In Love and Lust With the Lesser Known Gods (and a #CoverReveal)

This year, I’ve been having a ball writing the Divine Temptation series for Ellora’s Cave. The research has brought me in touch with so many new gods and goddesses that tempt and titillate and don’t always show up in the central mythological stories. Or when they do, they are a line in a chapter somewhere and easy to miss. Of great interest (at least to me), many of these lesser known gods show up in several pantheons–they are mythological connectors among the ancient worlds. The original social media influencers. :) Life really doesn’t change so much–it just gets more expensive. :)

Here are some of my favorite; some I used in my stories, some I didn’t.

Juno is the goddess of marriage and queen of the gods and patroness of Rome. Although Juno is a pretty well known name, it is her Greek counterpart, Hera, that seems to be better known (think TV shows like Hercules and Xena). As guardian of the community, Juno displays aspects of a war goddess, a fertility goddess and a sovereign.  That fertility trait is the one the classic artists really took a liking to and the reason I chose her.  Here’s an example (there were others like this). I think I need to write a story about the Roman pantheon. They are a lusty bunch.

 

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Forseti is the Norse god of justice and reconciliation and highly skilled in mediation.  He’s the son of Baldr and Nanna, key Norse gods, and lives in Glitnir, a palace of gold and silver, where he sits in judgement. He appears to be a god who brings order and peace to a very warlike pantheon and bridges the world between the gods and the humans. No one  leaves his palace without reconciliation.  All stories about Forseti also refer to Fosite, a Frisian god of justice.  See, key social media connector and influencer.

There is not a lot about him, and that lack of information gives a writer a lot of room to play.  He plays a small but key role in my new book, Life Reignited,  Book 2 of the Divine Temptation Series which releases September 3. It has a sexy cover which I just got so I’m sharing it here.

LifeReignitedArtist:  Fiona Jayde

The Fates are arguably the most powerful of all the gods and goddesses.  Its not clear where they came from but even the gods feared them. Known as the Moirai, they collectively weave our futures.

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Clotho spins each life with her thread. Lachesis chooses the length and contribution of each life, assigning what you will do and when you will die. Atropos cuts the thread when it is time.  In a way, they are another female articulation of the natural world, as they represent the natural order of things. I love these ladies.

The Chinese immortals seem like a fun bunch.  Apparently, there are eight humans who stumbled into immortality–often by eating an immortal peach. Each one is supposed to be a manifestation of one of the elements of Daoist perfection. They live together, do not rule over anything the way gods do, and just frolic and have fun.  Not too bad, eh?
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There are so many pantheons out there and so many gods. Its a glorious world to dig into. Be Careful.  Once you start journeying into the stories, its hard to return.

So who’s your favorite lesser known god or pantheon? Do share.

Darker Temptations Secret Author Gift Basket Winner

We here at Darker Temptations would like to thank everyone who commented on our posts during our two week relaunch.  We shared some secrets. Learned more about each other and now we get to give away the prize and reveal what it is.

Congratulations to Carol White, who won the following:

Danger by Dalliance by Tina Christopher

Formula for Love by Viki Lyn

Gift Card from Marcella Burnard, who just released Nightmare Ink

Thirteen Nights by Sabrina Garie

Thanks again to everyone for joining us.

Pantheons and Promo

First and foremost, I have to brag briefly, then I promise delve into sexy gods.NightmareInk

My urban fantasy NIGHTMARE INK came out on Tuesday.  I’m in the midst of a month long blog tour. You can win a copy of the book by visiting a blog or two and leaving a comment. The easiest way to keep track is to follow me on Twitter (@marcellaburnard) I’ll post links every day. Rest assured, I’m too socially awkward to be very noisy on Twitter. :D If you’d like to know a little more about the book before committing to a blog comment, have a look at Penguin’s site.

On to sexy gods and/or pantheons!

Egyptian. Let me qualify that lest you imagine I have some repressed beast-headed god kink. I love the Egyptian pantheon and not just because it rose up as my patron pantheon as I was being initiated into Wicca. Since I was training in a Celtic tradition, the Egyptian thing was a big surprise.

Thing is, I’m into the intellectuals and the Egyptian pantheon is chock full. Thoth, Osiris, Horus, even Set is pretty brainy if a tad twisted. I confess, though, that one of the reasons I love this pantheon so very much is that the goddesses are equals of the gods. They are as fierce and as powerful. That’s part of what’s so attractive to me. Gods who are seducing goddesses who are their equals – there’s so much more intellectual interplay and that’s sexy.

Besides. The Egyptian gods wore eyeliner. What’s not to like? :D

DON’T FORGET!!!

Surprise Giveaways

At the end of our two weeks of secrets, there’ll be an author gift basket giveaway. Each author gets to choose from one of the following three items to put in the basket: 1) an ebook; 2) a print book; or 3) a gift card. We aren’t telling. Secrets, remember? So the winner will receive four surprise prizes.

How do you win?

Easy. Comment on the blog post of our authors. All commenters will be assigned a number and entered into a raffle. A winner will be chosen with random.org, which selects numbers at–you guessed it–random. You can increase your chances of winning by commenting on several authors’ posts. There are four of us, so if you comment on all four of our blog posts, we will assign you four number in the raffle. If you comment on just three, then you’ll be assigned three numbers, and so forth.

Secret posts where you can comment:

https://darkertemptations.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/whats-my-secret-relaunch-giveaway/

https://darkertemptations.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/whats-my-secret-relaunch-giveaway/

https://darkertemptations.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/heres-my-secret-whats-yours-giveaway-for-secrets/

https://darkertemptations.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/your-secrets-are-my-secret/

Happy Reading!

Bacchus Celebration or Sin?

Bacchus at Waddesdon

Bacchus at Waddesdon Photo by Bill Tyne

 

This post period, we are talking about our favorite God.

Now, I’m not into Gods so much. Now goddesses, I love them. I have visited several goddess sites around the globe. I collect goddess statues. Even wrote a book featuring a goddess (never published – yet).

But Gods?

Most of them are bullies – Ares loves war, Zeus treats women as his possessions…
Gods run rampant with their voracious, lustful appetites.

Alpha enough for you?

So I chose to honor Greek Dionysus or the Roman name -Bacchus.

Dionysus is the God of wine, winemaking and merry making. Orgies, sure, bring them on. Ritual madness and ecstasy are his catchwords.

Now a mad, ecstatic God can be dangerous – but then, if you were going to do it with a God, he’d be your man. I’m sure he’s very skilled in the art of lovemaking.

A little known fact about Dionysus: out of the twelve Olympians, he was the one that could restore the deceased from the underworld back to life. Not a bad God to have around, just in case you need a little CPR.

And he was trained in bacchic rites and initiations by the centaur, Chiron. Hmm. Strange bedfellow, I’d say.

Yeah, Bacchus I can get behind, eh, well, you know what I mean!

Don’t forget about the giveaway – the winner will be chosen this Friday. Here’s the drill:

Surprise Giveaways

At the end of our two weeks of secrets, they’ll be an author gift basket giveaway. Each author gets to choose from one of the following three items to put in the basket: 1) an ebook; 2) a print book; or 3) a gift card. We aren’t telling. Secrets, remember? So the winner will receive four surprise prizes.

How do you win?

Easy. Comment on the blog post of our authors. All commenters will be assigned a number and entered into a raffle. A winner will be chosen with random.org, which selects numbers at–you guessed it–random. You can increase your chances of winning by commenting on several authors’ posts. There are four of us, so if you comment on all four of our blog posts, we will assign you four number in the raffle. If you comment on just three, then you’ll be assigned three numbers, and so forth.

Come and join the fun. What’s your secret?

Secret posts where you can comment:

https://darkertemptations.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/whats-my-secret-relaunch-giveaway/

https://darkertemptations.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/whats-my-secret-relaunch-giveaway/

https://darkertemptations.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/heres-my-secret-whats-yours-giveaway-for-secrets/

https://darkertemptations.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/your-secrets-are-my-secret/Happy Reading.

Viki Lyn

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What’s My Secret – Relaunch #Giveaway

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I believe I’m the last one to spill – the end of the two weeks!

I don’t keep many secrets. I guess it’s because I have a way of saying too much at times! I pretty much wear my heart openly. But there are a few things about me that some people don’t know about – I have over 300 volumes of Japanese yaoi (Boys Love) stored in my closet. I’m not sure why I keep this a secret from most people. Maybe it’s my age (much older than thirty!) and that the subject matter can be graphically erotic. Reading comics when I should be reading something more ‘important’ or even reading books in my genre (which I do on occasion!).

The mangakas (comic artists) have their unique style of drawing. It’s fun to follow their careers. In my fast paced world, yaoi provides a fast, sexy read, with a happy ever after ending. I bring a manga to the gym and read it while walking on the treadmill and it’s an easy 35-40 minute workout!

It’s an expensive habit but one that isn’t going away anytime soon.

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Remember to leave a comment to get a chance to win!

Surprise Giveaways

At the end of our two weeks of secrets, they’ll be an author gift basket giveaway.  Each author gets to choose from one of the following three items to put in the basket:  1) an ebook; 2) a print book; or 3) a gift card.  We aren’t telling. Secrets, remember?  So the winner will receive four surprise prizes.

How do you win?

Easy. Comment on the blog post of our authors.  All commenters will be assigned a number and entered into a raffle. A winner will be chosen with  random.org, which selects numbers at–you guessed it–random.  You can increase your chances of winning by commenting on several authors’ posts. There are four of us, so if you comment on all four of our blog posts, we will assign you four number in the raffle. If you comment on just three, then you’ll be assigned three numbers, and so forth.

Come and join the fun.  What’s your secret?

 

Viki Lyn

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Viki Lyn: Award winning author of gay and straight paranormal and contemporary romances. You can find all of Viki’s books at the following sites: Amazon, All Romance Ebooks and GLBT Bookshelf.

Did You Know? Secrets And A Give-Away

Well, come on in and settle down. Would you like a nice cup of tea to go with the biscuits…sorry, cookies? So, you good and comfy?

My secret is that I am a Closet Translator;).

My mum is German and my Dad was British. After his death my mum took my brother and me back to Germany. So I am fluent in German… although now when my mum comes to visit we speak mostly Germish. Anyway, when I was living in London a friend of a friend was looking for someone to do a cheap translation for an anthology. I contacted him and he said yes! (Neither of us had much of an idea what we were in for;). He sent me the short story and off I went, no clue what I was doing, but certain it would be easy enough to do. I wasn’t actively writing at that time, so let’s just say it was an eye-opening experience.

At the same time the friend who hooked we up with the editor opened her literary agency. She asked me if I knew of any German authors who I believed would do well if translated into English. Federica de Cesco is a Swiss writer who writes YA and adult romance. Federica is Swiss and married to a Japanese photographer. She has lived all over the world and tells stories about young women from different cultures all over the world and the challenges they face. She was an auto-buy for me, so I suggested her. We contacted the German publisher and I translated the first couple of chapters of one of her books…It was an amazing experience to translate her words into English. Unfortunately we had very little idea on what to do with it, so none of the English publishers were interested. It is still one of my dreams to see her books in English and share her amazing writing with the world, but I don’t believe that will ever happen. Lol, and her books are a little dated. One of my favourite books is the story about a young woman living in Japan. She uses phone booths and listened to her music on a portable CD player;).

Shortly after I handed in the translated short story, I bumped into an acquaintance who was an editor at a small publisher in London. I mentioned to him that if he ever needed anything translated from German he should let me know. A little while later he asked if I would translate, not for publication, but for him to be able to read the story, a book by a well-known German children’s author. And I did. Again, it was a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun.

So, that’s me, the Closet Translator stepping into the light;). What is your secret?

Comment here and on all of the other Secret posts for a chance to win a surprise basket from the four of us. Each comment on one of our post is a chance to win. The more you comment, the more entries you collect.

Here’s my secret. What’s yours? #Giveaway for secrets

I wish I had a super fun secret to share like Marcella. A card reader! How cool is that. My secrets all tend to be of the serious kind. Remember, comment on all the writers posts on their secrets for a chance to win an author gift basket.  So I’ll get right to it, because I hate waiting for secrets.

Oh wait, I’m a writer. My job is to ramp up the anticipation. Make you wait for it, want it.

Just tell the secret, Sabrina.

I hear you out there. Of course, I promised so here it is.

But first, I have to share, I just got  new puppy. Here she is. Isn’t she the sweetest. She’s been home one week. Aaaah right.

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Secret, Sabrina. Secrets.

Where are my manners? Are you comfortable?  Do you want some virtual coffee or tea, cookies, maybe? I just baked some carrot, raisin and oatmeal. Tasty and good for you. They are calorie free when consumed virtually. No,nothing?

Sabrina!

I’m digressing, aren’t I.

Yes, Sabrina.

All righty, then. Here goes.

I often blog about being a single mother. Its in my bio, I show off kid pics. I published a chapter in an anthology on motherhood. The part of that I rarely speak about is that I am what’s known as a single mother by choice. I had my daughter on my own (doctors, sperm banks). I was staring down my 42nd birthday, no man on the horizon, hadn’t been one in way too long. I had reached a biological juncture in the road. I literally faced a now or never scenario. I opted for now.

I think that’s also I started writing romance. Cause I still believe I’m going to get the guy,  just later and in reverse order. I just need to find him. Anyone with an unattached brother?

I’m not going to ask what you might do in my situation because its a tough question, and an extremely painful one. So you can just share a secret, or a story, or just say hi or give me some advice on puppies. I could really use some of that.  That’s all you need to do to get put into the gift basket lottery.

 

 

 

 

Your Secrets Are My Secret

Secrets

Pst. Grab a glass of champagne and have a seat. No. No. I won’t try to wheedle your secrets from you. Don’t have to, see? Because *my* secret is right here. In the cards I read. Oh, yes. Tarot cards. You needn’t believe in order for them to work. Let’s pretend you’re one of my clients. You called, made an appointment, and here we are. I’ll ask that you NOT tell me what’s bothering you. I’d prefer you not say anything at all, initially. The cards should tell me exactly what you’re concerned about. I count on it, in fact, as a method by which I assure myself (as much as possible) that I’m not just reading your body language or vocal intonations and telling you what you want to hear in a session. For this reason, 95% of my readings happen over the phone, not in person. I can’t read body language I can’t see. Is it perfect assurance that the readings are ‘real’? Probably not. I’m not sure there is any perfect assurance. I can only focus on the cards I pull for you and talk about what they tell me.

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This is my preferred deck. The Robin Wood Tarot. (The image should be linked to the store that sells the deck and that supplied this graphic – if I did it correctly…) After shuffling, I lay out an 11 card spread called a modified Celtic Cross. The first three cards go in the middle. Question card, cover card, and cross card. These three cards describe your situation. When I read, I talk about those three cards, first as individual cards, and then as a group. After I’ve done that, I ask for feedback. “Does this make sense? Does this describe your situation?” Most of the time, clients say yes and we go on with the rest of the reading. On the few occasions someone has said no, I reshuffle and try again. If we’re still not getting it, I stop the reading, and ask to reschedule. A client never pays for a reading that didn’t work. Almost always, at the rescheduled session, we get it right. It is rare, but it does happen that I just can’t read for someone. I refer that person to another card reader – one I call upon to read for me from time to time – someone I know will treat them well and respectfully.

Why is my card reading a secret, you ask? It isn’t, exactly. It’s merely ‘not widely known’. I’m not even sure why. Maybe because I’m an introvert and being on the phone with several clients a day induces a mild panic attack? Funny. I really do enjoy reading for people, when it’s in limited doses – like the arrangement I have now. Could I raise my prices? Sure. But I want people to be able to afford asking for information. (The cards will never tell you what to do – they only offer information and/or new ways to look at a situation.) Could I push for more clients? Probably. But I’m not sure I’d be doing anyone a service by it. I like card reading because it seems to help the people I read for. I want to make very, very sure that ego and greed don’t enter into that equation. So I go slowly. Carefully. Ready to yank myself back by the scruff of the neck should I start trying to fake it.

Now. Shall we shuffle and have a look at your cards for real? No? I understand. Here. Allow me to top up that champagne. Enjoy the relaunch party – and never fear. No permission, no reading. Your secrets are safe.

And don’t forget:

Surprise Giveaways

At the end of our two weeks of secrets, they’ll be an author gift basket giveaway.  Each author gets to choose from one of the following three items to put in the basket:  1) an ebook; 2) a print book; or 3) a gift card.  We aren’t telling. Secrets, remember?  So the winner will receive four surprise prizes.

How do you win?

Easy. Comment on the blog post of our authors.  All commenters will be assigned a number and entered into a raffle. A winner will be chosen with random.org, which selects numbers at–you guessed it–random.  You can increase your chances of winning by commenting on several authors’ posts. There are four of us, so if you comment on all four of our blog posts, we will assign you four numbers in the raffle. If you comment on just three, then you’ll be assigned three numbers, and so forth.

Come and join the fun.  What’s your secret?

 

Darker Temptations Relaunch: Secrets, Surprises and #Giveaways

As you may have noticed, Darker Temptations has been undergoing some changes.  Its time for a relaunch.

So what’s new?  We’ll still be blogging a common theme every two weeks, two themes per month. But not daily and with a leaner team of bloggers.  Now we’ll be here every Tuesday and Thursday, blogging on paranormal and science fiction mysteries, romance, evil doers and much, much more.  We may even write an original story or two.  And it starts now!  With a party.  Come join us for…

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Secrets

At most great parties, secrets are spilled.  And this is a great party, so we’ll share our secrets for the first theme. Each one of us–Marcella Burnard, Tina Christopher, Sabrina Garie and Viki Lyn–will reveal one secret about ourselves in our post. It can be anything. And we mean anything.

Don’t feel left out. We’d love for you to share your secrets with us. We won’t tell. ;)  Shy?  No problem, just  share your insights on our secrets.  We’re offering incentives.

Surprise Giveaways

At the end of our two weeks of secrets, they’ll be an author gift basket giveaway.  Each author gets to choose from one of the following three items to put in the basket:  1) an ebook; 2) a print book; or 3) a gift card.  We aren’t telling. Secrets, remember?  So the winner will receive four surprise prizes.

How do you win?

Easy. Comment on the blog post of our authors.  All commenters will be assigned a number and entered into a raffle. A winner will be chosen with  random.org, which selects numbers at–you guessed it–random.  You can increase your chances of winning by commenting on several authors’ posts. There are four of us, so if you comment on all four of our blog posts, we will assign you four number in the raffle. If you comment on just three, then you’ll be assigned three numbers, and so forth.

Come and join the fun.  What’s your secret?

 

The Not Post

It’s my turn to blog today. Ain’t gonna happen.  Beyond, you know, this. I’m out of town, which would usually be a good thing. In this case, I’m at my parents’ house taking care of my sister. She had surgery to reconstruct an ankle. Lots of pain involved with that. Immobility, too.  And lots of medications to keep straight and record so we stay on top of the pain without killing anyone.

Those of you in the nursing profession, have no earthly clue how you do it. It’s only been three days and this is murder. Maybe it’s the waking up every three hours throughout the night to administer meds and make sure she doesn’t capsize while trying to get to the bathroom. Whatever it is, I fully acknowledge that there’s no comparison to what real nurses do. I have just one patient and while she’s snoozing under the influence of her pain pills, I can do things like sit nearby and type. Or pet the cat. Or make my niece’s breakfast before school.

So. Those of you tending patients for a living? You have my every appreciation.

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