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Book cover of Not a Chocolate Snowball's Chance in Hades

Kate Berberich Author Of Picture Imperfect

From the list on unpredictable protagonists.

Who am I?

I’m going to date myself horribly here, but…I’m an old-school fan of the guy in the grey hat. Think Kerr Avon of Blake’s 7. The guy you could never quite predict. Or Han Solo until about halfway through The Empire Strikes Back. Are they going to do the right thing? Are they going to follow their heart? And it’s so satisfying when they do! Of course, it’s equally satisfying when they go right ahead and sucker punch the bad guy, ‘cuz hey—only the good guys give warnings, right?

Kate's book list on unpredictable protagonists

Why did Kate love this book?

So you think you know your mythology?

The King of the Underworld must be a bad guy, right? And those folks up on Olympus are the good guys? Yeah…maybe rethink that a bit. There’s more to this Hades than you’ll find in dusty old mythology. He cares for his realm and its denizens, and he’s looking for a queen to share his kingdom and be his equal partner. 

By Lianne Kelly,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Not a Chocolate Snowball's Chance in Hades as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Held in Demeter's overprotective grip, power burns deep and seductive in Persephone. She will do whatever it takes to win her freedom and the Olympian Duel of Yule.

When Hades, King of the Underworld, swaggers into the baking competition, Persephone's competitive spirit rises to meet his challenge. The two clash over more than cookies. Until a little chaos interrupts the competition. She shouldn't trust Hades, but a fiery death with Ares doesn't appeal. An escape to the Underworld leads to a passion that burns hotter than Tartarus.

Persephone is all too aware of Olympian rules. Loving Hades comes with a…

A Court of Mist and Fury

By Sarah J. Maas,

Book cover of A Court of Mist and Fury

E.A. Neeves Author Of After You Vanished

From E.A.'s 3 favorite reads in 2023.

Who am I?

Author Storyteller Bookmaker Sneaky archer Board game enthusiast Superhero nerd

E.A.'s 3 favorite reads in 2023

Plus, E.A.'s 3-year-old's favorite books.

Why did E.A. love this book?

Yes, this book has faeries and magic and a hot enemies-to-lovers romance. But the thing that brings A Court of Mist and Fury from a sexy fantasy adventure to a book I keep thinking about despite having closed its pages is the way Maas includes Feyre’s struggles with depression.

I haven’t seen another fantasy series make learning to overcome the trauma the main character experienced in book one an integral part of the emotional plotline in its sequel, encapsulated by this line Feyre says to Rhysand: “I am broken and healing, but every piece of my heart belong to you.”

By Sarah J. Maas,

Why should I read it?

7 authors picked A Court of Mist and Fury as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?


'With bits of Buffy, Game Of Thrones and Outlander, this is a glorious series of total joy' - STYLIST
Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court - but at a steep cost. Though she now possesses the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, the mesmerising High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates his dark web of political games and tantalising promises,…

Girl, Goddess, Queen

By Bea Fitzgerald,

Book cover of Girl, Goddess, Queen

Luciana Cavallaro Author Of Search for the Golden Serpent

From Luciana's 3 favorite reads in 2023.

Who am I?

Author Time traveller Ancient history enthusiast Amateur photographer Beach baby Wine appreciator

Luciana's 3 favorite reads in 2023

Why did Luciana love this book?

This is a different version of how Persephone and Hades became a couple.

It has humour but also deals with issues of mental and emotional abuse, arranged marriages, sexism, and female rights. I quite enjoyed the story, and the way the author addressed these ongoing concerns was effective. Worth reading.

By Bea Fitzgerald,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Girl, Goddess, Queen as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

To hell with love, this goddess has other plans...

Thousands of years ago, the gods told a lie: how Persephone was a pawn in the politics of other gods. How Hades kidnapped Persephone to be his bride. How her mother, Demeter, was so distraught she caused the Earth to start dying.

The real story is much more interesting.

Persephone wasn't taken to hell: she jumped. There was no way she was going to be married off to some smug god more in love with himself than her.

Now all she has to do is convince the Underworld's annoyingly sexy, arrogant…

Persephone's Mare

By Iza Moreau,

Book cover of Persephone's Mare

Sara Warner Author Of Still Waters

From the list on with adventure, strong women, and horses.

Who am I?

I am a lifelong horsewoman, environmental researcher, and writer. After a career with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, working to protect wild rivers and streams, I “retired” to become a dressage teacher, trainer, and judge, and I regularly travel the Gulf Coast, teaching dressage clinics. I have taught literature and writing at the college level. I have bred and trained champion horses and helped horses rescued from dire situations. Together with my husband, I also organized a rescue operation for horses on the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Katrina. I have a PhD in History, Theory, and Culture from Emory University. All in all, I’ve had an adventurous and wonderful life which I try to share in my writing.

Sara's book list on with adventure, strong women, and horses

Why did Sara love this book?

For readers who love fantasy, the story of Persephone and her discovery of the magical world of Equidona will be a favorite. After the sudden and inexplicable loss of her mother, who was a devoted horsewoman, Persephone finds herself swept into a world in which horses are at the center of a society at a crossroads. The widespread use of magic has put people at odds with some of the longest and most cherished traditions of horsemanship. Persephone must discover her own powers in order to help control the forces that killed her mother. I love this story for its careful sketching of the values of a life with horses. LGBTQ theme.

By Iza Moreau,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Persephone's Mare as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Persephone Gwilt lives with her mother, Alice, and their horses on a small farm in rural North Florida. Alice had intended to wait until Persephone turned 18 to reveal to her that their real home was a magical place called Equidona, which they had fled because Alice was being hunted by Rogue Wizards. But, when Alice is killed several months before Persephone’s birthday, the 17-year-old finds herself whisked away to a world that uses magic instead of technology and where the management and training of horses is the main enterprise.

But the Rogue Wizards are still on the hunt—this time…

A Touch of Darkness

By Scarlett St Clair,

Book cover of A Touch of Darkness

Belle Jay James Author Of Hearts Redress Series: Undesirable Book One

From the list on fiction authors that hide the scars of trauma.

Who am I?

As an author I emerged from a divergent path in life. Having navigated a hard childhood, new adulthood, and careers I didn’t love, I found my passion. I want to evoke deep emotions, drawing from the depths of my and others past experiences. Finding myself came with the realization that PTSD was something I didn't have to only suffer from. I wanted to advocate for PTSD. My dream is to continue The Hearts Redress series by taking others' pasts and weaving them into fiction. Giving them a voice they didn't have. Everyone deserves love, belonging, and redemption!

Belle's book list on fiction authors that hide the scars of trauma

Why did Belle love this book?

If you are looking for a bewitching romance that combines elements of mythology, forbidden love, and self-discovery I recommend A Touch of Darkness.

I fell in love with Scarlett St. Clair’s complex characters. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book is how it gently guides you through the effects of trauma in life. The other is how engaging the book was. I had a hard time putting it down to go to sleep.  

By Scarlett St Clair,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked A Touch of Darkness as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

From bestselling author Scarlett St. Clair comes a dark and enthralling reimagining of the Hades and Persephone Greek myth.

"Let me worship you," he said.

She remembered the words she had whispered to him in the back of the limo after La Rose. "You will worship me, and I won't even have to order you." His request felt sinful and devious, and she reveled in it.

She answered, "Yes."

Persephone is the Goddess of Spring in title only. Since she was a little girl, flowers have only shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hoped to lead…

The King's Captive

By K.M. Shea,

Book cover of The King's Captive

Lydia Sherrer Author Of Beginnings

From Lydia's 3 favorite reads in 2023.

Who am I?

Author USA Today bestseller Creator of worlds Boy mom Small business owner Tea and chocolate addict

Lydia's 3 favorite reads in 2023

Why did Lydia love this book?

K.M. Shea writes light, fluffy urban fantasy, the perfect comfort book snack. They're always sprinkled with a refreshing layer of goodness and deeper meaning, leaving you feeling refreshed and happy at the end.

The King's Captive, the first in the Gates of Myth and Power series from her Magiford Supernatural City world, is my absolute favorite so far because the main character CAN TURN INTO A CAT!! Squee!

The subtle humor, snarky narration voice of the main character, and sweet romance that develops is just perfect. Plus there was some great friendships for the main characters to lean on as they battled their interior and exterior demons. I loved the whole trilogy and was so sad there wasn't more.

By K.M. Shea,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The King's Captive as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

I can turn into a housecat.

It’s a fun magic, except in a world filled with vampires and werewolves, it doesn’t exactly make me a powerhouse. Instead, the supernatural community has classified me as an outcast, which means one thing: picking on me is open season all day, every day.

The local fae are the worst of all, and it’s during one of their regular “capture the cat-girl” sessions that I shift into my cat form and meet HIM for the first time.

Noctus is so powerful his magic radiates off him like a sun, and my fae captors can…

The Iron Queen

By Julie Kagawa,

Book cover of The Iron Queen

Katharine Corr Author Of A Throne Of Swans

From the list on fantasy featuring fierce queens.

Who am I?

I write YA fantasy novels with my sister, Liz. A Throne of Swans (our fourth book) is the first in a duology which features two fierce, shape-shifting queens. Since we both studied history at university, we’re particularly drawn to fantasy settings with a historical element, whether that’s a royal court or tall ships from the age of sail. In real history, queens wielding power tend to be rare or at least overlooked; Catherine of Aragon’s divorce is common knowledge, her wartime regency of England less so. Writing about and reading about powerful queens in fantasy novels is, I think, one small way of redressing the balance.  

Katharine's book list on fantasy featuring fierce queens

Why did Katharine love this book?

This book is the third in the Iron Fey series, following the adventures of half-fae/half-human Meghan Chase in the various realms of the Fae. One of the things I love about this series, which is particularly brought out in this installment, is the subtle environmental message. The Iron Fey that threaten the complete destruction of the other fairy realms are the result of humanity’s obsession with technological progress; it’s not hard to make the association with the similar threat now posed to our own world by the relentless exploitation of resources. Our hero, Meghan, finally grows into her power – both fae and human – in this book, becoming the Iron Queen of the title. Also, this series has one of my favourite love triangles ever. Puck, or Ash? An impossible choice!

By Julie Kagawa,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Iron Queen as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In less than twenty-four hours I'll be seventeen. Although, technically, I won't actually be turning seventeen. I've been in the Nevernever too long.

When you're in Faery, you don't age. So while a year has passed in the real world, agewise I'm probably only a few days older than when I went in. In real life, I've changed so much I don't even recognize myself. MY NAME IS MEGHAN CHASE. I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm…

The Goblin’s Bride

By Leigh Kelsey, Lysandra Glass,

Book cover of The Goblin’s Bride

Laurie Bowler Author Of The Realm of Witches

From the list on fantasy you will get lost inside of.

Who am I?

I especially love reading fantasy stories and stories based on actual historical events. I've been an avid reader since I was a little girl; while my siblings were playing outside or inside with toys I was the one sat curled up in the corner reading. I've also worked hard and gained qualifications in creative writing. I've also had a passion for writing and have written my own fantasy novels; being an author is simply amazing because you can create characters that are unique and special as well as true to life, plus you get to create worlds that are entirely different to our own. 

Laurie's book list on fantasy you will get lost inside of

Why did Laurie love this book?

I loved this book because it is both captivating and well written with different worlds and forbidden romance. This story is based not only on enemies who become lovers but also has sizzling tension and an epic dark mystery element, all beautifully written and combined. 

This book immediately pulled me into the author's world. The tension inside was just as unique as the storyline itself. There is nothing quite like reading a book that has you on the edge of your seat but melting your heart at the same time; definitely, a surprising and unique twist combining many elements.

By Leigh Kelsey, Lysandra Glass,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Goblin’s Bride as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Marry him. Kiss him. Kill him. But never love him.

The goblin prince killed my sister. For years, I've waited for justice, and I've finally found the perfect opportunity: Kier Kollastus, the prince himself, will agree to peace with his human enemies if a sacrifice is given. A human bride.

With my face veiled and my knives hidden, I offer myself as the prince’s sacrifice, wearing a liar’s smile as I wait to cut his throat when he sleeps.

But Kier is indestructible except for one night every year. And worse—he’s not the barbarian goblins are supposed to be. He's…

The Dark Wife

By S.E. Diemer,

Book cover of The Dark Wife

Molly Ringle Author Of Lava Red Feather Blue

From the list on fantasy with great queer representation.

Who am I?

I’ve been making up magical worlds ever since childhood, when I populated the creekbanks and vacant lots in my hometown with ghosts, fae, Land of Oz residents, and other creatures from my imagination. Fantasy and forbidden love have always been my two main allures in reading, and different varieties of sexuality and gender identity also fascinated me once I became more aware of such issues in college, through books as well as my anthropology classes. I was recently pleased to learn there’s at least one cool label for me as well—demisexual—and nowadays I love populating my fantasy novels with queer characters. Everyone deserves adventures in the otherworld!

Molly's book list on fantasy with great queer representation

Why did Molly love this book?

The story of Persephone and Hades is my favorite Greek myth—and a lot of other people’s, to judge from how many of us have written about it. Therefore I’ve read lots of the novels that retell it, but The Dark Wife stands out for being the only Sapphic version I’ve found! Here Hades is a goddess rather than a god, and rather than abducting Persephone, she shelters her in the Underworld, where Persephone can avoid the sexual predators among the gods above. (Of which there are a lot, in canonical myth; let’s be honest.) Though set in the deliciously spooky land of the dead, the romance between the two goddesses is sweet and comforting, and the writing is as lyrically pretty as a classical poem.

By S.E. Diemer,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Dark Wife as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Three thousand years ago, a god told a lie. Now, only a goddess can tell the truth. Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want--except for freedom. She lives on the green earth with her mother, Demeter, growing up beneath the ever-watchful eyes of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus. But when Persephone meets the enigmatic Hades, she experiences something new: choice. Zeus calls Hades "lord" of the dead as a joke. In truth, Hades is the goddess of the underworld, and no friend of Zeus. She offers Persephone sanctuary in her land of the dead, so the…

River of Shadows

By Karina Halle,

Book cover of River of Shadows

Autumn Stevens Author Of Faelaw

From the list on fantasy starters that bring out the heroine in you.

Who am I?

I can’t lay claim to expertise in the fantasy genre, but I am passionate about it! My best friend introduced me to fantasy a few years ago, and my life has never been the same. As a nerdy kid, I read high-brow books like Wuthering Heights and War & Peace, but it wasn’t until I started reading, writing, and watching fantasy stories like LOTR that my imagination really ignited. I’m a woman with picky tastes, so finding a good story that I can relate to is an ongoing and satisfying quest. Most importantly, if I can make even one person’s day brighter with my own writing, it’s all worth it.

Autumn's book list on fantasy starters that bring out the heroine in you

Why did Autumn love this book?

River of Shadows is a romance-leaning fantasy series starter, but here, the quest story comes first. It’s a fairy tale retelling with a bit of everything: a Beauty & The Beast arc, Hades & Persephone vibes, morbid humor, steamy scenes featuring the hapless Hanna and the God of Death… I could go on!

It’s an adult dark fantasy with horror elements that’s also chock-full of humor, mixing the tragic with the comic in an artful way. What’s not to love?

I will admit, Halle could have made her heroine a little less Mary-Sue, but we can forgive her that because the wondrous worldbuilding, plot, and varied characters more than make up for it. It was fun to read, making me LOL with every turn of the page.

By Karina Halle,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked River of Shadows as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In order to save my father, I have to marry the God of Death.

River of Shadows is a spicy, captivating, and atmospheric adult dark fantasy romance inspired by Finnish mythology, from the New York Times bestselling author of Black Sunshine. Perfect for those who want Hades/Persephone and Beauty and the Beast vibes with a dark Nordic folklore twist.

When 24-year old Hanna Heikkinen's estranged father dies, she reluctantly makes the trip to Northern Finland for his funeral. Being in the enchanting land of ice and snow feels miles away from Hanna's busy life back in Los Angeles, especially under…


By Priya Sharma,

Book cover of Pomegranates

Seb Doubinsky Author Of The Invisible

From Seb's 3 favorite reads in 2023.

Who am I?

Author Reader Father Anarchist Sunday daoist

Seb's 3 favorite reads in 2023

Why did Seb love this book?

Pomegranates is a poignant story that takes place in Hadès, the Greek version of the Land of the Dead; the goddess Persephone explains to a human listener why she has cursed the Earth with an eternal winter.

Using the backdrop of the Greek myths, Priya Sharma manages to build a deeply human story about familial violence and abuse, which resounds deeply in our times of #metoo and attacks of women’s fundamental rights.

I loved this book because it gave a moving voice to a suffering, powerful character whose divinity is challenged by her peers.

It resonated for me with the struggle of women worldwide, and with its hopeful ending, it also lets a ray of light pierce through the darkness of the clouds, smothering us.

By Priya Sharma,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Pomegranates as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Pomegranates is a dystopian tale, where climate change is an all-too-real backdrop to the events of the novella. Persephone is in the Underworld, relating her family’s history to a human who’s found his way there. As events unfold, and we see the horror her anger has unleashed on the world, we’re drawn deeper and deeper into the heart of this amazing story. The author has drawn a vivid picture of the world’s decay set against the backdrop of the repercussions of a dysfunctional family. And what a family it is―the gods themselves, bringing destruction on us all.

The Girl Games

By Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams,

Book cover of The Girl Games

Seth J. Gillihan Author Of Mindful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Simple Path to Healing, Hope, and Peace

From Seth's 8-year-old's 3 favorite reads in 2023.

Who am I?

Author Psychologist Dad of three Cook Music lover Gardener

Seth's 3 favorite reads in 2023

Plus, Seth's 8-year-old's favorite books.

Why did Seth's 8-year-old love this book?

My daughter loved this book because it included all four main goddesses’ perspectives: Artemis, goddess of the hunt; Athena, goddess of wisdom, inventions, and war; Persephone, goddess of plants and queen of the Underworld; and Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty.

It also included 3 God Boys and one human boy: Ares, god of war; Hades, god of the dead, jewels, and king of the Underworld; Heracles, who was turned into a god; and Acteon, who is a mortal. These 8 special God Boys, Goddess Girls, and a mortal go on an exciting expedition…

But you’ll have to read the book to find out much more about these adventurers!

By Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Girl Games as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The first-ever standalone Super Special in the Goddess Girls series--let the games begin!  Athena, Persephone, Aphrodite, and Artemis are so annoyed at being left out of the annual boys-only Olympic Games. Their solution? The Girl Games! But as the Goddess Girls work to turn their dream into a reality, they come up against plenty of chaos, competition, and even the cutest kitten ever. Told in the four girls' alternating points of view, this Super Special is packed with Olympic spirit!

Type and Cross

By J.L. DeLozier,

Book cover of Type and Cross

Michael Bradley Author Of Dead Air: A Novel of Suspense

From the list on first in a suspense or mystery series.

Who am I?

I fell in love with the mystery genre at a young age, starting with Donald J. Sobol's Encyclopedia Brown series. It didn't take long to graduate to the likes of Sherlock Holmes, particularly once PBS began broadcasting the series with Jeremy Brett in the titular role. Over the years, my passion for mystery and suspense stories has branched out into numerous sub-genres and a variety of classics from such superb authors like Agatha Christie, Leslie Charteris, P. D. James, and Charles Todd. As much as I enjoy individual mystery and suspense novels, I enjoy even more a series with a cast of characters that I can follow from book to book. 

Michael's book list on first in a suspense or mystery series

Why did Michael love this book?

This book, in this day and age, might actually hit a little too close to home, but it is worthy of a read anyway. Delozier writes a thrilling tale about a mad scientist that has created a deadly virus that could wipe out half the population. It's up to psychologist and empath Dr. Persephone Smith to track him down and stop him. Type and Cross, Delozier's debut novel, is a medical thriller that intermixes just enough medical terminology to make the premise sound plausible without losing the reader. Delozier's writing isn't overburdened by over-embellished description or unwieldy dialog which makes the book a pleasure to read.

Unlike your traditional trilogy, the second book in the series acts as an origin story of sorts, while the third wraps up the storyline from this book.

By J.L. DeLozier,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Type and Cross as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Dr. Persephone Smith has the gift of enhanced empathy, or the ability to get inside the heads of criminals too twisted for other psychologists to unravel. When a bioterrorist triggers a pandemic, the government hires Seph and a crack team of scientists to hunt him down.Seph discovers that Dr. William Baine has a genetic secret of his own, one which holds the key to both his coded journal and the formula for the cure. His special abilities are a perfect foil to her own. As their psychological link deepens, he taunts her in her pursuit, from the smoky tobacco shops…

On Persephone's Island

By Mary Taylor Simeti,

Book cover of On Persephone's Island: A Sicilian Journal

Susan Van Allen Author Of 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go

From the list on women who love Italy.

Who am I?

I am grateful to my maternal grandparents, immigrants from southern Italy, who instilled in me a love for the Bel Paese that has inspired me all my life. I began to travel to Italy 45 years ago, and after writing for television—on the staff of Everybody Loves Raymond—I turned to travel writing. I’ve written 4 books about Italian travel, along with many stories for magazines. I also design and host Golden Weeks in Italy: For Women Only tours, to give female travelers an insider’s experience of this extraordinary country.

Susan's book list on women who love Italy

Why did Susan love this book?

This memoir of a Sicilian year beautifully weaves together Simeti’s personal experience in rural Sicily and Palermo with her extensive knowledge of history, mythology, and culinary traditions. Simeti’s honesty truly prepared me for my first trip to Sicily – giving me a full picture of the island’s light and dark sides. 

By Mary Taylor Simeti,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked On Persephone's Island as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This is a year of Sicilian life, its seasons and its sacred festivals, its gorgeous fruits and demanding family life, its casual assassinations and village feasts, its weather and the neighbours. It chronicles a life divided between an apartment in the city of Palermo with the weekends and summer devoted to sustaining life in an old family farm. What makes this journal truly exceptional is that Mary Simeti is both an outsider, (an American who had studied medieval history and worked as a volunteer on a social welfare programme) and an insider. For this journal was written after twenty years…

Seeds of the Pomegranate

By Sherry Lazarus Ross,

Book cover of Seeds of the Pomegranate

Steve Griffin Author Of The Things We Thought Were Beautiful

From the list on nature poems to make you think and feel.

Who am I?

I’ve been writing poems since an inspirational period of study in Stirling in my twenties, when I did a lot of hill walking in the Scottish Highlands. For me, poetry that doesn’t move you, that doesn’t make you feel, is just words on a page. I love poems that make you shiver as they incongruously bear the full load of life’s mystery. I like all kinds of poetry but have a special place reserved for nature poems, poems that find the heart and soul in the landscape, rivers, and wildlife.

Steve's book list on nature poems to make you think and feel

Why did Steve love this book?

Sherry Ross is an American poet who writes about loss, motherhood, and rebirth. Her nature poems reverberate with extraordinary detail and imagery, for instance, the running girl who finds the field has ended in a "party dress of hunter green," where "the trance of sunlight breaks, brings forgetfulness of open fields, distant voices, summer games." She ventures into the forest, with its ‘palate of light and dark’. Read these poems for their aching blend of sadness and joy. 

By Sherry Lazarus Ross,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Seeds of the Pomegranate as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

POET magazine says of Ms. Ross' poetry that she is able to "extend the everyday moment into deep mythology, using the commonplace as an avenue into the emotions." In SEEDS OF THE POMEGRANATE, Sherry uses the ancient Greek myth of Persephone as a metaphor for her own life. In the myth of Persephone, which is retold in the book's forward, Persephone is abducted by Hades, the god of the underworld. Her mother, the earth goddess Demeter, is both grief stricken and enraged at her daughter's disappearance. Obsessed with finding her daughter she neglects her duties and the land dries up…

Promises and Pomegranates

By Sav R. Miller,

Book cover of Promises and Pomegranates

N.J. Adel Author Of The Italian Marriage

From the list on arranged marriage mafia romance.

Who am I?

As a woman who comes from a culture that normalizes arranged/forced marriages, turning it into a more delicious fantasy in books rather than a bitter harsh reality has become an obsession of mine. Now, as I’ve written an entire series in the trope, I read and enjoy many by other awesome authors, too. I hope you enjoy the books on the list as much as I have.

N.J.'s book list on arranged marriage mafia romance

Why did N.J. love this book?

It’s amazing to see a new author soar high like this. I loved the darkness of this book, the viciousness of the antihero, the taboo, and, of course, the high steam dosage. Promises and Pomegranates is a Hades and Persephone modern retelling turned into a sizzling forced marriage mafia romance worthy of your time.

By Sav R. Miller,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Promises and Pomegranates as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?


To most, Kal Anderson is a villain.

Harbinger of death, keeper of souls, frequenter of nightmares.

Doctor Death. Hades incarnate.

They say he stole me.

Usurped my fiancé and filled the cracks in my heart with empty promises.

Imprinted his crimson fingerprints on my psyche and tried to set me free.

They’re not wrong, per se.

Except it was my choice to stay.


To most, Elena Ricci is an innocent.

Goddess of springtime, lover of poetry, angel of my nightmares.

Little one. Persephone personified.

They say I ruined her.

Shattered her virtue and devoured her soul like a…