Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Guest Blog for 28 Days of Heart: Sylvia Shults

I’ve always loved mythology. When I was very young I read a marvelous old (1930’s?) book called Peter and Prue, or The Two Runaways, which was all about Greek mythology. I must have been familiar with if even before then somehow, because the only parts of the book that were kind of strange were the parts about Norse mythology (which never really grabbed me anyways).

When I got to college, I eventually found my way to the Classics department and became a Classics major. Here was little me, the oldest kid in the family, the first one to leave the nest, hours away from home and from anything familiar. I was learning Latin, and doing all right with it, and trying to learn Greek, and not doing so well. I was lonely and stressed – but I had my mythology stories. They were comforting, familiar tales, something I could rely on in a strange new world. I read Ovid’s Metamorphoses in Latin, loving the syllables as they rolled around on my tongue and in my brain. It was a fresh new look at my beloved old friends.

I’ve always been drawn to humorous romance, the goofier the story, the better. I figured this story would be perfect for a fundraiser celebrating the heart and all its quirks. What better way to nurture the heart than to write a story about the goddess of Love? A Slightly Different Perfect is the story of a mousy fifth grade teacher, Trisha Gillespie, who gets turned into the goddess of love Aphrodite. In her new incarnation, she learns a valuable lesson about the price and the rewards of true love.

I’d be very pleased if you’d visit me at my website,, or become a fan of my Facebook page, which I’ve called Sparkleheart. I hope you enjoy A Slightly Different Perfect, and I do appreciate your support of the American Heart Association. See, my mom’s got heart disease – she had a heart attack a couple of years ago and had to have a stent put in – so this really is a cause that I support for personal reasons. Enjoy the story, support the AHA, and Goddess bless.

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