Friday, February 3, 2012

The World Among Us - Blog Tour Stop

I must be going Blog Tour crazy! I'm very fortunate to have Ms. Beth Ann Masarik here on the old bloggity blog today. She is touring the blogosphere to promote her Urban Fantasy/Mythology novel titled, The World Among Us, published by Otherworld Publications.

I grew up on mythology, particularly Greek, so I was already intrigued by Beth's book. If you love taking classical characters and seeing what would happen if we put them in a contemporary setting, this book is for YOU!

And as this is Super Bowl Weekend and everything (Go GIANTS!), I wanted to pit the main characters of The World Among Us against each other in a head-to-head Battle of the Immortals. And it's a great way to see how Ms. Masarik has put her own modern-day spin on our favorite Greek gods, goddesses, and everything in between.

Battle of the Immortals: Team Hades vs. Team Damien…which side are you on?

Thank you for having me on the blog today, Jason. This is a very exciting post, if I do say so myself. You all have heard of Team Edward and Team Jacob right? Well, this is my version of the whole “team thing.” Jason has asked me to split up my characters into teams, and to tell you a little bit about them. I have split my characters up into two teams: Team Hades & Team Damien.

Why those two teams? That is because they are two of the most important characters in the book.

On Team Hades we have:

Birthdate: N/A.
Occupation: Lord of Tartarus.
Hobbies: Torturing humans, plotting evil and throwing parties.
Personality: Ruthless and mean, he never coddles or sugar-coats.  The only time he's nice is if he thinks he can gain something from it.

DuVessa Abana
Species: Vampire/Demon
Brief Bio: DuVessa is Damien’s sire, and used to be his mistress. That was until she bit him and forced Damien to lose his soul. DuVessa is pure evil, and doesn’t care who she hurts. She absolutely hates humans and anyone who opposes Hades and the Angels of Fire. She is the one who kills Endymion in the first chapter of The World Among Us: Prince of Darkness.

Donegal Stone
Species: Vampire
Bio: Donegal is not like the other vampires in the book. He is horrible, and doesn't care if he kills a human.  He likes to intimidate Selene, and push her buttons.  He runs with the werewolves, and is just plain evil.

Derek Greene
Plyby: Zac Efron.
Birthdate: September , 1980.
Occupation: Student.
Hobbies: Bullying those weaker than him, shadowing his father.
Personality: Leader of the pack while Leon is in jail and he's enjoying every second of his reign.  He's manipulative, but he's lazy when it comes to school work and is barely passing his classes.

Tabitha Aysel
Birthdate: May 17, 1990.
Occupation: Student.
Hobbies: Looking in the mirror, shopping, dating, picking on Selene and her friends.
Personality: Vindictive, mean, cruel, fashionable, bitchy, ego-centric, narcissistic, conceited, spoiled, selfish.

On Team Damien we have:

Damien Wicklen
Occupation: Prince of Darkness
Bio: Damien is a 3,000-year-old vampire who has a not so secret crush on Selene.  He also happens to be the son of Hades, and Selene's bodyguard.  Damien was there the night Selene's stepfather; Jason Aysel was murdered, and has vowed to earn Selene's trust at any cost.

Selene Aysel
Birthdate: May 17, 1990 (reincarnation).
Occupation: Student, Goddess of the Moon, leader of the Creatures of the Night tribe.
Personality: She's kind of quiet at first, then she is outspoken. She has a habit of falling in love with the wrong people. Ever since her husband, Endymion was murdered, she has been skeptical of men. It takes a lot to earn her trust.  Selene is the Goddess of the Moon reincarnated on Earth.  She's carefree and outgoing, trusting and sociable.

Occupation: Is Mother Nature, etc... she is the first Goddess in existence.
Bio: Gaia is the Great Spirit, and the creator of everything. She is one of the main characters in The World Among Us, and is Hades’ sworn enemy. She is very protective of her family, and her close friends. While she does not approve of Selene and Damien being together, as long as her granddaughter is happy, then she is happy. Gaia just wants everyone to get along, and to put an end to Hades.

Occupation: Titan of light, Father of Selene, Eos and Helios.
Hobbies: Being with his wife, Theia.
Personality: Hates Earth and humans, but loves his wife more than anything.  He is completely devoted to her and their children.

Occupation: She is the goddess from whom light emanates and considered especially beautiful.
Hobbies: Visiting Earth.
Personality: Sweet-tempered and loving, Theia loves her family and loves Earth and the humans who live there. When she first found out she had to marry her brother, Hyperion, she ran away to Earth and got sick by one of the diseases that could afflict Gods and Hyperion found her and brought her to a cottage on Earth and nursed her back to health.

Occupation: God of War.
Hobbies: Relishing in war, talking to his sister.
Personality: He is a murderous and bloodstained, but also a coward when it comes to standing up for himself.  He was hated by both his parents and almost everyone, the only people that like him are Aphrodite and his twin sister Eris.

In The World Among Us, Hades, the god of the Underworld, plots to take over the world, and remove Gaia, the head Deity, from power.  In order to do so, he plots against his own son, Damien, and cons him into killing his soul mate, the beautiful goddess of the moon, Selene.  Hades does so, because Gaia is his natural enemy, and Selene is her favorite grandchild.  He thinks that by killing off Gaia’s favorite grandchild, he will weaken her.  With Selene out of the way, Hades then moves in on the Creatures of the Night.  He wants to kill off their leader, Jason Aysel.  Jason is the go-between person between worlds, and another person that Gaia highly regards.  Hades manipulates and cons Jason’s best friend, Leon Greene, into murdering him, by offering him Jason’s position as his reward.  Because of these actions, a war is to take place on earth between the gods and other Creatures of the Night.  During this time, Selene is reincarnated, and kept hidden as a secret weapon to win the war against Hades.  In order to win the war of wars, the gods and some of the demons will have to fight together, and learn to co-operate with each other.  Will the Titans and Olympians be able to set aside their differences, and take back the world from Hades?  Or is the world as we know it, doomed to fall under dark shadows, forever?

Go on the The World Among Us Blog Tour !

2/1/2012 James Peercy at Stories to Tell

2/2/2012 DiAnne’s Place-the vampire saw his shadow!

2/4/2012 Jennifer Otherworld

2/6/2012 Musings-birthday bash

2/10/2012 Lizzy Ford

2/11/2012 Vanessa Booke at Boekies Book Reviews

2/14/2012 Erin Danzer (Valentine’s Day special interview with Damien & Selene)

2/15/2012 Danielle

2/17/2012 Cassie Kelley McCown

2/20/2012 Giselle from Xpresso Reads

Possible blog hosts but without a date yet









Erin said...

Team Damien!! :)

and for those of you following along on the tour, my stop on Valentine's Day (which I'm very excited for) will happen at:

Ajoop. S said...

This was awesome! I'm so TEAM DAMIEEEN :D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Evil vs. less evil - wow, tough choice!

Frozen Love said...

Lol thanks for having me on the blog today, Jason. It seems as if Damien is the favorite :)

Now, my question for you guys is, what makes Damien so loveable?

The Desert Rocks said...

Wow, where does the good come in? LOL

Jay Noel said...

Erin: Great! I will check out your blog.

Ajoop: Thanks for visiting.

Alex: I know lots of evil all around. I like it!

Beth Ann: I'll go ahead and throw my support for Hades. He gets a bad rap everywhere he goes for some reason.

Eve: "Good" is just a matter of perspective. Muhahahahahahaha!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I will be the dissenting voice and go with Team Hades..why not!?

Rusty Webb said...

I like Hedi's attitude. Go team Hades!

Dafeenah said...

Heidi beat me to it. So I'll be her follower and join team hades too. Sounds like a great book. I'll have to check it out.

Ellie Garratt said...

I really like the sound of this. Thanks for hosting. I have another book to add to my wishlist!

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