Hello and welcome to Reader Girls. We host the Silent Echoes Blog Tour presented by J. Taylor Publishing today. This tour is different from other tours we've hosted. Author Aimee Laine is playing actual games at each tour stop. Game playing is a prevalent theme in Silent Echoes. We'll let the author explain. Our review will up later today.
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 used to mess with we puny humans.
So, to have a little fun as Silent Echoes releases this month, my host here at Reader Girls Blog has challenged me to create a Game of Zeus out of Backgammon!
How could Zeus use Backgammon upon two unsuspecting humans? How could he manipulate a seemingly innocuous game into a maniacal, devious relationship conflict? Oh, let me count the ways ... or rather, let me show you.
Before we get to the ultimate Backgammon 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.
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.
And now ...
The objective of this game is to clear the board. The first player who’s done that wins. For a couple in love, what will they have to clear? What hurdles will they have to eliminate? What obstacles might be there that they have to move left and right, forward and backward to get to the goal?
In reality, aren’t there always obstacles to a relationship?
In Backgammon, the players have the same type of game piece, right? A checkers-like piece in fact. The pieces almost dance around each other, one player vying to get by the other until they can remove their piece from the board. And repeat. And repeat. Until all are gone.
In a relationship, what if he (and she!) has had a string of relationships and every time these two get together, another member of ‘relationships past’ appears to break into/interrupt or force the new relationship to work through issues from the past.
It’s not unheard of, is it? In fact, this may not even need to be Zeus inspired. So what would Zeus do? Oh he’d make sure, there’s no way to get around these old relationships. That every time these two people get together, bad past experiences will pop up. Every time. Every every every time.
You see? Zeus takes the simple and multiplies it until it seems like there’s no way to get around it. Now you might say, ‘surely these people won’t have THAT many past relationships.’ Maybe not. But in a Zeus story ... they would and/or every past person (romantic or not) will be an interruption. Every last one of them. And you know, from the moment of birth, that you’ve interacted with thousands of people.
How long do you think it’ll take to get through all of those to finally marry The One?
And there you have it. What do you think? Is Backgammon a possible Game of Zeus?
About the author:
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.