Guest Author & Giveaway: Stephanie Julian featuring What a Goddess Wants

Friday, July 8

When I talk to friends about books that I've read, the conversation ALWAYS turns to what was your favorite part?  Like, "can you believe...?", or "how hot was that!", or even "I cried buckets when....".  I have to admit, it's one of my favorite parts about talking about books.  I love to find out what someone else's favorite scenes from a romance novel was.  

For me, it's a way to cut right to the chase.  Especially if it's a book that you haven't read and want to know more about, even though it is somewhat subjective, it's the enthusiasm (or lack thereof) of the person that you are talking to that can sometimes decide whether or not I read a book I'm on the fence about.  And the more I read the more I realize that my favorite bits, are almost never the same.  It varies from book to book.  It's not always a love scene, but it's almost always an intimate moment (whether it be a conversation, a kiss, or more) between the Hero and the Heroine.

Erotic Romance author Stephanie Julian is my special guest today to share a few of her favorite moments from her new erotic paranormal romance, What a Goddess Wants, the first book in her new Forgotten Goddesses series.  I'm thinking it would be good to be a Goddess :)  Read and enjoy!

What’s my favorite scene from WHAT A GODDESS WANTS?

Wow, that’s a tough one. Do I choose the first meeting of my hero and heroine? Their first kiss? The first love scene? Or the moment they realize they’ve fallen in love? All those scenes have a special meaning for the book and they’re among the hardest to write. You have to balance the forward motion of the plot with the emotional growth between the characters.

So, I don’t know that I’ll be able to pick a favorite scene. So I picked a couple.

This is how Tessa, aka Thesan, Etruscan Goddess of the Dawn, and Caligo, a legendary Cimmerian warrior, meet, which also happens to be their first love scene:

Tessa struggled out of a much-needed sleep because she felt someone close.

Someone desired her. Ached for her so badly that his need brushed against her senses like a cat rubbing against her leg and begging for a caress.

How long had it been since someone had truly needed her?

She took a deep breath, her eyes still closed, and caught the scent of a male.

Oh my, he smelled good. No, he smelled wonderful—a little sweat, a little spice, a whole lot turned on.

He wanted her. She felt his desire like a blanket of heat on her skin.

Forcing her lids to open, she found herself staring into moonlight-gray eyes, half hidden beneath midnight-black bangs.

Those bangs nearly reached the tip of a slightly crooked nose that’d been broken at least once in his life. Possibly more than once, if the scar on his left cheekbone and the one under the cleft in his chin were any indication of the life he’d led.

She followed the line of his jaw back up to his ear, noting that the rest of his hair wasn’t as long but clipped tight to his head. She lifted her hands to brush the bangs out of his eyes—and realized he’d tied her to the bed.

Then there’s their first kiss:

He bent his head and kissed her. Hard. With his hands on her shoulders, he pushed her backward until she hit the wall and then trapped her there with his body.

The heat of his body seeped into hers, his scent so enticing. She let him plunder her mouth without protest, opening wider to take more of him.

He took the hint and thrust his tongue into her mouth, forcing her tongue to duel with his. When his hands slid down to land on her hips so he could tilt her pelvis into his, she ground herself against his rock-hard erection.

And finally, the moment they declare their love

“Cal. Love you.”

Tessa’s weak voice sent a bolt of pain straight into his chest.

His gaze connected with her beautiful blue eyes, now dull and listless.

And his heart stuttered.

She’d just given up. “Gods damn it. No, Tessa. Don’t you dare give up on me. I’ll take you up. We’ll find the sun and you will be fine.”

I can’t choose a favorite scene. I love them all.

Do you have a favorite among the three?

In his arms, her magic powers are on the rise…

Tess, Etruscan Goddess of the Dawn, is desperately fighting off a malicious god, but her powers are weakening. She needs a hero and fast, because only sexual energy can give her strength. So she seeks out Caligo, whose sexual prowess is legendary…

And she’s the only one who can bring him into the light…

Caligo is a fabled Cimmerian warrior determined to stay away from spoiled goddesses who trample heart after they’ev had their fun. But there’s something irresistibly hot and inviting about Tessa, and he knows he’s her only chance to escape the encroaching darkeness…

Congratulations Stephanie and thanks so much for being my guest today!  What a Goddess Wants must be selling like hotcakes because the last time I checked Amazon only had two print copies left :)  Hopefully readers will be just as anxious to read the next two books in the Forgotten Goddess seriesHow to Worship a Goddess(12/2011), and Goddess in the Middle (7/2012)...both sound immensely seductive, just by the titles alone!

If you'd like to learn more about Stephanie Julian and the erotic romances that she writes you can find her at her website, her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

To celebrate the release of the first book in Stephanie's new erotic paranormal romance Forgotten Goddesses series, What a Goddess Wants, her publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca would like to giveaway a copy of the book to TWO lucky Musings followers.

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  Answer the question Stephanie asked readers in her post (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
Rules and disclaimers:
  • This contest is open to US & Canada addresses only
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on July 11th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
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Good Luck!

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winnie July 8, 2011 at 2:03 AM  

Congrats on the release, Stephanie! I totally agree that the level of enthusiasm a friend has for certain books really do influence me in making me more inclined to pick those books to read, especially if they are by new-to-me authors. I also think it's great to share favourite scenes from books because they can become favourites for different reasons and it's interesting to know what others think of the same scene.

As for my favourite scene among the three, I think it will be the moment they declare their love because it feels like an intense moment between them and I would love to read the emotional build up leading up to it!


Maureen July 8, 2011 at 6:02 AM  

They are all great scenes but I would pick the scene where they meet since it's the start of something exciting.
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Tore July 8, 2011 at 7:46 AM  

I like the scene when they first meet because thats when you feel in the chemistry between them. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read the book. It sounds very good.

Carol L. July 8, 2011 at 8:20 AM  

I'll go with the first, their first love scene. You can feel the passion and heat. Like them all really it's just that those first times are always the best. :)Count me in. I love series books and this is a new one for my TRL.
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Stephanie Julian July 8, 2011 at 11:25 AM  

thanks so much for stopping by and reading the excerpts ladies.

Winnie, yes, I love that build-up and the payoff you get if wonderful.

thank you Maureen

Tore, chemistry is oh, so important, isn't it?

and Carol, heat is right up there with chemistry.

Bethie July 8, 2011 at 12:40 PM  

I would choose the first kiss scene. Very hot!!

I follow on GFC

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Na July 8, 2011 at 1:08 PM  

What a Goddess Wants is on my wishlist, I have heard so many great things about it. My favourite scene is the third one. It is heartbreaking but through the pain there is love, especially when their gaze connects.

GFC follower

Estella July 8, 2011 at 3:55 PM  

I am a sucker for first kiss scenes.
Have this book on my wish List.

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Leni July 8, 2011 at 8:03 PM  

My favorite one is the first one when they meet. The description of his scent, hair, and face are so visual.

GFC follower

Artemis July 8, 2011 at 10:02 PM  

Congratulations on the new release Stephanie. I have been hearing many good things about this book.

I would have to pick the first scene. It's enticing and teasing and then, uh that a good or bad thing? Must read to find out!

Yep, GFC Follower

elaing8 July 9, 2011 at 12:12 AM  

My favorite would be the first kiss scene.

GFC follower


Lisa Richards/alterlisa July 9, 2011 at 4:04 AM  

Yeah that first scene would be my pick.!/alterlisa/status/89605617383247872

I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards


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Pamk July 9, 2011 at 1:28 PM  

congrats on the release and of those three scenes the last one is the one I like best. very poignant.
I am a follower via GFC

Stephanie Julian July 9, 2011 at 4:37 PM  

Pam, Lisa, Elaing8, Leni, Estrella, Na and Bethie, thanks so much for stopping to read. I really appreciate it.

Artemis, we're changing your name to a good Etruscan goddess, Artumes.

Danielle Gorman July 9, 2011 at 4:41 PM  

Wow, after reading those scenes I definitely can't wait to read this book. Out of the three I like the last one the most. I could feel his pain at the thought of losing her. Gave me chills.

Cathy M July 11, 2011 at 2:25 PM  

Hi Stephanie,

You picked three great scenes to share, I think the first kiss is my favorite.

gfc follower
cathy M
caity_mack at yahoo dot dom

Purchased Nauti and Wild through your Amazon link today too.

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