June 19, 2013

Guest Post and Giveaway: Solstice: Myth Depicted

As I said in my review of SOLSTICE, today I'm repping Team Myth on P.J. Hoover's blog tour.  And that means a guest post for you guys with lots of pretty pictures!  Don't worry, Team Dystopia is getting some pretty pictures too.



Hi! P. J. Hoover here, author of the upcoming dystopian/mythology YA novel, SOLSTICE (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), and today I’m depicting the mythology side of SOLSTICE with pictures! I’ve opted for real-life inspirations that made it into the book. And for the blog tour, depictions are divided into two groups: Team Myth and Team Dystopia. Over here is Team Myth!


Five Images that Depict the Mythology World of SOLSTICE:

1) The Jar

Piper gets a mysterious present delivered to her house near the beginning of the story. When she opens it, everything around her begins to change.

2) Cerberus

My dog, Cissy, provided the inspiration for Cerberus, the fierce, three-headed dog who guards the Underworld.

3) The River Lethe

The River Lethe was inspired by the Red River, which separates Oklahoma from Texas.

4) Shayne’s gardens

Shayne has a garden he tends in the Underworld, and in the garden is a waterfall. Cascades Falls near Virginia Tech (where I went to college) inspired the scene.

5) Dual suns

The Underworld is much like our world, but it has two suns. There is no picture with two suns I love so much as this one from Star Wars.

Just for the record, every book could do with a good Star Trek or Star Wars nod.

Anyway, thank you for reading and for your support!

Piper's world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.

Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.

P. J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book MYTHOLOGY by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing kung fu, solving Rubik's cubes, and watching Star Trek. Her first novel for teens, SOLSTICE (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), takes place in a global warming future and explores the parallel world of mythology beside our own. Her middle grade novel, TUT (Tor Children's, 2014), tells the story of a young immortal King Tut, who's been stuck in middle school for over 3,000 years and must defeat an ancient enemy with the help of a dorky kid from school, a mysterious Egyptian princess, and a one-eyed cat. For more information about P. J. (Tricia) Hoover, please visit her website www.pjhoover.com.
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  1. These look interesting. Thanks for sharing.. Only a writer can look at something they see everyday and create something surreal from it!

    1. I think there are some other people who manage that trick - especially other kinds of artists. But it is cool.

  2. I feel like there's such a discrepancy between the "doomsiness" of the list and the pictures, hehehe.

    1. XD Well, it's a pretty pleasant Underworld . . . except for Tartarus.

  3. Team Dystopia...this sounds like an awesome read!

  4. Team Myth! Your puppy is cute! (She looks like a much thinner version of my mom's dog, lol).

  5. I say team myth! You can never go wrong with that.


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