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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wednesday Spotlight: Stephanie Burkhart

The Romance of the Black Sea
By: Stephanie Burkhart

The Black Sea is an enigma for many with a rich colorful history dating back to the Romans and beyond.

The sea is considered a lake, however it has all the properties of an ocean. During the last ice age, as the glaciers shrunk, they carved a deep lake, which is now the Black Sea. The Black Sea is salty like an ocean, and is known for its dolphins, tuna, and herring. It's also known for its stormy and turbulent weather.

Important cities along the Black Sea include Constanta (the setting for my novel, The Wolf's Torment) Istanbul (formally Constantinople) Varna, Yalta, and Sochi, Russia – the site of the 2014 Olympic games. Countries that border the Black Sea include: Romania, Ukraine, and Russia.

Did you know? Several significant World War I and World War II naval battles were fought in the Black Sea.

Many myths and legends are connected to the Black Sea and I'd like to share one with you today from the Ukraine.

Bogatyr was a man known for his strength and courage who possessed a magical arm. This arm was a mythical arrow, which was very powerful, but also very destructive. The arrow could boil water, melt the Earth, and set the air on fire. Given to the wrong person, the arrow would cause much destruction.

Bogatyr knew he was dying and while his sons were honest warriors, he feared they were too young to weld the power of the arrow. He enlisted their help to toss the arrow into the Black Sea. At first they hid it in the mountains, but Bogatyr discovered what they had done and withheld his blessing until his sons threw it into the sea.

When they complied, the arrow turned the waters black. The waters also boiled. It is believed the sea cannot rest and on occasion, the waves become turbulent and destructive as the Black Sea attempts to rid itself of the fiery and powerful arrow.

Stephanie Burkhart's latest release is The Wolf's Torment, a paranormal romance set in Romania in the 1860's with Desert Breeze Publishing. Stephanie is a 911 Operator for LAPD. Her release "The Count's Lair" received 5 Books from Long & Short Reviews.

Blurb: Crown Prince Mihai Sigmaringen is a witch, but can he protect his wife from the werewolf who wants her for his own?

The Wolf's Torment will be available as an ebook for Kindle, Nook, Sony Ereader, Kobo through various outlets.

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Maggie Toussaint said...

Hi Steph,

Interesting info about the Black Sea. I love reading about the snips of this and that you chose to blog about. It's always a fun read.

Wishing you all the best with this new release!


Stephanie Burkhart said...

Maggie, did you Jason and the Argonauts are set on the Black Sea? How cool is that?

The 2014 Winter Olympics are set for Sochi Russia which is on the Black Sea. (at least, I think it's the winter olympics!)


Keena Kincaid said...

Hi, Steph. Interesting information about the Black Sea. I'd not heard that legend before. I watched a show on the history channel the other day about diving for ship wrecks in that sea. I guess the waters are so deep and anaerobic that wrecks don't decompose like they do elsewhere.

Mona Risk said...

Steph--what a wonderful tale about The Black Sea. I particularly enjoyed it as I plan to visit the area late summer. Your Wolf's Torment is on my TBR list on my Sonny.

Stephanie Burkhart said...

Keena, it's amazing how deep the sea - It was formed after the last ice age and retained all the properties of an ocean. I can imagine diving for wrecks would be fastinating.

Mona, I'm so glad you picked up a copy for your Sony. I know you enjoy international stories so I think you'll enjoy that aspect of the novel.