My Reason for Choosing the Oracle of Delphi
To be honest, the answer to why I chose to create a series around the Oracle of Delphi is simple: Because no one else did.
Sure, the Oracle makes steady appearances in Greek myth series, but she's never truly been in the spotlight. She's been under-represented, if you ask me. In ancient society, entire ways of living were formed around prophecies and omens. Nothing the Oracle said was taken lightly, as she was a medium for the gods themselves. Ignoring the Oracle would be like ignoring the gods, and no one wanted to find out how the gods reacted to being ignored.
There were actually many Oracles, not just the one from Delphi. The Temple of Apollo is probably the most famous oracular site (and one of the only surviving ones), but several other gods were given sites as well. I played around with the idea of including other sites in my series, but then decided it would be better to just focus on one.
Also, I saw so many things I could do with the Oracle. Making each book a different prophecy that links to a bigger prophecy? Oh yeah, I couldn't resist. The mind is such a fascinating thing and it can be anything you want it to be. Chloe (my Oracle) has a very complex mind. Not only does she see the future, but she can also communicate with others using her mind, along with some other very cool things (a couple I haven't even introduced into the series yet!)
In my mind, the possibilities were endless. Maybe that's also why no one else has truly taken the Oracle on in this way. With every release and positive review I receive, I'm glad I was up for the challenge. I've snatched the Oracle out of ancient society and flung her right into modern times. I've had such a great time weaving her tales, and I'm super excited for what comes next!
She has a destiny so great that even the gods fear her.
Constant hallucinations and the frequent conversations with the voices in her head, have earned eighteen-year-old Chloe Clever the not-so-coveted title of "Whack Job" in her home town of Adel, Georgia. With the onslaught of prescription medications and therapists threatening to push her over the edge, she wishes for a life far away from the one she has, a life where she is destined to be more than the butt of everyone's jokes and mockery.
Be careful what you wish for has never rung more true.
After living through an attack from her worst nightmare, she awakens to find herself far from home, surrounded by glorious riches and servants…and a few demigods who enjoy killing things. Upon learning that her favorite rockstar is an Olympian god, she is thrust into her new life as the Oracle of Delphi, the prophesier of the future, and the great Pythia that the gods have been anxiously awaiting to arrive for centuries.
Setting out to fulfill the prophecy she has been given and to keep her family safe from a demigod Princess that wants her dead, Chloe learns of how great she is to become, all the while fighting mythical monsters, evading divine assassins and trying to outwit the ever-cunning Greek gods who harbor secrets of their own. In the hopes of discovering the Most Beautiful and the truth of her destiny, she strives to uncover the mysteries of the demigod Prince who has sworn to protect her with his life…and threatens to win her heart in the process.
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It’s official. Myth is doomed.
And it’s all Chloe Clever’s fault.
Still as whacked out as ever, Chloe is now faced with an even uglier truth: Not only is she the Pythia of the Great Unknown, but she is more powerful than she ever imagined and only the manifestations of her prophetic mind can save them all now.
With her Prince boyfriend, Strafford, and the Quad Fraternity always armed and ready to annihilate the opposition, she will embark on a mission to stop a great power that could consume every god in Myth...and everyone else she’s come to love.
But the worst is still to come.
Dark, painful secrets are revealed, threatening to tear Strafford from her arms, and just when she thinks the future could not look more grim, she is betrayed in the worst way.
With the heavens crumbling down around her, she must hurry to find a way to set things right. But will she be in time to save the one she loves most in the world from a fate that may be more dangerous than her own?
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Summer Solstice is here. Let the games begin.
Nothing but lies (some of them her own) and deceit have brought Chloe to Olympus for the Solstice Olympic Games. As the Oracle and the special guest of the King of Myth, Chloe becomes immersed in a life of unfathomable luxury, taunting history, and overwhelming excitement. Though scheming and untrustworthy, the gods remain on their best behavior as the tension and anticipation builds around the outcome of the Quest of the Twelve Labors, the deadliest competition of the Games. All seems well on the celestial front...until athletes start turning up dead and a philosopher missing for months returns with a most terrifying story...
But that’s not all.
As Strafford confronts his troubled past and more is learned about the Great Unknown Prophecy, Chloe grows close to another, setting off a chain of events that will bring her face-to-face with a truth that will rock both of her worlds to their core.
And it’ll all happen before Solstice’s end...
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About the Author
Diantha Jones was born the day thousands of turkeys sacrificed their lives to fill millions of American bellies on November 22 which also happened to be Thanksgiving Day (Her mother says she owes her a turkey). She is a Journalism graduate who wants to be a career novelist (of books, not Facebook posts). When not writing or working, she is reading on her Nook, being hypnotized by Netflix or on a mission to procure french fries.
The Oracle of Delphi fantasy series is her first series. She is also the author of Mythos: Stories from Olympus, a companion series, and there is another fantasy series in the works. She also writes (new) adult fantasy/paranormal romance under the name A. Star. Invasion (An Alien Romance) is her first title released under this pen name. Future releases under A. Star include, the Love & Steampunk series, the Purr, Inc. stories, and more.
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I love Mythology in general but Athena is always my favourite goddess. She's just so badass.ReplyDelete
My favorite mythic goddess is Artemis, the goddess of hunting, wild animals and the wilderness. I like her because of her bond with nature and animals.ReplyDelete
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