Blog Tour: Guest Post & Book Giveaway Aphrodite the Diva by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Today I am welcoming back Authors Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. They have teamed up to write The Goddess Girls Series, a fabulous series based on the Greek myths for children ages 8-12.

Guest Post: Author Book Picks

Joan & Suzanne: Kathy, thank you so much for having us at I Am A Reader Not A Writer to help celebrate the release of Goddess Girls #6:Aphrodite the Diva!

The Goddess Girls series puts a modern spin on classic Greek myths, following the ins and outs of divine social life at Mount Olympus Academy, where the most privileged godboys and goddessgirls in the Greek pantheon hone their mythical skills. Aladdin paperbacks (ages 8-12)
The scoop on Aphrodite the Diva: Isis claims she’s the goddess of love? Ha! But to keep the title all to herself, Aphrodite has to find the perfect match for Pygmalion, the most annoying boy ever. (August, 2011)
Joan: What’s in our personal libraries? I’ve always had a thing for mythology, so I have shelves of books on the subject. Since there are so many versions of the Greco-Roman myths, our editor at Aladdin, Suzanne, and I decided to pick a go-to resource for the Goddess Girls series. We chose Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. We also rely on many other books, including works by Michael Stapleton, Robert Graves, and Anthony Horowitz.
I also have a textbook about Greek mythology that my son used  in college. Other books in my library include favorite books by other authors, books about writing, travel guides, cookbooks, etc.

Suzanne: What books influenced us? I read lots of series books when I was young: Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Bobbsey Twins, Mary Poppins, Pippi Longstocking.  I read constantly!
Joan: Growing up, I read every girl-biography I could find in my school library. I read Dr. Seuss and funny books like Stuart Little before that. In early middle school, And like Suzanne, I also read the Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden series. I read Romeo and Juliet and Gone with the Wind. My bff and I knew parts of these books by heart.
Joan: Why write the Goddess Girls series? Because these are the kinds of books I wanted to read when I was a tween—fast-paced, funny books that deal with friendship drama, friend-loyalty, and school life, along with a light touch of romance and first crushes. (The thrill of that first glance across a crowded classroom.) I was starved for books in this genre back then, but didn’t find enough of them. The mythology aspect would have made the GG series even more up my alley as a reader. Now I get to write the books I wanted when I was a tween, which is pretty awesome.Suzanne: My reasons are mostly the same as Joan’s. I wasn’t as much into mythology as she was when we started, however. (Writing a mythology-based series was Joan’s idea. I’m just lucky she picked me as co-author.)
The series has made me a mythology enthusiast, and now I love looking at Greco-Roman sculpture and artifacts ten times more than before whenever I visit museums.

Joan & Suzanne: There are a total of twelve Goddess Girls books under contract. Aphrodite the Diva is number 6. Next up are: #7 Artemis the Loyal (the one with the epic python on the cover) and #8 Medusa the Mean. We hope readers enjoy reading these books as much as we enjoy writing them!

Aphrodite the Diva

In book 6, an exchange student from Egypt, Isis, is encroaching on Aphrodite’s match-making turf. Will she also edge Aphrodite out of her group of friends?

These classic myths from the Greek pantheon are given a modern twist that contemporary tweens can relate to, from dealing with bullies like Medusa to a first crush on an unlikely boy.

Goddess Girls follows four goddesses-in-training: Athena, Persephone, Aphrodite, and Artemis and their friends as they navigate the ins and outs of divine social life at Mount Olympus Academy, where the most privileged gods and goddesses of the Greek pantheon hone their mythical skills.

Goddess Girls Series:
Athena the Brain
Persephone the Phony
Aphrodite the Beauty
Artemis the Brave
Athena the Wise
Aphrodite the Diva
Six more titles coming!


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