I love holidays! Festivity is one of the awesome things about human culture (cats don’t party. Of this, I am sure). Though my latest release isn’t centered around Christmas, it does take place during a really neat holiday. You’ve probably heard of Dionysus—he’s up there with Zeus as one of the gods people remember studying in history class. He was the god of the vine and grapes and wine and ecstasy. He’d be my pick of the god to hang around with (though I wouldn’t want to engage in some of the maniacal customs associated with him—tearing into wild animals, no thanks).
The Greeks celebrated Dionysus with many festivals—the largest being the Great Dionysia in Athens. The festival took place in March, just as the grape vines were beginning to get leaves. Athens must have been so amazing during the festival—with parades, theater, and free-flowing wine. I would have loved to see it.
Greek tragedies are thought to have originated in Athens during the festival, followed by the satyr plays (which became comedies). Playwrights competed and all of Athens turned out to see the plays.
I’ve spent a lot of time imagining what it must have been like to be at the City Dionysia (another name for the festival) and Beautiful One came out of all the ponderings. I guess you could call it my take on the fun.
I’d love for you to check out Beautiful One—it’s a heart-warming story of two men who find their way to each other from very different beginnings.
Kallistos, a shy playwright, has been chosen to compete at the Great Dionysia festival in Athens. His plays are strong, but he faces Sophocles, the man who has won almost every contest. Kallistos, the beautiful one, has eschewed intimacy—yet the dark Alexios pierces his armor with philosophies he’s never considered, and he falls hard.
Alexios, a shepherd, aspires to be an actor in Athens. His trip plunges him into a plot of deceit and lies when Sophocles hires him to sabotage his competition. Sophocles promises money and a part on stage—but challenges Alexios’ beliefs and honor.
Inside Scoop: This book contains hot, sexy scenes of M/M interaction in a public bathhouse and in private. Come on in, the water’s fine.
A Romantica® historical gay erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
You can find Beautiful One (including an excerpt) at Ellora’s Cave.
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Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to know what your favorite holiday is!