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Monday, December 20, 2010

Time Travelling until Febuary 2011

Dear Followers,
I must time travel to Victorian England for the next month, hence, my lack of blogs lately. Busy working on my aether time portal machine.


I need to leave as the portal opens on this Winter Solstice. The total Eclipse tonight will enhance my passage. The last time this eclipse coincided with Winter Solstice was 456 years ago.


As you can see I'm packed and ready to go. Will be taking plenty of notes to work on my Steampunk series.
On my  return I will go further back into time and interview the Neuri.


Cheers,



Friday, November 19, 2010

In my den




Hi friends,
I have been spending a lot of time in my den writing but want to let you know that I plan to do more interviews and discuss 'wolfish'topics.

So what's been happening with me?

I now have an agent who is working really hard on getting editors to read, Lycan Gladiator, Wolf Cavern, a fantasy Gaia’s Keeper and my epic fantasy trilogy, Mystic Stone of Tenth Realm. I patiently await word. I’m a big fan of steampunk (I prefer Victorian attire and traveling by dirigible.). I am currently working on two novels in that that genre.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Celebrate Autumn with Night Owl Reviews Autumn Harvest Web Hunt

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out my novels and my website.Eva's Website At the moment my agent has submitted more novels with several houses and am back in my den writing more stories.
I promise to continue interviewing more werewolves on each full moon.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Call of the Wild: Wolf Lore, truths and myths every writer should know about wolves.


classes@heartsthroughhistory.com

Hearts Through History Class

Here is the info from their webpage.

Class: Call of the Wild : Wolf Lore, truths and myths every writer should know about wolves
Instructor: Eva Gordon
Dates: October 18 –30, 2010

Registration Deadline: October 17, 2010
Fee: $10/HHRW members, $20/others
Click HERE for Registration Form
FMI: HHRW Campus Coordinator: classes@heartsthroughhistory.com


Class Description:



A two week seminar for writers who are interested in writing about wolves and werewolves in their stories but who want more background on the basic biology and behavior of real wolves. Writers will also learn why the wolf evolved from admired archetype to savage evil nemesis of man.

Part 1.

1. Introduction

2. Wolf Natural History

A. Basic Biology

B. Wolf Behavior

Part 2.

3. Wolf Lore in Europe and Central Asia

A. Wolf as totem

B. Wolf as enemy of man



Bio:

Eva Gordon, BA Zoology, MA Biology, California Secondary Teaching Credential in the Life Sciences. She volunteers as a wildlife educator and has volunteered at the Howling Acres Wolf Sanctuary in Southern Oregon. She loves doing presentations on wolf and werewolf lore. She writes paranormal romance and fantasy novels. She is author of the Wolf Maiden Chronicles. Werewolf Sanctuary is book 1 followed by Beast Warrior: Viking Werewolf and White Wolf of Avalon: Werewolf Knight. With many more coming in the series. Her epic fantasy trilogy, Mystic Stone of the Tenth Realm hopes to find a publisher with the help from her agent. She loves delving into werewolf lore and writes what she calls her ‘werewolfhistoricals’ romance novels. She also pursues non-fiction scholarly research on global werewolf lore.

Eva Gordon
Author of Paranormal and Fantasy Romance
http://www.ravenauthor.com
http://evagordon.blogspot.com/
http://twitter.com/evagordon
ISBN: 978-1-935407-30-0 for Werewolf Sanctuary
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jyudh6g4ls8



Format: Course is conducted via Yahoo Groups email with lessons and Q&A

For additional information, contact the Campus Coordinator.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Corvus Corax, my new favorite band.

Many of you know my power animal is the raven. I just recently discovered the German band, Corvus Corax (scientific name for the raven) and I can't get enough of their music. They rock!!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Full Moon Blog Lessons from the Wolf Series Running with Wolves for your Body and Happiness and Soul.




Many of us sit at our jobs or because of our long list of commitments have very little or no time to do what are bodies are adapted for, namely walking long distances and running across the large expanse of land. At night our ancestors danced and drummed around the fire, an activity that added to our physical health and reinforced social bonds. In ancient times the balance of eating enough, exercise and physical safety were quite different than they are now for most of us who live in modern first nation countries. Back then starvation haunted us and danger was always around the corner.

Today danger is not a constant threat. No more running from hungry lions or barbaric invaders. Yes, there is the natural disaster and home invader but for the most part we are safe in our home or work space. Life in our modern world can be daunting, though. Obesity and other stress related diseases are on the rise. We have an abundance of food and like every animal we will eat until we burst because our biological mind does not know when we will eat again. However, our logical mind knows we will always have food but when we are stressed or unhappy we eat for comfort. Calories go in but are stored due to our lack of exercise. We are out of balance.


D.M. Bramble and D.E. Lieberman (Nature 2004) work stated that "striding bipedalism is a key derived behavior of hominids that possibly originated soon after the divergence of the chimpanzee and human lineages. Humans perform remarkably well at endurance running, due to skeletal features. The fossil evidence of these features suggests that endurance running is a derived capability of the genus Homo, originating about 2 million years ago, and may have been instrumental in the evolution of the human body form."


We are born to run. Like us wolves have long legs and according to Barry Lopez (Of Wolf and Men) they have "masterfully adapted feet give the wolf endurance over long distances and agility in challenging terrain.




Wolves walk on toes equipped with pads that, although calloused to prevent cuts, are soft nonetheless. Wolves have been clocked at top speeds of 35 to 45 miles per hour when sprinting and can bound and leap as far as 16 feet. Even more impressive than their speed and athleticism, however, is their stamina. Wolves have been known to travel as far as 120 miles in a single day Pack members average 10 to 20 miles a day, depending largely on the availability of food and whether or not there are pups to feed."








Humans and wolves ran, hunted, and have migrated great distances in search for food and other resources. It was hard, but the health benefits have endured. Running is great for building stronger bone, stamina, heart, balance, posture, staying lean, energy getting vitamin D from the sun, and stress reduction. Not to mention fun. Watch kids running during recess or wolves at play.

The cool thing about going on a run is you can do it with your ‘wolfish’ companion, the dog. Like a wolf you can take to the forest mountain trails or open plains. Personally, when I run with my standard poodle (he’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing) I prefer trails away from cars and other reminders of civilization. Running allows me to pretend we are running in search of prey (a giant soy flavored tofu burger). Below is my running buddy, who is enjoying my first novel after a good run.




Best of all running allow my wild side to emerge. My imagination explodes. To quote Clarissa Pinkola Estés (Women Who Run with the Wolves: Contacting the Power of the Wild Woman) "Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life.”




Okay, so running is not your thing. Next blog will be on Dancing with Wolves.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Leaving My Den and Spreading My Wings


Howlo,


Happy to be leaving my den after preparing two new wolf maiden novels and a historical novel (not werewolf, but yes as always an alpha male and an adventurous intelligent woman). Still waiting for word on a publisher for my epic fantasy trilogy and the rest of my finished novels. I'm happy my agent believes in me and is doing her best to help it this crazy process.

Coming soon: A blog on running and dancing with wolves and a wolf lore seminar for Hearts through History RWA group on October 18. I hope to soon interview another werewolf for the full moon but in the meantime go to my archives for past interviews.

Do check out my novels in case you need a fix for paranormal werewolf stories that take place now or during historical times. Give me a howl if you have any questions.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Book Signing in LA at Metropolis Bookstore

Dear Friends,
I've been busy running in the woods or hiding in my den writing my latest novel, however, I promise to continue my wolfish interviews. So I'm heading to LA and hoping to meet some urban werewolves and like individuals. Here is the info listed from the Metropolis website.

Saturday, August 7th, 2010 (4:00 PM)

440 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013


info@Metropolis
BooksLA.com

Eva Gordon



Eva Gordon writes fantasy and paranormal novels with a strong romantic element. Werewolf Sanctuary is Book 1 in her epic Wolf Maiden Chronicles, a paranormal romance series involving male alpha lycans and their human mates known as wolf maidens. Werewolf Sanctuary is a contemporary that will lead to all the other historical paranormal tales in the Wolf Maiden Chronicles. Book 2 in the series, Beast Warrior :Viking Werewolf, takes place during the Viking era. White Wolf of Avalon: Werewolf Knight will follow in March 2010.
She loves to create stories that combine her passion for mythology, romance and werewolf lore. She also writes fantasy novels and is in the process of finding a house to publish a trilogy and a stand-alone fantasy novel. Eva has a BS in Zoology and graduate studies in Biology. She has taught high school Biology, Environmental Science and Anatomy/Physiology. Her background in science and her passion for wildlife biology adds credibility to her writings. She also moonlights as a faculty member of the Grey School of Wizardry, an online school for kids and adults interested in magic and lore.
A member of Romance Writers of America, Eva has also teaches workshops on the paranormal, werewolf/wolf lore and falconry for writer groups. Eva is an expert on werewolf lore and hopes to someday get a PhD in the subject. Eva is a world traveler and loves visiting the places where her novels take place. She lives in Northern California with her husband and children. She also shares her home with an almost human standard poodle. In her spare time she loves outdoor activities and volunteering at animal sanctuaries.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Full Moon Howling




Calling all werewolves. Come in and tell us about how you feel when your paws touch the soft ground, running with the pack or alone or just howling under the bright moon.

There is a wolf in all of us. Let her out.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Running in the Woods



I have been quiet of late. Like the wolf I crave my moments in the deep forest. So off I went to the Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Forest to roam in the woods.

My den or cabin stay in the Sierra. Every wolf needs a warm den for the night.


Like the wolf I enjoyed being on top of my mountain. Here I am on break from a hike to Mist Falls in Kings Canyon NP.


Like the wolf I love the aromatic scents and sounds of the forest.


Like the wolf I'm awed by the trees. Here I am hugging a Sequoia tree.


A break from technology gets you in touch with the spirit of nature and its grandeur.


The magic is everywhere.



Turn off the cell phone, computers, television, social networking and i-every things. Step outside and howl at the moon.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

New review by Raven Kelly about Werewolf Sanctuary

Eva Gordon 's " Book 1: Werewolf Sanctuary "

Werewolf Sanctuary is an amazing book that never once lagged. I was captivated right from the beginning where I learned of Wyatt's quest to find a vet who could cure his wolf cubs from a rare virus. I had trouble putting down this book, it had me always wanting to read more. If you have never read a werewolf book, this is great book to start with. You will be hooked from the first chapter. This was my first werewolf book, and I just loved it!
Raven Kelly -Webmistress and Book Reviewer of Vampiress.ca

4.5 Fangs out of 5!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Full Moon Interview with Raven that Created Wolf from Pacific Northwest Athabascan Myth


Interview with Raven that Created the Wolf



Welcome back to the Werewolf Café for my Full Moon interviews with werewolves, wolves and like and magical creatures. Today our guest is Raven. Not just any raven but Raven from the Pacific Northwest Athabascan legend.


For those of you who are not aware of the ubiquitous black bird of not only Native American but European lore let me say a few words. The raven is the largest member of the corvid family, which includes crows, jays, magpies, jackdaws, treepies and rooks. The scientific name is Corvus corax. The can be differentiated from the common crow by being larger, have a deep purple-blue cast to its black feathers, the beak is thicker and its tail is wedge shaped.


Ravens are extremely intelligent and communicate with sophisticated vocalizations. They are often referred to as wolfbirds and are often in the company of the wolf pack. They scavenge huge amounts of wolf kill and some studies believe they lead the wolf to the prey. To me the raven is my spirit guide. When I do drumming I journey as a raven. It was my raven that led me to the wolf.





The Native Americans revered ravens, considering them to possess magic and big medicine. Let me first share a peaceful video I found on youtube titled Raven Magick.Journey with the raven and then join me with my interview with Raven.



Interview with Raven creator of the Wolf (Pacific Northwest Atabascan Myth)

Eva: I open the window and a big black raven swooshed in and sat on the table. “Welcome Raven.”
Raven: “Caw! Thank you for inviting me to discuss my greatest creation.” It fluffed its blue black feathers and drank from the wine cup I offered.
Eva: “You are creator of all. Before we talk about the wolf, what other things have you created?”
Raven: “I made the mountains and sea. I then painted them with great colors and then left the snow white. I created the deer, caribou, bears, birds, and all the trees. I made plants for food and medicine and taught all my creatures to communicate with them. Humans loved the life I created, but something was missing. I decided to make a creature to be a teacher for human beings.”
Eva: “What qualities did this creature have?”
Raven: “The creature had to have intelligence, courage, strength, humor and compassion.”
Eva: “Sounds like the wolf. Did this first creature look like a modern day wolf?”
Raven: Creator raven bobbed up and down, perhaps in mirth before continuing. “I gave wolf a long snout, sharp teeth, strong swift legs, and sharp pointed ears. The wolf was white like fresh snow. I added feathers to its front legs so that it would accompany me in flight.”


Eva: “Really, the first wolf could fly?”
Raven: “Caaww. The feathers did not support him. Poor Wolf flapped his front legs hard but instead of flying, it plunged to the ground.”
Eva: “Did he die?”
Raven: “No, but , Wolf fell so hard his fur turned from white to grey with the tips black from the burning. Though I would miss flying with my creation, I decided it was best for Wolf to stay on the ground and walk on four feet. I created a family of wolves to accompany my wolf creation. They would come in all colors and with eye colors from amber, brown and shades of grey.”
Eva: “Did you visit them?”
Raven: “I flew down and taught them how to hunt. I taught them to pray for good hunting and how to call in game. I instructed them to watch for ravens and crows, for my kind would guide them to food.


Eva: “That explains why ravens and wolves are seen together.”
Raven: “The ravens taught them how to play and tease and how to protect their food from others.”
Eva: “Did they know they were a model for humans on how to behave?”
Raven: Yes, I taught them especially how to be respectful and all the traits humans must learn from them I mentioned earlier; courage, humor and compassion. I spend a long time on how they are to be the teachers of all creatures.”


Eva: “You did a wonderful job. Many of us love the wolf as our teacher animal. They are admired for their loyalty to their pack and their keen intelligence. Though in our past we viewed the wolf as an evil creature today we see them as a reminder of our connection with Mother Earth. They are the ancestor to our dogs, our most loyal of pets. We no longer live near wolves so it’s nice to have a dog.”
Raven: “The dog has enough wolf in it to be the best of teachers.”
Eva: I listened as joyful howls drifted into the café from the nearby mountain. Tonight’s full moon was almost as bright as the sun itself.
Raven: “The wolves are thanking both the moon and sun for sharing light and beauty.”

Eva: Raven looked anxious to join his children. “Thank you for coming and sharing the story on you created the wolf.”
Raven: “Caaaww. The pleasure was mine.”



Eva: It spread its mighty ebony wings and flew out the window. I watched Raven fly until it landed on a huge branch.


It joined its wolf children by howling with them at the moon. I watched and listened until it flew away into the realm of spirit. I uttered a prayer of thanks for sharing my world with both raven and wolf.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day

I want to share this great video I found on youtube by geornata about endangered species.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Howling from The Parafactor radio show

Greetings and good howls,

Letting you all know that I will be interviewed on www.theparafactor.com
on April 20th 6-7pm Pacific Time (9-10pm Eastern time) about my Wolf Maiden Chronicles series and on werewolves.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

White Wolf of Avalon : Werewolf Knight Now Avalable!



Bitten By Books 5 STAR Review of White Wolf of Avalon



White Wolf Of Avalon: Werewolf Knight by Eva Gordon
Posted: 13 Mar 2010 07:20 AM PST
White Wolf of Avalon: Werewolf Knight is the third book in author Eva Gordon’s Wolf Maiden Chronicles series. The book takes place in Fifth Century Britain and works in the King Arthur myth alongside the author’s own mythology.

Sir Bledig, the Iron Fist of the Round Table, does not want anything to do with his werewolf heritage, or the destiny that is foretold about him. By age 21 Bledig has been in many battles alongside King Arthur against King Aelle and his Saxon army. He wishes to marry a human wife, and break the curse that is passed down to a werewolf’s offspring if they mate with a wolf maiden. Bledig is put to the test when he meets a young wolf maiden named Annora. Bledig must come face to face with the foretold destiny even if it is the last thing he wants.
Lady Annora of Londinium Augusta has been promised by her brother to Gargol the younger brother of the Alpha wolf of Britain Gorlagon. Upon arriving Annora finds Gorlagon to me an evil man, and is thrown into the dungeon. There Annora meets a pack leader named Kaie, and with each other’s help escapes from Gorlagon’s fortress. Annora finds help with an alpha wolf named Bledig, who she finds attracted to instantly. Though she doesn’t understand how any alpha wolf can hate their existence the way Bledig does. Annora hopes she can show Bledig that being a wolf is a part of him that shouldn’t be cured.
The story molds both the King Arthur mythology and the Wolf Maiden Chronicles mythology together very well. As in her previous two books Eva Gordon manages to find a nice balance between the action and the romance. Both men and woman will find enough in this story to be satisfied. The author has managed to create great adversaries in all three of the Wolf Maiden Chronicle books. Gorlagon and his younger brother Gargol are no exceptions. You are strongly rooting for the hero Bledig against the two brothers by the end of the story.
Book Stats:
 Paperback: 300 pages
 Publisher: Vanilla Heart Publishing (March 25, 2010)
 Language: English
 ISBN-10: 1935407325
 ISBN-13: 978-1935407324
5 Stars

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

This Werewolf Wednesday: Please Help Howling Acres Wolf Sanctuary



Hello to every Howling Acres Supporters! Howling Acres has been hit hard this year, we have one tour a week. We are in need money to help feed the wolves, pay the power bill and the land payment and liability ins. All of this is a must to stay open so you can enjoy the wolves and wolf dogs. If you can't donate please tell a friend or just donate $5 if you can. Anything will help us out. Again Thank you so very much!
Please help!

Their website to see their wolves and easy donation via paypal http://www.howlingacres.org/



Thank you so much,
Howling Acres Wolf Sanctuary
555 Davidson Rd
Williams, OR 97544
541-846-8962
wolves@howlingacres.org

Monday, March 15, 2010

Join at Me Bitten By Books Bitten By Books March 15 link http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=21017 for Blog, Chat and Contest




Howling to all paranormal wolfish readers,
In honor of the late March release of White Wolf of Avalon : Werewolf Knight


Bitten By Books is hosting my blog, chat and contest all day today (March 15till
midnight).



Bitten By Books March 15 link http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=21017



Here is Bitten By Books review about White Wolf of Avalon: Werewolf Knight


White Wolf Of Avalon: Werewolf Knight by Eva Gordon
Posted: 13 Mar 2010 07:20 AM PST
White Wolf of Avalon: Werewolf Knight is the third book in author Eva Gordon’s Wolf Maiden Chronicles series. The book takes place in Fifth Century Britain and works in the King Arthur myth alongside the author’s own mythology.

Sir Bledig, the Iron Fist of the Round Table, does not want anything to do with his werewolf heritage, or the destiny that is foretold about him. By age 21 Bledig has been in many battles alongside King Arthur against King Aelle and his Saxon army. He wishes to marry a human wife, and break the curse that is passed down to a werewolf’s offspring if they mate with a wolf maiden. Bledig is put to the test when he meets a young wolf maiden named Annora. Bledig must come face to face with the foretold destiny even if it is the last thing he wants.
Lady Annora of Londinium Augusta has been promised by her brother to Gargol the younger brother of the Alpha wolf of Britain Gorlagon. Upon arriving Annora finds Gorlagon to me an evil man, and is thrown into the dungeon. There Annora meets a pack leader named Kaie, and with each other’s help escapes from Gorlagon’s fortress. Annora finds help with an alpha wolf named Bledig, who she finds attracted to instantly. Though she doesn’t understand how any alpha wolf can hate their existence the way Bledig does. Annora hopes she can show Bledig that being a wolf is a part of him that shouldn’t be cured.
The story molds both the King Arthur mythology and the Wolf Maiden Chronicles mythology together very well. As in her previous two books Eva Gordon manages to find a nice balance between the action and the romance. Both men and woman will find enough in this story to be satisfied. The author has managed to create great adversaries in all three of the Wolf Maiden Chronicle books. Gorlagon and his younger brother Gargol are no exceptions. You are strongly rooting for the hero Bledig against the two brothers by the end of the story.
Book Stats:
 Paperback: 300 pages
 Publisher: Vanilla Heart Publishing (March 25, 2010)
 Language: English
 ISBN-10: 1935407325
 ISBN-13: 978-1935407324
5 Stars

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Come RSVP For My Guest Blog, Chat and Contest




RSVP For: 3/15 Guest Blog, Chat and Contest With Author Eva Gordon. Event starts at 12:00 pm Central and runs all day and into the night. Contest runs until 11:59 pm Central on 3/16/10.

Description: Join us with author Eva Gordon for a guest blog, chat and contest at http://bittenbybooks.com/. She will also be talking about her newest print soon to be released White Wolf of Avalon.



CONTEST:

Prize 1: $25.00 gift card for Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winners choice)
Prize 2: A copy of The Girl’s Guide to Werewolves by Barb Karg (shipped via Amazon and only in United States)
Prize 3: An e-book copy of book 1 Werewolf Sanctuary

RSVP below and get 25 entries to the contest when you show up on the day of the event. If you don’t show up and mention your RSVP AND ask a question, you won’t be entered into the contest.

Check out her website here and get your questions ready for her event.
http://www.ravenauthor.com/

Be SURE to give your friends this link: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=20433 so they can RSVP too!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I'm teaching a workshop for writers on Ancient Falconry


Class: Ancient Falconry
Instructor: Eva Gordon
Dates: March 22 - April 2, 2010

Registration Deadline: March 20, 2010
Fee: $10/HHRW members, $20/others
Click HERE for Registration Form
FMI: HHRW Campus Coordinator: classes@heartsthroughhistory.com

Class Description:

Class: Ancient Falconry
Instructor: Eva Gordon
Class Description:


This course will introduce you to a brief history of Falconry, an important sport during the Middle Ages.
Lesson 1: Introduction and Syllabus
Lesson 2: What is Falconry?
Lesson 3: Earliest Origins of Falconry
Lesson 4: History of Falconry in Asia and the Near East
Lesson 5: History of Falconry in Europe
Lesson 6: Modern Falconry

If you write historical or shifter novels you should check it out. It will run from March 8-19th.
See details below:
RWA eNotes Calendar
by Maria Connor

Hearts Through History Romance Writers (heartsthroughhistory.com/class.htm).