Monday, July 18, 2011

Guest - Stephanie Julian

Good morning all! Today's guest is new to me author, Stephanie Julian. Her book What A Goddess Wants is a great read and her publisher, Sourcebooks, has offered a copy to two lucky Star-Crossed readers! Read on to find out how you can be one them. You can see my review here.

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10 Things I Love About the Etruscans

I’m a bit of a research geek so, when I chose the Etruscans as the basis for a secret magical community, I ordered every book I could find on Amazon that dealt with Etruscan life. Here are just a few things I discovered that I used to create my stories.

10. Etruscan scholars can’t agree on where the Etruscans came from originally. Historically, they appear around 700 BC in the area now known as Tuscany in Italy. For me as a writer, this was a golden opportunity to create a mysterious race of people out of the mists of time that still had a basis in history.

9. Their language has yet to be fully translated because there aren’t that many examples remaining.  No one really knows why all the texts are missing. And it was a language unlike others spoken in Italy at the time. How cool is that? Not only do scholars not know where the Etruscans originated but they also can’t translate much of the little text they left behind. So far we’ve got mysterious origins and cryptic writings. Win!

8. The Etruscans made gorgeous jewelry. Some of their techniques are unable to be duplicated even today. And they were brilliant artists. They worked in gold, silver, and amber and produced bracelets earrings, pins and necklaces without rival.

7. Rituals, curses and spells were used in everyday life. Noble children wore gold capsules around their necks as charms to ward off evil. Curses have been found inscribed on lead tablets. What paranormal writer wouldn’t be able to come up with loads of material from this?

6. The Etruscans had priests called haruspices who read sheep entrails and watched the skies for signs, particularly, the flight and behaviors of birds, as messages from the deities. Blood-thirsty and strange.

5. They had blue underworld demons, some with claws and fangs. Etruscan artists drew pictures of them on their tomb walls. Perfect villains for paranormal romance, don’t you think?

4. Their goddesses almost always are depicted with red shoes. Why? Hell if I know. But it’s these tiny pieces of information that, when you build on them, make your imaginary world richer.

3. They definitely weren’t prudes. There’s lot of nudes in Etruscan art, both men and women. Beautifully rendered, not crude caricatures, like the Greeks produced.

2. Etruscan goddesses had a much wider range of duties and responsibilities than the Greeks. Where the Greeks were typically petty and vindictive, the Etruscans had a more balanced reaction to most things. Since the Romans assimilated many of the Etruscan deities into their mythology, Roman goddesses have a much wider range of duties than the Greeks.

1. Unlike the Greeks and, later, the Romans, Etruscans women were held in high regard by the men. Their opinions were valued. In artwork, they’re shown in the same scenes as men at banquets and sporting events. You don’t find that in Greek and Roman art. Greeks historians occasionally made rude comments about how Etruscan women were allowed to speak their mind. The Etruscans were way ahead of their time. Huge point in their favor.

WHAT A GODDESS WANTS BY STEPHANIE JULIAN – IN STORES JULY 2011

In his arms, her magic powers are on the rise…
Tessa, Etruscan Goddess of the Dawn, is desperately fighting off a malicious god, but her powers are weakening. She needs a hero and fast, because only sexual energy can give her strength. So she seeks out Caligo, whose sexual prowess is legendary…

And she’s the only one who can bring him into the light…
Caligo is a fabled Cimmerian warrior determined to stay away from spoiled goddesses who trample heart after they’ve had their fun. But there’s something irresistibly hot and inviting about Tessa, and he knows he’s her only chance to escape the encroaching darkness…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stephanie Julian is the author of three erotic romance series with Ellora’s Cave. She is a member of RWA and Valley Forge Romance Writers and is a freelance entertainment and lifestyle feature writer. Stephanie lives in eastern Pennsylvania, where she is working on the next two books in the Forgotten Goddesses Series: How to Worship a Goddess (December 2011) and Goddess in the Middle (July 2012). For more information, please visit www.stephaniejulian.com

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-- Lynda Again


If you'd like to be entered in the drawing for What A Goddess Wants, answer the question and send the answer to me at Lynda@LyndaKScott.com by Friday July 22.


1. Send me an email with Caligo in the subject line
2. Answer this question: What color are the underworld demons?
3. Include your name and mailing address.


On the 22nd, I'll have my alien kitten, Wookie, help me pick the winners. Good luck!

5 comments:

Linda Andrews said...

Very cool information. Does Tessa wear red shoes and what is her Roman equivalent, Aphrodite?

Victoria said...

Thanks for all the info on the Etruscans. I knew some but not all. Thanks.

Stephanie Julian said...

Hi Linda, yes, Tessa has red shoes and her Roman equivalent is Aurora, who I have had so much fun with.

Victoria, thanks for reading.

desitheblonde said...

that is is a lot of info for book but it sounds great and i re twitted to my face book and twitter and goggle

Lynda K. Scott said...

Hi all,

I just wanted to let everyone know that desi and Cathy won the copies of What A Goddess Wants.

I've notified them via email and they should receive their books soon. Thanks all!