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Sunday, 23 November 2014

RBTL Tours: Descent of the Gods by Mark G. Cosman


Title: Descent of the Gods
Author: Mark G. Cosman

Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Fiction/Adventure
Publisher: Black Rose Writing 
Release Date: Oct 2 2014
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print


Blurb/Synopsis:

In their self-indulgent realm, the gods know no suffering until the end of their days. Compassion is the only portal through which they can escape the self and its eventual demise, but without suffering, compassion cannot be recognized. So, they go in search of compassion in the human domain where happiness and sorrow abound. There, they genetically engineer a superior humanoid race and are soon distracted by the delight they find in the daughters of men. The gods are the extraterrestrial visitors of our collective memory.

Tormented by envy, the Asuras are warlike demigods that follow the gods into the human domain. They become the demons who initiate our concept of evil.

Quay is the son of Om, the father of the gods. Quay’s childhood adventures with Daya, his female humanoid companion, take place on the Isle of the Gods, which closely parallels the legendary Atlantis. On coming of age, Quay and Daya become inseparable lovers. Quay is challenged to separate passion from compassion.

In the human domain, the gods were simply gardeners. When the god Talmund left his garden across the Salt Sea and returned to the Island of the Gods, he left his humanoid workers behind. Eventually, two civilizations evolved from his workers, the sedentary Taltecs in the south and the nomadic Tulacans in the north. The civilizations resemble the pre-Columbian cultures described in the Book of Mormon.

Fearful that these autonomous humanoids were exceeding limits the gods set for them, Om sends Quay across the Salt Sea to observe. Before undertaking his mission, Quay interviews the first humanoid, Ahn, and the god, Elo, to whom Ahn was given. The meeting occurs in Eden where Elo kept an expansive garden. The interview is essentially a discussion with the Biblical Adam, which sets the tone for the human condition and their relationship with the gods.

Quay’s mission abruptly separates him from Daya. Ri, an Asura driven by hatred of the gods and an erotic desire for Daya, pursues Quay. Quay’s adventures among the Taltecs and Tulacans are interrupted when the two civilizations collide in an epic conflict that spans a continent.

Meanwhile, a geologic cataclysm destroys the island of the gods. Daya is rescued by an Asura ship, is assaulted and subsequently escapes into the forests of the Eastern Isle that survived the deluge. There, she becomes the legendary huntress of the forest, similar to Artemis, twin sister of Apollo.

In the Land North, on a field of flowers, during the final battle of the great war between the Taltecs and Tulacans, Ri finally comes upon Quay and attacks, but he is shot through by an arrow from the bow of a nomad who had befriended Quay. Quay assists Ri through his dying experience. By his outreach to his mortal enemy, Quay discovers the compassion for which the gods had entered the human domain.

Quay ventures back across the Salt Sea to find the Isle of the Gods has vanished. He sails on to the Eastern Isle where he is reunited with his kind. Scarred and embittered, Daya courageously defies the authority of the gods. It is the darkest of nights when Quay watches from a distance as Daya releases a virus from an urn that the gods had prepared in secret to cull the humans. Her act is reminiscent of the legendary Pandora. The freeing of the virus results in Daya’s death and that of all humanoids on the Eastern Isle. In effect, she impedes the grand experiment of the gods and alters human evolution forever.

In his 977th year, Quay began to die. His dying experience is detailed using the Tibetan Book of the Dead as a guide. Quay was the last of the gods that walked among us.


Book Links:
Amazon
Black Rose Writing
Goodreads

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Excerpt:

“Everyone knows.” He whimpered remorsefully and embraced his knees. “You see, it has all gone wrong. My consequences are like infectious demons, blighting the generations that stem from me. There is no escaping them. The fault is mine, eternally mine! My seed is bad.” He began rocking rhythmically.
Ahn’s demons are concoctions of his mind, Quay thought. They seem to appear to humanoids when life’s balance is distorted. Guilt is an indicator.
It occurred to Quay that the humanoid mind acts much like a judge. Once the cause of guilt is discovered, its harsh reasoning carries out the sentence. Neither gods nor humanoids can help him. The humanoid mind is a stern taskmaster. It will unlock Ahn from guilt’s yoke only when his imagined demons are satisfied and life’s balance is restored. 

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Author Information:


Mark Cosman’s writing began when his daughter, Berlyn, was murdered at her high school prom party. It was when Mark left the rubble of his beliefs and assumptions to go in search of the most profound questions we ask ourselves. His first book, “A Flower in the Snow,” and his latest work, “Descent of the Gods,” is the result of that odyssey.

Sexy Snippets: Creak



Woke up this morning with a sore throat. :-( Needless to say I am not feeling 100% today.

This week my self-published titles - She-Wolf (Blood Series: Prequel), Cranberry Blood (Blood Series: Book One), and Razel Dazzle - became available on All Romance eBooks. So they are now there with my other titles for purchase.

As a treat for Christmas, She-Wolf has been reduced to $2.99 (from $3.99) and Cranberry Blood has been reduced to $3.99 (from $4.99.) So, if you fancy treating yourself - or perhaps a friend of family member - to some Werewolves and/or Vampires this Christmas you can get the prequel and first book in my Blood Series for these bargain prices.

Also, Razel Dazzle my modern fairytale retelling of Rapunzel if available to download for FREE from pretty much all retailers. You can get this title for FREE from Amazon US, but it is not yet available for FREE on any other Amazon site. I do apologize, I'm hoping that it will filter through this week.

All buy links can be found here: http://www.e-morgan.com/razel-dazzle.html

Any way, enough talking it is Sexy Snippet time and we are continuing with my erotic horror, Creak.
You can read the snippet before this here. Enjoy!

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"I knew you liked me better."
"It's got nothing to do with liking you best and you know it."
"Bullshit." Tyler grabbed the bottle from Kacey's hand and crawled over to me.
Kacey gave a sharp laugh. "She wouldn't have asked if she knew you—"
"Shut up." Tyler grunted as he twisted and sat beside me.
"Wait a minute, if I knew what?" With a hooded gaze I looked between them. "What don't I know?"
"That Tyler is totally in love with you." Jayne giggled and put her hand over her mouth. "Oops, did I just say that out loud."

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Blurb:

What happens in Silver Creek, stays in Silver Creek.

After spending the summer as a recluse due to a bad break-up, Nicole Saunders agrees to go to The Heat Wave Festival with her best friends, Kacey and Tyler.

Along with three other friends they plan to take a shortcut through the small town of Silver Creek; the last thing any of them expected was to become lost and end up pulling in to a motel for the night.

The Creek Motel is isolated and the last place Nicole wants to be, especially after meeting the glacial owner, but her discomfort is soon forgot as she finally gives in to her feelings and asks Kacey and Tyler to spend the night with her.

A decision she quickly regrets when she discovers that their friend has mysteriously disappeared from her locked room in the middle of the night. Worried, Nicole presumes the worst, but quickly discovers that Jayne's disappearance is more disturbing than any of them could have guessed.

Buy Links:
Secret Cravings Publishing: 
http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=4&products_id=514
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Creak-ebook/dp/B00BAWLW40/ref=sr_1_8?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1360106481&sr=1-8&keywords=elizabeth+morgan
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Creak-ebook/dp/B00BAWLW40/ref=pd_rhf_se_p_t_1_P7HA


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