Thursday, 27 February 2014

Blog Tour: Return of the Goddess by Maria Hammarblad

I received a copy of Return of the Goddess, book  of the Goddess's Saga, in exchange for my review.

Having saved the world, Stephen has woken up on a desert planet with very little idea of how he got there, and even worse his girlfriend, and Goddess, Maria is unconscious with no signs of reviving any time soon. Learning to cope on the desolate planet, Stephen makes some decisions that he's not proud of, and things don't get any easier when Maria finally wakes up, particularly because she now has to cope with the absence of her powers, and has to live her life purely as a human.

I have one major question at the end of Return of the Goddess, and that is simply, is there going to be more! I really hope so, the story and the characters have really drawn me in, there were definitely some edge of the seat moments and there are some things that I want to know the answer to!

Number one being what is happening to Stephen. Its mentioned by more than one character that he hasn't really been ageing over the past 15 years, but also it seemed to me that his strength was actually increasing, and his temper was becoming quicker to arouse, something that reminded me a bit of Frank in the previous books. So my theory is that Stephen might be becoming some sort of God, whether because of his relationship with Maria, or because he is becoming a hero. I may be completely wrong but I still want to know!

Whereas in the previous two books Maria had one or two things that made her a more accessible character, this one had far more, simply because she was human, and had human problems to deal with. One major difference there was that she was vulnerable, not just emotionally, but physically as well.

It was also particularly clear the amount that Stephen has grown since the first book, particularly because of his reaction to Marsha. Its understandable though, he has been in a relationship with a Goddess for 15 years after all, but it worked well.

I've found yet another series that has drawn me well and truly in, well worth checking out, particularly if you like romance mixed into your science fiction.

Touch of the Goddess
The Goddess's Saga
Book One
Maria Hammarblad

Book Description:

Drinking and flying is a bad combination. Stephan Forks learns this the hard way when he rams another ship in spite of the vastness of space. A moment later, a strange woman stands on his bridge, looking around with a frown. She's clearly a figment of his imagination. Nothing in his colorful past of smuggling and smaller crimes prepared him for people appearing out of nowhere.

Maria Callaway has carried more names and appearances than she can keep track of, and she's bored beyond belief. When she runs into Stephan, he seems to be an amusing pastime. He's interesting, disorganized, pursued by pirates, and handsome. A little too handsome, actually. Maybe she should leave?

Neither of them can foresee the chain of events set in action from their meeting. Adventure and danger go hand in hand during the upcoming days, and the collision resonates not only through their own lives, but changes the destiny of the world as they know it.

Wrath of the Goddess
The Goddess's Saga
Book Two
Maria Hammarblad

Book Description:

When genetically engineered Stephan Forks and demigoddess Maria Callaway attempt to settle down on a rural world, the result isn't entirely positive for the locals. Despite good intentions, the two wreck havoc with everything they do.

Their friend Leila offers them to tag along for a job, and leaving the planet seems like a good idea. An adventure could be fun, and how hard can it be to rescue a stranded artificial intelligence?

The journey turns out to be more than they bargained for, and Maria finds herself lone protector of the universe. Deprived of her friends and family she only has Stephan to lean on, and her human companion might not be up for the challenge.

In the midst of battle and chaos, their destiny awaits.

Return of the Goddess
The Goddess's Saga
Book Three
Maria Hammarblad

Stephan Forks should be dead. When he opens his eyes to an endless desert, he suspects he might have ended up in hell. It doesn't seem fair after staving off a threat that could have eradicated the universe, but life isn't fair.

His girlfriend, demigoddess Maria Callaway, is blissfully unconscious and shows no signs of waking up. At least she's there, and her presence indicates he might be alive after all.

The situation is desperate, and does not get better from discovering they're trapped on a world outside the regular universe. A world lacking the basic means of survival, but rich in heat and sand, battered by a relentless sun. Saving himself and Maria will require him to face impossible odds as well as ghosts from the past.

Author Bio:

Born in Sweden in the early 1970's, Maria showed a large interest for books at an early age. Even before she was able to read or write, she made her mom staple papers together into booklets she filled with drawings of suns and planets. She proudly declared them, "The Sun Book." They were all about the sun. She also claimed, to her mother's horror, that her being on Earth was a big mistake and that her alien family would come and bring her home at any moment. This never happened, but both the interest in space and the passion for bookmaking stayed with her.

As an adult Maria's creativity got an outlet through playing bass in a number of rock bands, and through writing technical manuals and making web pages for various companies and organizations. She did write drafts for a few novels, but the storytelling muse was mostly satisfied through role playing online on Myspace. It was here, while writing stories together with people from around the globe, she stumbled onto Mike. They started talking out of character, and she moved over to Florida to him late 2008. Today the two are married and live in the Tampa Bay area with three rescue dogs.

Besides writing and playing bass, Maria enjoys driving off-road, archery, and Tameshigiri.

Fun Facts

Favorite color:             Blue
Favorite food:             Chicken with cashew nuts
Doesn't eat:                 Mammals
Favorite TV Show:     Star Trek TNG and Leverage
Favorite animal:          Border Collie
Quotes:                        "Full Speed Ahead" and "Caffeine is good for you"

Find Maria on the web
Twitter:                       @mariahammarblad

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