Lisa: Nice to see you again.
Ares: As always, it’s my pleasure.
Lisa: (Bites back sexual comment and forces a smile and light tone instead) So, how have you been? What’s new since the last time we talked?
Ares:Oh, well, let’s see…my Wife, Alena, fell into a coma after our Son, Raven, forced her to fall down the stairs. I had another Son with Aphrodite, little brat’s name is Hunter and he’s nothing but a headache. My Father, Zeus and my Brother, Apollo still hate my guts. Oh yes, and my Son, Raven has managed to destroy most of the human race.
Lisa: Wow! I take it you’ve seen better days.
Ares: Just a few hundred thousand or so, give or take. I don’t know how to tell Alena what Raven has done.
Lisa: I imagine she’s going to be very upset.
Ares: You have always had such a gift for understatement. (chuckles)
Lisa: Why did Raven wreak havoc on the Mortal World? What did he do?
Ares: (Lounges across his Throne of Bones sideways and waves a hand in the air dismissively) I know you have children, girls I believe lucky you. You know how willful they can be?
Lisa: Yes, I’m very aware of how stubborn and willful my girls are. But they’re just Mortals, it must be more difficult when the offspring is a God.
Ares: (Holds thumb and forefinger a quarter inch apart) Just a little. Olympian children are very spirited and, like all children, they’re always trying to test their boundaries to see how far they can take things. Often they go too far and get into trouble.
Lisa: Trouble? There’s a difference between, I dunno, accidentally wrecking the family car because you on your cell phone and…how many people has Raven killed?
Ares: By now? (Snorts and gives a sly smile) Somewhere around a quarter of a million died in the world-wide riots that broke out after the global financial collapse. Raven swears the Mortals were already rioting in the streets when he got there and that he just organized them, rallied them, armed them, schooled them and then set them loose. But, that’s not the real problem. (Leans forward towards me and speaks in a low voice) See, in the neighborhood of a hundred million more have succumbed to this disease called Major Falls. I’m sure more will find their way to the Underworld before all is said and done. He stares deeply in my eyes, searching probing my mind with those heated eyes though I don’t know what he’s looking for. All I know is he smells so good; like Earth, sawdust, the deep green of the forest, with a faint underlying layer of smoke.
Ares: Do you want to know the worst part?
Lisa: (There’s a worse part? I try to remain outwardly calm and not avert his gaze.) Sure, why don’t you tell me.
Ares: They all think I did it. (Shakes his dark handsome head and turns a large hand in the air as he rolls his onyx eyes and sighs) Admittedly, when I was younger, that would have been my style but I had nothing to do with it. No, Apollo did it. He wormed his way into Raven’s confidence, filled the boy’s head with lies as he feigned friendship, and then got Raven to make it appear as though I’d done it all. I mean, look what he did! Ares takes a swatch of white cloth from the pocket of his studded leather vest clinging so wonderfully to his softly furred chest and tosses it down to me. I open it to see that it’s an arm or head band bearing the logo
Ares:The bastard set us both up for a major fall.
Lisa: How are you going to prove your innocence?
Ares: That’s the Sixty-Four Thousand Dollar Question, isn’t it? (He sighs again and sits back on the large Throne of Bones to gaze down upon me sitting at his feet, my customary position whenever we have these chats.) What about you? Do you believe me?
Lisa: (I can’t hold back the laugh or the smile that accompanies it as I confess to my downfall.) I always believe you.
Ares: You fool. (At first, his voice is stern and his stare turns cold but then he smiles that charming grin and begins to chuckle letting me know he’s teasing me.)
Lisa: What are you going to do? His answer both shocks and horrifies me, it makes me shiver as the blood in my veins turns cold.
Ares: I don’t know. The deep thoughtful and serious tone of his voice tells me our time here has come to an end. It’s time I should be going and that I should find the safest place possible to ride out the growing storm but I still have one question that I’ve always wanted an answer to.
Lisa: Are you ever going to take me to Olympus for these little chats instead of this beautiful island of yours?
Ares: (Nods in consideration and then rises as he holds out his hand to me to help me to my feet) All Good Things to Those Who Wait. So I’ll keep waiting a little while longer. I hope you will too.
I’ve been married for the last 26 years to my wonderful husband, Roy. We live in my hometown of New London, CT.
My writing career began in junior high, around the 7th grade. A fact that my fellow students adored but often got me called down to the Guidance Counselor’s Office to discuss the adultness of my stories. While the experience was never pleasant, I was not deterred by the counselors’ worries I was spurred onward by them, as well as by my teachers, and my classmates, I continued to hone my craft throughout those formative years.
Today I bring conflict, passion, love, and suspense to unique couples through full length novels. I’m never one to shy away from the less pleasant things in life, and instead I believe that it is in the Darkness where Character is created, determined, and defined, my heroes and heroines have their love tested by demons from within and without.
My latest series “OF WAR” began in November, 2010 with The Heart of War an erotic paranormal thriller. This series centers around Ares God of War and Magdalena MacLeod a half-fey half-human woman with whom Ares falls in love. The second novel in this series Child of War-A God is Born is available in paperback and e-book formats. The white snows of Olympus run red with blood after the birth of Ares and Alena’s son, Raven. The short story enhancement Christmas Eve on Olympus gives the reader a glimpse into the first Christmas Eve ever on Mount Olympus. Child of War-Rising Son is now available in hard cover, paperback, and e-book. Raven’s on the verge of manhood but his rampage continues in his quest to prove he’s as much of an Olympian as any full-blood.
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