Death, Doom and Detention Blog Tour

Posted March 12, 2013 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Author Override, Featured Authors / 22 Comments

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Hi everyone! I’m Brooklyn, Lorelei’s BFF, and I love to read horoscopes. Okay, I don’t believe they are right 100% of the time, but they are eerily accurate, don’t you think? And I like to keep my friends abreast of the what their futures hold in store for them, especially Lorelei. You never know what the day has in store for you!

 

So I thought I would help everyone get started and play a game at the same time. Below are the zodiac signs. Match each sign to each of the different characters in our stories. When you think you have them matched up, Click below to for the link to check your matches with the correct answers. You might be surprised! I wonder which sign would be perfect for Darynda Jones.

Let us know which sign you pick for each of the characters!

 

Aries-DDD-H10Aries – The Ram

Best Trait: Courage
Birthday: Mar 21 – Apr 19
Symbol: The Ram
Element: Fire
Group: Emotional
Favorable Color: Red
Lucky Gems: Diamond, Bloodstone

Characteristics and Traits of Aries

Strengths:
Courage, determination, self-confidence, enthusiasm.

Weaknesses:
Impatience, silly arguments, allowing fear to limit choices.

Charismatic marks:
Athletic body, youthful attitude, a need to take the lead.

Likes:
Comfortable clothes, taking the lead, physical challenges, individual sports.

Dislikes:
Inactivity, delays, work that doesn’t use one’s talents.

Best environment:
Any situation that requires action, courage in the face of fear, competition, and freedom of choice. Aries individuals are better outside being active than staying close to home.

Taurus-DDD-H3Taurus – The Bull

Best Trait: Dependability
Birthday: Apr 20 – May 20
Symbol: The Bull
Element: Earth
Group: Emotional
Favorable Color: Blue, Pink, Green
Lucky Gems: Emerald, Sapphire

Characteristics and Traits of Taurus

Strengths:
Dependable, patient, musical, practical.

Weaknesses:
Stubborn, uncompromising, possessive.

Charismatic marks:
Solid, big bones, tendency to gain weight.

Likes:
Gardening, cooking, working with hands, music, romance, high-quality clothing.

Dislikes:
Sudden changes, complications, insecurity of any kind, synthetic fabrics.

Best environment:
A secluded home close to nature. Good food is also important. Beauty and comfort are a must.

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Gemini – Twins

Best Trait: Responsiveness
Birthday: May 21 – Jun 20
Symbol: The Twins
Element: Air
Group: Emotional
Favorable Color: Yellow, Green
Chinese Zodiac: Horse

Characteristics and Traits of Gemini

Strengths:
Curiosity, ability to share ideas, adaptable, affectionate, kind.

Weaknesses:
Scattering energy in too many places at once, fickle in love, nervous, short attention span.

Charismatic marks:
Expressive eyes, quick, bright, often small-boned, refined features.

Likes:
Music, magazines, books, music, blogs, chats with nearly anyone, short trips around town.

Dislikes:
Repetition and routine, being alone, being confined.

Best environment:
Any busy neighborhood, places where people gather to gossip, bookstores, museums.

Cancer-DDD-H1Cancer – The Crab

Best Trait: Loyalty
Birthday: Jun 21 – Jul 22
Element: Water
Group: Emotional
Favorable Color: White, Silver, Green
Lucky Gems: Pearl, Emerald

Characteristics and Traits of Cancer

Strengths:
Compassion, emotional sensitivity, fierce protection of loved ones, tenacity.

Weaknesses:
Manipulative, indirect conflict, clinging to the past, insecure, packrat.

Charismatic marks:
Medium build, round face, prominent breasts, a tendency to take charge.

Likes:
Relaxing near or in water, art, home-based hobbies, a good meal with friends, helping loved ones.

Dislikes:
Strangers, revealing of personal life, any criticism of Mom.

Best environment:
Cancer will always be most comfortable at home, close to family, familiar things, and dear friends.

Leo-DDD-H6Leo – The Lion

Best Trait: Exuberance
Birthday: Jul 23 – Aug 22
Symbol: The Lion
Element: Fire
Group: Intellectual
Favorable Color: Gold, Orange, Red
Lucky Gems: Ruby, Onyx

Characteristics and Traits of Leo

Strengths:
Warmth, humor, pride, joy, creativity, passion, generosity.

Weaknesses:
Arrogance, stubbornness, inflexibility, self-centeredness, laziness.

Charismatic marks:
Regal manner, powerful, strong, muscular.

Likes:
The theater, being admired, taking holidays, fun with friends, expensive things, bright colors.

Dislikes:
Being ignored, facing difficult reality, not being king or queen.

Best environment:
In the sun! Also any place where Leo has a chance to be creative or shine in front of others.

Virgo-DDD-H7Virgo – The Virgin

Best Trait: Discrimination
Birthday: Aug 23 – Sep 22
Symbol: The Virgin
Element: Earth
Group: Intellectual
Favorable Color: Green, Dark-Brown, Violet
Lucky Gems: Sardonyx, Carnelian

Characteristics and Traits of Virgo

 

Strengths:
Practical, loyal, hardworking, analytical, kind.

Weaknesses:
Worry, shyness, overly critical of self and others, all work and no play.

Charismatic marks:
A certain, reserved manner marks the classic Virgo. Virgos are generally medium to slight in build.

Likes:
Cleanliness, animals, healthy foods, books, nature.

Dislikes:
Taking center stage, rudeness, asking for help.

Best environment:
Virgo is most at home in the company of animals and close to nature. Virgo likes power and enjoys being the sidekick or indispensable assistant.

Libra-DDD-H8Libra – The Scales

Best Trait: Charm
Birthday: Sep 23 – Oct 22
Symbol: The Scales
Element: Air
Group: Intellectual
Favorable Color: Blue, Yellow
Lucky Gems: Sapphire, Peridot

Characteristics and Traits of Libra

 

Strengths:
Social, fair-minded, cooperative, diplomatic, gracious.

Weaknesses:
Indecisive, will carry a grudge, avoids confrontations, self-pity.

Charismatic marks:
Attractive, graceful, medium build, no sharp features.

Likes:
Harmony, sharing with others, gentleness, the outdoors.

Dislikes:
Injustice, violence, conformity, and loudmouths.

Best environment:
Any place that is beautiful where the company is harmonious. Very social and happiest doing things in the company of another.

Scorpio-DDD-H2Scorpio – The Scorpion

Best Trait: Idealism
Birthday: Oct 23 – Nov 21
Symbol: The Scorpion
Element: Water
Group: Intellectual
Favorable Color: Red, Crimson, Maroon, Black
Lucky Gems: Opal, Beryl

Characteristics and Traits of Scorpio

 

Strengths:
Passionate, stubborn, resourceful, brave, a true friend.

Weaknesses:
Jealous, distrusting, secretive, violent, caustic.

Charismatic marks:
An intense look in the eyes, muscular.

Likes:
Truth, facts, being right, teasing, longtime friends, a grand passion, a worthy adversary.

Dislikes:
Dishonesty, passive people, revealing secrets.

Best environment:
Dark, sensuous places, any situation that offers power or rouses strong feelings

Sagittarius-DDD-H9Sagittarius – The Archer

Best Trait: Optimism
Birthday: Nov 22 – Dec 21
Element: Fire
Group: Theoretical
Favorable Color: Purple, Violet, Lavender
Lucky Gems: Topaz, Pearl

Characteristics and Traits of Sagittarius

 

Strengths:
Great sense of humor, idealistic, generous.

Weaknesses:
Will say anything no matter how undiplomatic, promises more than can deliver, can be impatient to the point of rudeness.

Charismatic marks:
Open and interested. Generally tall, strong legs. Clothes for comfort, not style. Women act in a “tomboy” manner.

Likes:
Travel, being outdoors, freedom, philosophy.

Dislikes:
Details, being constrained, off-the-wall theories, clingy people.

Best environment:
Outside, on the move.

Capricorn-DDD-H4Capricorn – The Goat

Best Trait: Self-Mastery
Birthday: Dec 22 – Jan 19
Symbol: The Goat
Element: Earth
Group: Theoretical
Favorable Color: Brown, Black, Grey, Green
Lucky Gems: Onyx, Ruby

Characteristics and Traits of Capricorn

 

Strengths:
Responsible, good managers, disciplined, self-control, dark sense of humor.

Weaknesses:
Know-it-all, unforgiving, condescending, expecting the worst.

Charismatic marks:
Medium build, can get in shape with effort but tends to be a bit soft.

Likes:
Family, tradition, quality craftsmanship, understated status, music.

Dislikes:
Almost everything at some point.

Best environment:
Positive work situation, urban environments with culture and style, anyplace to be in charge.

Aquarius-DDD-H11Aquarius – The Water Carrier

Best Trait: Friendliness
Birthday: Jan 20 – Feb 18
Symbol: The Water Carrier
Element: Air
Group: Theoretical
Favorable Color: Turquoise, Royal, Azure, Sky-Blue
Lucky Gems: Turquoise, Garnet

Characteristics and Traits of Aquarius

 

Strengths:
Progressive, original, humanitarian, independent.

Weaknesses:
Runs from emotional expression, uncompromising, temperamental, aloof.

Charismatic marks:
Good looks, beautiful eyes, angular faces, thin build.

Likes:
Fun with friends, fighting for causes, helping others, intellectual conversation, a good listener.

Dislikes:
Limitations, being lonely, broken promises, dull or boring situations, people who disagree with them.

Best environment:
Any gathering of people to exchange ideas

Pisces-DDD-H12Pisces – The Fish

Best Trait: Compassion
Birthday: Feb 19 – Mar 20
Symbol: The Fish
Element: Water
Group: Theoretical
Favorable Color: Green, Aqua
Lucky Gems: Moon-Stone, Amethyst

Characteristics and Traits of Pisces

 

Strengths:
Intuitive, compassionate, artistic, gentle, wise, musical.

Weaknesses:
Can be a victim or martyr, fearful, overly trusting, sad, desire to escape reality.

Charismatic marks:
Soft, sometimes frail to medium build. Face easily shows emotion.

Likes:
Spiritual themes, time alone, visual media, time to sleep, romance, music, swimming.

Dislikes:
Know-it-alls, the past coming back to haunt, being criticized, cruelty of any kind.

Best environment:
On or near water, especially the sea. The movie theater.

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Zodiac Sign

1.  Jared  Unknown; Created before the earth and the stars
2.  Lorelei  Virgo-DDD-H7
3.  Brooklyn  Gemeni-DDD-H5
4. Glitch  Cancer-DDD-H1
5. Cameron  Scorpio-DDD-H2
6.  Tabitha  Capricorn-DDD-H4
7.  Ashlee  Libra-DDD-H8
8.  Sydnee  Libra-DDD-H8
9.  Amber Aquarius-DDD-H11
10. (Just for fun!) Darynda Jones Leo-DDD-H6

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The normal part of Lorelei MacAlister’s life didn’t just slip away quietly the day Jared Kovach came to town. Nope. The normal part of her life shattered. It exploded. It burst into a gazillion shards of fleeting light.

It went out with a bang.

Goodbye normal.

Hello dark and eerie.

While her best friend, Brooklyn, is focusing all of her energy on helping Lorelei hone her abilities, Lorelei is dealing with the reality that Satan’s second in command has taken up residence inside her body. Oh, and the fact that she has a crush on the Angel of Death. But what a beautiful death it is. If those weren’t bad enough, something sinister has come to town and it wants nothing more than to hear Lorelei’s dying breath as it strangles it out of her. Thank goodness the gang has a supernatural champion. But what happens when the only being who can save them switches sides midstream? How can a group of misfits capture one of the most powerful beings ever created? And will they find out how to bring Jared back to them before it’s too late?

Excerpt:

DEATH, DOOM AND DETENTION

Chapter One
FUZZY EDGES

“Is this class ever going to end?”

My best friend, Brooklyn, draped her upper body across her desk in a dramatic reenactment of Desdemona’s death in Othello.  She buried her face in a tangle of arms and long black hair for
effect. It was quite moving. And while I appreciated her freedom to express her misgivings about the most boring class since multi-celled organisms first crawled onto dry land, I wondered
about her timing.

“Miss Prather,” our Government teacher, Mr. Gonzales, said, his voice like a sharp crack in the silence of study time.

Brooklyn jerked upright in surprise. She glanced around as our classmates snickered, either politely into their hands or more rudely outright.

“Is there something you’d like to share with the class?”

She turned toward Mr. Gonzales and asked, “Did I say that out loud?”

The class erupted in laughter as Mr. G’s mouth formed a long narrow line across his face. As though a miracle from heaven, the bell rang and Brooklyn couldn’t scramble out of her seat fast
enough. She practically sprinted from the room. I followed at a slower pace, smiling meekly as I walked past Mr. G’s desk. Brooklyn stood waiting for me in the hall, her face still frozen in surprise.

“That was funny,” I said, tugging her alongside me. She fell in line as we wound through the crush of students, fighting our way to PE. I wasn’t sure why. I didn’t particularly enjoy having my many faults and numerous shortcomings put on display for all to see, so why I would fight to get there was beyond me.

“No, really.” She tucked an arm through mine. “I didn’t mean to say that out loud.”

I couldn’t help but smile despite the weight on my chest, a weight that seemed to be endless. “Which is why that was funny.” I did that a lot lately. Smiled. It was easier than explaining why I wasn’t.

“You don’t get it,” she said. “This is exactly what I’ve been talking about. Everything is weird ever since . . . you know.”

I did know. Ever since Jared Kovach came to town. Ever since he’d saved my life after a huge green delivery truck slammed into me. Ever since we’d found out he was the Angel of Death and he had been sent not to save my life but to take it.  To tweak the timing. To take me sooner than nature— or a huge green delivery truck— had intended.

And ever since I found out I’d been possessed by a demon when I was six years old.

Still, that wasn’t the worst part of that day all those years ago.  The worst part was the fact that my parents were gone. Vanished in a whirlwind when some guy— we still had no idea who— opened the gates of hell. And I’d led them straight to it. The fact that a demon—Malak-Tuke, to be exact, Lucifer’s second in command— escaped from his fiery pit and decided to crash at my
place was just the icing on the cake. But I didn’t know any of this until two months ago.

I’d been living with my grandparents since the disappearance, but my semi- normal existence changed forever when I was knocked into the street by a skateboarder and hit by that truck.
That near- death experience taught me a valuable lesson: Never get hit by a huge green delivery truck if I can help it. But if I hadn’t, if my life hadn’t almost ended that day, then Jared Kovach would not have been sent. And oddly enough, Jared Kovach was definitely worth the risk.

The events that followed were both terrifying and life changing.  I learned that there really was a heaven and a hell. That there really were angels and demons. That I was a prophet, the last prophet in a long line of incredible women, descended from a powerful woman named Arabeth. And I’d learned that I had a demon inside me, that I’d had him inside me for years.

Even Jared had never seen anything like it. Most people possessed by evil spirits were lucky to survive. People possessed by demons— a rarity, from what I’d been told— never survived more
than a month. Ever. And yet here I stood. As possessed as a girl with a demon inside her could be.

And, yes, things had been weird.

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About the Author:

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.

 

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What a fun game! Love everything about DD&D and am so looking forward to Death And The Girl He Loves!

Angela Williams
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Angela Williams

Fun & interesting game! Reading DD&D right now & loving it so far!

Darynda
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Thanks for having Brooklyn on today! This was fun!

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Carey S.

Loved the game and I love YA for the stories!

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Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

So much fun!!! Loved DD&D!

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Lisa Richards

lOVE SEEING HOW THE CHARACTERS GROW AND MATURE IN ya BOOKS

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Amber H

There fast fun reads. I love getting lost into their worlds.

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Thanks for sharing! Congrats to Darynda on the new release! I love YA b/c there have been some awesome books coming out lately. They are so unique and original and it seems like the authors are reinventing the wheel each time 🙂

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not sure….maybe it’s that they still have thei whole lives ahead of them

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I love everything about YA books!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Timitra
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Timitra

I love how angsty YA books are!

Allison W
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Allison W

They are just kinda fun, teenage drama and all!

Lori Meehan
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Lori Meehan

I’ve not read that many YA books. Twilight series and Harry Potter series.
The book does look interesting.

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Maria D.

I read YA books for a variety of reasons – checking out reading material for my nieces and nephews, keeping up with what’s current and sometimes the book just interests me on its own.

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Meghan Stith

I love that they are easy to read and are about an important time in our lives.

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trish dechant

LOL–great game! I got Brooklyn right–the rest, I missed. Man, I sooooo could see Lorelei being a Cancer and Glitch as a Taurus….
But for sure—Darynda is a LEO—> Warmth, humor, pride, joy, creativity, passion, generosity.

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Kelly Powell

I love YA for the stories!!!

Heather @ Red Headed Bookworm
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Heather @ Red Headed Bookworm

Great post! I noticed none of them were Aries.:( What’s wrong with us? LOL

Misty S.
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Misty S.

🙂 That was fun and I loved finding out about everyone’s sign! Thanks for sharing!

tiffany
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I loved everyone’s sign I would agree with they match very well!! I loved this book and can’t wait for they next!!!

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Appreciate you sharing, great blog.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged.