2018 Omega Series updates!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so I wanted to give you all an update about what’s happening with the Omega Series this year!

I’m planning on releasing two novellas for the “Alpha Beginnings Miniseries” in mid-Summer, prior to the release of the third main book, “Alpha,” in autumn.

The cover reveal for “Alpha” is tentatively scheduled for June!

I’ll post more updates as I have them!

 

Omega Series

Omega Beginning Miniseries
Omega
Theta Beginning Miniseries
Theta
Alpha Beginnings Miniseries (Summer 2018)
Alpha (Autumn 2018)

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The Oracle of Delphi is Ticked!

The Oracle of Delphi is a famous, yet mysterious figure. Appearing in both ancient history and pop culture, this person (actually, a series of women) is gifted with the power to foresee events. However, in Lizzy Ford’s Omega saga, the oracles are much more complex and badass!

For example, in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, the Oracle of Delphi is a human girl who receives her prophetic power from the Greek god of prophesies, Apollo. However, Lizzy’s Omega oracles are earth-bound goddesses who derive power from our world and are as powerful as any Olympic god.

In The Matrix movies, the Oracle is portrayed as a cigarette-smoking, cookie-baking homemaker/computer program. In the Omega saga, one of the oracles is a human quantum computer, capable of running thousands of possibilities and probabilities in the blink of an eye and then interfering to make the outcomes more favorable.

In the films Immortals (2011) and The Scorpion King (2002), the oracles lose their foresight if they engage in sexual relations. (As a side note, ancient history suggests this particular limitation was a clever rumor started by Delphic oracles to protect themselves from being violated.) However, this is not a limitation (so far) for the Omega oracles.

In fact, the Omega oracles have very few in-born limitations even though they have been victimized for millennia by gods and humans alike who want to access the oracles’ powers. The suffering the Omega oracles contend with is beyond description. Well, actually, Lizzy describes it in Omega and Shadow Titan, and when you read about it, I suggest your brace yourself. These ladies have some righteous vengeance to hand down.

The only problem is the Oracle of Delphi might destroy the entire world in order to mete out revenge. Although, after reading Shadow Titan and learning how the oracles have been abused and tortured, I think maybe a little end-of-world action needs to happen.  So I’m really looking forward to the People’s Champion episode, and of course, Theta, to find out what the Oracle of Delphi’s plan is to lay waste to her enemies!

Also, here’s a treat for those of you who are as demographically challenged as I am. For the life of me, I couldn’t picture where Delphi was located in relation to D.C. where the Oracle of Delphi is housed in the Omega saga. So I decided to use Google Maps to get a picture…here you go!

~ Amanda, Rabid Readerdc_delphi_map

 

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A Background on the God of Death, Thanatos

Thanatos is the Greek god of death. In Omega and Lantos, he is mentioned so briefly, the only thought I gave to him was when I paused to think, wait, isn’t Hades the Greek god of death?  Then, in the Silent Queen, Thanatos explodes onto the scene, taking his share of the stage, and now I know this minor god is going to impact Lizzy’s Omega characters in a major way!

To start off with, I was, of course, wrong when I thought Hades was the god of death. Hades is the god of the Underworld, and therefore, the god of the dead, not the god of death, which isn’t the same thing at all. Hades governs the Underworld while Thanatos is wrapped up in the business of taking life and carrying souls off to the realm of the dead.

So where does Thanatos come from and who are his people? According to Greek mythology, Thanatos is the son of Nyx, goddess of night, and Erebos, god of darkness. He was born into the first generation of Greek gods (the second generation being the Titans and the third generation being the famous Olympic gods we’re familiar with). He has a host of terrifying siblings, including violent death, old age, strife, retribution and deception. Charon, the Boatman who leads souls to the Underworld, and Hypnos, god of sleep, are also his brothers.

Unsurprisingly, Thanatos is hated by both mortals and gods. Phoibe, in Silent Queen, certainly isn’t thrilled when Thanatos shows up. I think it’s because he doesn’t care if a person is rich, royal or really good-looking – to him, everyone has an expiration date. His hard and pitiless heart makes him one of the most feared of all of Nyx’s children.

Interestingly enough, though, Thanatos is associated with peaceful death. On the good-and-evil scale, he’s a neutral party. However, Phoibe, the keeper of the Bloodline, represents a family who has escaped Thanatos’ attention for 10,000 years. Can we say natural conflict? Thanatos has got to be feeling some professional affront about this girl who is exempt from death when no one else has that luxury.

When these two tangle in the Theta Beginnings Miniseries, those closest to Phoibe are heavily impacted. I still can’t decide if that impact is good or bad for her peeps. You’ll have to read the books, too, and let me know what you think!

–          Amanda, Rabid Reader

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New Release: “Shadow Titan” (#3, Theta Beginnings Miniseries)

The third installment of the Theta Beginnings Miniseries is now here and FREE! (Kindle readers please note: Amazon has been slow to make books free, but the Kindle version is available from Smashwords! Links below!)

Shadow Titan (#3, Theta Beginnings Miniseries)

Shadow Titan

Lantos, the demigod son of a Titan, is left stranded in a forest during the attacks that are wiping out humanity. Unable to access his magic, he is helped by two unlikely allies, including one woman whose agenda is too hidden for even the master of secrets to decipher. But soon, those secrets are revealed to him, and he begins to wish he’d never met the enigmatic woman who gives him the keys to the dangerous double omega prophecy.

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Free on all platforms except Amazon. Kindle version is free from Smashwords!

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Meet the Goddess Artemis

Meet the Goddess Artemis:
Her Role in Omega and Omega Beginnings Miniseries

In Omega and Omega Beginnings Miniseries, Artemis is a woodswomen, huntress and the patroness of girls in trouble. She is also a busy, busy bee because…well…there are girls in trouble! Specifically, two young women:  Alessandra, the Oracle of Delphi and Phoibe, Queen of Greece. Both of them are screwed without this goddess on their side…

If you’ve read Omega and all eight episodes of the miniseries like I did last year, you may have noticed the goddess steering major events for many of the characters. I’m not sure if Artemis puts this much effort into safeguarding every little girl who runs into trouble, but if so, I tip my hat to her endurance. However, she has compelling reasons to save these two: One, Artemis knows Alessandra is fated to save humanity. And two, she knows Phoibe is the keeper of the Bloodline.

While Lizzy spoils us readers by giving us eight distinct points of view in the Omega Beginnings Miniseries, one perspective we didn’t get to read about is Artemis’. I wonder what motivates this goddess. I also wonder, when the time comes, will Alessandra and Phoibe stand with Artemis?

~ Amanda, Rabid Reader

Discussion questions for other Rabid Readers infected with the Omega and Omega Beginnings Miniseries bug (includes spoilers!):

  1. In Mismatch, the grotesque assumes Artemis will turn him back into stone if she finds out he is awake. However, in Phoibe, the crown princess thinks Mismatch is sent to her by Artemis as the answer to her prayers. What do you think…does Artemis know Mismatch is alive or not?
  2. The High Priestess, before her plunging death in Phoibe, treated Princess Phoibe abominably. In Theodocia, Dosy observes other priestesses acting with selfish and ambitious interests. Since Artemis allies with Dosy and Lantos (two outsiders) to safeguard the princess, what do you think is going on inside the Temple of Artemis? Why doesn’t Artemis get her house in order?
  3.  In Lantos, the demigod assumes Artemis is unaware of Alessandra’s existence, so he doesn’t ask the goddess for help finding the little Oracle. Why do you think Artemis keeps him in the dark about what she knows?
  4. According to Herakles, Artemis led her priests to the Olympian so that Alessandra can be raised learning the Old Ways. Why do you think Artemis wants Alessandra to learn the Old Ways, as opposed to the accepted religious teachings of the gods?

Have fun reading and discussing!

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Cover reveal: “Theta” (#2, Omega Series)

We’re thrilled to release the cover for “Theta” (#2, Omega Series!) “Theta” is the second book in the trilogy and sequel to “Omega.”

The working summary and cover are below!

Cover by: Eden Crane Designs

Photo by: K Keeton Designs

Theta 

ThetaAlessandra, the Oracle of Delphi, is under the control of the Supreme Magistrate, a madman determined to use her goddess-like powers to conquer deities and humans alike. Unable to confront him as she would like to, she bides her time and learns the political ropes while trying to save as many lives as possible. The implant linking her telepathically to the Supreme Magistrate begins to pull her into his madness, until she can no longer tell reality from the fictitious world he has created. With her allies exiled beyond the walls, Alessandra turns to Lantos, the Supreme Priest, a demigod as likely to betray her as help her. Lantos promises to help her on one condition – a condition she’s initially unwilling to accept.

Outside of Washington DC, Phoibe, the Silent Queen, struggles to control her rebellion. The army is fractured and unwilling to follow a teenage queen against the military might the Supreme Magistrate has spent years building. Just when she’s about to give up, she finds support where she least expects to: in the very gods she swore to expel from Earth. They’ll help her, if she calls off her war against them.

The Grotesque Prince, Adonis, has spent his life not knowing who he is. On a journey of self-discovery mandated by the goddess Artemis, he returns to the lands he once ruled. Amidst the rubble and destruction caused by the gods, he uncovers the plaque the goddess tasked him to find. Once he reads it, he understands too well the danger he’s placed everyone around him in, especially Alessandra, who woke him from slumber without understanding the consequences of such an action.

 

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New release: “Mercenary” (#2, Theta Beginnings Miniseries)

The second installment of the Theta Beginnings Miniseries is now here and FREE! (Kindle readers please note: Amazon has been slow to make books free, but the Kindle version is available from Smashwords! Links below!)

Mercenary (#2, Theta Beginnings Miniseries)

At first, hardened mercenary Niko is thrilled to watch the gods destroy the planet from the heart of the safe zone in DC, especially when he learns of the death of the man who forced him to work in the shadows. His excitement is short lived, however, when he realizes the reach of such wide scale destruction. His own son, whom he has never met, is caught in the middle of a war zone, and the one person who can guarantee his long-term safety is someone Niko knows not to trust.

For once in his life, Niko must think beyond today, and he doesn’t like what the future holds. He’s faced with an uncomfortable choice: become the father he never wanted to be, or continue to live life by his own set of rules and let the two people he cares about fall beneath the wrath of gods.

Purchase from: Amazon, Amazon UK.

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Updates!

A few much needed updates! We’re in the process of updating this site and beginning a countdown to the release of “Theta” in late summer! Stay tuned for news of the upcoming, exclusive cover reveal of “Theta!”

Order “Omega” from your local bookstore!

“Omega” and “Omega Beginnings Miniseries” are both available on order from your local bookstore (or library!) as well as from Amazon.

Theta Beginnings Miniseries has launched!

“Theta Beginnings Miniseries” has launched! March-June, a new novelette will be launched each month leading up to the release of “Theta!”

Omega ebook review copies available

“Omega” ebook review copies are now available exclusively from NetGalley. Click on the book below to be taken to NetGalley!

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Theta Beginnings Miniseries is here!!

The Omega Series saga returns. As with the Omega Beginnings Miniseries in 2015, the Theta Beginnings Miniseries precedes, “Theta,” the second main book in the series! Need to catch up? You can grab “Omega” and the “Omega Beginnings Miniseries” from your favorite ebook library and/or on order from your local book store!

“Silent Queen” is available from: AmazonAmazon UKBNiBooksKoboSmashie!

Silent Queen (#1, Theta Beginnings Miniseries)

Red satin ribbon curling over black background.
Red satin ribbon curling over black background.

Novelette. On the night of Crown Princess Phoibe’s coronation in New York, she is granted two guardians to assist her reign from among the many gods and goddesses in the Greek pantheon. Artemis, as expected, remains her fervent protector, but the identity of her second guardian is an unsettling omen of what is to come. His sudden involvement in her life marks dramatic change not only for her, but for the world.

No sooner is her new protector appointed than the longstanding peace between humanity and gods is shattered. The fourteen-year-old Queen of Greece faces a grim reality: there may be no one left alive to stop the gods from destroying everyone, if she doesn’t turn to her unwanted protector for help.

The Theta Beginnings Miniseries occurs five years before “Omega.”

Available from: AmazonAmazon UKBNiBooksKoboSmashie!

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Daily Inspiration

Happy Friday! I hope this post finds you well, and as usual, I’m sending a million good vibes to you and every fan!  I know that Fridays can be a bit overwhelming, espcially if you’ve already had a crazy week. To combat this, I’ve decided to provide some daily inspiration.

Today’s topic is courage in the face of failure. In “Omega”, the protagonist Alessandra is faced with the near impossible task of uniting humans and the Gods in wartime. Unlike most heroines in dystopian novels, Alessandra is pretty oblivious to the destruction that occurs outside of her assigned campsite. However, despite this lack of insight, she manages to utilize her experiences to help others as much as possible. However, this isn’t to say that she succeeds in every endeavor. Without giving too much away, it’s important to note that Alessandra’s success isn’t defined by her tangible victories, but rather from the lessons she learns along the way.

How does this translate into real life? I’d like to pare her lessons down into two short quotes:

“Success is never final, and failure is never fatal. It’s the courage that counts” -John Wooden

“Sometimes you win, and sometimes you learn” – Unknown

Sure, we’re not all fighting for unity between Gods and men, but we are all fighting our own personal battles. And you can’t win them all. But that doesn’t mean you don’t gain anything from your mistakes. So here’s to shifting perspectives and preparing for future victories: You can do it. Don’t give up!

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