Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New urban fantasy to be released July 7

by Cate Masters

Freya's Bower will release The Lure of the Vine on July 7!

While I researched Greek mythology for The Duende and the Muse, I came across some interesting info about Dionysus, God of the Vine - and his followers, the Maenads. Dionysus was madly in love with his mortal wife, Ariadne. One of the few gods to remain faithful to any woman, he mourned her for eternity.
In ancient times, Dionysus became a master marketer to push his product: wine. He enticed people to drink by any means, and could be either friend or foe to humans. Sometimes both.
The Maenads worshipped Dionysus, but also lived in complete freedom. They slept beneath the stars, sang and danced in the forests. And, oh yeah, ripped to shreds animals or humans they happened upon, and feasted on their flesh.
As an immortal, Dionysus would, theoretically, still be in existence today. Still promoting his product. And still yearning for Ariadne. Or someone very like her...

To read an excerpt, visit my blog.

Cate Masters’ novellas, short stories and flash fiction have appeared in various web zines and epress sites. Visit her online at, or follow her on Facebook


Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

After how much wine did the Maenads become Savages? Two glasses puts me to sleep. Maybe Dionysus made some really potent libations. I really admire writers who do such great research. Going to read your excerpt now.

Cate Masters said...

Hopefully my story won't put anyone to sleep!
I can get lost in research. I love it.