The Blog Hop Continues! Welcome J.L. Bowen!
Hello and welcome to paranormal young adult author J.L. Bowen! She's here today to talk about her new release, Healer! She's giving away of a copy of her book, please leave a comment and please check out her awesome book trailer here! This is all a part of of Mystic Month of May Blog Hop! Here is the schedule! My heartfelt thanks to Jessica Aspen for hosting me yesterday. J.L. Bowen take it away!
By J.L. Bowen
I’d like to thank Hillary Seidl for hosting me. In this blog tour, we are concentrating on the Mystic month of May, which is named for two goddesses - Maia, a Greek Goddess and Bona Dea a Roman Goddess. Bona Dea appeals to me, because not only is she the ‘Good Goddess’ of charity and fertility of women, but she is also the healer and protector of Rome and her people. Her other names include Feminea, Laudandae and Sancta. She is portrayed as a matron Roman with a cornucopia and a snake. In Rome, her temple is located on a lower slope on Aventine Hill, which is one of the Seven Hills of Rome, and southeast of Circus Maximus. I have been to Circus Maximus, but do not remember visiting her temple.
Bona Dea’s followers celebrate her festivals twice a year. In May, Vestal Virgins hold a ceremony in her Aventine temple, but the second one is in December and by invitation only, since it is hosted by the wife of Rome’s senior annual magistrate. Although women were not allowed to drink potent wine or to have blood sacrifices, the cult of Bona Dea changes this, and consequently, men are banned from witnessing the rites. Even in Ancient times, women rebel.
Like Bona Dea, in my book, Healer, Armond Costa is the healer of the Golden Demons, but unlike her, he does not discover this until he sprouts wings and discovers his abusive aunt and uncle have lied to him. He’s the lost Golden Demon’s Healer. His father, King of the Golden Demons, insists he return with him and save his people from being persecuted by their mortal enemies, the Dark Demons. Now, Armond must choose between the Ellis brothers and seventeen year old Rusty Owens – the only family he’s ever known – or condemn the Golden Demons to die.
Decisions, decisions, decisions. Armond’s dilemma is not an easy one. But then growing up never is. Ancient Rome is filled with gods, goddesses and worshippers faced with hardships. People want easy answers, but there never is one.
Mystic May is a time for celebration with spring time flowers, new buds on trees and lush green grass. It’s a time of rebirth and no surprise this is when Bona Dea worshippers chose this as one of her festivals. May is the gateway to summer and something I always look forward to each year. Summer means going to my cabin in the Rocky Mountains, vacations and sleeping in every day, since I will not be in school. What does Mystic May mean to you? I would love to hear from you. If you answer this blog, I plan to giveaway an electronic version of one lucky winner.
J.L. Bowen writes young adult paranormal books. Healer is the first one in the Dare to Heal Series. She currently lives in beautiful Colorado and lives with her cocker spaniel, Sadie Mae.
Thank you so much, J.L. Bowen! It was great to have you!