Monday, 22 January 2018

Daughter of the Goddess by Rita Webb

Title: Daughter of the Goddess
Author: Rita Webb
Publication date: November 20th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

The wind calls her to play.
Will she listen?

I was a nameless child abandoned on the temple doorsteps.

Soul, the gods called me. So they named me Nephecia.

My plans don’t include marriage to some silly nobleman. When I come of age, I will take vows and devote my life to serving the goddess of Light. As a priestess, a daughter of the goddess, I’ll make the world a better place.

The summer before my eighteenth birthday, an oracle arrives with word from the gods: I must leave the only home, the only family, I’ve ever known, to marry a stranger in a foreign land.

There must be some mistake.

If I follow my own plans, I’ll disobey the very goddess I want to serve. But how can I trust the gods have my best interest at heart?


Daughter of the Goddess is a Young Adult Fairy Tale retelling of the Greek myth Eros and Psyche, set in a fantasy world.

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Author Bio:

Leaving the house to go to school, I had schoolbooks spilling out of one hand, the other holding my place in a Nancy Drew novel, and bunny slippers still on my feet. My mom was a wee bit upset.

I haven't changed much. Still always have a book (or two) in my hand or creating stories in my head, and although I don't have any bunny slippers, I love writing in my jammies and snuggly slipper socks.

With my husband TJ (my own cuddly werewolf), I home-school our three girls, who keep us busy with art, science projects, books to read, dance classes, and walks about the park.

Guest Post by Rita Webb :

Chaos of a writer without enough time in the day!

A typical day as a writing mom with full-time job:

6:20 AM  The alarm goes off and I mumble into my pillow, “Alexa, stop.” But she doesn’t hear my sleep-raddled voice and keeps beeping.

6:40 AM The second alarm goes off and I tell Alexa to shut up without even waking up.

7:45 AM I wake up suddenly, realize I’m late, jump in the shower, grab breakfast, run out the door with my hair still wet … kids say, “Mom, I need another hug!” Hugs and kisses all around and out the door again. Panic, panic, panic! I’m going to be late.

(So much for the plan to get up early and exercise. I’ll do it when I get home.)

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Get to work late (hope I don’t have a 9 o’clock meeting) and be a good employee. Write and run test cases, attend meetings, make phone calls, wish I could be writing.

5:00 PM  Too tired to exercise (again), I promise myself that tonight I’ll finally go to bed early and get the exercise first thing in the morning. But now is for spending time with my girls and my hubby TJ.

6:00 PM Dinner.

6:30 PM Add notes to our outline-in-progress. Work on the book blitz preparations. Check with my husband on the graphics he’s creating for me. Review marketing efforts and business plans and to-do lists and see what tasks I need to do next for promoting whatever needs promoting. Brainstorm chapter we’re working on and the goals and thwarts needed to make it exciting. Write a few words …

9:45 PM The Alexa alarm goes off to remind me to wrap things up before putting kids to bed. I squeeze in a few more words.

10:15 PM The Alexa alarm goes off again to remind me to tuck the girls in. I squeeze in a few more words.

10:30 PM “Mom, are you going to put us to bed?” Yes, just a few more minutes. We homeschool, so a few extra minutes means they just get up a little late, right?

10:45 PM Daughter #2 asks to get her hair braided for bed. Now I realize I’m seriously late for bedtime and need to get myself moving. I braid hair, tuck everyone in, deliver water bottles, brush my teeth, and come back to write a few more words. Just a few more.

MIDNIGHT I should be in bed. But I’m writing, checking email, going over my to-do lists …

12:30 AM My husband (business and writing partner) heads to bed.

I call after him, “I’ll be there in a moment! I promise!”

1:00 AM Crawl into bed. “Alexa, set the alarm for 6:20 a.m. Alexa, cancel alarm. Alexa, set the alarm for 7:40 a.m.”

7:40 AM *whimper* Crash and burn.

The Moral of the Story:  Work / Life Balance is important, even when pursuing your dreams. Slow and steady wins the race, and writing (like any art) is fueled by your soul. If your soul is burned out and your mind is too tired and your body isn’t taken care of, you’ll crash before you meet your goal.

This is a lesson I have had to learn again and again and again. Some things are more important than making your dreams come true:  life, love, family …