July 31, 2014

Band Geek Thursday: The Blooming Goddess Trilogy by Tellulah Darling

Today on Band Geek Thursday, we have a guest post from Tellulah Darling on her Blooming Goddess trilogy. Take it away, Tellulah!

Anyone out there remember the art of the mixtape? My friends and I would spend hours coming up with the perfect A and B sides, creating thematically appropriate cover art and both giving and receiving them like the special gems they were. The best ones told a story. I’ve kept many of those tapes and still listen to them. Like one that my best friend made for my Europe jaunt called Please Don’t Go that I can’t listen to without feeling the lulling motion of trains or seeing sunsets on a ferry bound for Greece.

There were breakup stories, crush stories, and we’re great friend stories. So I’m going to give it a shot and tell you a love story in 10 songs. The story of Sophie and Kai. For those of you who’ve read The Blooming Goddess series, see if my playlist resonates with your experience. And with those of you who haven’t?

Sit back, relax, and listen as I tell you a story …
  1. History Repeating by Shirley Bassey & Propellerheads – It’s Persephone take two. Except Sophie doesn’t know it yet. But “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” You know, like Groundhog Day for the gods. And the gods did love on a fabulous(ly dysfunctional) scale.
  2. Madness by Muse – Really, if you can’t drive your characters mad with hostility, resentment and frustrated sexual attraction in a romantic comedy, when can you? Sophie figured her last couple years of high school would be spent at a leisurely under-achiever’s pace. This goddess thing is a head-trip. Throw in Kai, His Royal Broodyness Prince of Hades and it’s enough to put a girl on edge.
  3. Let Go by Frou Frou – I love the idea of letting go; surrendering in the best possible way to one’s life. By the end of book one, My Ex From Hell, Sophie has stopped fighting her destiny. Doesn’t mean she’s going to meekly accept what comes, but there is a new level of acceptance that she’s come to. Plus butt kicking. There’s a lot of that, especially where Kai is concerned, as part of Acceptance 101.
  4. Amazing by George Michael – As the trilogy moves into book two, My Date From Hell, Sophie and Kai start to see each other in a new light. There’s more appreciation, wonder and awe between them. FYI – that’s a good thing.
  5. Beautiful by Christina Aquilera – this song actually comes into play in book two, in a big awwwww moment kind of way.
  6. Joy by Staxx – I used to be a screenwriter, and I always thought of the three books as comprising acts one, two and three of the overall story. For me, a good love story has those moments of pure joy before one or the other screws up massively, sending their love running for the hills. Face slap optional. Sophie and Kai absolutely have that moment of pure joy. All the better to destroy it, my dear. Mwah ha ha …
  7. A Million Ways to Be Cruel by OK GO – See aforementioned massive screw up.
  8. More Than Words by Extreme – Moving into book three My Life From Hell and our final act of Sophie’s story now. In typical heroine style, she’s doing a lot of heavy reflecting here. This song felt like it captured that perfectly.
  9. How You Like Me Now by The Heavy – Our girl is back and badder than ever. Kicking butt and taking names. Sophie has fully come into her own. She is glorious and we’ll see if Kai can handle that.
  10. I’m Alive by Michael Franti – Life is good, kids! Sophie is going to be just fine. And her and Kai? Well, you don’t want me to spoil everything do you …?



About the Blooming Goddess trilogy:

Sixteen-year-old Sophie Bloom wishes she’d been taught the following:
a) Bad boy’s presence (TrOuBlE) + teen girl’s brain (DraMa) = TrAuMa (Highly unstable and very volatile.)
b) The Genus Greekulum Godissimus is notable for three traits: 1) awesome abilities, 2) grudges, and 3) hook-ups, break-ups, and in-fighting that puts cable to shame.

It might have helped when, on the night of the Halloween school dance she gets a kiss from a bad boy at midnight that reawakens her true identity: Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She’s key to saving humanity in the war between the Underworld and Olympus, target numero uno of Hades and Zeus, and totally screwed. The Blooming Goddess Trilogy is a YA romantic comedy, Greek mythology smackdown. Compared to Kai and Sophie, Romeo and Juliet had it easy.




About the author:

Tellulah Darling
noun
1. YA romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she's compensating.
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter.
3. Sassy minx.
Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.
Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?

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2 comments:

Tellulah Darling said...

Hey lovely Misfits, thank you so much for having me today! :)

erica m. chapman said...

Great playlist! Your series sounds awesome too. I love "Let Go" and you have George Michael too! Thanks for stopping by ;o)

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