Hades never imagined he’d rebel against the almighty Fates. But the young death god never dreamed he’d find love either.
The Fates do not favor Hades, and he knows it. A runt compared to his burly brothers, he’s relegated to the Underworld, a place as despised as he is. Yet Hades meekly accepts his lot—until a chance encounter with another misfit, Persephone. Although the goddess’ mind and heart have matured with the years, her physical body inexplicably remains that of a little girl, and her overprotective mother treats her as such. Sympathetic to Persephone’s frustrations, Hades helps her sneak away from home for a moment’s freedom. However, when they descend into his underground tunnels, Persephone suddenly transforms from child to maiden.
There’s more to Persephone’s repressed growth than meets the eye. As Hades joins Persephone in unraveling the mystery, her drive for the truth inspires him to confront his own horrific past. Their friendship swiftly deepens into something stronger, and when their search uncovers a secret bargain, Hades will defy even the most powerful immortals to set Persephone free.
A LOVE STRONG AS DEATH (70,000 words) is a YA retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth as a romance that defies and shatters cosmic order.
Status: Manuscript complete and currently querying.