Tuesday, December 6, 2011

New Release & Giveaway: HOW TO WORSHIP A GODDESS by Stephanie Julian

Winners: Thanks to everyone who commented. The winners are yadkny and Na. Emails have been sent. 

HOW TO WORSHIP A GODDESS (Amazon, B&N), the second book in the Forgotten Goddesses series, is on shelves today and can I just say WOOHOO!

This book has one of my favorite heroes. Brandon Stevenson is a rough, tough, bruiser of a professional hockey player who's coming to the end of his career and wondering what the hell he's going to do with the rest of his life when he can't be on the ice.

He's been lusting after the beautiful woman in the stands of the hockey arena where he plays but he never expected her to tell him she's an ancient Etruscan Goddess. Seriously? The woman has to be nuts, right?

No, she's not. Lucy is actually Lusna, Etruscan Goddess of the Moon, patron goddess of the lucani, the Etruscan wolf shifters.  And she's been lusting after him just as much.

What's a guy to do? Whatever he has to to keep her, that's what.

Stick around after the excerpt to comment for a chance to win one of two copies of HOW TO WORSHIP A GODDESS (open to US and Canada). Tell me what goddess you'd like to be...or what god you'd like to worship :)


Lucy stood at the door separating the kitchen and office from the bar, her lips parted in surprise.

Her hockey player was out there. Brandon Stevenson was in her bar. Dumbfounded, she watched him drink a beer, taking in everything around him, looking as comfortable as if he were a regular. She flashed cold then hot, her body shaking with conflicting emotions. He’d found her. How the hell had he found her?

She didn’t know whether to be flattered or terrified. The full moon was only a few days away and more than three-quarters of her patrons were versipelli. He had absolutely no idea of the danger he was in from a room full of skin-shifters this close to the full moon.

Of course, the man had been knocking heads on the ice for the past sixteen years. He could take care of himself. To a point. Lucy let her gaze trip over the rest of the crowd. They had a good house tonight and she saw no one who might cause a problem.

Actually, some of the male versipelli eyed Brand warily. He easily stood inches over the tallest of them and probably had at least twenty pounds on the biggest guy out there.

The women, on the other hand… They stared at him like, well, probably just like she was. Like they wanted to throw him on the nearest bed.

No matter who was staring, Brandon Stevenson was a man to watch. And she had been, for the past two seasons. How had he found her? And why?

It couldn’t be coincidence. He couldn’t have just walked in here off the street. There were no signs, no arrows pointing the way. The village was listed on no map in existence. The only way he could have known to look for her here was if he’d seen the most recent deed to the property, which was more than a hundred years old. Had he really gone to that much trouble? Her breasts tightened and her thighs quivered just thinking about it.

“Mother, are you ready? It’s time.” Caeles walked up behind her, guitar in hand.

She turned to smile at the young fauni she’d adopted after he’d been dropped on her doorstep as an infant.

Now thirty-two, he had the face of a young man just out of his teens. His golden-brown hair curled in ringlets to just above his shoulders, and his golden eyes gleamed in the low light. When he walked among the eteri, he had to hide those eyes. They attracted unwanted attention.

Caeles would much rather be known for his music than his looks. The boy had a gift and she’d often wondered if whoever had placed him on her doorstep that night had known exactly what they were doing when they’d given him to her. He’d brought music back to her life.

And she’d never tried to find out who had abandoned him because she hadn’t wanted to lose him to them.

Selfish? Yes. She didn’t care. He was hers and she protected what was hers.

“I am. Is the play list okay, sweetheart? I tried to include a few new songs for you.”

The boy’s smile lit the entire room, just as it had from the moment she’d held him in her arms. “You know it is.”

“Good.” She grasped his hand and squeezed. “Now, let’s go knock ’em dead, kid.”

Pushing through the door, she deliberately ignored Brandon, though she wanted to seek him out. Instead, she pinned her gaze to her stool on the small stage in the west corner of the room and walked toward it with a determination she hoped no one else noticed.

The room went silent as she sat, the heavy weight of anticipation settling over her. Taking a deep breath, she closed her eyes. And swore she felt his gaze like a physical caress. Curious and hot and… No, not just hot. Blindingly passionate. The man wanted her with a physicality that made her stomach clench in reaction.

His presence energized the room to a degree she hadn’t thought possible with an eteri. And she sensed no trace of Fata or Enu, the Etruscan magical races, in him.

Of course, that didn’t mean he couldn’t be a descendent of the Sidhe or any of the other magical races of the world. Egyptian, Sumerian, or… Berserkir. Yes, with his dark-blond hair and stormy gray eyes, she wouldn’t be surprised to find a little Norse magic in his blood.

The click of Caeles’s guitar being plugged into the amp drew her out of her thoughts to the task at hand. They had a set of music to perform, one she hoped her guests liked. What would Brandon think?

For just a second, she let her gaze connect with his and had to suppress the jolt of heat that shot through her veins like quicksilver. Blessed Mother Goddess, she wanted him. Could she let herself have him? Knowing she’d have to give him up tomorrow?

Maybe the question should be, Could she let him walk out of here without having him? That might require more willpower than she’d possessed in millennia.

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  1. We have Latin, we have Greek, we have Hebrew and Sanskrit, but Etruscan is one ancient language that we've never deciphered. Is THIS what we'd find? Magic, Goddesses, ripped hockey players?

    I certainly hope so!Best of luck and thanks for the sneak peek!

  2. Way I see it is...If the Goddess ain't happy, there ain't going to be any peace in the Estruscan world...so Brandon has a job in store. Get to it, big guy!
    Happy launch day, Stephanie. Great party and congratultions on the new release!

  3. Grace, yes! I believe we would. At least, I would hope so.

  4. Thank you so much Carolyn. And who wants peace when chaos is so much fun!

  5. Yes, I want to be a goddess in my next life--since I didn't quite make it for this one.
    Many congrats. Sounds like you hve a winner here!

  6. Congratulations on your release. I think all the gods and goddesses are great mythical creatures with their own story. There are so many everywhere I'd want to be any of them just for the experience especially Athena, the goddess of wisdom.


  7. Hey, we're all goddesses, Amelia, and deserve to be treated as such.

  8. Gotta watch those Greek gods, Na. They can be downright uppity. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. I'm a really big fan of Artemis--now there's a girl who can run wild. :)

  10. Julia, Artemis may be wild but wait til you meet Artumes. She's a little something different.

  11. That's a great excerpt. Congrats on the release!

  12. Stephanie, congrats on your new release! Excerpt sounds fantastic. Enjoy your blog tour!

  13. Congrats on the new release.I love the purply cover :) Enjoyed the excerpt.
    I don't know what goddess I'd want to be or what god to worship...How about all the gods ;)

  14. Sounds like you have created an amazing world in which to have some fun! Congrats on your new release!

  15. Congrats on the latest release :)
    Thanks for sharing the excerpt, I'm looking forward to reading more!


  16. I admit that I have not read much in the way of mythology and couldn't make an informed decision on what goddess I would wish to be or what god I would wish to pay particular attention to.

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  17. Thank you for stopping by and reading Winnie. I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt.

  18. Lil, thanks for stopping and reading.

  19. Love, love, love this series and the covers are sexy as all get out. Congrats!!! I'm posting it online.

  20. Congrats on your release! I'm also a fan of Artemis.

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

  21. And thank you for stopping by too Sara M.

  22. a book about a pro hockey player, sign me up. So I guess the god I'd like to worship is Alex Ovechkin...he counts as a god, right? A god of hockey. Best of luck.

  23. Wants was such a fabulous book that I cannot wait to read Worship. This is a fabulous series and the characters are so great to read. Thank you for coming up with just the cast of characters I have been waiting for this cold winter!
    While we are all goddesses I would love to be one with some fabulous mojo.

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  24. Yes, Chaos, if you're a Caps fan, then the Great 8 is your god. Thanks for stopping by.

  25. Teril, you just made my day! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. I so hope you enjoy Lucy and Brandon's story as much.

  26. i love magic ;)

    congrats on your release ;)


  27. I think I would love to be like the goddess Persephone. CONGRATS Stephanie on your latest release!!!



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