Hi-Ya Everyone! I’m so glad you’re here for the first day of Spencer Hill Press’s STALKED BY DEATH Blog Tour in honor of the soon to be released (July 23rd) YA Paranormal novel STALKED BY DEATH by Kelly Hashway!!
Jodi knows that any slip-ups made by the Ophi–a special group of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac–will fall on her shoulders… and that Hades is just waiting for them to screw up so he can wipe out the Ophi line.
Unfortunately, Jodi has only convinced one Ophi to join her school: A hot guy named Chase who jeopardizes her relationship with Alex. Jodi loves Alex, but Chase can enhance her powers with just a touch—making her stronger than any Ophi has ever been.
Her mixed emotions send her powers surging out of control, and the dead start rising without her conscious summoning—exactly what Hades doesn’t want! If she chooses Alex over Chase, she may lose the battle to Hades, leading the Ophi race to extinction. If she chooses Chase, she might be able to stop Hades for good… but lose everything else.
Jodi needs to figure things out fast–because death is stalking her at every turn.
The Guest Post
Joining us in this leg of of tour is the wonderful Jodi Marshall, yes THE Jodi (from the Touch of Death series). After much nudging and eventual help from her biographer, Kelly Hashway, I was able to get her to pen some words of wisdom for all you buttkicking girls out there.
Jodi Marshall on Being an Ophi and Advice to Other Teen Girls Who Have to Save the World
That was a mouthful, wasn’t it? Well, that’s because being an Ophi and having to save my own kind from perishing at the hands of Hades feels like more than a mouthful on a daily basis. I know a lot of people—especially some Ophi I know (Chase, I’m looking at you)—think having power is nothing short of awesome, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Not to quote from Spiderman, but with power comes responsibility. Who wants to be the girl who has to answer to Hades? Not me, and I volunteered for the job.
Yes, I can do incredible things like bring people back to life and even get to see my dead father again. But in the end, I’m deadly. I’m dangerous to be around. And that part just plain sucks. So if I’ve learned one thing from my experience being an Ophi, it’s that there’s good and evil in everything. (Unless you’re Hades, because he’s just evil. Hot, but evil.) Even the hero or heroine of every story has evil inside him/herself. And let’s face it; sometimes being evil is the easier option. But when you have people depending on you, easy can’t be part of the equation.
So my advice to any girl who finds herself in a position where she has to save the world is to find the good inside yourself and hold on to that. Because it’s easy to lose yourself in your power, and if you let that happen, there’ll be no “you” left. And then who will save the world?
So there you have it folks, advice from one of my favorite Ophi…take heed 🙂
My review of STALKED BY DEATH is to come later this week. If you haven’t read the first book and still need further encouragement, read my review of TOUCH OF DEATH AND check out my interview from earlier this year with the author, Kelly Hashway!
What kind of advice would your characters give?