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Title: Acceptance (Forbes Mates 3)
Author: Grace R. Duncan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Genre: Action/Adventure, Bisexual, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Gay, Gay Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: 07/08/2016
Dr. Miles Grant acknowledges that his destined mate could be either gender even though his bisexuality cost him his family and his pack. Luckily he found the Forbes Pack, who happily accept him just as he is. What he never counted on was finding his mate in Pittsburgh or for his mate to be another species entirely—a cat!
Quincy Archer isn’t just any jaguar shifter. He is the heir to the leadership of his pride. Destined mates are nothing but legend to the nearly extinct and generally solitary jaguars, and Quincy certainly never expected to find one for himself, much less a male… or a wolf.
However, finding each other and coming to terms with their species is the least of their worries. Quincy is expected to select a proper female mate, father a cub, and take his place as heir to the pride. Except Quincy refuses, having no interest in women or leadership and knowing he isn’t right for it. But his father will stop at nothing—not even attempting to kill Miles—to get his way. Quincy and Miles must overcome many obstacles to stay together as the destined mates they’re meant to be.
Acceptance Blog Tour – Panther Shifter Customs
First, of course, is a big thanks to Prism Book Alliance for the opportunity to post today for the Acceptance blog tour!
Earlier in the tour, I talk about the gods of the Egyptian pantheon I used on the book and the ones specifically that Quincy refers to. I also talked a little about the Beautiful Festival of the Valley that Quincy “attends” in another post.
Anyone who’s done any reading on the ancient Egyptians knows they were obsessed with the afterlife. They spend much of their lives preparing for it and a good deal of mental energy worried about it, if the texts and writings we have are any indication. They were also a superstitious lot and all of these things worked together to create a rather complicated set of customs.
I had a lot of options when I was trying to decide what to include. Quincy, like Jamie in Patience, is very devout in his religion. He believes firmly in the gods he follows and the customs he participates in. So, I knew I had to include some things, but there are so many, it took a bit for me to figure out what.
One thing I found that I hadn’t even known about (and I am a huge history buff, so I’ve read a lot about Egypt already) is the calendar the Egyptians kept of lucky and unlucky days. The calendar is a complicated collection of do’s and don’ts for any particular day. Some days should be okay to do certain rituals at home, whereas other days they shouldn’t be done at all. One of the most famous portions of the calendar is the extra five days added to the end of the 360 day year. These five days were known as “the days of the demons” because they were originally created so Geb and Nut could have their five children—Isis, Osiris, Seth, Nephthys, and Horus the Elder. All five days were considered unlucky but Seth’s (the god of chaos) birthday was particularly bad.
The calendars were used for all sorts of things. Quincy mentions his in chapter one where he points out it said that day was unlucky and he should have stayed home—or in his case, the hotel—that day. Considering he ends up in a human hospital, perhaps he should have obeyed it.
The other major thing I include is more belief than custom. As I point out in the post on the gods, while the jaguars aren’t as obsessed about death and the afterlife as the ancient Egyptians were, they still take it very seriously. It is said that when a person dies, they appear before Osiris. Their heart is then put on a giant scale and weighed against the feather of Maat. Maat is their concept of balance or justice. If one keeps maat, they keep things ethical and just based on the beliefs of their time. The Goddess Maat is the divine representation of this. She wears the feather, against which all hearts are weighed, on her head.
This test, performed in front of Osiris and a group of some 42 gods, is the first major test to see if the person is able to join Osiris in paradise… or cease to exist altogether. There is no concept of hell or torment. The idea would have terrified them. Instead, they simply cease to exist—a scary enough concept in itself. If their heart is light—if they have lived a just life and are sure of it—then they move on to a second test. Here they are judged by the 42 gods. The deceased must first identify all 42, then swear they are not guilty of whatever crime each of the gods represents.
While Quincy doesn’t mention this portion of the test, maat is mentioned in more than one place. There is a particularly difficult scene later in the book where he questions his own actions, not sure if they are maat or not. I actually cried through the writing and have every time I’ve reread the scene. For such an aloof, put together person as Quincy to break down was tough to write.
There are so many Egyptian customs and beliefs, it took a lot for me to find good, plot ways to include them. I hope you enjoyed reading about them and like how they were worked into the story. Thanks for reading!
About the Author
Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.
A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.
As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.
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