I’ve always been fascinated by archeology and the spectacular finds unearthed by tenacious scientists. Their research allows us to peek into the lives that once were and speculate about what brought about their end. Relics give us clues into our past- how people ate, worked, worshipped, etc. They have also been the source of much superstition. How many times have you heard about the curse of Tutenkamen’s tomb, for example? The Superstition Mountains of Arizona got their name for a reason.
Being a paranormal romance author, I started thinking one day about relics and their cultural significance. Some were depictions of gods and goddesses. Given the fact that the Brethren of my series manifested on earth in ancient Gaul, I decided to do some research for my second book on Gallic goddesses and up popped a page with a bronze statue of Sirona, goddess of healing. I knew then and there I had to have her in my story.
As the story fomented in my mind, I decided that the statue would contain the cursed soul of this ancient goddess. When it lands in the hands of my heroine, Serena, the cursed soul of Sirona would transfer to her body. And so the story of RELIC took shape. Now for the romance. Raphael is the Brethren of interest for this book, and the complication? Well, Sirona was Raphael’s wife! Oh, the implications!
So, relic hunters, beware! You never know what you are unearthing or what you are unleashing when you take that relic from the ground and hold it in your hands for a closer look. Who knows? You could find yourself possessed by the soul of a pharaoh, a god, or even a saint!
RELIC, Book 2 in the Brethren Series, releases January 27th, from Decadent Publishing (www.decadentpublishing.com). Here’s a taste of what’s to come…
Raphael, a Brethren Savior, an angel with a forgotten past, has lost his power to heal and is on a self-imposed guilt trip to get it back. If he can’t, his tour of eternal duty as Brethren Savior will be revoked. On his journey, he winds up enmeshed in a web of attempted murder and resurrection all thanks to a woman he’s only seen in a photograph and by chance on an Arizona desert hiking trail.
Serena Sikes is a wanted woman. Desired by “undesirables” for a gift her brother gave her- a stolen relic with suspected healing powers. Hunted down in the Arizona desert and left for dead, she is found by none other than the angel who cannot heal.
Raphael and Serena are inexorably bound together, for locked deep within the relic’s heart had lived the soul of his long lost wife. Now, it resides inside Serena. Evil lurks around every corner as Raphael tries to keep both Serena and his dead wife’s soul alive and lustful temptation at bay.
Three souls bound together by an ancient relic, bound by a timeless gift, and bound by a love that is eternal.
**If you’d like a special gift from me, leave a comment with your email address and I will send you a sensual poem, written by me and inspired by Raphael and Serena.**
**Here’s the link to follow Relic on its month-long tour. I hope you’ll join me, as there will be something new at each stop: http://deenar116.wordpress.com/relic-blog-tour-2012/
About the author
It was the mystique of Arizona’s history and landscape that called to Deena and catapulted her career as an author. When she’s not writing romance novels and poetry in the wee, small hours of the morning or in the deep, dark of night, Deena teaches language arts to middle school students. She currently lives in Gilbert with her husband and two children, but New Jersey will always tug at her heartstrings. She loves connecting with her fans, so find her at deenaremiel.com.