Silent Echoes Blog Tour

Silent Echoes by Aimee Laine

YES!!!! I’m about to have the coolest blog tour stop today!! 🙂 With one of the most awesome guest posts EVER!!! 🙂 Because we have a THEMED blog tour LOL 🙂 Let me show you!

Silent Echoes

Silent Echoes

Games of Zeus

by Aimee Laine

Release Date: March 11, 2013

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Paranormal RomanceRomanceThriller/Suspense

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Description

For years, Ian Sands has enjoyed his life as a bachelor, taking advantage of singlehood and exploring his own definition of passion—whoever she may be. Blonde. Brunette. Tall. Short. Hot. Not. Five months ago, all that changed. 

Ian’s been celibate, frustrated and desperately seeking answers to why one woman, who doesn’t play by girls’ rules, haunts his every waking moment. 

As a renovations specialist, Taylor Marsh lives, works and breathes construction—a profession her southern belle of a mother would rather Taylor not touch. The same goes for Ian; Mama Marsh would never approve of him. 

Like Ian, though, each time he and Taylor draw near, something compels her to get closer. 

Something else tells her to run away. 

Fast. 

As much as their histories suggest they shouldn’t be together, neither Taylor nor Ian can deny the pull, and the two succumb, indulging in a relationship that brings pleasure to body, mind and soul. 

Doing so, though, also ushers in a series of events both should have foreseen as well as one final outcome neither expected.

Excerpt:

The sledge hammer circled through the air, whipping around Taylor Marsh’s head. Wood splintered. Fragmented pieces shot off like shrapnel. 

With another heave, she drew the tool over her shoulder, and with one step, swung with every bit of force she could muster. 

Decades-old siding crumpled under her attack of the shed. 

A deep breath and a growl preceded the stretch of her arms and the twist of her body as she propelled herself forward again. 

The weighted head hit first, yanking the tool from her sweaty palms and throwing Taylor sideways. On an ‘oomph’, her chest, arms and cheek kissed the red clay of southern North Carolina soil. 

Taylor pushed up to her elbows, twisted toward the old shed she’d vowed to tear down and sighed. She sat, ran a hand through her failing hair, where blonde streaks had turned brown, and resecured the tail at the nape of her neck as sweat dripped from her brow. 

Despite its age, several of the shed’s planks remained standing—a testament to construction of years gone by. 

“One old building to go, and it wants to stay upright longer than the Titanic.” 

Beyond the mess, her home stood—a white, clapboard bungalow she’d renovated herself. 

“Okay. One more time.” With the sun high in the sky and bearing down upon her with the force of the coming summer, she stood. “It’s no bigger than a kid’s play house. This shouldn’t be so hard.” 

Taylor positioned her feet at the front corner, spreading them to give herself a wide base. “Right. One hit to the figurative solar plexus.” She nodded as if the pile would respond. The crunch of a car’s wheels on gravel made her turn. She faced the Jaguar as it rolled to a stop. 

Two very recognizable men stepped from within the vehicle. Their long strides spoke of power and confidence, the smiles suggested warmth, and the punch one gave the other—playfulness. 

Taylor brushed off grime from her jeans, tapped her boots against the ground and wiped a hand across her brow. “Like that’s going to help.” Giving up on her attire, she headed toward them, leaving her pile of work for later. “Hey, Tripp.” She took his extended hand, gazing again at the tattoo on his neck she’d found so intriguing the first time they met. “Ian.” Taylor switched her hand-held welcome toward the man who did more to her libido than anyone she’d ever met. 

He held up his hands, palms out, bejeweled right ring finger glinting in the sun. 

“Afraid of a little dirt?” She let her true southern come out, even added a bit to the tone as she spun the only ring she owned around her fourth finger—nothing like the ostentatious, gaudy, show-offy thing Ian wore. 

“No. But you’re a … more … I got a flight to New York in an hour,” Ian said. 

Tripp chuckled. “Why don’t you have a crew come knock that thing down?” 

Taylor glanced back at the small shed. “What fun would that be?”

Book One- Hide and Seek

Hide & Seek

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My Review:

Sadly, I do not have a full review, and let me tell you why… I so jumped into reading this book, and quickly realized I was totally missing out by not having read the first book… SO… I Bought book one, and I will read them both, because just reading the first few chapters of book two was FANTASTIC!!! I will be posting my reviews to each very soon! 🙂 

Author Guest Post:

Silent Echoes is a “Games of Zeus” novel but it’s not a traditional mythological conundrum. No, as the author, I’ve taken quite the liberties in creating a situation Zeus could have use to mess with we puny humans. 
 
So, to have a little fun as Silent Echoes releases this month, my host here at Happy Tails and Tales has challenged me to create a Game of Zeus out of Truth or Dare!
 
How could Zues use Truth or Dare upon two unsuspecting humans? How could he manipulate a seemingly inocuous game into a maniacal, devious relationship conflict? Oh, let me count the ways … or rather, let me show you.
 
Truth or Dare
We all know what truth or dare is, right? 
 

From Wikipedia, one player starts the game by asking another to choose “Truth or Dare?” If the player chooses “truth”, then the first player poses a question, usually an embarrassing one, which the second player must answer truthfully. If the player instead chooses “dare”, then the first player sets them a task, often an embarrassing or dangerous one, which player two must perform. After answering the question or performing the dare, that player asks “Truth or Dare?” of another player, and the game continues.

Whether a drinking game or something from high school, the rules are almost always the same. The end result though, might not be.
 
From Wikipedia, here’s a bit of history.

The game has existed for centuries, with at least one variant, Questions and Commands, being attested as early as 1712:

A Christmas game, in which the commander bids his subjects to answer a question which is asked. If the subject refuses, or fails to satisfy the commander, he must pay a forfeit [follow a command] or have his face smutted [dirtied].[1]

Truth or Dare style games may ultimately derive from command games such as the ancient Greek Βασιλινδα (Basilinda) described by Julius Pollux, “in which we are told a king, elected by lot, commanded his comrades what they should perform”.[2]

Oh! Greek! This fits sooooo well with what I’m about to share.

Before we get to the ultimate Truth or Dare Romance … let me tell you a little about Silent Echoes.

For years, Ian Sands has enjoyed his life as a bachelor, taking advantage of singlehood and exploring his own definition of passion—whoever she may be. Blonde. Brunette. Tall. Short. Hot. Not. Five months ago, all that changed. 

Ian’s been celibate, frustrated and desperately seeking answers to why one woman, who doesn’t play by girls’ rules, haunts his every waking moment. 

As a renovations specialist, Taylor Marsh lives, works and breathes construction—a profession her southern belle of a mother would rather Taylor not touch. The same goes for Ian; Mama Marsh would never approve of him. 

Like Ian, though, each time he and Taylor draw near, something compels her to get closer. 

Something else tells her to run away. 

Fast. 

As much as their histories suggest they shouldn’t be together, neither Taylor nor Ian can deny the pull, and the two succumb, indulging in a relationship that brings pleasure to body, mind and soul. 

Doing so, though, also ushers in a series of events both should have foreseen as well as one final outcome neither expected.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15789207-silent-echoes 

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/26

http://www.aimeelaine.com/?page_id=11234

And now … 

Truth or Dare
 
Truth? Dare? Which do you pick? 
 
I pick … Truth. 
 
In a he versus she relationship, where the entire premise of their relationship is an antagonistic one, the truth isn’t going to set them free. In fact, in a Game of Zeus, truth won’t get them anywhere.
 
Either party could admit to anything, and it wouldn’t work to bringing them closer. Or tear them apart. 
 
No, to become a couple, to win in the game of love, Zeus would require a dare. Not a dare he makes to her or she makes to him. No, this would be a Zeus-driven dare. One that comes with a big price. Dare not to take it? The relationship can’t carry on. Dare not to try? The relationship will falter. 
 
You see, the premise behind Games of Zeus is to use a game to create a complete conflict between the male and female players. So in a game, it can’t be done the ‘right’ way. It has to have a twist. Or two or three.
 
So, no truths. Dares only. Dares … which aren’t simple. Dares … which will test both parties greatest weaknesses. And what are those weaknesses? Weaknesses born in truths.
 
But … didn’t I just say no truths? Of course! That’s the beauty of it all. Whatever’s hidden with that proverbial skeleton in the closet will end up as the truth … AND … the dare. And to ensure the relationship carries on … both have to be done. At the same time.
 
How if it’s truth OR dare? That’s the part I can’t share … it just might be in a book!
 
And there you have it. What do you think? Is Truth or Dare a possible Game of Zeus?

About the Author:

Aimee Laine

Aimee Laine

Aimee is a romantic at heart and a southern transplant with a bit of the accent (but not a whole bunch). She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and with him, she’s produced three native North Carolinians, two of whom share the same DNA. 

With an MBA and a degree in Applied Mathematics, there’s absolutely no reason she should be writing romance novels. Then again, she shouldn’t need a calculator to add two numbers, either … but she does.

http://www.aimeelaine.com

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So what do you guys think? You gunna check out this series or what!?!! I so am! I also thought that was one of the most COOL guest posts ever! 🙂 I really hope you guys enjoyed today! a special thanks to J Taylor Publishing and the wonderful Aimee Laine 🙂 Happy Reading everyone and later gators. 

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One thought on “Silent Echoes Blog Tour

  1. aimeelaine says:

    Thanks SO much for having me on your blog!

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