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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Lupercalia: Wolf Valentine's Day

Happy Lupercalia: Wolf Valentine's Day

The Origins of the Lupercalia
The Lupercalia was started to honor a forgotten fertility god, but during the Augustan period, the god Lupercus had been invented to explain the festival, according to the Dictionary of Roman Religion. Adkins and Adkins, authors of the book, state that Faunus might have been the god of Lupercalia.

The Lupercalia Festival Itself
The festival was held on February 15th, the day after the modern Valentine's Day Celebration. The month of February occurred later in the Roman calendar. Celebrants would gather at the Lupercal cave on the Palatine Hill in Rome, where Romulus and Remus were suckled by their adoptive wolf mother, according to Roman legend. Note: she-wolves suckling infants is a common trope. Try telling a she-wolf not to breast feed in public.

 The Latin for she-wolf was slang for prostitute. Servius, a 4th century pagan commentator on Vergil, says that it was in the Lupercal that Mars ravished and impregnated the twins' mother. (Servius ad. Aen. 1.273)

Luperci Priests made sacrifices of goats and dogs as part of the festival, and two young people were smeared by the blood of the sacrifice and then wiped away by wool dipped in milk. As part of the Lupercalia celebration, young men would go through the streets whipping people, mostly women, with strips of goat skins to encourage fertility.

 The occasion was happy and festive. It is from these implements of purification, or februa, that the month of February gets its name. This act also supposedly provided purification from curses, bad luck, and infertility. Not to mention some kinky fun.

During Lupercalia the names of available maidens were placed in a box and drawn out by the young men. Each man accepted the girl whose name he drew as his love - for the duration of the festival, or sometimes longer. This was just as good as online dating!

In the making of my Wolf Maiden Saga, I incorporated Lupercalia as part of my lycan society's mating rituals. The name of my lycan governing body is aptly named the Lupercal. Curious? Check out Book 1, Lycan Gladiator. And from my back list, White Wolf of Avalon, Werewolf Knight.

Monday, January 23, 2017

New Year News about Author Eva Gordon

If you are new to my books, welcome. This blog is for writing random things, however I just want to catch you up on what 2017 will be like for me. Busy as ever with three books in the works:
*Blood of the Moon, Book 3 in the After the Bane Series is with my editor at the Wild Rose Press.
*Alchemist of the Tenth Realm, Book 2 after The Stone of the Tenth Realm is almost done.
*Wolf Charmer, Book 3 in The Team Greywolf Series is just about done.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

O is for Orb as in Moon

O is for Orb as in Super Moon

Closest and Brightest in 68 Years!
November 14---15

Friday, October 21, 2016

Eva Gordon's Alphabet: N is for New Pre-Order Chernobyl Werewolf, Team Greywolf Series, Book 2

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Doctors Without Borders, Rachel Becker, M.D. survives Ebola and near death at the hands of Boker Haram terrorists. While recovering at her estranged father’s home, she meets Lev, a mysterious handsome Russian. Their chemistry is immediatesizzling. Who is this sexy man? And why is her father upset by his visit?

Lev Volkov, born near Chernobyl, is a powerful mutant werewolf. Team Greywolf’s lethal weapon. Lev visits Dr. Howard Becker and meets his beautiful daughter. Rachel is Howard’s secret. A woman with the Stallo genetic marker, a human with desirable yet addictive blood. Forbidden. Nonetheless, his wolf fights to claim her.

When a rogue pack tries to kidnap Rachel, Lev will stop at nothing to kill them all. But the oath breaking werewolves make things much harder. Will he save Rachel - his mate - in time or will he lose everything?

Other Books in the Stand Alone Complete Novel Series, Slade, Book 1

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Eva's Letters of the alphabet. M is for Murder of Crows.

M is for Murder of Crow/Ravens.

A murder is a group of crows. You can say a murder of ravens (like crows, ravens fed on the remains after battles), but traditionally it’s a congress or unkindness of ravens. I love including raven shifters in my novels and prefer to say murder of ravens. It just sounds so deliciously dark.  For authors who write bird shifters here is a link to bird collectives from the Palomar Audubon Society. 

Book 2 in my After the Bane series features a raven shifter.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Eva Gordon's Alphabet: L is for Listening as in Back to School Audio Book Giveaway Sept 12-16

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

K is for You have got to be Kid-ding me.

K is for Kid-ding

You’ve all heard of “adulting”, a term that has gone mainstream and means doing ‘adult’ things. Paying the bills, going to a 9-5 job, buying groceries, paying taxes…I can go on and on. Many people hate the term, which they rant is simply a term for “living”.
Millennials or twenty-somethings love the term, but you know what? So do some baby boomers, like, me. Baby boomers protested against the establishment. How many young hippies wanted a 9-5 job where you had to cut your hair and wear a suit? Or in the end, “sold out” by eventually becoming part of the establishment or “adulting”.

Anyway, I want to coin a new term, “kid-ding”, where an adult acts like a kid. You get to play like you once did as a ten year old kid. Coloring books, playing tag, dress-up sleepovers and other fun things kids do. Okay, I know, adults have hobbies where they get to have fun. But adults especially Americans tend to work longer hours and less vacation than other cultures. I think adults need more time to play or do more “kid-ding”. Life is too serious. “Kid-ding” is more than just doing a favorite weekend hobby. Children have that sense of wonder and joy. Ask questions. Discover. Imagination. Act like a child without being childish. Of late there are way too many adults in the media acting childish, but not enough simply being childlike. The way I see it, it’s important to act like a kid, without (another ‘k’ word) kvetching or whining.  

So while people are kvetching about “adulting” I’ll be searching for clouds that look like dragons, finding polliwogs, pretending I'm a condor, or on a swing “kid-ding”.