Not Set in Stone
New York City is a far cry from Medusa Kalypto’s drab ancestral homeland, the Isle of Stone. Here, Zeus is a barista, Hermes is famous for being famous, and Hades is a best-selling poet. And it’s the place where her carefully constructed life begins to unravel on her thirtieth birthday.
For humans, turning thirty involves reevaluating their lives and having mini panic attacks between celebratory margaritas. For Medusa, a green-skinned gorgon with a head full of snakes, it entails taking a government-mandated test to determine if she has the gorgon curse of turning people into stone. The curse means exile to the Isle, and to her mother, where she’ll spend the rest of her life as a pariah due to her relationships with the gods. A fate worse than death.
At least she thought so until the blood oath she took with her ex-boyfriend, Ares, resurfaces with an ugly side effect: telepathy. Now she’s bonded by the oath to her drama-fueled ex and it’s stirring up dangerous feelings. Even worse, Medusa discovers the blood oath was illegal, sparking an investigation that jeopardizes her immigration status. With deportation and heartbreak looming in the distance, Medusa must find a way to make peace with the god of war or end up just like her mother, another gorgon statistic.
NOT SET IN STONE is a 94,000 quirky fantasy novel. It will appeal to readers of the Charlaine Harris The Southern Vampire series and the Kim Harrison The Hollow Series. It’s a stand-alone novel with series potential.
I’m a Mexican – American writer who has been published in Phantom Kangaroo, Merging Visions anthologies Collections I, II, III, IV, and Page & Spine. I am a member of the Denton Poets’ Assembly and a founding member of the North Branch Writers’ Critique Group.