Friday, June 14, 2013

Antinous, lover of Isis: A Greek becomes a God- Guest blog and Giveaway with Sandra Gore

A writer should never admit it, but a picture is still worth a thousand words. When I describe the Greek god sculpted body of Antinous in Isis Erotica, with wrestler’s muscles smooth as marble, the statue you see here is what I have in mind.

Polykleitos statue of the athlete Diadoumenos. Athens, Greece
This marble is a Roman copy (2000 years old) of a Greek bronze by a sculptor named Polykleitos who lived about 500 BC (24 centuries ago.)

Polykleitos was one of the first artists to use the stance that we today call contrapposto, Italian for the relaxed way the athlete is standing with the shifted balance of weight on one leg. The pose had its revival with the great Renaissance sculptors Michelangelo and Donatello.

But enough art history. Still, I can’t resist telling a little about the true story of the Greek teenager, Antinous, who was so beautiful he captured the heart of Emperor Hadrian of Rome.

In this photo you see a bust of the real Antinous that I have in my living room.

bust of Antinous the god in my living room
My statue, which I bought at the same antique mall in Las Vegas as the Red Mirror, is a copy of a Roman marble. Originals are found in many museums, including the Prado in Madrid, Spain.

There were thousands of statues of Antinous in the ancient world because Hadrian made him a god when he drowned in the Nile at age 19. Temples sprang up all over the Eastern Mediterranean. Hadrian even built a city in Egypt at the spot where Antinous died. Sadly today there is nothing to see of once glorious Antinoopolis.

The death of Antinous is one of the true unsolved mysteries of history. Did he commit suicide? Was he murdered? Was he sacrificed to transfer his life force to aging and ailing Hadrian?

I give my own version of his tragic drowning in the Nile in my book The Black Scroll. Antinous is one of the reincarnating circle of souls meeting in the several lifetimes of Isis portrayed in the Red Mirror Series. The incarnation of Antinous in Isis Erotica is a full-fledged man and one of the ardent lovers of our Isis.

To read about Polykleitos and see more copies of his work, go to: 

To read about Antinous and see more statues, go to:

Isis Erotica
The Complete Trilogy
Sandra Gore

Genre: historical time travel erotic romance

Publisher: Tajine Publishing

Print 978-0-985344566,
Ebook: 978-0-984279999

Book Description

Would you dare step back in time to find Mr. Right?

A frustrated Las Vegas party girl discovers a Red Mirror in an antique mall and succumbs to the lure of the bold-eyed woman in the glass. “Come,” the Mirror beckons, “taste of a life more sensuous than any dream.”

The exotic life that tempts is one she once lived as Isis, priestess in the mystic cult of Hathor, Egyptian Goddess of Love. "I have secrets," her aura teased. "Wonderful secrets that only I can share."

On the banks of the ancient Nile, she meets River God of bronzed flesh and snowy linen. "You shall fly to the stars with my tongue on your lotus," he breathes in her ear. Alas, the gods have other plans. Isis finds herself first on a quest for the all-powerful Emerald Tablet, and then without warning, back in Las Vegas.

Uncertain and unnerved, Isis joins best friend Barb for a surprise encounter that compels her to go back through the Red Mirror in search of River God. But a desert hunt goes all wrong, and Isis the sex slave lands in the grip of the Persian General's thick fingers. "If you please me," he proposes, "you will belong to me and me alone, but only as long as I am pleased." One fateful night, a ride on a comet shows Isis the dark side of love and sets the price she must pay for freedom.

"There is more to this collection than a love story. Add in reincarnation and mysterious artifacts that cross time. The writing is high quality and full of imagery. I highly recommend Ms Gore's work."

Four hot men crossing back and forth through time. They all want her. Who will have her? Does she have to choose?

Who says a woman should have only one man?

Who says there's a Mr. Right?

One man is not enough for Isis. One life is not enough.

She has the Power - The Hathor Power.

Author's note: If you want to go right to the juicy parts, use the special Table of Contents to jump to those vignettes.

"I was transported through time to a world of Egyptian gods and goddesses, temples and high priestesses, honeyed dates and cleansing oils. And a woman who will never be satisfied by just one man, although Isis does love them all with great intensity. She has great taste too - these men are to die for." 

The Isis Erotica collection is comprised of three connected adventures  that can be downloaded as ebooks in three parts: The Red Mirror, The Persian General and The Great Green 

Part One: The Red Mirror. Who knew an old mirror in an antique store would promise pleasures more sensuous than any dream? Isis meets River God of bronzed flesh and snowy linen, the man with The Touch. She will do anything to feel that touch, even cross through time. 

Part Two: The Persian General. A wild desert hunt goes all wrong when Isis is kidnapped by the Persian General. A bull of a man with legs like the columns of a temple, he holds her life in his thick fingers. But Isis has a destiny, and Isis has the Power - the Hathor Power.

Part Three: The Great Green. Isis is the chosen one, chosen by her father Hermes Trismegistus to protect the Emerald Tablet. But Isis needs protection herself from the evil Crown Prince and the invading Persians. Cosmic forces bring together the circle of souls in two passion-filled nights - one below deck on River God's ship on the Nile and the other on the Las Vegas Strip. 

About the Author:

Born with wanderlust, forever living in a fantasy world, Sandra Gore escaped the prairies of Kansas and followed the yellow brick road on a 25 year odyssey that took her to Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

Starting with a one-way ticket to Iceland, Sandra returned with a Viking husband, an art degree and speaking five languages. She and her husband have two adult children and divide their time between a California beach house and a Las Vegas condo.

Sandra's work

Red Mirror Series: The Red Mirror, The Emerald Tablet, The Black Scroll 

Isis Erotica

Isis Beach Read

Sex and the Zen of Shopping: How to Live Rich by Shopping Smart

Life Choices Anthologies:

Navigating Difficult Paths "A True Love Story"

Pursuing Your Passion "The Muses Whisper"

Never Too Late "Road to Vegas"

Find Sandra online:          

Sandra’s Magazine     
Sandra Political Activist on Twitter     
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Roxanne Rhoads said...

I've always been fascinated with Greek mythology. I love it when authors incorporate it into modern fiction.

Debby said...

Greek mythology is very fascinating. I love books based on the myths.
debby236 at gmail dot com