Title: Luck Be A Lady: Bedazzled meets Date with an Angel
Author: Chris H. Stevenson
Genre: Fantasy Romance, Roman Mythology
Mason Hart has just lost his job, fiancé, and car in less than 48-hours. A short time later he accosts a cop and ends up in jail. He finally lands in a hospital as the result of a jailhouse brawl. He’s helpless to quell this downhill slide into calamity. Since he believes all is lost at this point, suicide seems the only alternative left…
Until the figure of Felicity Fortune, the Roman Goddess of Luck, interrupts Mason’s suicidal plans in the nick of time. It seems Felicity Fortune was hampered by the bird flu and few other appointments, so she must apologize for her tardy appearance. She tells Mason that he’s ripe for a cosmic alignment, and that his 15-minutes of fame and wealth are finally at hand. He is allotted six chances via the roll of the golden dice for his deserved share of the “Great Cornucopia.”
Beshaba, the Maid of Misfortune, has ear-marked Mason at the exact same time, to heap upon him the bad luck part of the equation. She is the evil incarnate daughter of Felicity, and now covets Mason for her own devious alignment. Everything that Beshaba represents is in stark contrast to her mother. It is a deliberate ploy to spite the good works of her mother, thus laying down a challenge of cosmic power.
Their simultaneous claim to Mason forces the two Goddesses into a mythological cat fight in hell. When this push and shove reaches a fevered pitch, even the destiny of mankind in called into question. Mason must find the solution and tear away the veil of darkness that could upset the divine balance between good and evil. What he doesn’t know is that the final key to the solution is himself.
What’s a poor man to do? Mason Hart has had a mountain of bad luck piled on him. Just when he’s ready to give up, a beautiful woman who calls herself Felicity Fortune shows up to rescue him from, well, himself. She apologizes for her delay and tells him his bad luck is over. Felicity is the Roman Goddess of Luck and she offers him six chances to roll the golden dice for his share of wealth and good fortune. Meanwhile, Beshaba, the Maid of Misfortune, has also claimed him to pile on as much bad luck as humanly possible. Two goddesses battle it out and poor Mason is stuck in the middle. Will his luck hold out long enough to save mankind from destruction as Felicity and Beshaba fight? The answer, ironically, lies within Mason himself.
Luck Be a Lady is a fun, light-hearted fantasy romance I thoroughly enjoyed. With goddesses mixing with humans, you know you’re in for a rollicking good time. I liked Mason immediately and commiserated with his misfortune. When he starts on his good fortune adventure, the story took on a British comedy vibe with plenty of pitfalls, complete with a laugh track. The author’s writing is brilliant with timely comedic antics. The plot moves at a good pace with descriptive narration and humorous dialogue to keep the reader turning the pages. While there is romance in Luck Be a Lady, it doesn’t overshadow the rest of the story. The ending pleased me and left me wondering if there is a sequel in the works. Chris H. Stevenson is a gifted writer and I look forward to reading more from him. If you’re looking for a fun fantasy romance, pick up Luck Be a Lady. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5 stars
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Chris Stevenson, (pen name--Christy J. Breedlove) originally born in California, moved to Sylvania, Alabama in 2009. His occupations have included newspaper reporter, front-line mechanic and federal police officer. He has been writing off and on for 36 years, having officially published books beginning in 1988. Today he writes science fiction, fantasy, paranormal romance, young adult, adult thrillers and horror. He has a total of 13 titles appearing on Amazon. He was a finalist in the L. Ron. Hubbard Writers of the Future contest, and just recently took the first place grand prize in a YA novel writing contest for The Girl They Sold to the Moon. Winner of the YA Bronze medal in the Reader's Favorite International Book awards, and Best YA Book of the Year in the N. N. Light YA novel Contest. He writes the popular blog, Guerrilla Warfare for Writers (special weapons and tactics), hoping to inform and educate writers all over the world about the high points and pitfalls of publishing.
PUBLICATION HISTORY BOOK CREDITS: Auto Repair Shams and Scams (Forward--Ralph Nader), 1990, Price Stern & Sloan, Los Angeles--226 pages, non-fiction, consumer warning and repair book. Garage Sale Mania, 1988, Betterway Publications, Crozet, Virginia--190 pages, non-fiction—1988. Word Wars, a SF novel, to Rain Publishing, Canada—May, 2007. Once Upon a Goddess, a Fantasy novel, to Rain Publishing, Canada—January, 2008 Planet Janitor; Custodian of the Stars, a SF novel sold to Engage Books, May 2009 The War Gate—paranormal thriller to Pen and Press—August, 2012 Gate Walker, a Paranormal Fantasy, sold to Lyrical Press—January, 2009. The Wolfen Strain, a fantasy thriller sold to LBF Books, February 2009 The Girl They Sold to the Moon, a YA dystopia, to Intrigue Publishing 2014 Planet Janitor, Omnibus Edition Reprint, Engage Books, March 2016 Blackmailed Bride, erotic romance to Melange Books, Jan 2018 Screamcatcher: Web World, Book 1, Melange Fire & Ice YA—March 2019 Screamcatcher: Dream Chasers, Book 2, Melange Fire & Ice YA—March 2019 The Beast of Wheeler Ridge, fantasy/thriller, Winged Publications—March, 10, 2020 Earth Angel, Supernatural thriller, Winged Publications—March 23, 2020 Dispossessed Inc. Time-travel—ghost thriller—Winged Publications—April 23-2020 Screamcatcher: The Shimmering Eye—fantasy/thriller, Melange Books—July--2020 MAGAZINE—SHORT FICTION: “Stella” by Starlight, to Amazing Stories, 1988. The Lonely Astronaut, to Amazing Stories, 1988. Temperamental Circuits, to Gordon Linzner of Space & Time, 1989. Things that go Clump in the Night, to Richard Fawcett of Doppelganger, 1989. Dance the Macabre and Dance it Well, to Erskine Carter of Ouroborous, 1989. Future School, to Chris Bartholomew of Static Movement, January 2006. The Incredible Mr. Dandy, to Not One of Us. Planet Janitor: The Moon is not Enough, to Enage Books, 2012 Planet Janitor: Journey Interrupted, to Engage Books, 2012 Other magazine appearances from 1988 to 1991 include, Alpha Adventures, Small Press Writers and Artists Organization and Sycophant. RADIO PLAYS: The Summit, 15-minute horror play to Night Sounds, Embassy Cassette Inc, Santa Ana, California—1990 Night of the Moa, 13-minute horror play to Night Sounds, Embassy Cassette Inc, Santa Ana, California—1990. AWARDS: Finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest for Temperamental Circuits, 1987. First place, grand prize for The Girl They Sold to the Moon—in the Entranced YA novel writing competition—cash prize and publication. Winner for best Young Adult Book of 2019 in the N.N. Light Book Awards Contest for Screamcatcher: Web World: 12-18-2019. Bronze medal winner (Web World) in the Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards Contest for 2020. 5-Star Review and badge (Web World) in the Reader’s Favorite Awards. JOURNALISM AND MAGAZINE ARTICLES 350 newspaper profiles, stories, and interviews to Sunset Publishing, Anaheim, California, appearing in The West Coast Jewish News, The Senior Citizens Reporter and The Military Review. From 1988 to 1991. Seven automotive and home and garden articles to Dollar Stretcher Magazine, from 12-2-2011 to 2-28-2012. Eight science articles to Xiauduo Media, for Chinese translation( 8 -14 year-old audience)—Astronomy, new transportation technology, space, exoplanets, future spaced ship drives, big bang theory and inflation. CONTENT AND CLIENT I have written and published over 1,750 non-fiction automotive, aircraft, marine, home. garden and science articles for Demand Media Studios under the Beta-Automotive and E-How stations. Six automotive articles to Examiner.com—6-2012. Published. 440 automotive and general articles to TextBroker--2014—plumbing, gardening, home improvement, home utilities, electricity--Content writing for a total of three years. ORGANIZATIONS/POSITIONS: Served as content editor for Sunset Publication (see above) for three years. Responsible for all writing assignment content, filler and artwork. President and founder of Heartland Writers Group, Huntington Beach, California, from 1987 to 1991. AGENTS: Past agent--Richard Curtis Associates, from 1988 to 1991. Past agent—TriadaUS (Dr. Uwe Stender), from 2005 to August 2009 Present agent—Sara Camilli Agency CURRENT FINISHED BOOKS (AVAILABLE): Iron Maiden an adult military espionage thriller. (Agent’s top pick) Sky High—YA Distopian/apocalyptic adventure Valley of the Mastodons, a non-fiction book involving the Ice Age megafauna discoveries in Hemet, California, during the Diamond Valley reservoir dig in 1994--1997. Proposal, chapter outline, and 100 pages available upon request The Omega Wars—SF, apocalyptic alien invasion (Sequel to Planet Janitor) The Wonders of the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits—a children’s chapter book about the Ice Age and the megafauna entrapment—told in a nonfiction/storytelling format. Word Wars (Reprint candidate)—Rain Publishing—2007—rights returned Once Upon a Goddess (Reprint candidate)—Rain Publishing—2007—rights returned
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