Bottom Drawer Publications is proud to present Mythica by L. J. LaBarthe,
an mm paranormal novel set in South Australia.
Release Date: September 20, 2014
Book Details: Novel
Genre: MM Contemporary Paranormal
Author: L. J. LaBarthe
Today, I'm happy to share my blog with L. J. LaBarthe, author of Mythica, a M/M paranormal romance. Below are all the details about the book, but first, let's get to know L. J. a little better:
Q. How long have you been writing? Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
A. I’ve been writing for as long as I remember. In my teens, I wrote a fanzine about the local punk/hardcore music scene here in Adelaide. Then at university, I wrote some articles for the uni newspaper. I wrote some teenage angst poetry too—all terrible and it will never see the light of day! I started writing fiction just after my 20th birthday, I remember this quite clearly, because one of my oldest friends had fallen asleep on the sofa holding a beer can and I decided it would be a good start for a story! Professionally, I’ve been writing since 2009, but it all began when I was six years old and wrote a little story with accompanying drawing about Humpty Dumpty in Australia for a competition. I won because I included a typical Aussie bush hat with corks hanging from the brim in my artwork.
Q. What inspires you in your writing?
A. Everything, I suppose. The weather, landscape photography, history, urbex, music, movies, travelling, sitting in the garden… it really is a hodge-podge.
Q. Do you have a favorite place to write?
A. I’m usually parked on the couch in front of the TV. The TV provides background noise which seems to help me focus, oddly enough.
Q. Music while you write, yes or no?
A. Sometimes, depending on the time of day. Neighbors generally don’t take too kindly to one listening to Russian Viking Metal at 4am, for example.
Q. What is your current favorite book? Or if you can’t name just one, what was your last five-star read?
A. I just read “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by J. K. Rowling and found it to be a really well-written mystery, with really interesting and engaging characters and a murderer that I couldn’t pick until the big reveal. I’m also really loving the newest book in the “Night Watch” series by Sergey Lukyaneko. This one is “New Watch,” and it’s just as good as the first four and I love it. Oh, and a series I recommend far and wide is the Danilov Quintet by Jasper Kent, starting with “Twelve,” which is basically vampires through the history of Russia, from just before the Revolution. His world building and attention to history is terrific.
Q. Tell me a little about the inspiration behind Mythica.
A. I wanted to write a book set on the South Australian coast, because it really is beautiful. And I also enjoy looking at real estate, so I was looking around the town of Ardrossan and in nearby locations was a place called Tiddy Widdy Beach. I thought this was up there in the top ten best names of Australian towns, so I decided I wanted to set a book there. I was wondering which sort of paranormal creature to have as the central character and listening to a local pagan rock band called Spiral Dance. Their song, “Song for Selkie” came on and I snapped my fingers and said to myself, “That’s it!” And so “Mythica” was born.
Q. Describe the two leads of Mythica in three words each.
A. Three words? Eek! Okay, here goes.
Caiden: paranoid, sarcastic, loyal.
Gray: kind, altruistic, compassionate.
Caiden Jones is part-selkie and lives an idyllic life by the sea in South Australia. He’s had his fair share of disappointments, like being kept out of the Navy due to his mythica status, but overall he’s got a pretty good life. Until he’s in the wrong place at the right time.
Cai steps in to subdue an out-of-control minotaur and in the process suffers a serious injury to his ribs. As Cai struggles to breathe, a gorgeous suit-clad sy’lph with mesmerising blue eyes races to his rescue. When it’s learned that the minotaur was poisoned, the sy’lph, Gray, makes it his personal mission to keep Cai and his family safe.
Cai has always harboured some resentment towards the sy’lph because of their easy acceptance into the community, so the attraction he feels for Gray takes him by surprise. But how can they find out what this might mean when the lives of Cai and his family are endangered by someone closer than they realise?
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About the Author
L. J. LaBarthe
L.J. LaBarthe is a French-Australian woman, who was born during the Witching Hour, just after midnight. From this auspicious beginning, she went on to write a prize-winning short story about Humpty Dumpty wearing an Aussie hat complete with corks dangling from it when she was six years old. From there, she wrote for her high school yearbook, her university newspaper, and, from her early teens to her twenties, produced a fanzine about the local punk rock music scene. She loves music of all kinds and was once a classical pianist; she loves languages and speaks French and English and a teeny-tiny smattering of Mandarin Chinese, which she hopes to relearn properly very soon. She enjoys TV, film, travel, cooking, eating out, abandoned places, urbex, history, and researching.
L.J. loves to read complicated plots and hopes to do complex plot lines justice in her own writing. She writes paranormal, historical, urban fantasy, and contemporary Australian stories, usually m/m romance and featuring m/m erotica.
L.J. lives in the city of Adelaide, and is owned by her cat.
She can be found on the Internet at the following places: