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Daughters Of The Moon
Kathryn Quick
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Alliya – sold at birth to the coven of the dark goddess, Hecate, only a childhood accident spares her from her fate as the ritual Gift during the Dark Rite. Her spirit and independence earns her the wrath of the High Priestess Magna and causes her to question the vows she is about to take.

Artemis – son of the dreaded Archon, Draco the Dragon, torn between his duty to his father’s government and his sympathy to the plight of the people, he is ordered to marry Magna, by his father in order to unite the Temple of Hecate and the House of Draco into a powerful union designed to take over the world.

Their chance meeting in the marketplace sparks an attraction that defies both politics and religion.

Artemis and Alliya must fight the gods and man to preserve a love that will ultimately shape the course of the world.

Pieram, in the Province of Attica,

Territory of Athens, Greece

During the reign of the Archon Draco

The small child inched her way up the irregular rock cliff edging slowly toward the secret place. A blast of wind whipped some strands of white blond hair across her face, stinging her tender cheeks. Ignoring the pain, she clung precariously to the face of the steep bank with both hands and shook her head to clear her eyes. These bright blue eyes danced with anticipation as she looked up and saw that she was nearly to her goal.

The heartless wind tried again to dislodge the small invader by coiling her robe around her calves, binding her legs together, nearly causing her to topple from the ledge. Undaunted, she reached down with one hand and hiked the robe high, tucking it into her rope belt to prevent it from stopping her again. She had barely taken another step when another blast of air slapped at her like a huge hand trying to swat her from the mountain out of which was carved the sacred ornate altar of Hecate. But she was nearly to the top and the prize was much too precious for her to give up now.

Only she knew about the small opening that led to the cave inside the mountain. This was a place that was hers alone, a place where she could play with the doll she had so carefully hidden inside.

Playthings were strictly forbidden at the temple of Hecate. The sacred holy place positioned on the outskirts of the city of Pieram in the heart of the Greek Empire of Attica, was dedicated to the ways of the night and its goddess. Hecate was a most selfish deity, demanding extreme and absolute tribute from all her subjects with no room for distractions of any type, particularly among the girl-children who were being trained in her ways and rites.

When Hecate’s rules were observed, the night passed silently into day. But when defied, she let loose her power and her rage descended upon the Earth bringing storms and destruction. Animals howled with fright and it was said that her ghosts roamed freely from the underworld.

The High Priestess, Magna, directed this austere coven ruthlessly and without question. In the dark light of the moon, the High Priestess experienced Hecate’s sorcery and witchcraft and the powers of the herbs of the goddess came alive. According to strict tenets, these rites were carefully observed and only one was ever performed during the light of day.

Barely seven, the child Alliya didn’t understand such things. She liked to cuddle her straw doll and pretend to be its mother. She never knew her own mother, only the Priestesses and Handmaidens of Hecate who had raised her since birth when she had been sold to the sect.

Try as she may, Alliya could not hold fast to all that was expected of her. She struggled to be a good child during the long hours of seemingly infinite drills, but in her heart, she longed to be held and cuddled and allowed to play as she saw the children of the city play during some of her trips to the market with Teela, a temple handmaiden.

Alliya’s feelings confused her, distracting her from her studies and tormenting her dreams. The only thing she knew for sure was that she feared the dark goddess above everything. That’s why the climb was so important. On days when the fears threatened to swallow her like one of Hecate’s vile hounds of the night, she came to the cave to cuddle close to her doll. Today was one of those days.

When she finally reached the opening to the cave, the sun had just become visible on the horizon. Glancing over both shoulders to be sure that she was alone, she quickly slipped inside.

The air within the hollow was cold and damp and she shivered at the abrupt change in temperature. She pulled her modest robe even tighter around her body and blinked to accustom her eyes to the dimness before making her way to the back. There, by a small crack in the wall, lay the most precious thing in her world, the small doll.

A member of New Jersey Romances Writers for thirteen years, Kathye Quick loves to write. She has held numerous positions within NJRW since joining, including President (1992 and 2001), Vice President, Hospitality Chair, Volunteer Chair, Conference Chair (1998) and Secretary.

Fascinated with myths and legends since childhood, it was only natural that one day Kathye would write DAUGHTERS OF THE MOON, a historical romance that blends the captivating myths of the Greek Gods and Goddesses with the rich history of ancient Greece and a July 2003 release for Wings e-Press. DAUGHTERS OF THE MOON is the story of Alliya and Artemis whose love defied both the gods and the laws to change the course of the world.

"WINGS ePRESS, INC. is the prefect combination of computer and print books for today’s sophisticated reader. Since DAUGHTERS OF THE MOON will appeal to a wide audience with a wide range of reading habits in a variety of genres, WINGS ePRESS, INC. is the perfect publisher through which I can share this exciting story. From the highly developed computer user who now thinks paper is a thing of the past, to the traditional print reader; this story has a home on both playing fields.”

Kathye Quick lives in Manville with her son, Jarrett, who currently attends New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire where he studying Business Management. She also has a set of twin sons. Scott lives in Arizona with his wife Lisa, and Mark is a Corrections Officer and lives in Washington, NJ. She works for county government, and secretly dreams of winning the Pulitzer Prize to allow her to write full-time.

She attributes contributes her love of writing to her high school journalism teacher, Paul Burst, who selected her as the editor of the Middlesex High School Newspaper (the Blue Print) during her junior and senior years. And she’s been writing ever since.

She has been published in Women’s Magazines, has written a weekly column entitled "A Quick Look Around” for a local newspaper, has worked as a stringer for a regional New Jersey Newspaper, and writes speeches for local and state political figures. She has contributed a short story to Romance Recipes for the Soul, published in the fall of 1999.

In addition, Avalon Books, a Division of Thomas Bourgey Company, New York has published two of Kathye’s short contemporary romance novels, BLUE DIAMOND (December 2000) and JESSIE’S WEDDING (August 2001). A third, STEALING APRIL’S HEART, is a February 2003 release.

Writing must run in the family because Mark is currently penning a sci-fi novel between shifts. Kathye’s niece, Devon, is illustrating a non-fiction book Kathye is working on entitled HI, MOM, HOW ARE THINGS IN HEAVEN, which will deal with grief with humor and understanding.

"One Rainy Night had me wanting to watch old Tracy and Hepburn films, nibble popcorn, and cuddle with my husband." –Promo Preview, 12/2000

"Highly sensual, frequently suspenseful, and often hilarious, it’s a quick read with nearly evey scence giving the reader a reason to smile." – Romantic Times July 2001

"Think Tracy-Hepburn. Think Jayne Anne Krentz. Think Kathye Quick. ONE RAINY NIGHT sparkles with witty repartee. Don't miss this book!" ----Christine Janssen, author of STAND ON YOUR OWN (4 Stars, Romance Times)

"Good dialogue, a different job setting, lots of humor and funny situations. I hope to see more of Kathye's books. And soon." -----Dovey Jacoby, ROMANCE CENTRAL

"Kathye Quick's debut novel, ONE RAINY NIGHT, has lovable characters that will charm you and work their way into your heart. ---Shirley Hailstock, a HOLT Medallion winner

"ONE RAINY NIGHT is a charming story of two people who are meant to be together. I enjoyed the comic elements especially when they literally fell into each other’s arms." ---FOUR STARS, Diane Burton, Scribes World

"Kathye Quick has crafted a charming story in her debut novel. An experienced survivor of a hurricane herself (she lost her home in Hurricane Floyd), Kathye brings a wealth of realistic description to her tale. Look for more exciting romance to come from this New Jersey author in the future." -- Sharon Galligar Chance, Book Browser

Daughters Of The Moon Alliya has been raised in the Religion of Hecate and has been raised to be a priestess. She meets Artemis and against her religion and her goddess, falls in love with him, As they make plans to be together, Artemis must leave for war. Alliya decides to wait for him. Along the way both the gods and man throw obstacles in their path. Are they truly meant to be together? Can their love survive?

I loved this book and you will, too. I couldn't put it down and read it all in one day. You won't be disappointed. It is a keeper. --Jennifer Bolwig, Romance Book Reviews, April 2003

Fiction Books :: Romance Books :: Historical Books

ISBN: 1590888456
ISBN(13-digit): 9781590888452
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 394
Paper Weight (lb): 16.4

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