Book Title: Terpsichore in Love: Bemused and Bedeviled
Author: John Tucker
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Genre: Supernatural Romance/Comedy
Publisher: GMTA Publishing, LLC
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
The nine traditional Greek Muses, who are now living on Earth, find their everyday lives disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious mortal who is developing powers beyond human capabilities. After Dan Gordon falls in love with Terpischore, he finds himself in the midst of a power struggle between the forces of Heaven and the denizens of Hades – with the winner claiming his heart and soul.
Bemused and Bedeviled takes you into the drama-filled lives of the nine sisters, headed up by the impetuous Terpischore, oversexed Melpomene, irascible Calliope, and the impossibly cheerful Euterpe. On the dark side, Lucifer and his three Sirens – the level-headed Calypso, wrathful Celestia, and the effervescent Chanteuse – deal with their own darker issues. The representatives of good and evil vie for Dan’s loyalty and allegiance, despite family issues that threaten to rip the very fabric of the universe apart.
After a shopping excursion, Terpischore and her sister Euterpe meet Dan Gordon for the first time. Euterpe hates her name and likes to be called Butterfly.
“You definitely lucked out on seeing that Gucci blouse before I did,” Butterfly said. “You’ll be the smoking one tonight if we have a chance to go clubbing tonight.”
“Puhleeze, Babe,” Terri replied. “If you wear the black leather mini-skirt and sparkly burgundy top you just bought, you’ll have all the guys mooning over you.” She stepped over a discarded hot dog, “And those pumps you found – they’re the bee’s knees.”
Butterfly shrugged. “I hope so.” She looked up and grimaced before smiling again. “I wish I knew why Father’s so protective when it comes to us being wooed by mortals. After what he did to my last boyfriend, I’m scared to even try again.”
They stopped at a crosswalk and waited for the light to change. Terri cuddled beside her sister and kissed her lightly on the cheek.
“Father’s really loosened up His Old Testament standards over the last two hundred years.” Terri looked up and scowled. “He shouldn’t say anything about us getting a little sumpin-sumpin on the side, especially with Melpomene and Clio banging boots every night.”
“It’s knocking boots, Silly.” Butterfly laughed while they crossed the street. “MeMe can’t exactly help her propensity for naughtiness and Clio’s his favorite.”
The two Muses exchanged a smirk and hurried up the street. While gracefully avoiding the humans passing them, Terri occasionally turned to check out a hunky specimen with a sigh of barely restrained lust. When they reached their dwelling, the Peachtree Arms, they turned to each other and waved their hands over their bodies, making themselves invisible to any onlookers.
“Just in case we run afoul of that seedy-looking handyman,” Terri said.
“Being able to cloak ourselves is almost as awesome as poofing,” Butterfly agreed.
Inside the lobby, they waited patiently for an elevator. Terri swung her bag back and forth. Butterfly gave her nails a critical examination. On the way to their twelfth-story loft, Tom Jones’ hit song ‘What’s New Pussycat’ played over the speakers.
“Tom was hot back in the day,” Butterfly remarked. “But I still think David and his harp was the bomb.” She chuckled. “Davey just had that ‘yum’ factor.”
“Umm, yeah, right,” Terri grimaced. “I never liked him. He was a player ages before Casanova made the scene.” She chuckled and fanned her face. “Now, Billy Shakespeare, he was a package – hot, romantic, and he did this thing with his tongue that –”
“Terpischore,” Butterfly gasped. “When did you and the Bard have a go at it?’
“I never told you?” Terri giggled. “I’ll have you know I advised him on how to shore up that play he agonized over for weeks – Boldis and Acquanetta. In between trysts, I suggested he should rename it – give it a little pizzazz.” She smiled at her sister’s blank expression. “So, it became Romeo and Juliet – duhhh. Doesn’t that sound better?”
“Hold up.” Butterfly gave her a skewed look. “Wasn’t Clio assigned to him?”
“Shhh,” Terri hissed out with a smirk. “It’s our little secret, Babe.”
They giggled until the doors opened, only managing to walk a few steps before having to hug the wall. The sisters swapped a knowing wince while a chubby man with a tool belt strolled past them. Terri made a sour face at his greasy hair and hairy chest while Butterfly held her nose from the man’s appalling body odor. When he entered the lift they burst into laughter.
“Gross and stinky is no way to go through life,” Butterfly said, shaking her head.
“It’s a good thing we’re invisible,” Terri said. “The only other time we met, he tried to embrace me.” She shuddered. “I’d rather spend the night in an iron maiden.”
They locked arms and skipped down the corridor. Twenty feet ahead, Terri noticed a tall, average-looking man with curly brown hair leave his apartment. While his clothes were too plain for her sensibilities, worn out black jeans and a light-green pullover, she still considered him cute enough to uncloak herself. To her surprise, she didn’t have to.
“Hi, Ladies,” he said, taking a second to establish eye contact with them. “I’m your new neighbor – Dan Gordon.” He held out his hand. “Nice to meet you.”
Terri exchanged a confused look with Butterfly. How the heck can he see us, Daffy?
I don’t know. Is he dangerous – one of them? She replied telepathically.
Terri clutched the bag to her chest and stared at the mortal. There’s no way he can see Muses. She bit her lip and huddled closer to her sister. This can’t be good.
John. D. Tucker is a longtime Georgia native who began writing at the age of forty-three. He has self-published three novels: Divisive – a psychological crime thriller, The Little Girl You Kiss Goodnight – a young adult mystery, and Romancing the Fox – a contemporary romance/drama. He seems to be becoming a jack of all genres with his first novel under the GMTA banner – Terpischore in Love (Bemused and Bedeviled Book One) a romantic comedy filled with mythological characters interacting with contemporary mortals.
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