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text 2016-03-06 17:20
A mortal woman who would dare fall in love with a god.


In writing my latest novel, a paranormal scifi-romance, Upon This Rock, I delved into the vast treasure trove of myth, legend and various religions to find inspiration. The premise was relatively simple, a mortal woman, courted and seduced by a god in her nightly dreams, would do anything to meet her lover in person. She would journey to the ends of the Earth for her loving devotion...


Perhaps even the Vatican.


The idea of gods, angels and demons seducing mortal women is embedded in every mythology across human history. What does that say about women ... that they are such ripe targets for seduction and rape? What does that say about the predatory natures of these gods?




Hindu gods seduced and impregnated mortals, as did Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek and Roman gods. Zues's many lovers (mortal and otherwise) are so well known, the moons of Jupiter are named after them.


And what would be the result of such a union?





Demigods are some of the most famous and infamous characters of lore.



In Judeo-Christian myth, the Old Testament (Torah) has a peculiar line about The Nephilim...


"The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, when the sons of God came unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them; the same were the mighty men of old, the men of renown."


Sounds a lot like a Demigod by Greco-Roman definitions.


Sadly, the Demigods had it rough. They were mostly human, imbued with special abilities from their divine parentage, but mired in the mess of humanity and forever struggling against the manipulations of gods who used them to further their selfish agendas.


Thousands of years have passed since the days of Nephilim and Demigods, the days when gods, angels and demons walked among us, seducing women, and birthing supernaturally gifted half-breeds. 


Herein lies the thread of my novel, UPON THIS ROCK.





What if the Gods sought to reenter our world, to once more seduce women and regain political and religious favor among the nations of men? Ashley Rowan is lured in by the loving, patient whispers of Mithra. He promises they can be together, if only she accepts his gifts of power and journeys to the gate, to open the way to his world. 


Mithra has labored for centuries to reach this moment, the chance for gods to once more walk among the men and women of Earth.


Its Fantasy. Scifi. Mythical and legendary, encompassing thousands of years of human history, and the dark manipulations of supernatural creatures from other worlds across the galaxy. They await us at the door, ready to barge through the gateway hidden beneath the Vatican ... UPON THIS ROCK.

Source: thenightlifeseries.blogspot.com
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review 2016-01-26 17:58
Upon This Rock (Upon This Rock, #1) by Travis Luedke
Upon This Rock (Myth and Legend, Fantasy Romance, Scifi Romance) - Travis Luedke

Upon This Rock (Upon This Rock, #1)



Beneath the Vatican lies a gateway to other worlds, closed for millennia. Mithra has labored for centuries to reach across the aether and connect with a human carrying the ancient genetic markers needed to wield the key and open the sealed gate.

"Your patience is rewarded. I crossed rivers of time and space for you."

Ashley Rowan has no one in her life but the voice in her head, the warm, sultry whispers of Mithra that haunt her dreams. He promises they will be united once she accepts his devastating gifts of

"Pledge absolute devotion to me and I promise you the key to the universe."

Empowered by Mithra and aided by Urvashi – a fallen angel – Ashley must embrace her destiny as the gatekeeper before Mithra's enemies take control of her and the gate. Many factions vie for access, but Mithra vows to protect Ashley at any cost, even if it means a war between worlds.

"I once believed demons were a psychosis of the mind. Now I see they walk and talk, bearing wings of polished steel dipped in the blood of sinners."

Greco Roman gods and demonic creatures collide in this mythical fantasy and scifi romance series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Travis Luedke.

Join Ashley for an insane dark fantasy thrill ride to the Vatican secret archives and the underworld of the Necropolis to find a doorway to the universe UPON THIS ROCK.






My Review:

I really have to give Luedke credit for how creative he's gotten with his writing. The sheer expanse and detail has been absolutely fantastic, what's better are the cameo's we get.

Its brilliance to bring in favorites into new installments because we already have a cast and author that we love and now we get a new complex world with that added bonus.

I can't even sum up the size of genre cross and mix of players because Luedke opens a box of characters that keep you guessing and investing from beginning to end.

I wish I could put into words just how much I'm loving the start of this series and honestly wish it had been longer because -gr... cliffhanger/hangover. I want more.

The whole can you trust the unknown and jump without the assurance of a safety net into the relationships both in friendships and intimate involvements pays off in a big way.

You don't have to pick up the previous books to understand involvements because Luedke makes it easy for new readers to his books to find their way but I would totally recommend you do because his works are fantastic to fall in love with.





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Note: I received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review from The Author



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review 2015-12-23 11:19
EPIC start to a new series from Travis Luedke
Upon This Rock (Myth and Legend, Fantasy Romance, Scifi Romance) - Travis Luedke

I was given an ARC of 'Upon this Rock' from Travis Luedke, in exchange for an honest review.

I jumped at the chance to read this new book by Travis, I'm fast becoming a MASSIVE fan so I really didn't look to hard into the extract supplied. 'Upon This Rock' is the explosive first book in Travis' new series "Myth & Legend"?? & OMG it kept me riveted to my ereader. Once I started I soon realised that 'Upon This Rock' is nothing like Travis' "Nightlife" or "Angel 6.0"series, but then it is... it's really hard to explain. It was totally NOT what I expected, but Travis weaved his magic & sucked me into this new vivid story. I became lost in the world of Ashley & Mithra, & the companions Ashley finds along the way to her end goal. It was a little confusing at the start, but within the first few chapters everything soon became understandable, also drawing me in more as I read.... then holding me captive. I came to the ending, man it was action packed, emotional, seat gripping. I can't wait to read what comes next for Ashley... how long do I have to wait Travis??? I kinda need it now.

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