When I was first invited to be on the SILVER Blog Tour I shouted out a resounding, “YES!” But then realized I wasn’t familiar with the book… or so I’d thought at the time. As soon as I heard the name Talia Vance, though, I knew exactly whose book this was and I was ecstatic.
I’d been keeping an eye on the author for a long time awaiting her book’s release. I just hadn’t realized that it was due out in September. So, I ran to NetGalley to try and snag an early copy and kept my fingers crossed as I awaited the response.
While a review wasn’t required to be on the tour, it was the perfect excuse to sneak in a read of this book early. And I was not only not disappointed, I was amazed. Because it was a “me” book right from the start. What a surprise! I fell instantly and madly in love.
And fortunately I did not have to wait to post my review for the tour. As there is no way I could have contained my unbridled enthusiasm for this book for almost a month. I am bubbling over with enough secrets as it is, I could not have kept my love for this particular novel quiet for that long.
As a part of this tour I got to choose a guest post, and as this novel was all about Celtic Mythology I couldn’t think of a better post topic than for the author to talk about Celtic Myths and how her book developed from and was shaped by them. With Greek Mythology all the rage these days, Celtic Mythology is still somewhat of a mystery. One I was thrilled to learn more about in this post and in the book and one I hope you’ll find to be absolutely fascinating too!
This tour also includes a wicked awesome giveaway of a few signed books from the author – I want one! – and a super cool charm bracelet from the tour host, Jaime of Two Chicks On Books – I want this too! That giveaway and all those details are below.
Sure I could go on and on about this amazing book, but I think it’s time I turned this over to the author. But just quickly before that happens here’s a little bit…
About the Book
“As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away.”
Brianna has always felt invisible. People stare right past her, including the one boy she can’t resist, Blake Williams. But everything changes at a house party where Brianna’s charm bracelet slips off and time stands still. In that one frozen, silver moment, Blake not only sees her, he recognizes something deep inside her she’s been hiding even from herself.
Discovering she is descended from Danu, the legendary Bandia of Celtic myth, Brianna finds herself questioning the truth of who she is. And when she accidentally binds her soul to Blake, their mutual attraction becomes undeniable.
But Blake has his own secret, one that could prove deadly for them both.
Bound together by forbidden magic, Brianna and Blake find themselves at the heart of an ancient feud that threatens to destroy their lives and their love.
About the Author
Talia Vance is a practicing litigation attorney living in Northern California with her real life love interest, two-point-five kids, and a needy Saint Bernard named Huckleberry.
Talia has been writing since she could talk, making up stories for every doll, stuffed animal and action figure she could get her hands on. She grew up hoping to write the great American novel, but her life ran more along the lines of tortured romance and fast paced thrillers, so that’s what she writes.
And now for why you’re really here. Without further ado, I am turning my blog over to the very talented, very amazing wordsmith, Talia Vance….
CELTIC MYTHOLOGY by Talia Vance
I knew my story was going to be based on Celtic mythology the moment I stumbled upon the story of the Tuatha de Danaan or “People of the goddess Danu,” people derived from the pre-Christian deities in Ireland. They were defeated by mortals known as Milesians, and Ireland was divided up between them. As they negotiated peace, a leader of the Milesians got to decide how to split up the country. Naturally, he decided to take the portion above the ground and effectively left the deities to the underworld.
I could not imagine that the gods and goddesses would go quietly into the underworld. They I must be searching for a way to get back topside, right?
Next, I began researching specific gods and goddesses that could be part of my story. I needed the Celtic god of the underworld, and I found him, Arawn. He has an interesting backstory that I didn’t use in Silver, but may come into play later, so I won’t go into it here. And I also wanted to use the goddess Danu, who is a mother figure associated with fertility and the earth, whose descendants were considered great warriors.
Another thing that interested me about Celtic history is the bloody history of religion and the rise of Christendom in Ireland via the sword. Ireland is so rich with magical stories and superstitions, that it seemed natural that the war for control between those with Pagan beliefs and those who want to eradicate dark magic would continue, particularly if the Tuatha de Danaan left descendants on earth.
What if the descendants of the Milesians were still fighting a war against the descendants of Danu? And, bam, I had the basic premise for Silver.
The next myth that really interested me involved the idea that powers would only manifest every seventh generation. This myth is present in many different mythologies. I’ve seen it in reference to demons, children of Lucifer and werewolves. I liked the idea of descendants manifesting powers seven generations apart, because it provided lots of opportunities for history to be lost, distorted or even fabricated. A descendant seven generations removed from an ancestor with power might not have any idea what was happening, while some families might carefully preserve the information, and prepare the seventh generation child for the war to come.
Finally, I stumbled upon the story of a witch giving dark powers to a man who didn’t want them. Something about the idea of powerful women being feared by men stuck with me. Since I knew my descendants of Danu were goddesses, and the descendants of the Milesians were going to be descendants of warriors against magic, I had a ready-made battle of the sexes. What if the power the mortal men feared the most was the power women held over them through love, sex and intimacy? What if a goddess tried to wield that power through force? And that’s where the story of Danu and Killian originated. What if Danu bound Killian to her against his will? Could love develop or would Danu’s actions create so much distrust and fear that a relationship would become impossible? Would the bond drive one of them to kill? What would the repercussions be?
From there, the story, and the mythology took on a life of its own. The Milesians would resent the power that Danu gave them, but eventually they would covet it, and turn it against Danu’s descendants. And if the Milesians were better at preserving and sharing information, they would have a definite advantage. In theory, they could take out Danu’s descendants before they ever realized what they were.
But Danu’s descendants would devise ways to protect themselves, and a few might survive…
So that’s how Celtic mythology became the foundation for the world that the characters of Silver inhabit. If you’re interested in exploring stories involving Celtic gods and goddesses, there are some interesting websites you might want to use as a starting point:
Oh my gosh that was fan-freaking-tastic! I had no idea how influential the myths used in this book were, how they grew and changed and molded themselves into this amazing story. I love the idea of the seventh generations! So much can get lost or distorted with that much time in between.
Of course these gods would want O.U.T. of the underworld! It was the perfect foundation for this story. And I love that Danu was used to be the mother figure, but one who wasn’t without blame. She was the catalyst for all that happened since… stuff I want to talk about, but I really shouldn’t….
I am totally fascinated by these myths, but I think more so in how they’ll continue to shape this series. Especially that one bit that the author didn’t want to talk about in her post. Hmmmm….
Anyway… I am so excited to have been a stop on the tour, to have this gorgeous author share such an amazing post. Thank you so much to Author Talia Vance and to Jaime!
And be sure to visit the other stops on the tour to find out more about SILVER and Talia Vance.
9/1/2012 The YA Sisterhood – Blake Interview
9/2/2012 Page Turners Blog (hosted by Sophie) – Lightning Round Q&A
9/3/2012 The Review News – Review
9/4/2012 Two Chicks On Books – Dream Cast Post
9/5/2012 What the Cat Read – Silver Playlist
9/6/2012 I’m a Book Shark – Top Ten Scenes from Silver
9/7/2012 Debbie’s World Of Books – Guest Post
9/8/2012 Magical Urban Fantasy Reads **Release Day** – Scene from Blake’s POV
9/9/2012 The Ravenous Reader – Interview and Review
9/10/2012 Taters Tall Tails – Review
9/11/2012 Books Over Boys – Interview
9/12/2012 Jean Book Nerd – Interview
9/13/2012 Fiktshun – Celtic Myth Guest Post (HERE!)
9/14/2012 Literary Exploration – Interview
What’s Up for Grabs?
Talia Vance is offering up three signed finished copies of SILVER and Jaime of Two Chicks On Books has made a charm bracelet similar to the one Brianna wears in the story. There will be three winners – the grand prize winner will get the book and bracelet.
All details are in the Rafflecopter, which is the same entry form on all the tour stops! And the giveaway is US only.
Thanks for stopping by and GOOD LUCK!