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Want to fall in love?

You can within the pages of Artemis Rising, a YA historical fantasy is set in the Azores Islands, Portugal. This intense story centers on a girl torn between two faiths and two young men. Read on…

On the voy­age home to the Azores Islands, Eva accepts the pagan name of Arethusa but learns too late that her life will mir­ror the Greek nymph’s tragic end. Her mother reveals that her des­tiny lies with Diogo, the shipowner’s volatile son. But Eva has a vision of another…

When the ship founders in a storm off the coast, Tristan, a local boy, saves her life and steals her heart. Destined to be with Diogo yet aching for Tristan’s for­bid­den love, Eva must some­how choose between them, or fate will choose for her.

This is an engross­ing novel in which sev­eral strands of myth com­bine to cre­ate a com­plex yet beau­ti­fully sim­ple romance. It is at its high­est level an explo­ration of fun­da­men­tal philo­soph­i­cal questions—the debate between fate and choice, the nature of love and desire, the tena­cious and often dan­ger­ous hold of belief on the human psy­che. At bot­tom, and the rea­son why you will love it, this is a bildungsro­man about a girl find­ing her way to adult­hood and a story about two lovers both sep­a­rated and entwined by their beliefs.


Recent reviews…Artemis Rising Book Cover

Artemis Rising is an intrigu­ing and com­plex tale, yet in the hands of author Cheri Lasota, the story flows seam­lessly, gath­er­ing the reader into a world so real you can smell the berg­amot along with Eva, feel the pitch­ing of a storm-​​tossed ship, and the sweet taste of first love. Yet Eva’s world, Arethusa’s world, is one of magic, a place where themes of ancient myth and reli­gious thought meet, con­front, and strug­gle for supremacy. When Eva is ship­wrecked on the Azores Islands off Portugal, she encoun­ters Tristao, the blue-​​eyed boy who will fight for her against the beguil­ing but ruth­less pur­suit of Diogo. Be pre­pared for shocks, twists, and sus­pense when you read this story. Also be pre­pared for the exquis­ite Portuguese back­ground, its cul­ture, color, and cus­toms. With vel­vety and pow­er­ful prose, Ms. Lasota lets us see, taste, smell, feel, and hear each expe­ri­ence as she guides us through lay­ers of sus­pense, myth, magic, and romance.

—Alice Lynn, Author of Volunteer for Glory

This book is filled with a com­plex yet fluid retelling of two sep­a­rate myths that have been intri­cately weaved together in a way that it pulls you head-​​first into the story. Throughout it all I found myself com­pletely entranced by this, and I had a hard time putting down my Kindle once I got started. Only for the need of sleep did it take me two days to fin­ish. The plot itself is one that is beau­ti­fully writ­ten and well thought out, though I will admit if you are read­ing this half­heart­edly you may become con­fused at times. I adore mythol­ogy and I really like when authors come up with a cre­ative way to inte­grate them into their own sto­ries, and I can hon­estly say that I found this to be com­pletely orig­i­nal and fresh. I was famil­iar with the story of Tristan and Isolde but not that of Alpheus and Arethusa, and even now that I’ve become famil­iar with both I can see that they have no true con­nec­tions. However Lasota man­aged to pull these two sto­ries together and com­bine them in such a way that I’ll prob­a­bly never looked at them the same again. After all the emo­tions that pulled me back and forth and though I was sad to see it over, the end­ing was per­fect to me as it felt complete.

Michelle Gilmore, In Libris Veritas

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