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Monday, November 18, 2013

Guest Post and Giveaway Eternal Blades - Sekhmet's Guardians - Book Three by V.S. Nelson

Published: November 8th, 2013

Description: 

Tshering Snow never meant to fall hopelessly in love with her savior, the Ancient, known as Lance, but she did. He seems to care deeply for her, spending every available hour with her, but will he be able to give up his past and settle down with one woman? After all, he has the reputation of a playboy. 

Lance hates the personification he has created around himself. Afraid the others might not understand; he has held back the truth from Gabriel and the other Guardians. He has waited for the right woman, the one Sekhmet prophesized about so long ago. And now he has found her. When he is accused of fathering a child by both Gabriel and Tshering, how can he make them believe the child is not his, even if the boy is a spitting imagine of him? 

After the women are attacked by Set’s Legions while relaxing on Jennifer’s new yacht, they come to the unanimous decision; they will train and join the Guardian forces. But that’s not as easy as it was meant to be. Old fashioned and hard headed, Gabriel is determined he will not having women fighting in their war. 

When Tshering, Jennifer and Jessica are taken hostage by Set’s Legions all hell breaks loose on the Guardian’s compound. Lost without their mates, brother fights brother while they try save their women and put an end to the Legion’s terror. Will Sekhmet, the goddess they serve, step in and reveal the truth or will she leave them to find their own solutions to a never ending war as she has in the past?

GUEST POST
RAMBLINGS on Ancient Egyptian Deities 
by V.S. Nelson

It was not unusual for ancient people to give animal characteristic to individuals who had unique or special abilities. In many cultures, these individuals were often depicted or evolved as “Gods” which would and could explain their unusual behavior or looks… the question is; if they really existed, why were they so different from the others they came into contact with? Could the ancient Egyptian Gods been shape shifting aliens? One doesn’t have to analyze stacks of data and old text to consider the answer might just be a real possibility. 

There have been a lot of television shows on ancient Egypt and many of them suggest Egypt, along with many other ancient cultures were visited by alien beings. Scientists still cannot agree how the pyramids were built, or who created the engraved symbols carved deep into the Earth in South America that are only seen by the air. Was the Earth really visited by aliens long ago… ones that left an impact on a developing culture? 

What I’d like to discuss with you today, is not the pyramids, but the possibility that the ancient Egyptian Gods did indeed live and breath… and if they did, who were these individuals and why were many of them depicted throughout history as something more than just human

Craved deep into the walls of tombs one doesn’t have to look too hard to see the numerous human-animal beings wearing crowns of gold. Several Goddesses are shown in their human form on one wall, then on a adjoining wall the same deities are shown in their animal form. Is this because their personalities suggested they were more animal than human… or did they have the ability to shift from one form to another? Even though Isis, the mystical queen of the Gods is shown more often as a human, she is also depicted quite often with wings. This image relates to the story of her mating her beloved husband, Osiris, long after his death. In order for the mating to transpire, Isis turned herself into a Kite in order to conceive her son, Horus. This is just one such story where a god or goddess changes form in order to perform a necessary act.

While Isis is more often shown in her human form, other goddesses are shown more often in their animal or half-animal form. Two such goddesses are Bastet and Sekhmet. 

Bastet the gentler of the two cat deities is traditionally painted on the walls of the tombs I visited as human, but is depicted in cat form by the many statues you find in museums around Egypt. More often then not, she is shown as a black cat… did this mean Bastet was also a black woman when she was in her human form? (Something to think about)

Bastet’s counterpart Sekhmet, the more aggressive one of the two cat goddesses is more often depicted as half human, half lion. She is the essence of a female warrior and is often shown holding a shield, lance or weapon of some kind.

While most of the Egyptian deities are painted on the walls of tombs in a natural color giving them the appearance of Caucasian, two deities in particular are more often than not, painted with black skin. One I have previously mentioned. The other, another warrior-protector deity is Anubis. Often considered the illegitimate son of Osiris, Anubis is shown wearing the mask of a jackal. 


I’ve spent many years in Egypt, living and visiting the tombs of ancient Egyptian kings and one thing I have always found in common is the characteristics of the Egyptian deities… one minute they are shown in human form and the next they are depicted as an animal. Was it their personality that caused the ancients to paint them as animals or did they have the ability to shift their form on will? Being a professor of ancient history, I know that most lore is built upon some tiny fact. I can not help but question what underlying truth is there to the many stories written on the walls of tombs.

I’d love to hear thoughts on the subject… V.

About the author:
With a love for history, Native American author V.S. Nelson, instructed elementary, high school and college in the U.S. and abroad before launching her second writing career. 

V has been a story-teller all her life, always creating stories about people discovering the courage to make a difference. This drove her into writing her paranormal series centering on strong relationships and led her to coin the term: Ancient Legends, New Worlds. 

She is well known for her “time management and sprint style writing,” producing well over five thousand words daily - consecutively. 

V is available for speaking engagements, appearances and is more than willing to share her methodology with others in a variety of workshops. 

A member of three RWA chapters she sits on several committees and judges writing contests across the states. 

In Jan, 2013, Eternal Lovers, the first book in her eleven book paranormal series, Sekhmet’s Guardians launched with a fury. Being a series reader herself, she has held true to her promise by releasing no less than two books in the series per year in addition to her other work.


Author's Giveaway

20 comments:

CCAM said...

The combination of Native American and Egyptian mythology sounds exciting and challenging.

Andreea Ilie said...

I have not yet

Virginia Nelson said...

Thank you for hosting me today! Always, V

Sarit Yahalomi said...

Not yet

Tasty Book Tours said...

Thank you for hosting today!

Effy O'Brien said...

Cred ca e prima carte pe care o vad inspirandu-se din mitologia egipteana.Nu-mi amintesc sa fi citit vreuna pana acum si sa fie legata de Egipt.Suna promitator.

Savanna Kougar said...

Wonderful blog, Virginia. After a lifelong fascination with Atlantis and Ancient Egypt, and studying as I can on these subjects, I've come to the conclusion that the so-called gods and goddesses are advanced real beings. So, I'm with you.

Emilee said...

I can't wait to read book 3. I love the interweaving of ancient and.modern worlds that Ms Nelson exhibits in her writings!

Emilee said...

I can't wait to read book 3. I love the interweaving of ancient and.modern worlds that Ms Nelson exhibits in her writings!

Virginia Nelson said...

Thank you Emilee! Savanna, we are two of like mind. Always, V

Beautiful Disaster said...

Love mythology and history and this book sounds great. I haven't read any of them so I can't wait to get started.
Thanks :)

tori whitaker said...

havent read them but looking forward to it

Vivian Situ Reads said...

I have not ready any of the books but I would love to read one.

Kai said...

I haven't read the series yet. I have always admired Isis and Bastet.

Virginia Nelson said...

B.D., Tory, and Vivian thank you for stopping by and good luck in the drawing. Always, V

Sharla Rae said...

Always love your blogs Virgina. Thanks for another good one.

amber polo said...

Another great blog. I'm a believer.

Meghan said...

Not really! I haven't read this book yet so I don't know!
Thanks for sharing!

joe hawk said...

Have not yet but hope soon.

Kimberly Mayberry said...

This is a new-to-me author and book! I hope to have a favorite, soon!