Monday, 4 November 2013

Blog Tour:My Date From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #2) by Tellulah Darling {Guest Post + 2 Giveaways}

Author: Tellulah Darling 
Title: My Date From Hell 
Series: The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #2
Publication date: October 31st 2013
Publisher: Te Da Media
Genres: Comedy, Greek Mythology, Young Adult


Sophie Bloom’s junior year has been a bit of a train wreck. After the world’s greatest kiss re-awakened Sophie’s true identity as Persephone (Goddess of Spring and Savior of Humanity), she fought her dragon-lady guidance counselor to the death, navigated mean girl Bethany’s bitchy troublemaking, and dealt with the betrayal of her backstabbing ex, Kai (sexy Prince of Darkness). You’d think a girl could catch a break.

Yeah, right.

With Zeus stepping things up, it’s vital that Sophie retrieve Persephone’s memories and discover the location of the ritual to stop Zeus and Hades. So when Aphrodite strikes a deal that can unlock Sophie’s pre-mortal past, what choice does the teen goddess have but to accept?

The mission: stop media mogul Hermes from turning Bethany into a global mega-celebrity. The catch? Aphrodite partners Sophie and Kai to work together … and treat this suicide mission as a date. Which could work out for Sophie’s plan to force Kai to admit his feelings for her–if she doesn’t kill him first.

Add to that the fact that BFF Theo’s love life and other BFF Hannah’s actual life are in Sophie’s hands, and suddenly being a teenager—even a godlike one—seems a bit like … well, hell. Whatever happened to dinner and a movie?

The YA romantic comedy/Greek mythology fireworks continue to fly in My Date From Hell. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book two of this teen fantasy romance series. Breaking up is easy; dating is deadly.

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Guest Post ~ The Greek Mythology in The Blooming Goddess Trilogy

Like many readers out there, I grew up loving fairy tales and mythologies. And I was always interested in ways that these classic stories could be reshaped and retold. Persephone had always been intriguing to me, but only because of her abduction by Hades. I'd never had any kind of sense of her own personality, versus many of the other "larger than life" figures in the Greek pantheon. In my readings, she always seemed to be defined more by how others saw her or reacted to her absence or presence. And I think it was precisely her blank slate that made her attractive to me.

The more I thought about it, the more I knew I didn't want to just retell her story or move it to modern day. I still wanted many of the details to be rooted in the canonical understanding of her story (more or less - I took great liberties inventing Kai), but then pick up her tale all these years later and put her goddess self into a human teen. It's such a struggle for so many of us to figure out who we are as teens, so giving her this goddess awakening as Humanity's Savior, amped up the pressure cooker of her life. On the flip side, I find gods and teens are both so passionate (and often rash) about everything, so how fun to combine those two sides in Sophie.

What posed a challenge was the fact that Greek mythology is such a richly mined territory. I didn't want my stories to come across as a pale imitation of anyone else's. So I was really conscious of "how do I make my story balance being true to the original while feeling fresh?" Or maybe more specifically, how do I take this epic backdrop, that is used in so many stories and give it a very unique, personal human face? While the mythological aspect allowed for a lot of fun action and gods behaving badly, ultimately, this is a story about a teen girl figuring out what made her special. It had to resonate on a very human level.

The danger with stories that are classics is that there are reasons they have survived to this point. So if we are going to tackle them, it better be with a lot of humility and definite personal vision for them. Maybe that’s why I like playing with myths rather than doing more direct retellings of them. I’m not going to make the original better. But hopefully, I can allow readers to have some fun with a version of it.

To see other stops on the tour for reviews, guest posts, and excerpts click here!

About the Author

Tellulah Darling
1. YA Novelist
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter and instructor
3. Sassy minx

Geeks out over: cool tech.
Squees for: great storytelling.
Delights in: fabulous conversation.
Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.

Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?


The author is hosting a contest on her site to give Sophie’s power (her vines of light) a cool name because everything she’s come up with sucks. The winner will get a signed copy of My Date From Hell, a t-shirt featuring a design of one of Kai’s tattoos and will have their power name featured in the final book of the trilogy. Contest runs Oct 21-Nov 7. Details and entry here:


  1. Anastasia, as always, I am so happy to spend time on your lovely blog! :) Thanks for hosting me and My Date From Hell today.