Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mythological Romance: Forgotten Goddesses by Stephanie Julian (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Please give a warm welcome erotic romance author Stephanie Julian who is joining us with her Goddesses from her sexy & magical series, Forgotten Goddesses! 

Wouldn’t it be great to be an all-powerful deity?
People would worship at your feet. They’d throw gold and jewels and nubile young guys or girls at you. You could do whatever you wanted and no one could tell you no.

Sounds great, right?

I was a huge mythology geek in high school. I took Latin for four years. I had a great teacher, Miss Rurode (who still teaches), who also chaperoned trips to Europe for the students. I went to Italy three times and Greece once, all with Miss Rurode. Those trips were amazing. Sure, some of my friends went because they could drink legally for 10 days but I went for the history and the scenery.
The Roman Forum. The Coliseum. Pompeii. The Parthenon. I had the most amazing time walking through museums filled with ancient artifacts.

Etruscan Hilltop Village - ItalyFast forward twenty years and I’ve got this idea: I want to write a paranormal romance series with a unique mythology. But what pantheon? The Greeks and Romans have been done.
Then I hit on the Etruscans. They’re also from Italy but predate the Romans. In fact, the Romans incorporated much of the Etruscan mythology into their own. But what happens to the old gods and goddesses when the new ones come along?

You get Forgotten Goddesses.

In WHAT A GODDESS WANTS, Tessa, formerly known as Thesan, Goddess of the Dawn, has become pretty much obsolete. When the Romans rose to power, their gods usurped most of the Etruscan deities’ powers and that bitch Aurora sidelined Tessa from guiding the sun across the sky. Tessa still has duties as a goddess of childbirth, however, and, when called on by someone of Etruscan heritage, she will give as much help as she can.

Lucy, aka Lusna, Goddess of the Moon, became the patron goddess of the Etruscan lucani (werewolves) when she granted an ancient king his wish that his people have the strength to fight off all invaders. Today, she continues to take care of the lucani, but her power is dwindling in HOW TO WORSHIP A GODDESS.

In the upcoming GODDESS IN THE  MIDDLE (releasing in July), Amity, Goddess of Health, uses her remaining powers as a medical aesthetician, helping cancer patients and burn victims heal and feel better about their altered appearance.

These goddesses all managed to find a niche in the new world but they fear they’re becoming more obsolete every day. They barely have enough power to save themselves from Charun, god of the underworld, who wants to siphon off their power. They need heroes to help them beat back the darkness.  

In mythology, there’s almost always a love story…which almost always ended tragically. But since I’m the one writing the stories now, I get to decide the ending. And happily ever after is no longer out of the question.

Stephanie Julian is the author of the Forgotten Goddesses, Magical Seduction, Lucani Lovers, The Fringe and Darkly Enchanted series. A former reporter for a daily newspaper, she enjoys making up stories much more than writing about real life. She’s happily married to a Springsteen fanatic and is the mother of two sons who love her even when they don’t have any clean clothes and dinner is a bowl of cereal.

IN HIS ARMS, HER MAGIC POWERS ARE ON THE RISE...Tessa, Etruscan Goddess of the Dawn, is losing her powers and now there's an Underworld god determined to run her down. She needs a hero and fast, because only sexual energy can give her power. 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 hearts after they've had their fun. But there's something irresistibly hot and inviting about Tessa and he knows he's her only change to escape the encroaching darkness...

HE'S EXACTLY WHAT SHE'S ALWAYS WANTED...Lucy was once the beloved Goddess of the Moon. These days the goddesses of the Etruscan pantheon are all but forgotten. The only rituals she enjoys now are the local hockey games, where one ferociously handsome player inflames her divine blood...AND SHE UNLEASHES HIM LIKE A FORCE OF NATURE...Brandon Stevenson is one hundred percent focused on the game, until he looks up and sees a celestial beauty sitting in the third row. A man could fall hard for a distraction like that...

Amity, the Goddess of Health, works as a medical aesthetician, using her remaining goddess powers to help people heal their spirits. Her profession soon brings two masculine Etruscan werewolves, Remy and Rom, into her life. The two werewolves have been searching for a woman powerful enough to handle both of them, but they've never met a woman strong enough...until they meet Amity. Together they must use the power generated by their love to kill a vicious demon and keep him locked away forever, or risk losing everything.

Stephanie is graciously giving away a copy of What a Goddess Wants and How to Worship a Goddess to one lucky reader (US or Canada only) or one eBook from her back list or Ellora's Cave books! To enter, just leave a comment on this post and then fill out the RaffleCopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck! 

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  1. Most of the Goddesses I see in books are antagonists. It would be interesting to read a story with one as a likable character.

    I would choose What A Goddess Wants and How To Worship A Goddess.

  2. Hello and thanks to Crystal for having me over today to talk gods and goddesses.

  3. Hi Andrea, and thanks for stopping by. Yes, mostly writers do use them as antagonists because they're usually causing trouble. Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series comes to mind. Everyone loves to hate Artemis.

  4. I love that you didn't go for obvious goddesses, instead show your readers something new.

    Been wanting to read this series, just have to get my hands on a copy.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    I'd like the print copies.

  5. I love mythology as well--both studying it and reading about various retellings of it. :) If romance is involved, all the better! :D Lol.

    I can't wait to read this series--it's been on my list since book one came out, but I just haven't had time to pick it up yet. :)

    TBQ's Book Palace

  6. They all sound great
    and very intriguing. Definetely going to be on my TBR list.

  7. I've never thought of myths usually having a tragic ending but now that I do I do realize this. I'm glad you can create your own HEA.

    Entering for the Godesses pair :)

  8. How many more forgotten goddesses do you plan to write about?
    Entering for What a Goddess Wants and How to Worship a Goddess

  9. Please enter me for all. I would love to read these books. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  10. thanks Danielle. I love reading about history so I was able to read and use it as research for my stories.

  11. TBQ, I see we have the same interests. Thanks for stopping by.

  12. divavixenqueen (love the name!) thanks for stopping to read.

  13. Na, that's the one thing about the old myths that always pissed me off. I like having total control over the story. well, mostly.

  14. andieleah, I'm planning to write at least three more although there are many more goddesses yet to meet. And then there's Cat...

  15. thanks for stopping Tore. happy to see you here.

  16. How many books do you expect in the series?

  17. I love Stephanie Julian's books! The Forgotten Goddesses are probably the only books I don't have but they are on my To Buy list! Thanks for the chance to win one. I would love to have What A Goddess Wants.


  18. Hi Lisa, I definitely see at least another three but I love writing them so I could go forever. Thanks for stopping by.

  19. Susan, thank you so much! I'm so glad you've enjoyed my stories. I love writing them.

  20. I have seen great reviews for these books and would love the chance to read them
    I would pick a copy of What a Goddess Wants and How to Worship a Goddess

  21. Thank you so much for stopping by Helen.

  22. I really want to read them all, they sound great! Entering for What a Goddess Wants and How to Worship a Goddess

  23. I have had these on my TBR list for awhile. I would sooo love to read them! They sound amazing! Thank you so much for the chance!

    I would like What a Goddess Wants and How to Worship a Goddess!


  24. Lacey, thank you so much for checking out my books and for stopping by.

  25. Thank you, Mary. I hope you enjoy my stories.

  26. Thank you for this great giveaway! I hope to win What A Goddess Wants and How To Worship A Goddess Gale

  27. I must admit that mythology never intrigued me ... until I read this blog post, that is! What an intriguing idea for a series -- forgotten goddesses -- where are they today? I want to know. These books are definitely on my "Must Read" list.


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