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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Book Club Discussion Questions for Beast Warrior: Viking Werewolf By Eva Gordon



Welcome to my Book Club Discussion about Beast Warrior : Viking Werewolf. Come in anytime during the month and post a comment. You can answer or discuss any of the questions that catch your interest or all. Comment on others comments as well. No spoilers for those who have not read the novel. This is my first blog book club so I'm leaving it open ended. So grab a flagon of mead and sit by the campfire.

1. What do you imagine the world was like during the Dark Ages?



2. How would your life be inconvenienced by living during the Viking Era of 840 AD?



3. In the lycan society, describe each: alpha male, alpha female, beta pack member, and human wolf maiden or ulf hexen.




4. What is the role of the Lupercal?



5. Do you think the disease rabies helped develop the idea of savage wolves or even werewolves?



6. Differentiate between the Norse werewolves or wolfskins with bearskins.



7. How do the Norse werewolves fit in with Norse mythology?



8. What do you know about Viking berserkers? Does this fit in with the concepts in the novel’s fantasy about wolfskins and bearskins?



9. Who are the mentors in this novel? Explain.

10. What are some cultural differences between the Southern Lycans and the Northern Wolfskins?



11. Do the hero and heroine have an inner code of ethics?





12. Do you think Emelisse and Sigurd are true life mates despite their differences?



13. Do you think that within the ‘werewolf’ culture women are treated better than in human culture? Think Dark Ages.




14. After reading Beast Warrior: Viking Werewolf would you describe as paranormal romance, a historical and or a fantasy novel? What do you think of cross genre novels?



15. What music would be good background music for this book? Here is a video of the awesome group Dragon Ritual Drummers. I would love to hire them to work on my sound track. Perfect atmospheric music for Beast Warrior.



16. If it was a movie who should play Sigurd and Emelisse. Or other characters?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Interview with Luna the Alaskan Wolf




This full moon we have a special guest, a real wolf named Luna. I have traveled to a private deep forest in Alaska where I'm sitting under the full moon. I am guided by two spirit animals the raven and the wolf. They have guided me to this journey through the power of drum, the heartbeat of the earth. I posted a beautiful video I found on youtube, but you can skip and read the interview. Post questions if you wish. I also posted another fun video from youtube at the end.







Eva: Welcome Luna. Where are you from?
Luna: The land of our marked territory and smells like my pack.

Eva Tell us about your pack?
Luna :There are 8 of us. We hunt and we take care of the cubs. We greet each other before and after a hunt and show respect to our leader.
Eva: So you are the alpha female, what does that mean?
Luna: My alpha mate and I have cubs and we are the leaders of the pack. Others treat us with great respect.


Eva: Describe your mate.
Luna: He smells good and I love sound of his howl. I will never leave his side.
Eva: Discuss the status of the other wolves in your pack.

Luna: When my mate and I approach, the others crouch with their ears flattened, and tails down to show we are the leaders. The lowest ranking ones stay and take care of the cubs while we hunt.
Eva: Compared to humans tell us about your body form.
Luna: We have fur, four legs, a tail, a long snout to better smell, long ears to better hear, and a large mouth and fangs to better eat prey.

Eva: But you never eat humans?
Luna: No my pack would never do that.
Eva: What do you normally eat?
Luna: We love flesh but we will even eat berries, earthworms and grasshoppers.
Eva: What do you think of humans?
Luna: I smell them more than I see them. They have a strange scent on their body, some not their own. We are taught not to go near your kind. We avoid the smell.
Eva: Do you tell stories of wolf humans, wolves that become human?
Luna: We have spirits that become humans.


Eva: Do you have natural enemies?
Luna: Sometimes bears or cougars who can eat our young, but mostly it’s man.

Eva: So you have almost been killed by aerial hunting?
Luna: Yes, we lost two members of our pack that way. From the air comes loud growls followed by deadly bites.
Eva: What does it feel like to be on the hunt?
Luna: Exhilarating but requires team work. Our greatest fear is hunger.
Eva: How do you teach your cubs?
Luna: We allow them to play to learn their strengths and when they are ready they watch us hunt. We make sure they are safe from all enemies and they are safe in their den.
Eva: What is the biggest thing you have killed?
Luna: Moose
Eva :What do you think of humans?
Luna: They smell like prey but are really predators and dangerous. Very cunning.
Eva: What do you think of coyotes or dogs or other predators?
Luna: They are not allowed on our territory.
Eva: What do you think of ravens since they always follow a pack?
Luna: They steal most of our food and sometimes they even guide us to the prey.

Eva: Do you remember your life of a cub?
Luna: Yes, I was a cub. I remember the smell of milk. I remember shoving the other cubs away from the teat.
Eva: How do you react to other packs?
Luna: We do not allow them in our territory.

Eva: Finally my human pack members want to know if you only howl during the full moon and why do wolves howl?
Luna: We howl day or night , it does not matter. We howl for many reasons, including gathering for the hunt and communicating with distant pack members and other packs. To express joy and grief.

Eva: May I express my joy in having interviewed you.
I howl and Luna joins in. The pack gathers around and they too join us in song. Here is a video with more wolf song.

Werewolf Wednesday News



Lot's of howling excitement in the woods. First today is ask Doc Werewolf Wednesday second White Wolf of Avalon : Viking Werewolf is Available on Amazon Kindle, third my interview with a real wolf will be going up for this Full Moon, my Book Club for Beast Warrior : Viking Werewolf begins Feb.1 (I will post questions) and my seminar on Wolf Lore on Coffee time Romance begins Feb. 3----Feb 17. I invite you all to my events dedicated to Lupercalia and the Release of White Wolf of Avalon

When you sign up, put 'evagordon' in the referal box and the staff will get your registration done so you can post.

Here is my seminar outline:

http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/forumdisplay.php?f=480
February 2010 - Seminar Host is Eva Gordon
Call of the Wild : Wolf Lore, truths and myths every writer should know about wolves

3rd -17th

A month long 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.

Lessons:

Part 1.

1. Introduction
2. Wolf Natural History

A. Basic Biology
B. Wolf Behavior

Part 2.

1. Wolf Lore in Europe and Central Asia
2. alpha werewolf.Wolf as totem
3. Wolf as enemy of man

Thursday, January 21, 2010

White Wolf of Avalon: Now Available on Kindle


Hi,
Just to let you know White Wolf of Avalon is available on Kindle NOW. Print version to be released on March 9, 2010. For Kindle just click

http://bit.ly/8Ko7iH

Here is the trailer:


Love and Light,

Eva Gordon

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ask Doc Werewolf Wednesday

Howlo,


Today I want to recommend Avatar. It is an amazing film, visually and with a story that resonated with me because of my connection to our mother Earth, Gaia. It is a classic story of the clash between cultures and civilizations. Greed verses biodiversity. I really loved the Pandora universe James Cameron created and being a biologist I especially liked the fauna. For all my wolf lovers, the fauna included the Viperwolf or in Na'vi the Nantang. The viperwolves looked like wolves with mange and very lycanthrope like. I was happy to see a keystone predator similar to the wolf on Pandora.



So werewolf and wolf fans tell me what you think? If you have not seen the movie yet, do see it in 3D. Or come in to ask for advice.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Werewolf Wednesday



Werewolf Cafe open for all your questions and entertainment. Werewolves often have social and relationship issues. Come in ask for advice. Oh, and do check out my latest review by Vampire Author Nicole Hathway http://nicole-hadaway.blogspot.com/2010/01/writers-wedesday-featuring-eva-gordons.html One post will win a free e-book copy of my novel.