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Friday, June 7, 2013

On Tour: Eleusis by Genevieve Fairbrother - Review + Interview

Genevieve Fairbrother is now on tour with CLP Blog Tours with her book, Eleusis. Please visit her tour page on CLP Blog Tours for more blog stop and a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card!

by Genevieve Fairbrother

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Publication:  February 12th 2013
Format: ebooks
Author:  Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Book Trailer
Macy needs a break to sort out her life. Her parents are dead and now a moody trespasser has set up camp on the property she has inherited. When the stranger confesses himself to be an ageless sea-god and tells Macy she has been guarding a secret she never knew existed, her simple life takes a drastic turn. Just when she thinks it can’t get any stranger, a back door to the Underworld opens up and it’s time to run like hell.

This fast-paced adventure romance novel explodes as the dark forces tracking Macy surface to capture her. In the transatlantic chase that follows, she learns of her forgotten past and an ancient connection to the sea-god who helps her escape.

As events challenge Macy, she must come to grips with her past, determine what she wants in life, and become a force in her own right. Family betrayal, sinister plot twists, and unlikely friends fill this exhilarating story of one woman’s journey to forge her own path as she learns her true identity.

She soon realizes that to gain real freedom and become legend, she must reject her assigned place in history and risk everything in the process.

I received a copy of Eleusis by Genevieve Fairbrother from CLP Blog Tours as part of the blog tour.

I was intrigued with the story as I read the summary. I like reading books with Greek mythology. Eleusis is about Macy who came to Eleusis to check out the property she inherited from her parents. But strange, dangerous things began to occur. When Macy met Jason, who then confessed that he is a sea-god, Macy wouldn’t believe him. It can’t be true, can it?

Eleusis started out a bit slow in my opinion. But the author had her way to build up the story slowly. At first I was interested to know the story behind Eleusis and whatever strange things that happen in Macy’s life. When Macy decided to help Jason to get back to his home… this was when things begin to get much more interesting.

I love Macy. She’s strong and smart. I love the romance part with Macy and Jason. At first I thought that things were happening too fast between them, but then I started to enjoy watching them together a lot.
Genevieve had her way with writing. Her writing style was captivating. I love her description on places and things that occur around Macy. She made it sounds so vivid! I really enjoy Eleusis. It was a book packed adventure, fantasy and a little bit of romance. 


1. Please introduce yourself and your book.

I wanted one word to encapsulate a central message. Eleusis is a city in Greece that is considered a point of freedom or rebirth from Ancient Greece. When I settled on that title I knew it was the right one for this book. Eleusis is a contemporary re-imagination of the Persephone myth with a twist. Persephone is the reason for this urban fantasy but it is the “front” for the story of a woman who escapes oppression and slowly goes from being powerless and in hiding to one who finds love, acceptance and then has the courage to face her captor and push back. I attended Wellesley before pursuing a medical degree at Tufts university school of medicine. I am a fulltime OB-GYN at Northside hospital in Atlanta, the largest obstetric hospital in the USA. My husband is a scientist and we have two teenage children. I enjoy sailing, reading, cooking, and travelling to exotic destinations.

2. When and why did you decided to write?

I recently found this quote “At any given moment you have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end.” About three years ago Eleusis that had begun to grow in my mind at age 8 finally took up too much space and I decided to get it out and onto paper (okay, my computer). Greek mythology is the original urban fantasy series and as a child I loved all the stories with one exception. The mythology where Persephone was abducted into the underworld by Hades and just accepted her fate bugged me. I imagined re-writing an ending where she escapes. I drew from personal experience as a young woman coming of age post ERA and Title IX where women had great opportunities but still were expected to do everything on the home front. It was a false freedom. I wanted to evolve Persephone from a trapped powerless woman to one who escapes but lives a half life in hiding until she can find the right balance and live a fully realized and self-directed life. I want the next generation of women and men to live more balanced lives than my generation.

3. Why did you choose to write about Greek Mythology/fantasy?

Greek mythology is the original urban fantasy series and it accurately portrays the hopes, fears, and human frailties that make the world we know so complex. I am attracted as an author to this genre because I can write fantastical stories without limiting my imagination to such things as death, gravity, or time but still ground my characters with humanism.

4. Tell us a little bit about Macy and what do you think makes a good heroine?

Macy is relatable and real. She tries her best and is humble and that trait never leaves her even when she realizes her powers. People who have suffered adversity or have successfully dealt with their own short-comings are usually kinder more forgiving people. She has been wronged but when she manages to regain control of her life and become a power in her own right she is not vengeful.

5. Anything you would like to say to your readers?

“We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized they were all in our head.” Children have such great imaginations because they are not limited by pre-conceived ideas. The ancient cultures have such wildly fantastical stories but the root emotions and human relationships tie us together through the ages. Timeless stories tap into those familiar emotions. The magic is capturing those emotions in unique and compelling ways. I hope you enjoy Eleusis. It is an adventure of discovery, love, and self-determination. “May your world unfold in your dreams.”

Author's Bio

The author lives in Atlanta with her husband and two teenagers. She attended Wellesley.

Connect with author: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Book Trailer
**Everyone who leaves a comment on the CLP tour page will be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of Eleusis before June 17 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.**

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