Friday, July 17, 2015

Blogtour: Claimed By The Order by J. Johanis

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Claimed By The Order


Young and eager to join the social playground of the gods, Marduk enters his first day of college at the exotic mountain retreat at the Temple of Power. But he swiftly falls into the clutches of a secret order. Confronted by the powerful gods who wish to claim him, Marduk is defenseless. His only way out: to lure another virgin god into the Order.

Marduk finds refuge in the young god Anu-Akad. Delivering Akad to the order would earn Marduk his freedom, but Marduk struggles to keep his love affair hidden from the Order. Will his efforts be in vain? He failed to save himself. Is he strong enough to save his lover?

Advisory: Contains portrayals of m/m sex, violence, non-con, & abuse. Intended for mature readers

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Some fun facts about the geographical location where my book takes place.

Claimed by the Order is set at the exotic mountain retreat at the Temple of Power. Both the temple and the location are based on the ruins at the archeological site of Delphi Greece.

On my trip to Delphi several years back, I was so impressed by the mysticism of the site, that I imagined it to be the perfect social playground for the gods. Though it was rainy and misty during most of the trip, the sun peeked through enough to provide a glimpse of what it may look like in the summer.

Delphi was considered the home of Apollo, and during the classical period, it housed a priestess known as the oracle of Delphi. People traveled far and wide to go see the oracle, since she would give prophecies which were believed to be the god, Apollo, speaking through her. When I visited the room where the oracle gave her prophesies, I learned that she sat on a chasm where volcanic gases came up through a crack in the mountain. The priests would leave the room while the oracle inhaled the toxic gases, and the fumes would cause her trance-like state.

Question from a reader about the Temple of Power:

Why are the gods without their divine powers while at the temple of power?

Answer: I like to think of a god’s divine powers in terms of being armed. Some places such as universities don’t allow weapons on campus. Since the gods have the use of their powers repressed while on temple grounds, I imagine it is akin to the gods giving up their firearms at the gate. Once inside the temple, every deity is on equal footing since they are forced to rely on diplomacy, social skills, and their physical strengths alone. Being disarmed of their divine powers also brings them down from the clouds, and makes them just as vulnerable as us mortals.

About the author:

J. Johanis writes dark M/M fantasy and enjoys writing plots that are historical or myth-based.



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