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Wednesday 2 October 2013


FALL - The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two
A.K. Morgen

will be available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble on October 5, 2013 from Curiosity Quills Press.  FADE – The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book One is available now at Amazon US, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.


How do you save someone who doesn't want to be saved?

Those called to stand guard against the end are broken, and Sköll and Hati run free. Now Arionna Jacobs and Dace Matthews face a threat unlike any before. Ragnarök is coming and they aren't strong enough to stop it.

Arionna thought she understood sacrifice, but she never counted on her destiny tearing Dace apart. Ever since she nearly died, he has been consumed with guilt. Now it threatens to turn him into the monster he always feared.

It's up to Arionna to stop him before it's too late, but the path to hell is paved with good intentions, and Dace is hurtling toward self destruction. This time, Arionna isn't sure she can save him from himself. Can she convince him to let the past go, or is her true destiny to sacrifice her heart in exchange for the lives of the people she loves?

You can read the official prologue to FALL here.

Today, I have the pleasure to bring you Ayden Morgen's second book in her Ragnaok Prophesies!

I have invited Ayden here to share her viewpoint on what makes it onto her list of the most destructive myths.

 Thanks for dropping by Ayden, and good luck with your new rlease, Fall.

A.K. Morgen's Top Five Destruction Myths

I have a confession to make. One of my favorite things to do is read (or watch!) end of the world tales. I love when things explode and the hero and heroine are forced to resort to drastic measures to save the world. I have no idea why I love this, because the thought of natural disasters or mass devastation in real life is absolutely devastating. But there's something about knowing everything's going to be alright in the end – despite the chaos happening on the pages or the screen – that brings out the crazy person in me.

When it came to writing the The Ragnarök Prophesies series, I delved into the research like a kid in a candy store. Arionna and Dace's story is about the Norse apocalypse myth, and the madness being a part of that prophecy creates in their lives. But the Norse myth of Ragnarök isn't the only destruction myth out there!

Here are some of my favorites from around the world:

1        Hathor's Rampage –In Egyptian lore, Ra gets fed up with humans who won't worship, and sets the goddess Hathor (aka Sekhmet) after them. But Hathor doesn't always discern between the innocent and the guilty, so she kills indiscriminately. When Ra realizes what she's doing, he summons up a flood of beer dyed to look like blood. Hathor, loving the taste of blood, gorges herself, not knowing Ra tricked her. She becomes drunk, and completely forgets her mission. I gotta say… stopping the apocalypse with alcohol? I could live with that!

2        The Five Suns – The Aztec people believed that five suns represented a specific time period. When that period drew to an end (with the help of the gods, of course), the sun died and caused chaos to descend on the world until the gods renewed the world with the creation of the next sun. The destruction of each of the five suns happens in a specific way, jaguars and an angry god, hurricanes, fire, floods, and a massive earthquake. According to the Aztec, when the fifth sun dies, all of humanity will be destroyed.

3        The Tale of Gilgamesh – In the Babylonian tradition, the king of the gods, Enlil, becomes angry with the lesser gods and sends a giant flood to punish them. Humanity is caught in the crossfire, and ends up drowning. But don't fret, lovelies. As with the biblical tale, there is hope! Another god, Ea, learns of Enlil's plan, and alerts one man who is able to build a boat for his family and animals. They survive the flood, repopulate the world, and that dear man is eventually elevated to god status himself.

4        The Age of Darkness According to Hindu teachings, humanity moves in cycles. When humanity is at its most morally degraded state, the Kali Yuga (or the Age of Darkness), the Kalki Avatar will be reborn to destroy the wicked and return humanity to a state of virtue. When the Kalki Avatar comes, he comes in a rain of fire and flame. At that point, things get really unpleasant. Millions will die in a battle and an eventual massacre, followed by wars and a lot of other unpleasant things.
The good news is that once all of that is over, if you've survived, the cycle of humanity begins again, and the world is returned to a state of peace, puppies, and rainbows. Yay, right?!

5        Chaos –Interestingly enough, one of the most common themes we see in religion and mythology around the world is the concept of chaos. Different groups viewed it different ways, of course, but for many, the concept was the same. Chaos was the big void from which we came, and is the big void to which we return when the end comes. Whether Chaos is brought about because of gods, natural disaster, our own ineptitude, or some other reason, I've always been fascinated that so many disparate belief systems have dealt with the same subject in such a similar fashion.

About the Author:

A.K. Morgen lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband, three dogs, and demonic cat. She has a graduate degree in Criminal Justice and Law, and plans to save the world some day. When she’s not writing, she spends her time teaching her niece and nephews how to cause mischief. You can also find her dancing in the grocery store, building a spork army, and fundraising for nonprofits close to her heart.

You can learn more about Ayden at http://akmorgen.com or by following her on Twitter, Goodreads, or Facebook.

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Michelle Wallace said...

I don't know too much about Norse mythology... but it sounds fascinating!
Such interesting names...

Ayden said...

Thanks so much for hosting me, Carolyn! I had such fun with this post. :)

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