Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Scene Spotlight: HAND OF MIRIAM: a Bayla and the Golem Novel by Eva Gordon

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.

Genre: Steampunk Gothic/Suspense Romance
 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

The scene from HAND OF MIRIAM:

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.”

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Paperback available on Amazon as well.

Casting Call:

Bayla to be played by  Elizabeth Gillis:

Gesher in human form played by  Joe Manganiello:

In golem form, Gesher is a large man made of clay: 
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Author Bio:
I write genre bending paranormal/fantasy novels with a strong romantic element. HEA. I love to create stories that combine my passion for mythology, romance, and suspense and werewolf lore. I also write steampunk and Victorian era historical and alternative novels. Hand of Miriam, A Bayla and the Golem Novel, is book one in my gothic romance steampunk adventure. Her Majesty’s Witch, A Bayla and the Golem Novel will be book 2.

Lycan Gladiator is book 1 in my paranormal wolfish romance historical series, The Wolf Maiden Saga. Book 2, Wolf Knight in King Arthur’s Court is with my editor.

I also have another book Apocalyptic Moon in my After the Bane series (paranormal romance/zombie apocalypse) out. Book 2, Raven Moon has been released on kindle, Dec. 27,2013 and everywhere April 9, 2014.
I have a BS in Zoology and graduate studies in Biology. I have taught high school Biology, Environmental Science and Anatomy/Physiology. 

When not in my den writing, I enjoy world travel, steampunk conventions, hiking, raptor rehabilitation and wolf sanctuaries. 

I also teach online workshops on wolf lore ancient falconry and animal lore for Romance Writers of America and other writer groups. If you are interested in my workshops, please contact me.

Where you can follow Eva Gordon:

Other books:
Apocalyptic Moon : Available at: | AmazonUS | AmazonUKARe | B&N | BookStrand | iBookstore|Sony | WildRose Press

And Available(for kindle and print) Now Exclusively at Amazon! 
Raven Moon – Book 2 in the After the Bane Series Amazon
If you enjoy paranormal historical romance, you might like to read Lycan Gladiator:
Kindle: US – UK – CAN | Barnes& Noble | Apple | Kobo | AllRomance

1 comment:

  1. Hi Eva,
    Welcome to the Snarkology and thank you for sharing your story with my readers. Your story looks wonderfully steam punk. Best of luck with your new release!