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Blog Tour: Oracle of Delphi by Diantha Jones (Guest Post+Interview+Giveaway)


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GUEST POST PORTION

The Oracle of Delphi Series: Modernizing the Greek Gods

This was actually a lot harder than it seems.

 The Oracle of Delphi series takes place in modern times so I felt the gods had to be modern too. And not just in their attire, but in their speech and mannerisms too. This was sometimes difficult because I wanted them to keep their “ancient” quality as well. It was quite the balancing act.

 Take Apollo, god of the Sun, for instance. He’s a rockstar with dreadlocks and tattoos, yet I feel he still radiates with archaic power. Dionysus owns a nightclub, Hermes wears his hats flipped backward, and Artemis is…well…wild. I don’t want to spoil all the fun, but you get the picture I think. Even in their speech, they’re very in on the times. I just adore the way Apollo and Dio(nysus) talk.

 One great thing about the series is that the gods are still as manipulative and untrustworthy as they were in the myths. Turn your back for a second and there’s no telling what they might do. Talk about stuck in your ways! They haven’t changed a bit in all the centuries they’ve been around! But that’s half the fun of it. It’s what gives the dieties their historical value, in a sense.

 I make it sound pretty simple, but it wasn’t. Finding the perfect balance was a pain because it was so important that I get it right. From what I’m hearing, I did a pretty good job of it, but there’s still so much more to come! Can’t wait!

INTERVIEW

  1. Describe your book in 3 words.

    Magical, Epic, and Hilarious.

  2. What inspired you to write a mythological novel? Did it come from a book, an item you saw, a person, or even an experience you had in your life?

    I simply have a love for mythology. It’s fascinating and fun and I was intrigued by all the different characters and myths I was going to get to play around with. I have a pretty wild imagination and mythology allows me to push it to the limit.

  3. Most books about Greek mythology concentrate on the demigods or the gods themselves. What made you go out of the norm and focus on the oracle?

    I felt the Oracle wasn’t getting her chance to shine. She’s always a minor character in most books and I wanted to put her in the spotlight. In ancient times, the Oracle was a major part of society and her prophecies and omens were taken very seriously. That gets downplayed in most books, but in mine, everything the Oracle (Chloe) says is seen as law. I really enjoy that aspect of it.

  4. If you were to write another novel that isn’t in the genre you write about now, what would it be about and what genre would it be?

    Well, my next series is Romance though there will be a good dose of fantasy in it. I would say it’s a Steampunk Romance overall though. I’m kind of hush on the details right now though lol.

  5. Did you always see yourself as a writer?

    Funny thing is, no. I was always a reader but never an avid writer, though I was always pretty good at it. But as it stands now, I couldn’t see myself being anything else. I became really serious about writing in college and the rest is history.

 Quick Questions:

-Favorite god/goddess: Cupid is my fave!

-Current read: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout (I won it from Entangled!)

-Weirdest hobby: I don’t really have a weird HOBBY. But I do color code my closet. Can’t have my clothes out of color order.

-Something people don’t usually know about you: I’m a karaoke champion. No, I’m so serious.

-Favorite childhood book: Baby-sitters Club series. Ah, man. The memories.

-Most effective pick-me-up: COFFEE. And lots of it.

-Go-to book when you’re in a reading rut: One of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books

About the Author

Diantha Jones was born the day thousands of turkeys sacrificed their lives to fill millions of American bellies on November 22 which also happened to be Thanksgiving Day (Her mother says she owes her a turkey). She is a Journalism graduate who wants to be a career novelist (of books, not Facebook posts). When not writing or working, she is reading on her Nook, being hypnotized by Netflix or on a mission to procure french fries. The Oracle of Delphi fantasy series is her first series. She is also the author of Mythos: Stories from Olympus, a companion series, and there is another fantasy series in the works. She also writes (new) adult fantasy/paranormal romance under the name A. Star. Invasion (An Alien Romance) is her first title released under this pen name. Future releases under A. Star include, the Love & Steampunk series, the Purr, Inc.stories, and more.

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Persistence of Vision by Liesel Hill (Blog Tour Stop)

Have you taken a look at Liesel Hill’s novel, Persistence of Vision? Well, if you haven’t, here’s peek at the first book of the Interchron series as well as an exclusive interview with one of the main characters of the book! This is definitely an intriguing novel worth taking a look at–it’s just that mystery surrounding the cover. 

After experiencing a traumatic time loss, Maggie is plagued by a barrage of images she can’t explain. When she’s attacked by a creep with a spider’s web tattoo, she is saved by Marcus, a man she’s never met, but somehow remembers. He tells her that both he and her creepy attacker are from a future in which individuals are being murdered by collectives, and Marcus is part of the rebellion. The collectives have acquired time travel and they plan to enslave the human race throughout all of history. The flashes Maggie has been seeing are echoes of lost memories, and the information buried deep within them is instrumental in defeating the collective hives. 

In order to preserve the individuality of mankind, Maggie must try to re-discover stolen memories, re-kindle friendships she has no recollection of, and wade through her feelings for the mysterious Marcus, all while dodging the tattooed assassins the collectives keep sending her way.If Maggie can’t fill the holes in her memory and find the answers to stop the collectives, the world both in her time and in all ages past and future will be doomed to enslavement in the grey, mediocre collectives. As the danger swirls around her and the collectives close in, Maggie realizes she must make a choice: stand out or fade away…


Survival 101 for Dystopic Worlds—Maggie’s Tips

Hello Everyone, and thanks so much for having me here. My name is Maggie Harper. Having travelled into the future and seen how dystopic our world is destined to become, I thought I would share some tips I picked up for surviving it. Some say the future isn’t set, and the choices of today will determine the conditions of tomorrow, but no matter how you slice it, the future is coming at us fast. So, let’s get started.

1) Observation first. If you find yourself in a dystopic society, there will most likely be a force, entity, government, or dictator controlling things, and it/they probably have eyes and ears in places you’d never suspect. So, don’t be too hasty about trusting anybody. When you get there, lay low, observe everything, and get a feel for things before making any rash decisions.


2) Food and water are paramount concerns. Chances are neither necessity is distributed in a way that you’re used to. And if you can’t stay alive long enough to figure out how to survive this society, well, you’re not much good to yourself. Did that make sense?

3) Prepare for hard times. If you land in a dystopia, you’re probably in for an adventure. It’s just statistics, folks. Most people who end up in societies such as these find themselves pitted against overwhelming enemies and impossible odds, and are often made to prove themselves by surviving heinous obstacles. If you find yourself in such a society, just accept the truth, and know that you’re in for the long (and difficult) haul. Then prepare for it. How, you ask? That depends on the world you’re in. Look around (Tip #1) and brainstorm some problems you might run into. Then start hoarding supplies. Survival 101: Be Prepared.

This is really all I can tell you that’s a general truth. The rest will depend on your own adventure and the world you’ve landed in. Be prepared to change a lot as a person, learn some compelling truths about life and, if you’re lucky, you may even meet your true love. What can I say? It happens.

So, if you every find yourselves in a dystopic world, make sure to follow these survival tips and hold on tight. You’re in for the ride of your life!

(You can read more about my own adventures in the book, Persistence of Vision, Book 1 of Interchron.)


To learn more about the author or the novel, just click on these links below! 

Goodreads Author Page: goodreads.com/lieselkhill

Review: Black City by Elizabeth Richards (Blog Tour)

  • TitleBlack City (Black City #1)
  • AuthorElizabeth Richards
  • SourceReview Copy
  • No. of Pages374
  • PublishedNovember 13, 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR
  • Rating4/5
  • Check it outGoodreads or Amazon
A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

In a world filled with humans, darklings, and a barrier separating both of them, Ash is an anomaly; a twin-blood that is half human and half darkling. Black City opens up this dystopian, fantasy world abruptly, introducing readers quickly to what exactly darklings can do and what Ash, in particular, is capable of doing.

From the get-go, we see the cruel, dark world Elizabeth Richards beautifully crafted that surprisingly affects the darklings–the predators–more than the humans. Furthermore, she twists the whole concept of vampires in a refreshing way since the tables are turned, and humans have more control than ever. We clearly see the discrimination and injustices that are portrayed in almost every scene in this book in two points of view. Ash, the misunderstood twin-blood, and Natalie, the emissary’s daughter–someone brought up to hate darklings more than the average person.

However, Natalie is unsympathetic towards her mother’s beliefs and makes judgments of her own.  But she, herself, is cornered in a suffocating relationship that she thought she had gotten rid off, and she finds secrets hiding in her own familiar world. And though Ash comes off as cold-hearted, broody, and stoic at first, a shocking revelation binds both of them to the core, an undeniable romance blooming between the two of them. But inside and outside the walls of the city, Purian Rose, the new, harsh leader of this dystopian world, tries to eradicate the species he loathes with a dark passion. As two sides rebel and clash against each other with very different goals in mind, Natalie and Ash’s relationship threatens to crumble when presented with another horrifying truth that they never thought was possible. Because of this, Ash is torn between duty, love, old beliefs, and the fate of his own flesh and blood.

Elizabeth Richards writes an unforgettable, intriguing novel about what it really means to stand up for what you believe in and for what you love.

GUEST POST PORTION:

Fun facts about…Elizabeth Richards

* She’s an identical twin…and yes, she is the evil one.

* She’s part sloth.

* She hopes to see 10 volcanoes before she dies. She’s already climbed Vesuvius, had lunch on top of Mount Etna and watched Stromboli erupt at night.

* She’s a little bit obsessed with Daniel Radcliffe.

* Some of her favorite TV shows are Buffy, Being Erica, and Extreme Couponing.

* Her favorite authors are JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Beth Revis, Stephen Fry, and Veronica Roth.

Fun facts about…Black City

* The original title of the book was CRAVING.

* Natalie Buchanan was named after one of Elizabeth’s closest friends.

* The city in BLACK CITY was inspired by Victorian London and Birmingham.

* The Boundary Wall was based on the West Bank Barrier and Berlin Wall.

* Ash’s name is a clue to who he’s going to become…

So what were YOUR thoughts about the book? Rant, rave, feel free to do either or both in the comments below! Don’t forget to check back for my interview with Elizabeth Richards (Author of the Month).