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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tour Stop: Coffeehouse Angel

Everyone welcome Suzanne Selfors, author of upcoming book COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL. At Suzanne's blog they had a discussion on the mythology in my book.
In my novel, Coffeehouse Angel, a girl named Katrina meets a guy who claims to be an angel. At first she doesn't believe him. He looks like a vagrant in his tattered sweater, khaki Utilikilt and worn-out sandals. And he's sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother's coffeehouse. I'm not giving anything away here because it's all over the book's cover--he is, indeed, "not human." But what, exactly, is he?

Malcolm is a messenger. That's his job. Messengers appear in most religions, bringing messages from god(s) to individuals. These messengers are often called angels. In fact, the word angel is derived from the greek word "angellos" which means messenger.

Western readers will most likely interpret Malcolm in the Judeo/Christian/Islamic angellic tradition. I gave him a slight glow, a halo so to speak. Some readers will see him as a Guardian angel, for he does bring about changes in Katrina's life, but I envisioned him as simply a messenger.

I based a lot of Malcolm's character on one of the earliest messengers - Hermes, the Greek Messenger God. That is why Malcolm wears a kilt, and why he has winged sandals.

So in the end, he's a blend of many traditions.
I'm also giving away a signed copy of COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL!

Comment here with your favorite Greek/Roman god(dess) [REQUIRED]

Extra Entries:
+1 if you start following me
+2 if you were a follower
+1 if you referred anyone
+1 if you were referred--please name the person whom you were referred by

Leave a comment for every entry. I've decided to be extra lazy and just do a random generator with the number of comments. i.e. comment once with the required answer, if you were a follower comment twice, and so forth. If you made a mistake just delete your previous comment.

This is a WORLDWIDE contest! Will end on July 22nd!

129 comments:

  1. I'm partial to Athena. Who decided that War and Wisdom should both go to the same goddess? Also, the whole popping fully formed out of her daddy's head thing cracks me up.

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  2. Athena, too! 'Nuf said:)
    Thanks for holding this contest!

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  3. Id say Prometheus. He created humans out of clay, and gave them fire. And the whole, eagle ripping his liver out thing. I think he made a great sacrifice for humans.

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  4. I am a follower. I love your posts.Keep rocking

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  5. Oddly enough as a child I was always partial towards Ares, but my dad says that its because I was in love with the guy who played Ares in Hercules/Xena (Kevin Smith) and that I romantisized him. Whatever the reason he's my favorite Greek/Roman God.

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  6. also I'm a following thank you!

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  7. I've seen this book before.

    +2 follower

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  8. My favorite greek goddess was also Aprodite-not sure why, she always seemed cool.

    I'm already a follower!

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  9. Beth & Nathan
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  10. I am partial to Bacchus. He is my favorite and was the name of my first cat. The god of wine and theatre, no way to go wrong there.

    I am already a follower.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  11. Hmm... I'm going to say Aphrodite. Don't you just love, love?

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  12. I'm already a follower.
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  13. Still following! :)
    melanies--musings@live.com

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  14. My favorite goddess would have to be Aphrodite. I think shes my favorite because she's the goddess of love and beauty.

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  15. I am already a follower

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  16. Still a follower.

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  17. I'm also going with Aphrodite, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

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  18. favorite greek goddess: Venus
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  19. The first one I thought of was Aphrodite so I'll go with her!
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  20. +2 already a follower

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  21. Mine is definitely Aphrodite.

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    Sophie

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  22. I've become a follower.

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    Sophie

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  23. My favourite Greek god? It's a toss-up between Poseidon and Hades.

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  24. Favorite Greek Goddess? I don't even have to think about it: Persephone.

    I'm following.

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  25. I like Athena, I always have she is awesome!
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  26. My favorite goddess is Athena.

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  27. I was already a follower.

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  28. I was already a follower.

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  29. My favorite goddess is Aprodite :)

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  30. Definitely Artemis, also know as Diane : goddess of the hunt and the moon.

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  31. I've also been following you through Google Reader, if that counts!

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  32. I was always a fan of Cupid. Teehee.
    +2 already a follower
    +1 referred by towerofbooks.blogspot.com
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  33. My fave greek god would be Aphrodite. =)

    Thanks for having this contest!

    kate.readthisbook (at) gmail.com

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  34. I like this, it made me do some greek mythology research which I do love. For now my favorite would have to Orpheus, poet and musician.

    Love this contest!
    lilibethramos@live.com

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  35. +2 I am also a follower!

    lilibethramos@live.com

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  36. I like Thor because according to our Icelandic family lore, we are descendants of his.

    melacan at hotmail dot com

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  37. New follower

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  38. Favorite goddess has always been Athena. And I've always had a soft spot for Poseidon.

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  39. I'm already a follower!

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  40. I'm already a follower!

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  41. My favorite goddess is Aphrodite. :)

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  42. I followed your blog.

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  43. I was referred by Laina from Book Contest Links. :)

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  44. My favourite Greek god... when I was younger it was Hades. I still think he got a bum rap. (Or however spell that...) 'Course I was an odd child...

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  45. +2 I'm already a follower.

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  46. Favourite goddess would probably have to be Athena. I mean, wisdom, domestic crafts... such a strong female, what's not to look up to? ;)

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  47. My favorite Greek goddess is Athena.

    JHolden955 (at) gmail (dot) com

    Thanks!

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  48. I've always been partial to Psyche myself. I just became a follower and was referred to you by Read What You Know at http://readwhatyouknow.wordpress.com

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  49. Please enter me!
    I was referred by Read What You Know too :)

    I always liked Persephone too.
    Just became a follower!

    Kim
    bookbutterfly9@gmail.com

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  50. I like Artemis- She was an independent free spirit that has a bow and arrow (which is cool).

    Seahn
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  51. I'm already a follower- 1st post

    Seahn
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  52. I'm already a follower- 2nd post

    Seahn
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  53. I love Persephone. :D
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  54. I think I'd pick Alethia- the Goddess of Truth.
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  55. And I'm following.
    +1
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  56. I would have to go with Demeter, since I work on a farm :)

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  57. I'd have to say my favorite's Persephone. The story of how she was lured into the underworld to be Hades' wife always intrigued me.

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  58. Just became your 270th follower. :)

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  59. My favorite Greek God is Poseidon and Hermes. My favorite Goddess is Artemis and Athena. I am a follower and love this site. Also I was referred to this site by Niki Nicole. Thanks for the chance.
    Allie

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  60. My favorite goddess would have to be Circe, Aphrodite, or Selene. I'm not sure which...

    :) Erica
    thebookcellar@wi.rr.com

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  61. I'm already a follower... 1st post.

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  62. I'm already a follower - 2nd post

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  63. favorite greek god: hades
    favorite goddess: persephone

    :)

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  64. already a follower, 2nd post!

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  65. My favorite god is Poseidon.

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  66. Definitely Artemis. As far as Greek goddesses go, she'd be my role model. Feminine but totally strong, confident, and independent.
    Sara
    grochowskis@hotmail.com

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  67. +2 I'm also a follower!
    Sara

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  68. God: Eros
    Goddess: Nyx

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  69. I am already a follower

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  70. Im already a follower!!!!! or is it stalker? lol

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  71. Komodia she is the goddess of Happiness and Amusement.

    Megan
    bookworm8675309@yahoo.com

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  72. Since I am already a follower I will put this as two comments.

    Megan
    bookworm8675309@yahoo.com

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  73. I am still a follower

    Megan
    bookworm8675309@yahoo.com

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  74. I like Aphrodite!

    Im a new follower!

    Liz

    liztapioka14 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  75. Ceres is my favorite right now only because when we were learning them and had to remember the Greek and Roman names and what they were gods of, our teacher told us to think Ceres-cereal-grain... :)


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  76. already following, too :)

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  77. I like Dionysus - God of wine (also madness and merriment!)

    -Allison
    love-adelaide@live.com

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  78. I think my favorite goddess is Athena, partially because she supposedly possessed great wisdom, but also because of the myth of Athens (it became her city after she gave them an Olive Tree).

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  79. I just signed up as a follower.

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  80. I like Diana/ Artemis

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  81. I am a follower


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  82. I have been a follower

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  83. My favorite Greek goddess would probably be Persephone-I really like the story behind her.

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  84. I'm a big fan of Venus and of Cupid!

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  85. I just became a follower, too!

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  86. My favorite Greek Goddess is definitely Aphrodite. Oh, and I just started following you. =)

    Ringingbell02@aol.com

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  87. Venus!!!!

    I am a new follower!

    delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  88. I'm already a follower!
    I linked on my sidebar..
    http://crystalreviews.blogspot.com/

    crystalreviews@gmail.com

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  89. I like Diana/ Artemis

    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

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  90. I'm a new follower!

    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

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  91. I'm a fan of Selene. Great contest.

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  92. I like Athena!

    Thank you for this contest!
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  93. Count me in please.

    My favorite is Calliope.

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  94. I like Athena, the goddess of wisdom!!

    Great contest!!

    Mariana
    sarima89@gmail.com

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  95. I'm a new follower!

    Mariana
    sarima89@gmail.com

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  96. Venus!!!!

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  97. New follower!

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  98. I'm also a follower!

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  99. Aphrodite (not just because of HON); she's wild and less boring than the other goddesses!

    +2 I am a follower

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  100. My favorite is Atremis! Goddess of the Hunt! :)
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  101. Referred to you by Read What You Know at http://readwhatyouknow.wordpress.com

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  102. I am a follower!

    graceaparker@bellsouth.net

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  103. I am partial to the God Poseidon!

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  104. Hercules is my fave.

    vvb32 at yahoo.com

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  105. This sounds like an awesome book! Please enter me.

    I’ve always liked Poseidon!!

    Shadowofwonder47@yahoo.com

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  106. +1 I became a follower.

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  107. +1 I was referred by http://bookcontestlinks.blogspot.com/


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