mythographers, did not occur until Hades abducted her and brought her into the underworld. She was innocently picking flowers with some nymphs in a field in Enna when Hades came to abduct her, bursting through a cleft in the earth; the nymphs were changed by Demeter into the Sirens for not having interfered. Life came to a standstill as the devastated Demeter, goddess of the Earth, searched everywhere for her lost daughter. Helios, the sun, who sees everything, eventually told Demeter what had happened.

    Finally, Zeus, pressured by the cries of the hungry people and by the other deities who also heard their anguish, could not put up with the dying earth and forced Hades to return Persephone. But before she was released to Hermes, who had been sent to retrieve her, Hades tricked her into eating pomegranate seeds, which forced her to return to the underworld for a season each year. In some versions, Ascalaphus informed the other deities that Persephone had eaten the pomegranate seeds. When Demeter and her daughter were united, the Earth flourished with vegetation and color, but for four months each year, when Persephone returned to the underworld, the earth once again became a barren realm.

    2) What’s the name of this upcoming anthology and when is it scheduled to release ?
    ===> Bodyguards in Bed – June 2011

    3) Author Heather Davis is part of something called “The Buzz Girls”. What is this?
    ===> a group of Young Adult authors who got together a few years ago at the beginning of our publishing journey. Each of the six of the writes for a different YA publisher and they all write very different types of books, on their daily blog.

    4) What is the name of her nominated book?
    ===> The Treasures of Venice



  24. Veronica
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    · April 24th, 2010 at 10:42 am · Link

    1) Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, – goddess of the harvest. Hades abducted Persephone. Demeter was so angry that she withdrew herself in loneliness, and the earth ceased to be fertile. Knowing this could not continue much longer, Zeus sent Hermes down to Hades to make him release Persephone. Hades grudgingly agreed, but before she went back he gave Persephone a pomegranate to eat, and it bound her to underworld forever and she had to stay there one-third of the year. The other months she stayed with her mother. When Persephone was in Hades, Demeter refused to let anything grow and winter began. This myth is a symbol of the budding and dying of nature.

    2) It is called BODYGUARDS IN BED and it is scheduled to be released in June 2010.

    3) The Buzz Girls is a group of Young Adult authors who got together a few years ago at the beginning of their publishing journey. They have a daily blog where they have contests and photos and they discuss Books, Boys, and Buzz

    4) The Treasures of Venice