Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Norse Gods Birthday Blogfest

My favorite Goddess is Freya
In celebration of my new book ‘Secrets of the Ash Tree’ the Norse Gods have gathered with Captain Ninja- Alex Cavanaugh at the well of Urd. Together they have decided to throw a big book release party today on my birthday, October 9th! 
I can't wait to see what you have posted about YOUR favorite Norse God or Goddess. Make sure to hop around and see what other Gods are in focus today and make a special trip to Roland Yeomans Writting in the Crosshairs and wish him a Happy Birthday as well!  Because it is my birthday as well as the celebration of my book release there has to be presents! 

Anyone who buys my book during this blogfest can email me and I will send them an autographed print of this Freya illustration made by my daughter Maria Bech. This illustration is not available anywhere else and is not included in the book. My book is available at most online retailers including Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
More presents? I will be giving away a signed copy of my book to who-ever actively parties the most on this day. So spread the word, use my banner, visit as many blogs as you can, and write a great post! Special points if you visit my UTUBE Video below and like it, my NEW WEB PAGE ,or like my Facebook Author page 
My favorite Goddess is Freya and here is a sneak peak inside her world with an excerpt from my book 'Secrets of the Ash Tree'.

   Once inside Freya’s palace, Liv was almost afraid to walk on the glossy floors that reflected her image as if she were walking on mirrored glass. Freya’s hall looked like a Valentine’s Day card, each room within reminded Liv that her grandmother was the goddess of love. Everywhere, huge bouquets of flowers filled the air with the aroma of springtime, and lush red drapery edged with gold hung from the white marble walls. Blushing pillars supported painted ceilings with illustrations of lovers facing all seasons of landscape and life.  Cushions of silk and velvet were scattered on the floors in no particular fashion, and Liv almost tripped over one on her way into a small Garden of Eden that was covered in light steam.  A tiny waterfall ran down the far side of the room into a small pool of crystal blue water that was topped with rose petals. Green Ivy and lush grape vines clung to the walls and ceiling, then crept across the floor towards miniature trees that bore all sorts of fruit.

    Freya handed Liv a large fluffy towel that smelled of lavender and said, “Enjoy your bath; I will be back with something clean for you to wear.”


    Liv dropped her clothes and sank into the warm water. She had almost forgotten how relaxing it was to soak in a bath. The warm water caressed her skin and soothed her body. Slowly she slid under the water and disappeared from all worries and concerns of the past few days.


     Liv rested her head on a soft towel and almost fell asleep when she was startled by a splash of water that hit her face. She opened her eyes to the sight of an apple bobbing between her breasts.


    An amused Forseti stood beside her bath eating his own apple. In between crunches he said, “You look like a mermaid and if you stay in there much longer I bet you will turn into one.”


    Liv tried to cover her nakedness but decided it wasn’t worth it. God knows how long he had been standing there…the nerve of this guy, she thought to herself. She splashed some water at him and said, “Don’t you know how to knock?”


    Forseti laughed as he jumped and avoided the splash. He took another bite from his apple and before turning on his heals he said, “Nope, I have never had the need to knock before and I don’t see why I should have to start now.”

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Hope you enjoyed this little teaser. Tomorrow Odin and I visit E.C. Stilsen at the Crazy Life of a Writing Mom. So, who is your favorite among the Norse Gods?

32 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Happy birthday, Siv!! Fitting you would pick Freya. Hope this day is awesome for you.

Siv Ottem said...

Thanks Alex, you rock bigtime!

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, Freya would be a perfect grandma... setting you up for all these romantic encounters... teehee

Karen Walker said...

Happy happy birthday, dear lady. And Freya is my favorite Norse Goddess as well. I am heading off to Amazon to purchase your book!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hey, Sis,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

I figured you'd pick Freya! Have a special and EXCITING DAY!!!!

Shah Wharton said...

Happy Birthday and congrats on the launch :) x

Siv Ottem said...

Hart-Oops, I missed that I put an important spoiler in there...LOL, Oh well. Yes she is very inspiring when it comes to love plots!

Karen- Send me your reciept and mailing address so I can send you the illustration--and thanks!

Bro---You know me too well!

Shah- Thank you so much!

A.J. Walker said...

Happy birthday!

Mary Aalgaard said...

Happy Birthday. What a great day to launch your new book. It looks really great! I enjoyed writing about Freya. What a fun idea.

I wish you much success!

S. L. Hennessy said...

Happy birthday and book release!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Freya is also leader of the Choosers of the Slain as I recall so those suiters of her granddaughter best be careful!

HAPPY MUTUAL BIRTHDAY! Freya showed up at my birthday get-together, too.

Only the highest sales today!

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday, Siv. :)

D.G. Hudson said...

Happy Birthday to You. I've already wished Roland the same. Love that excerpt. (Give a guy a choice - and they will usually go for the view)

Good luck and many sales to you! My chosen goddess was Saga, the patronness of writers and seers.

Stephen Tremp said...

Happy Birthday!!! This has been a great Blogfest! I do love mythology.

Siv Ottem said...

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes and for sharing this day with me!

Robin said...

Happy birthday!

I heartily enjoyed the peek into Freya's world. Congratulations on your book!!!

Becky Rickman said...

Yes, I'm confused as to when the blog hop begins. Do you have any details?? Feel free to go ahead and post on my blog though. Thanks!

Beverly Fox said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SIV! And CONGRATULATIONS on your book! This was a delightfully fun teaser, thanks!

Suzanne Furness said...

Happy Birthday, have a fun day.

msmariah said...

Very cool. Great choice! I like this blog hop!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Happy Birthday Siv!!! Congrats on your book release!

Tessa Conte said...

Happy Birthday, Siv!!

Love the book trailer! And the blog fest. I'm digging out my old norse mythology books now, must read up on all of the gods!!!!!!! I know far too little about them, and norse mythology is really fascinating stuff, isn't it?

M Pax said...

Congrats on your release, Siv! And a very happy birthday to you.

Siv Ottem said...

Thank you everyone! I hope you all have enjoyed learning more about the Norse gods today!

Pk Hrezo said...

Happy Bday, Siv! And happy Book Bday!! So much goodness packed into one day!
And Freya sounds awesome!

mshatch said...

Ooh, I like that excerpt! Great description. I can see why you chose Freya :)

Christine Rains said...

Happy, happy birthday! That was an awesome excerpt. :)

msmariah said...

And congratulations on the books release! It's quite an accomplishment.

ilima said...

Happy birthday and congrats on the book!

Donna Hole said...

Loved the teaser excerpt Siv. Hope you had a great birthday.

......dhole

Ella said...

I love all that you shared! YOUR books sounds fab-I am off to ride it~
Happy Birthday Siv-I hope you had a wonderful day!
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Isis Rushdan said...

Happy Birthday! Sorry I'm late making my hop rounds, but glad to participate.