Love is in the Air Blog Hop-Giveaway!!

love-is-in-the-air2013-2Love is in the Air!

Cupid and Psyche

Once upon a time there was a king with three daughters. They were all beautiful, but by far the most beautiful was the youngest, Psyche. She was so beautiful that people began to neglect the worship of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. Venus was very jealous, and asked her son Cupid (the boy with the arrows) to make Psyche fall in love with a horrible monster. When he saw how beautiful she was, Cupid dropped the arrow meant for her and pricked himself, and fell in love with her.

Despite her great beauty no-one wanted to marry Psyche. Her parents consulted an oracle, and were told that she was destined to marry a monster, and they were to take her to the top of a mountain and leave her there. The west wind took her and wafted her away to a palace, where she was waited on by invisible servants. When night came her new husband visited her, and told her that he would always visit her by night and she must never try to see him.

Although her invisible husband was kind and gentle with her, and the invisible servants attended to her every desire, Psyche grew homesick. She persuaded her husband to allow her sisters to visit her. When they saw how she lived they became very jealous and talked Psyche into peeking at her husband, saying that he was a monster who was fattening her up to be eaten and that her only chance of safety was to kill him. Psyche took a lamp and a knife, but when she saw her beautiful husband, Cupid, she was so surprised she dripped some hot wax onto his shoulder, waking him. He took in the situation at a glance and immediately left Psyche and the magnificent palace she had been living in disappeared in a puff of smoke.

Psyche roamed about looking for her husband, and eventually in desperation approached his mother, Venus. Still angry, the goddess set various tasks for Psyche, all of which she passed, with a bit of help from ants and river gods. At last Cupid found out what was going on, and he persuaded Jupiter to order Venus to stop her persecution of Psyche. Then they were married and lived happily ever after – and it really was ever after since Psyche was made a goddess.                                                                                    -Myths and Legends


I’ve always loved this story! So romantic. And though I write m/m erotic romances, love is love, no matter what form it takes. As my give-away I’d like my winner to choose any book on my backlist. Please comment to enter, and be sure to leave your contact information! Continue the hop HERE!

I’ll leave you with a little excerpt from my Naughty Nursery Rhyme. Happy Valentines Day!

weewilliewinkie 200x300Wee Willie Winkie

Willie has met an old flame, but is he willing to give up the decadence of Boston society for the man he loves?


 Fredrick held up his glass and stared at the candle’s flame through the amber liquid. He took a sip, savored the rich, biting taste on his tongue. He welcomed the burn down his throat. This was the very last drink he could afford, and he had to make it last.

A giggle erupted from the booth in the corner, the one whose curtains were drawn against curious eyes. A smile tugged at Fredrick’s lips despite the dire state of his wallet. The laugh had been carefree, joyous, naughty. Fredrick shifted on the cushioned bench. Only a few straggling customers remained in the dining room. He wondered if any of them would notice if he shifted his cramped cock as it throbbed in sympathy with the bright laughter.

Rather than risk it, he watched the fruit vender outside the window beguile a customer. Another giggle and stifled moan swiveled his attention back to the corner. A silk-clad foot and slim calf peeked beneath the curtain. He grinned even as the delectable sight emphasized his own loneliness. It had been far too long since he’d had someone in his bed.

“Excuse me. Sir?”

Fredrick looked up, distracted from his memory of lush lips and white skin and wide, hazel eyes, and blinked at the stout innkeeper at his elbow. “Yes?”

A frown fleeted across the man’s homely face at another bout of laughter from the corner. “If they’re disturbing you, I can have Wee Willie take his guest upstairs. Excuse me, I mean Mister Wilkerson.” The man broke off, flustered by the slip of the tongue.

Fredrick’s heart leaped on hearing the name mentioned. Is William really here? How could that be? The innkeeper coughed, and Fredrick frowned at the intrusion into his thoughts. The man was so damned serious about such a minor indiscretion. “They’re no bother. In fact, I’m almost done anyway.” He lifted his nearly empty glass. Hearing a shout, they looked over in time to see a young man tumble through the curtains onto the floor. Fredrick caught a glimpse of red hair and an embarrassed cheek before the gentleman crammed a hat on his head and strode passed them, face averted. The innkeeper shrugged and followed, likely to be sure he paid for his drinks.

Fredrick stared at the silk-clad foot still protruding from the parted curtains. He loosened his hold on his glass but had no way to stop the wild hammering of his heart. Before he lost his courage, he stood and swallowed the last of his brandy, then walked the short distance to the booth.

About diannehartsock

Author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy/adventure, m/m romance and anything else that comes to mind. Oh, and a floral designer.
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22 Responses to Love is in the Air Blog Hop-Giveaway!!

  1. yganoe says:

    Wonderful excerpt and thanks for the chance to win.

  2. SheriV says:

    That title made me giggle. I think I need to read those

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  3. I’ve always loved that story too. 🙂 Nice excerpt too!
    Have a fun hop!

  4. parisfanca says:

    I’ve always loved that story too. 🙂 Nice excerpt too!
    Have a fun hop!

  5. Jess1 says:

    I love twists on myths, fairytales and now nursery rhymes. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Trix says:

    Have you seen David Vance’s “Cupid and Psyche” from his Gods and Myths print series? Just gorgeous (with a very luscious Cupid to boot).


  7. susan platt says:

    Great post.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  8. deethomas291 says:

    Interesting post!
    Thanks for the contest!
    deethomas291 at gmail dot com

  9. Beckey says:

    Thanks for sharing the great excerpt 😉

    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom (email following)

  10. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    mary_reiss @

  11. Angela Hartness says:

    Great excerpt! It makes you want to read more to find out who was the person with the silk-clad foot protruding from the curtains.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  12. Nancy S says:

    Can’t wait to read more about Willie.

  13. Meghan Stith says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Love is definitely in the air and I think a good example of a strong romantic novel is “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon. Jamie and Claire are EPIC.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    mestith (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. Jillyn says:

    I love that excerpt.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  15. Natasha says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  16. Carla says:

    I’ve recently been devouring remade fairy tales. I’m not sure how I would feel being given the moniker Wee Willie…
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  17. ceagles20 says:

    I love Mythology! Thanks for the chance to win one of your awesome books.


  18. bn100 says:

    Nice excerpt.

  19. chickie434 says:

    That’s so romantic. Thanks for sharing!


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