Friday, July 1, 2011

Guest post and giveaway with romance author Stephanie Julian

Please welcome author Stephanie Julian. Stephanie talks about her hot new release What a Goddness Wants. (Oh my, you need this book it's hot!)

When I first sat down to write WHAT A GODDESS WANTS, I had a really good idea of what Tessa was like.
She was the Etruscan Goddess of the Sun. She was bright, sweet. Sunny. As part of her duties, she was also a goddess of childbirth, so add nurturing to her list of attributes. She had to be blonde, her hair bright, her eyes the blue of a clear sky. Perfect.
Now, what about her hero? Didn’t such a sweetheart deserve a loving, easy-going man?
What would be the fun in that? Romance is built on conflict and Caligo the Cimmerian thrives on conflict.
Born in the mist and shadow of Cimmeria, which lies between the planes of existence, Cal is a half-breed. His father is full-blooded Cimmerian but his mother...isn’t. His father actually kidnapped her from the sun plane to live with him in Cimmeria. So I guess you could say his life started in conflict.
Luckily for Cal, his parents fell in love but Cal didn’t exactly have an easy time growing up. The Cimmerians aren’t all that warm and fuzzy. In fact, Cimmerians are pretty damn hard. They don’t feel pain or heat or cold. Over the centuries, they’ve become known as bad-ass warriors with no hearts, the men you pay to get you out of a tight spot.
When Tessa needs a man to save her, a friend sends her to Cal.
And from their first meeting, Cal and Tessa’s relationship is full of sharp tongues and even sharper wit.

“I tell you to do something, you do it. No questions asked.”
Tessa kept her eyes trained on Cal as he drove his Jeep Wrangler down a dirt road in the woods. Actually, “road” was too kind to describe what was little more than a deer trail. The Wrangler barely fit between the trees, and branches whipped by at terrorizing speed. Her fingers had cramped from holding the roll bar so tightly.
She watched was watching him because she couldn’t bear to look out the front window. She didn’t want to see the tree they were surely going to hit if he didn’t slow down.
So she focused on her savior. She was so grateful to him for saving her life back there that she was willing to put up with anything he told her.
But if he didn’t slow down, she might just have to curl up in a ball on the floor and cry like a baby.
“Tess, hey. You listening to me?”
“Yes. Yes, I am.” She had to yell over the whistle of the wind. “I do whatever you tell me to.”
Cal must have heard something in her voice he didn’t like because he turned, for a brief and terrifying second, to look at her.
Great Goddess Uni, please don’t let us die.
“You look a little green around the gills, babe. You sure you’re okay?”
“Yes, I’m fine. Please, just keep your eyes on the… path.”
He laughed, his expression transforming with the accompanying smile, and her breath caught.
Damn, the man was quite gorgeous. And that was saying something coming from a goddess who’d had her pick of beautiful men and gods over the millennia.
But Caligo wasn’t her typical pretty boy. He was young, yes, but he was rougher around the edges than any other man she’d ever wanted.
His broken nose only added to his charm. Same for his mouth. His bottom lip was a straight slash, yet his upper curved into a bow. And his eyes… that gray should be cold, but she went hot all over when he slid his gaze her way.
Which it did again, making her heart pound—and not in fear.
“Babe, I’ve got this path memorized like the back of my hand. I know every rut, every turn, every tree along the way. We’re not gonna crash.”
Surprisingly, his words eased her fear. A bit. “How can you be so sure?”
“Because I haven’t yet.”
“There’s always a first time,” she muttered under her breath.
Obviously, he heard her because he laughed again, shook his head, and pressed a little harder on the gas pedal.
They drove in silence for a few minutes, while she continued to study him. His hair was military short on the sides and longer on the top, where it hung down into bangs, the color a deep black but, shot through with strands of pure silver. He couldn’t be more than twenty-five so she had to wonder why he was going gray already. Probably the high-stress life he led—
They bumped over something, the tires leaving the road for a few terrifying moments, and Tessa closed her eyes. But not before watching Caligo wrench the steering wheel to the right. She froze, certain they were about to head over a cliff.
Then relief allowed her to draw in a deep breath as she realized they’d turned onto a paved road.
Thank you, Great Mother Goddess.
“So where are we going?” She finally dared to open her eyes and look at her surroundings. This The road didn’t look familiar, but then she wasn’t overly familiar with this part of Berks County.
“To see Salvatorus, find out if he’s learned anything else. He must’ve had a reason for sending you to me specifically. I want to know what it is.”
“Other than the fact that you’re Cimmerian?”
“Yeah, other than that.”
“What else could it be?”
He slid a glance her way. “Haven’t gotten that far.”
He must have seen her the fear surge though her. “Relax, Godd ess. I’ve done this a few times. I’m good at thinking on my feet.”
“Please, call me Tessa.”
“What’s with the name, anyway? I thought you said it was Thesan.”
She snorted. “Says the man named Darkness.”
Cal shrugged, though he’d always wondered if his dad had been trying too hard when he’d slapped that name on him. “I never got a choice, Your Highness. Cimmerian males are named by their fathers when we come of age, usually around thirteen or so.”
“What do they call you before then?”
HalfbloodHalf-blood. Inferior. Unworthy. “‘Son of’ whatever your father’s name is.”
“And you were ‘Son of…’”
In his peripheral vision, he saw her mouth drop open. “Your dad’s name is Cruelty?”
She shook her head. “Wow, you’re a happy people, aren’t you?”
“Coming This coming from the Goddess goddess of a pantheon that demanded ritual sacrifice.”
Her cute little nose wrinkled. “We did not demand it. I personally preferred my offerings alive, twenty years old and very much male, thank you very much. Besides, that was a long time ago. We’ve evolved since then.”

Where to find Stephanie

Giveaway time. Who wants to win What a Goddness Wants?? Source books is giving away not one but, two books. Open to the US and Canada.

Giveaway rules and policy


  1. No need to enter me. Just wanted to say I'm reading this book atm and soo love it! It's def becoming a HOT new fav.

  2. Please count me in! I have been watching this book on my wishlist for months! Can't wait to get my hands on it!


  3. Please enter me in the giveaway. thanks

  4. I want to win! :) This book sounds great!


  5. I would love to win a copy of this book, it sounds fabulous!


  6. The sexy world world of Stephanie Julian' What a Goddess Wants looks very sexy and intriguing. I enjoyed the interview and the excerpt. Thanks for inviting me to come by.

    Happy Blogging,

  7. This is on my wish list - it sounds fab! Thanks for taking the time to tell us about writing it and for offering the giveaway. Count me in.
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  8. I was scanning my feeds this morning and this book totally jumped out at me. Looks like something right up my alley. :)

    Jen K
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  9. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win this. I follow on GFC under Bethie.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  10. ohhhh this looks def, hot to me, thanks for entering me

  11. I've heard great stuff about this book and this interview just added more reasons for me to read this. Thanks for the giveaway

  12. This book is on my wishlist. It sounds fantastic! Please count me in :)

  13. This sounds like a great read, I would love to win a copy :)

  14. Love to be counted in this one!


  15. I had this book pre-ordered so I can read over the weekend,,its taking everything I have to no lock myself up in a room,,,but life,,has to get in the way,,

  16. Please enter me! I've read excellent reviews and would love to be able to win a copy to read myself. Thank you for the giveaway!


  17. Tyraa, I'm so glad you're enjoying Cal and Tessa's story. And thanks for stopping by to say so!

  18. Thank you all so much for stopping by today. I would love to respond to each but I'm doing this on my phone from RWA National. Ack! No Internet for my laptop. I will be home tommorow and jump back on then but I just wanted to say thanks for all the kind words about What A Goddess Wants. It's making release day really special.

  19. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely giveaway opportunity. I love hearing an author's thought process behind a book and sometimes will even look them up before or during the read and it makes the book more to me.


  20. I am already a huge fan of Stephanie's storytelling, and have been hearing great things about this story. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    cathy m
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  21. You know I am a big fan of mythology so I am definitely entering.


  22. this looks like an interesting story! count me in


  23. Please enter me! This book looks very interesting!
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  24. I would love to be entered.

    romancebookjunkiesdanielle at yahoo dot com

  25. This book sounds like a great, hot read! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  26. This looks really good. I love the interactions between the characters and want to read more about why Tessa is there. Thanks for the giveaway.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

  27. I want it, I want it!! Send it to me:)

    Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction :)

  28. This sounds like a great read. It’s on my TBR list!
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  29. I want to win a copy! Me, me!

  30. What a Goddess Wants sounds like a wonderful book and I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  31. Thanks for the excerpt! That was so hot!
    Would love to read it


  32. I've read a couple of Stephanie's other books and loved them, but they were all more novella length and just too short, so I'm excited to read a full-length novel by her. This looks great and I loved the excerpt. Best wishes on the release.

    jen at delux dot com

  33. this book sounds so good! id love to read it! thank you for the chance to win!

  34. I loved the excerpt! this books sounds great

  35. Love this cover, I am SUCH a sucker for a good cover. lol Sounds like a good read so please count me in!

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  36. OH!! I want,I want!!! :D
    This. book sounds smokin hot. I can't wait to read it.Please count me in.

  37. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I'd LOVE to win a copy! It sounds great! AND the cover is fantastic!

  38. Interesting interview. Thank you!


  39. Thank you all so much for stopping by and for wanting to read What A Goddess Wants. It makes the blood, sweat and tears writers put into their work worth it.

  40. Thanks for the chance to win. Recently added this to my TBR list, and I'd love to win.


  41. Thanks for sharing the excerpt! I'm looking forward to reading this book!


  42. This sounds like it is going to be a great read- thank you for sharin the blurb+ excerpt and for the chance to win it.

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  43. I have had my eye on this one. I would love to win a copy! Count me in. booksniffersanonymous[at]gmail[dot]com
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  44. Oh please please please please!!!!! I would love to win this one!!!! Please count me in!!!!!!!!
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  45. I would like to win!

    headlessfowl at gmail dot com

  46. Great excerpt. Please count me in.

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  47. Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway! (:

  48. This is a new addition to my wish list. Laurie raved about it!

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