Howdy, howdy, howdy, and welcome to my stop on the Silent Echoes Blog Tour. I Luuurved Silent Echose–it’s a great addition to this series (and Tripp Fox in Hide & Seek is one of my top book boyfriends so he was a lot to live up to). And today, I have a real treat for you, because I’m handing over my blog to Aimee Laine for a special Games of Zeus post.
Aimee, it’s all yours.
Silent Echoes is a “Games of Zeus” novel but it’s not a traditional mythological conundrum. No, as the author, I’ve taken quite the liberties in creating a situation Zeus could have use to mess with we puny humans.
So, to have a little fun as Silent Echoes releases this month, my host here at J.A. Belfield’s blog has challenged me to create a Game of Zeus out of What’s the time, Mr Wolf!
How could Zeus use What’s the time, Mr Wolf upon two unsuspecting humans? How could he manipulate a seemingly inocuous game into a maniacal, devious relationship conflict? Oh, let me count the ways … or rather, let me show you.
What’s the time, Mr Wolf?
“One player is chosen to be Mr Wolf. Mr Wolf stands at the opposite end of the playing field from the other players, facing away from them. A call-and-response then takes place: all players except for Mr Wolf chant in unison “What’s the time, Mr Wolf?”, and Mr Wolf will answer in one of the two ways:
1) Mr Wolf may call a clock time (e.g., “3 o’clock”). The other players will then take that many steps out loud as they go (“One, two, three”). Then they ask the question again.
- Mr Wolf may call “Dinner Time!” Then Mr Wolf will turn and chase the other players back to their starting point. If Mr Wolf successfully tags a player, that player becomes the new Mr Wolf for the next round.”
Before we get to the ultimate What’s the time, Mr Wolf? romance … let me tell you a little about Silent Echoes.
For years, Ian Sands has enjoyed his life as a bachelor, taking advantage of singlehood and exploring his own definition of passion—whoever she may be. Blonde. Brunette. Tall. Short. Hot. Not. Five months ago, all that changed.
Ian’s been celibate, frustrated and desperately seeking answers to why one woman, who doesn’t play by girls’ rules, haunts his every waking moment.
As a renovations specialist, Taylor Marsh lives, works and breathes construction—a profession her southern belle of a mother would rather Taylor not touch. The same goes for Ian; Mama Marsh would never approve of him.
Like Ian, though, each time he and Taylor draw near, something compels her to get closer.
Something else tells her to run away.
As much as their histories suggest they shouldn’t be together, neither Taylor nor Ian can deny the pull, and the two succumb, indulging in a relationship that brings pleasure to body, mind and soul.
Doing so, though, also ushers in a series of events both should have foreseen as well as one final outcome neither expected.
And now …
What’s the time, Mr Wolf?
This game reminds me of Red Light/Green Light. Of course, for J.A. Belfield, the ‘Wolf’ theme certainly does seem like it applies more given her propensity for wolves!
Now, how would the awesome Zeus take wolves or rather, this kids’ game and turn it into a conflict or conundrum for two characters? I’m thinking very very simply.
You know that prize you want? The one that been on your radar forever … maybe it’s a jewel. A book. A date with a Hollywood hottie. The lottery. Whatever it is, Zues would make sure that it’s unattainable.
Now, per the rules of the game, only one can be the Wolf and the other must be chasing after the Wolf, only to be chased BY the wolf.
So let’s have Him authorize Her forward.
One. Step. At. A Time.
Of course, He and She probably aren’t going to like each other too much. Maybe he has the prize. Maybe he’s letting her get closer with a date. A kiss. Something more. Something less.
Start. Stop. Start. Stop.
Will there be a point where he breaks the pattern and goes after her? Oh yeah. The twist in a good Zeus game is that she’ll then be able to start and stop Him. With a catch of course. The moment they switch places, she will no longer desire the thing that brought them together, but he will.
How does one resolve a situation that changes every time the lead shifts? Think like a wolf and I think you’ll have an idea.
And there you have it. What do you think? Is What’s the time, Mr Wolf? a possible Game of Zeus?
Aimee is a romantic at heart and a southern transplant with a bit of the accent (but not a whole bunch). She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and with him, she’s produced three native North Carolinians, two of whom share the same DNA.
With an MBA and a degree in Applied Mathematics, there’s absolutely no reason she should be writing romance novels. Then again, she shouldn’t need a calculator to add two numbers, either … but she does.
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