The Artemis Rising Blog Hop Giveaway

Cheri Lasota has now released the paperback of her YA historical fantasy, Artemis Rising. The story is unusual, mixing two different mythologies into a complex love story exploring the nature of belief and self-discovery.

The e-book is  on Amazon,but if you’re interested in winning a paperback copy, please fill out the form at the end of this post!

The Story

On the voy­age home to the Azores Islands, Eva accepts the pagan name of Arethusa but learns too late that her life will mir­ror the Greek nymph’s tragic end. Her mother reveals that her des­tiny lies with Diogo, the shipowner’s volatile son. But Eva has a vision of another…

When the ship founders in a storm off the coast, Tristan, a local boy, saves her life and steals her heart. Destined to be with Diogo yet aching for Tristan’s for­bid­den love, Eva must some­how choose between them, or fate will choose for her.


A Conversation with the Author

Q: How did you conceive of Artemis Rising?

A: This is a dif­fi­cult ques­tion. How does any­one come up with a cre­ative idea? I gen­er­ally don’t under­stand the mech­a­nism which allows me to breathe life into char­ac­ters and weave plots and develop uni­ver­sal themes within the con­text of a his­tor­i­cal set­ting. I am truly only grate­ful that I’m pay­ing atten­tion long enough to write it all down. Some days it comes eas­ily, some days I think and think and noth­ing comes to me. But Artemis Rising? Wow, it is a mish- mash of all my long­ings and fears. It is an amal­gam of all my hopes for the future and my mem­o­ries in the plea­sures of the past. It is a laun­dry list of my most trea­sured inter­ests and pas­sions. It is also com­plete and utter fic­tion. Does that answer your question?

Okay, some­thing a bit more spe­cific. I used to live in the Azores Islands, a pro­found priv­i­lege that went by far too quickly. But the place and its peo­ple have stayed with me some fif­teen years later, and I knew that no mat­ter what my book would even­tu­ally be about, I would set it on Terceira Island, one of the great loves of my life. The set­ting being carved in stone, I won­dered what to write about for the plot. No answer forth­com­ing, I played on the Internet (what else is a writer to do?). I remem­ber look­ing up the mean­ing of my favorite name in all the world, Tristan. That’s when I stum­bled upon the Arthurian leg­end of Tristan and Isolde. Ooh, did I revel in this deli­cious story! Mad love and long­ing, knights and ladies, treach­ery and tragedy—what’s not to love? And then another day, per­haps months later, I was research­ing mythol­ogy. Can’t recall why. I came across the story of Alpheus and Arethusa and noticed strange sim­i­lar­i­ties to the Tristan and Isolde myth. Something just clicked in my mind. I thought, what would hap­pen if I squished those two myths together? What if they became the sub­text to my own story. . .? And my mind went rac­ing on with the possibilities.

Q: Is there a genre that you enjoy reading that you would never attempt writing? (Mine’s Steampunk.)

Occasionally I read scifi, but I don’t think I’d ever attempt it myself. I’m a little terrified of the research involved in the science of scifi. I’d secretly love to write a space opera, because astronomy endlessly fascinates me. But oh! I can’t imagine trying to create an interplanetary drama complete with spacecraft and lightspeed. Just the thought—gah!

Q: How has being an editor helped/hurt your writing?

Sigh. I really wish I could turn off my Inner Editor. She’s been a living hell for me for years, stymying my creative endeavors and enabling my procrastination. So it’s been a detriment in many ways. On the positive side, it’s been incredibly useful when it came time to editing the novel. My knowledge of grammar, punctuation, rhythm, and structure has been a wonderful asset through the long process of creating this novel.

Q: When did you start skiing?

During the winter season, I work out my writing frustration with a little downhill skiing. Or rather a lot. I slalom race now and my obsession is now speed. If you knew me well, you’d find this amusing given how slow I am in all other aspects of my life. Well, except driving. But that’s another story. I started skiing when I was a shy thirteen. I was terrible then. And terribly afraid of going too fast. I took a break for a decade and picked it back up when I moved to the Northwest. Now I ski most every weekend during the season. Love it!

Watch Dr. Veronica Esagui’s interview of Cheri Lasota on the Author’s Forum:


The Artemis Rising Blog Hop Giveaway: Enter to win one paperback copy of the newly released Artemis Rising! (US residents only please.)


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To continue on the blog hop, please click here to jump over to RaShelle Workman’s blog.

Author: Stacey Wallace

Stacey Wallace is the author of The Retroact Saga, Day of Sacrifice Omnibus, Open Door Love Story series, and multiple short stories. Her latest novel, Her Other Life, is a stand-alone novel of magical realism.

6 thoughts

  1. What a fab author Cheri is! Artemis Rising is definitely going on my to-read list! Thanx for hosting a great giveaway Stacy!

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