Hand of Miriam, a Bayla and the Golem Novel
December 6, 2013
On an archaeological expedition, Bayla Gideon, is widowed by a supernatural force and branded with the Hand of Miriam or Knowing Eye. Threatened by evil, she awakens the golem; a mythical man of clay, who protected the Jewish community over three centuries ago.The golem, Gesher, is surprised. Freedom –by a beautiful, enchanting woman. His desire is to return to the celestial spheres and regain his status as an avenging angel. Yet, Bayla challenges his mind, body and soul. Would he risk his return to the heavens for her?Besides, dealing with the otherkind, mad inventors and an unrelenting matchmaking aunt, Bayla is equally determined to resist her steamy attraction to the striking fallen angel. Thrust into a malevolent war, which includes facing Jack the Ripper, they must resist the magnetic pull toward each other, while protecting the world from encroaching evil.
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Book 101: Hand of Miriam
My universe takes place in a steampunk (Victorian era science fiction/alternative history genre) universe.
Since I’m a seasoned paranormal romance author, my steampunk world included werewolves, vampires, demons, angels and a secret society known as the Grigori (the sons of Fallen Angels). My story takes a different fork from the average paranormal romance, not because it takes place in an alternative late Victorian era England but because I also include Jewish elements. My main character, Bayla Gideon is a British Jew who discovers she has an ability to detect evil. Faced with dangers, I team her up with the ultimate automaton protector, the Golem of Prague.
The protagonist is Bayla Gideon. She is a bluestocking (an intellectual or literary woman) with a wry sense of humor. She is obsessed with archeology and natural history. While on an archeological expedition, Bayla finds an ancient Hand of Miriam or a hamsa, a small amulet shaped like a hand and embedded with an eye on the palm. It is common amulet used to ward off evil or the evil eye.
While on an expedition, a sandstorm kills everyone, and when it’s over, Bayla can now detect evil. On her return to England, she must deal with reading peoples negative thoughts and the ire of other kind creatures.
Faced with constant grave danger, Bayla awakens the golem, a clay man, to protect her.
The golem’s real identity as a fallen angel complicates their master and golem relationship. They set their sexual tension aside to stop a demon lord from unleashing his minions.
At the center of the novel is most infamous villain of them all Jack the Ripper, but unlike the real historical character, this Jack the Ripper is in actuality a demon released by several key but evil members of the Grigori, including a demon lord released by a mad inventor.
Hand of Miriam is book 1 of a duology in Bayla and the Golem novels, which will continue with Book 2, Her Majesty’s Witch. In her Majesty’s Witch, Bayla must help the golem get some psychological help from Sigmund Freud while stopping an ancient mummy from creating an army of revenant (zombies). Although I am open to more stories with Bayla and the Golem. Currently a NY editor is reading Hand of Miriam for publication, so I must wait to hear back before I publish book 2. My universe will continue with the steampunk adventures of other corseted, but brainy members of the exclusive Bluestocking Adventuress Club. Stay tuned.
Bayla & the Golem is like...
Hard to say because it is rather different than anything I have read, however one Amazon reviewer compared Hand of Miriam to Gail Carriger books.
Bedroom (sex) scenes from the perspective of the Victorian periods and the complications of corsets were a wee bit challenging.
Dreading the truth, but curious she dared ask, “And what was your crime?”“I was once an avenging angel who protected mankind.”“Avenging angel?” That explained his large muscled chest and hard muscles that rippled down his arms, his flat stomach and strapping legs. A warrior’s body.
Eva Gordon writes genre bending paranormal/fantasy/steampunk and historical novels with a strong romantic element. She loves to create stories that combine her passion for mythology, steamy romance, and action/suspense. Her imagination takes her from one universe to the next. Thus far, she has several series lined up as well as single titles waiting in line for production.
Eva has a BS in Zoology and graduate studies in Biology. She once taught high school Biology, Environmental Science and Anatomy/Physiology. When not in her den writing, she can be found at steampunk conventions, at work at the raptor rehabilitation center, wolf sanctuaries, or to satisfy her inner Hemingway on some global eco adventure.