Debut Fantasy Novel Brings the Greek Gods Back to Life

Top Quote Driven by revenge, jealousy and duty, The Trials of Hercules takes readers into an unforgettable world of myth and legend. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) October 21, 2014 - In a world where mortals must contend with the gods' cruel jealousy. One man must ask himself if he will risk his own death to protect the goddess who has done everything to destroy his life.

    Inspired by her interest in how history and myth interweave, Tammie Painter has brought the Greek gods back to life in The Trials of Hercules. In this fantasy novel, the first in a six-part series, Painter re-imagines the legends of Hercules in a way that adds depth, reality, and detail to these popular tales.

    The book is now available as a paperback and e-book through many online retailers and distributors such as Ingram, Baker & Taylor and Overdrive.

    Fans of mythology and epic fantasy will find themselves pulled into the world and drawn to the dynamic characters Painter has created. Early readers have expressed great enthusiasm for the book:

    - "This book was a pleasant surprise! I was immediately pulled in within the first few pages."
    - "I think this book should be rated as one of the top ten books of the year. I can't emphasize enough how good this book was and how much I enjoyed reading it."
    - "For anyone who enjoys fantasy or history this is a book for you! An outstanding book! Very well written, engaging and truly a fun and enjoyable book to read."
    - "It is interesting to get an inside look into the minds of the gods and realize that they may be powerful, but also more human than expected."
    - "This is book one of a series but it could stand entirely on its own legs if others were to never come out (which I sincerely hope is not the case)."
    - "I would gladly recommend this to anyone interested in fantasy, Greek mythology, or just a good read in general."
    - "This book has many human ideals like heroism, corruption, love, and vindictiveness. I recommend everyone to read this."
    - "This book took the 12 Labors of Hercules and rehashed them into a wonderful and detailed story."
    - "For anyone who loves Greek mythology, this is a fresh take on an old favorite."
    - "This book kept me turning pages the whole way through like any guilty pleasure."

    Tammie Painter enjoys retelling and reviving ancient legends through new stories. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and has earned several honors. The Trials of Hercules received honorable mention in the 2013 Joanna Catherine Scott Novel Excerpt contest (part of PEN American Women).

    Visit for full details about the book, reviews, cover images, and an author Q & A. The author is available for interviews, presentations and book signings.

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