Cora in Epic Fantasy

Cora: Rise of the Fallen Goddess. Click for available retailers.

Abandoned. Imprisoned. Loved.
Cora is the goddess Persephone, living in Greece in the fourteenth century B.C. In order to shelter her from prophecy, her mother, Demeter, sends her away to Azure Blue. The young girl is raised and protected by the nymph queen, Nephrea, in a dreamlike crystal palace among azure trees and amethyst fields under a green sun. She’s adopted into the Amazon code of honor, bravery, and righteousness. But Cora is not an Amazon nymph. And prophecy holds quite a different fate for her as she grows into adulthood—Hades, Lord of the Underworld.
Upon Persephone’s fall, Demeter rages and threatens to freeze the entire world under ice and snow forever. Nephrea offers a sacrifice to quell her rage, but down in the fiery world below, it might be more than just the goddess who will need saving.

Book I of the Azure Series


Video on the making of the cover for Cora: Rise of the Fallen Goddess

And here’s a video on the making of the first cover by Sean Counley. Just click on the painting to see how he created it.


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D. Donovan, senior editor, Midwest Book Review

Azure Blue. Click for available retailers.

An immortal race freed by death and defiance of the gods.
Hundreds of years of peace have reigned since the treaty between the Amazon nymphs and the gods of Mount Olympus. The edict forbids the Amazon nymphs to leave their isle of Azure Blue. But Azure Blue is threatened as the continent of Atala is fractured by war. 
As nymph queen Delia grieves the death of the king who once united them, her unruly daughter, Avva, wishes to mourn him in her own way. Avva plans a flyover with her unicorn beyond the Strait of Azure. Such hubris forces sacrifice. Nymphs fall to the Underworld. 
In the depths, they find Cora, the goddess Persephone. And Cora might be the only goddess willing to risk her family’s wrath and help them. After all, Cora has fallen from Azure Blue before. 
Azure Blue is Book II in the Azure Series. Although tied to Cora: Rise of the Fallen Goddess, this is a standalone novel taking place centuries later. Some spoilers cannot be avoided, but this novel can be enjoyed without reading the first novel.


Video on the making of the Azure Blue cover.

Enjoy a journey into the making of the cover by Sean Counley! Just click on the painting to see how he created it.

Coral Red. Click for available retailers.

The immortal shall die by the will of Persephone.
Greek triremes approach the shores of Cassandra’s Amazon nymph kingdom threatening a sea battle. At a young age, Cassandra is forced to defend Azure Blue. If Cassandra cannot stave off invasion, Zeus shall finally have victory over the nymphs. 
Meanwhile the young Greek hero Theseus Aegeus tries to lay claim to Athens. His father, the sea god Poseidon, orders him to complete a series of tasks. While completing one, Theseus meets Cassandra in Atlantis. He is struck by the queen’s strength, beauty and righteousness. Unlike his people, he does not wish her or her people harm. But can the couple do anything to avert a war that’s been building for centuries?
No matter what the outcome, everyone will have to contend with Cora. And no one, not god, man, hero, nymph, nor even the goddess herself can douse a fire stewing in the depths of Persephone’s heart.

Coral Red is book III, the final book in the Azure series trilogy. 


Enjoy a journey into the making of the cover for Coral Red by Sean Counley! Just click on the painting to see how he created it.

A word about Cora

If you’ve been browsing, you might have noticed that A.L. Hawke has a special affinity for Cora. Cora is the goddess Persephone. And, yes, she’s the same Cora featured in the urban fantasy CORA. All the books are connected and all are part of the same universe. While the epic fantasy Azure Series takes place in Ancient Greece and Egypt, the urban fantasy takes place in a contemporary setting four thousand years later in the 21st century.

Content Rating of Azure: GENERAL AUDIENCE, 12+
Although the books are connected, please note that the above Azure Series can be read by age 12+. There is limited profanity, nudity and violence. This series is suitable for ages teen and above.

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