Monday, April 17, 2017

NEW + REVIEW: Paper Fools by Staci Hart


In the game of love, she never loses.

Paper Fools by Staci Hart is now LIVE!!


Shel: At this point, I'm fairly certain Staci Hart can write anything and even if it's not in a 'world' I'm familiar with or used to, I know I'll read it because I know she's going to entertain me. Paper Fools is definitely inhabiting a world I'm only slightly familiar with and so of course I was both curious and anxious to see if it would be a good fit for me. As you can see from the synopsis, this novel inhabits both the modern world and the world of the Greek gods and goddesses: 

Aphrodite knows love — just don’t ask her to figure out her own mess. 

Rather than deal with her sticky love life, she toys with the hearts of unwitting humans. It’s a little game she plays, and the stakes are high. Lucky for her, she’s just found the perfect match.

Lex is everything Dean needs, but he can’t have her.

Court: Very curious and intrigued here as well, and like she said...we have confidence going in being attuned to Staci's releases for a good while now that we can pick it up and find something to enjoy. What is a surprise though is that this type of book isn't first hand the immediate one Shel would pick up - as she said by being anxious - but our favorite authors really give us a reason to pick up the unknown! So! Even if you're new to Staci you already have numerous reasons here why you should go ahead and give this one a chance.

Shel: What this synopsis doesn't tell you (but maybe you've figured out because you're smarter than me) is that this novel is really like reading two novels in one. You have an entire storyline that involves Aphrodite and her complicated love life and friends/enemies annnnnd you have a storyline that involves the mortals: Lex and Dean. What I find interesting is that I felt more emotionally invested in Aphrodite's story which I wouldn't have guessed going into the reading. I think I naturally assumed that I'd gravitate more to Lex and Dean because they resemble characters I'm more familiar with; obviously I assumed wrong. Wondering how Aphrodite would play the game and what decisions she'd make along with getting to know her better gave this mash up of fantasy and reality something different. And yes, of course, I wanted to know how things would end up with Lex and Dean but I guess I was so confident in Aphrodite that I never worried too hard about how they'd end up working out. Court: And just the face that we all think we *know* all of the lore that is already out there about is fun to delve into Staci's take on it and get something new about the goddess of Love. She is a fickle one, for sure, because darn those emotions that aren't quite so easy to figure out. So, I love the idea that she has trouble figuring out how things will turn out for herself. I like that Aphrodite is playing a little game, because history has shown us that this always turns out perfectly as planned right???

Shel: Another thing that this synopsis wouldn't show you is how much research and imagination must have gone into creating the personalities and stories of the gods and goddesses. I can't fathom how Staci Hart did this but she did, and she made it seem effortless. Armed with the stories of these fantastical beings, she filled in gaps and created dialogue that was interesting and fun and, well, just worked. Court: This is goodness, but what is also goodness is that I'm sure this one was pretty good on it's own - but Staci Hart has now re-proofed it, re-worked it and given something expanded and new based on her newfound experience since she originally wrote it. I find that really awesome, and love that she had that fore site that maybe she would've went back and changed something here and there and used her writing development to make it even better than it was before (still holding out that it was pretty darn good, before but I might be biased).

Shel: Knowing that this is just the first book in this reworked series has my mind working and wondering what will happen next. If you're a Staci Hart fan, or new to her work, I really think you'll find this to be quite an entertaining read. Court: I sometimes get nervous about the (#1 in a series) bit, but like Shel said...we are intrigued, this is an entertaining and engrossing story - and we can't wait to find out what will happen next! 


Title: Paper Fools

Author: Staci Hart

Cover Designer: Quirkybird Designs

Photographer: Lauren Watson Perry

Aphrodite knows love — just don’t ask her to figure out her own mess.
Rather than deal with her sticky love life, she toys with the hearts of unwitting humans. It’s a little game she plays, and the stakes are high. Lucky for her, she’s just found the perfect match.
Lex is everything Dean needs, but he can’t have her.
It doesn’t matter that her eyes speak to a long forgotten part of him, or that her art and poetry touch his shredded heart. She’s off limits — crossing that line would implode his band and everything he’s ever cared about. There’s only one option: stay away from her, no matter the cost. Even if the price is his heart.
Dean is everything Lex wants, but she can’t take the risk.
The second she meets him, she knows her heart is in danger. She’s convinced it’s only attraction that has her hung up on the dark, quiet lead singer, but with every day that passes, she knows it’s more. It’s just that she can’t put her heart on the line. She won’t — love has never been worth the sacrifice.
If only they knew they were just pawns in a much bigger game. And in the game of love, Aphrodite never loses.
*Formerly titled Deer in Headlights, Paper Fools has been rewritten and reedited just for you.*

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About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics. IMG_8015

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