Dante’s Divine Comedy–A Post For The U.L.S., The Underground Library Society, by Robbie Cheadle

The following is a reblog of a post entitled DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY–A POST FOR THE U.L.S., THE UNDERGROUND LIBRARY SOCIETY, BY ROBBIE CHEADLE. This article provides an overview of “Dante’s Divine Comedy” which I found compelling.

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Thank you to Robbie Cheadle, a long time member of the U. L. S. The Underground Library Society!

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Dante’s Divine Comedy

Background

Divine Comedy is a narrative poem, written in Italian and translated to English. Dante Alighieri spent twelve years writing this poem which was completed in 1320. The poem is divided into three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.

The poem starts with Dante, the protagonist of the poem, finding himself in a dark and wild forest at night. The road towards the sunshine on the other side of a hill is guarded by three beasts which Dante cannot pass. He is in despair when Virgil, a pagan soul from the first circle of Hell, appears and tells him that the beautiful and good Beatrice, a woman who died young and was an object of admiration and desire by Dante, had arrange for him to journey through Hell, Purgatory, and…

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Roman Gods of the Month: April

The following is a reblog of the article entitled, ROMAN GODS OF THE MONTH: APRIL, that was published on the website: NEPTUNE’S DOLPHINS. It is an interesting overview of Festivals celetrated in Rome during the month of April.

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April for Romans is the time of opening buds. Flowers appear, trees come into leaf, and new crops are coming up. At this time, most of the festivals are centered on honoring the fertility of the land and protecting the crops. The Gods honored are either female or ambiguous. Of the various festivals that I follow are:

VENUS VERTICORDIA and FORTUNA VIRILIS
On April 1, the Veneralia is held. During this festival, women would go where the men are. While they would pray to Venus Verticordia (Venus, the Changer of Hearts) and Fortuna Virilis (Fortune the Bold) for support in their love lives. Later the festival included everyone, married and single, male and female asking these two Goddesses for help in matters of the heart. (Venus is considered the tutelary God of April.)

CERES and TELLUS
From the 12th to the 19th, the Cerialia is held to honor Ceres, Goddess…

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Celebrating Women of Excellence #IntlWomensHistoryMonth, Day 7 @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

I am honored to reblog Day 7 of the blog tour “Celebrating Women of Excellence” in which I am featured. I greatly appreciate Nonnie Jules for featuring me among the stellar women authors at Rave Reviews Book Club. It has been a pleasure to learn more about each author and what inspires them in the International Women’s History Month.

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AUTHOR, LINNEA TANNER

NJ:  Hi, Linnea!  Thanks for joining me today!  First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you.  I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one.  First question… when is your birthday?

Linnea:  February 14

NJ:  If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Linnea:  4th

NJ:  When did you begin writing?

Linnea:  2010

NJ:  Why did you begin writing?

Linnea:  Since childhood, I’ve had characters live in my head, in part to help me through my own challenges in life. When I semi-retired, I wrote my first novel in three months to tell their stories, but soon discovered that I needed to learn the craftsmanship of writing to make my stories resonate.

NJ:  Please put these…

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From the Archives: The Serpent and the Goddess by Judith Shaw

The following is a reblog of a post entitled, “From the Archives: The Serpent and the Goddess” by Judith Shaw that was published on the website: Feminism and Religion. It is an overview of how snakes have been represented in mythology and religion through prehistoric and historic times.

Moderator’s note: This marvelous FAR site has been running for 10 years and has had more than 3,600 posts in that time. There are so many treasures that have been posted in this decade that they tend to get lost in the archives. We have created this column so that we can all revisit some of these gems. Today’s blogpost was originally posted January 26, 2020. You can visit the original post here to see the comments.

The otherworldly energy of Snake – it’s vitality, its uncanny ability to sense danger, and its ability to shed its skin and reappear as if reborn must have invoked feelings of awe in our ancestors. All across the pre-historic world one finds depictions of Snake and the spiral or meander as Snake’s symbols.

Creation, Primal Energy, Life Force
Snakes are mysterious, cold-blooded creatures – slithering silently across the land, sleeping with open lidless…

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Welcome to the debut of the WATCH #RWISA WRITE 2022 Anthology: “Life Is But A Rose Garden” @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA

It is a pleasure to reblog the posted entitled, Welcome to the debut of the WATCH #RWISA WRITE 2022 Anthology: “Life Is But A Rose Garden.” that was posted on the website Watch Nonnie Write. It is an announcement that an anthology of written pieces by RWISA authors has been released on Amazon. Be sure to check out the anthology now available on Amazon.

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Is this the first time we’re meeting in 2022?  If so, I promise to do a better job of bringing you great content to Watch Nonnie Write!  But today, I have a very, very, very special treat for you!

Introducing the WATCH RWISA WRITE 2022 Anthology, “Life Is But A Rose Garden,”debuting on Amazon today for only $2.99!  We invite you to take a look at the promo for this little gem below, and lastly, we ask for your support by purchasing a copy, as well as spreading the word of its release via your own social media! 

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Jan Sikes Jagged Feathers Day 3 Blog Tour #MilitaryRomance #RomanticSuspense @WildRosePress @JanSikes3

Below is a reblog of Day 3 of the blog tour for Jan Sikes announcing the release of Military Romance / Romantic Suspense, Jagged Feathers. The original post is located at Linnea Tanner Website

FEATURED AUTHOR: JAN SIKES

Welcome to Day 3 of the Blog Tour for Award-Winning Author Jan Sikes which is being held the month of February 2022 at various websites. Join me in celebrating the launch of her Military Romance, Romantic Suspense, Jagged Feathers (Book 2 The White Rune Series), which was released by The Wild Rose Press, Inc on 31 January 2022 (334 pages).

It was a pleasure to interview Jan and learn more about her and the background of her book. One of the aspects I enjoyed about Jan’s stories is how she weaves in paranormal elements. As a fan of Jan Sikes, I find her stories to be heartfelt with engaging characters. It was fascinating to learn that she previously lived in Colorado and began studying runes extensively beginning in 2012. See Jan’s interview below to learn more about her.

Having read Book 1 Ghostly Interference, I found Jagged Feathers to be a faster-paced book with lots of action and suspense, which works well for the main character —a war vet wounded in Afghanistan. Below is my review of her book which I recommend that you read.

Also below are highlights of Jagged Feathers and the author bio for Jan Sikes.

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HIGHLIGHTS: JAGGED FEATHERS

Jagged Feathers

(Book 2 The White Rune Series)

by Jan Sikes

(Blurb)

Vann Noble did his duty. He served his country and returned a shell of a man, wounded inside and out. With a missing limb and battling PTSD, he seeks healing in an isolated cabin outside a small Texas town with a stray dog that sees beyond his master’s scars. If only the white rune’s magic can bring a happily ever after to a man as broken as Vann.  

On the run from hired killers and struggling to make sense of her unexplained deadly mission, Nakina Bird seeks refuge in Vann’s cabin. She has secrets. Secrets that can get them all killed.

A ticking clock and long odds of living or dying, create jarring risks.

Will these two not only survive, but find an unexpected love along the way? Or, will evil forces win and destroy them both?

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: JAN SIKES

Would you provide an overview of the books you’ve published in The White Rune Series?

I had the idea for Ghostly Interference in 2015 when I was writing the second book in my Biographical Fiction series. At the time, all I could do was jot down some notes and move on. It wasn’t until I finished that series that I returned to the story, which had a working title of When Two Worlds Collide. The White Rune came into the story quite unexpectedly, and it was the catalyst that gave me a three-book series. I pitched the series for three years before a publisher gave me a contract. Patience seems to be a big part of being an author, and I am not, by nature, a very patient person. But it all paid off, and now I have finished the series, having just turned in the manuscript for book 3, Saddled Hearts, which Wild Rose Press will release later in 2022.

Please tell us more about your most recently released book, Jagged Feathers: Book 2.

I loved writing Jagged Feathers. It covers some complex issues such as amputation and PTSD. I had first-hand knowledge of both through my late husband, and it gave me a unique insight into the struggles. I wanted my female character to have a paranormal gift, so I gave her psychic visions. In the story, she struggles with these as she can’t always tell if they are from the past, present, or future. Throughout situations that arise, she learns to trust and accept her gift more. Neither character believed anyone could ever love them with all their flaws and scars. But love looks beyond the physical.

What inspired you to write the paranormal series centered around the white rune?

I have been a student of all things metaphysical since the seventies, but while I lived in Colorado in 2012, I studied the runes intensively. So, when it came to creating this series, it fell into place that a white rune with the Wunjo symbol (which signifies a happily-ever-after) would get passed from book to book. Each character needed to have something to believe in – that someone might love them despite their faults and flaws. Since beginning the series, I have studied the runes more and have dabbled with doing rune readings. The Universe constantly amazes me with the accuracy of the readings.

How much research was involved in writing your books about the significance of runes and elements of paranormal associated with each book in the series?

As I said above, the study of the runes began for me in 2012. They were part of a psychic development class I took while in Colorado. So, much of my research came from looking back at my class notes and reference books. I have a dear friend who is a fantastic psychic medium, and I have always admired her gifts. I drew from my personal experiences of sitting in readings and séances with her and others, to develop some of these same gifts in my characters.

Is there any sub-character in The White Rune Series that is your favorite? Explain why.

My favorite sub-character in this series is Charlotte Peters, Jag Peters’ mother, in Ghostly Interference. Charlotte has bits and pieces of myself woven throughout her makeup, but she also came to me and told me her entire backstory, which I wrote as a short story. It has not been published, except in an obscure anthology. Someday I may publish her story as a prologue to the series.


How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?

I’m laughing out loud at this question. The answer is, “All the time!” For example, the big reveal in book one about Jag Peters’ father only came after Charlotte told me her story. But it gave me an excellent twist to add to the storyline.

Have you received reactions/feedback to your work that has surprised you? In what way?

I think I’m always surprised when a reader praises my work or tells me a story brought out emotions in them as they read. When that happens, I’m not only surprised but shocked and humbled. That is always my goal. I want my readers to feel what I feel as I’m creating the stories.

Are there more books on the horizon that will be added to The White Rune Series?

Yes. I just signed a new contract for book 3 in the series, Saddled Hearts. It brings a satisfying ending to the magic of the White Rune. I won’t leave any spoilers, but I will say the rune goes to its final owner in book 3. Saddled Hearts should release sometime in late 2022.

What are three things you think we can all do to make the world a better place?

  • First and foremost, always show kindness toward everyone. When we look past our differences, we start to see we are all connected.
  • Secondly, treat our planet with more love and respect. I’m afraid if we don’t, Mother Earth will throw a big fit that we won’t be prepared for.
  • Thirdly, keep our little corners of this big ol’ world as peaceful, honest, and filled with love as we possibly can.


What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

The best gift I ever received was the epic love story that started my writing journey. I never aspired to be a writer, but I lived a story someone needed to write. When I realized I was the only one that could tell it, my entire world shifted and hasn’t stopped. I’ve now published six novels, a book of poems and art, and twelve short stories. I see no way to stop!

What makes you laugh?

Many things can bring a chuckle, but I cannot listen to a baby laugh and not laugh along with him/her. It’s impossible not to feel the purity of their laughter. They live totally immersed in the moment.  

What simple pleasure makes you smile?

The laughter and happiness of my grandchildren. As they grow and develop, I see traits in each of them that are unique, and it brings me great joy to watch them. It is a gift to have the opportunity to offer my love, support, and guidance.

BOOK REVIEW: JAGGED FEATHERS

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jagged Feathers by Jan Sikes is Book 2 in The White Rune Series. This is a fast-paced military romance set in Texas with strong elements of action and suspense. As compared to the multi-layer, heartfelt Book 1 Ghostly Interference, the second book has a faster pace fitting for the main character Vann —a military veteran from the Afghanistan war who is haunted by emotional wounds. He feels like the shell of the vibrant man he once was, as he struggles to adjust to a prosthetic leg. A character from the first book (Rena Jett) gives Vann a white rune, symbolizing a happy ever ending which his former military buddy (Sam), who died in the war, had given her.

After receiving the rune, Vann is unaware that his life is about to change when he rescues a mysterious woman running away from a ricochet of bullets. Although the woman is seriously ill with a hacking cough, she refuses to go to the hospital. Vann’s military training kicks in as he takes the woman back home to take care of her. As she recovers, he learns that her name is Nakina and that she is being chased by a drug cartel. The crime organization wants a package she is safeguarding for her boss who has gone missing. Since Nakina is hesitant to go to the police, Vann is drawn into danger with a woman he hardly knows but is attracted to. Can he find love with Nakina with a dubious past? Is he willing to risk everything, including his life, to gamble that he will find his happy ever ending with this mysterious woman?

Author Jan Sikes has taken the series to another level in which the elements of action and adventure are critical for Vann to accept his disability and to find a reason for living. I was immediately immersed in Vann’s despair in the first chapter but then swept into an action scene when he must rescue Nakina. Overall, the characters are engaging and the dialogue is natural. For those who love dogs, Vann has a part German Shepherd, part Border Collie companion that helps him deal with his PTSD. Riveting action scenes juxtapose steamy love scenes. There could have been more built-up of suspense in later scenes to make the climax resonate.

What I like most about the story is the character development of Vann. His strength of character shines through when he is put in life-threatening situations and must use his military experience to get through it. Not only must he take a chance to trust and to love Nakina, but he must also risk being hurt if she does not accept him with his disability. He is the epitome of what many women like to see in a romantic partner—strong-minded, protective, and caring.

For those who enjoy reading the blend of fast-paced suspense and steamy military romance with an engaging war vet longing for true love, I recommend Jagged Feathers.

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It’s Release Day – JAGGED FEATHERS #YayReleaseDay #NewRelease #RomanticSuspense @WildRosePress

Congratulations to Jan Sikes on the release of her new Romantic Suspense, “Jagged Feathers.” Be sure to get a copy of her new book! Her blog tour of the book starts tomorrow! Be sure to follow along.

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It’s here!!

It’s the book birthday for JAGGED FEATHERS!

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N.N. Light’s Book Heaven is featuring JAGGED FEATHERS today! AND, there is a giveaway!

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Tomorrow, I will launch my blog tour and will post each stop to my site daily. I look forward to introducing the different aspects of this book to everyone!!! So, join me on the tour for some fun, and who knows, maybe there will even be some giveaways!!

Thank you! I sincerely appreciate your support!

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Antumnos: A Hypothesis of the Gaulish Afterlife

The following is a reblog of the post entitled, Antumnos: A Hypothesis of the Gaulish Afterlife,” from the website NEMETON DUMNONANTU. The post describes evidence for Gaulish views of the otherworld and afterlife with references to Irish and Welsh mythology and beliefs.

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A little while ago, I had a conversation with a friend of mine in the Gaulish Polytheism community regarding different deities associated with death and the afterlife, as well as the possibility that some deities might be the same, but under different titles in inscriptions. Given that there are no surviving mythologies regarding the intricacies of Gaulish religious thought, most of what we come up with comes from cross comparative analysis with other Indo-European and Celtic communities, our understanding of the Gauls through the eyes of their neighbors such as the Greeks and the Romans, and some well educated speculation. Through the conversation I had with my friend, I found myself pulling much of what I had discovered while working through my Gaulish cultural studies in the Initiates Program in ADF. I realized that there were certain things that I have discovered in my studies regarding the Otherworld and…

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Home for the Holidays #AUDIOBOOK #GIVEAWAY @UviPoznansky

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

With a story to share

A select group of authors and I have joined forces
To bring you amazing audiobooks, beautifully narrated.
Looking for a story to enjoy during the holidays?

Come listen to their stories during the FACEBOOK event
To be held November 19-20, 2021

Join us as a GOING guest
for a chance to win an audiobook

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BELOW ARE MY AUDIOBOOKS THAT YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN:

BOOK 1: APOLLO’S RAVEN


A CELTIC WARRIOR PRINCESS IS TORN BETWEEN HER FORBIDDEN LOVE FOR THE ENEMY AND HER DUTY TO THE PEOPLE.


AWARD-WINNING APOLLO’S RAVEN sweeps you into an epic Celtic tale of forbidden love, mythological adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia. In 24 AD British kings hand-picked by Rome to rule are fighting each other for power. King Amren’s former queen, a powerful Druid, has cast a curse that Blood Wolf and the Raven will rise and destroy him. The king’s daughter, Catrin, learns to her dismay that she is the Raven and her banished half-brother is Blood Wolf. Trained as a warrior, Catrin must find a way to break the curse, but she is torn between her forbidden love for her father’s enemy, Marcellus, and loyalty to her people. She must summon the magic of the Ancient Druids to alter the dark prophecy that threatens the fates of everyone in her kingdom.

Will Catrin overcome and eradicate the ancient curse? Will she be able to embrace her forbidden love for Marcellus? Will she cease the war between Blood Wolf and King Amren and save her kingdom?

BOOK 2: DAGGER’S DESTINY

A CELTIC WARRIOR PRINCESS ACCUSED OF TREASON FOR AIDING HER ENEMY ROMAN LOVER MUST WIN BACK HER FATHER’S LOVE AND TRUST.

War looms over 24 AD Britannia where rival tribal rulers fight each other for power and the Romans threaten to invade to settle their political differences. King Amren accuses his daughter, Catrin, of treason for aiding the Roman enemy and her lover, Marcellus. The ultimate punishment is death unless she can redeem herself. She must prove loyalty to her father by forsaking Marcellus and defending their kingdom—even to the death. Forged into a warrior, she must overcome tribulations and make the right decisions on her quest to break the curse that foretells her banished half-brother and the Roman Empire will destroy their kingdom.

Yet, when Catrin again reunites with Marcellus, she is torn between her love for him and her duty to King Amren. She must ultimately face her greatest challenger who could destroy her life, freedom, and humanity.

Will Catrin finally break the ancient prophecy that looms over her kingdom? Will she abandon her forbidden love for Marcellus to win back her father’s trust and love? Can King Amren balance his brutality to maintain power with the love he feels for his daughter?

BOOK 3: AMULET’S RAPTURE


BLOOD STAINS HER CELTIC HOME AND KINGDOM. THE WARRIOR DRUID PRINCESS WILL DO ANYTHING TO RETAKE HER THRONE.

Although Catrin is the rightful heir to the Celtic throne in Britannia, she is lucky to be alive. After witnessing the slaughter of her family at the hands of her half-brother, who was aided by the Romans, she is enslaved by a Roman commander. He disguises her as a boy in the Roman Legion with the belief that she is an oracle of Apollo and can foretell his future. The sole bright spot in her miserable new life is her forbidden lover Marcellus, the great-grandson of the famed Roman General Mark Antony.

But Marcellus has been wounded and his memories of Catrin and their secret marriage were erased by a dark Druidess. Though Marcellus reunites with Catrin in Gaul and becomes her ally as she struggles to survive the brutality of her Roman master, he questions the legitimacy of their marriage and hesitates to help her escape and retake her kingdom. If their forbidden love and alliance are discovered, her dreams of returning to her Celtic home with Marcellus will be shattered.

Author Interview Luciana Cavallaro #historicalfantasy #action/adventure @ClucianaLuciana

INTRODUCTION

It is my pleasure to introduce Luciana Cavallaro, an Australian author who graciously accepted my invitation to interview her. She recently launched the historical fantasy, action/adventure book, The Guardian’s Legacy (Coin of Time Book 1).

I’ve followed Luciana for several years and share her love of mythology. I’ve enjoyed reading all her books which interweave Greek mythology and time travel into the tales. More information about Luciana Cavallaro and her work follows the interview below.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW LUCIANA CAVALLARO


Would you provide an overview of books that you have published? Is there a common theme from Greek mythology that you like to convey to readers?

I have a published short story collection written from the point of view of the female protagonist based on well-known Greek myths. In the Servant of the Gods series, I currently have two books published, set in 600 BCE, and it is about a 21st Century man who is pulled from his timeline and thrust back into the past to prevent the rise of Christianity. The main character, Evan, is Zeus’ son. However, he is not at all happy about his current situation and is argumentative and angry.

I studied and have been a student of ancient history for many years, fascinated by ancient cultures and in particular Ancient Greece and mythology. My first introduction to Greek mythology and history stemmed from the legend of Atlantis. From there, I wanted to share what I learnt through stories.

Please tell us more about your most recently released book, The Guardian’s Legacy (Coin of Time Book 1). What other books are similar to yours?

The Guardian’s Legacy was first written as a short story, Herodotos’ Coin, for Australian author Sally Odgers, who included it in a publication she compiled. It is about a rare object with unusual properties and supernatural qualities, that was later made into two coins, to hide its true nature. The first owner, Herakles, found it and learnt of its unique ability. Later, Nik’s family become the guardians of one of the coins and keep it hidden for thousands of years.

Books by Dan Brown and Wilbur Smith are similar, as are those by Raymond Khoury, James Rollins, and Steve Berry.

What inspired you to write about two coins minted by Heracles that, when combined, have a secret power that could potentially harm the world if they fall into the wrong hands? 

That is a good question. The idea came from an object that was sent to me by Sally Odgers, a Greek coin. I sat on it for a number of weeks trying to work a story that centred around a coin. I knew I wanted the story set in the present, but wanted to added mystery and a little supernatural into the plot. Plus, I read lots of thrillers and mysteries, and love anything with artefacts. I remember reading about the Spear of Destiny, and other such holy artefacts, and thought why not a coin with magical attributes.

Why two coins? It’s that ole trope of what would you do if you had the power to use the coins? Would you use it for self-gain and lose yourself to the power it gives you, or to help others, and see the power of change and good it makes? We make these decisions on a daily basis, some potentially life-changing and steering you in a different direction, or a little blip on the radar, and you don’t notice what happens until days, weeks or months later.

How much research was involved in writing your books? How did you go ABOUT researching ancient coins in preparation for writing The Guardian’s Legacy?

I do a lot of research for my books, mainly as I love learning about the cultures and history, and most importantly, I want to provide readers with as much authenticity as I can about the time, location and events of the time. Of course, with fiction, there is creative license, otherwise it wouldn’t be much of a story. Like mythology, there is a basis/hint of truth in the stories.

In researching about coins for The Guardian’s Legacy, I wanted to find out when, where and who minted the first coin. I have a nice collection of history books that I checked, then researched the web, cross-referencing lots of sites, verifying sources and dates. It did take time, as I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to locating information in sources, something that I also encourage and demonstrate in my classes.

Are there any similarities between your main character, Nicolaos Zosimos (Nik), in The Guardian’s Legacy and yourself?

There are some similarities between Nik and myself. We’re both teachers and I did teach at an all boys’ independent school in Perth. We both have European heritage—Nik’s Greek and mine Is Italian, though I have a strong feeling somewhere in my family’s lineage, we may have Greek ancestry. Plus, a love of ancient history, which Nik gets to teach and I don’t, as my school doesn’t offer it as a subject. That is the extent of our similarities.

Do have a favorite sub-character in The Guardian’s Legacy? If so, why?

That is a hard question to answer, each of them having different qualities I like. If I have to choose, it’s most likely Detective Sauveterre. She has an inner strength that we will get to see in the next book.

How many additional books do you anticipate in the Coin of Time series? Can you give us a hint on where the adventure will take Nik?

The Coin of Time series is a 5-book series. Well, Nik is in charge of the story and he does need to rescue his Papou, so we’ll see him traversing across Europe to avoid being captured.

As an Indie author, what advice would you give to writers who are considering to independently publish their work?

Do your research and work out whether you have the resilience and patience to publish independently. Working full-time and writing takes endurance and passion, and if you don’t have a work ethic, then perhaps it’s not the best route to take.

I just wish someone had told me how much work would be involved and the process to be an independent writer/publisher. Not sure that would have changed my own path, but it may have helped in some of the decisions I made over the years.

How do you balance your life as an author and your day occupation as a teacher?

This has been difficult, juggling and balancing my job as a teacher and finding time to write. I set time aside in the evening to write, and sometimes that doesn’t happen, depending on what time I get home and prepare for dinner, etc. I have writing targets and try to achieve them. During the school holidays, I set days for my writing, and days for downtime and socialising. The school terms are so busy, so when the holidays come, I write as much as I can.

Are there any life experiences that profoundly impacted you and inspired you to be an author?

I had a bad car accident and couldn’t work for three months. My mental health suffered, and I found writing helped deal with a lot of angst and anxiety. Writing allowed me to express what I was feeling and seeing the words on the page helped to heal. It was from then on, and after my trip to Europe, I was inspired to write.

How are ancient history and mythology relevant to modern day?

I believe ancient history and mythology are more important than ever today. Our past provides a road map from where we’ve been, and guides us into the future. We have the opportunity to learn so much from the amazing civilisations around the world, what they have achieved with much less than we have today. The lessons of the past are also ours today; we just need to listen and heed their wisdom. Myths were and still are lessons for people, to help guide and provide seeds of growth, where morals and ethical behaviours are illustrated.

What might we be surprised to learn about you?

Well, before I started school my first spoken language was Italian and had difficulty with English. Unfortunately, I don’t speak Italian today. Lost the ability after I began school. I daresay it is somewhere in my long-term memory, but most likely some psychological block is preventing me from remembering how to speak it.

AUTHOR BIO: LUCIANA CAVALLARO

You can connect with her via:

Website  ♦  Twitter ♦ LinkedIn  BookBubAmazon Author PageGoodreads  YouTube 

BOOKS BY LUCIANA CAVALARRO


ACCURSED WOMEN

Five stories, five women, five legends.

Phaedra, a Minoan princess, marries out of duty and to safeguard her precious home. She falls in love with Hippolytos, her husband’s son and asks the Goddess Aphrodite for help. He spurns her affections.

The Trojan War, one of history’s greatest stories ever told. What if the legend as told is wrong? History is told by the victors, and facts changed to twist the truth. Is it possible Helen of Sparta never went to Troy?

Hera, Queen of the Gods, is the most powerful goddess on Mount Olympos. For the first time ever in a candid interview, Hera shares what it’s like to be a goddess and wife to Zeus, the King of the Gods.

Created by the gods as a gift to humanity, Pandora is the first woman on Earth. Did she know what Zeus intended when he presented an urn as a wedding dowry to her husband? Neither she nor Epimetheus knew what it contained, but they were told never to open it.

All Medousa wanted was a life of love and acceptance but one fateful night it changed. While she’s alone in the Temple of Athene tending to the sacred fire, Poseidon pays a visit. No human can stop an immortal from taking what they want.

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SEARCH FOR THE GOLDEN SERPENT
(Servant of the Gods Book 1) 

A true page-turner, in a similar vein to Wilbur Smith and David Gemmell, is an action-packed adventure story catapulting a reluctant hero from one dangerous encounter to another.

Evan has been having some very strange dreams.

The Perth-based architect dismissed an unexpected phone call from an entrepreneur in Greece, asking him to restore his family home, as the ravings of a crank. Until, that is, the dreams begin, each more vivid than the last. A dream encounter with a mysterious character called Zeus sees him catapulted back in time to 500 years before the birth of Christ. 

Evan finds himself quickly embroiled in a plot to prevent the birth of Christianity, an unwilling player in an epic struggle between the old gods and the new, fighting for his life.

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THE LABYRINTHINE JOURNEY
(Servant of the Gods Book 2) 

A mysterious message. A mission from the gods. Can he turn back the clock to prevent his family’s extinction?

Evan’s new life is in ancient Greece, and he fears he’ll never see his home again. Ripped from his 21st century world, his only way to return to the present is to collect god-saving sacred relics for his father Zeus. But to locate them means braving perilous seas and staring down death in search of a legendary oracle.

During their voyage, Evan and his companions come face-to-face with mythical creatures, fabled warriors, and treacherous sorcery. But despite the dangers all around them, Evan’s deadliest threat may be bound to him by blood…

Can Evan complete his quest before he and the gods are lost to history?

The Labyrinthine Journey is the second book in the fast-paced Servant of the Gods historical fiction series. If you like well-researched landscapes, suspenseful twists and turns, and mythic battles, then you’ll love Luciana Cavallaro’s heroic odyssey.

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THE GUARDIAN’S LEGACY
(Coin of Time Book 1)

An ancient cover-up, a dangerous legacy, and the search for the most powerful object.

A three-thousand-year-old magical coin, the disappearance of an old man, fanatical neo-Nazis, and the hunt by Interpol, merge in this gripping story of an ancient cover-up, and the transition of an ordinary man into the guardian of the most powerful coin on earth.

High school teacher Nik Zosimos, leads an uncomplicated life until he receives a cryptic phone message from his grandfather, Iasos. He hurries to his grandfather’s finding him relaxed and pleased to see him. A few beers later, Nik leaves his grandfather’s place, stupefied and astounded. Iasos has a secret, one that dates back to the time of Herakles.

But that was just a myth, wasn’t it?

If you like Dan Brown and Wilbur Smith books or enjoys action, fast-past dramatic shows similar to National Treasure and The Librarians, then you’ll love The Guardian’s Legacy. Award-winning author of Historical Fantasy/Adventure, Luciana Cavallaro, pens a thrilling mystery. Click below on one of the retail sites to find out how Nik’s life changes.

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