Monday, June 17, 2013

Tour Stop | Terpsichore In Love by John Tucker

 Book Title: Bemused and Bedeviled: Terpsichore In Love
Author: John Tucker
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Genre: Supernatural Romance/Comedy
Publisher: GMTA Publishing, LLC
Presented by: As You Wish Tours 


The nine traditional Greek Muses, who are now living on Earth, find their everyday lives disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious mortal who is developing powers beyond human capabilities. After Dan Gordon falls in love with Terpischore, he finds himself in the midst of a power struggle between the forces of Heaven and the denizens of Hades – with the winner claiming his heart and soul.

Bemused and Bedeviled takes you into the drama-filled lives of the nine sisters, headed up by the impetuous Terpischore, oversexed Melpomene, irascible Calliope, and the impossibly cheerful Euterpe. On the dark side, Lucifer and his three Sirens – the level-headed Calypso, wrathful Celestia, and the effervescent Chanteuse – deal with their own darker issues. The representatives of good and evil vie for Dan’s loyalty and allegiance, despite family issues that threaten to rip the very fabric of the universe apart.


Father (God) is having a chess game with Lucifer.

Father intently stares at the chessboard while stroking his long salt and pepper beard. Lucifer impatiently drums his fingers on the table, twists in his chair, and shared a look of despair with Daemon. Lucifer groaned before turning back to Father 
Big Guy, it’s your move; any millennium now.”

Father grunted irritably. “I may have created everything in seven days, but when it comes to our chess games, I take my time – Satan.”

Lucifer rolled his violet eyes and scowled at a chuckling Michael. “Creator, I know you slapped that vicious nickname on me right after my callous exile from Heaven, but don’t you think it’s about time to start calling me –”

I could think of a lot of nicknames for you, Satan,” Father interrupted. He moved a chess piece into position and triumphantly looked up to see Lucifer staring at his nails and ignoring the move. “Most of them start with the letter A.”

Daemon,” Lucifer yawned. “When is my appointment with Boopsie?”

The nail technician in SoHo has you down for three, Sir. Should I cancel it?” He pursed his lips and glared at Father. “You’ve already missed your spa massage.”

Lucifer sighed. “I know, Sweetheart. Keep me abreast of the time. This game is going so eternally slow, I may have to….” He smacked his head and chuckled. “Actually, wait just a second.” Without looking, he moved a rook down the chessboard. “Check.”

For the love of Me,” Father growled while he fingered his king. “Excellent move, Satan, I don’t see how I missed that.”

It seems like you’re unusually distracted.” Lucifer nudged Daemon. “I sincerely hope you’re not having…troubles in paradise.”

Funny you should say that.” Father gave Daemon a sour sneer, offered Lucifer a suspicious glance, and studied the board again. “One of my Muses is canoodling with a human again. It’s only been a few hundred years since the last relationship happened.” He looked up and grinned. “That was Euterpe’s beau.”

Lucifer chuckled. “Yes, the poor mortal who had not one, not two, but three fiery lightning bolts leveled at…impudent behind.”

Father laughed, “Got smote.”

So, which one of your lovely Muses is it this time, Creator?” Lucifer blew Daemon a kiss. “Oooh, let me guess – Clio or Urania, or perhaps Melpomene?”

He snorted, “I wouldn’t put it past Melpomene. She’s such a hot mess she should’ve been a Siren.” He shook his head and groaned. “No, it’s Terpischore.”

Oh, my evilness, and she’s your perfect princess.” Lucifer sat back in his chair and rubbed his hands together. “That’s got to be putting a very large bur in your toga.”

Michael grasped the handle of his sword before Father squeezed his forearm and shook his head. Lucifer reached out and swatted Daemon’s butt.

I’m not worried about her,” Father replied. “Their forbidden affair has only lasted for a few seconds – maybe minutes.” He moved a bishop. “Regardless, I’ll wait to see how it plays out, but until then,” he snickered, “check.”

Lucifer picked a stray thread off his suit and hissed, “I don’t see why you insist on playing this boring game, eon after eon. Perhaps it’s time to start playing Pictionary,” he smiled, “or maybe Words with Friends.”

Father sat back and folded his arms. “Like my good buddy Steven Tyler says, Dream on, Satan.”

How he’s headed to your side of the cosmos, I’ll never know.” Lucifer shrugged and slid his finger down Daemon’s thigh. “Where did I fail with the rock god, Sweetheart? It’s killing me inside.”

John. D. Tucker is a longtime Georgia native who began writing at the age of forty-three. He has self-published three novels: Divisive – a psychological crime thriller, The Little Girl You Kiss Goodnight – a young adult mystery, and Romancing the Fox – a contemporary romance/drama. He seems to be becoming a jack of all genres with his first novel under the GMTA banner – Terpischore in Love (Bemused and Bedeviled Book One) a romantic comedy filled with mythological characters interacting with contemporary mortals.


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