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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?
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.
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 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.
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