Q&A with Juli D. Revezzo author of Passion’s Sacred Dance and W*n a Book

It’s a busy day around the blogosphere as the Elysian Fields Tour enters its final week!

First, DJ’s on the hot seat over at author EJ Stevens’ From the Shadows website today, answering some of the questions Alex evaded, er, answered last week. DJ’s a bit more forthcoming. 

I also have an interview today at author Marsha Moore’s blog, Illusions of Intimacy, talking about the Axeman versus Jean Lafitte, and other mysteries of life. You can enter for the tour prizes here.

I made a few edits to the flash-fiction story “Danger: Curves Ahead” (and made a nifty title graphic!) that’s running at Romance Magicians today. This is the site of my local Romance Writers of America chapter, and we’re running a month-long blog blast to promote our Readers’ Luncheon the first Saturday in November. Come and sit at my table for lunch if you’re in the Birmingham area! And, oh yeah, Jeaniene Frost will be there to talk about the final Cat and Bones book (sniff).  There are giveaways each day–my international giveaway today is a $10 gift card and a signed copy of one of the Sentinels books–plus each day’s commenters will be entered for a Kindle Fire HD. So there are lot of chances to enter for the Kindle (sorry, the Kindle giveaway is U.S. only). 

And thanks to Melliane at Between Dreams and Reality for the great review of Elysian Fields today!

Finally, there’s a spotlight up at Book Liaison–no new info but another chance to enter to win the tour prizes.

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Today, please help me welcome author Juli D. Revezzo to Preternatura. Juli is here to talk about her latest release, Passion’s Sacred Dance, the first book in her Harshad Wars series.  Passion’s Sacred Dance was published on July 23 of this year by The Wild Rose Press.
Juli D. Revezzo is a Florida girl, with a love of fantasy, science fiction, and Arthurian legend, so much so she gained a B.A. in English and American Literature. She loves writing stories with fantastical elements whether it be a full-on fantasy, or a story set in this world–slightly askew. She has been published in short form in Eternal Haunted SummerDark Things II: Cat Crimes (a charity anthology for cat related charities), Luna Station Quarterly, The Scribing Ibis: An Anthology of Pagan Fiction in Honor of Thoth, and Twisted Dreams Magazine. She is author of The Artist’s Inheritance, Caitlin’s Book of Shadows (of  the Antique Magic series) and has recently released her debut paranormal romance novel, Passion’s Sacred Dance. 

You can learn more about Juli by visiting her website, or by following her on twitter.
ABOUT PASSION’S SACRED DANCE:  Battling mounting debt, Stacy Macken is determined not to lose her historic art gallery. When Aaron Fielding appears and offers to help, she fights to keep the attraction sizzling between them from clouding her judgment. He may be her savior in disguise–but can she trust him? Aaron intrigues her with tales of the Tuatha dé Danann, sworn warriors who protect humanity from the monsters seeking their destruction. If Aaron can prove what he claims, she would give up anything to help–even the gallery he claims is sacred ground. But with her property set to stage the next epic battle, she needs answers. An old family diary will confirm the ancient legend is true, if only they can find it in time. If the battle is lost, the enemy will take control of Earth for the next five hundred years. Stacy and Aaron’s budding love might only complicate things.
And now, let’s hear from Juli…
Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?
Passion’s Sacred Dance is about a woman who must give up her beloved land to an ancient warrior of the Tuatha dé Danaan for the staging of an epic battle, and how she falls in love with said ancient warrior.
What is your favorite scene in the book?
The first one where Aaron faces down the greedy lawyers over Stacy’s property: 
The lawyer’s dark eyes glinted. He remained poised, making no physical threat to her, yet.
     “Try to see reason.” He opened his briefcase and removed a manila envelope. Stacy refused to take the packet, so he set it on the desk.
      “Think about it, Miss Macken. With what they’re offering, you can have any place in town.”
     “I don’t have time for this now, Mr. Bradley. If you’ll be so kind as to come back another time—”
     “Next month, next year,” Aaron grumbled under his breath.
     The lawyer studied him, brow quirked questioningly.
     Aaron smiled.
     The lawyer’s gaze turned back to Stacy. “This offer is final, Miss Macken.”
      “I understand, but I’ve a pressing appointment to honor, right now.” She pointed toward the door.
“Forgive me if I don’t show you out, myself.”
     Eyes narrowed on the lawyer, Aaron stepped between them, arms crossed, daring him to break his defense. “You’ve been asked to leave, sir. Don’t make me force you.”
     The man’s thin lips twitched as he studied him, trying to take his measure, and in that instant, Aaron knew he was correct. This was no mere human. The attorney’s gaze shifted away first. He turned and grabbed Stacy.
     It happened so fast, Aaron had no time to intervene before Bradley seized her arm, slipped a black bladed knife from his coat, and pressed it against her creamy throat. His accent was pure Cockney as he taunted her,
     “Well, aren’t you a feisty one? Now then, be a good girl and tell me you’ve changed your mind, darling.”
      Aaron deflated. Bright Lord, have mercy. He didn’t need this now! He hadn’t yet decided what to tell Stacy about his origins and mission, as it was. This fiasco wouldn’t help matters.
     Muttering a spell under his breath, he stepped back.
     A semi-transparent wall of undulating glass shot up from a crack in the floor, separating him and Stacy from Mr. Bradley. The light blue aura the wall gave off held his foe firmly rooted to the ground. The crystal earring in his enemy’s left earlobe flashed a sickening, slime green color, drawing Aaron’s attention away for a moment. The earring resembled an eye. Aaron narrowed his gaze as it flashed a second time. A similar, faint glow emanated from beneath the lawyer’s crisp white shirt.
     Aaron planted his stance against the ground like the roots of a great oak tree, and pulled out his harshad. He flipped the handle over in his hand, and two flail-like ends emerged. The ends cut through the glass wall and snaked around the lawyer’s throat like metal ropes, before tightening. The lawyer’s face began to turn red. Rendered immobile, he stumbled easily as Aaron gave the handle a hard tug.
     Stacy screeched as she tripped along with him.
     Aaron stepped through the wall, pried Bradley’s fingers from Stacy’s flesh, and shoved her protectively behind his back. “Do me a favor,” he ground out between clenched teeth. “Call the number I gave you yesterday. They’ll do us more good than 9-1-1.”
     Stacy turned and ran for the hall as the lawyer hissed out, “You should learn not to get involved, unsavory one.”
     Aaron swallowed his relief when he heard Stacy slam the door against the wall. He turned his attention back to the cackling lawyer.
     “I would give you the same warning, human.” Aaron studied the man in earnest, his voice calm.            “You have no idea what you’re involved in.”
What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
Right now I’m halfway through Sheepfarmer’s Daughterby Elizabeth Moon and next up is probably Game of Thrones.
Book you’re an evangelist for:
The entire Elric series by Michael Moorcock.
Book you’ve bought for the cover:
None, actually. Covers aren’t important to me. It’s what between them that counts, though I will admit I have a fondness for cover art by Robert Gould and Michael Whelan.
Book that changed your life:
Elric of Melniboné by Michael Moorcock and The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Without Moorcock, I wouldn’t be a writer and without MZB, well this whole fascination with Celtic mythology wouldn’t be at the forefront of my life, I think.
What’s next?
I’m working on the follow up to Passion’s Sacred Dance, also on an unrelated UF Romance novella for TWRP, and on the followup to a paranormal fantasy series I’m writing, Antique Magic, plus a few other goodies. I’ve always got some iron in the fire, as they say. 
And before I go, I just want to say, thank you, Suzanne, for hosting me and congrats on the recent release of Elysian Fields!
Thanks, Juli and congratulations on the release of Passion’s Sacred Dance as well!
Leave a comment to be entered for your chance to win a copy of Passion’s Sacred Dance. What’s next on YOUR TBR pile?

20 thoughts on “Q&A with Juli D. Revezzo author of Passion’s Sacred Dance and W*n a Book

  1. Thanks for hosting me today, Suzanne and for your kind words. Folks, I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. No matter how I try, my TBR list never seems to get any smaller. How about you? Let me know what you’re reading next!

  2. I don’t read my TBR pile in any particular order. I just grab whatever I’m in the mood for – unless I have a library book that’s due soon. Somehow no matter how many books I read my TBR pile never seems to get any smaller.

    • Same here, Sandy! When it’s time for a new book, I read what seems most interesting too…and neither does my TBR pile get smaller. There’s always something interesting coming out, isn’t there? Thanks for stopping by!

  3. The link to book liaisons isn’t working. commented on the rest

    Now i just finished one book so my next read is in question…. i’m hesitating between soul of the dragon by natalie Damschroder or book 3 Reborn ( six saviors series) by Carly fall…i need to decide but right now i can’t

  4. Thanks on sharing Passion’s Sacred Dance and the giveaway.
    Sounds like a really good book and I am looking forward to reading it. Next on my TBR depends. I recently won a copy of Elysian Fields and I am waiting for it to get here, so that I can read it. If not, I Cerys du Lys’ Hunted: An Erotic retelling of Beauty and the Beasts. evamillien at gmail dot com

  5. Next on my TBR list is Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon and then Dark Lycan by Christine Feehan.

  6. Enjoyed the excerpt very much. Styxx and a Dark Lycan are next TBR after I reread Acheron. Also plan on rereading Elysian Fields!

  7. Next on my TBR List are: The Telsa Secret, The Deepest Night, Jago, and the Covert Messiah and Days of Rakes and Roses. This just my partial list. I have so many more to go.

  8. I’m reading Kylie Griffin’s Light Blade series. I finally managed to buy bks 2-3 (her books are expensive!). On bk2 now, & bk3 TBR immediately after of course. Loving the series!