We are giving away 2 Ebook copies of Kiss of the Butterfly by James Lyon.
Kiss of the Butterfly by James Lyon.
A mysterious letter starts a university student on a journey into the
war-torn lands of rapidly disintegrating Yugoslavia. Naively trusting
his enigmatic professor, the student unwittingly descends into a
dystopian crucible of decay, destruction, passion, death, romance, lust,
immorality, genocide, and forbidden knowledge promising immortality. As
the journey grows ever more perilous, he realizes he must confront an
ancient evil that has been once again loosed upon the earth: from
medieval Bosnia to enlightenment-era Vienna, from the bright beaches of
modern-day Southern California to the exotically dark cityscapes of
Budapest and Belgrade, and horrors of Bosnia.
Vampires have formed an integral part of Balkan folklore for over a
thousand years. "Kiss" represents a radical departure from popular
vampire legend, based as it is on genuine Balkan folklore from as far
back as the 14th century, not on pop culture or fantasy. "Kiss of the
Butterfly" offers up the real, horrible creatures that existed long
before Dracula and places them within a modern spectrum.
Meticulously researched, “Kiss of the Butterfly” weaves together
intricate threads from the 15th, 18th and 20th centuries to create a
rich phantasmagorical tapestry of allegory and reality. It is about
divided loyalties, friendship and betrayal, virtue and innocence lost,
obsession and devotion, desire and denial, the thirst for life and
hunger for death, rebirth and salvation. “Kiss” blends history and the
terrors of the Balkans as it explores dark corners of the soul.
“Kiss of the Butterfly” is based on true historical events. In the year
of his death, 1476, the Prince of Wallachia -- Vlad III (Dracula) --
committed atrocities under the cloak of medieval Bosnia’s forested
mountains, culminating in a bloody massacre in the mining town of
Srebrenica. A little over 500 years later, in July 1995, history
repeated itself when troops commanded by General Ratko Mladic entered
Srebrenica and slaughtered nearly 8,000 people, making it the worst
massacre Europe had seen since the Second World War. For most people,
the two events seemed unconnected…
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To learn more about Kiss of the Butterfly and author James Lyon, please read our interview with James here at From the Shadows.