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Sunday, April 3, 2011


By Cherie De Sues

ANCIENT IRELAND: Look inside a megalithic cairn, on a hill at Loughcrew, 55 miles Northwest of Dublin. Ancient Celts designed a dome-shaped house, so that light from the Vernal Equinox and Summer Solstice would penetrates a long corridor to illuminate a backstone. This backstone is decorated with astronomical symbols to celebrate life renewed each year.
ANCIENT MAYANS: The Vernal Equinox setting sun shines on the great ceremonial pyramid, in El Castillo, Mexico. The entire West side of the pyramid glows with late afternoon sunlight. The shadow appears as a diamond-back snake as it descends the pyramid. This is called "The Return of the Sun Serpent".

ANCIENT GREEKS: Dionysos was a god of the spring rites, and great celebrations were held when the flowering plants and fruitful vines reappeared every year.

ANCIENT PERSIA: Ancient civilizations (Mesopotamia, Sumeria, Babylonia, Elam) circa 3000 to 2000 celebrated the Vernal equinox and now, No RuzIt is celebrated in Albania, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, many countries in Central Asia, etc. as a secular holiday on the day before or after the equinox.

ANCIENT ROMANS: Around 200 B.C., a mystery cult called Cybele in Greece held a Vernal equinox festival on Black Friday after three days of rejoicing over the resurrection of Attis. Attis was said to have been born of a virgin named Nana. The story says the man became a sacrificial victim and Savior to Greece, then slain to bring salvation to men 200 years before Jesus in Christianity.
ANCIENT SAXONS: Eostre was the Saxon version of the Germanic lunar goddess Ostara. Her name is used for the Christian Easter and to the female hormone estrogen. The Ostara feast day was held on the full moon following the Vernal equinox.
Please watch this You Tube video of 1 minute 44 seconds of the vernal equinox in Ireland inside an ancient cairn.

In addition their entry into the Spring is Bustin' Out All Over contest, two lucky commenters on this blog will win  a download of Seduction of Simone.

Simone Devereaux has inherited an estate on the Northern California coast after her Aunt Celeste meets with a sudden, mysterious death. The hot neighbor, Trent Grayson, insists Celeste was murdered, and wants to be more than the man-next-door. When clients arrive to pose for their nude portraits over the weekend, Simone realizes she's inherited more than an estate. Two randy poltergeists enter her dreams for a lusty menage, and a budding serial killer threatens her sanity.

Now her Wiccan mother and gypsy father are coming for a visit, just in time to watch Simone lose her heart . . . and possibly her life.

Chérie De Sues is a "critically acclaimed" and "award winning" author of thrillers, paranormal and contemporary suspense romances from sensual to sizzling heat levels. When Chérie takes a break from writing novels, you can find her at book signings, online, or traveling to research her next novel. She shares her home in San Diego, California, with her Irish terrier, Reilly. You can find her author website at and her blog at


Tamara said...

This sounds like an awesome book and I would love to read it!

JoanneR said...

This book sounds so good and the video is so inspiring.

booklover0226 said...

Hi, Cherie.

I've read some of your works and look forward in reading more.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Ingeborg said...

I can't wait to read it

Rebekah E. said...

Sounds like a great book.


Maria said...

Thanks for the info on the Vernal Equinox- always interesting how different groups look at the same thing and view it so differently.
The Seduction of Simon sounds very interesting!


cheryl c said...

Fascinating! :-)
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Gabby said...

The book looks really good, and the video was really neat! I'm a little intrigued by the idea of the vernal equinox it's amazing that there were so many different cultures that celebrated it!

I loved the music for the video!

Judy said...

The Seduction of Simon looks very good. I really enjoyed your post, very interesting.

Really enjoyed the video also!!


Jean P said...

Enjoyed the blurb for this book, it sounds great. Liked watching the video also.

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Anonymous said...

I'm so pleased with the great feedback on The Seduction of Simone. The music is Parisian and seemed to fit the video well. This novel truly has everything for the smart romance reader. You'll never look at Boston cream pie the same way again!

wolfwattitude said...

Sounds interesting.

Faith said...

Yesterday, I actually saw a program about the conical houses of the celts and what their other structures might be used for. I was playing Switch the Channel with my youngest who wanted to watch Spongebob, lol.


Skylar Kade said...

It's so fascinating how diverse cultures can have the same fundamental mythology. Great post, and beautiful book trailer!

Amber Scott Books said...

I love the cover. I love the character name. I love that you are a multi-genre author!

Terra Pennington said...

Hello Ms.De Sues,

Love the interview and the video. I am off to check out your web site.


Karin said...

Very interesting post about the different celebrations of various civilizations.

Cathy M said...

Love paranormal romance stores and really liked the blurb. Going to go check out the excerpt now.

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Stormy said...

Thanks for sharing that bit of history with us. Very cool! LOVED The Seduction of Simone! That was some lusty ghosts!!!

Karen H in NC said...

You are new-to-me author. I'll look forward to more of your work.

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EdgesAngel23 said...

Very interesting post! Thanks for sharing those cool little tidbits with us :) You're book looks really interesting too :)
Happy Spring!!
Ashley A

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

Love the video and the sound of the book!

Anonymous said...

The Seduction of Simone looks like a lovely story. Loved the video.

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