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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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Blurb

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




Back to school Audio Book Celebration – ABC!



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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”.




Monday, June 20, 2016

So you want to date a shifter?

So you want to date a shifter?


Contest is CLOSED!  We have a Winner. Congrats Jeanna Massman!  I will contact you and get details about where to send your copy of Slade and tote bag. :)


Howlo Peeps, please comment by asking Luna Lupine advise about your shifter love interest or friend.  For Newsletter Subscribers only Contest Or Sign up for Eva Gordon's Newsletter and then Comment to be entered to win a Proof Signed Copy of Slade (Paperback available soon for purchase). Second place winner will win an ebook copy of Slade.



My name is Luna Lupine and I'm an advice columnist for the Shifter Times.



I advise werewolves and shifters on anything from dating to fashionable easy wear with shifting in mind. I'm a wolf(see my photo below)  shifter, but I help with all shifter dating issues.





I was invited by the fabulous Eva Gordon to advise you on the ins and out of having a relationship with a shifter. I am of the lycan persuasion and in a relationship with a bear shifter. My pack refuses to give their blessing, but hey, shift happens.



 Today I will give a bit of advice and answer questions for all you humans who want to date a werewolf? Or any other shifter. Author Eva Gordon's characters have had to confront the problem with dating a werewolf and so my emphasis will be on dating werewolves. But I'm open to any shifter questions. Some of you want a big cuddly bear, others may want a steamy hot relationship with a dragon, tiger, lion, hawk, gargoyle, or even in Bayla’s case) Hand of Miriam), a golem.

Let's start with how can you tell if your boyfriend/girlfriend is a werewolf. Winks. Keep in mind, this will depend on the author's universe. Using he pronoun because I'm lazy. Answer each.

1. When you go out to eat he always orders a steak (medium rare). Avoids the salad, but seem to enjoy
berries.
2. He is anxious to leave before the full moon rises.
3. He growls when other men check you out.
4. Shaves often.
5. You often see a hint of fangs and feral like eyes.
6. He can see in total darkness.
7. Likes to stick his head out of the car window while you drive.
8. When you come home from work you find thick dog fur on your furniture, but you don't own a dog.
9. Loves going on long walks.
10. Postpones introducing you to his family.
11. When approaching his home, you hear howling.
12. Prefers wooden chopsticks over using silverware.
13. Never goes out on a full moon.
14. Has an uncanny ability to smell and hear things you don't.
15. He stalks you, or at least knows where you've been.
16. Your cat runs and hides when he comes over.
17. Tells you what full lips you have, the better to kiss you, what a nice round ass you have, the better to spank you...and on and on.
18. Hottest guy/girl you have ever dated. Muscular toned body as if he works out in the gym 24/7
19. During the heat of making love, he always says, MINE.
20. After having sex with him, he's pretty much ruined you for normal men.

If you have answered yes to at least five of these comments/questions you better get a place with a bigger yard. And please, seek my advice.

Dating a werewolf can have complications, but don't worry, finding out your boy friend is a big bad wolf is not always a bad thing. No need to run out and buy silver bullets, and adorn your door with garlic. Here are some examples.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

J is for Journey (Author Eva Gordon's Alphabet)

J is for Journey 

As in the classic journey a protagonist takes. Plenty of blogs, classes and books talk about the Hero's Journey narrative. The class I took used Star Wars to discuss the Hero's Journey.


To quote Joseph Campbell:  "A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man."
(Campbell, Joseph. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1949. p.23.)

I'm a pantster( I write by the seat of my pants) not a plotter, yet my story always ends up as the classical Hero's Journey. Without even trying. 

Trust me you don't want to be protagonist in my stories, because before you get your happily ever after and save mankind you have one intense journey. 

For example, imagine waking up one morning to the zombie apocalypse. All you know is that you need to cross the country of flesh eating zombies to find your brother and niece. This is what happens to Dora in Apocalyptic Moon. 
Would you survive? I've got my vehicle but it sure would be nice to have a little help.


Blurb:  Dora's journey begins.

Dr. Dora Adler's life has been in disarray since the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, but when she gets bitten by one of the undead, her whole world is turned upside down. Held captive in a secret underground lab, the tall, muscular hunk in the next cell is her only hope for salvation. Unfortunately, he claims to be a werewolf. Yeah, and she's supposedly a witch.
Dirk Gunderson is an alpha Arbor pack werewolf. Captured and collared, he's sold to the zombie lab in hopes his blood serum can create a vaccine. He needs to escape, but not without the hot little brunette witch.
In the midst of enemy werewolves and the hordes of undead, Dirk and Dora's sexual tension ignites a blaze hotter than the desert highway. Along their journey, they battle the inevitable: a werewolf must never take a witch as a mate.

Looking for a True Blood meets The Walking Dead read> Start your journey HERE





Saturday, June 4, 2016

Eva Gordon's Alphabet: I is for Imagination


I is for Imagination

Imagination is the mind’s ability to be creative. Everyone has and uses their imagination, but writers, artists, dancers, and musicians use it as the driving force in their daily lives. As an author and a perpetual daydreamer, I am in a constant state of imagination. Don’t worry. I try not to daydream while driving, operating heavy machinery, or crossing a busy street. I still function in day to day life. However, malls often are imagined to be future dystopian worlds, or a hike in the forest becomes a path to Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother’s cottage. While standing in line at a grocery store, I study people and wonder what historical period they’d live in or whether I should classify them as an angel, vampire or werewolf? Fortunately, my mind brings me back to reality, but not for long.
Once I sit to work on my novel, typical of a panster or a psychic channeler, I let my imagination create characters who let me know what’s up and create fantastical worlds.  I also like to mix genres, because this really let’s my imagination go wild. Werewolves that are first born wolf before becoming human, werewolves that work for the Lycan Intelligence Agency, a golem that wakes up in a Victorian world, werewolves in fantasy historical stories, witches who combat zombies with the help of shifters, a woman who escapes Nazis and ends up in an alternate magical earth are just a few examples of how my brain works.


Me sitting in a wine cellar that inspired my underground werewolf caverns.

Final thought of the day.

Sticks and stones might break my bones, but my imagination will turn them into cyborg limbs so you better start running.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

H is for Hero/Heroine



Hero and Heroines in my novels are often flawed, but on their journey they develop courage to battle adversity and finally earn their happily ever after. I will focus on Bayla, the heroine from my Bayla and the Golem Novels.



Bayla Gideon is a bluestocking(an intellectual or literary woman). She is obsessed with archaeology and natural history. I like women who show their strength by breaking barriers(in this case the Victorian view of a woman's place) to follow their passions. Smart women.  Brains always beats brawn. Like most of my heroines, Bayla has a wry sense of humor. A sense of humor is a must. If you can't laugh at yourself, why not laugh at the bad guys/gals?

Typical of my heroines, Bayla gets into trouble. While on an archaeological expedition, Bayla finds an ancient Hand of Miriam or a hamsa, 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.




Bayla can now detect evil.  On her return to England, she must deal with reading peoples negative thoughts and the ire of other kind creatures. 

Danger lurks everywhere and despite her flaws and fears, she will use her gift for good. Click below to watch a teaser.





Click to view Book 1 on Amazon   Click to view Book 2 on Amazon

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

G is for Golem: Bayla and the Golem Book Trailer


Check out youtube book trailer: Here

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Author Eva Gordon's Crazy Alphabet G is for Golem Giveaway (Choice of golem ebook) Must comment


G is for Golem 

Giveaway: Now Closed. We have two winners: Leah Negron and Mary Preston. Please contact me via Facebook or my Website Contact (http://www.ravenauthor.com)
Comment at end of article, about what you would do if you had a golem of your own. Smash your enemies or pick up your kids for soccer practice? Feel free to be creative. One commenter will win his/her choice of one of my three ebook novels that include a golem as one of the characters. Winner will be selected on May 13.

The golem character is based on the Jewish mythology that tells of a creature magically 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.

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 pogroms (massacres of Jewish people) There are numerous other versions, including one in which the golem falls in love and becomes violent. A 1915 silent horror film about the golem, titled Der Golem has a very funky looking golem. Reminded me of Frankenstein.



I had a chance to visit the Altneuschul synagogue in Prague where the golem is said to reside. 


Unfortunately, he was sound asleep when I was there. But I did have a chance to bring home a replica of the golem. 


I love the golem so I pursued the golem as a minor character in my fantasy novel, The Stone of the Tenth Realm. The golem of Prague helps Sophie enter into the Tenth Realm in order to escape the Nazis.

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The golem is the hero in my Bayla and the Golem steampunk paranormal romance novels, Hand of Miriam (Book 1) and Her Majesty’s Witch(Book 2)
My main character, Bayla Gideon is a British Jew who discovers she has an ability to detect evil. Faced with dangers, I team her up with the ultimate automaton protector, the Golem of Prague.



My golem is based on a mixture of several versions, but I added my own new twist into the old legend and explain who the golem really is. I loved the romance between Bayla and Gesher (Emmet) the golem.

To find out more about Bayla and the Golem Novels Click to Amazon for Hand of Miriam or pre-order Her Majesty's Witch. You can also visit on iBooks, Barnes and Noble or Kobo.





Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Eva Gordon's Crazy Alphabet : Letter E is for Epic list of European Words for Werewolf


E is for Epic European list of the word Werewolf in various European Languages

You have probably seen this list before, but I wanted to post it to show how universal the concept of the werewolf happens to be.

 Albania (oik) , France (loup-garou), Greece (lycanthropos), Spain, Mexico (hombre lobo), Bulgaria (valkolak), Turkey (kurtadam), Czech Republic/Slovakia (vlkodlak), Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia (vukodlak / вукодлак), Russia (vourdalak , оборотень), Ukraine (vovkulak(a), vurdalak(a), vovkun, перевертень), Croatia (vukodlak), Poland (wilkołak), Romania (vârcolac, priculici), Macedonia (vrkolak), Scotland (werewolf, wulver), England (werewolf), Ireland (faoladh or conriocht), Germany (Werwolf), the Netherlands (weerwolf), Denmark/Sweden/Norway (Varulv), Norway/Iceland (kveld-ulf,varúlfur), Galicia(lobisón), Portugal (lobisomem), Lithuania (vilkolakis and vilkatlakis), Latvia (vilkatis and vilkacis), Andorra (home llop), Hungary (Vérfarkas and Farkasember), Estonia (libahunt), Finland (ihmissusi and vironsusi), and Italy (lupo mannaro). 



Thursday, April 28, 2016

Eva's Crazy Alphabet: D is for Danger



My characters often have interesting lifestyles, have  character flaws or inner demons and experience conflict with the character he or she is passionately in love and or in lust with.  However, if they happen to live in my novels, they face grave danger. Demons, evil werewolves, werewolf hunters, mad inventors, mobsters, and flesh eating zombies are but some of the dangers, my characters must face. Danger is a given in a paranormal romance/suspense or fantasy novel. 

If you are a character in my novel be prepared for an adrenaline rush before you get your happily ever after. That is, if you survive long enough for a happily ever after.



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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Eva Gordon's crazy alphabet: C is for Coffee

C is For Coffee


Rich dark roast with a little cream. 
When writing my novels, coffee is my drug of choice. The aroma sets me in the mood for creativity and intellectual pursuits.  The taste awakens my muse.  Coffee. Write. Edit. Edit. Edit. More Coffee.


Monday, April 18, 2016

My Crazy Alphabet Musings: B is for Beta

Eva Gordon's Crazy Alphabet (B)

B is for Beta 



In wolf packs the beta is second in hierarchy after the alpha. If the alpha dies, the beta will take over and often mate with the alpha female. In my books, the beta is second in hierarchy as well, but doesn't necessarily take over if the alpha dies. In my stories it's more of a born-into-your status sort of thing. Learn more about alphas and betas in my books. Here

B is also for beta reader. A beta is pre-reader who reads an author's novel and points out issues with the plot, grammar or inconsistencies, or more depending on what stage of the manuscript the author is on. I love my beta readers! In my case, the betas read my book after editing and proofing. they make sure my critique partner, editor and proofer didn't miss anything. Quality control crew. 


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Eva Gordon's Crazy Alphabet (A)

The Alphabet letter of the day according to my books, zoology, or any other nonsense that spills from my brain. This will not necessarily be a daily blog, but one where I can sneak out of the cave or forest and make an entry. Feel free to comment what your letter represents.

A is for Alpha

In my books the top dog male or female. Leader of the pack. Hot sexy brooding hero. Slade, Book 1 (Team Greywolf series) is my best example. Click below pix to learn more about his stoty.



Sunday, March 27, 2016

Goodreads Giveaway April 3 until May 3rd :Signed Copy of Hand of Miriam.


Sign up to win a signed copy of trade paperback, Hand of Miriam, Book 1 in the Bayla and the Golem Novel duology. In honor of book 2, Her Majesty's late Spring Release. Cover Release coming soon.

Blurb for book 1:
On an archaeological expedition, Bayla Gideon, is widowed by a supernatural force and branded with the Hand of Miriam or Knowing Eye. Threatened by evil, she awakens the golem; a mythical man of clay, who protected the Jewish community over three centuries ago. 

The golem, Gesher, is surprised. Freedom –by a beautiful, enchanting woman. His desire is to return to the celestial spheres and regain his status as an avenging angel. Yet, Bayla challenges his mind, body and soul. Would he risk his return to the heavens for her? 

Besides, dealing with the otherkind, mad inventors and an unrelenting matchmaking aunt, Bayla is equally determined to resist her steamy attraction to the striking fallen angel. 

Thrust into a malevolent war, which includes facing Jack the Ripper, they must resist the magnetic pull toward each other, while protecting the world from encroaching evil. 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Trailer and Blurb for White Wolf of Avalon, Werewolf Knight, Edition 2

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Pre-order Coming Soon Everywhere, Edition 2 (Revised and updated, and a new cover by Sassy Queens Designs)



Blurb
Bledig, a knight of King Arthur, carries a deep secret. He’s lycan. A beast he controls with a strong iron fist. He will not turn beast. He will not mate a wolf maiden and father lycan children. He will not leave his king.
Annora, a wolf maiden, is grounded in tradition. A wolf maiden must mate a lycan. Romance and her continuing intellectual pursuits as a scribe and historian are at the discretion of her future mate. 
In the wilderness, Annora and Bledig meet. She is the beautiful woman he has dreamt of nightly. He is the knight in shining armor she had fantasized aboutbrave, handsome, and chivalrous. Their attraction is instantaneous. Her gallant knight is not just lycan, but the white wolf destined to unite all lycans of Britain.  
Will Bledig reject his true destiny as the prophesied lycan leader of Britain and remain a knight of the Round Table? Can he deny his desire for the lovely wolf maiden, Annora, who has already captured his inner wolf’s heart?

Will Bledig find a cure to rid himself of his inner beast or submit to his wolf and claim Annora? Can they combat an evil pack that means to enslave all lycans and destroy King Arthur’s Britain?



Friday, February 12, 2016

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 soon from my back list, White Wolf of Avalon, Werewolf Knight (Coming Spring 2016). New cover and re-edited/updated.


Coming Spring 2016 Pre-order