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Get Your Myth On!

Greetings and salutations! Welcome, or welcome back, to the Kissing Books newsletter. I’m PN Hinton, here to give you the rundown on the world of romance, including new releases, recommendations, and other entertaining ways to pass your time.

I have been quite the busy bee the last couple of weeks. And that is not going to change anytime soon. This week I’m going to two events at the Lark & Owl. One is for the discussion of Clytemnestra, and the other is for a Mazey Eddings event, celebrating her YA debut Tilly in Technicolor. My book club meets this Saturday and the one after that is when one of my best friends is having her birthday dinner. It’s a lot of going into the out, especially for someone who, while ultimately an ambivert, has strong leanings towards the introverted part. So, there will need to be some kind of downtime in the future.

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New Releases

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So Much Love to Give by Pamela Campbell

Parker is one of her firm’s top architects, a fact she feels goes vastly unnoticed by head partner Sam. When Josiah is hired by Sam over another architect Parker felt was more qualified, she is enraged at this slight. However, she remains professional towards Josiah, if a little cool. Despite coming in under such means, Josiah is drawn to Parker and even she is unable to deny the attraction between the two of them.

cover of In Charm's Way

In Charm’s Way by Lana Harper*

Six months later, Delilah is still grappling with the effects of the spell that Nina Blackmoore placed on her. In an act of desperation, she casts a blood spell in the hopes of fully restoring her memory. While this does help her fully recover her memory and powers, it also has the side effect of making Delilah a monster magnet. When the charismatic half-fae/half-human monster hunter Catriona shows up, Delilah has little choice but to accept her help. As the two work to discover what happened with the spell, an undeniable attraction blooms between them. But when all sorts of secrets are revealed, will they be able to stand together?
*Read and LOVED by yours truly

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Riot Recommendations

As mentioned earlier, one of the books I’m currently reading is about Clytemnestra, who I feel is one of the more maligned figures in Greek mythology. Her story is fairly tragic and she’s painted as a villain for the murder of her husband Agamemnon, even if many argue he deserved it, which, to be completely transparent on my stance, he did.

That said, it did put me in the mood for some happier spins on myths — something that is prevalent in the romance world. While most of these retellings are around the Hades and Persephone myth, they are not the only option out there. While I do enjoy that one as well, I wanted to focus on others as well for today’s theme.

cover image of Love in Color by Bolu Babalola

Love in Color by Bolu Babalola

While she may be better known for Honey & Spice, this was Bolu’s debut book and features retellings of romantic myths from all around the world. While there are a few Greek myths retold here, you’ll also find tales from West Africa and the Middle East. And it’s a short story collection, which can sometimes be a nice change of pace.

cover of A Scent of Greek

A Scent of Greek by Tina Folsom

After Dionysus unceremoniously dumps Ariadne, Hera decides to teach him a lesson by robbing him of his memory. When a heartbroken Ariadne finds him later after being beaten, she decides to take advantage of his memory loss by telling him they’re engaged. The longer the charade goes on, though, the more seemingly real feelings develop, leaving Ariadne to wonder what will happen when his memories come back?

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And that’s all I have for y’all today. I’ll be back in your inboxes on Thursday with more romance related news and other fun bits. In the meantime can still find me on Twitter under @PScribe801. Until then happy reading and stay hydrated.