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So this is a long and rambling giveaway post. I should probably break it out into more than one, but being the infrequent blogger I am, this is how it goes. First off, we had a minor freak out last week when we thought Tybalt was losing weight. There were several possible explanations for this (having his fangs removed, a recent food change, stress) however, I immediately assumed he was dying the horrible death of the dead. After much obsessing, and a knee-jerk vet appointment he never made it to, we determined the likely culprit was all of the above, plus being lonely after losing his cat brother, Mojo Jojo this winter. The solution? A new catson. Everyone, meet Tyrion Cattister:

Tyrion Cattister rotated

Originally, we were told he was a girl, so his name was Cersei Cattister. But then we brought him home and I noticed, well...nuts. I said, "better change his name to Tyrion." And Dylan said, "Those aren't nuts; she's a girl." And I said, "Listen, I think I know cat testicles when I see them." And then neither one of us knew what to do with that statement. Tyrion and Tybalt (we didn't do the "T-Y" matching thing on purpose) are getting along famously, after some fangless hissing. And I become skeptical that Tybalt was ever losing weight in the first place, because that kitten makes him look enormous, and his fat ass is putting my legs to sleep as I type this.

The one thing you can be sure of with a name like Tyrion Cattister, I'll never put him in a book. Which leads me to hint at another contest I'm running at the time of ANTIGODDESS' release. I'm running out of pets to put in books, is what I'm saying. I'm going to need to mine yours. It will be the "can I put your pet in my books?" contest.

But for now, let's segue into THIS contest: an ANTIGODDESS ARC with signed feather bookmark!
Antigoddess and bookmark
There are 2 ARCs up for grabs. I had three, but someone had a reading-related tragedy, and I was moved to help. So these are the last 2 I've got.


First, you have to listen to my history lesson to find out how to comment. Why? Because, I'm a jerk, that's why.

In Antigoddess, there is a lot of allusion to the Trojan War. It's one of my favorite subjects, and the three goddesses at the heart of the story factor in pretty large in The Goddess War. Just in case you're unfamiliar with how the Trojan War started, here's a quick refresher:

One day, the gods were hanging around on Olympus, doing whatever the frick they do when they're not wreaking havoc or boning each other, and the goddess Discord (who nobody liked to hang out with because...well, discord is unpleasant) tossed a golden apple at them with a tag marked "To the Fairest."

For whatever reason (fruit shortage?) all the goddesses went Belieber crazy over the apple, until it came down to a final three: Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite. But how do you determine the fairest goddess of all?

Easy. You make a mortal teenage boy judge them like cows. I guess.

This unlucky chap was Prince Paris of Troy, who you are probably familiar with because of the famous story of Helen of Troy, or because of Orlando Bloom's butt cheeks in the film, Troy. Unfortunately for Paris, instead of allowing him to judge them fairly for their...er...fairness...each goddess offered a bribe.

Athena promised him he would become a great hero, and have great glory on the battlefield.

Hera promised him riches, and a vast kingdom.

Aphrodite promised him the most beautiful woman in the world.

He chose the hot chick, and as a result, pissed off Hera and Athena, and they pretty much ruined his life and the lives of his whole family. Killed his dad, had Achilles murder his brother Hector, sister Cassandra taken as a slave and murdered later (though she was sort of screwed already...as outlined in Antigoddess). Troy fell, chaos reigned, Aphrodite made the apple into one super-sized and very heavy earring...

SO, HERE'S HOW TO ENTER! Put yourself in Paris' place. Who would you choose, if you were offered the bribes? Why? Would you choose Athena's offer? It would be way cool to be a hero, to have a great destiny and kickass adventures. What kind of hero would you be?

Would you choose Hera's riches and power? Maybe spend your days Kardashian-ing it up poolside?

Would you choose the most beautiful girl, or boy? Snag yourself a...a...man, I'm out of touch. Who passes for hot these days?

This giveaway is international, and you can enter for multiple entries: comment below, comment on the ANTIGODDESS Facebook entry, Tweet the contest mentioning @KendareBlake, or comment at the GoodReads mirror post. I'll draw two random winners next Friday, July 12th. Good luck, and I look forward to your answers :)


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Jul. 5th, 2013 01:49 am (UTC)
Ok, well your history lesson made me more excited for the book, so thanks for that.

I guess I would pick Hera's bribe. Well why not, have the power and riches to travel the world and do whatever I want, seems like a no-brainer for me.

Thanks for the giveaway! :D

Edited at 2013-07-05 01:58 am (UTC)
Jul. 5th, 2013 02:16 am (UTC)
Re: Antigoddess
The history lesson was a gamble...half the reader probably tuned out :) so I'm thrilled it did the opposite for you!

Jul. 5th, 2013 01:55 am (UTC)
Antigoddess for the win!
I would totally go with Athena's offer. I mean vast riches and hot dudes are cool and all, but we are talking great glory and hero powers here! Paris was a fool for choosing the hot chick. I mean really, there are tons of hot people out there and Paris was a prince so I'm sure he wouldn't too many problems finding one for himself...especially if he had tons of riches and/or hero powers and glory!
Jul. 5th, 2013 02:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't like Eris, lol.

Anyway, just thinking about choosing one of the offers makes me cringe. Why? Because whoever you choose, you'll end up upsetting one of the other goddesses...and you know the goddess when they get upset. But if I HAD to choose, I'd probably go with the hot boy...mmm. One of my many fictional BFs would be great! But then again Hera's offer is pretty tempting too...nah, I'm going with the hottie! ;)
Jul. 5th, 2013 02:17 am (UTC)
Re: Antigoddess
Excellent point. And I suppose going with the hot boy can't get you in as much trouble as Paris choosing the hot girl did back then! Or at least I'd hope not :)
Jul. 5th, 2013 02:36 am (UTC)
I'd pick Athena because if you were the greatest hero and you had glory on the battlefield -- no matter how hard that was and how many sacrifices you had to make -- history would remember you. People of all time would know you. But if I picked Aphrodite and got beautiful ladies, even they would age and eventually became ugly and had wrinkles. And I chose Hera, I got richness and vast kingdom, but even the biggest kingdom couldn't prosper forever. So yeah, I'd pick Athena cause that way, you'd somehow become eternal through history. And people would remember your greatness.
Jul. 5th, 2013 03:30 am (UTC)
Excellent answer. You are totally channeling Achilles :)
Jul. 5th, 2013 02:57 am (UTC)
I feel like with any offer from the gods, any way you choose it'll probably be twisted somehow-- like how Helen was the most beautiful woman in the world, but also insanely taken by someone else.

Probably choosing Hera's kingdom would mean unseating another rich king, someone with the friends and the connections to try and take it back. I can also see Athena's bribe working out something like Achilles' fate in THE SONG OF ACHILLES (which omg so good) where you'll get great fame, but you have to die young for it.

With all that in mind, I think I'd still choose Athena's. Knowing that you're going to be immortalized even if you die young is kind of a big thing, so I feel like it would be worth the sacrifice.

Thanks for the giveaway! :D The Trojan War is also one of my favorite things (woo hoo Aenas~) so this is a fun question to answer.
Jul. 5th, 2013 03:32 am (UTC)
Re: hmm~
You're probably right. They'd find a way to screw you over. It's just in their nature :)

I also love Aeneas! I was sort of bummed he didn't find a way into Antigoddess.
Jul. 5th, 2013 02:57 am (UTC)
This is a hard decision because none of those things really appeal to me. If Athena had offered something knowledge related maybe her, and Hera's riches would finally get me my own horse but I hate most people in general so a kingdom to rule isn't what I'd want (I don't want to deal with people's problems. It's one reason I decided to be vet and not a doctor). And beautiful woman I couldn't care less about.

If I was in Paris's shoes however (and not quite so hormone driven, apparently) I'd go with Athena's option. Being a hero could bring fame, which could then bring in riches because people would want you to perform heroic duties and you could be an... unpleasant person and make them pay for it, maybe earning enough to buy your own kingdom. And aren't girls supposed to be attracted to the hero types so he could really get all three with Athena's offer if he was lucky.

And that's a long comment so I'll stop there. Thanks for making this giveaway international :)
Jul. 5th, 2013 03:33 am (UTC)
You're so practical :)
Cristine Layug
Jul. 5th, 2013 05:39 am (UTC)
First of all, I'd like to say HOORAY FOR INTERNATIONAL!!! :D THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! <3

I am so fascinated with Greek Mythology so I can't wait for this. *_*

Okay here's my answer...

If I am faced with this tough situation, I would choose Athena's offer.
Though, with the goddesses' nature, there will always be a catch. And of course, those I didn't choose will get pissed and make my life a living hell.
But anyway, it would really be awesome to be a hero. To be admired, help other people, doing great things for the good of many and to be able to leave a mark in history knowing your life has been worth something. :)
Kari Wall
Jul. 5th, 2013 12:19 pm (UTC)
I choose...
Hera. I would go for the riches and kingdom over the hero and women. I wouldn't want to have to do anything as a hero, and I'm not into women. :) Thanks for the chance to win!
Jul. 5th, 2013 12:45 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't pick any i guess b/c 2 goddesses would be pissed off & i'd be screwed anyway BUT IF I HAD TO PICK ONE, I'd pick Athena's offer - save the world, save the people & all that stuff :) But maybe I'd consider Aphrodite's offer...
Anyway, thanks for the giveaway!! :D
Jul. 5th, 2013 01:42 pm (UTC)
That is actually a pretty mean question. But well, Paris didn't have it any better, did he?

All options do have their appeal, but seeing that I faired well without the most beautiful person in the world so far, Aphrodite would be the first who has to leave. (Besides, this would create too much stress anyway.)

So, Athena or Hera? Well, being a total kick-ass definitely would be a dream come true, but I kinda get the feeling I would die a horrible death at some point of time. Having a great destiny brings danger and even though I don't mind some of that, I very much like living, too.

So it's Hera, I guess. With riches and power you can actually DO things as well ... and I would be able to afford all the books and travels. :D (I'm a shallow person, I admit that.) And with Hera being Zeus' wife and mother of Ares, MAYBE she (or rather: they) can protect me from the other two's wrath. Hopefully. (Wait, with my new riches I might buy two new apples ... on the other hand, they wouldn't be too pleased with that solution as well, would they? Gah, deities!)
Jul. 5th, 2013 02:23 pm (UTC)
I'm not entering the contest because well I already have an ARC and you know my answer. ONE DIRECTION.

The history major in me is really proud of the History Lesson though.

Also, adorable new catson.
Jul. 5th, 2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
Firs off, I do love the names of your cats, and I'm really glad they're getting along well!

As for Paris' choice... Greeks gods and goddess are quite unreliable and prone to excess, but Athena has always been one of my fave goddesses, so even if her gift is not exactly what I'd love to get, I'd rather get on her good side!
Jul. 5th, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
Hmm...I'd probably choose Hera, because I'm most afraid of getting her mad.
Plus, I'm too lazy to be battling. I'd rather spend my time reading! ;)
Jul. 5th, 2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
I would probably choose Athena.
That way when the other Goddess' went all girl crazy, I would have a battle plan to save some people. And plus it would be cool to have a show about you like Hercules did. Kevin Sorbo. Enough said. Lol
Jul. 5th, 2013 10:36 pm (UTC)
Going With Athena
Um...I don't want to piss off a Goddess, but, I would have to choose Athena. Aphrodite promised a beautiful boy or girl, but didn't promise the love of that person, and even if she did, it wouldn't be real. And I have no desire for riches, or a kingdom. Neither interest me. However, a hero is a good person who has learned and made sacrifices, a person who has grown stronger from what they chose. Athena is also a really wise Goddess and one of my favorites.
All of these have consequences, but I'd with Athena. No question.
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