Originally posted February 11 2008
It’s Valentine’s Day!
One day out of the year we dedicate to roses, chocolates and diamonds, mixed in with pink and red visions of romance and a baby wearing wings, carrying a bow and arrow. Wait a minute, a baby with a weapon? That's right. So, what makes Cupid right for the job? I'm not so sure he is, Eros might actually be better qualified for the position.
Both Ancient Greece and Rome had their own mythology and pantheon of deities to worship. Over the centuries the two groups have been combined, separated or listed side by side for comparison. Needless to say it’s sometimes difficult to know what’s true to their mythology and what isn’t. That said we definitely know that Eros was the God of Love for the Ancient Greeks and Cupid is the God of Erotic Love and Sex for the Romans. Unfortunately, that’s where it stops being clear-cut and simple.
In Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, Edith Hamilton states Eros was depicted as a “beautiful serious youth”. H.J Rose’s says in A Handbook of Greek Mythology that he was “handsome young athlete”, but before both of these characterizations were made he represented love, lust and intercourse as one of the oldest gods in Greece. Where worshipping of the god was important it’s been discovered he was the deity for attractive young men and boys. Across the Adriatic, Cupid was depicted as a child who had the same traits as those already noted. Like Janus, it was questioned whether Cupid had two distinctive sides to his persona or was actually two separate individuals.
After gaining Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Beauty, as his mother along with three prospective fathers, Eros image of male lust and sex was further encouraged. One probable father was Hermes, a phallic god and another was Ares, God of War. It seems even in the ancient world a warrior encouraged a woman’s desire to grow exponentially. The third potential was Aphrodite’s father, Zeus. This union was viewed as sexual passion so strong and out of control it has no limitations. This association with the uncontrollable made Eros a dangerous god. The parent issue was similar for Cupid. Jupiter and Venus were also noted as his parents, as were Nyx and Erebus. Both possible couples helped define and solidify various qualities of his character.
Both Cupid and Eros seem fairly interchangeable at this stage, except for their appearances and the Ancient Greek god having elements of danger associated with him. It's at this point the two figures actually appear to swap personalities.
It wasn’t until Alexandrian times that women come into picture for Eros. This happened when the ideal relationship between men and women moved from being mere sexual desire to one of love from the heart. Because of this supposed softening to his characterization, the God of Love’s importance to men was lessened. With this change in attributes, as well as society moving away from worshipping gods and goddess, he became a chubby child with a wicked bow, seen mainly in connection with Aphrodite and subordinate to others.
Cupid gained some clout as a god of love with an appearance on the romantic stage with the Cupid and Psyche’s love story, written in the second century [A.D.] by Apuleius. The story depicted Cupid as a young man and involved very adult issues found in romance like love, jealousy, mistrust and forgiveness. Unfortunately, it seems as if it wasn’t enough to allow him to be depicted as anything but a baby for Valentine’s Day.
So, what do you think? Does it make sense for Cupid to be the image of Valentine's Day? He is a child afterall. Maybe Eros [erotic love] would be better suited for the holiday that encourages lovers to put their hearts out there for their lovers to see and experience.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Originally posted February 11 2008
Monday, January 07, 2013
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The one thing Syrus Alcot, the God of Death Osiris in the Egyptian Pantheon, wants in all the worlds is the woman he loved and lost returned to him. When he gave up his powers, and freedom for a life of service he was promised her return. That was over one thousand years ago. A member of a team of dark gods charged with keeping humanity safe, he leads a loveless existence in New York City, searching for the one thing that could bring his wife back to him, a lapis scarab that was lost to him ages before.
To celebrate the release of Something Darker, the Price sisters who write as S.A. Price are doing something really big ... Authors After Dark: Savannah big!
Want to win your way into Authors After Dark? For those of you that don’t know, Authors After Dark (AAD) the fastest growing lit convention in the country that is reader-centric, focusing on readers engaging authors about their books and their careers in a fun party atmosphere. 2013 AAD is in Savannah, GA August 15-18th and it is going to be AMAZING. Vampire Ball, Elemental Ball, Semi Formal awards dessert ceremony, Riverboat event, Parties, bouncy castles, panels, tattoos, corsets and so much more! You do not want to miss this.
So Stella, the convention director is also an author, and she’s giving away an amazing prize to celebrate the release of her new self pubbed book: SOMETHING DARKER. What’s the prize? A VIP Package to AAD (either 2013 or 2014--- if you are already attending 2013, you get 2014 comped!) including A VIP Access badge, Free parking, hotel amenities (not room unless we get the book in the 100’s at Amazon), A basket of goodies from Stella and Audra, and Breakfast with them on Tuesday before the con and some other amazing goodies!
Runners up will win a Nook, book baskets and this was just added A non location specific day pass to the day of a readers choice for the con (Which normally isn’t sold or given to anyone that doesn’t live in the immediate area of the con! Worth 100$!!!)
Not a bad prize for a 2.99 book right?
So you ready to win one of these fabulous prizes? Well, its easy ... send your receipt showing purchase of Something Darker to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “SOMETHING DARKER CONTEST ENTRY” in the subject.
Contest runs until February15th with the winner being announced on the 18th ... what are you waiting for, get going!
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
We were shopping, walking from arcade to street, when I realized we were trolling through the arcade I'd chosen to host a sexy lingerie shop the couple visit and pick up a few interesting items. It was dressed for Christmas but not in an over-the-top kind of way ... I found the decor rather elegant.
Next we meandered down Briggate and once we passed the Victoria Quarter and Harvey Nichols, we kept our eyes peeled to the right and there it was, up high, a sign denoting the pub we were looking for and it was there. Walking down the subtle short enclosed pathway or gulley, we stepped out into an open space between the buildings. From there it was a simple choice of where to go for lunch ... Whitelock's!
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
This year we decided to shake things up and fly into Edinburgh instead of London and take a couple days to see the city again. Let me state this at the beginning, we're going to fly that way again and stay for longer, we loved Edinburgh before and fell in love all over again.
We were staying just off the Royal Mile so walked it a few times and Princes Street even more, but something we'd never done before and wanted to do this time was see the Royal Britannia. This is the royal yacht that has recently be laid to rest in Leith and boy was it worth a visit.
I admit to thinking before we got there that it would be a bit boring and we'd move through quickly, boy was I wrong. It was fascinating to see how the royals and laymen lived together in such small quarters, boy to I mean small!
From top to bottom, rear to stern [?], we took in the ship and would recommend others make the short and easy trip out to see it.
Monday, December 31, 2012
originally posted 12.31.10
As midnight looms Auld Lang Syne, credited to Scottish poet Robert Burns, is sung by all. The song, with its universal appeal, has been adopted by people around the world as a way to bid a fond farewell to the old and welcome the new with open arms. Kiss your friends, hug strangers, and shake the hand of your enemy, all while sharing toasts with whisky.
First-footing takes place in Scotland and by some in northern England - we do it where my cutie comes from. It's a custom that has been around for a long time. Roots to this tradition go asfar back as the Viking invasions and have changed little. How it works is that the first person to enter a home after midnight has passed, should be male with dark hair and carrying tokens cementing good luck for the residents. A lump of coal, whisky and an oat cake are the most common gifts to offer and in return, uisge beatha, water of life (whisky), and food are shared, and then leave by the back door.
Sound fun? It is because throughout the night, as long as the chilled limbs can move, and one more dram can be shared, first-footing continues, house to house, party to party.
Have a good and safe holiday!
Friday, December 28, 2012
I know what you're thinking: Tilly never posts a specific need when asking for help. No, I don't, which goes to show exactly how personally this touched me and how much your help is needed in this case.
Visit the link and share what you can, every dollar will help!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Gift Cards! Yes, there are gift cards for you to get for yourself to help make shopping easier, and to give to a friend ... all good stuff!
Search! You can now just type in an authors name, book title, whatever, and search the website for an answer ... cool!
Domain! JasmineJade was fine, but I am so happy to have it all as in all the imprints and boutique are under one name ... ELLORA'S CAVE!
I told you it was all fabness :-)
Now that you know, head over and check it out for yourself ... start with my page and books!
Enjoy the new discovery!
Saturday, December 01, 2012
Contemporary Erotic Romance + Bondage, Fetish and Exhibitionism
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
There's an interesting - never thought I'd use it - quote, dirty hints and details about the soon to be released Leather Bride [November 21st!], a Booked and Loaded giveaway from my backlist, and much more ... all fabulous fun!
Head over there and check it out, make a comment ... who knows, you might win :-)
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
NYC is a glamorous world and the pleasure found there is pure decadence... it's PLEASURED IN NEW YORK CITY!
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After months of begging, she was wearing sexy scraps of next to nothing, tied to his bed and seconds from being taken. Mary had given him all the permission and voiced all the trust needed for him to bind and possess her until she screamed with satisfaction.
Any second he was going to strip her, touch her bare body wicked way, take her to heaven and she was going to be screaming her pleasure…any second now…
New York City is a glamorous world and the pleasure found there is pure decadence.
WARNING: This erotica bondage short is all sex!
“Oh, baby girl, you look so sexy. Give me your safe word. Let me hear you say the word so I know you remember it.”
“I trust you, totally, and won’t need it.”
“Humor me,” he murmured while running a hand down her arm until a fingertip circled around her armpit. She almost giggled and then the word he was looking for was spoken in a clear tone.
“It’s frost, but I know I won’t need it.”
“Promise me you’ll use it if you’re scared or hurt by anything we—” She cut him off before he could finish his plea.
“Stop! Enough of this! Come here and love me.”
Richard sat beside her on the bed. His cock pulsed with need to bury itself inside her tight grasp. Leaning over, he pressed his lips against hers, testing the resiliency of her soft plump folds. Mary meant the world to him. When he hadn’t been looking, he’d found the one woman who completed him. He’d do anything in his power to make sure her life was peaceful, full of love and joy, and his lover.
It was only a year ago, he’d walked into a gallery in Chelsea for an opening and, with one look, his entire world turned upside down and inside out. He’d been left uncomfortably open and vulnerable before her and yet didn’t question the discovery. Instead, he went with the flow of unimagined power and the woman who brought it and this new side of him to the surface.
Taking her bottom lip between his teeth, he looked into her green eyes and tugged, before letting the fold go. Once released her lips didn’t close but remained enticingly parted as she panted for air. There was a hunger radiating from her that he wanted and would have after he teased it a bit further toward breaking.
“Do you remember the night we met?”
“Of course. I was attending the opening in a well-respected gallery for an up-and-coming artist who the critics were touting had unbelievable talent, ability, and finesse. She was everything they said and more. Her carved stone appeared so fluid-like. You were too handsome and so sure of yourself. Walking up and introducing yourself in your deep sexy voice, then offering me a glass of champagne drew my attention away from your other flaws. No doubt from the minute you saw me, you’d quickly determined I’d be an easy catch for a stud like you, and I was. Now will you fuck me?”
“Hmmm, so demanding and eager. You know how much I love that about you. So much so, I’ll ignore the flaws bit.” He could tell she was anxious for what was coming her way. Her body fairly vibrated with need and had already ramped up until she was seconds away from shaking out of her skin. There was no rush. He wanted to enjoy every inch of her body.
“How about if I beg? Will you take me then?”
Friday, November 09, 2012
The Authors After Dark 2012 attendees nominated their favorite books, authors and communities for the Bookie Awards and I was one them - so exciting
Shifter Non-Wolf Novel of the Year
Blood and Silver by James R. Tuck
Croc & the Fox by Eve Langlais
Come Back by Tilly Greene
When a Dragon Lusts a Woman by Dagmar Avery and Charlotte Steele
Yah! Now it's time to vote - actually those attending are the only ones who can vote, which leads me to the second thing I wanted to tell you.
The bestest readers conference is more than 50% sold and the organizers want to get that number up to 75% by Christmas. How they're going about doing that is offering some seriously fabulous incentives. There are such things as 2 VIP badge upgrades and 2 registrations for 2014 as well as drinks, books, meals and more with a variety of authors!
Check out the list here and then go register!
So, if you're already registered, then VOTE! The polls have officially opened and ends on November 15, winners will be announced at the Bookie Awards Ceremony in Savanna, Georgia in August 2013.
The Authors After Dark 2013 con will be held in Savannah, GA and registration is now open.
Looking forward to seeing you there and talking BOOKS!