Meet Lor, the intrepid heroine from the upcoming Lovers and Liars: Immortal Wars novella Apollo’s Priestess. Lor grew up as the daughter of a village priest. Her entire life revolved around maintaining the temple, tending to the animals, and observing the ancient rites necessary to please her patron god. Unfortunately, once she became the priestess of her village after her father’s death, things went from bad to worse. Lor was kidnapped and illegally sold into slavery by a band of marauders, men taking advantage of the religious strife in ancient Rome and using the dissent as an excuse to rob and plunder what they had hoped was a wealthy pagan temple.
The only real treasure inside, however, was Lor herself.
Before her kidnapping, Lor was naive, sweet, and obedient. After her kidnapping, however, her faith has been pushed the limits. She proves time and time again to be strong-willed, cunning, and intelligent enough to survive two long years at the hands of brutal masters. Her trust in people, in the gods, has been shaken, and it will take a great deal of patience and empathy from her future partner to penetrate her new icy exterior.
As a priestess of Apollo, Lor is extremely adept with a bow — as Apollo is the god of archery — and can construct her own weaponry and arrows. She had a knack for languages, speaking Latin and various Greek dialects fluently before her kidnapping, and after acquiring Dacian, Illyrian, and Thracian. She can also vaguely understand some of the barbarian Gaulish and Germanic languages, but she needs more practice.
More than anything, Lor longs for safety, security, and love again. She wants to feel like a person, not a thing, and awaits the day when her nightmare as an illegal slave will be over.
All she knows is that she no longer prays to the gods — and may never pray again.
To all my paranormal ARC folks, you should have something awesome waiting for you in your inboxes this morning!
Hi beauties! Because I love ya, I’m offering a sample from Apollo’s Priestess for you to read via Instafreebie. You will be required to sign up for my paranormal romance mailing list in order to read it, but I like to offer samples as a way for readers to decide if my tone/writing style/whatever will work for them before they purchase the book.
Apollo’s Priestess will go live December 18th! Please note that this sample includes content that might be triggering to some readers, and that this is JUST the prologue, which is about 2000 words.
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A story about a kidnapped priestess, the lone wolf shifter who rescues her, and a god desperate to prove his sister wrong.
336 AD. Constantine II rules the Roman Empire, and the Cult of One gains a foothold with the common people. A clash of belief systems is at hand.
Fresh from her misadventures in the western isles, Athena’s fears for the fate of her godly family fall upon deaf ears–particularly with carefree Apollo. As she ignores her father’s orders to stay within the empire and heads north for Asgard, Apollo, god of music, medicine, archery, and plague, immerses himself among the people to prove her concerns baseless.
Two years earlier, Lor, a devout priestess of Apollo, was kidnapped and sold illegally into slavery. Seven hundred and thirty long days of suffering at the hands of monsters haunts her, and she now fears her newest master plans to sell her to the highest, foulest bidder. Her heart burns with defiance, but surrounded by her master’s soldiers, she has little hope of escaping her fate…
Until a figure emerges from the shadows. Handsome, rugged barbarian one moment, a great black wolf the next, this mysterious stranger whisks her away from her captors–but has Lor traded one cage for another? Little does she know, there is more to this wolf shifter than meets the eye.
Apollo’s Priestess is the second novella in the Lovers and Liars: Immortal Wars series. While there is an overarching plot to the series about the old world gods going to war with one another, it can be read as a standalone paranormal romance. The novella centers around a former priestess and a wolf shifter. Contains a slow burn romance, graphic violence, and sexual content. Also includes a HEA and no cliffhanger for the love interests.