Monday, April 28, 2014

{Blog Tour} Pan's Conquest by Aubrie Dionne

Pan's Conquest
Pan's Conquest by Aubrie Dionne
Publication Date: February 24th 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal Romance
Syrinx pulled a fast one on Pan to escape his raging lust. The God of Chastity wasn't about to break her vows and succumb to his temptations. Transported to the twenty-first century, she runs a florist shop—fulfilling her fake, mortal life. Until the breathtaking Parker Thomas hires her to decorate his grand estate for a gala. Five hundred roses? Easy enough. Except Parker makes her feel things she can't ignore...

As the God of Fertility, Pan is used to maidens flocking in droves to his pastures. So when Syrinx denies him, he's determined to win the one that got away. He poses as a mortal to get close to her, but he doesn't count on falling hard for his conquest—hard enough to make a life and stay.

But Syrinx is falling in love with a man that doesn't exist. Can Pan hide his identity forever, or will the truth tear them apart?
~The Story Behind Pan's Conquest~

The inspiration behind Pan’s Conquest came from a piece for solo flute written by Claude Debussy titled Syrinx. Some people say the piece is written from Syrinx’s perspective as a woman running from a pursuer, and others think it is Pan’s lament when he finds out Syrinx is gone. I go back and forth whenever I play it, seeing both sides of the story.
But, the ending never did sit well with me. Fleeing from Pan’s lust, Syrinx asks the river nymphs to turn her into a reed in the water. They do, and once Pan reaches the river, he cuts the reed and makes his flute.
So, does Syrinx die? What really happens to her? Does Pan know he’s cutting the reed she has become to make his flute? Does that make him a murderer or an admirer? The whole story is kind of weird and unresolved. I felt bad for both of them.
So, I decided to make my own end. What if Syrinx tricks him into thinking she’s gone? What if she transports to the 21st century and lives as a mortal? What if he follows her? And what if, given a second chance around, they fall in love?
That’s how Pan’s Conquest was born. I wanted Pan to start out as thinking of Syrinx as a prize to be won. Then, with human influence, he realizes how much more she is than a trophy or a conquest. His time spent in the mortal world humanizes him, and his wants and needs change.
As for Syrinx, I wanted her to come down from her lofty pedestal as the goddess of chastity. I felt as though she needed to loosen up and have a little fun- give a guy a chance, you know? So, her character arc is all about defining herself not through her godly vow of chastity, but through who she really is: a lover of nature and poetry, a florist, a friend. By finding a new sense of identity, she frees herself from the idea that her self-worth is tied to her virginity. Because life is much more than that, right?
~About The Author~
Aubrie Dionne
Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation-favorite character was Data by far-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.

Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be "A concert flutist" when she grew up. When she made that happen, she decided one career was not enough and embarked as a fantasy, sci fi author. Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.

Now for the professional bio:

Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She recently signed her YA sci fi novel with Inkspell Publishing titled: Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed, which will release in October 2012. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras. She's a big Star Trek TNG fan, as well as Star Wars and Serenity.
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1 comment:

  1. No favorite yet. It does sound like a great idea to take the gods out of their own time, so to speak.