Come with us on another monster adventure! Last post we focused on the Mesopitamian creature the Aqrabuamelu (Scorpion Man). Today we jump to Greek mythology with the Erymanthian Boar!
It is always fun to learn and test out new creatures in your novels, so while we are focusing on the Erymanthian Boar today, we encourage you to do some research of your own and see what monsters you may find, and we would love to hear about them!
But let’s get started…
If you are familiar with the story of Hercules, then you may have seen this particular creature. Hercules was tasked with bringing Eurystheus an Erymanthian Boar alive for one of his twelve heroic labors, which is no small task.
In Greek mythology, the boar was a giant creature who lived on Mount Erymanthus and would lay waste to anything that came in its path with it’s strong and large canine teeth.
How to use this creature in your next novel:
Your take on the legend of Hercules
A modern day example of the Erymanthian Boar
Your character travels to Mount Erymanthus
We hope you enjoyed our little journey through Greek mythology, and hope it inspired you to do some research of your own! And maybe even a new novel idea!
There’s a whole world of monsters that you can utilize in your next novel, and what better time to focus on them while during the spooky season! People tend to focus on popular monsters while writing but today we will focus on a lesser known monster…Aqrabuamelu (Scorpion Men).
Now yes, I already know what you’re thinking of you’ve seen The Scorpion King with Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson you are probably familiar with this monster, however we will now be doing a deeper dive so get ready!
This particular creature comes from Mesopitamian mythology and features the torso of a man with the lower body of a scorpion. Just like a real scorpion it is said that their tales were filled with venom, however unlike our typical scorpions these creatures were also said to have god-like powers and were excellent archers.
According to Mesopitamian legend, they were created by Tiamat (goddess of the sea) and they guarded the gates of heaven, as they stood so tall their heads touched the clouds.
So, you have all of this potential new information about a new creature…how do you use it in your next novel?
Share your twist on the legend
Go back in time and have your character encounter an Aqrabuamelu
POV of an Aqrabuamelu
Let your ideas run wild! ANd remember there is always more research to be done.
If you are hesitant about starting your audiobook journey this article may persuade you. We at Hershman Rights Management are audiobook lovers to the core and maybe you will be too!
Now, if you are just starting out with audiobooks here are some ways you can maximize your experience.
Start with a well-reviewed book.
Everyone is different and has different tastes, but it is more likely for you to stick to audiobooks if you have a great first experience. So with that being said read the reviews and get an inside look on if it is the right fit for you.
Listen to the sample.
Along the same lines as reading the review, listen to the sample! A big part about audiobooks is the narration, so if you don’t think you can listen to the narrator for hours on end you might want to skip it.
Trigger your brain into doing multiple things at once. While listening to your audiobook do chores around the house, or pop it in while you’re driving. This will help if you get bored easily because you will have several things going on at once.
Commit to a time.
You don’t have to spend all day or two listening to your audiobook. Take a half an hour or so a day to your book so you don’t get worn out. A good time to listen to your audiobook is right before bed, it is very calming and a nice wind down from the day.
Those are our tips and tricks for beginning your audiobook journey! Let us know how it goes, and if you are already an audiobook lover let us know why.
Who doesn’t love a great deal! Especially when it’s for something you love like audiobooks. Well do we have a deal for you! Two of our authors’ audiobooks are not available for 75% off until July 6th. Check it out!
Redemption by Kenya Wright
Yoshiro escaped a career of crime with the mafia after they killed his family. For five years, he’s dropped out of life. All he wants this Christmas is to be left alone. Then, Ebony and her kids accidentally crash onto his property during a snowstorm. For three years, they’ve been running from her husband – who’s been more monster than man.
The storm picks up. They are forced to remain with Yoshiro until it dies down. And the threat of Ebony’s monster remains, lurking within the shadows and threatening her safety. But Yoshiro knows all about death and blood. Her monster doesn’t scare him. What has him terrified is that heartwarming feeling sparking between them. The more time Yoshiro spends with Ebony, the more she becomes a Christmas present that he’s dying to open. Too bad, she’s promised herself that she will never let another man in her or her children’s life again.
Yet, sometimes the best Christmas presents come from a bullet. Every so often a good Christmas miracle is a cut-up body to end a nightmare. And even better, at just the right moment two lonely people can find light in their darkened souls and open their hearts to a new romance.
When I left that night, I had every intention of coming back to you. To us. But no matter how hard I wish for what I want, there are some things in life that aren’t meant to be. I don’t expect you to understand. You’ve already moved on, living your life. But mine ended that night, nine years ago, and I still can’t let you go. Not sure I ever will. I regret so many things, but hurting you, I’ll never forgive myself. I’m sorry for…everything.
If only you could’ve seen it like I did, the way you were when you thought the world wasn’t watching. How you’d change when I looked at you, when it was just us. But most of all…I wish you could’ve seen how much it hurt me when you disappeared. Regrets are for cowards. It has always been my belief you should chase after the things you want with actions, not words. There is no such thing as never meant to be.
We all learn something new everyday right? Well Playaway is new to me…so if you don’t know what it is or would like to learn more come learn with me!
First things first, their website is awesome! And easy to navigate so follow along here if you want to take a look.
Playaway is a pre-loaded audiobook. It gives the user the ability to take it on the go and listen to bestselling audiobooks to new releases wherever they go. And the best part is, you can get it at the library! This device is durable and doesn’t require wifi for use! And if you want to listen in the car and don’t want to put headphones on..no worries the universal jack is compatible with auxiliary cords too!
So visit your nearest library and see if you can take out a Playaway. And more good news! One of our newer audiobooks Savage Row by Britney King is now available on Playaway!
In today’s cyber centered world, you can leave comments and reviews just about anywhere. What might seem like minor praise or dissatisfaction to the reviewer, these comments can just about make or break a product. The same goes for reviewing books.
So, when the time comes to review a book here are a few things you should include:
The title of the book and author.
The genre and subgenre if applicable.
Personal review – try to include an in-dept reason to why you feel the way you do.
Rate the book on a scale, but make sure to explain how your personal scale works.
You can also include a summary of the book in your own words. These summaries should include the plot, setting, and the characters journey. Also keep in mind to make a disclosure if you talk about any spoilers.
Overall, writing a book review is very helpful to both the author and potential readers. It lets people know if it is a book they would be interested in reading, and the author gets to know their readers a little bit better. Be true to your review- you can actually create a decent following by just expressing your real thoughts. There are accounts and blogs solely dedicated to reviewing books, so if you are someone interested in reading reviews you should check those out as well!
Let’s stretch our minds today! Pick up a new, old or current favorite book. Let your mind wander and expand through unfamiliar territory. Just as professional athletes have to hit the gym, writers have to work out their brain.
Typically I give you a round up of the audiobooks released at the end of the month. But, I thought we should switch it up this time around and let you know when they’re releasing! So mark your calendars because we have some great audiobooks releasing soon!
Ignite, The Disciples series Book 4 by Cassandra Robbins – April 12
Savage Row by Britney King – April 13
Outskirts of Hope by Jo Ivester – April 13
When the Smoke Clears by Kenya Wright – April 13
The Entitled by Cassandra Robbins – April 20
Ghosts, King & Slater Book 5 – April 27
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