Monday, March 17, 2014

Out of Practice Aphrodite (Book 1 of The Naughty Goddess Chronicles)by S.E. Babin: Interview and Excerpt



Welcome! Thank you for being here and agreeing to answer some of my questions.  J  Tell us about your current release.

This book came to life after I entered a Flash Fiction contest and won! It was one of those moments where I thought what if… Basically, Aphrodite is tired of living on Olympus and has chosen to live among the mortals. She’s comfortable for the first time in millennia, but it doesn’t last. Abby unwittingly becomes a pawn in a much larger scale power play among Zeus and one of his errant children. It’s a mixed genre book – part mystery, part humor. It’s also the first in a series of books.

Tell us about your next release.

I’m waiting to hear about my second book. It’s sitting with an editor right now. This one is pure paranormal chick-lit – a cross between Bridget Jones and Weird Science. After too many glasses of wine and a “Perfect Man” visualization exercise with her friends gone wrong, Katie wakes up to find a naked man lying in her driveway. She thinks he just partied way too hard the night before, but Leo knows he was created just for her. Convincing her of that will take all of his skills. The only wrench in the plan is the sexy, aggravating neighbor next door.

Who is your favorite author?

I have too many. Asking me to pick just one is torture. It’s a toss-up between several: Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher, Ilona Andrews and Jill Mansell.

Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

I do! I made up an Indie Rock playlist. Some of my favorite artists are Ray LaMontagne, Amos Lee, The Wailing Jenny’s, The Civil Wars and Passenger.

What are your favorite TV shows?

I am 100% hooked on Fringe right now. I always say I’m on a Fringe Binge. Netflix is quickly becoming the bane of my existence…all kinds of shiny new things to watch! I also love Doctor Who, The Big Bang Theory and Supernatural.

Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why?

I’d say maybe both. I have a very small group of trusted friends, and when I’m with them I tend to be extroverted because I’m completely comfortable. When I’m around people I don’t know very well, I tend to be introverted (while wishing I was anywhere else but there).

Do you have a favorite quote or saying?

Yes! I’m a huge Dave Barry fan. One of my favorites is, “No matter what happens, someone will find a way to take it too seriously.” And, of course, this one: “What may seem depressing or even tragic to one person may seem like an absolute scream to another person, especially if he has had between four and seven beers.”

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Yes! Thank you so much for your continued support of my work! If you’d like to hang out with me and read some of my work for free, please find me on Wattpad under the user name chandlermaid. Thank you so much for hosting me today.

Out of Practice Aphrodite (Book 1 of The Naughty Goddess Chronicles)

by S.E. Babin





Abby’s major screw-up brings the wrath of Zeus upon her head. He offers her a choice – work for him or spend the rest of her days hanging out in Hades with her ex-husband. For Abby, this choice is a no-brainer, especially when Zeus says the only thing he wants her to do is make a love match.

She’s the Goddess of Love. What could go wrong?


Abby stumbles into an ex-lover, a dead demi-god and the realization that a crucial relic has been stolen right out from underneath Zeus’ nose. Eris, the Goddess of Chaos and Discord, is behind the theft and murder and the faltering powers Abby is trying to keep secret. With Zeus breathing down her neck, she’ll need to keep her wits about her as she races against the clock and Zeus’ imposed two-week time period.

Of course, this is easier said than done. Not only is she struggling with a budding attraction to a sexy lawman and feelings for long-time friend, Hermes, she’s also trying to keep everyone out of the path of a vengeful goddess while saving the Earth and Olympus from the reign of a tyrant. What’s a goddess to do when the fate of the world rests upon her fashionable shoulders?





More tears rolled down my face and golden light blinded me and still I stood there, sucking every bit of magic I could from her. She would never hurt anyone again. “We are gods, Zeus. We are all beyond help.”

“No, Abby. That’s where you are wrong. Look at you. Look at the life you have made away from Olympus. Look at the man you are killing someone for.”

I stared at Marshall, still with his hand out toward me, green eyes watchful and wary.

“You have shown me things I long thought the gods were incapable of – compassion, love, hope, and I hope now you’ll show mercy.” He stood there, powerful in his own right, the King of the Gods asking me to show lenience against someone who would have destroyed him. I looked away, no longer wanting to see the pity or the longing for his daughter in his eyes.

I shut my eyes, willing this all to go away, wishing I could wake up in my bed none the wiser. When I opened them, I turned away and saw Artie standing in the doorway of the den, tears in her eyes and a hand over her mouth. The look of horror in her eyes was my undoing. I released the magic with a gasp and fell to my knees. Sobs racked my body and I couldn’t stop them. The horror of the last few weeks caught up to me in that moment, and I laid my head on the smooth concrete of the floor and succumbed to the grasp of magic.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sheryl has had a book in her hands pretty much from the time she could hold things with her hands. Her love of reading turned into a curious exploration to see whether or not she could write her own. Beginning with random, terrible poetry and a slightly popular reimagining of Beowulf’s Grendel in her high school English class, Sheryl ended up spending way too much time in the library, killing any chance of her becoming a cheerleader or anything even remotely cool.

Sheryl has a fondness for humorous, lighthearted stories but also secretly covets bad-ass leather wearing chicks who curse too much. It helps if they’re funny, too. She writes a little bit of everything but is currently focusing on light paranormal mysteries. Visit her at


Twitter - @hungrybiblio 

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

SE Babin said...

Good morning! Thank you so much for hosting me today :) I'll be popping in and out today answering any questions people might have.

Andra Lyn said...

Gotta say, I LOVE Kevin Hearne. If you've got even an ounce of his quirky humor, I know I'll love you too!

andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

SE Babin said...

One day I hope to be in the big leagues with him :) He's amazing, and I love the crazy selfies he posts on his social media! Thanks for hanging out with me today.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like such a fun concept!


SE Babin said...

I had a ton of fun writing it!

Debra McGowan said...

I can say "I knew you when"... Can't download right now but will keep trying! Best wishes for this release and all future releases!

Debra McGowan said...

I can say "I knew you when"... Can't download right now but will keep trying! Best wishes for this release and all future releases!

SE Babin said...

Thanks, Debbie! Glad you stopped by :)

Emily said...

Loved the interview, thanks for sharing!


Natasha D said...

Great interview!
Thanks for the chance to win!
Sounds like a great read!!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

SE Babin said...

Thank you :) Have a great weekend!

Beautiful Disaster said...

I enjoyed the interview :) This book sounds interesting and hope to read it soon. Thanks :)
lorih824 at yahoo dot com

wanda f said...

Great interview cant wit to read this .Hope you have a fantastic weekend .