Mythology always fascinated me. I don’t know if Swedish kids today learn about different mythologies in school, but we did when I was a little girl. There was a good portion of Norse mythology, naturally since it’s our heritage, but also the Greek and Roman flavors. I loved seeing the illustrations and hearing the stories.
Tor, by the way, is not related to Loke in any way, real, implied, or adopted. That’s a Marvel and Stan Lee invention.
I always wanted to combine mythology with science fiction – two of my favorite things – and they come together in The Goddess’s Saga. The main character is a complete figment of my imagination, and her relatives contain sprinkles of all the main western mythologies. Which makes sense, because they’re all related and have borrowed from each other.
The pantheon of gods play a minor part in the first book, but they work behind the scenes throughout the story, and if I ever get around to writing the fourth book, they will have a stronger presence.
Touch Of The Goddess by Maria Hammarblad
Book #1 of the Goddesses Saga
Genre: urban fantasy
About Touch Of The Goddess:
Drinking and flying is a bad combination. Stephan Forks learns this the hard way when he rams another ship in spite of the vastness of space. A moment later, a strange woman stands on his bridge, looking around with a frown. She's clearly a figment of his imagination. Nothing in his colorful past of smuggling and smaller crimes prepared him for people appearing out of nowhere.Source: Info in the About Touch Of The Goddess was from the press kit from the publicity team.
Maria Callaway has carried more names and appearances than she can keep track of, and she's bored beyond belief. When she runs into Stephan, he seems to be an amusing pastime. He's interesting, disorganized, pursued by pirates, and handsome. A little too handsome, actually. Maybe she should leave?
Neither of them can foresee the chain of events set in action from their meeting. Adventure and danger go hand in hand during the upcoming days, and the collision resonates not only through their own lives, but changes the destiny of the world as they know it.
Wrath Of The Goddess by Maria Hammarblad
Book #2 of the Goddesses Saga
Genre: urban fantasy
About Wrath Of The Goddess:
When genetically engineered Stephan Forks and demigoddess Maria Callaway attempt to settle down on a rural world, the result isn't entirely positive for the locals. Despite good intentions, the two wreck havoc with everything they do.Source: Info in the About Wrath Of The Goddess was from the press kit from the publicity team.
Their friend Leila offers them to tag along for a job, and leaving the planet seems like a good idea. An adventure could be fun, and how hard can it be to rescue a stranded artificial intelligence?
The journey turns out to be more than they bargained for, and Maria finds herself lone protector of the universe. Deprived of her friends and family she only has Stephan to lean on, and her human companion might not be up for the challenge.
In the midst of battle and chaos, their destiny awaits.
Return Of The Goddess by Maria Hammarblad
Book #3 of the Goddesses Saga
Genre: urban fantasy
About Return Of The Goddess:
Stephan Forks should be dead. When he opens his eyes to an endless desert, he suspects he might have ended up in hell. It doesn't seem fair after staving off a threat that could have eradicated the universe, but life isn't fair.Source: Info in the About Return Of The Goddess was from the press kit from the publicity team.
His girlfriend, demigoddess Maria Callaway, is blissfully unconscious and shows no signs of waking up. At least she's there, and her presence indicates he might be alive after all.
The situation is desperate, and does not get better from discovering they're trapped on a world outside the regular universe. A world lacking the basic means of survival, but rich in heat and sand, battered by a relentless sun. Saving himself and Maria will require him to face impossible odds as well as ghosts from the past.
Meet The Author:
Born in Sweden in the early 1970's, Maria showed a large interest for books at an early age. Even before she was able to read or write, she made her mom staple papers together into booklets she filled with drawings of suns and planets. She proudly declared them, "The Sun Book." They were all about the sun. She also claimed, to her mother's horror, that her being on Earth was a big mistake and that her alien family would come and bring her home at any moment. This never happened, but both the interest in space and the passion for bookmaking stayed with her.
As an adult Maria's creativity got an outlet through playing bass in a number of rock bands, and through writing technical manuals and making web pages for various companies and organizations. She did write drafts for a few novels, but the storytelling muse was mostly satisfied through role playing online on Myspace. It was here, while writing stories together with people from around the globe, she stumbled onto Mike. They started talking out of character, and she moved over to Florida to him late 2008. Today the two are married and live in the Tampa Bay area with three rescue dogs.
Besides writing and playing bass, Maria enjoys driving off-road, archery, and Tameshigiri.