Monday, June 20, 2011

Guest paranormal romance author Elizabeth Amber and giveaway

Hi, Laurie, and thank you so much for having me as a guest today!

I’m Elizabeth Amber, a museum and archaeology junkie, and author of erotic historical paranormal romances for Kensington. Bastian, The Lords of Satyr is a love story set during the tumultuous time of the large-scale Roman Forum excavations of the 1880s. Bastian is the lead archaeologist in the Forum, supervising these excavations. Most of these photos are from a trip I took to Italy a few years back with my husband.

Today the Forum is a bleak jumble of scattered marble blocks, broken walls, lumps of stone, and the occasional soaring column or magnificent arch. But it looked even stranger and more desolate in the 1880s before major excavations took place. Back then, these arches and columns were half-buried, many of their secrets hidden under eighteen feet of dirt! Where did this all this dirt come from?
Most of it just drifted in. This is hard to imagine until you do the math. If 1/8th inch of dirt were deposited per year, it would result in the accumulation of an inch of new soil in eight years. After a century, that’s one foot. In years of flooding by the Tiber River, even more dirt might be deposited. After sixteen centuries, you’ve got sixteen to eighteen feet or more!
Canaletto and other painters have captured the bizarre, spooky sight of the Forum before its excavation. At the time, Italian families used the area as a picnic ground, a place to stroll on a lazy afternoon, or for amateur treasure hunting.

Bastian, The Lords of Satyr was inspired by some of the most fascinating characters in Roman mythology—the satyr. They’re the carnal followers of the Roman wine god, Bacchus. If you were the descendant of a race of satyr lords who’d migrated to Italy from an adjacent world, what do you think you’d be doing in the 19th century? I believe these satyr lords would gravitate toward the wine industry. They’d own vineyards and olive groves. And they’d have secrets to protect, many of them buried in the Forum, which was built in a time of pagan religion, when Bacchus and other gods were fervently worshipped.

One of the first discoveries Bastian makes in the Forum is Vesta’s Temple and adjacent House of the Vestals. Roman philosophers inform us that these Virgins numbered six in all. They came to the temple as girls between the ages of six and ten, to serve Vesta—goddess of fire--for thirty years, after which they could marry.
Their first ten years were devoted to learning, the next ten with service to the goddess, and their final decade with indoctrinating new initiates to replace them. They lived lives of confinement and privilege, and were greatly revered.

It was believed that the Virgins’ chastity insured the good health and wealth of Rome. The penalty for fornication was death. Amid great sorrowful pomp and ceremony by ancient Roman religious leaders and citizens, a convicted Virgin would be taken on a litter to a small underground room hollowed out for her in the Campus Sceleratus-- the "Evil Field"--near the Colline Gate. There, she was essentially buried alive--left to die in solitude with only enough food, water, and lamp oil to last a few days.
The Virgins were charged with another matter of utmost importance-- the care and protection of a collection of mysterious relics. When Vesta’s Temple was destroyed during the purging of all pagan religions in the fourth century A.D., these relics disappeared. Since no one knows exactly what they were, I imagined them as powerful artifacts sought by both Bastian and Silvia.

Silvia was a Vestal Virgin, who was transformed into an Ephemeral along with the other Virgins during the destruction of Vesta’s temple centuries ago. Immortal, she now seeks to use Bastian to locate one or more of these powerful relics, which she believes are buried in the Forum. But she never wanted to love him. For she cannot have him. Bastian belongs to Michaela, her dearest friend.

Lord Bastian Satyr was certainly a big one.
With an experienced eye, Silvia sized him up in a long, sweeping glance as she stood at the foot of his bed, her arm loosely wrapped around a bedpost.
Dark, cropped hair; broad, sculpted shoulders; a pronounced indentation running the length of his spine; powerful thighs and buttocks; flesh glistening from his exertions; knees dug into the bedcovers between the smooth stockinged thighs of his bed partner.
Michaela looked so vulnerable and feminine lying in his enormous bed, under his enormous, straining warrior’s body. Her slender calves hugged his hips. Her body was open to receive each thrust of his organ. Silvia could only employ her imagination regarding how sizable that portion of his male anatomy might be. From her vantage point, all she could see was his backside. His naked backside. His naked, flexing backside.
She swallowed, her throat strangely dry. By firelight, he was magnificent—a golden god. Which just possibly made him worthy of the woman he was riding. Michaela was her closest, dearest friend in both worlds. Had been since their childhood in Vesta’s Temple.
Silvia had always watched over her as best she could. And when it came to hedonistic matters such as these, had lived vicariously through her. Tonight was no exception.
Michaela had been born a Companion, a courtesan with the power to please any man. Like most in her profession, she had taken hundreds if not thousands of lovers over the centuries. She always chose them carefully. That in itself told Silvia that this particular specimen of manhood must be something quite extraordinary.

The first trilogy, Nicholas, Raine, and Lyon, was set in the heart of wine country in Tuscany, Italy of 1823. The new trilogy concerns another Satyr clan in 1880s Rome, Dane, Bastian, and Sevin. The two trilogies don’t involve any of the same characters, and can easily stand alone.!/profile.php?id=1351688841

Elizabeth is giving away one autographed print copy of BASTIAN, THE LORDS OF SATYR (US and CAN only). Please leave a comment or question with your email if it's not on your profile.

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  1. Wow Elizabeth, I love all the background information (and the gorgeous pictures). I must say I have always be interested in stories that contain satyr. This book is going on my to read list. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. WOW!! This is some great background info & an intriguing excerpt!!! I'm really interested in reading this book!!!! I hope to win!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!:-)


  3. The first Lords of Saytr trilogy was a really unique and interesting twist on the paranormal/historical romance genre, so I really look forward to reading Bastian! Great pictures above too! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. I always thought that statue was a bit sad, that young woman looks so unhappy.
    I really like how you have built such a story around the history and myths of that time. I would love to read the book.

  5. I love the background you gave. Bastian looks so good. Thanks for the chance to win it.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  6. This looks sooo good! I really hope I win!


  7. hey elizabeth love your series. i love the way this story is put together or should i say the idea of friends finally coming together. i cant wait to read it myself. the cover is very yummm too.


  8. Another new author for me. Thanks for the guest post and the offer of a giveaway.

  9. I really like when authors write historical romance. I was horrible in history back when I was in school but I have found that really good books with true hard facts about our history in it, it's pretty hard to forget :) The background info was very interesting, thank you for sharing it with us and the excerpt was great. Can't wait to read more.


  10. Great post! I love Greek mythology, and the satyrs are not heard of as much, but I am familirar with some of their mythlogy. But I do clearly remember the vestals. The books all sound like good reads. They are in my TBR pile!
    booksavvybabe AT gmail DOT com
    Book Savvy Babe

  11. I have never read any Satyr books but the Lords of Satyr have had my attention for a while now when I came across the series on goodreads. Bastian sounds really good, I have been itching to get my hands on it.

  12. I absolutely love stories wrapped around historical mythologys. The back ground information and photos are awesome and has grabbed my attention. I would love to read your books.

  13. Great series. I've read the first in it and have some others on my TBR shelf. I really enjoy stories involving Greek and Roman mythology. Great giveaway as well!

    Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction :)

  14. Thanks again for having me as a guest, Laurie!

    I appreciate you all coming out early this Monday morning. A huge THANK YOU to those of you who are reading the Lords of Satyr novels and to all of you for your interest. I love that some of you are intrigued by Greco-Roman mythology, too. Heather, I'm the same way about historical romance. I like absorbing facts within the context of a romance novel--very painless. Book Savvy, the vestals always stuck in my mind as well, and I'm glad I got the chance to write about them in Bastian.

    Hugs and happy Monday.

    Good luck in the giveaway!

  15. This part of mythology has always been my greatest fascination and to now have read books that bring to life all of the things from my wildest dreams is just priceless :)

    Jennifer Rosbury Palm Bay FL

  16. I've always loved your books from the first page of each.. You have a powerful way with words. And I especially loooovve your choice of covers BRAVO!!.lol

  17. Would love to win.... Love this blog! :)

    Reading Nicholas now and OMG sooo good! :)

    Please enter me in. :)

  18. Hi Liz *WAVES LIKE A JACKASS!* Hope you are doing well. I am just here to promote your book because I already have Bastian and you know how I love to promote you. ;-)

    For anyone that has left comment or is going to leave a comment and might be on the fence - GASP surely not! - RUN to the nearest book store or online retailer and get this book. Get ALL the Liz Amber books. I have been a fan for quite some time and I was lucky to have Liz at my blog last month.

    Not only is she creative, imaginative but a delight to work with and she is truly invested in her work. Bastian in particular is one of my favorites. Very touching and not only that, the story is just plain steamy!

    You will not be disappointed! Get it today. And good luck to everyone.

  19. Hi Elizabeth! I love this series and haven't had a chance to read Bastian's story yet, I'd love an autographed copy. Can't wait to find out who's book is next!

  20. I would love to win a copy of this book. I have been wanting to read this series and it is on my list. Do you need to read the books in order, or could I start with this one and then go back?

    GFC follower: June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  21. June- This book was my first read for the series and I didn't get lost or confused. I really didn't miss the rest of the books, but it did make me want to go start the series.

  22. This sounds like the book for me. Paranormal and Historical are my favorites.

    romancebookjumkiesdanielle at yahoo dot com

  23. I would love to win Bastian! I have all the books but that one and Lyon!

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  24. What an interesting post.
    I have to say these covers are just love them :)
    Thanks for the chance to win Bastian.


  25. I feel like I'm stalking Elizabeth. I recently read Nicolas and am so curious as to where the series is going next.

    Jen K.
    admin.bookblog AT

  26. I love all the background information and the premise of the story. I like that Bastian has a unique occupation and as an archaeologist it really sets the stage for him to unveil secrets - secrets that I want to find out. It's even better that there are paranormal elements to it.


  27. I can't wait to read this book. I am loving the cover and the book looks really good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. Ronda, I’m glad the photos are appealing. I took most or all of them other than those my husband shot on our big European trip a while back. Once I was looking for them I saw satyrs in many places.

    Jenn, I’m so glad to hear this. I really appreciate your kind words.

    And Jennifer, thanks! I love Greco-Roman mythology also—obviously. :o)

    Hi Vanetta, good to see you. I love that you are enjoying Nicholas!!! Yay!

    Lizzie, sweetie, thank you for coming by Laurie’s awesome blog, and for your lovely words about Bastian!! Everyone, listen up, because Lizzie has one fine blog. Her Man Candy Mondays are wonderful inspiration to any romance reader or author.

  29. Escape by Fiction, thanks so much for reading the novels. There’s a lot out there to enjoy these days, so I’m honored when my books are chosen reads. I hope you enjoy the TBRs!

    Hey Coleen,
    I’m currently working on Sevin and Lucien! I’m so glad you’re loving the novels. Many thanks. :o)

    Hi June,
    All the books are standalones. Here’s a little more scoop:
    There are two Satyr clans. They're related by ancient blood, but do not cross paths in the books, so each clans' books are very separate. The two clans are:
    Tuscany 1820s: Nicholas, Raine, Lyon, Dominic
    Rome 1880s: Dane, Bastian (May 2011), Sevin (2012), Lucien (2012)

  30. Hi Laurie, *waving* It’s good to hear that you thought Bastian can stand alone. I always think so, but since I know the books so well I'm not the best judge. I’m glad to hear this seconded.

    Love to hear this, Danielle. Me, too.

    I hope you enjoy Bastian, as well, Robin.

    Hi elain, I like the consistent look of the covers, too. Hot guy front and center (all with a drape except Raine, poor guy), the featured satyr lord’s first name on the cover, and the LOS logo. Kensington did a really nice job!!

  31. Stalk away, Jen K. The first 4 books are in 1820s Tuscany. Then 6-7 are in 1880s Rome. After 4 books, I wanted a fresh, new location to explore, hence the move.

    Hi Na, these are all elements that made me enjoy writing Bastian, so I’m delighted that you’re on the same wavelength. Thanks so muc for coming by to comment.

    Hi Danielle G, I hope you like it. Let me know if you get a chance. xox

  32. I love your books, and I can't wait to read more!

  33. Oh the guy in that cover just needs to pull his pants down a little

    Sounds like a great read! I want to enter too

    k28dalton (at) yahoo (dot) com

  34. OH I have always wanted to go to Rome, I used to live in Italy when I was little(dad was in the army) and we went to Venice but never Rome, this book definitely has grabbed my attention I love Mythology. thanks for the opportunity.


  35. I loved the first Satyr trilogy and was so excited when the new one came out. Your covers are always spot on, and I love the settings. Keep on doing your thing Ms. Amber, cause it sure does work.

  36. I am fascinated by Roman mythology and would love to read Bastian! The excerpt sounds so sexy and I can just see the steam rising out of the pages. Can't wait to read more!


  37. Thank you, Emily! You are a sweetheart.

    LOL, Katie--but that would dispel the mystery.

    BLH, ooh, lucky you to actually have lived in Italy for a while! I watch Househunters International and drool at the episodes that involve Rome or Venice.

    Hi Blue, I appreciate that! Thank you. I'm truly thrilled that you're enjoying the satyr novels. xox

    Thanks, Amy. I hope you enjoy Bastian if you get a chance! I love your 'steamy' description.

  38. Love your satyr series Elizabeth and Bastians's story sounds like another great read!


  39. Please. That's it.

  40. I love fiction that includes historical information. I know I've learned more from reading fiction than I did in school. We never did cover International history & always seemed to end the school year before getting past WWI.
    Thanks for the most interesting information.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  41. Hi Elizabeth,
    Your posts are always so enlightening and interesting. Of course Bastian's cover is to die for as well as the other Lords books. :) Please count me in . GFC follower under Lucky47
    Carol L

  42. Thank you so much for inviting me to share in this the wonderful post today. I was very enjoyable. I to love to read fiction that includes historical events, it peaks my interest to learn more. Thank you also for the giveaway opportunity.


  43. I would love a signed copy of this book...then I could share the one I have...Love, Love..this series of books...great background, awesome writing..Thank you!!!!

  44. I'm a museum junkie too. Whenever I travel I visit all the museums I can.

    Love, love, love the cover of Bastian!

  45. wow i love the hot guy on the cover ;)

  46. Those are lovely pictues, I wish I could go to Italy :D

    headlessfowl at gmail dot com

  47. I would love to win this one. Thanks for the backround and the pictures.

    musicalfrog at comcast dot net

  48. Sounds fascinating! Love books that deal with mythology. New author for me! Would love to win!

  49. I love your cover! Oooh la la! Thanks for the giveaway!

  50. I have read two books by Elizabeth so far and I certainly want to read more in this series. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  51. Thanks for sharing with us, Elizabeth! The post was very interesting and I enjoyed the excerpt :)


  52. that's one hot cover and the book sounds great. Laurie has some really cool contests going on, thanks so much for the chance to win. I'm curious how this works out, with her wanting Bastien but him belonging to her friend. I'm definitely going to have to read this.

  53. Gotta love that cover!
    Please enter me - I am an old follower.

  54. I love all of the pictures listed! The background for this book sounds great. Can't wait to try it!

  55. Wow,

    This sounds like a exciting and wonderful series.

    Elizabeth, what made you want to write about Satyr's? How did you come up with your characters name.

    Teresa K.

  56. Not sure if this is still open or not but either way...I am really looking forward to reading this book!

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  57. If this is still open, please enter me! The story of the Vestal virgins is interesting!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  58. these have been on my TBR list for awhile, but the library doesnt have em! hope to win a copy, thanks!

    alainala@hotmail DOT ca


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