Isis (Aset)—Goddess and Queen of Egypt


Now a days, when we hear the name Isis, we automatically think of terrorism and destruction. This is mostly thanks to the media continually using it to refer to a group known for these attributes, which has actually switched between many different acronyms in short periods of time. However, the name Isis once was revered, not feared, and still is by certain people who understand its true origin.

Isis is the ancient Greek name meaning ‘the throne,’ and is commonly used to refer to the Egyptian goddess, Aset, one of the oldest goddesses of ancient Egypt. She was a mother goddess as well as the goddess of magic. Her back story takes on many different twists, but the most widely known as being the oldest daughter of Nut, the sky goddess, and Geb, god of earth.

She and her husband, Osiris, traveled Egypt teaching the people new methods of agriculture, which later earned them their titles of King and Queen of Egypt. Unfortunately, their happiness and bliss didn’t last long. Envious of his brother’s success, Set, the god of chaos, killed Osiris to gain his power. He then took his brother’s body, cut it into fourteen pieces, and scattered the remains across Egypt, which disabled Osiris from entering the afterlife.

In response, Isis and her sister, Nephthys, searched the lands and collected thirteen of the fourteen pieces—Osiris’s penis being lost to the fish of the Nile—and bandaged him in wrappings. Using clay to form the final piece and her magic, she revived her husband, who was able to pass into the afterlife in peace. Meanwhile, now Osiris’s widowed wife, Isis gave birth to their son, Horus, and raised him in the Delta of the Nile, away from his uncle Set’s eyes, until he came of age to take his rightful place on the throne of Egypt.

Her loyalty to her murdered husband and infant child, her courage in defying Set, and her compassion towards all people made Isis one of the most beloved goddesses in Egypt. She was considered the paragon of motherly virtues, and her image with the infant Horus is seen throughout much of Egyptian art and religion—much like Mary and the infant Jesus in Christianity.

Her priestesses were skilled healers, midwives, and sorceresses. It was even rumored they could control the weather by braiding or combing their hair. The Tjet (known as the “Knot of Isis”) amulet her priestesses wore was thought to represent the magical power of a knot or braid. Because of this, it was often used in the funerary rites, potentially linked with the ideas of resurrection and rebirth.

There are many more wonderful myths and knowledge about the goddess Isis, how she obtained her powers, and the sacrifices she had made to mankind. As well as some debate that, though she is mostly known to be a goddess, she was once a mortal woman who ruled over Egypt. Real or not, this is the woman’s name should be honored rather than stained. And it’s her bravery and compassion that sparked my series, the Descendants of Isis, to life.

Sources:

  • Fassone, A. and Ferraris, E. (2008) Dictionaries of Civilization: Egypt. Berkeley, California: University of California Press.
  • Faulkner, R.O. (2010) Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. New York, New York: Fall River Press.
  • Hill, J. (2010). Ancient Egypt Online. http://www.ancientegyptonline.co.uk
  • Oakes, L., and Gahlin, L. (2003). Ancient Egypt: An illustrated reference to the myths, religions, pyramids and temples of the land of the pharaohs. New York, New York: Barnes & Noble, Inc.
  • Strudwick, H. (2013). The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt. New York, New York: Metro Books.
  • Wilkinson, P. (2009). Myths & Legends: An illustrated Guide to Their Origins and Meanings. New York, New York: Metro Books

Book Blitz: Bottled by @Artzicarol


 

Bottled
by Carol Riggs
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: July 7th 2016
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Summary from Goodreads:

At seventeen, Adeelah Naji is transformed into a genie and imprisoned in a bottle. For a thousand years, she fulfills the wishes of greedy masters—building their palaces, lining their pockets with gold, and granting them every earthly pleasure. All that sustains her is the hope of finding Karim, the boy she fell in love with as a human. When at last she finds a note from her beloved, she confirms he has access to the elixir of life and that he still searches for her. 

But someone else also hunts her. Faruq—the man who plots to use her powers to murder and seize the life forces of others—is just one step behind her. With the help of a kind master named Nathan, Adeelah continues to search for Karim while trying to evade Faruq. To complicate matters, she begins to experience growing fatigue and pain after conjuring, and finds herself struggling against an undeniable attraction to Nathan.

As Faruq closes in, Adeelah must decide just how much she’ll risk to protect Nathan and be with Karim forever. How much power does she really have to change her future, and what is she willing to sacrifice for an eternity of love? If she makes the wrong choice, the deaths of many will be on her hands.

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About the Author
Carol Riggs is an author of fiction for young adults (and adults!) who lives in the beautiful green state of Oregon, USA. Her debut novel, The Body Institute, released Sept 2015 from Entangled Teen, exploring body image and identity. Her fantasy YA, Bottled, will release from Clean Reads on July 7, 2016, and her sci-fi YA, Safe Zone, will release from Entangled Teen in October 2016. She enjoys reading, drawing and painting, writing conferences, walking with her husband, and enjoying music and dance of all kinds. You will usually find her in her writing cave, surrounded by her dragon collection and the characters in her head.
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Release Day Buzz: Edge of Glory by @MaganVernon


 Title: Edge of Glory
Series: Friendship, Texas #1  
Author: Magan Vernon
Genre: Sports Romance/Romantic Comedy
 Release Date: July 12, 2016
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“Welcome to Conti’s. I’m Lia and I’ll nguhhhhhhhhhhhhh.I froze. Directly facing me was Olympic swimmer, Jay Morningstar…and I just made an idiot of myself.

The rest of the table looked up to see my standing there with my mouth practically gaping. His coach, who I recognized from TV interviews, and even two other swimmers from the Olympic team. They didn’t say anything, they didn’t even blink.

“Uh…I mean…”

I couldn’t even put together my words and Jay Morningstar was just staring at me with that Wheaties box smile and those icy blue eyes. 

What was I supposed to say? Sorry I just made a weird noise, it’s just that I have a poster of you on my wall where you are wearing nothing more than your gold medals, a smile, and a pair of man panties?
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Snow in Texas didn’t happen.

The weather report said that we were supposed to get significant snowfall, but I told Jay that the weatherman was usually wrong so there was nothing to worry about.

This was one of the first times that Jay was going to hang out at my house and nothing was going to ruin that for me.

Or so I thought.

I’d cleaned everything from top to bottom a million times over and made sure my parents would both be at the restaurant along with Sonny.

Jay was just coming over to watch a movie, but I couldn’t wear my usual “lounging” gear of sweatpants. It took me forever to figure out what to change into after school and put on extra deodorant.

Staring at myself one last time in the mirror, I thought I could pull off looking half way decent. I smoothed out my sweater and touched up my lip gloss.

Okay, so maybe I wasn’t a Christy Quinn with a great fashion sense, but hey, a sweater and jeans weren’t that bad.

The doorbell rang and I bolted down the stairs only to feel something warm and squishy underneath my sock-clad feet.

I winced, not wanting to look at what I stepped in, but as soon as Nonna’s goat walked into the foyer, I knew it was exactly what I thought it was.

“Nonna! What is Capra doing in the house?”

Nonna shuffled into the foyer and looked down at my feet then at Capra, swatting him on the butt and swearing in Italian. Capra snorted and turned around, dropping another big pile of little pellet poops on the ground before she sauntered toward the living room.

I put my hand on my head and looked between the new pile of poop, the one on my foot, and the door where Jay was standing behind the stained glass door.

I didn’t even have any time to panic. I whipped off my socks and turned, cracking the door open slightly, trying to put on my biggest smile. “Um, hey, Capra had a little bit of an accident, so I’m just going to clean it up before you come in. Okay?”

Jay raised an eyebrow. “Um. Okay?”

I shut the door again and then raced my socks to the laundry room, throwing them in the wash then moved as fast as I could to clean up the new piles.

I let out a deep breath before I opened the door again to see a smiling Jay. He always found a way to look better than me, no matter what he was wearing. His hair was still wet as if he just got out of the shower, or maybe the pool, and he smelled of soap and cool mint. I tried not to let my eyes wander at the way his thin black t-shirt clung to him with moisture still on his chest, but there is only so much a girl can resist.

Or maybe he was freezing and I was the jerk that didn’t let him in because I was cleaning up goat poop.

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Magan Vernon has been living off of reader tears since she wrote her first short story in 2004. She now spends her time killing off fictional characters, pretending to plot while she really just watches Netflix, and she tries to do this all while her two young children run amok around her Texas ranch.

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Descendants of Isis is now on Sale for a limited time. From May 27th thru June 30th, you can get the complete e-series for under $3.00 USD. That’s right. Each e-book is .99 cents in all online stores!

fcd40-daughterofisisThe last thing Natara “Natti” Stone wants to do is to start anew at Setemple High School. But meeting the mysterious, charming high school senior, Seth O’Keefe, and uncovering a family secret will begin an adventure that could cost this unlikely couple their lives and their souls.
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Ancient Egyptian Names


Have you ever considered your name? What does it mean as a whole? What does it represent? In ancient Egypt, names were vital to a person’s life and afterlife. One of the five elements of man. It defined with a single expression their personality, their essence, and in some cases, their power.

Because of this, names of ancient Egypt were chosen carefully. The word(s) themselves often represented an individual’s personality, their devotion to a particular god or location, or reflected the times in which they lived; usually as a simple noun or statement. Some examples include Neferet (beautiful woman), User (strong), and Hatshepsut (foremost of noble ladies). The pharaohs, on the other hand, where given/took on more complex names. Ramesses II (aka Ramesses the Great) was given the name Ra-messes Mery-Amun or “born of Re, beloved of Amun” at birth, and the throne name he took on was User-Maat-Re Setep-en-Re or “the justice/truth of Re is powerful, Chosen by Re.”

But each person carried a second name as well. A secret name that was given at birth by the goddess, Renenutet, a cobra-formed goddess. This name was never disclosed, and for good reason. To know one’s secret name was to have power over the person or thing.

Take the myth of Isis and the Secret Name of Ra for example. Isis crafted a magical serpent out of dust and Ra’s spittle to gain knowledge of his secret name. Her true purpose depends on which myth you read. Personally, I prefer to acknowledge the myth where it was to save Osiris in the afterlife, but others claim it was to save the world from Ra’s wrath. To do this, she placed the serpent in the sun god’s path, which later that day bit him. Though a powerful healer, because the serpent was made from Ra’s spittle, he was unable to cure himself of the poison. Therefore, he called upon Isis, a great healer herself, to withdraw the poison for him. However, this would come at a price. In order to heal Ra, Isis needed to know his secret name. At first, Ra refused, but after the pain became unbearable, he finally entrusted her with the name, granting her the power over the sun god.

This was an important aspect in writing the Descendants of Isis series. Not only was finding Ra’s secret name the core of the novels, much of the first book Seth attempts to draw power from Natti’s name in order to control her. Much like he controlled the majority of Setemple High. Fortunately for Natti, she was blessed with the ability to see through his spells and resist.

Which leads me to the giveaway portion of the post. That’s right, a giveaway! All this talk about secret names, I created a little game. To participate in the giveaway, you must first find your secret name (below) and post it in the comments. *Mine is Akher-Akh (The Fallen Transfigured Spirit)*

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Once you have posted your secret name in the comments, you can enter the Rafflecopter giveaway here. The prize: an Anubis Amulet I brought back from my adventure through the Mummy Returns in Universal (Orlando, Florida). The giveaway is open INT and will close May 15th at 12:00AM.

Sources:

  • Fassone, A. and Ferraris, E. (2008) Dictionaries of Civilization: Egypt. Berkeley, California: University of California Press.
  • Hill, J. (2010). Ancient Egypt Online. http://www.ancientegyptonline.co.uk
  • Oakes, L., and Gahlin, L. (2003). Ancient Egypt: An illustrated reference to the myths, religions, pyramids and temples of the land of the pharaohs. New York, New York: Barnes & Noble, Inc.
  • Strudwick, H. (2013). The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt. New York, New York: Metro Books.

Welcome to the Spring 2016 New Adult Scavenger Hunt


New Adult Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the Spring 2016 NEW ADULT SCAVENGER HUNT!!!!

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Here’s what you have to do:

The hunt opens officially at noon U.S. Eastern Time–all posts by authors should be up then. 

During that time, you can go to the participating authors blogs and websites–you can find them here. The first thing on the page should be their hunt information, where you can find out about new authors and get exclusive content.

Take note of the highlighted number on each author’s hunt page. You need that number to enter the contest!

Each author is on either the Team BLUE, Team RED, or Team PURPLEAdd up all the numbers of the authors on the blue team to get the secret code to enter the contest for the blue team. Then do the same for the red and purple! You can find the prizes for each team here. You can only enter once, and your entry…

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