|Apollo and Hyacinthus|
I just signed with Dreamspinner Press for Taming Theron. The novel started life as a prequel to A Spartan Love, Apollo's Men II. However, no matter what I did, I couldn't keep it under the 7K cap for the anthology Lust in Time which contains another of my ancient Greek stories, 496 BC.
All the Apollo's Men stories take place in Greece during the early 5th century BC. Alexios' Fate in Thrace. 496 BC on the coast of the Aegean Sea. Taming Theron and A Spartan Love on the Peloponnesus. And the final two in Delphi.
A Spartan Love is about a helot named Andreas and Theron, a kryptes. This pair is made up of natural-born enemies. Helots are a class of slave in Sparta that vastly outnumber their masters. Special elite warriors known as kryptes are set to watch and summarily execute all helots that stand out from the herd in any fashion, culling any possible rebels.
Taming Theron is the story of how Andreas, somewhat unintentionally, befriends one of the dangerous kryptes and discovers that food is the way to a man's heart.
Taming Theron is tentatively set for release at the end of the year. Hopefully, by then I will be able to announce a release date for A Spartan Love.