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Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Genesis of a Book - Passion's Sacred Dance by Juli D. Revezzo

Genesis of a novel by Juli D. Revezzo

What is your history? We know our birthdates and what we’ve accomplished throughout our lives. We know our friends, our mothers and fathers’ stories, maybe our grandparents, but what of the legacy they might leave behind when they’re gone? This was, in essence, the genesis of my latest paranormal romance novel, PASSION’S SACRED DANCE: The question of what becomes of one’s legacy, life to life. How could a woman who lived hundreds of years ago have any influence on today’s world?

One can look into the genealogy of their family for clues about the past. You can trace down your lineage via the Internet these days for a small fee, in some cases. But sometimes a language barrier exists. Worse are the errors in historical records—if they exist at all. Historical records only go so far back.

This was a huge problem for my heroine Stacy Macken. A historian by nature she has the tools to follow her family lineage down through the ages, but she’s from a line of people—the Celts—who weren’t interested in writing very much down. Most all of what we know about them comes secondhand from the Romans and Greeks (who wanted to eradicate them and so, demonized them) or from monks who may or may not have ever had any real contact with them (and/or might’ve wanted to demonize them as nasty evil pagans). So one must bow to the reality that the recording of historical events, if not downright non-existent in some eras, can be faulty. Even novelists can’t get past this barrier often.
But, writing a story that’s fantasy in nature—paranormal, if you will—the solution is easily found.  Shades from the Otherworld can leave clues everywhere. Even the mighty Shakespeare knew that. So I had no trouble using that age-old trope to help out Stacy.  The Celts had an idea that the dead aren’t gone, the doors to the Otherworld swing wide all the time. And for her, that’s when her ancestors come to help her understand that answers are out there. Sometimes, one just needs a hand and in her case, it comes from a sexy warrior out to save her world from what she finds in those dusty old records.

History. Ain’t it great?;)

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.

About Juli D. Revezzo:

Juli D. Revezzo has long been in love with writing, a love built by devouring everything from the Arthurian legends, to the works of Michael Moorcock, and the classics and has a soft spot for classic the “Goths” of the 19th century. Her short fiction has been published in Dark Things II: Cat Crimes, The Scribing Ibis, Eternal Haunted Summer, Twisted Dreams Magazine and Luna Station Quarterly. She also has an article and book review or two out there. But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of Independent Authors Network and Magic Appreciation Tour. Passion’s Sacred Dance is her first romance novel.
Passion's Sacred Dance, From Faery Rose and The Wild Rose Press, is available now at
You can find out more about Juli at her homepage:
On twitter: @julidrevezzo



Rose Anderson said...

Your book sounds fascinating, Julie. I love stories with a history angle. Thanks for joining us today. Best luck!

Juli D. Revezzo said...

Thank you, Rose! It's a pleasure to be here. I hope you and your readers will enjoy Passion's Sacred Dance!

Jane Leopold Quinn said...

Thanks for being here today, Juli. Your love of your stories and history and writing comes through loud and clear.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Your book title really caught my eye, Juli - sounds great!

Kaye Spencer said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly: "So one must bow to the reality that the recording of historical events, if not downright non-existent in some eras, can be faulty. Even novelists can’t get past this barrier often." I come up against historical brick walls a lot. It's also frustrating when you find seriously conflicting information. Have you noticed that you may need only one tiny bit of history, one small point, one shred of historical data and the next thing you know, you've gone down a dozen different historical rabbit holes and it's three hours later.....

Great background for your story. I'll check it out further. ;-)

Joan Reeves said...

Hey, Juli, (waving madly) Happy to see you here. I too love history, and your book sounds great. Great cover btw.

Juli D. Revezzo said...

Yes, Kaye, that's kinda what the story bounces off of. What always seems to happen to me, is if I am looking for something, there's only one tiny bit of information on it, and that three hours passes in me madly digging through the library trying to find more. This always happened to me in college too. ;) So much so, my hubby thinks it's a quirk of mine to fall in love with the tidbits that have left nothing behind. *lol* Thanks for stopping by. Sorry it took me so long to comment.