Today, I am pleased to bring you my part of the GODDESS Tour, an interview with Daphne Atreus. The first big tour I ever did was STARCROSSED by Josephine Angelini with Kismet Book Tours. Josie was and has always been so accessible and her books have left me reeling at the end of each of them. They are epic in scope and complex in characters and storyline. I expect GODDESS, the finale to be no less awesome. So below, read the interview with Daphne, Helen's enigmatic mother, and then follow the tour for great extra content and enter to win copies of one of the books and a signed copy of a Kindle Paper White.
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Goddess by Josephine Angelini
Publisher: Harper Teen
Hardcover 421 pages
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From Goodreads- After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.
To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.
In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.
Interview with Daphne
Buried in Books: Daphne we got to learn a little more about you in Starcrossed City-how you grew up in NYC, how you tried to avoid people, your first glance of Ajax. Was life ever normal for you?
Daphne: My life has never been normal--not unless you consider learning how to strangle a fully-grown man when you’re six “normal”. I think some of my earliest memories were my mother telling me that I wasn’t like other people, so I’d better get used to it. Most people talk about how lonely it is to be different, and they’re right, but mostly what I felt growing up was anxiety. I never knew if I was saying the wrong thing or acting strangely. The last thing I wanted was for anyone to figure out exactly how weird I really was, and that was exhausting.
Buried in Books: How much time did you and Ajax get to spend together before he and Tantalus fought?
Daphne: We were together for years before we had to run. I’ve always been able to alter the way I look because I wear the Cestus of Aphrodite. Ajax and I actually broke the curse of the Furies much sooner than I ever let on to the rest of the Delos family or even to my own daughter, Helen. Ajax and I dated when we were in high school. I was dozens of different girls as far as Castor and Pallas knew. It was actually kind of funny because Ajax’s family thought Ajax went through a new mortal girlfriend ever other week, but the were all me. None of the Delos have any idea just how well I knew them all. I was truly sad when Pandora was murdered.
Buried in Books: You had your chance at happiness with Ajax. Why would you destroy your daughter's chance at happiness by lying to her about who her father is?
Daphne: There are a lot of stories about everlasting love. Coming from the lineage that I came from, you hear about legendary love affairs in the cradle. We’re all familiar with the notion of two lovers who would do anything for each other—even start a war where thousands die. I’m not trying to justify what I did, but have you ever asked yourself what it might cost everyone else in your life if you genuinely loved someone more than anything?
Buried in Books: Since Helen isn't a Rogue baby, what's your real interest in helping Rogues/Kin Killers/Outcasts? After all, Tantalus is an Outcast.
Daphne: Tantalus is my enemy—Outcast or not. And I think you’ve misunderstood my motives. While I empathize with anyone who has been cast out of his or her family, I’m not really doing any of this to help anyone else. My love waits for me in the Elysian Fields. I must die in battle to join him there, and where there is a Rogue or an Outcast there is always a battle to be fought. Unfortunately, I’ve never met anyone who can kill me, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped trying.
Buried in Books: According to Orion, you've been helping Rogues and Outcasts for 20 years, but Ajax has only been gone for 19, so that means you were working together to help them?
Daphne: While Ajax and I were on the run we considered ourselves Outcasts, and when I told Orion bits and pieces of my history, I always counted that year. But there’s something everyone should keep in mind when they are trying to make a reckoning of my life story: I lied. I cheated, stretched the truth, embellished, and swindled, everyone in my life. Even myself.
Buried in Books: During your failed attempt to kill Tantalus, he mentions making you as his "Queen of Atlantis". Is he just a crazy Outcast or do you think his theory about Atlantis might hold some merit?
Daphne: Tantalus is a true believer, and maybe he’s right. Maybe immortality awaits the Scions when the gods are freed and we face them. But why would I want to live forever without Ajax? Honestly, I don’t give a whistle about Atlantis. All I want is to get Ajax back into the land of the living, and if I can’t do that, join him in the Elysian Fields.
Buried in Books: If Helen hadn't been in danger, would you have ever come back to see her?
Daphne: I actually saw her all the time. Look, I know this isn’t easy to understand, especially in light of what I did to her, but I do love my daughter. Hardly a month went by when I didn’t use the Cestus to alter my face and body so I could go to Nantucket and check on her. Once, I even pretended to be an exchange student, and I went to school with her for a while just to make sure she was getting along okay. Not that I ever really worried too much about her. She had Jerry and Claire. My daughter was loved and accepted in a way that I never was. Except with Ajax.
Buried in Books: Is there one piece of Motherly advice you would tell Helen? Something that isn't based on a lie?
Daphne: Ha! Yes. Don’t fall in love.
Buried in Books: You aren't the most beloved character in the Starcrossed saga, but you aren't the most hated. Is there anything you'd like to tell the readers that might make us understand you more, like you more?
Daphne: The only thing I can say is that I did it all for love.
Buried in Books: If you were to able to write part of your story in the remaining book, Goddess, what would you most want to happen?
Daphne: Apart from the obvious? Nothing. I made my choices long ago, and to change only one small bit of it wouldn’t help. I’d have to change the whole thing, start to finish, or it wouldn’t make any difference.
Buried in Books: Do you regret anything you've done up to this point (Starcrossed and Dreamless)?
Daphne: I regret what I’ve had to do. And I regret that I didn’t understand what the prophecy meant.
Buried in Books: The basics- How do you support yourself when you're on the run? Where do you get money? Do you have a home/homes? Do you have a place or places you stash Rogues/Outcasts? How do you pay for them?
Daphne: I steal what I need when I need it, but I also have a dozen aliases and bank accounts in every country. I also own several safe houses scattered around the world, but if I didn’t it wouldn’t be a problem. I could change my appearance to look like you, walk right into your house, say goodnight to your husband and kids and sleep in your bed if I needed a place to stay badly enough. Usually, I just stay in hotels and never pay my bill. If I go back to that hotel again I wear a different face. I don’t stash Outcasts and Rogues anywhere, although I do give money to those who need it and try to protect the kids that have it rough. Kids like Orion. Hey, I’m not a total dick. I do care about some people apart from myself, but I keep it in perspective. I know what my ultimate goal is.
Buried in Books: The cestus- What happens if Daphne is in another part of the world and dies with her part of the cestus. Does it magically transfer to Helen? What if Helen has a child or children- how is it divided up?
Daphne: No, there is no magical transference, and like any other precious heirloom it has been closely guarded and fiercely protected.
If a daughter is born while a grandmother is still alive, the grandmother gives her half of the Cestus to the new baby, but this happens rarely. The Heirs to the House of Atreus all owe the goddess Aphrodite a daughter, and luckily for humanity they’ve managed to keep the line unbroken, but few of us live to old age. We usually have short, violent, and sad lives.
Buried in Books: Is there anything else you'd like to say to the readers that I haven't asked you?
Daphne: I think I’d just like to say to Helen that I honestly hoped she would fall for Orion, and I believed he was worthy of her love. I may have tried to separate her from Lucas, but I always felt that Orion was better for her, anyway. Love me or hate me, I never wanted for her to be alone.
Thank you Daphne for answering my questions.
To follow the rest of the tour:
Monday, May 20th - Starryeyed Reviews
Tuesday, May 21st – fiktshun
Wednesday, May 22nd – The Irish Banana
Thursday, May 23rd – YA Bibliophile
Friday, May 24th – Supernatural Snark
Monday, May 27th - Birth of a new Witch
Tuesday, May 28th – Refracted Light Reviews
Wednesday, May 29th – Tales of a Ravenous Reader
Thursday, May 30th – Hobbitsies
Friday, May 31st – Reading Teen
Monday, June 3rd - Parajunkee
Tuesday, June 4th – Buried in Books
Wednesday, June 5th – Candace Book Blog
Thursday, June 6th – Alison Can Read
Friday, June 7th – Book Twirps
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The Starcrossed series by Josephine Angelini
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How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.
As the only scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.
Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out--a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies' cry for blood is growing louder.
As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen's sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.