EROSBCBig-683x1024“Eros” by Yelle Hughes is a fantastic and highly creative blend of modern culture and ancient Greek Myth. The beginning takes us back to one of these curses that go wrong and set off a chain reaction that eventually leads to the fulfilment of a prophecy, but in a different way than was anticipated or intended. Nobody does it better than the Greek, or Yelle Hughes on their behalf.

Eros falls for Psyche but through a series of events he loses her for several millennia and a prophecy tells that she should not meet her again until the 21st century. The beginning is powerful and really gets you in the mood for drama and complications. I used to learn Ancient Greek at my school and Hughes and her work always makes me instantly want to open old Greek books again and refresh my knowledge of this fascinating mythology. Very well done and very captivating.

Fast forward to US soil in the 21st century and witness as modern day Eros, now Erok, gets to fall for Sindi. The writing here is steamy and contains some hot explicit sex scenes. The immortal has fallen for a mortal and divine intervention, cursing and intrigue throws more complication into the plot.

This series is such great fun, particularly when the ancient gods come into play and meet modern life. They are of course fully used to the modern world but their attitude and immortal status bring some amazing quality to the story.

While it is true that parts of the novel read like chick lit or romantic suspense, Hughes has captured the essence and fun of Greek drama and made it into a very enjoyable divine tragi-comedy.

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Interview with Yelle:Yelle Dinner
Tell us a little about yourself as writer and as person.

Man, what can I say? Oh well, I’m old, I got a dirty mind, I think I’m funny (sometimes), I laugh at the goofiest things, my kids think I’m goofy. I talk loud, (hence my name). I am loyal to my family but won’t hesitate to cuss them out when warranted. I’m a movie buff and news junkie. I love to watch action flicks. I’m a big ole tom-boy and feel more comfortable in sweats instead of some fancy dress, (I will get dressed up if I have to.) I read tons of books from Homer to Calvin & Hobbs, though I had to switch to buying my books on Kindle because of all the space my books took up.

I’m cheap, hate to spend money on stuff, though I will go ham crazy on buying DVD’s, music and books (my kids hated me growing up, no expensive Jordan’s for them) I’m not a picky eater, but I refuse to eat oysters-grossest things ever known to man. I watch football and my favourite team is the Broncos. If you were to ask me about a play though, I’d have no clue. I just love to watch the men bash each other. If a family member or a friend needed my help, I’m there. I sort of keep to myself and quite frankly have become a hermit, but if you need me, you know where to find me.

My music tastes are vast. I can rock to Katy Perry (some of it) all the way back to The Oak Ridge Boys to Natalie Dessay. I’ve taught my kids, you never say you don’t like any genre of music if you’ve never listened to it. Though I call myself an 80’s baby, the kids will find me listening to Skrillex or listening to old school hip hop or Barry Manilow (don’t say it, there’s nothing wrong with Barry, lol). Doesn’t matter, if it has a great beat, a good voice, I’m on it.

Tell us about your writing history. When was the first time you decided to write and when was the first time you did?

I started writing poems, limericks and Haiku’s in high school. It wasn’t something that I looked as a career, just something to do and put my thoughts down. After graduation, I met a guy and blah, blah, blah…so my interests and thoughts moved onto raising a family.

I got serious about my writing after I took a trip to Greece, a few years ago.

Did anyone influence you / encourage you to become a writer?

Not really. I’m from a small town and a lot of opportunities and outside knowledge wasn’t really encouraged. My thoughts growing up was to raise a family, be a reader, and that would be my job for life.

When did you decide to write in your chosen genre(s), the concept behind your books and how did you get the idea? 

I started Ari and Taz’s story in HS. Ever since I discovered the world of Greek Mythology, I’d been fascinated. Fantasy and the ability to do anything you wanted outside of human restrictions, I became obsessed. I always dreamed of what would happened if the gods were real and acted like you and me, but with a little something special.

How did you come to writing?

I’ve tried several things in my life (art, photography, softball) while they were great, my need to put my world on paper was my calling.

How did you come up with your stories?

It is a combination of my life experience and classical Greek Mythology.

You have created great characters. Which one is your favourite?

They’re all my favourite but I guess I would have to go with my first, Taz (Triton).

Who would you cast to play the characters in a movie?

Taz is based off Dwayne Johnson, Senaa Latham as Ari, Jensen Ackles as Erok, Salli Richardson as Sindi, Gerard Butler as Zeke and Aisha Tyler as Gail. Last but not least, George Michael as George the dolphin.

Are you like any of the characters (and how so)?

All the ladies have a little bit of me in them. Ari is a phlebotomist (a person who draws blood), Sindi is a photographer (me too) and Gail is the tough as nail’s chick but really a softy (I tend to be a little ruff around the edges, so I’ve been told)

Were the plot and subplots completely planned from the start or did they change during the process, and if so, how?

I started off with just a sappy love story, then it progressed with having a bad guy, a bad lady and then, the fear of death.

What is your main reason for writing?

I have a huge imagination and dream a lot. It makes me laugh with some of the stories that I think of and I thought it would be great to get my stories out there and hopefully get some people to laugh with me and fall in love with my characters as I am.

What is your life like outside of writing?

I have to face the real world, bills, an ex that gets on my nerves (just kidding, he only gets on my nerve when I talk to him more than 15 minutes) Helping to raise another baby (I thought I was done) and how things are so different on how I raised my own.

I ‘ve only read one of the books so far. What is the idea behind your series?

With most classical mythology, gods were made to be arrogant, jackasses and not really giving a crap about humans. Well, I wanted to shed a different light and give them a little twist on how I, as a reader and lover would like to see them. They’re still arrogant, and jackasses but some of them do feel that humans and gods can live in harmony. Though, some need a slap upside the head to see that (Zeke).

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?

Starting and finishing are the worst. My biggest question when starting a book is “How do I begin this journey?” It takes a bit of reflection and arguing with myself before I write down the first word. Once I get started the story unfolds and it’s easy from there. The ending is painful, because it’s the end and I have to say goodbye to the story. I could continue the character’s existence in the next book, but I’m not concentrating on them personally.

How do you balance marketing one book and writing the next?

Poorly. It’s just me and with outside obligations it gets frustrating. I do however; have a great group of author buddies that are a life saver.

Who are your editors and how do you quality control your books?

I have several editors from my author group. I’m still a newbie as a self-published author, so at this point I’m just happy to have my work out there.

How have you found the experience of self-publishing? What were your highs and lows?

Its hard work and it takes dedication. Which is hard to do when everything depends on that person. Because I don’t have a team, if I walk away, things don’t get done. It gets frustrating when I can’t devote my time to my craft but I also know what happens if you neglect the loved ones in your life. They grow up and remember.

What is your advice to new writers?

If this is what you want, do it. Don’t let anyone tell you different but be prepared for criticism, cause it will be there. From loved ones and strangers.

Who are your favourite independent writers?

Who are your favourite authors?

I have so many, but I’ll give you the ones that are at the very top: Hans Christian Anderson, Homer, Shelly Laurenston, Christina Feehan, Kresley Cole and Sherrilyn Kenyon

What is your favourite book?

Again, so many, lol. I’d say the book adaptation of “Clash of the Titans” by Alan Dean Foster.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)? 

I just finished a shifter ebook, “The Alpha Meets His Match” by Georgette St. Clair.

Three names pop up when I think of that. Shannon McRoberts, Christoph Fischer and Travis Luedke. I love all their work and dedication to their craft.

Flattery will get you places 😉  Tell us about your other books?

I’m what you call a Trekkie, though I don’t dress up and don’t speak Klingon. My short story is about the Greek Gods venturing to outer space and I’d like to do more in that genre. My other writings are part of anthologies with authors and those stories range from contemporary romance to historical fiction.

What do you do when you don’t write?

Drink coffee, argue and chase my 3yr old niece and 2yr old granddaughter, computer stuff, eat, chase some more, then sleep. Next day, repeat.

What makes you laugh?

People getting slapped with a pie in the face. Saturday Night Live and Will Ferrell.

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

Gerard Butler

What song would you pick to go with your book?

Wham is my first choice, but Xanadu by Olivia Newton John speaks for everything.

We just might be soulmates, lol. – How do you handle criticism of your work?

With a grain of salt. I feel it’s needed because nobody is perfect and in order to perfect my craft, I got to take it. I use it to learn. Not that sometimes it doesn’t hurt my feelings but I’m a big girl, I can take it.

What are you working on now?  

I am finishing editing for the second novel in my series and working on making a print book for the first.

Thanks so much for being here.

I want to thank you so much. You are really great for asking me these questions.

Yelle Hughes Bio

Yelle Hughes, mum of three and now a proud grandparent, is an avid reader as well as author. She enjoys canoeing, studying the Greek myths, watching action and western movies, and is an unpaid movie critic. Her work is written from the heart and from the people who have passed through her life, just as the seasons pass each year.

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“Triton” by Yelle Hughes is an excellent fun read about Greek Gods in 22022826modern times. The plot of this inspired novel is spanning the millenia with a twisted family feud that begins in Ancient Greek, moves through the days of Rome and finds its way to contemporary Ohio. Descendants of the Gods and the Immortals themselves do the name Greek Drama proud. Incestuous lusts, improper longings, love, jealousy and revenge – it is all there for you.

The characters themselves are wonderful creations, very much in the way you would like them to be in a novel about Greek mythology, but also some great unexpected additions, such as Poseidon’s aid, George, the dolpin.
Ariadne, a young woman in Ohio, discovers some Greek book and read out the writing while clearing out her grandmother’s belongings, an event that is noticed in the Aegaen and draws attention to her. Pursued also by one of her ancestors and an unsuitable ex-boyfriend, the complications add up nicely and make for an inspired and well unfolding plot.
Hughes has combined existing myths with fresh ones and historical characters with invented ones, but somehow managed to keep the authentic feel of Greek Mythology. I studied ancient Greek at school for 5 years and have had my fill of its history, language and mythology. Hughes’s ‘post-modern’ take on it comes together very well and is intelligent as it is hugely enjoyable.
I’m a huge fan.

Here is the offical Blurb:
What happens when your ancestor, who happens to be a pedophile, a rapist and a cold-blooded killer, tries to kill you? Even stuffs his daughter into a box and throws them into the sea?

Luckily for Ariadne Phillips, Triton, god of the sea, travels across the ocean to protect her. Reluctantly you might add.
Sent by his father to watch a silly mortal, Taz plans to ship her off to No Man’s Land, so he can go back home to max and relax.

When blues eyes meet hazel, it’s a done deal. Taz wants to keep the only mortal who can make him laugh and cry at the same time, while Ari gets a dream trip to Greece, to be a model and finally use her self-defense training to kick some butt.
Happily ever after can’t be reached without Taz discovering his mortal flaw. Gods can and do die. Ari can’t join the immortal ranks without fighting the crockety Fates for her soul