Virtual Book Tour for EROMENOS by Melanie McDonald starts TODAY!

The Virtual Book Tour for EROMENOS by Melanie McDonald starts today!  Please join Melanie as she travels the blogosphere from July 18th - September 26th.

Eromenos Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, July 18th

Author Guest Post at C.W. Gortner's Historical Boys

Thursday, July 21st

Monday, July 25th

Author Guest Post at Christy English's A Writer's Life: Working with the Muse
Review at Unabridged Chick

Friday, July 29th

Monday, August 1st

Author Interview at Unabridged Chick

Thursday, August 4th

Review at Bibrary Bookslut

Monday, August 8th

Thursday, August 11th

Review at Bonjour, Cass

Monday, August 15th

Thursday, August 18th

Author Guest Post at The Musings of a Book Junkie

Monday, August 22nd

Thursday, August 25th

Review at Broken Teepee

Monday, August 29th

Review at The Book Garden

Thursday, September 1st

Author Guest Post at One Book Shy of a Full Shelf

Monday, September 5th

Author Guest Post at The True Book Addict

Thursday, September 8th

Thursday, September 15th

Review at A Bookish Affair

Monday, September 19th

Wednesday, September 21st

Author Interview at Historical Fiction Obsession

Friday, September 23rd

Review at Rundpinne

Monday, September 26th

Review at Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

About Eromenos


Eros and Thanatos converge in the story of a glorious youth, an untimely death, and an imperial love affair that gives rise to the last pagan god of antiquity. In this coming-of-age novel set in the second century AD, Antinous of Bithynia, a Greek youth from Asia Minor, recounts his seven-year affair with Hadrian, fourteenth emperor of Rome. In a partnership more intimate than Hadrian's sanctioned political marriage to Sabina, Antinous captivates the most powerful ruler on earth both in life and after death.

This version of the affair between the emperor and his beloved ephebe vindicates the youth scorned by early Christian church fathers as a "shameless and scandalous boy" and "sordid and loathsome instrument of his master's lust." EROMENOS envisions the personal history of the young man who achieved apotheosis as a pagan god of antiquity, whose cult of worship lasted for hundreds of years far longer than the cult of the emperor Hadrian.

In EROMENOS, the young man Antinous, whose beautiful image still may be found in museums around the world, finds a voice of his own at last.

Publication Date:  March 11, 2011
Publisher:  Seriously Good Books
176 pages

Read Excerpt HERE.

Praise for Eromenos

What is the nature of love? Of control? These big questions without easy answers are the heart of the book, as we watch Antinous come to his own conclusions about both.

No one knows what happened to the real Antinous. All that is known is that he drowned in the Nile and then Hadrian deified him. McDonald has given us the imaginary voice of a young man whose image has been immortalized in busts and sculptures, a young man who may very well have been as haunted as his death is mysterious.

--FOREWORD review

Intelligent, deeply-felt historical fiction like Eromenos is rare enough even in this new golden age of the genre. McDonald has honed her narrative until every phrase glitters. The machinations of other court favorites, the richly-detailed period atmosphere, the wary yet compulsive attraction between the emperor and Antinous all are so richly and intelligently evoked that readers are swept along, forgetting that they already know how this particular story turns out. Eromenos is one of the finest historical novels I've read in many years. Readers are urged not to miss it.

--Historical Novel Society Online Review, May 2011

About Melanie McDonald

Melanie McDonald was awarded a 2008 Hawthornden Fellowship for Eromenos and was a finalist at the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

She has an MFA from the University of Arkansas. Her short stories have appeared in New York Stories, Fugue, Indigenous Fiction, and online. An Arkansas native whose Campbell ancestors were Highland Scots, she now lives in Virginia with her husband, Kevin McDonald, the author of Above the Clouds: Managing Risk in the World of Cloud Computing.

For more information, please visit Melanie McDonald's WEBSITE.



  1. *reposting comment that was accidentally deleted*

    From Blodeuedd...

    Liz already read the book and sent me a review. I knew it was the right call to send it to her :D

  2. I just found your blog today, and there's so much to explore. Love the Quote of the Week!


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