Thea Harrison and Vivian Arend have some fun and share information about their upcoming Samhian releases- Thea’s DEVILS GATE (4.6 novella in the Elder Races series) and WOLF LINE (#5 novella in the Granite Lake Wolves)
Welcome to the 3rd stop on our BIG ADVENTURE! It’s time to introduce you to the heroines of our books, and in a twist, we’re taking them to some ruins.
Viv: You know, when Thea mentioned ruins as a stop, I was happy to realize I know the perfect place my heroine would visit. Maybe not typical, but very appropriate. See, WOLF LINE is set in the Yukon/Alaska, and one of my favourite parts about this area of the world is the history of the Gold Rush. The Chilkoot Trail—one of the routes the Gold miners took into the north to get to Dawson City— has been mentioned in the Granite Lake series before. The starting point for many of the hopefuls was the port of Dyea—now the home of some lovely ruins/ghost town.
Keri is a lovely wolf shifter who’s agreed to help her BFF during said BFFs maiden voyage guiding the Arctic Wolf Cruise Lines. Which stops at historic Skagway/Dyea!
Keri headed down the hall to escape onto deck.
She took it all in—the beautiful blue sky, the undulating waves of the ocean. The scent of the sea and a faint hint of fried food from the restaurants of the town filled her nostrils. She leaned on the railing and smiled.
It was a holiday. Tessa might be in the middle of panic mode, but those were normal first-time-out nerves. The shifter-only cruises had operated without a hitch for years, and with Tessa at the helm, nothing would change except maybe to get better. Like the rest of her family—the clan that had provided Keri’s second home for the past ten years—the girl had a flair for making others happy.
Volunteering as a troubleshooter wasn’t going to be a huge task at all. It was more a favour to ease Tessa’s concerns.
No, Keri planned on using what should be ample spare time this trip to plan out her future. She had an art degree from the community college, ink permanently staining her fingers, and a backpack full of charcoal pencils and art pads. But drawing pictures in the farmer’s market wouldn’t pay the bills forever. She sent another set of good wishes her parents’ direction for being patient with a rebellious hothead and giving her a place to bloom.
Now if she could only figure out what she wanted to be when she grew up.
Just for fun? No laughing at me!: A watercolour painting I did from the Dyea flats- but I bet Keri could do better.
Thea: When Viv and I brainstormed about ideas for travel stops on our blog tour, one of the first images that popped into my mind were the classical ruins from ancient Greece. My heroine, Dr. Seremela Telemar, is a medusa, which is a creature taken from Greek mythology. In the Elder Races, medusae are Demonkind.
The Medusa from Greek mythology is a tragic and sinister figure whom Perceus beheads. That myth is retold in the movie Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, where unfortunately the same thing happens to that medusa as well. I loved that movie because Uma Thurman made a fabulous Medusa, and the strange, gorgeous image still stands out in my mind.
Unlike the story in Greek mythology, in the Elder Races universe my medusae are a gentle and intelligent people, and the medusa that Perseus beheaded was a victim of a famous hate crime.
When Seremela was younger, she paid homage to that long ago medusa that Perseus murdered by touring Greece. She shopped in the marketplace at Athens, and walked through the Acropolis and other temple ruins.
In the Elder Races, the medusae culture has its own beliefs and traditions, which includes the recognition of how poisonous self-doubt can be:
The medusae believed that each medusa was born with a drop of poison in their souls. The poison turned into the medusa’s Adversary, the dark voice that whispered doubts and fears in one’s own thoughts. The measure of one’s strength was determined by how well one withstood one’s internal Adversary. Seremela tried to overcome that negative voice, but her own Adversary had a lot of ammunition to use against her.
Seremela is a medical examiner and pathologist, and self-identified geek who is more comfortable lecturing over a body on an autopsy table. Her head snakes, however, are a different story:
Her snakes didn’t have the slightest problem with social situations—not that they ever behaved appropriately.
Once at a work party, she grew lightheaded and extremely giddy while she talked with her boss at that time. When she turned around, she caught several of her head snakes lapping at leftover alcohol in the bottom of several glasses on a table behind her. Thankfully her boss had been amused and helped to call her a cab ride home.
That scenario gives a whole new meaning to the term “party animal!”
Be sure to join us after the weekend on Monday, June 4, for some hot and sweaty adventures in the desert. We’ll be stopping by Delighted Reader.
Thea & Viv
THEA AND VIV’S BIG ADVENTURE is brought to you by Thea Harrison and Vivian Arend, New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors with a love for both travel and writing. They have joined together for the nefarious purpose of celebrating their next Samhain Publishing ebooks.
Comment for your chance to win:
Information re: Grand Prize can be found at Thea or Viv’s
DAILY PRIZE: One commenter here at Smexy Books will win their choice of one of Thea or Viv’s backlist Samhain ebooks from either the Elder Races or Granite Lake Wolves series. If you’ve got them all, you can gift this to a friend!
Winners from comments at all the tour stops will be announced at
Viv’s and Thea’s blogs on JUNE 13.
Question for today: Are there ruins that you’d love to visit?
Contest open to all through June 3.