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Today author Kelly Hashway shares a short guest post about why she used the mythology she did in Touch of Death.
By Kelly Hashway
It’s no secret I love mythology. From the very first time I studied mythology in school, I wanted to step inside the books we read and live among the gods and other mythical creatures. Titans, Cyclops, Sirens—I mean, what’s not to love?
So when I came up with the idea for Touch of Death, I knew I wanted characters who had a connection to mythological beings. Medusa and Ophiuchus are huge parts of the story. Maybe it’s my fear of snakes, but I was always intrigued by Medusa. There are so many different stories about her, which gave me a lot to choose from, but when I discovered a myth about her and the 13th sign of the zodiac, I knew I’d found what I was looking for. My own birthday falls under the sign of Ophiuchus, so this really hit home for me. In fact, my main character, Jodi Marshall, and I share the same birthday.
And what better enemy than Hades himself? I wanted characters who had abilities that angered the gods and maybe even rivaled their powers. The tricky part was making sure that my characters were also human—or at least my main character. Jodi has a lot of power while still acting very much like a typical teenage girl, and that makes her one amazing necromancer.
Jodi Marshall isn’t sure how she went from normal teenager to walking disaster. One minute she’s in her junior year of high school, spending time with her amazing boyfriend and her best friend. The next she’s being stalked by some guy no one seems to know.
After the stranger, Alex, reveals himself, Jodi learns he’s not a normal teenager and neither is she. With a kiss that kills and a touch that brings the dead back to life, Jodi discovers she’s part of a branch of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac, Ophiuchus. A branch of necromancers that are descendants of Medusa. A branch of necromancers with poisoned blood writhing in their veins.
Jodi’s deadly to the living and even more deadly to the deceased. She has to leave her old, normal life behind before she hurts the people she loves. As if that isn’t difficult enough, Jodi discovers she’s the chosen one who has to save the rest of her kind from perishing at the hands of Hades. If she can’t figure out how to control her power, history will repeat itself, and her race will become extinct.
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