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Friday, September 20, 2013

Immortals Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway with Ednah Walters

Hi, everyone!

I am pleased to participate in the Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours for Ednah Walters' Immortals.

About Ednah:

EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.

Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, will be released April 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN.

Ednah also writes New Adult paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series. She is presently working on book 2, IMMORTALS.

Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published four more books in this series. She's presently working on book six.


Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, Ednah!

Ednah has written a guest post, so I will now turn the floor over to her.

Norse Mythology and My Research
By Ednah Walters

Norse mythology is so interesting and so part of us we don’t even realize it. It gave us:

1. Days of the week named after the Norse gods:

Friday - Goddess Freya’s day

Thursday - Thor’s day

Wednesday - Woden’s day (Old Norse, Odin is sometimes called Woden)

2. Mistletoe:

Baldur was the most beloved son of Odin and his wife Frigga. When she had a dream about his death, she had all the elements in the all the realms promise not to hurt him. From the living and the non-living. But she forgot to ask mistletoe and Loki fashioned a spear out of mistletoe and tricked one of the gods into killing him. Devastated, Frigga decreed that mistletoe would never again be used as a weapon and that she would kiss anyone who passed under it. So now people kiss under the mistletoe.

I fell in love with Norse mythology way before the movie Thor was released. It started with Charmed, when my three favorite witches, Phoebe, Paige and Pippa, became Valkyries. I started reading on Valkyries and Goddess Freya, the head of the Valkyries. This powerful goddess who could have any being she wanted was the goddess of love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, war, and death. She is the goddess of sorcery, which she taught Odin and the Aesir gods of Asgard. Even though Odin was the leader of the gods, he shared fallen soldiers with Freya. The more I read, the more I wanted to write a story about a girl as powerful as Freya, but where to begin.

Like Greek mythology, the Norse pantheon had their wars. The main one was between Vanir gods/goddesses from Vanaheimr and Aesir gods/goddess of Asgard. To make peace, the Vanirs sent several of their gods/goddesses to Asgard and Asgardians sent some of theirs to Vanaheimr. Freya is one of the goddesses sent to Asgard and she brought magic in the form of sorcery to the Asgardians. Odin, on the other hand, was always thirsty for knowledge and had brought runic magic to the gods. I had to decide between which magic to use in my story: runic or sorcery.

Since I was writing about a mythology most often ignored, I chose runes. Sorcery has been done to death in the stories about witches, warlocks, and wizards. Runes wasn’t common except in the Mortal Instrument series

So you see, magic has always been part of the Asgardian pantheon. When I decided on this series, I chose a girl as my protagonist and created a story that will make Norse mythology come alive to readers as she grows. In Runes, Raine learns about runic magic and that she’s different. She meets the Norns, deities in charge of destiny, and a valkyries. In Immortals, we find out what makes her so special. In Grimnirs, we learn even more about Norse mythology. By the time I finish the series, readers will come to love Norse mythology as much as I do. 
Thanks so much for joining us today, Ednah!

About the Series:

TITLE: Runes
SERIES: Runes, Book #1  
AUTHOR: Ednah Walters 
PUBLISHER: FireTrail Publishing  
FORMAT: E-book, 245 pages
GENRE: YA Paranormal Romance

Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.

Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.

Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about Torin. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.
Buy Links:
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TITLE: Immortals
SERIES: Runes, Book #2
AUTHOR: Ednah Walters
PUBLISHER: FireTrail Publishing
FORMAT: E-book, 342 pages
GENRE: YA Paranormal Romance

Nothing can stop Raine Cooper when she wants something…
Raine finally knows that her gorgeous neighbor, Torin St. James, is a legend straight out of Norse mythology, and that her feelings for him are strong. Torin is crazy about Raine too, breaking the one rule he lives by: Never fall for a mortal. The problem is he no longer remembers her, his memories erased by Norns—Norse destiny deities—to punish her for defying them.

So Raine comes up with a plan…
She will make Torin forget his one rule a second time and fall in love with her all over again.
But she quickly learns that well-laid plans do not work when dealing with deities and supernatural beings. Desperate, Raine makes choices that could not only tear her and Torin further apart, but lead to the destruction of everything and everyone she loves.
Buy Links:
Amazon / Barnes & Noble

One lucky winner will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a digital copy of Immortals.

To enter the giveaway, please fill out the Rafflecopter entry form below. 

This giveaway is open to worldwide until September 22, 2013.

Tour Participants:

September 9th
-Jessabella Reads >> Guest Post
-DanaSquare >> Review

September 10th
-Novels On The Run >> Review
-The Book Hookup >>  Review

September 11th
-Bookluvrs Haven >> Review
-Mom With A Kindle >> Interview

September 12th
-A Diary Of A Book Addict >> Review + Top 5 List

September 13th

September 16th
-Readers Live A Thousand Lives >>  Review + Top 5 List

September 17th
-Forbidden Passions Reviews >> Review
-ReadingToTheStarsAndBack >>  Review
-Book Liaison  >> Excerpt

September 18th
-The Cover Contessa >> Review

September 19th
-Book Broads >> Review
-Page Flipperz Ya >> Review

September 20th 
-The Next Chapter >> Review
-Darlene’s Book Nook >>  Guest Post


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