Michael West is two books into his Legacy of the Gods series through Seventh Star Press.  He’s still feeling the effects of Mo*Con, but he invites us to the launch of his latest, Hade’s Disciples.  

Lessons Learned at Mo*Con: Hades’ Disciples by Michael West

Last week, I had the great pleasure of attending Mo*Con 9Hades Disciples_Small.   In fact, I’ve attended every Mo*Con, and while each one has been a festival of sorts, bringing together friends and peers from the wide world of publishing and art for a weekend-long party, the topics addressed and the issues discussed are weighty ones indeed: race, sex, discrimination, sexual orientation, God, religion, mental health, marriage, relationships, feeling like an outsider to normal society, how our views on it all color the way we see the world and interact with one another, and of course, how all of this affects what we read and what we write.

The long days—and very late nights—of Mo*Con, like most conventions I attend throughout the year, leaves me feeling drained afterward, but also quite energized.  Being around so many artistic people, you can’t help but get your creative batteries charged.  And those charged batteries often power new and amazing projects.

For me, one of those projects has been my dark Urban Fantasy series; The Legacy of the Gods, which began in 2012 with the publication of Poseidon’s Children, and continues now with the release of my new novel, Hades’ Disciples.

In Hades’, terrifying creatures exist all around us, hiding in plain sight. Ancient. Deadly. They gather in secret, conspiring, dreaming of nothing less than humanity’s destruction, and their numbers are growing.  Earl Preston knows the danger all too well. After tangling with a horde of mythological sea monsters in Colonial Bay, he has been tasked with finding these beasts and exposing their plans whatever they may be. But Earl is not the only one with a mystery on their hands. At the very top of the world, Carol Miyagi has stumbled onto an artifact from Earth’s past, something magnificent held captive in a prison of ice and snow. Now, Carol and Earl must work quickly to decipher the will of the gods–a plot that defies imagination–and to stop their followers from carrying it out.

Earl is African-American, struggling to do what’s right and to make his father proud.  Carol is Asian-American, raised in both the United States and Japan, and yet not feeling a real connection to either culture.   There are other major characters too, none of whom fit comfortably into any typical mold.  They are people who are outsiders to mainstream society, people who are uncomfortable in their own skins, and people who struggle with their own faith and sanity.  Basically, they’re the sort of people who would fit right in on your average Mo*Con panel.

The panels at Mo*Con are all about finding common ground, about breaking down the walls of ignorance and uncertainty that divide us.   The characters in my Legacy novels must learn to work together, despite their various differences, in order to save the world.   Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all do the same?

Signed, Limited Edition Hardcovers of The Legacy of the Gods Book Two: Hades Disciples are now available for pre-order through Seventh Star Press.  There are also a few copies still available for Book One: Poseidon’s Children, which you can add to your order for no additional shipping and handling.

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