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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Coffee Time Steampunk Revelry Event

Dear friends, come join me at Steampunk Coffee Time in honor of Hand of Miriam's Release.

Read the excerpt from Hand of Miriam, Play Two chops crossword puzzle game, and enter the Rafflecopter for a:

steampunk gift card
Start Time: January 30 at 8: 00 AM Pacific Time
End Time:  February 4 at Midnight Pacific Time

I hope to see you all, as Bayla and the Golem's Winter Blog Tour Continues. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hand of Miriam, A Bayla and the Golem Blog Tour for This Week

1/28/14 Spotlight and Giveaway of e-book copy of Hand of Miriam larissaslifeintl-giveaway-spotlight-hand-of-miriam.html

1/29/14  Author Interview/ Casting Bayla and the Gesher, the golem. Marci Baun's Fantasy Paranormal Romance

1/30/14 Steampunk Coffee Time Revelry10.00 Giveaway coffee time gift card Steampunk.Coffee Time Romance

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Author Eva Gordon Release Party and Amazon Gift Card Contest 1/23 – RSVP HERE!

Here's the link for today's event:


Join us on 1/23 with author Eva Gordon for a release party, chat and contest. This event post goes up at 12:00pm Central and runs into the evening. For those visiting from outside of the US, here is the time conversion link. We are in the Chicago time zone:

She will be talking about her new book Hand of Miriam a Bayla and the Golem novel.

Here is the link to the Bitten By Books Review: BBB Review 

Here is the Rafflecopter

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Oy vay, steampunk? What is up with the title, Hand of Miriam, A Bayla and the Golem Novel?

If you have not heard about steampunk, it is Victorian era science fiction/alternative history. Steampunk is a wide spectrum with many subgenres but it would take several weeks to explain. Keep an eye out for local steampunk conventions or look up in the sky for airship pirates.

My story leans more toward the gothic paranormal romance dark urban fantasy spectrum. My  world has many paranormal romance elements, which include werewolves, vampires, demons, angels and a secret society known as the Grigori (the sons of Fallen Angels). 

Hand of Miriam then takes a different fork from the average paranormal romance, not because it takes place in an alternative late Victorian era England but because I also include Jewish elements. The Hand of Miriam or a hamsa, is a small amulet shaped like a hand and embedded with an eye on the palm. It is common amulet used to ward off evil or the evil eye throughout the Middle East. My main character, Bayla finds an ancient hamsa in the Negev Desert, and is imbued with the knowing eye. She can detect evil, which places her in peril from said evil people and creatures.

Faced with new danger, Bayla awakens the golem to protect her. The golem character is based on the Jewish mythology that tells of a creature made of inanimate matter such as clay or mud. Golem myths date back to early Judaism and there are many versions of a golem story. Even several romantic ones.

The most famous story is the Golem of Prague. In the late 16 century, Rabbi Lowe created the golem to guard the Jewish ghetto against anti-Semitic thugs. There are numerous other versions, including one in which the golem falls in love and becomes violent. My golem is based on a mixture of several versions, but I then add my own new twist into the old legend and explain who the golem really is. No spoilers, but my golem turns out to be more than just a man of clay.

I have been in love with golem stories for years. I even had the chance to visit Prague a few years ago, where the golem still rests, so they say.  Here is the little golem I brought back from Prague.

According to one rumor/urban myth, the Nazi's entered the Alneuschul's ( a medieval synagogue, where the golem is kept) attic, perhaps looking for the golem. The two SS officers who entered disappeared and the dogs they brought with them to search ran away yelping. Fiction or non-fiction? I for one believe the golem smashed them to bits. What do you think?