Guest blogger: Christina Ashcroft

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2012 – The End of Days

Thank you Michelle for inviting me back to Magical Musings today to help celebrate the release of my erotic paranormal romance, ARCHANGEL OF MERCY! It’s lovely to be here.

So, here we are approaching the end of 2012. Ever since I was a little girl the year “2012” has loomed large in my over active imagination as the year when The World Would End. I have no idea when I first became aware of the significance of this date, but it seems to have been a part of me forever. And of course when I was a kid, 2012 might just as well have been 2512 because it was SOOO far into the future that it would never arrive, right?

Wrong!

As I got older I discovered it was all the Mayans fault and became totally fascinated by their remarkable calendars. But it wasn’t just that they had prophesised a terrible catastrophe would befall the world on 23rd December 2012. It was the amazing detail of these mathematical calculations that stretched way back into the past—thousands of years earlier than any advanced civilization had been on earth.

How did the Mayans manage to calculate precise dates 90 million years ago, and 300 million years ago, that, going by our current calculations, correctly states both day and month position on which Easter would have fallen? I can’t even comprehend those kinds of numbers :)

It seems the Mayans didn’t discover this knowledge themselves. It was handed down to them from a far more ancient civilization. And perhaps this knowledge was handed down previously from an even more ancient race of people.

But why?

Obviously these mathematical calculations and the precise celestial maps are of utmost significance. Do they really foretell apocalyptic cosmic or geological events? Is it some kind of ancient warning system that we simply can’t, or won’t, understand?

These questions, and the elusive answers, have haunted the back of my mind for years. Another irresistible myth from the past that has always enthralled me is the lost continent of Atlantis.

But is it just a myth? Is it possible that back in the mists of time there really was a technologically advanced civilization, one that could rival our own today, one that had studied the movement of the heavens for countless generations and possessed an understanding of mathematics that we’ve believed was only relatively recently acquired?

And if such a culturally rich civilization did once exist, what happened to it?

A couple of years ago, when my editor wanted a proposal for an archangel erotic romance, all these questions flooded into my mind and my Muse took flight. Gabriel, my Archangel of Mercy, was not an easy hero to get to know. In fact he resisted all my attempts for ages, and it was only when I unearthed the ancient world that he’d enjoyed during his wild, untroubled youth that I finally understood the man inside the immortal that he was today.

As for the coming End of Days, well I guess it all depends on how you look at things. Despite my love of weaving apocalyptic elements into the backstory of my books I actually possess a hugely optimistic side. And that’s why I’m perfectly happy to reinterpret prophecies of doom to suit myself and on 23rd December the world as we know it won’t cease to exist but will welcome, once again, the return of the goddess.

Which, come to think of it, might amount to the same thing!

Between an angel and a desperate woman comes salvation – and a raw passion that challenges them at every turn…

When Aurora Robinson attempts to open a rift between dimensions to embrace her true heritage, an arrogant Archangel is the only one who can save her from the jaws of hell. And while she owes Gabriel her life, she’s determined not to fall at his feet-despite the desire she feels whenever they’re together.

After his wings were brutally destroyed millennia ago, Gabriel has no compassion for humans like those who ruined him and betrayed the ones he loved. But when he inexplicably finds himself defying ancient protocols to rescue a woman from a fate worse than death, he is shocked by the searing attraction he feels for a mortal.

As the ancient forces that seek to punish Aurora for her actions close in, Gabriel offers the tempting woman protection at his private sanctuary. But as they both succumb to their desires, they discover an even deeper connection-one that threatens to consume them.

Christina Ashcroft

Christina Ashcroft is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in Western Australia with her husband and three children. She is owned by three cats who graciously allow her the occasional spare moment to write hot paranormal romance for Penguin/Berkley Heat.

Christina also writes hot historical romances as Christina Phillips for Berkley Heat and Ellora’s Cave.

You can keep up with what’s happening in her crazy writerly world over on Facebook and Twitter. She loves to chat with readers and would love to see you over there! You can sign up for Christina’s Newsletter. It’s not a chat loop so your inbox won’t be flooded :)

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I have a copy of ARCHANGEL OF MERCY and some swag to give away to one lucky commenter – just leave a comment on this post or let me know which gorgeous hero would you want by your side when the Apocalypse hits – and why?

About Michelle Diener

Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. To find out more about her and her novels, you can visit her website.
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18 Responses to Guest blogger: Christina Ashcroft

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Christina, thanks for being a guest at Magical Musings again. The hero in my wip is named Gabriel, so this caught my attention (though my Gabe is nothing like yours). Your book sounds so interesting. And I love your prophecies of doom reinterpretation that on Dec. 23rd, we’ll have the return of the goddess. I’m all for that!

  2. Liz Kreger says:

    Wow … heavy thoughts for a kid, Christina. Saw your book on the shelves at the local B&N the other day and thought it was a great looking cover. Naturally I had to pick it up … figuratively speaking. I have it on my Nook. I have so many books on my Nook that I have no idea when I’ll get to it, though.

    Thanx for joining us here at MM. Always a pleasure having you.

  3. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Christine,

    I love the sound of this book! Then I’ve long been fascinated by the Mayans and their calendar. Talk about being ahead of their time in terms of calculations. It’s stunning . what they managed to do. I wonder about the date of December 23, 2012 – like the rest of the world but I’m not afraid of it!

    Good luck with your new release!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Update on books, just released, in progress, and upcoming

  4. Hi Dale, I love history and am just completely intrigued by what may have happened in the long distant past. What other mysteries are out there just waiting to be discovered? It gives me the goose bumps!

  5. Livia Quinn says:

    It’s so interesting to hear how the different versions of that prophecy have spun out this year. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see, huh. I’d love to have Jamie Fraser with me. Hey he might even take me through the stones to a safe place. Your book sounds very good, Christina. Good luck with it.

    • Hi Livia, all the different versions of the prophecy have been fascinating, at least we don’t have much longer to wait and see what happens :-) Jamie Fraser would be the perfect hero, he could pop forward to 24th December and see what’s in store for us!

  6. Welcome back to MM, and thanks for such a great blog. I love the way you intertwine myth and legends into your stories, and like you, am fascinated by any *end of days* scenario!
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Virtual Book Tour for The Emperor’s Conspiracy

  7. Ren says:

    Hi Christina :)

    I still pretend that apocalype not happen this day, in December (what, its 1 month left!). I will upset if its happen, since there are so many great book come in 2013, lol! Love how you spin Apocalypse theme with angel. I love angels! As for apocalypse, the hero I want to be with me is Roarke from In Death series. Being mega rich, I think he will took me in bunker or something like that. Or maybe we wil travel to other planet when apocalypse come ;)

    • Hi Ren! As much as the whole Apocalypse thing fascinates me I’m also convinced that it’s not going to happen next month! There’s far too much fun stuff happening in 2013 :-)

      Roarke is a fantastic choice of hero, and I reckon his bunker would be well worth checking out!!!

  8. As much as I may LOVE angels and and any-and-all sexy hero’s on book covers, I’d want my DH to be with me if/when/should the apocalypse roll around. He’s an absolute crack up and can turn any disastrous event in to a laugh fest – and I’d want to go out laughing!!

    I love your cover and can’t wait to get a chance to read it – maybe over the Christmas break lol!!

    • Hi BookChatterCath, Oh I am sooo with you! Much as I lust after all the gorgeous heroes out there, come the Apocalypse my hubby is the guy I’d want by my side :-)

      I love my cover too!!

  9. donnas says:

    Congrats on the release! Beautiful cover.
    donnas`s last blog was …Guest Post and Giveaway – Moriah Densley – The Valkyrie’s Guardian

  10. bn100 says:

    Zsadist because he’s protective

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