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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Author Guest Post & SIGNED Book + Swag Giveaway w/ Kelly Keaton

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Hey everyone! I have a very special treat for you today… It’s with immense honor that I welcome to my blog today author Kelly Keaton, in her YA Debut Novel, “Darkness Becomes Her” Tour!

I am the first stop in the tour and you can check out the rest of the scheduled stops at the end of her post…

Kelly has also been super awesome and is offering an International Giveaway! Don’t forget to stop by this Monday for my review of “Darkness Becomes Her”, coming out Next Tuesday {Feb. 22nd}.



I’m so happy to be here again at Larissa’s fabulous blog (thank you for having me)!

I thought I’d do my post today on the gods. Just those two words, ‘the gods’ inspire such power and majesty and intrigue. I can’t even say the words without a dramatic flare. :)


In DARKNESS BECOMES HER you’ll discover the world of New 2, which has become a sanctuary for beings descended from gods, made by the gods, cursed by the gods, or enemies of the gods.

After the time of ancient Greece passed, there have been wars—pantheons against pantheons, creatures once loyal, turning on the gods who made them. And now, thousands of years later, there is one goddess who stands above all the others, one who controls the few gods left with an iron fist and who is determined to wipe out the monsters she has created or use them to her advantage.

So what, I asked myself, in the vast time period between ancient Greece and present day, have the gods been doing? Surely not darkness becomes her (1)ignoring mankind. They are known meddlers!

If the Greek gods were real, I believe they would’ve grown with civilization, experienced it, just like we humans have. Back in the day, they took part in culture, music, art, dance, the language. They mingled with man and man’s culture. So why not the culture of subsequent civilizations?

The gods’ personalities, loyalties, and loves would also change—maybe vastly, maybe only slightly. But they would be different than they were, say, three thousand years earlier.

I had this blank canvas, this long time period where there was nothing new written about the gods. So, I had to fill that space – and if I was bringing or even showcasing a god in my near future world, I had to think of how she would be now, not then. I had to bring her through thousands of years of history and into the future, and determine how those years would have shaped her and affected her.

And, let’s not forget, her enemies live in this time period; she’d be an idiot not to understand them, their world, or the weapons they might employ. And we all know this particular goddess is no dummy. She’d make it a point to submerge herself in our culture if only to defeat her enemies.

The goddess in DARKNESS BECOMES HER follows this path of growth, moving along with the rise and fall of civilizations, continuing her interactions with mankind. She’s this wonderful mix of old and new, and there is method and heartbreak behind her madness. So it seems natural to me that she’d partake in the music of this century, the fashion, the technology, and even the slang. I personally think she’d totally dig some Bryan Ferry and a little Godsmack. :) Just like she probably dug some hot ancient Greek musician back in the day…



The tour schedule is HERE:

  1. Larissa's Bookish Life - Guest post/Giveaway - February 18th 2011
  2. The Bookish Type - Interview/Giveaway - February 20th 2011
  3. The Book Butterfly - Interview/Giveaway - February 21st 2011
  4. Paper Cut Reviews - Interview/Giveaway - February 22nd 2011 
  5. Fantastic Book Review - Book Summary/Excerpt/Interview/Review/Giveaway - February 21st-24th 2011
  6. Dark Faerie Tales - Interview - February 23rd 2011
  7. Wicked Awesome Books - Interview - February 25th 2011
  8. Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf - Interview - February 25th 2011
  9. Girl about Books - Interview - February 26th 2011
  10. Good Choice Reading - Guest post - February 27th 2011
  11. Once Upon a Twilight - Grand-prize Giveaway - February 28th 2011




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121 Responses so far.

  1. Awesome guest post! I've been wanting to read this one!

  2. Natasha says:

    Awesome guest post! I haven't heard of this novel until this week past. It sounds really good. Thanks for this. :)

  3. YAY! Thanks for the giveaway! :) You rock! I can't wait to read this!


  4. Karen says:

    This seems like a popular series lately, can't wait to read it! (:

  5. Deea says:

    Ah... Just the idea of gods in this book is sooo intriguing!<3 I really want to read this one! And I love the cover! *puts it on my wishlist* Thank you for the giveaway! *fingers crossed*



  7. debbie says:

    I think this sounds like a really good book,I would love to read it.

  8. Jessica says:

    Totally LOVED the Greek mythology intertwined with the story! This is my FAVE YA debut this year! It's official! Loved it and can't wait for more!

  9. Avery says:

    This book sounds fantab!
    Thanks for the giveaway Larissa!

  10. This one definitely is on my list, I love books with Greek Mythology in them almost as much if not more than my love for vampires.

  11. CLMcCune says:

    I so LOVE Mythology! My name is Cynthia...comes from the Isle of Cynthus, birthplace of Artimus the Greek Moon Goddess. Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. Katie says:

    this is definitely on my list to be read. sounds awesome.

  13. Lissa says:

    Oh, how I love Gods and Monsters. I really want to read this one!

  14. I've had "Darkness becomes her" on my TBR list for a long time and it's nice to learn a little about Kelly's writing process. Very interesting post! Thank you!

  15. Does Godsmack still count as current?

  16. Amazing, I cannot wait to read this book. I've had my eye on it for a little while and am so excited it's almost release time. I feel like i've been waiting forever! :) Thanks so much for this giveaway, crossing fingers!!

  17. Great post! This is something I would love to read :)

  18. I'm hoping there might be a prequel on Ari. I just wanted more of her story... even before all the paranormal stuff happens! Congrats on the book!

  19. Great post and this giveaway is awesome. I cannot wait to read this book at some point soon. :)

  20. BADklv says:

    Awesome post and giveaway! I can't wait to read this one!

  21. Llehn says:

    I'd love to read this one now :D

  22. Too cool! I love the sounds of this book. The Gods being centered in this one. I always enjoy the Gods in books. :) Thanks for the great post and awesome chance to win!

  23. donnas says:

    Sounds great. Looking forward to reading it. I love stories that involve the gods and myth.

  24. Margay says:

    This looks like an interesting book - I love the title!

  25. I'm so looking forward to to reading this! Thanks for the interview and giveaway .:D

    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

  26. Meredith says:

    Awesome guest post! The book sounds good--I always love reading about Greeks, gods, and myths!

  27. Sharli says:

    Wow I've never really thought about how greek gods would be nowadays but now I'm really intrigued. I guess I'll have to read your book to find out :P

    Thanks for the post and the giveaway!

  28. Vivien says:

    This sounds very intriguing. I love Greek mythology.

  29. Marg K. says:

    I'm really looking forward to reading this book because I'm a fan of her adult UF Charlie Madigan series. Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. Lesley says:

    I can't WAIT for this book. I've been wanting it for months, and I'm so excited for a chance to read it.
    Thank you so much!

  31. Ricki says:

    Sounds like an intriguing new world.

  32. I'm really excited about this novel and can't wait for it to come out.I love the idea of Goddess and gods growing with civilization and completely agree with it.

    Thanks so much!

  33. Sounds good! Like it! Great Giveaway btw...

    clarissa.bulatao at yahoo.com

  34. jc says:

    Sounds unearthly, hope to win so I can delve deeper. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.


  35. buddyt says:

    I remember a number of years ago the Norse gods, Odin, Thor etc., were very popular in a lot of fantasy books.

    They seem to have fallen into disrepute since then.

    Have you ever considered writing about these gods ?


    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  36. I can't wait to read this! I love Greek mythology, especially stories about the gods (this might be because i study ancient philosophy or my addiction to Hercules and Xena growing up LOL).

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. Birgit says:

    Intriguing book - would love to read aka win it :-D !!

  38. Dana N. says:

    I've been waiting for this book for ages! I can't wait to read it. :)

  39. Syki says:

    I would like to read this book! It sounds really good! Thank you for this giveaway!

  40. natalie23 says:

    I can't wait to read this book, it sounds really intriguing.

  41. Paromita says:

    Darkness Becomes Her is definitely going to my wish list. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  42. xlacrimax says:

    I love mythology so I guess I would like this book, too :)

  43. Diana says:

    I am from GREECE and this book will become my favorite.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  44. Anna says:

    I've heard many good things about this book and how unusual it is from many YA books.
    I really enjoyed the post.

  45. Tore says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. Sounds like a really good book. Tore923@aol.com

  46. Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway. I have been wanting to read this book for sometime now. It sounds amazing!


  47. Mia says:

    Yay! DBH Blog Tour has finally began! Awesome post! DBH is definitely one of the best reads this year! ;) Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. After reading that, how could you NOT want to run out and get this book?

    Great post!

  49. Ana Lucia says:

    I've been wanting to read this one! Thank you for the giveaway..fingers crossed.

  50. SandyG265 says:

    I've been waiting for this book to come out.

  51. Pantera says:

    Thank you for the give away!!!!!
    Good luck to everybody :):):):)

  52. I LOVEEEED this book!!
    Highly recommended!

  53. nat says:

    So looking forward to this book, great post and giveaway, thanks

    natcleary at gmail dot com

  54. elaing8 says:

    Great post.I'm looking forward to reading this book.

  55. Blodeuedd says:

    Great post :)

    I do wonder what the gods would have been up to today. I could see Zeus in the papers causing scandals with his women ;)

  56. Thais says:

    It seems like this book is amazing, I'm looking forward to reading it!

  57. Cem says:

    Great post! I love the sound of this so much, it sounds pretty different and interesting! Can't wait to read it.

  58. Pisinat says:

    Awesome giveaway!! Thank you !

  59. Kelly Gay says:

    Thanks everyone for the nice words about the post and the book!!

    And Carol T -- Norse gods ... definitely a possibility! Ya never know when one might pop up. :-) (They might get super popular once THOR comes out in May!! Can't wait to see that movie!)

    ~ Kelly

  60. Tura Lura says:

    I'm a bit of a mythology nut, so this book intrigues me. Can't wait to read it! ^_^


  61. I love mythology so this looks so interesting to me. Will check these books out.

  62. Laura says:

    cool!! looking forward to reading it.

  63. i love the theme of this book.

  64. Andrea I says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I;ve found another new author.


  65. All you had to say was Greece and I was IN!!!!

    nedsped (at) verizon (dot) net

  66. Guess if I don't win here, I'll be waiting until June for DBH, when it finally hits UK/Aus ;-)

  67. Great post, and I can't wait to read this one!

  68. Michelle says:

    This looks like a great read!

  69. I have been seeing this around and am dying to get my hands on it!

  70. I love Kelly's UF series and I can't wait to read this one either!

  71. What a great post. I'm looking forward to reading Darkness Becomes Her.

  72. Thanks for offering the giveaway! It looks like a great read.:)

  73. I love the Greek god angle that is being explored in the book. The dark side is always interesting!

    Thanks for the contest!

  74. Pamk says:

    nope gods weren't know not to mettle. This one sounds good. Would to be able to share with my kiddo. He loves books like this. I had forgotten that this was aka Kelly Gay until I got her blog post. need to remember that. I like her adult books.

  75. rissatoo says:

    Interesting idea. I think that I will have to keep my eyes open for this one! :)

  76. Camille says:

    oh wow your book sounds fabulous! I LOVE greek history :D

  77. Marcie says:

    This books sounds so interesting. I've always been fascinated w/ greek mythology. I can't wait to read this book :D

  78. Marissa says:

    i've already read the book, it is super good!

  79. This book sounds intriguing. Can't wait to read it. :D

  80. Debys says:

    This books sounds amazing! I've had my eye on it for a while!!! I love it when authors mix old legends with modern times or re-tell old tales. And really, what's better than Greek Gods? ;P

    Thanks for the giveaway! =)

  81. Brianna says:

    I been wanted to read this book forever since my friend at book club was giving it away. I love your contest!

  82. A Rick says:

    I want to read this one so bad because I have read some great reviews!

  83. Minas says:

    I can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  84. Ina says:

    I absolutely can not wait to read your book since the first time I saw it!!! love the cover and I've heard a lot of great things about it :)
    wish you all the best, Ina

  85. This book sounds great!

  86. wonderful guest post, i love finding out more about authors. i would love to get this book

  87. Sue T. says:

    This sounds very interesting. I love any and everything to do with Greek mythology!

  88. Oh gosh, thank you for this great giveaway. I abosulutly cannot wait for this giveaway. and Gosh I really hope I win!

    *crosses fingers & toes & eyes.. and whatever else can be crossed with out break any bones*

    Thanks Again!


  89. Bella says:

    this book was highly recommended to me and Im really looking forward to reading it:)

  90. Darkness Becomes Her sounds very intriguing. I love Greek, Roman and every kind of mythologies, so I am totally going keep my eye on this book. ;D

  91. Glory says:

    uhmm...it looks like amazing :)
    But i havent win it. ( i try with any international contest but i believe that i wont win anyone.

  92. winnie says:

    Thanks for the post and giveaway! Please count me in!


  93. Thanks for the giveaway. Really lookin forward to reading Darkness becomes her :)

  94. Katrina W says:

    Oh my I feel like I am in heaven, so many internatinal comps,, and great interviews and posts.. I cant wait to read this one;) I already follow Kelly and you ;) Thanks for the great giveaway !!

  95. lexirylie says:

    Wow this sounds like an awesome book! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  96. Ive been wanting this for a long time now!!!!



  97. I still can't get over the fact that Ari is such a kick-ass character! I also love how the Gods and Goddesses play an important role in this book!

  98. Precious says:

    Thank you for the wonderful post! I was lucky enough to access this novel thru S&S Galley grab but it expired on me! I'm hoping to snag a copy!

  99. Great post book sounds so good can't wait to read it! Great giveaway thank you so much!

  100. Thanks for making this international. I really appeciate it. I read about this book a while ago and decided I wanted to read it when it came out. Unfortunately I have no job & no publishing deal, yet, so a free copy would be fantastic!!!!

  101. Linda says:
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  102. Linda says:

    Great guest post! And I'd love to win Darkness Becomes Her! :)


  103. Aik says:

    Cool! I've always wanted to read this book!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  104. Thanks for the giveaway! The book seems really interesting.

  105. Tanya1224 says:

    This sounds really good. I love Greek myth and all the gods. I read Gena Showalter's LOTU series and it's good to have more good reads with Greek myth intertwined in them. Thanks for the post.

  106. I love mythology. I agree that they would have grown and evolved with society.

  107. Great giveaway Larissa! Thanks for hosting! I really want to read this one.

  108. Wow, loved your post! :)
    Can't wait to read the book, so thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  109. Constance says:

    ooohh this book has been on my hit list for a while now. Thanks for the great blog and the giveaway.


  110. Lisa says:

    I can't wait to read this book! Greek mythology is so interesting. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  111. Very exciting giveaway! Would love to win.

    Thanks for the opportunity:)

  112. Emilie says:

    Thanks for this great giveaway !!

  113. Kelsey says:

    Wow what an awesome giveaway =] I cannot wait to read this book, It sounds soo good and the author sounds awesome as well =]


  114. Desa says:

    Thanks for this great giveaway !!

    Twitter - @desapd
    Facebook - Andresa Dias
    Goodreads - Desa

  115. Spav says:

    This sounds great. I love her Chalie Madigan series so I can't wait to read this one!

  116. Calliope says:

    Sounds like a really fun series - can't wait to sink my teeth into it!

  117. meggerfly says:

    I love the idea of a goddess that has kept up with the ages. I wonder how that would be?


  118. I reeeeaaalllllyyyy want to read this book. Thank you for the giveaway!! =)


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