Friday, September 6, 2013

Looking back to Ancient Greece

Once in awhile, it’s a lot of fun to revisit the past–that’s especially true for authors and the books in their catalogues. We often get so caught up in the new releases, we don’t pay due attention to the stories that have been around for a few years. Recently, my very first major novel was released to eBook, and in the short time it’s been out in this new format, it’s been discovering a whole new life. As you can see by this screen cap, the ranking at Kobo books is phenomenal. A week ago, it broke into the top fifty best-sellers in Historical Fantasy, and well into the top 500 for Sci-Fi and Fantasy. I was stunned stupid, and totally thrilled.

So, for those readers who have never really seen this novel before, here are a few of the testimonials and reviews it received shortly after publication, and in the years since. There’s also a list of links, including one direct to the publishers site where you can read the first chapter of the book, and a very cool Intro/Trailer. If you enjoy Greek Mythology, you just might enjoy this one a lot! (Plus, it’s an excellent price if you’re a Kindle user, or a Kobo user, just under $3)


"If you enjoy the world of classical mythology, you'll love this novel." - Margaret Carter, author

"Ms. Bridger brings new life to the Greek gods and to any human with the mixed luck to cross their paths, including an unusual warrior woman who might be Xena's long-lost sister. Part II in particular is a page-turner, interlocked with what has gone before in a millennia-spanning clash of mortal versus immortal love." - Patricia Hodgell, author

"As Fate Decrees is well-written and has an interesting core concept." - Dru Pagliassotti, reviewer, The Harrow

"The characters Bridger creates are intense and believable..." - Carolyn Cooke, reviewer, Surrey Now

"One of Burnside's best-kept cultural secrets is about to take the international literary stage..." - Stephen Clare, The Burnside News

"Romance, adventure, time travel, magic, and conspiracy theories all get intertwined in this one, which sets its sights reasonably high and reaches most of them." - Don D'Ammassa

"Both tales, and how they merge are masterfully done. The mythology is excellent and the story of timeless love, and fealty to the Gods is amazing. Am and Ares are together until the Fates decree she is to go and champion them at another time..." - Ellen, Amazon.com

"As Fate Decrees by Denyse Bridger is a rip-roaring yarn that keeps you reading right to the end." - Elizabeth Patterson, journalist

"This historical fantasy should appeal to readers who enjoy the Greek setting, complete with sword-play, warrior women, romance, aloof impetuous gods and modern-day terrorists." - Ronald Hore, CM Magazine

"As a concept for a story, I found the novel completely different from anything I've read in a long time." - Fantasy Book Spot.com

"Here is a first-rate piece of writing. It's very readable, the characters are well done, and it is an interesting look inside Greek mythology. This gets two thumbs up." - Dead Trees Review


The gods of ancient Greece must find a mortal champion to defend their fate.
“Go and seek the one I have told you about, she is frail and in need of help. Look not of upper blood, for I have seen her down in the dirt. She is held against her will. Find her and you shall find your savior.” — The Oracle of Delphi

In ancient Greece the young maiden, Amarantha, is captured and sold in the slave market of Athens.

"What fates await?" she wonders. "And what divine design will the Olympian gods have for me?"

As unexpectedly as she had found herself placed in chains, Amarantha finds herself purchased by a mysterious master who refuses to reveal his true identity.

But he is no ordinary man, nor she an ordinary slave.

Under her master's tutelage, Amarantha is trained as a fighter and challenged to prove herself in battle after battle until her skills are perfected and she is granted the right to know his true identity.

He is Ares, god of war and the son of Zeus. And she is to become Champion to the gods of Olympus; bound forever to serve and vanquish all foes until the gods themselves grant her peace.

But even gods are not immune to the fickle twists of fate, and Amarantha is soon ripped from her quiet resting place and cast through time itself to do battle with a modern day reincarnation of an old foe - a madman bent on rewriting history to suit his own twisted desire.

She must act quickly to win this battle, for the fate of all Olympian gods hangs in a delicate balance between immortality and the realization that even the gods themselves may be returned to the dust from which they arose.

For further information please see:

Media Kit (PDF)
Amazon.com (USA)
Amazon.ca (Canada)


Tina Donahue said...

Wow, great stats, Denyse. Congrats!

I love mythology. Read it a lot in high school.

Can't wait to get your book. :)

Lorraine Carey said...

I love mythology and know so many others do to. Just look at all the episodes that the History Channel has featured on this subject! I love the fact that she has created a strong female character here. I will surely be picking this one up. Denyse Bridger truly inspires
me .

Denysé Bridger said...

Thank you so much, ladies! I've had people asking for a sequel to this book since it first came out, but somehow I just never got back to this world. Maybe now is the time to consider it???

Lorraine - thank you for always jumping in and being supportive.

Tina - you know I just LOVES you, girlfriend!! *hugs*

jean hart stewart said...

Definitely a sequel....Love finding out what happens to characters and their descendants..congratulations on you great stats..

Colleen Love said...

So awesome to see this book at the top where it belongs. It's a well deserved success! :)

Denysé Bridger said...

Thanks so much for your lovely comments, Jean and Colleen. MUCH appreciated!! *BIG HUGS*