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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

Available everywhere.

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).