[Mythology is a fascinating and broad category which includes legends and characters from a myriad of cultures. Today, I turn my blog over to author Juli D. Revezzo, as she talks about the Celtic inspiration for her new release. Enjoy! ~ S.G. Rogers]
“We let our gods tell us Their stories, Their pasts, Their connections. I’m not dictating to them, and I am baffled by those who would…” -Jolene Dawe
I think Ms. Dawe has the right idea. What we call myths, the sacred stories of gods and heroes passed down through the ages, are but stories the interpretation of which changes with the listener. If what Ms. Dawe says is true, might we not know exactly what our sacred stories mean to the characters involved?
This is the question I asked when creating my new paranormal romance novel for The Wild Rose Press, Passion’s Sacred Dance. Particularly about the Battle of Mag Tuired. I knew the story, how the Tuatha de Danann gods lined up against the Formorians for a slight against one of their own. But what more might there be?
I knew the heroine, Stacy Macken as she walked on stage the first time, had a story with links to an important mythology. Somehow, possibly because of her genetic make-up or her interesting Celtic design tattoo (something you wouldn’t expect a business woman to have, necessarily), told me she knew something profound and mythological was about to happen.
At the same time, I was studying Celtic mythology and legends. The stories of queens, of magic cups and weapons, stories in a true romantic vein with noble warriors fighting epic battles (some of them fought strange battles too) on small scales, all these things intrigued me and filled up the bulk of my reading. So, it wasn’t hard at all to wonder what if one of these epic battles took place here and now? How would a modern woman react if one happened right under her nose?
Then my hero Aaron—a member of the army of the Tuatha dé Danann—walked in, and in a scene reminiscent of Bill Murray in Groundhog Day said “I’m a god-like thing honey, and guess what? The world’s about to suffer another battle like the second battle of Mag Tuired eons ago—and you, my dear, are right in the way.”
*g* Men. Even immortal ones are incorrigible.
But what might they mean to the men and gods walking onto that battlefield? So that’s how a myth became a war, and a war became a novel. Would you like to know a little more? Okay, here’s the blurb:
Passion’s Sacred Dance
Battling mounting debt, Stacy Macken is determined not to lose her historic art gallery. When Aaron Fielding appears and offers to help, she fights to keep the attraction sizzling between them from clouding her judgment. He may be her savior in disguise–but can she trust him?
Aaron intrigues her with tales of the Tuatha dé Danann, sworn warriors who protect humanity from the monsters seeking their destruction. If Aaron can prove what he claims, she would give up anything to help–even the gallery he claims is sacred ground. But with her property set to stage the next epic battle, she needs answers. An old family diary will confirm the ancient legend is true, if only they can find it in time.
If the battle is lost, the enemy will take control of Earth for the next five hundred years. Stacy and Aaron’s budding love might only complicate things.
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Thanks, Suzanne, for having me here today! ~ Juli