Today I'm spotlighting fantasy/paranormal/romance author Eva Gordon. I first 'met' Eva when I emailed her to ask her advice on a short story I was writing which had a unique twist on the werewolf theme. Eva is an expert on wolves, and she very graciously helped me hone the story. So much so that it was chosen as one of the stories to be included in Full Fathom Forty - the British Fantasy Society's 40th Anniversary anthology published in 2011 - so she knows her stuff!
Her author Bio is at the end of this post, plus more info, and all the links you could wish for.
Her latest novel is Hand of Miriam, a Bayla and the Golem novel. Check it, and her, out - both are awesome!
Hand of Miriam
A Bayla and the Golem Novel
By Eva Gordon
Published By Eva Gordon
Cover art by Nicolene van Staden
Editing by Marion Archer and Karen Lawson
Published: December 6, 2013
Word Count: 105,618
Page Count Print: 390 pages
· ISBN-10: 1494302802
· ISBN-13: 978-1494302801
Book Tagline: A Victorian world of supernatural creatures, magnificent airships, a secret society, and one bluestocking adventuress who, threatened by evil seeks protection by awakening the golem.
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.
Note: Hand of Miriam is Book 1 of a duology in Bayla and the Golem novels, which will continue after Book 2, Her Majesty’s Witch, with the steampunk adventures of other corseted but brainy members of the exclusive Bluestocking Adventuress Club.
Bayla unlocked the Gemmatridon and held it as instructed. The talismans on the cover shifted into gears that twisted in rapid circles, and buzzed like irate bees while emitting light. Startled, she fumbled with it. The box opened. Inside was a small parchment. The instructions dictated that it be placed in the golem’s mouth. She carefully removed the ancient scroll and with trembling hands set it in the slit that had to be its mouth. Immediately, the parchment sunk in as if swallowed by quicksand and vanished. The chamber shook as if an earthquake had struck. She fell back still holding the box. Sitting sprawled on the floor, she froze in terror. Thankfully, the tremor stopped.
A blinding bright light erupted from the crate and the golem roared a deep menacing bellow from within.
Bayla dropped the box. What have I done? She closed her eyes from the blazing brightness and wrapped her arms and head over her knees. Like a candle snuffed out, the light vanished. The golem’s holler subsided into a grumbling moan, as if awakened from its slumber.
She dared look. The golem sat in the crate. She suppressed a scream on seeing his rigid red-stone face. He looked like a misshapen man made of hard red rock. An aleph was added in front of met. The Hebrew word for truth, emet, now inscribed on his forehead, permitting it life. It slowly rose and stepped out. Tall, its square head almost touched the ceiling. It wasn’t too monstrous in stature, perhaps six-foot-seven, and within the range of human height. It blinked open gray eyes and stared at her. His eyes were the only part that looked remotely human and revealed his soul, by holding her gaze as if he knew her.
Bayla scooted back on her bottom but kept her eyes on him. There was a connection, a warm bond that eased her fear. She couldn’t read its thoughts. Was it because it had none?
The golem turned his head to the side and spoke in a deep baritone voice, “You are a woman.”Buy links:
Paperback available on Amazon as well.
Or, if above links don’t work use these:
Amazon Kindle US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H5FW3C6
Amazon Kindle UK:
Barnes and Noble Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/handof-miriam-for-digital-eva-gordon/1117604270?ean=2940148949558
Smashwords link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/385625
Author BioEva Gordon writes genre bending paranormal/fantasy/steampunk and historical novels with a strong romantic element. She loves to create stories that combine her passion for mythology, steamy romance, and action/suspense. Her imagination takes her from one universe to the next. Thus far, she has several series lined up as well as single titles waiting in line for production.
Eva has a BS in Zoology and graduate studies in Biology. She once taught high school Biology, Environmental Science and Anatomy/Physiology. When not in her den writing, she can be found at steampunk conventions, at work at the raptor rehabilitation center, wolf sanctuaries, or to satisfy her inner Hemingway on some global eco adventure.
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