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Rise of the Goddess (****All proceeds from the Rise of the Goddess anthology will go to benefit the Elliott Public Library**** Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Stovall , Samantha Ketteman , Sinead MacDughlas , Rebecca Poole , Elizabeth A. Lance , Zoe Adams , Shebat Legion , Mariana Thorn , Andrea L. Staum , Dave J. Ford
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The Goddess: a female deity who represents strength, love, dignity, sexuality, motherhood, wrath, peace, the elements, and so much more. She is the symbol of every woman who has ever been or will ever come to be. She comes from a myriad of places and beliefs, her image always changing, but her presence always there. In this collection of fourteen beautifully written stories and three lovely original artworks, the Goddess rises in many unique forms to remind the world of the strength and beauty that is woman and the connection she has with all things.

Stories Include:
Warrior Goddess ….. Rebecca Poole
Down came the Queen of Heaven ….. Aubrey Diamant
Bia ….. Samantha Ketteman
Carmaterdea ….. Sinead MacDughlas
Goddess of My Heart ….. Michael Cross
Her ….. Rebecca Poole
A Goddess’s Revenge ….. Catherine Stovall
Love, Lust, Beauty ….. Jackie McMahon
Hunting the Dark ….. Marion C. Lanier
Mother of Monsters ….. Andrea L. Staum
Goddess Touched ….. Elizabeth L. Lance
The Cast Iron Skillet ….. Shebat Legion
The Weaver ….. Zoe Adams
Shield of Light ….. Beth W. Patterson
Beautiful Secrets of the Sea ….. Jackie McMahon
Vanquish ….. Mariana Thorn
Falling For You ….. Cecilia Clark

****All proceeds from the Rise of the Goddess anthology will go to benefit the Elliott Public Library****

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1366 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1497388678
  • Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing (19 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J4PE78I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #451,559 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A novel idea! 2 July 2014
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I ordered this paperback for my collection, and it arrived waaaay sooner than the delivery date, which is great for readers like me! The cover is entrancing and powerful. Rise of the Goddess contains stories empowering women, which is what the human race needs more of. It also needs more anthologies like this, which benefit libraries to with their sales!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rise of the Goddess! 21 Mar. 2014
By brenda
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a moving anthology in which every story captivated my interest throughout. Strong well-written pieces of fiction grabbed my attention and drew me in. The authors should be extremely pleased with themselves for creating something so special and unique.

These stories call to it’s reader in a creative way. Each sharing the same general theme of Gods and Goddesses. A great collection that is not only imaginative but done with heart.

I love the fact that the proceeds are going to benefit the Elliott Public Library. What a beautiful gift. “Rise of the Goddess” is a worthwhile read.

Excerpt ~

"Her" by Rebecca Poole

"His body, once strong and supple, had withered from age and use. His once bulging muscles, while still strong, were mere ropes holding his fragile bones together. He traversed the treacherous climb daily, making the two hour trek without fail. It did not matter if he was sick, or injured, it had not even mattered the one time his wife had been in labor. His faith was unwavering and his resolve the same. He would make certain the chamber was ready for Her arrival."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book 3 Nov. 2014
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I am not sure where to start. This is a book of combined authors who all write some really nice stuff!

Not sure if I have a favourite, but I did enjoy all the stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing anthology for an amazing cause! 20 Mar. 2014
By Sabina, Sabina's Adventures In Reading - Published on Amazon.com
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Warrior Goddess by Rebecca Poole
A beautiful picture to start of this anthology. Fierce. I like it, Rebecca did a marvelous job.

Down Came the Queen of Heaven by Aubrey Diamant
This is the story of how the Goddess Nicasia came to be Queen of Heaven. A lovely story, that contains everything your heart desires; love, hate, fight and responsibility. I like the way Aubrey has chosen to tell the story. In the beginning and end it’s a prophetess that share the ancient story. It made it even more believable to me. VERY nice touch!!
Bia by Samantha Ketteman
Love this story!! Bia is the youngest sibling out of four. Her two brothers; Katos and Zelos, and her sister; Nike. Bia has done what shouldn’t be done; she has fallen for a simple human. In a single, stupid weak moment she accidently tells her sister, which makes all hell turn loose – literally. The question is now; are their love strong enough that Matthew could accept her for who she truly is?
Loved, loved, loved it!! Samantha creates a short story that truly grabs you and doesn’t let go. Wonderful!!
Carmaterdea by Sinead Macdughlas
This was really thought provoking. And very accurate. The young Goddess Carmatera (Carm for short) is running away from her home planet, when she stumbles over a planet with some funny inhabitants. Or so she thinks until she sees what they do to each other. Horrified she tries to destroy them in order to save others, but is stopped by a deity. He takes her on a journey through the deities history on Earth, and what became of them. The question is; will Carm actually learn something along the way, or is she too blind?
Sinead has created a wonderful short story, and it caught me. I tore through it, and couldn’t help agreeing and snorting accompanied by laughing out loud several times. Sadly, she also has a very valid point, and a lesson hard learned by the young goddess.
Amazing story!
Goddess of My Heart by Michael Cross
This story is about Osiris and Iris. On how Osiris was tricked by his brother Set, and how Iris reacted to it.
Egypt has always fascinated me. Always, and I have a huge weakness for mythology and ancient religions and cultures in general. So no surprise I enjoyed Michaels story. Wonderfully written, although I would’ve loved to see more. :-D
And the ending is just amazing. Love it.
Her by Rebecca Poole
A tale of a man devoting his life to a forgotten Goddess, the Goddess of the Blood and Night. How he is mocked, and looked down upon, because other have moved on, religion being a thing of the past.
A simple and captivating story. His acceptance was soothing and it was impressive to read what he and his family had sacrificed for the Goddess.
A Goddess’s Revenge by Catherine Stovall
Kel is the daughter of Enneth and Nia, Goddess of the Earth. But when a plague sweeps over Wade, destroying not only the people, but the earth as well. Catastrophes comes right and left, and in the end, Nia and Enneth only sees one way; to protect their daughter and try to save their world. In the end they failed at killing their adversary, but succeeded in protecting Kel.
1500 years pass before Kel finally begins to rise from her sleep, and what she finds is more destruction, more hate, violence and despair. Now the young Goddess stands before a great battle; she has to defend her old home and land, but what is the price?
Catherine surprised me yet again, and dragged me into this short story. I loved her story in Cogs of Time, this was just as good, but in a different way. The choice has to make is heart breaking, but luckily she’s not alone. Great story!!
Aphrodite by Jackie McMahon
Amazing drawing by Jackie. The way she tilts her head, her hair behind her ear. Beautiful.

Hunting the Dark by Marion C. Lanier
Artemis is alone and on the run. Her uncle Hades killed not only her father, but many other gods as well. Right now she is the only one left of the gods. And she is running from Hades and his hell hounds.
Do you remember who Artemis is? No? The great Huntress. Read this amazing short story by Marion and find out how the Great Huntress reacts to being the hunted.
Loved it, thought it was a great twist to the story, and the ending was awesome. Well done!!

Mother of Monsters by Andrea L. Staum
Ever wondered where all the ancient monsters came from? Meet Erica, a.k.a Echidna. The mother to all monsters in Greek mythology.
She is living undercover from humanity, but still alive for some reason, even though many of the other ancient gods have been turned into myth and disappeared from earth.
Now she’s on a mission to hunt for one of her missing children who’s been accidently released from his frozen prison. But will he recognize his mother, and what about the partner she’s been saddled with? Can the damaged clairvoyant handle the truth about Erica?
Great story, loved how Andrea had taken something not so commonly known and made her survive what the old ancient great gods couldn’t; time and evolution. I would love to know more about Echidna and her work.
Goddess Touched by Elizabeth A. Lance
Oh wow…. This one was amazing, one of my favorites so far. We all know the ancient stories of the Greek Gods and Goddesses. But what if they weren’t all gone, but still here?
21 years ago, a child was born. But this little girl was special. Born with roots from the gods, blessed by three of them, Moira has no idea exactly how special she is, but carries on with her life. Her life is special though; she can act and sing like no one else. And she’s very humble about it. Moira truly is a beauty inside out.
In comes Mars – yes, the God of War himself. In desperate need for a vacation, he stumbles upon Moira just as she is on a tour to perform for the US forces.
Sparks fly, emotions run off, but how will Moira react when she finds out she is more than what she appears?
Amazing story, loved every page!! I would sooo love to see more of Mars and Moira, it would be awesome!!!
The Cast iron Skillet by Shebat Legion
This story has a more serious character compared to the others I’ve read so far. But I can say this with conviction; every person should have an inner Goddess like Amanda does. Hands down. I was truly impressed by Shebat’s narration, she roped me into the story for the few pages it lasted and kept me captive. Well done.
The Weaver by Zoe Adams
Athena is on a holiday from work. For once, she’s actually back in Greece, for the first time in many, many years, and on her last day there, she decides to go to the local marked to see what’s happening and to find some trinkets for her friends. She stumbles over a weaver who doesn’t own a shred of humility.
Athena made a promise to her father a long time ago, to not meddle in humans lives, but will this weaver be her undoing?
Yet again, Zoe has created a great story. I truly enjoyed reading about Athena and the little weaver.

Shield of Light by Beth W. Patterson
Frank is working at bars. For years he’s been listening to others stories, been there for people when they needed it, been a shoulder to cry on – for complete strangers. The only one who isn’t leaning on him, but offering HIM a shoulder is one of his favorite customers; Mary.
But not everything is what it seems, and there are more things lurking underneath the cover, if you dare to believe.
I didn’t like this story in the beginning, but the further I read, the more it grew on me. In the end, I was delighted, and couldn’t help smiling.
Beautiful Secrets of the Sea by Jackie McMahon
Another drawing by Jackie. I loved Aphrodite, and this one is gorgeous as well.

Vanquish (A Fur, Fangs and Fairies Short) by Mariana Thorn
I’ve not read the first book in the Fur, Fangs and Fairies series by Mariana Thorn, but this short just gave me the “I want to read more”.
Kalypso is a rare breed, a mix of different races, feared by most of the supernatural, considered a Goddess by some humans. She’s on the run from the vampire who fathered her; Diokles, but in reality she wants to kill him. Badly.
The opportunity comes when a hellhound walks into her life, giving her a proposition she hardly can refuse; help him defeat Palden, the current leader of the Hellhounds, and he will help her defeat her nemesis.
But will they be able to trust each other, and work with each other, or will all hell break loose?
I loved stepping into this world, I fell so hard and I didn’t want to leave. Sadly, since it was a short, it HAD to end, but I will DEFINITELY be looking into Seizing Darkness – I might have it on my kindle… Hmm….
Falling for You by Cecilia Clark
This is a story about a young archeologist who came across the wrong kind of men. He tried to save an important archeological artefact and almost paid with his life. Now, he’s in the hospital trying to remember who he is, piecing together all the little pieces of the puzzle. But will he be able to right his wrongs?
Amazing end to a wonderful anthology, Cecilia takes us deep into the jungle and back again, showing us ancient religions and beauty. I truly enjoyed her story, but then, I’ve always been a sucker for archeology. Always. Beautiful story, and loved the ending.
All in all:
This anthology was born to help out a library in the little town Elliott, IA, where CHBB’s wonderful author Ada McEwan works. Budget cuts have made it even harder for the public library to make end meet.
Looking at this anthology, and every story in it, I am overwhelmed by the amazing support people all over the world has come to shown Ada and her library.
Each story is unique, and I loved every page of it. Every story evolves round gods and goddesses (which is something that never fails to captivate me), and I think this anthology is the best I’ve read so far from CHBB/Vamptasy/Hot Ink Press.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 20 Mar. 2014
By Emma Michaels - Published on Amazon.com
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Simply fantastic anthology! A wonderful collection of short stories brought together for a wonderful cause! Each unique and well written, this is an anthology worth picking up!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence 21 Mar. 2014
By Rue Volley - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book, excellent cause, excellent cover art. This is just a win win all the way around. I would recommend it to anyone.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Anthology I've fallen in love with 18 April 2014
By Catrina M. Rudd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC)

This book has story after story that grabbed me, entertained me, sucked me in, and made me look for more from authors I have never read previously. Both a great cause AND a fantastic set of stories. Can't ask for better from anything. I strongly suggest picking this up.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must have if you like any version of goddess. 15 April 2014
By Shelley Custer - Published on Amazon.com
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First let me say that it is a beautiful thing these authors and their publisher are doing. All proceeds go to support a small town rural library. Coming from a small town myself I know the importance of having a library for all the residents. Bravo to you all!

Now about the book, there is artwork that is really pretty and very complementary to the stories told. Loved it! All the stories were good in their own way but as a reader some stood out more than others. There are Goddesses who are kind, nurturing, and loving. There are Goddesses who will do what ever it takes to protect their people and then there are those who are out to get vengeance! I loved every bit of every story. I am a mythology junkie and especially stories with Goddesses! I found several authors that I absolutely had to return to find out more about. It never fails one of those authors is always Samantha Ketteman. I don't know who she is but I have found her work in a couple anthologies and I love her emotional story telling. It always leaves my heart just a little more full. Catherine Stovall is another author who I find always gets my attention. Besides being an author of one of the stories she is the person behind the anthology being put together the way it is. I think she did a brilliant job. It's not her first time in that role either, she has put together the Cogs in Time anthology that was just as remarkable as this one. I know if I ever see a book with her name on it, I must get it!
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