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Little Greek Gods

Little Greek Gods

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by Fran Shaff
     
 

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Monsters, thieves, birds who shoot deadly feathers like arrows at their victims… These are the some of the hazards seven little children must face if they want to become the great Greek gods they were before their father Zeus turned them into human children. Apollo, Aphrodite, Hermes, Ares, Hephaestus, Athena and Artemis will do whatever is necessary to

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Monsters, thieves, birds who shoot deadly feathers like arrows at their victims… These are the some of the hazards seven little children must face if they want to become the great Greek gods they were before their father Zeus turned them into human children. Apollo, Aphrodite, Hermes, Ares, Hephaestus, Athena and Artemis will do whatever is necessary to return to Olympus as great gods again.

Coffee Time Reviews: Little Greek Gods is a poignant story that is not only incredibly well written, but makes the reader actually feel the emotions the children endure while on their adventure…I believe Fran Shaff composes a truly extraordinary story that captures the heart and captivates the soul. This story is a pure delight in every way.

Excerpt:

Setup: The children are arguing while they’re packing up their campsite.

The sounds of his brothers and sisters whining and arguing loomed so loudly over the campsite, that Apollo could hear nothing else.

“Looks like we’ve come across some very valuable merchandise,” a gruff voice bellowed over the bustle of activity.

The unexpected roar of the rough voice so startled the little gods that they immediately stopped what they were doing and spun toward the intruders.

“Merchandise?” Apollo said, repeating the key word the larger of the two strangers had used. He scowled at them and lifted his hands. “We haven’t any merchandise. We’re poor wayfarers, mere children. We have nothing of value, I assure you.”

The big man tugged at his scraggly gray and brown beard. He grinned at his shorter partner, his green eyes sparkling mischievously. “Did you hear that Flavio? They’re poor wayfarers. They claim they don’t have anything worth stealing.”

Flavio laughed, exposing a partial set of yellow teeth. “They ought to bring a good price on the block, don’t you think, Platomio?”

The large thief nodded. “A few of them might, but this girl’s a little scrawny,” Platomio said, taking hold of Artemis’ arm. “She may not be worth more than the price of a hearty breakfast.” He twisted her arm behind her until she cried out. “You should have eaten better, girl. I don’t know if it’d even be worth the trouble to haul you to auction in your skinny condition.”

Apollo pounced on the nasty, big man who was tormenting little Artemis. “Leave her alone!”

Flavio easily yanked Apollo away from his partner.

Within seconds Apollo found himself bound at the wrists. “You won’t get away with this!” he said, his words being his only means of retaliation.

Platomio stepped toe to toe with him. He gazed down at the boy and grinned, exposing gaps where teeth used to be. “Oh?” he said. “Who, pray tell, is going to stop us?”

Apollo looked down at the ground below him, and, for the first time in his life, he realized he was completely helpless.

“Tie up the whole lot of them,” Platomio told Flavio, “and see to it they’re linked together. They’ll be easier to manage if they’re connected to one another.”

Within moments Flavio had completed his task. The children were tied together, completely helpless and at the mercy of ruthless bandits who apparently intended to sell them into slavery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045470087
Publisher:
Fran Shaff
Publication date:
11/27/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
210 KB
Age Range:
13 Years

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In the morning, the children rose with the sun. While the others tidied up the campsite and packed up their gear, Athena took Alpha to the pond to water him before they set out on their day's hike.

Apollo tried to direct the packing up, but Ares and the girls objected to his giving orders. Artemis wanted to climb a few trees before they started out. Aphrodite wanted more time to arrange her hair. Ares objected to Apollo's orders because objecting to everything was what he did best. The sounds of whining and arguing loomed so loudly over the campsite, that Apollo could hear nothing else.

"Looks like we've come across some very valuable merchandise," a gruff voice bellowed over the bustle of activity.

The little gods stopped what they were doing immediately and spun toward the intruders.

"Merchandise?" Apollo said, repeating what the larger of the two strangers had said. "We haven't any merchandise. We're poor wayfarers, mere children. We have nothing of value."

The big man tugged at his scraggly gray and brown beard. He grinned at his shorter partner, his green eyes sparkling mischievously. "Did you hear that, Flavio? They're poor wayfarers. They don't have anything to steal."

Flavio laughed, exposing a set of yellowish teeth. "They ought to bring a good price on the block, don't you think, Platomio?"

The large thief nodded. "This girl's a little scrawny," Platomio said, taking Artemis' arm. He twisted it behind her until she cried out.

Apollo pounced on the big man at once. "Leave her alone!"

Flavio easily yanked Apollo from his partner and bound him at the wrists.

"You won't get away with this!" the little god said as he struggledagainst his bonds.

Platomio stepped toe to toe with Apollo. He gazed down at the helpless boy and grinned, exposing gaps where teeth used to be. "Oh? And just who is going to stop us?"

Apollo looked down, and, for the first time in his life, he felt completely helpless.

"I thought so," Platomio said when Apollo refused to reply. "Tie them all and link them to each other," he told Flavio. "They'll be easier to manage that way."

Within moments the children were tied together. They found themselves completely helpless and at the mercy of ruthless bandits who would sell them into slavery. The girls cried, and Ares let out a blood-freezing scream.

"Shut that one up," Platomio ordered.

Flavio shoved a rag into Ares mouth. "That'll quiet him down."

The two bandits walked to the head of the group. Flavio took the lead line and tugged the children forward. "We're going to have a real nice walk."

Artemis moved close to Apollo. "We've got to do something, brother. We can't become slaves."

Apollo looked toward Flavio and Platomio. They were moving farther ahead, increasing the lead on the line they had tied to the children. His thoughts moved quickly as he struggled to come up with a plan that would free them. Suddenly, he saw Athena standing behind a tree. Her arms were raised to the sky, and her eyes were focused upwards. Speaking loudly enough for only the children to hear, Apollo said, "Quick, drop down to the ground."

He'd barely spoken the words when the earth started to quake and a sound loud enough to be heard all over Greece deafened their ears.

Platomio and Flavio fell to the earth, their bodies convulsing wildly. The children watched them thrash in pain for several minutes until they got control of themselves. Once the wretched thieves were able to stand again, they got up and ran away screaming. "Zeus has rained his thunder down upon us! These children are bewitched!"

When the bandits were gone, Athena ran to the children, bringing Alpha along with her. "Are you all right?" she asked as she began to free her siblings from their bonds.

Apollo rubbed his wrists, and he looked at his brothers and sisters. "I think we're fine, thanks to you and your thunderbolt."

"I was afraid if I threw it close enough to the men to kill them, it might hurt one of you, too. That's why I aimed at a target well ahead of them. I'm sorry all I could do was scare them away. I should have liked to have ended their miserable lives."

Apollo glanced in the direction the bandits had run. "I heard one of them yell something about us being bewitched. If they believe such nonsense, I doubt they'll come back. Nevertheless, we will have to be watchful. They could return to try to enslave us once more."

"If only I had my aegis. I could have turned them both to stone with one glance of the Gorgon." She shook her head. "I'd have liked to have turned them to stone and thrown them off a cliff to shatter into a thousand pieces after what they did to all of you--and what they were going to do."

"You should have killed them," Ares screamed at her. "If they come back again we'll be helpless. Without your thunderbolt, we have nothing left to protect us."

Apollo put out his hand to stop Ares' scolding. "What Athena did was best for all of us. If she'd have dealt the thieves a mortal blow, she could have killed us all. While we are safe for the time being, I'm afraid these bandits aren't the only danger we'll face on our journey. We must find a way to protect ourselves from the evil forces we may encounter as we continue on our way."

Meet the Author

Just about all of us want to get away from the demands of everyday life from time to time. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the luxury of being able to take off to some new, exciting place whenever we feel the urge--unless we like to read.A book can take us anywhere we’d like to go. For readers who enjoy living vicariously in pastimes or in modern times Fran Shaff provides a great escape in the more than twenty novels she’s published over the years. Fran’s fictional books have won awards from readers, reviewers and fellow authors, and her non-fiction has been acknowledged in this way too.Love is the main focus of all of Fran’s books, whether they’re contemporary or historical, serious or humorous, written for adults or teens. Love between men and women and among friends and families is featured in her books because there is nothing most of us want more than to love and be loved. Happy endings abound, but the journey to reaching that joyful final moment is always a rocky struggle, just the way we want our fiction (even though we could do without the drama in our real lives).Look for new, full-length historical romance novels from Fran Shaff in the ten-book “Tender Mysteries Series,” available now and debuting throughout 2013 and 2014. The first novel in the series “Resurrected” is available as a free download at most Internet bookstores. The series is available in single e-book and two-pack paperback formats.Reviewers say:“Ms. Shaff is a gifted writer that always delivers in her stories.” (The Romance Studio)“I have discovered a great new author in Fran Shaff. She writes with depth and understanding and digs deep into the emotional lives of her characters bringing the reader with her all the way.” (A Romance Review)“Fran Shaff is a wonderful writer whose prose speak with passion from her heart.” (Fallen Angel Reviews)“Ms. Shaff writes about characters that warm your heart and give you a good chuckle as well.” (Coffee Time Romance)

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