Friday, October 7, 2016

Author Guest Post: Tyranny (Goddess of Delphi #1) by Gemma Brocato

Tyranny by Gemma Brocato
Release: October 4th, 2016
Romance Subgenre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Series: Goddess of Delphi #1

One man, one muse, one romance to save the world

Immortal librarian Clio has existed for thousands of years. Her purpose—to influence and inspire mortals. Now as one has inspired her, a battle is mounting between the Muses and a god who care little for the plight of man. A hostile takeover is imminent at Olympus Enterprises. History professor Jax Callahan is battling his own uncertainties. His previous employer’s refusal to heed his warnings results in a tragic loss of life. Blaming himself, he no longer believes he can make a difference.

Tyranny will stop at nothing to appease her father and succeed in taking over Olympus and the world. To save mankind, Clio must reveal herself as a Muse to Jax, the man she’s fallen in love with. Facing the end of humanity as they know it, she must convince him to trust in the magic of what if. Because failure spells doom for everyone.

Buy on Amazon - Tyranny: Goddesses of Delphi

Author Guest Post
I'm excited to have author Gemma Brocato on the blog today to discuss her new book, Tyranny. Thanks for sharing, Gemma!

Note: "7 Nation Army" by White Stripes is not avaliable via Spotify. So I've substituted a different version of the same song.

Thanks so much for inviting me to talk about my playlist for Tyranny today.

To say I have eclectic taste in music would be a vast understatement. I hop around my Pandora stations like water on a hot skillet. So much of it depends on the point I am at in the story. For example, while I’m writing the introductory scenes, I can’t listen to anything with words. Nothing that will split my focus (because face it - if the Eagles start playing “Hotel California,” I am singing along.) Many times, I’ve found myself transcribing the lyrics into my manuscript. Delete, delete, delete!

Or, if I am writing a love scene, I go straight to a station I programmed for Piano Sonatas. Dreamy, soft, emotional music is the only kind that will do for those writing sessions.

With Tyranny, I made a little change, though. This was the first book I’ve written that has what I’d call action scenes. Battles between the Muses and their challengers. I needed a different sort of music for those scenes. A friend had mentioned she’d programmed a Game of Thrones station, so I gave it a try. Oh my, what a difference it made. Soundtracks from epic battle scenes, like from GoT, Last Of The Mohicans, Braveheart, Inception. All music that inspired me to add tension and danger to the scene.

I get a little stuck in the middle sometimes, so then I do turn to Maroon 5. Because the music is so good, or because…Adam Levine? Hmm, I’ll never tell.

I do have a couple of specific songs that inspired me as I concepted the series. I went for a walk one afternoon and had my station set to the Imagine Dragons. A nice, peppy selection as I trod along, oblivious to everything except the beat of my feet on the pavement. But suddenly, I heard the words of a Fall Out Boy song and my heart started drumming along. The thoughts flew. So here is that list, in order because I stopped under a shade tree and texted them to myself.

“Centuries” by Fall Out Boy
“7 Nation Army” by The White Stripes
“Sail” by AWOL Nation
“Let Her Go” by Passenger
“Come With Me Now” by The Kongos

Each song spoke to me of goddesses who are centuries old, facing danger, finding love and restoring light to the world.

Thanks again for inviting me over today. I hope my song choices will help inspire your readers.

About Gemma Brocato

Gemma's favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a 'round tuit,' and a slip of paper from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she'd write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss, even the rejections addressed to 'Dear Author' were gratifying.

After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy. Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue a career as a romance author.

Gemma focuses mainly on contemporary and paranormal romance, with an occasional detour into science fiction romance. Her titles are available in digital and print-on-demand at all major retailers.


  1. Thanks for having me over today. I loved sharing my playlist with you.