2013-06-04

Love of Mythology...mermaid love.


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Post #3 Mermaid in search of God. Enter her consort. Think beard, bull, and Ba'al.
Atargatis as we know is a Syrian goddess who appears as part fish-bodied and may play an important role in why fish are regarded as sacred in Syria. Atargatis, goddess of creation and a protectress of the people, was depicted with flowing hair and had several temples and followers around the first century. Frequently devotees disfigured themselves. Ouch! Symbols associated with Atargatis are the lion (see the coin), crescent moon, and two fish (Pisces discussed in Post #2). Also, doves and scepters. Love and weaponry…go figure. In ancient Greece she was referred to as Aphrodite Derceto and by the Romans as Dea Syria or Goddess of Syria. Some shortened her name to Deasura.

Now, this is all about the Love of Mythology and so we must have love in our story. Atargatis indeed has several instances of being linked to love. Her consort is Hadad, the bearded god associated with the bull as well as rain and storms. Can you image what a fiery romance that could make? If I had to cast Hollywood glamour pusses I’d pick Hugh Jackson as Hadad and Blake Lively as Atargatis. Side note: Hadad also referred to a Ba’al, and his power was equivalent to the great Olympians. And yes, he’d referenced to in the Bible.
Another trivia snippet: Atargatis is attributed to Derceto, a high priestess who fell in love with a shepherd and became pregnant. Out of shame, she plunged herself into the sea but because of her great beauty, she was changed to part fish while retaining the upper torso and head of her human body.

Atargatis had several temples throughout Syria in which sacred ponds were built and prohibited from contact except by her priests or Dervishes. Up to the 1930’s there were still sacred ponds in Lebanon.
So far, I’ve put together some visuals and research on Mermaid Mythology this immensely captivating subject of sea nymphs for the sequel to Ocean of Love.

New Players:
Hadad: aka Ba'al. God who dictated weather as 
    well as kept the land fertile or not with drought.
Derceto: Goddess with a temple and Priestess in
    in Ephesus
Dervish: Priest or devout follower, pious and lead
    an ascetics life.

Thanks to
Jewish Encyclopedia

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2013-06-03

Mermaid Mythology...in the beginning.

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More Mermaid Myth Trivia!
Post # 2

The myth of Atargatis evolved over time into that of Ashtarte, also a Syrian Goddess, and it believed to be the counterpart to Aphrodite. Oh you’re bursting to say that Aphrodite is the wrong choice. Afterall she’s not represented in fish form. Think again. Remember the myth of Pisces or the counterpart in Syrian mythology where “Ikthyes” or “Ichthyes” are the two fish rescuers of Aphrodite and and her son, Eros.

And yet in another myth, a large egg is transported up the Euphrates river by two fish. This time the fish are Aphros and Bythos, and they delivered the egg to the shore of the river, helping it hatch. Voila, inside was none other than Ashtarte (remember the Syrian counterpart of Aphrodite). Aphrodite was born out of sea foam and is seen in countless depictions in repose on a half-shell. 

I love that myths, fables, and fairy tales have counterparts in other cultures. These stories provide a framework in which women and men contemplate life. So much that, (I don’t know if it is true that it is this myth that is responsible) but in Syrian culture, fish is not eaten to a great extent.
I love stretching so here goes...

What can we make of references for the fish symbol in Christianity.

The acrostic use of Greek letters sounded like ICHTUS for "Jesus Christ, God's Son, Savior." And Jesus proclaim his disciples were the fishers of men. The fish is a powerful symbol through the ages.
 
So now you know a little bit more about mermaid myths and surrounding stories. Where the stories arose and how mythology and symbols can influence culture.

In the next post, we’ll look at more mermaid myths and especially, who was Atargatis’s consort. Mermaids are portrayed as stunning creatures, but make no mistake they are as varied as the oceans in which they inhabit. The good, the bad, and truly wrong doers exist. So watch out, beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder with these lovelies.

The Players:
  • Atargatis: Atargatis, in Aramaic ‘Atar‘atah, was a Syrian deity, "the great mistress of the North Syrian lands."
  • Ashtarte: Early Syrian Dea, mother to over 70 gods and goddess.
  • Aphrodite:  Beauty, love, pleasure, and procreation are her attributes as one of the greatest Olympians.
  • Eros: Rascally companion to Aphrodite. He was present at her birth and some believe Eros came directly from her being.
  • Pisces Pair of Syrian river fish who rescued Aphrodite and Eros when they were fleeing from the monster Typhoeus
  • Aphros and Bathos: “Fish-tailed Ikhthyokentauroi or Sea-Centaurs.” Theo Project

Thanks to
Princeton University references.
Gods and Monsters
Who’s Who of World of Mythology
Theoi Project

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If you're intrigued by mermaids and love H-O-T romance,
here's a little tasty tease from Ocean of Love
a mermaid fantasy love story.

- Excerpt-
Marissa peered toward the beach, taking in the shimmering, blue-green water. A mesmerizing, high-pitched hymn unfolded. Wyatt wouldn’t be able to hear song tossed about by the waves. She listened, transfixed until the cold edge of fear, prickly as seaweed wrapped around her.
"The ocean…" she stammered. "It’s strange. I don’t come down here that much. Odd, considering the type of property we deal with."

She couldn’t just tell him. See, she was nervous, well downright scared to death that somehow she’d get wet and turn into a…a… She couldn’t even finish the thought.
 
 
Wyatt stared at her, but he wasn’t gazing at her face. He studied her chest. His expression made her forget her fear.
"Man, what a rarity. Are those real?"
Frozen, she gaped at him. South Beach was vested with an aura of tell-all, as if nude sunbathing equaled a need to be forthright. Did men from where he hailed speak openly about body parts? She flinched not knowing what he was referring to until his fingers gingerly picked up the pendants she wore around her neck.
"Those are beautiful."
"Come again?" She choked back indignation.
His fingers trailed over her skin before he tugged the chain around her neck. "Some museum pieces? May I?"
An innocent mistake. Of course he wasn’t talking about her breasts.
"This is antique gold," he murmured, squinting down at her necklace.
"A stack of stamped coins, one on top of another. A couple hundred years old, or so I’ve been told."
Darn, Wyatt had snuck within her physical comfort zone, past the point where she should have reared back. Marissa had no choice and waited, every one of her nerves stretched taut. She caught herself admiring his dark chest hair on display between the unbuttoned collar of his shirt and hastily looked away.
He spoke as if he were talking to himself. "Appears as if the rubies are embedded from years of being underwater. This is something from a shipwreck rescue isn’t it?"
The distinct urge to bury her face into his shoulder held her in a tug-o-war. He raised his face connecting with her gaze, expectation of a response in the arch of his brow. There was no way to adequately describe her necklace. A gift from her mother and a treasure she’d had for years. Wyatt had a way of unlocking her vault of feelings. The memory had Marissa coming undone as she furiously blinked back tears. A tide of emotions lodged in her throat. She stepped back, far enough to make him release her necklace.
"A family heirloom," she said, facing away from him while the breeze lapped at her face. She wiped away pooling tears, pretending to fix strands of her hair floating in the wind.

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2013-05-31

Love of Mythology...Mermaid Myths

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Myths capture the heart in explaining human behavior. From the past we're delivered into a realm both human and magical, a surreal existence explaining where mankind originated and the power and influence of immortals behind our existence.
 
One of my favorite themes in mythology the creation of love. Whether Gods, goddesses, or mortals, the ability to love has always intrigued me, especially when there are powers transmuting our mere mortal existence. Mermaid mythology is my favorite having come from Miami and spent my life near the ocean. So for the next week, we'll dive into the world of mermaids starting with Atargatis, a Syrian Goddess of fertility and protection. This myth appeared between 700 - 1000 b.c.
 
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Mermaid Erotic Love Story  Amazon Bestseller #1 Fantasy Romance in March and April
 
 ~Excerpt~
    She cleared her throat, hoping her voice leveled out. "The site is utterly stunning, wouldn’t you agree Mr. Herndon…Wyatt?"


      His steely gaze seemed to contemplate what she’d uttered. How in the heck had she become head realtor of this deal? She stared at her emergency sack, folded and tucked by the side of her seat. She doubted shoving the brown paper bag against her face would fill her newest client with much confidence in her abilities. She put the thought away and sucked in a deep,slow breath.


    The man’s shadow fell over her as he bent down. She peered up into his face and her breath caught in her throat. Something in his manner exacerbated her hunger for hot, mind-blowing sex.

    "Are you going togive me a tour from the front seat of your car?" He chuckled. "I promise not to bite." The corners of his mouth curled secretively, and then he whispered almost beyond earshot. "Too hard."

    She stared at him opened-mouthed. "Excuse me?"


    "Nothing. Just wondering if you’re planning on exiting your vehicle in the near future?"


     "I’m just getting my camera and phone. You should be enjoying the view."

    "Trust me, from this vantage point, I am. The sights are more than alluring."

     What was he talking about? His gaze hadn’t left her face or body. Her fingers trembled, knowing he waited to trek over the sugary sand toward the water’s edge. Hazardous for her given the lunar timing. She was coming undone alright. Her spine snapped to attention as a pulling sensation stretched across her skin in all directions. She scratched her neck, fighting the urge to rub her back against the seat.

    The skin under her waistband burned from unseen etchings. If she pushed down her skirt, she’d find faint ridges of topical scales appearing over her skin. Same sequence every month, minus one tempting man-candy-client. She imagined tasting Wyatt’s lickable body.

 

2013-05-24

Sexy Excerpt from SURRENDER. Saturday Spankings


 

~Excerpt from Surrender~
Erotic Dreamscape Fantasies coming Summer of 2013
Three-Part Installment
          Didn’t you notice the Segall icon on the screen? You’re banging away at the keyboard each day and it’s him you’re hitting.”
If Luke only knew it would soon be the other way around. Me over Graham’s lap or whatever surface he saw fit.
“I know about Segall computers. I just meant, he’s into his practice.” Another half-lie that had fire riot over my cheeks. I had to stay clear of thinking of Graham in sexual terms. Not easy considering that was the whole basis of my upcoming employment contract.
        “Well, what about living arrangements? What did he offer you?” Laura didn't miss a beat as she went through her mental laundry list of questions.
       “I’d live with him.”
        Both Laura and Luke exchanged a rapid glance. I already knew the next question and was prepared.
        “As in the same house?” My sister's shocked voice screeched.
 

 

2013-05-04

BLOOD BROTHERS. SEDUCTIVE STUDS & SIRENS.


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BLOOD BROTHERS
Book 2 of Rocky Mountain Shifters.
Collared for a Night is due out September 2 through Crimson Romance.

This tasty erotica tale is set for release July 2013

Tristen and Fin, ex-military, these alpha males don't mess around.
LGBT Erotica Paranormal Ménage Novella
Wolf Shifters with a blood sucking
sidekick weave team spirit  into a whole new light.

“Wake up. Tristen, for Pete's sakes. Man, you’re dreaming.” Fin’s voice rose above the screams. The smell of charred flesh still stung his nostrils.
Tristen's lungs expanded and contracted. His heart pumped overtime, pumped so hard his heartbeat bleated into his throat. The rhythm loud in his ears drowned out Fin’s voice each time his heart squeezed. 
      The grip of fingers was coming from the barrel-chested man next to him in bed, dug into Tristen’s skin, biting and stilling him. Squinting, he wiped the perspiration running down the sides of his face.
      Barely past three in the morning. This was more than the witching hour; it was the time he awoke in a cold sweat. Night after haunted night.
      He sat up, the sheets twisted around his naked body. “Fuck, did I scream?”
      “Christ, piercing like a girl.” Fin muttered, holding up his hand. “Naw, you yelled once, fuck I don’t know, maybe twice.”


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2013-04-08

OCEAN OF LOVE, Mermaid Fantasy Amazon Top Download FREE

~~~~~~~~Excerpt~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
The man’s shadow fell over her as he bent down. She peered up into his face and her breath caught in her throat. Something in his manner exacerbated her hunger for hot, mind-blowing sex.

“Are you going to give me a tour from the front seat of your car?” He chuckled. “I promise not to bite.” He smiled secretively, and then whispered almost beyond earshot. “Too hard.”

She stared at him opened-mouthed. “Excuse me?”

“Nothing. Just wondering if you’re planning on exiting your vehicle in the near future?”

“I’m just getting my camera and phone. You should be enjoying the view.”

“Trust me, from this vantage point, I am. The sights are more than alluring.”

What was he talking about? His gaze hadn’t left her face or body. Her fingers trembled, knowing he waited to trek over the sugary sand toward the water’s edge. Hazardous for her given the lunar timing. She was coming undone alright. Her spine snapped to attention as a pulling sensation stretched across her skin in all directions. She scratched her neck, fighting the urge to rub her back against the seat.

The skin under her waistband burned from unseen etchings. If she pushed down her skirt, she’d find faint ridges of topical scales appearing over her skin. Same sequence every month, minus one tempting man-candy. She imagined tasting Wyatt’s lickable body.

Marissa pulled at the cuffs of her shirt and stammered. In the rearview mirror, she studied his vehicle parked behind her. “Are you sure about your car? I-I think your car is sticking out. It’s rather large.”

He returned her gaze with an arched brow. His heated stare was too much, and she lowered her gaze down his body, stopping at the bulge in his pants. A quiver released between her shoulder blades. Wyatt’s manly equipment had her salivating. She swallowed, afraid any second she’d become a drooling fool. Her client had no idea her psyche verged on shattering by his mere proximity. In this state, her sense of smell and hearing were out-of-control.

She muttered, “Some clients are rather select about their packages… I mean vehicles.”

“Darling, that vehicle is the least of my worries. It’s now or never, sugar. The shore isn’t about to come to us, so I guess we’d better get a move on.”

“Are you sure you don’t want to go down by the shore alone? To get a sense of the site. I can wait up here at the boardwalk.”

“Miss Silverpointe, I’d bet the view around here changes rapidly depending upon a state of relaxation. Doesn’t it, sweetheart? Besides, you gave me your word. It’s you and me. Undivided. Shall I get a lasso to keep you near me?”

She ignored his comments. To feed into his teasing would unhinge her further. “That goes hand in hand with any ocean-front property. I imagine you’ve learned to plan for all sorts of contingencies. After developing into what is it now, 24 or 25 beachfront residences, you, more than anyone, would know how volatile the ocean can become.”

“I’ve got immense respect for Mother Nature. I also understand how to harness and stabilize wild forces and untamed energy. All it takes is a steady, firm hand. And patience. I’ve got both. The only thing I’m missing at the moment is a realtor.”

“Duly noted,” she muttered softly to herself, unable to stall him any longer.

He held out a large palm to her, wicked humor spilling out in his tone. “Well, either we can dance or sit on the sidelines? I want you with me now and in the future. You signed on for this deal. I expect your opinion on all issues. Twenty-four-seven. You promised, mi vida.”

His deep voice, tinged by a seductive drawl, jolted her. She was dumbfounded again by his clear blue eyes, mirroring the cloudless sky above his head. He took hold of her hand, tugging her out of the car. “Let’s go, baby doll. The sea’s a-calling.”

“I guess I’m as ready as I’ll ever be.” She grabbed her oversized purse and swung her feet onto the pavement. His intense gaze pierced to the quick. She felt a thump in her chest as her heart kicked up in response. Jesus, just standing near the man was utter insanity.
 
 

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2013-03-24

Self- Promotion...I'd Rather Stick a Pin in My Eye

I love writing. It's a passion--





Did I just hear a "No shit Sherlock?"

Hold on...I was getting to the next part. Part of being an author has nothing to do with writing fiction.

As an author, part of writing is really part promotion. But no one ever tells you what that exactly means. Some writers are magicians. Part charisma with equal parts marketing and social savvy. They build networks and walk on water.


Err...that's not me. I'm equal parts foot-in-mouth and rabbit scurry, or rather, running to hide. You've a better chance at seeing the back of my head, than a head shot.

But from what I've learned, readers enjoy getting to know the talking head behind the talking characters. Authors must step away from the laptop and step into the limelight.

Learning to share of oneself and communicate is a gift. And one I do not always find easy to unlock. The same characteristic that enables a person to sit alone and write for hours, does not fare well in social situations.
What can be done?
Improving social media connections is a step but so is building confidence. Or bravado. There's a cavernous furrow between spamming and being available to communicate with an audience.


How can communication be forged?

Maybe with baby steps. There are social media places where writers and readers can connect. Talk. Exchange.
Asking open-ended questions and, even playing games.
Not mind games, things like parlor games when readers do show up. 

To lay the foundation, first the writer must show up and do that consistently.

Communities are definitely the way to go. Goodreads, Google+, Facebook Groups are a start.

For me, I'm coming to terms being "out there" since I wrote the darn book and agreed to have it published, I can't hide and hope all goes well.

So I'm coming out, excuse the mess, and willing to try my hand at self-promo work. Please remember, for authors laying open their heart is really at the center of each book.



It's no easier walking around naked for inside, on each page, we've given you to the key to come inside our world.



In return, if you see me out and about whether in real life or online, please understand, this is all terribly new and scary.

In reality, I don't want to shove my book down your throat, just form a connection.

And I can't tell you how pleasing it is, when someone sees I'm more than a two-dimensional headshot. Boy, am I relieved. 


2013-03-14

Why a Mermaid as Heroine? Lucky in Love Blog Hop.


LUCKY IN LOVE
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Well how about Mermaid Luck?
Symbolism of mermaids and love.


Welcome to Ocean of Love, An Erotic Fairytale where a mermaid
meets her soul mate,
a demanding man who she's willing
to risk her secret
for just one night of mind-blowing sex.  
 
Why pick a mermaid as the heroine?
Mermaids are water symbols which means they represent the feminine, or yin, aspect of humanity in instinct and intuition, or the emotional, subconsciousness and deep (primitive) regions of perception.


They enchant through the senses, especially the voice known to mesmerize sailors or heroes. Sensual, private, elusive by nature. Highly fluid or representing the feminine nature, untamed, independent, capable of deep love and highly passionate creatures. 

Mermaids are linked to the moon. It is the one time they can unveil themselves or in this story, submit to her mate. 

Sea nymphs accurately perceive the contents of a man'sheart.






 

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS LUCK IN LOVE?

Is it a a feeling, or symbol or special charm, or is there no such thing as luck when it comes to love?  

Hard work, compassion, and compromise?


Or maybe a bit of both.




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