on February 13th 2013
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How do the Greek gods kill time? Because they’re always bored. It’s an unavoidable downside of being alive for thousands of years. So, they play games. Games with human players. Remember Shakespeare? Yeah, that was Apollo. Bonnie and Clyde? Aphrodite vs Ares.
It’s Aphrodite’s turn once again in the rounds of competitions, and she’ll defend her domain: Love. She hasn’t lost a competition on her turf in over three millennia, and she’s not about to start now. Apollo is her first competitor, and he’s on a mission to win. If he wins, he’ll get a token; a favor that Aphrodite must fulfill. And with that favor, he’ll finally get the one woman he’s never been able to have.
Aphrodite and Apollo will choose their human players, and if Aphrodite can’t get them together before the clock runs out, Apollo will get his way. And she couldn’t have that.
Lex and Dean are perfect for each other. They just don’t know it yet.
Dean is a perpetual bachelor, and a man-whore. A brooding, gorgeous, rock star man-whore. Lex always has a boyfriend, but she’s never let anyone in enough to let herself go. Not really. Not ever. Aphrodite has her work cut out for her, but if she can’t make it work, no one can.
But she has more at stake than just Lex and Dean. Apollo killed her mortal love, and that beef has been dragging on for thousands of years. Ares, the douchebag, is forever trying to start a fight, and get Aphrodite into bed. And Persephone, her best friend, is the one person she can confide in, laugh with, and always count on for a healthy helping of bacon when she’s having a bad day.
Follow the gods as they fight, laugh, cry, lose love, and gain power. Making a mess with humans has never been so fun.
Derek is back again today, in all his festering glory, to talk with us about Deer in Headlights by Staci Hart. How are you doing today Derek?
Derek: Braaaiiiinnnsssss…….. I mean, hey! Thanks for having me here! 🙂 *wipes drool* I’ve heard a lot about this book, but haven’t had the chance to read it yet. Can you tell me a little bit about it?
Elyse: Staci has brought the Greek Gods into the 21st century, and when you’ve been around as long as they have, you need to find a way to entertain yourself. They’ve created a game – Aphrodite goes head to head with Apollo each of them picking a human player. Aphrodite to make them fall in love, and Apollo to play keep away. The players? Lex who already has a boyfriend, and Dean a rock star man-whore. What could go wrong, right?
Derek: Sounds great! Are there any cats?
Lindsay: No, but there is a three headed dog.
Derek: Ooh! Three brains are better than one! Mmmmm….. braaaiiinnnnsssss…… *Ahem* Sorry ’bout that. Where was I? Right! Greek Mythology! Greek Gods aren’t exactly your typical choice for an author. They date back to when I was fresher! How did Staci modernize them?
Lori: Dog gives you the BG’s Derek. *ahem* That’s “bubble guts”. Just, no.
Elyse: First of all a lot of the gods have picked up more modern nicknames- Aphrodite goes by Dita- Persephone goes by Perry- Hephaestus by Heff, and I’m sure the Gods didn’t use words like douche. The Gods have also traded the Greek Pantheon for a fully equipped high rise apartment building.
Derek: The cover is what first attracted me to the book. Is it true that Staci designed it herself?
Elyse: Yes! Isn’t it stunning?! She works her ass off creating her own covers from scratch.
Lindsay: The covers are so distinct and unique. Memorable, for sure!
Derek: Elyse, did you say Scratch?…….. “Sadie, come here girl. Derek just wants to scratch you pretty kitty.”
What age do you think this book will appeal to? Will it be appropriate for someone as… ripe… as I am?
Lori: It’s got sexy times so reader discretion is advised.
Lindsay: While I wouldn’t recommend it for younger teens, there is no maximum age for enjoyment. I’m sure it’ll be great even for someone as advanced as you, Derek.
Derek: Sounds like a great read! Was there anything that wasn’t amazing?
Lori: No zombies for you to love?
Lindsay: With such a long history, flashbacks are a requirement. Sometimes I got a little confused with which plot line I was following.
Elyse: I need more sex Staci! Erm, I mean sex scenes.
Derek: Great! Thanks for the recommendation, guys! I’m going to go pick up my copy right now!
Lori’s rating: 4.5 stars
Lindsay’s rating: 4 stars
Elyse’s rating: 5 stars
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. Just saying. 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.
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