Author: John Tucker
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Genre: Supernatural Romance/Comedy
Publisher: GMTA Publishing, LLC
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
The nine traditional Greek Muses, who are now living on Earth, find their everyday lives disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious mortal who is developing powers beyond human capabilities. After Dan Gordon falls in love with Terpischore, he finds himself in the midst of a power struggle between the forces of Heaven and the denizens of Hades – with the winner claiming his heart and soul.
Bemused and Bedeviled takes you into the drama-filled lives of the nine sisters, headed up by the impetuous Terpischore, oversexed Melpomene, irascible Calliope, and the impossibly cheerful Euterpe. On the dark side, Lucifer and his three Sirens – the level-headed Calypso, wrathful Celestia, and the effervescent Chanteuse – deal with their own darker issues. The representatives of good and evil vie for Dan’s loyalty and allegiance, despite family issues that threaten to rip the very fabric of the universe apart.
Terri (Terpischore) has met Dan for the first time and tells him she's an advisor who helps people with personal, financial, and marital problems.
“You seem to be a wonderful woman who has a really…demanding job. The way you help people with their problems is very altruistic.” Dan rubbed his chin. “So what exactly is it your father does for a living?”
Lovely, mega-unanswerable question number two. She exhaled and clasped her hands at her waist. “He’s kinda sorta all over the place.” She winced. “He’s known for creating real estate opportunities, organizing nature based utilities, and establishing free range zoos and aquariums; all the while watching over His worldwide holdings.” Terri sighed. “He also has to constantly deal with His biggest business rival every single day.” She forced out a cheerful laugh. “Just everyday corporate, legal type stuff.”
Dan pursed his lips. “It seems like he’s a brilliant businessman. What’s his name?”
And that’s my cue to distract him with a lesser of two evils revelation. “Oh, I forgot to tell you. I have eight sisters who essentially do the same thing I do.” She playfully tugged at his shirt. “Father likes to keep it in the family.”
Dan’s tongue poked his inner cheek while he scowled. “You have eight sisters and they’re all advisors. Now that’s really interesting.”
Terri nodded. “Yeppers. You’ve already met two of them today in the hallway, and the others live in different parts of the world.” Like way around the world.
“That girl was your sister too?” He crossed his arms and smirked. “I guess you all had different mothers – because none of you look related.”
Well, he’s suspicious – I expected that, but he’s not shoving me out the door either. She played with her hair. “The first one you saw me with was Butterfly. Her birth name is Euterpe but she hates it.” She winked, hoping to coax a smile from his serious visage. He returned it. “We call her Butterfly because she’s so full of life and flutters around so…um…happily.” Father, I sound crazier than Joan of Arc did.
“I see,” he murmured. “And the woman who threatened to gut me is your sister too?”
“Yeah,” Terri moaned. “That’s Calliope. She’s kinda sorta intense sometimes.”
“That wasn’t the word I would have used, but it fits.” He rubbed his forehead. “So let me get this straight. You’re an advisor of sorts, you have eight sisters who also dish out advice, you work for a man who does everything and,” he winced, “my head hurts.”
I know, its way TMI. Terri moved closer and clutched his arm. “Are you okay?”
“Yeah, it’s just that…well…you and your sisters, your job and your father.” He blew out a jet of confusion. “That sounds to me like….”
Terri held her breath. C’mon Sweetie, show me we’re simpatico. “Yes...?”
Dan stared at her. His expression radiated stress, “Like...my head hurts.”
Should I risk telling him the truth? He seems like a super nice guy, plus he can see us, so something’s got to be up with that. She grunted in frustration. Oh, what the Hades – remember the Alamo. She moved a step closer and placed her hands on his shoulders. “Dan, I’m a Muse.”
John. D. Tucker is a longtime Georgia native who began writing at the age of forty-three. He has self-published three novels: Divisive – a psychological crime thriller, The Little Girl You Kiss Goodnight – a young adult mystery, and Romancing the Fox – a contemporary romance/drama. He seems to be becoming a jack of all genres with his first novel under the GMTA banner – Terpischore in Love (Bemused and Bedeviled Book One) a romantic comedy filled with mythological characters interacting with contemporary mortals.