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Hand of Miriam (A Bayla and the Golem Novel Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Eva Gordon

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On an archaeological expedition, Bayla Gideon, is widowed by a supernatural force and branded with the Hand of Miriam or Knowing Eye. Threatened by evil, she awakens the golem; a mythical man of clay, who protected the Jewish community over three centuries ago.
The golem, Gesher, is surprised. Freedom –by a beautiful, enchanting woman. His desire is to return to the celestial spheres and regain his status as an avenging angel. Yet, Bayla challenges his mind, body and soul. Would he risk his return to the heavens for her?
Besides, dealing with the otherkind, mad inventors and an unrelenting matchmaking aunt, Bayla is equally determined to resist her steamy attraction to the striking fallen angel.
Thrust into a malevolent war, which includes facing Jack the Ripper, they must resist the magnetic pull toward each other, while protecting the world from encroaching evil.

About the Author

Eva Gordon writes genre bending paranormal/fantasy/steampunk and historical novels with a strong romantic element. She loves to create stories that combine her passion for mythology, steamy romance, and action/suspense. Her imagination takes her from one universe to the next. Thus far, she has several series lined up as well as single titles waiting in line for production. Eva has a BS in Zoology and graduate studies in Biology. She once taught high school Biology, Environmental Science and Anatomy/Physiology. When not in her den writing, she can be found at steampunk conventions, at work at the raptor rehabilitation center, wolf sanctuaries, or to satisfy her inner Hemingway on some global eco adventure. Visit her website: www.ravenauthor.com

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 536 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494302802
  • Publisher: Eva Gordon; 1 edition (Dec 6 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H5FW3C6
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk, Jewisih Mythology and Romance....what more could you want? Dec 18 2013
By D Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Hand of Miriam
A Bayla and the Golem Novel (book 1)
by Eva Gordon

This is the first Steampunk novel I have read. I have wanted to read one for a while now and jumped at the chance to read this one. I think it was a great look into the steampunk world for me.

The Hand of Miriam by Eva Gordon combines the steampunk world, Jewish Mythology and romance into a wonderful book that kept me wanting more.

I look forward to the next installment of Bayla and the Golem.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read. Lots of storyline Feb. 6 2014
By Jacqueline S. Fleming - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
In Hand of Miriam Ms. Gordon blends actual history but twists it to give it a paranormal and mystical quality that will have you wondering what will happen next. It is action plotted with a female hero that is timeless. Love is in the air, but is it attainable when danger stocks Bayla?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful steampunk adventure Jan. 21 2014
By Lara Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Hand of Miriam by Eva Gordon is a cleverly written, imaginative steampunk adventure that keeps the reader engaged and turning pages right from the start. Well-developed characters, perfect timing and fabulous flavor will make this story a favorite of all steampunk, as well as romance, lovers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hand of Miriam Feb. 5 2014
By Jasmyn9 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Hand of Miriam is a great mix of steam punk and romance with just a twist of religion to keep it even more interesting. Bayla Gideon has been marked with the ability to sense evil with a touch. Bayla is unique from women of her time in other ways as well. She is an academic that loves to go on expeditions looking for antiquities. One of her late husband's great prizes is a golem. When Bayla's new abilities begin to lead to threats to her life she decides to give life to the golem, never realizing what his true history really is.

There is a huge storyline in this book - almost too much. It involves the presence of Jack the Ripper - only his victims aren't only human. He's been killing vampiresses as well (oh yes did I mention there are vampires, werewolves, ghouls, demons, all sorts of fun stuff). Bayla and her golem, Gesher, are out to try and find out just what is going on - madness ensues with lots of fighting and lots of Gesher saving the day. And all along the way they are slowly falling love - but if they follow their desires he will never be able to return heaven - major issue.

The story is how they deal with the baddies, resolve their love delimma, and end with a mostly HEA. It is a series so there has to be more to the story somewhere. The only downfall for me was there was one too many "endings". I thought for sure she had written a fantastic ending that I loved, loved, loved, and then there were another 50 pages and another ending that just wasn't quite as satisfaying for me. I think the extra bit was important to the overall storyline though.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars steampunk, spooky mystery Feb. 28 2014
By clarice - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Steampunk, Victorian, with a little mix in of Goth, Hand of Miriam is a mixture of novel I am personally not familiar with, but very much enjoyed reading. And it even added some supernatural with werewolves, vampires, wraiths, with the main points of interest being angels and demons.

Bayla Gideon is on an archaeological expedition when her husband dies and she is the only survivor to the freak storm that happens. During this time Bayla is branded with the Hand of Miriam, an all seeing eye that can sense evil and allows her to know the thoughts of others when left uncovered. Desperate to keep herself alive while creatures ranging from rogue werewolves to demons try to attack her, she awakens the Golem in the archives at her home and frees him from his curse.
In Jewish legend a golem is a clay figure brought to life by magic.
The Golem is named Gesher. He was a fallen angel that was made into a Golem to serve whoever awakened him. Because Bayla allows Gesher to destroy the very thing that awakened him, he is now able to change from the scary and imposing clay man into a more normal looking man, although he still has the hardened body of a warrior and has scars where his wings used to be. Because he fought the angel of death to keep a child from dying in a family that had already lost so much, he was stripped of his wings and sent to Earth as the Golem. However, there was the possibility of his returning to Heaven one day should he redeem himself. That was all good until he went and fell in love with the beautiful, independent, and head strong Bayla Gideon. Now he must make the decision to either stay on Earth with her or return to Heaven. Before it had been an easy choice. Now he found himself thinking he didn't want to live without her.
The Hand of Miriam had not only given her the power to discern evil where it was present, but also the gift of immortality, if she could keep herself alive. She was not immune to illness or accident. That is why she needs Gesher, but her feelings for the tall and crazy handsome fallen angel are causing her to want him to stay permanently on Earth. But she refuses to be the one that keeps an angel on Earth. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose killing prostitutes within the city and someone is killing female vampires as well. The killer has been named Jack the Ripper and Bayla starts suspecting that perhaps even one of the Grigori, a secret society which even involves Queen Victoria and all things supernatural, might be the culprit. She has no idea just how deep it will go and just how in danger she is. Gesher has his work cut out for him keeping Bayla safe from those that would do her harm.

As I said before, this novel is a very different read from my norm. But if you like all things paranormal/supernatural, angels and demons type thing, then you should try this book out. With a hint of spooky and a hot fallen angel, it is sure to keep your attention. I do find it a very strange element to the story that Bayla has to keep her hand uncovered for the marking to work. And the fact that it can be fooled as well, it is just very difficult to do so. But the dirigibles, strange machines, and unconventionality of the story really work for it!

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