I also have a few fun bits for you regarding this novel:
The soundtrack. Songs I think fit the novel (aside from the Megadeth one below)
And a character interivew with Stacy and Aaron.
Passion’s Sacred Dance was inspired by the Megadeth song,
"Foreclosure of a Dream".
Celtic mythology. Oh boy. This could be a page all in itself. There's one story (In the Book of Invasions) that tells of two battles the Tuatha dé Danann fought against their foe Balor, of the One Eye. He's evil in their tales, and in particular commits what my harshad druids refer to as his "inhospitable act". That is, a druid came to his court, and he didn't live up to his duty of hospitality. Now, in the early Celtic cultures hospitality to guests and even strangers was a host's sacred duty. Especially when it came to hosting a druid.
Well, Balor treated this fellow poorly (understatement alert) and the druid took the story of his slight back to his comrades in the Tuatha de Dannan, who vowed to avenge his slight, thus setting off the first (and later second) Battle of Mag Turied.
In the novel I decided to play around with that Myth. What if the losers didn't take their loss kindly? Would they seek another matchup?
Sure they would! And it's been going on from time immemoral, at least in the series.
The heroes of the novels are one (or rather, three, at this point) of many nameless semi-immortal (which warrants another mythological paragraph, in itself, see below) warriors in the Tuatha dé Danann’s army known as Harshad Warriors, and they battle the evil god Balor for the fate of the world….along with a few magical weapons, powers, and divine Generals, of course. ;) Hey, even the grunt ranks of divine warriors have to fight fire, with fire, right?
Tuatha dé Danann: If you're curious (because yes, I've been asked) Tuatha dé Danann literally translates, according to the historians, to “Peoples of the Goddess Danu”. Who's Danu? *shrugs* Again turning to the experts on the subject, she's an unknown goddess. So, other than the name she hasn't (yet) figured into the series.
The gods that are involved are Lugh Lamfada (Lugh of the long hand, Lugh the Many-skilled, he has various names), and he's their leader.
There's also Brigit (aka the Bright Lady) who is a goddess of the hearth, goddess of fire, and a smith goddess (hey, where would a warrior be without that skill?) and she's the goddess of the record keepers (AKA the stewards). And these are the top two to whom my harshad warriors are beholden.
There are others: The Morrigan. She is a triple-aspected goddess of war (and in some cases sex. ;)). She and her ravens direct the battle and pick off the dead.
Also you'll find the Dagda mentioned, who is known as the "good god" in Celtic mythology. He's...an overall poet god and a bit of a trickster in some of the myths.
Also, Oghma, who is the god of languages (my harshad warriors, when they get to present day, tend to curse his creations--aka computers ;))
Goibinu, a minor smith god, is mentioned as the One responsible for the magical weapons the warriors carry and fight with (their harshads--aka a 500-in-one tool), Harshad denotes its shapechanging, (along with a few other things) and hey, all fantasy fans know, magical blades need nifty names, right?
Also,Scathach (the goddess/wizard/magical self-defense instructor of Celtic legend) makes an appearance in book two, Druid Warrior's Heart in order to give her warrior a few instructions. (She also makes a very brief appearance in Druid Warrior Prince)
And finally...there's Balor. Balor is leader of the invaders of Ireland called the Formorians. In the Celtic Stewards Chronicles series, he also created the
slimy, monstrous Formorian underlings, known as harbingers, to fight the bulk of his battles for him. Basically, he's a stuck up, sorry excuse for a king in the eyes of the
Tuatha dé Danann, and unworthy to lick his son
Lugh's boots. Nasty fellow who makes more nasty little minions and can trick the weak of heart and mind. My harshad battalions? Not too fond of the lot of them, at all.
You know, I've never been able to tell from Mr. Duncan's picture. Is that guy on the right a walking fish? (Ladies and gentleman, I give you the Harbingers)...
Charming little ...er, darlings, aren't they?
Bitter Thorn Grove History Center, the sacred ground Stacy keeps, is based on a combination of the Tampa Bay History Center, The Dunedin Historical Museum, and an art gallery I worked at in college.
That’s why Stacy works where she does…because, yep, I have some experience in that. That’s also why she’s so curious about history. ;)
Harshad numbers: A harshad number is a number divisible by the sum of its digits…for instance, 500. You’ll have to read the novel to find out the significance of the number. ;)
So...now you know. If you'd like to read Passion's Sacred Dance, it's available at Amazon.
For a sample chapter, click here.
Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the Victorian Romance Courting the Stationmaster's Daughter; the Steampunk/Victorian Romance Vesta's Clockwork Companions, the Gothic romance Lady of the Tarot, the Antique Magic and Celtic Stewards Chronicles series and more. All books available at Amazon. Also Barnes and Noble and Smashwords. Some are also available as audiobooks via Audible and Itunes.