1. The main characters of the Decagon series are inspired by the Latin American pantheon of gods called Orishas. Worshiped by those who practice Santeria, a religion that dates back to the slave days and is still practiced.
2. This is demonstrated when the magical Santeria oracle, Obi, is consulted by the heroine after the hero goes missing.
3. The leading lady lives in Stratford. A London suburb that became well known for hosting the 2012 Olympic Games. No Mere Mortal was set in 2011.
4. We see the main female character in a Latin Nightclub/Bar in the first scene. That venue was inspired by a club called Bar Salsa in London’s West End, where I took many Salsa dance classes.
5. When the heroine finds her dead mother’s hidden possessions, among them is a Witch Bottle. These are counter-magical items used as protection against witchcraft. The earliest mention of a witch bottle is from 17th century England. This item safeguards the heroine when an antagonist attacks her.
NO MERE MORTAL – Decagon Book 1
By Amara Dey
Venus Myles, orphaned at birth, is a London-based dance teacher and unaware of her divine lineage – that is until a strange encounter thrusts her into a world of Gods and magic.
She learns from Bolt, a disgraced deity from the planet Decagon, that she is his realm’s savior, and a passionate connection sizzles between them. But when Bolt unexpectedly disappears, a determined Venus travels to Decagon to find him and learn more about her destiny.
Assuming, of course, she can escape the powerful and deadly witch Ansa, who wants her dead, find Bolt, and tap into her dormant magical abilities.
And do it in time to stop an apocalypse that will destroy her, Bolt, his world, and his kind.
Excerpt for NO MERE MORTAL
Venus took Bolt’s face between her hands. “I understand. You needed an incentive. It’s a difficult task convincing a human she’s a demigod and your world’s savior.”
“But my reasons were self-serving.”
“Yet you’ve saved me again and again. Protected and cared for me. I love how that makes me feel. And you didn’t have to admit your motives, but you did, which makes you honest. A trait I admire.”
Her words of forgiveness released her negative emotions and healed her heart, soul, and mind. And Bolt’s too judging by the softness in his eyes.
“I like the way your brain works.”
“Do you appreciate my mind and my body?” Venus unbuttoned Bolt’s tunic
Bolt shrugged it away, the undershirt he wore followed, and his soft look deepened to desire. “You know I do.”
Venus pressed a kiss to Bolt’s bare skin. He sucked in his breath, waved his palm along her zipper, and she found herself naked. Dress and underwear pooled around her feet.
“How unfair,” Venus said, a smile crinkling the corners of her eyes. “It’s time I leveled the playing field.”
She unzipped Bolt’s trousers, slid a hand down the front of his underpants, and gave a playful squeeze. Bolt rumbled a moan, and they floated upward. The rest of his clothes glided off him and joined hers on the floor. With her arms wrapped around Bolt’s waist, Venus relished his studded torso against her nakedness, and how his body current inflamed her. He drugged her with a deep kiss, her toes curled, and heat pooled between her legs. When Bolt moved to feather kisses along her throat, Venus arched backward. He cupped the back of her head with one hand, while the other made lazy strokes down her spine, then explored the smooth skin of her buttocks…
Always fascinated by magic and myths, Amara Dey writes paranormal romance about the Gods of a magical world called Decagon.