Thursday, February 09, 2012

All’s Fair in Vanities War Tour Stop

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As part of the All’s Fair in Vanities War blog tour, Elizabeth Marx is coming over to Xpresso Reads to list her top ten Celtic Goddesses. There is also a giveaway… or 2… or none… I guess you’ll have to check! 🙂

If you haven’t heard of Elizabeth’s book before, here’s the deal:

All’s Fair in Vanities War
Elizabeth Marx

Release date: October 24th, 2011

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Salem’s always held sinister secrets. No one understands this better than a sixteen-year-old girl who dies on Halloween night and is reborn a Seer. The Seer can’t imagine anything worse than being an invisible teenager with enormous black wings. Until she finds out she’s been sacrificed to watch over Locke’s new flame.

Locke Cavanaugh is a Druid, and part of the Order, a clandestine organization entrusted with keeping its members cloaked in the Ordinary world. Physically scarred from the accident that took his girlfriends life, Locke is searching for the OtherWorldly magic that damaged him, because only those without blemish can rule the Order. And once at the helm of the Order he has every intention of finding those responsible for her death.

On the West Coast, Keleigh Flaherty witnesses her parents’ murder by beasts that should only exist in nightmares. She is whisked off to the safety of Salem, where she learns how potent and dangerous her concealed Vate talents are. Keleigh wants to be Ordinary, but when her mother reaches out from the OtherWorld, and implores her to find a forgotten relic she’ll have to use all her ExtraOrdinary powers to locate it.

As Locke and Keleigh join forces, they unravel the Order’s involvement in the witch hysteria and murmurs of a Celtic prophecy. While Locke’s affection for Keleigh blooms, The Seer is torn between her duty to protect Keleigh, and her desire to stop Locke from making the ultimate sacrifice in order to earn Keleigh’s love . . . But if they don’t find the witches bottle before the ShiningOnes do, someone stalking Keleigh from the shadows will take her instead and plunge all worlds into chaos.

Let’s now take a look at Elizabeth’s Celtic Goddess picks:


Elizabeth’s Top Ten Celtic Goddesses

#10

Verbeia is one of the many Celtic river goddesses. Her name means winding river or she of the cattle. She often appears on Beltane morning, but beware when she does because the river might flood and you could be swept away.

#9

Scathach is a warrior goddess and mistress of a school for young warriors. Her name means shadowy one and she has the ability to grant wishes if you figure out how to ask her for them.

#8

Rosmerta is a continental Celtic goddess. Her name means the great provider and she is sometimes depicted holding a cornucopia. She can also be the goddess of spring representing healing.

#7

Morrigan is one of the most important Irish goddesses because she is one of the Tuatha De Danann. She appears sometimes as a white cow with red ears. She was a bard, who are believed able to change their outward appearance at will. There is much debate about the meaning of her name, some say it means phantom queen, some say death queen, some say her name means night mare.

#6

Latiaran is the goddess of harvest time. Her feast day is the last Sunday in July, which is Lughnasa. The first day for eating newly harvested potatoes in Ireland is at the end of July. In Cork there is a standing stone in the shape of a heart dedicated to her.

#5

Epona is a fertility goddess and her name means horse. She is the protector of horses, donkeys, and mules. She is one of the few goddesses the Romans adopted from the Celts because of her power and prestige among the horse-riding warrior elite. Many archeologists hesitate to connect her with this 360-foot-long white chalk figure that surely must represent her.

#4

Danu is the goddess of the land’s fertility. Her name is derived from the Old Celtic dan, meaning knowledge and she is known as the mother goddess.

#3

Conoran is an obscure Irish goddess. She was the mother of three magical daughters who ensnared three great warriors they lusted after with a magical web.

#2

Belisama goddess of lakes, rivers, fire, crafts and light. Her name means “summer bright” and is known to be the consort of Belenus. Belisama’s waters shelter good fortune and abundance.

#1

Andraste is the Celtic goddess of war, victory, ravens, and battles. Her name means invincible or she who has not fallen. She is venerated in woodland groves and her symbol is the hare. She pledged her protection to the Iceni tribe and was a goddess of divination, probably called upon to predict the outcome of battle.

 


Thanks so much for dropping by, Elizabeth, and for having me a part of the blog tour!

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Windy city writer, Elizabeth Marx, brings cosmopolitan life alive in her fiction—a blend of romance, fast-paced Chicago living, and a sprinkle of magical realism. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who’ve spelled everyone into believing they’re really dogs. She grew up in the city, has traveled extensively, and still says there’s no town like Chi town.

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Giveaway 1

Elizabeth has offered TWO ebook copies of All’s Fair in Vanities War for giveaway
Open internationally
Giveaway ends February 16th, 2012
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Two winners will be chosen by random number generator and will have 48 hours to reply to email before news winners are chosen

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Giveaway 2

Enter to win the blog tour grand prize: $50
Open internationally

To enter:
-You must “LIKE” The Seer’s Facebook page
-Post one of your favorite quotes from All’s Fair in Vanities War on the page’s wall


Which one would be YOUR top Celtic Goddess?

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23 Responses to “All’s Fair in Vanities War Tour Stop”

  1. Rachelia (Bookish Comforts)

    This sounds like a perfect Halloween read! The cover is lovely – with all the black and orange! This one sounds like an exciting read – I’ve added it to my Goodreads books. Also, I really liked the list of Celtic Goddesses – the pictures and descriptions. I hadn’t heard of many of them before. Love the names!

  2. Missie, The Unread Reader

    I’m not very familiar with Celtic Goddesses, so this post was very informative for me. All of them definitely sound very enchanting and it’s not hard to understand why they’ve become legends. 🙂

    Thanks for the guest post and giveaway!

  3. Rebecca (Kindle Fever)

    Ohh! I love the sound of all those goddesses. These things have always fascinated me so I find it real interesting! Now to hope I’m a lucky winner! I’ve been super curious about this one for some time now. 😀

  4. Giselle

    Thanks ladies I find them fascinating roo! I didn’t know much about Celtic Goddesses either so it’s really interesting!

    @Lalaine: I missed you tooooo! <3

  5. Amy

    This is a really great post. It’s cool to learn about the Celtic Goddesses. I only knew of a few, so it was really nice to learn more of them. This book sounds interesting.

  6. SweetMarie83

    Awesome post! I love anything Celtic. Of this list, I’m most familiar with Morrigan. I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile, so thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  7. Jacquelynne

    WOW! How could I have NOT heard about this book before?! I am obsessed with Celtic anything and everything!! Seriously I am going to be studying Celtic everything for the rest of my life. I totally need to enter this giveaway! Such a great post! 🙂

  8. Jacquelynne

    PS: Because I ALWAYS forget to answer the question you ask before the comment section, I would definitely say either Danu, or Andraste would be my TOP Celtic Goddess – Andraste is totally badass though so I’d have to lean more towards her 🙂

  9. Mimi Valentine

    WOW! Oh my gosh, if I had a penny for every time your blog showed me some cool new book, I’m be a gajillionaire, Giselle! <3 The Celtic goddesses are the only ones I don't know anything about, so this post was so cool & informative — two things that don't usually go together! — to read! 🙂

    I just LOVE this post, Giselle! Plus, that cover and all of those pictures are just so gorgeous! 😉

  10. Candace

    This book sounds fascinating! I hadn’t heard of it before. And love the cover!
    The post is really interesting! I ‘know’ some of the Celtic goddesses from reading, but some I’m not so familiar with. Fascinating subject!