Thursday, November 5, 2009
Welcome Eva Gordon!
Please welcome teacher, author and animal sanctuary volunteer, Eva Gordon. We're happy to have you with us today. Please tell us about yourself and the fascinating books that you've written.
First, we'd love to know what led you to writing.
I loved creating tall tales for my students while teaching biology and anatomy/physiology. They ended up telling me to write these ideas into books and I soon was bitten by the writing bug.
I think everyone wishes for a teacher like you! Could you tell us what you enjoy most about writing and have there been any hurdles that surprised you?
I enjoy jumping into the world that my characters live in and living in that particular fantasy world. A fantastic escape. The hurtles for me are having to leave writing to promote or to do the mundane things required in real life.
If you could do anything else, what profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I would love to continue my love of wildlife education and do presentations. I already do wolf and werewolf lore presentations and sometimes toy with the idea of getting my PhD in Anthropology as a scholar of ‘werewolf’ lore.
You seem very passionate about this subject and I'd love to know more about your new release.
My latest release is Beast Warrior :Viking Werewolf, book 2 in my Wolf Maiden Chronicles. It follows book 1 Werewolf Sanctuary (contemporary) but is a standalone epic fantasy romance that takes place in the year 840 AD during the Viking Era. What I call a ‘werewolfhistorical’. The story revolves around the romance between a Viking Wolfskin (werewolf) and a Frank wolf maiden. They must overcome cultural differences, a dangerous alpha Frank lycan and the common enemy of the lycans, the bearskins.
Do any of your characters from previous books appear in your latest?
No, but their belief systems are mentioned in the previous novel. The first book also hints about the next.
So you have written a series. I have to tell you that I was hoping there was more than one book!
Yes. The Wolf Maiden Chronicles includes Werewolf Sanctuary, Beast Warrior : Viking Werewolf and the winter release of White Wolf of Avalon: Werewolf Knight. There are at least 7 more in this series. I also have a fantasy trilogy that I’m hoping to sell. The first in the trilogy, The Stone of the Tenth Realm was first published in the UK and I was just released from contract.
You sound very busy! I know all writers like to decompress though, tell us what you like to do in your spare time.
I love volunteering at animal sanctuaries. I also want folks to know that on every full moon I interview a famous werewolf or like creature on my blog http://evagordon.blogspot.com/
Beast Warrior: Viking Werewolf sounds wonderful. Could you tell us a little bit about it?
Beast Warrior: Viking Werewolf is a historical paranormal romance that takes place during the Viking Era of the Dark Ages. A time when only the strong survive. It is the second book in the Wolf Maiden Chronicles, which depicts alpha lycans and their human wolf maiden mates.
Sigurd, an alpha Norse wolfskin, son of Gunnolf the Red seeks revenge against shape shifting bearskins, Bork the Mad and his son, Mord the Blood Claw for the death of his parents and his older brother Guda. Orphaned, he has been raised by his older sister Brynhild, who convinces him to take a wolf maiden in order to increase their small pack. Despite the warning by Hungerd the wolf witch, he takes a farmer’s new bride with tragic consequences. Alone he joins a long ship until the day he can avenge his pack’s demise.
Emelisse, a Frank wolf maiden, has been raised and educated in the classics, science, literature and languages by female lycans of the Lupercal. Born a runt with a weak heart her father has been overprotective. She refuses to be treated like a delicate vase and rebels by seeking out riding and falconry. Now at age eighteen Emelisse frets that her father wants her to accept Radulf III the Cruel, an alpha lycan of a pack of powerful warriors. She tries to run away with her human lover.
Viking werewolf, Sigurd rescues Emelisse, from the claws of the berserker bear men. He claims her as his ulf hexen or wolf maiden, but she wants to leave lycan society and live with humans. To complicate matters she has been called by her goddess Feronia to save the lycans from a dreaded disease. Their union is wrought with great peril in a world where werewolves must battle against their own kind as well as their fierce enemy, the berserker bear men. Will Emelisse accept Sigurd a foreign lycan as her alpha mate? Sigurd vows to protect her from their enemies but how can he save her before she dies from her ailing heart?
Now I'm really hooked but it sounds like I'm not the only one. Here's a little bit about what Bitten By Books had to say:
Beast Warrior: Viking Werewolf is the prequel to Eva Gordon’s Werewolf Sanctuary. The majority of the book takes place in ninth century France.
The story was well paced, and the romance between Siguard and Emelisse is great. There are plenty of huge battles that take place throughout the book and work well with the romance. The book ties in neatly with Werewolf Sanctuary. If you liked Eva Gordon’s writing from book one, then you won’t be disappointed with book two Beast Warrior Viking Werewolf. The third book White Wolf of Avalon will take place 400 years before the events of book two.
To buy a print copy of Beast warrior from Amazon click here.
To buy a print copy of Beast warrior from Barnes & Noble click here.
Books in the Wolf Maiden Chronicles in order:
Beast Warrior: Viking Werewolf
White Wolf of Avalon
And coming February 10, 2010: Whitewolf of Avalon: Werewolf Knight
White Wolf of Avalon : Werewolf Knight
Book 3 in The Wolf Maiden Chronicles
White Wolf of Avalon : Werewolf Knight takes place during Arthurian times. There are cameo appearances by well known characters such as King Arthur, Morgan le Fey and Mordred to name a few but the story revolves around the secret society of lycans that reside in ancient Britain.
Bledig, an orphan raised by a childless couple near the magical Isle of Avalon dreams of someday becoming a knight of the Round Table. Bledig refuses to become a beast and wants no part in marrying a wolf maiden and begetting lycan children. After Bledig helps King Arthur defeat the Saxons at Badon Hill he is knighted and is advised by his close friend Sir Uwain that he knows of a priest that can cure him of his wolfen curse. Bledig heads toward Avalon to tell his great aunt Silvia of his plan. Once cured, he will serve as a knight, marry a courtly lady and earn a title.
Annora a Romano Greco wolf maiden, is more interested in intellectual pursuits than romantic ones. She is a scribe and historian who preferred to marry an older alpha lycan who would better understand her need to focus on her writings. As Annora travels up north to meet with her brother and family, they are attacked by Gorlagon’s she-lycan Trivia and her pack of warrior lycans.
In the wilderness Annora and Bledig meet. She is the beautiful woman he has dreamt of nightly while heading to retrieve his brother’s moonstone. He the knight in shining armor she had fantasized about, brave, handsome and chivalrous. Their attraction is instantaneous. She is stunned to learn he is a lycan, the white wolf destined to unite all the lycans of Britain. Her mate. On learning she is a wolf maiden, Bledig hardens his heart. He tells her that after he delivers her to the safety of Avalon he will visit a priest who will cure him of his wolfen curse. She is saddened that he refuses to follow his destiny and that he does not wish to claim her as his.
Danger lurks everywhere. Gorlagon and Gargol have not given up on their hunt to find Annora and the Pict wolfen she released from his dank dungeons. But most of all they wish to use her as a breeder. Intrigue and secrecy abound in King Arthur’s court at Camulod. Mordred, who Arthur is unaware, is his son by his own sister Morgause, plots to rule. He has become Gorlagon’s secret Lupercii in the hopes of having a lycan army to defeat his father in battle.
Will Bledig reject his true destiny as the prophesized lycan leader of Britain, and most importantly can he deny his feelings for the lovely wolf maiden, Annora, who has already captured his heart and soul?
Can Annora survive the lycans who hunt her? Will Bledig finally submit to his lycan nature and forever claim her as his wolf maiden? Will magic save their kind, the fae of Avalon and King Arthur’s Britain?
Wow, now I'm really hooked! I'd love to know more about Book One of the Wolf Maiden Chronicles, Werewolf Sanctuary.
Book 1. in The Wolf Maiden Chronicles
Since ancient times, the Lupercal Council has kept their people’s werewolf identity a well-guarded secret from man. They refer to their kind as lycans. The lycan shifts into a bear-sized wolf, bearing unique markings reminiscent of Maori or Celtic tattoos. The pack shifts during the full moon and are under the control of their alpha male leader. The alpha male and alpha female are not bound by the full moon and can shift at will. Lycans can only breed with their kind. The exception are the alpha males, which can only mate with human women known as wolf maidens. These human women bear the five-toed paw print or mark of the wolf on their left hip. Female alphas are sterile but are the leading lycans governing the Lupercal Council.
The Lupercal society is in peril due to an unknown disease infecting their young offspring. The children that survive the pestilence shift too early into wolf cubs, lose their distinct markings, and end up becoming normal wolves unaware of their human consciousness. Normally immune to most known diseases, the Lupercal has few of their own doctors and must seek the help of a human outsider to find the cure.
Wyatt Weylin, the alpha male of the Montana pack and leader of a team of mercenary lycans, flies to a World Wolf Conference in San Francisco, where he hopes to convince leading authority on wolf diseases, veterinarian Dr. Madeline Styles to come to his wolf sanctuary and find a cure. The minute he sees her he feels drawn to her striking good looks. The sensory chemistry is instant. He tries to suppress the feeling knowing that he is forbidden to fall for a human. Life gets complicated when Wyatt discovers that the vegetarian animal doctor has the mark of the wolf and is his life mate.
Eva, thank you so much for being our guest today. And please, drop by anytime you'd like!
If anyone would like to know more about Eva and her fascinating books, here are some places to look:
Links and Videos
ISBN: 978-1-935407-30-0 for Werewolf Sanctuary http://tinyurl.com/WerewolfSanctuary
ISBN 978-1-935407-31-7 for Beast Warrior, Viking Werewolf http://tinyurl.com/Beast-Warrior-Viking-Werewolf
Coming in February 2010
ISBN is 978-1-935407-32-4 for White Wolf of Avalon: Werewolf Knight and the video link to the short is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UMtDFJB7kE
Author of Paranormal and Fantasy Romance
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