I enjoyed the first book in the Good Gods series so here I am in the blog tour for the second book, Snake in the Grass! I also did a cover reveal for this if anyone remembers. I'm pressed for time so I wasn't able to review it but I do have an interview for you. So let's get to it!
Title: Snake in the Grass (Good Gods #2)
Author: Staci Hart
Publisher: Promise Socks Publishing
Date of Publication: July 30, 2013
Genre: contemporary/fantasy NA romance
It’s Round Two of high stakes Love Connection on Olympus, and this time, everything has changed. For Aphrodite, at least.
Ares is on deck, and Aphrodite is nervous. As much as she loves to hook up with him, she doesn’t trust him as far as she could throw him, which isn’t very far. He’s a big dude. They haven’t been together in a very long time, but she can’t resist him. She never could. Even when every part of her screamed that he was a liar.
Ares has a plan to keep Aphrodite, for good this time. He wants to win the game, but he’ll hold back to get what he wants. He’s sitting on a chance that he’s been waiting thousands of years for, and he’ll do what he has to do to convince her to stay forever.
The only thing that could stop him is the secret that he’s been keeping from her for eons. If she finds out, it will destroy everything.
Aphrodite is getting crap for her choice in player, because from the outside, it looks like a match that would never work.
Kat and Dillon have been through a lot, and everything has been to protect their younger siblings. They have sacrificed everything to make sure their brother and sister are safe. The players are tough and loyal. Fierce and determined. But they become each other’s weakness, even though they fight it, and even though it means danger for Kat and her sister.
If Aphrodite can get the players over their egos and issues long enough to see that they’re meant for each other, the competition will be a piece of cake. One that she’ll eat a la mode, right in front of Ares, if she beats him.
Hi Staci, thank you again for joining us here for an interview. Can you tell us something about yourself and your background?
I'm a graphic designer by trade and an avid reader since I was a little girl. I'm a mom of three living in amazing Denver, Colorado. I'm also obsessive about music and video games.
Do you read much and if so, who are your favorite authors?
I love to read! A few of my favorite authors are Neil Gaiman, George RR Martin, and Diana Gabaldon.
Do you recall how your interest in writing started?
When I was in grade school, I tried writing a mystery novel. It was 14 pages long. So, I bagged that and didn't write much until some bad poetry in the late 90's and early 2000's. One day not too long ago, I was reading a book and thought...I could do this. I figured out what I would enjoy writing (fantasy/paranormal spin) and the lore inside of that (Greek mythology), and knowing I wanted to write romance, it all fell into place quickly.
When and where do you prefer to do your writing?
Any time I can, usually a minimum of 4 hours per day. After lunch is the usual for me, as I run my design firm during the day.
Tell us something about Snake in the Grass and The Good Gods Series.
The Good Gods series is set in modern day New York. Aphrodite is competing one by one with each god of the Pantheon by trying to make two humans fall in love. Aphrodite (Dita) will try to make them fall in love, and her competitor will try to keep them apart. There's a time limit, and there are high stakes.
Snake in the Grass is the second installation. This time, she's competing against Ares, her long time lover who she has a rocky relationship with. The humans...ugh. My heart. They're damaged and independent and over protective...and awesome.
How did you come up with the title for your book and the series?
Each book is named after Dita's competitor's animal or symbol. Book one is Apollo, and one of his animals is the roe deer. Book 2 is Ares, and one of his animals is a snake. For the series name...well it seemed appropriate. Really, good gods. It's something they all say, and they're all so much fun and drama that it fit pretty nicely.
Who is your favorite character from the series? Why?
I always have to say Dita, just because she's kind of an extension of me. A much cooler, more beautiful, smart and awesome version of me ;)
I've also got a soft spot for Perry, (Persephone) who's modeled loosely after my bff. I love the her and Dita together. Apollo is another favorite. He's funny and amiable, stylish, and just all around lovable. And Heff (Hephaestus) because he is such the perfect guy.
How about your least favorite and what makes them less appealing to you?
Well, I hate Ares and Hera passionately. But I love them too because I understand them. It's complicated.
I have to say Demeter is boring as hell. I dread every time I research her. Snooze. I know I'll find a way to make her interesting, and I already have some ideas in mind. She's Perry's mom, and there's a LOT of drama there.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing your book and bringing it to life?
The hardest part for me is that I can't figure stuff out without talking about it. It's hard to depend on other people to listen to you babble to find your way through your thoughts. Actually, I can figure stuff out on my own, but it takes a lot of time mostly filled with wall staring and checking my hair for split ends.
Could you share with us something you've learned from writing your book?
I learned something about myself: I love to do this. Like intensely, obsessively, stalker love it so hard. In terms of learning about the craft and the industry, it's so much I could write three books just on that alone. I've learned so much, and every day I learn more. I'm a go getter though, and a research whore, so the learning part is almost as fun as the creating.
What are your thoughts on receiving book reviews (both the good and the bad)?
Reviews are like crack. I totally get high off the good ones. Really, as long as they're not 1-2 stars, I'm pumped.
I've only gotten two 1 stars out of 92 ratings on goodreads *knocks on wood* and one of them was MEAN lol! I didn't even cry. I was so proud of myself. I'm ok with bad reviews. No book is for everyone. My fangirls(and boys) fangirl hard, and they keep me high most of the time.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I'm working on a short story about Snake's female protagonist's parents, Kim and Katsu, and how Hera and Aphrodite played a part in their relationship. In the 80's. Bananarama, anyone?
At the end of the month, I'm starting Book 3 of the series which will be Dita's competition with Artemis. A lot goes down in Snake, and Dita will have a lot of feels to sort through.
Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring writers out there trying?
Write. Connect with other writers. Find support, and find people to talk to about your story. Don't be afraid to share it. Don't publish your first draft. Make sure you have beta readers (at least ten). Read Self Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni and Brown. Don't give up.
And before you go, is there anything else you'd like to say to your readers?
If you're a fan – THANK YOU! I have some of the most loyal readers, and I love every single one of you. If you're considering reading, I hope that my books bring you a few hours of enjoyment <3
About Staci Hart
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife; even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f, ends with k, and there a uc in there.
From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics. But let's be honest, she's mostly writing.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Follow the Tour
Check out my review of Deer in Headlights, the first book!