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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Blog Tour: "The Gatekeepers Challenge" by Eva Pohler (Guest Post/Promo)

Welcome to our Virtual tour stop of "The Gatekeepers Challenge" by Eva Pohler brought to you by Reading Addiction Blog Tours.
Awakening Your Inner Goddess (Sans Fifty Shades of Grey)

When I say girls need to awake their inner goddesses, I’m not referring to the kind of inner goddess described by E.L. James in Fifty Shades of Grey (though I’m not opposed to awakening that type either). What I’m talking about is the warrior goddess of power inside each one of us, often latent and unrecognized in girls who continue to live in a world where men hold the highest offices in government, church, and the work force.  Girls are less subjugated today than they were fifty years ago, and although the playing field still isn’t perfectly level, the real culprit holding back most girls is themselves. As Alice Walker has said, “The most common way people give up their power is by believing they have none.”

At the beginning of my Gatekeeper’s Trilogy, a young adult contemporary fantasy based in Greek myth, fifteen-year-old Therese Mills believes she’s the least powerful person on the planet. Her parents have just died. Her aunt has come to live with her in her beautiful home in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, but even though this means her friends and school won’t change, Therese is ready to give up on life to join her parents. Death, known as Thanatos, has other plans.

Thanatos briefly meets Therese while she’s in a coma. Avoided by all gods and mortals because of his job, he’s shocked when she throws her arms around him and calls him lovely. He later makes a deal with his father, Hades, to go to the upperworld to win her heart. In return, Therese must agree to avenge her parents’ murder.

Throughout book one, The Gatekeeper’s Sons, Therese struggles with her feelings of ineptitude. Thanatos’s sisters, the fierce and beautiful Furies, help her hunt for the killer, but their strength and efficiency make her feel weak. She feels small and insignificant until she learns her aunt’s life is in danger. The desire to protect her loved one helps her rise above her self-pity to become the warrior she never knew she was.

In book two, The Gatekeeper’s Challenge, Therese is required to complete a set of five challenges designed by Hades, who hopes to see her fail because he’s disappointed with the way things turned out in book one. Once again, her desire to protect a loved one—this time Thanatos—pushes her past her doubts and insecurities into determined action. One by one, she faces each seemingly impossible challenge—including Ladon (the one-hundred-headed serpent), the Minotaur, and the Hydra—because it’s the only way to spare Thanatos from an eternity of torment.

The final book of the trilogy, The Gatekeeper’s Daughter (to be released December 1, 2013), once again forces Therese to look inward. All gods and goddesses serve humanity or the world in some way, and in order to remain at Thanatos’s side, she must discover her unique purpose while protecting her loved ones against antagonistic forces. In all three books, power isn’t something Therese derives from her environment, but something she finds within her once she believes it’s there. Girls need to awaken their inner goddesses and wield their power.

To celebrate the completion of this saga, I’m holding a contest from January 1, 2013 to October 1, 2013 for my readers. Details can be found at my website at http://www.evapohler.com/contest.

Find Eva on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/EvaPohler
To purchase copies of Eva’s books, please visit her website at http://www.evapohler.com/books
You can also contact Eva at evapohler@sbcglobal.net
Publishing Date: 11/29/12
Genre: YA Fantasy


Description:

Ten agonizing months have gone by since Therese faced off against her parents’ murderer at Mount Olympus, and she suspects Thanatos’s absence is meant to send her a message: go on with your life. In cahoots with her new friend, who's gotten in with the Demon Druggies at school, Therese takes a drug that simulates a near-death experience, planning to tell Than off so she can have closure and move on, but things go very, very wrong. 

Than has been busy searching for a way to make her a god, and he’s found it, but it requires her to complete a set of impossible challenges designed by Hades, who hopes to see her fail. 
      The Majorelle Garden in Marrakesh, Morocco bustled with tourists weaving up and down floral-lined stone paths and over bridges across ponds of lily pads and through antique stone buildings full of paintings. Cobalt blue fountains, railings, and trim unified the otherwise multi-colored flowers and foliage. Therese sifted through the crowd and found her way just outside the garden near the trails leading up the Atlas Mountains. A dozen tents and donkeys peppered the valley with the aromas of freshly cooked dinners wafting toward the sky. Picnic tables, scattered across the valley, held tourists eating the food these makeshift restaurants prepared beneath their tents. Therese’s belly rumbled at the delicious smells even though back in Durango, she’d just eaten a burger and was full. It was lunchtime back home; here, it was seven in the evening.
     She wondered what these people thought of her wearing the silk robe, the golden scabbard at her waist, and the golden shield on her back, carrying a flute in one hand and a crown in the other. Maybe they thought she was an entertainer. It occurred to Therese that, indeed, she was, for Hades.

Eva Pohler teaches writing at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she lives with her husband, three children, two dogs, two rats, and her very large collection of books.














Virtual Book Tour January 1 - January 31

January 1 - Reading Addiction Blog Tours- Meet and Greet
January 2 - Jen McConnel - Review
January 3 - Mom With a Kindle - Interview/PROMO
January 4 - Lov Liv Life Reviews - Guest Post/PROMO
January 5 - Marked by Books - Review/interview
January 6 - Andi's YA Books - Guest Post/PROMO
January 7 - The Stuff of Success -Review
January 9 -  Let's Get Booked - Guest Post/PROMO
January 10 - The Library Haunt - Review/Interview
January 12 - Impressions of a Princess - Review/Interview
January 13 - Book Lovin Mamas - Guest Post/PROMO
January 14 - Lovely Reads - PROMO
January 15 - My Cozie Corner - Review
January 16 - I Have Lived a Thousand Lives - Review/Guest Post
January 18 - YA Reviews and News - PROMO
January 19 - Book and Appointment with Wisdom Books - Review/Guest Post
January 20 - Magical Manuscripts - Review/Interview
January 21 - Bibliophile's Thoughts - Guest Post/PROMO
January 22 - Inside BJ's Head - Review/Guest Post
January 23 - Enchanting Reads - Guest Post/PROMO
January 24 - Love in a Book - Review
January 25 - My Reading Addiction - PROMO
January 26 - Reading With Anacrasia - Review/Interview
January 27 - Books, Books, and More Books - Review
January 28 - Beloved Books - Review/Guest Post
January 29 - The Avid Reader - Review/Guest Post
January 30 - Jody's Book Reviews - PROMO
January 31 - RABT Reviews - Review

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