PYTHIA AT DELPHI

Introduction

The following article is a reblog from one of my favorite websites, Coven Life, that gives the background of the Priestess of Apollo, Pythia, at Delphi and the importance of her prophecies on which major decision were often based.

Ancient peoples from all across the land came to consult this High Priestess called the Pythia. Thousands of people congregated on the foot of the temple waiting their turn. The Pythia dates back to 600 BC, that is nearly 2,620 years ago.

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13/01/2019

Whenever I make a trip to my parent’s homeland I always endeavor to visit as many sacred Temple sites as I can.

One of the Temple sites that I will be revisiting sometime this year is located at Delphi, in upper central Greece on Mt Parnassus.

This is the site of the Oracle and the sanctuary of the Great God Apollo. It truly must have been a sight to behold in its days of glory.

Ancient peoples from all across the land came to consult this High Priestess called the Pythia. Thousands of people congregated on the foot of the temple waiting their turn.

The Pythia dates back to 600 BC, that is nearly 2,620 years ago.

Specific Oracular Timing

You see, the Pythia was active for only 9 months of the year as the winter made it impossible to travel to this…

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW KAREN INGALLS

Introduction

It my pleasure to introduce Karen Ingalls, an award-winning author. I became interested in her as an author when her book, Davida, won the the 2017 New Apple Summer E-Book Awards: HISTORICAL FICTION. I was particularly intrigued with the image of Davida on the book cover and wanted to find out who she was. I further became acquainted with Karen when I was invited to join RWISA: Rave Writers – International Society of Authors, of which she is a distinguished member.

Karen Ingalls, Award-winning Author

Below is Karen Ingalls’ biography, author interview, and contact information. Be sure to check out her website and learn more about her as an author and her passion for health issues.

Biography

Karen Ingalls is an award-winning author of three published books, author of numerous articles on health, cancer, and wellness, and a public speaker. She is a retired RN, human behavior, and cancer survivor who writes about social issues, health topics, and historical topics. Her philosophy is to outshine any challenge; to grow and learn from it.

Author Interview

Would you provide an overview of books you have published?

My first published book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir is about my journey with ovarian cancer. It emphasizes how anyone can adopt healthy ways to deal with any serious health challenge with such things as good nutrition, relaxation/imagery, and meditation/deep prayer, positive thinking, humor to name just a few.

Novy’s Son: The Selfish Genius is a novel about my father who was very intelligent, but lacked the ability to socialize except with women he was attracted to. He challenged social mores, all religious beliefs, and most educational rules and regulations. He did not know how to be a good and faithful husband, nor father, or grandfather.

My second novel is titled Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. He was America’s premier sculptor in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s and though married, he fell in love with his model, Davida. This is the story of their 25-year love affair, birth of one child, their unconditional love, and his art.

What inspired you to write the biography, Davida, of your great-grandmother, Albertina Hultgren, who was the mistress of the American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

I was inspired to write Davida for the following reasons: one, they are my great-grandparents; two, no one ever talked about my grandfather’s heritage because of his shame of being a bastard; and three, after my grandfather died, I wanted to erase the bastard label and bring dignity and honor to his parent’s love affair.

Book Cover of Davida

How much research was involved in writing Davida? How did you go ABOUT researching the background for Davida?

There are many published books about Augustus Saint-Gaudens so it was relatively easy to do research about his art and who he was as a person. I have been to the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Historical Site two times in Cornish, New Hampshire. At one visit my father, sister, and I met with then the curator, John Dryfought. I have kept in correspondence with the current curator, Dr. Henry Duffy. We were also interviewed by Kathryn Greenthal, who was the curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Unfortunately, there is very little known about my great-grandmother, who changed her name to Davida Johnson Clark. She was born in Sweden and came to the U.S. as a young girl with her mother. Her birth name was either Albertina Hultgren or Hallgren. A cousin by marriage who lives in Sweden researched churches and official government sites in hopes of substantiating her birth name, date, and place. However, nothing definitive was found. Therefore, I created Davida’s childhood, her parents, beliefs, personality, and how she lived and died. I know she talked to me at times while I was asleep or deep in thought while writing. It was a spiritual experience.

Is there any sub-character in Davida that is your favorite? Explain why.

The sub-character is Uncle Louis Saint-Gaudens, who was an artist in his own right but struggled with depression and alcoholism. He was grateful for the financial, career, and health-wise help Augustus gave him. He loved my grandfather, who was named for him and he was more of a father to him than Augustus was. He had a sense of humor and a favorite story is him sitting on the top of the water tower causing quite a scandal.

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

I was surprised, embarrassed, or shocked by some behaviors of the main character in Novy’s Son. I loved and knew my father about as well as anyone, but he said and did some outlandish things. He was a unique person I never understood until I read Robert Bly’s book Iron John. That is when I decided to write Novy’s Son knowing that there are many men who did not learn how to be fathers from their fathers, so the cycle continued. Perhaps all of these men have searched for happiness and self-worth through unhealthy and immoral actions.

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

I have received wonderful reviews on all three books, and I have been honored with several awards. Those people who have received support, reassurance, information, and hope from Outshine is the most meaningful award or recognition I could ever wish for.

Many women didn’t like the main character in Novy’s Son which is a normal reaction and means I accomplished what I intended. I was surprised by one review by an author who stated in a private message that he refused to finish this same book because the Kindle version was completely messed up. I offered to send a paperback copy, which he refused so his 3-star review remains though he wrote in his review: “Since my preferred genre is usually thrillers or suspense, the nature of this character portrait didn’t really grab me. However, the book is well written, and if this style of book is your cup of tea, you may find it to be a satisfying read.”

I have read many books that are not my preferred genre, but I gave a review based on how well it was written, edited, flowed, and the strength of the characters and plot.

What are the most important traits you look for in a friend?

I consider someone a friend who is honest, has a sense of humor, and is a good listener. I am blessed to have many friends who are always there for me.

What simple pleasure makes you smile?

One of my simple pleasures is playing games. I sometimes joke that I was born with a deck of cards in my hands. I find board and card games are great ways to socialize, keep your mind alert, and just have good old-fashioned fun.

What makes you laugh?

I love to laugh! When I am recovering from cancer surgeries or treatments, I surround myself with positive people and funny shows or movies. My favorite comedians are Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, Laurel & Hardy, Ray Romano, Bill Murray, and Chevy Chase. Laughter lifts the most sorrowful mood, erases or eases fear, builds the immune system, and lowers blood pressure. Laughter is the best medicine. When I was a kid and went to the circus, the clowns were my favorite. My husband and sister make me laugh with their jokes or funny sayings.


You can contact Karen Ingalls and learn more about her books at:

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Book Review Davida by Karen Ingalls

Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-GaudensDavida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens by Karen Ingalls
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Davida by Karen Ingalls is a beautifully written love story based on the real-life model and mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, a 19th century sculptor. As a young girl, Albertina Hultgren immigrates to the United States after the tragic death of her father, a woodsman. She misses her father’s fanciful stories about visiting the forests to gain insight from mystical creatures.

After adjusting to her new life in Hoboken, New Jersey, Albertina makes life-long friends and learns to speak English. At a Christmas party, where her mother and aunt have prepared the meal, she captures the attention of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. He impetuously lifts her chin and exclaims she has exquisite beauty and would like to do a sketch of her someday. Her mother reluctantly allows Albertina to pose in his studio after he convinces her that his intentions are honorable. As he creates his art, using Albertina as a model who is publicly known as Davida, they fall deeply in love and she becomes his mistress. She accepts the terms of their relationship, knowing the liaison could create a scandal that could jeopardize his career in a Victorian society. This is ultimately a love story about a woman who gives her unconditional devotion to an acclaimed sculptor and shares his passion for his artwork, regardless of her hardships and the stigma of giving birth to their son out of wedlock.

Author Ingalls’ prose is as eloquent as the artistry she projects in the story. Davida is depicted as the epitome of the Greek goddess, Diana, who finds solace and strength from nature to reach into her inner soul and to find her true self. The love story comes across as almost mythical because Davida sacrifices almost everything to make sure Augustus achieves the pinnacle of his true passion to create masterpieces. Davida is a heartfelt story that fills you with both joy and tears. The paperback is beautifully formatted and reflects the artistry in the story.

For those who believe in true love, Davida is a must read by Karen Ingalls, the only surviving great-grandchild from the union of Davida and Augustus. She fills in the minimal facts about their union with her own imagination of how a Swedish immigrant becomes the true love and mistress of an acclaimed artist.

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The Arthurian Realm: Morgan le Fay – Healer, Witch and the Woman Question.

It is my pleasure to reblog, “The Arthurian Realm: Morgan le Fay – Healer, Witch and the Woman Question” that was published MARCH 20, 2019 BY ZTEVETEVANS. Under the Influence of one of my favorite websites on myths, legends, folklore and tales from around the world.

In Arthurian tradition, the elusive sorceress and Druidess, Morgan le Fay, is one of King Arthur’s most dangerous foes, breaking traditional family bonds and working to undermine and bring down the strict patriarchal system and chivalric order of the Arthurian world. Morgan is an enigma: despite attempting to kill King Arthur and usurp his kingdom, she takes him into her care after he is severely wounded by Mordred in the battle of Camlann, which brings an end to his kingdom.

Please enjoy the article.

Under the influence!

morganlfayMorgan Le Fay (cropped) – by Frederick Sandys – Public Domain

This article was first published on #FolkloreThursday.com on November 29, 2018, titled British Legends: Morgan le Fay – Magical Healer or Renegade Witch? written by zteve t evans

Introducing  Morgan

In Arthurian tradition, the elusive sorceress Morgan le Fay becomes one of King Arthur’s most dangerous foes, breaking traditional family bonds and working to undermine and bring down the strict patriarchal system and chivalric order of the Arthurian world. Morgan is an enigma: despite attempting to kill King Arthur and usurp his kingdom, she takes him into her care after he is severely wounded by Mordred in the battle of Camlann, which brings an end to his kingdom. This work draws mostly from Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Vita Merlini, and Historia regum Britanniae (The History of the Kings of Britain) and Sir Thomas Mallory’s Le Morte D’Arthur, with influences…

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SFF Bonanza 99 Cent Deal and Cover Reveal Amulet’s Rapture

SFF Book Bonanza

For those who love to read science fiction and fantasy, check out the SFF Bonanza 99c Promo this week (18 – 24 March) in which you have close to 40 books to select from. As part of this promotion, Apollo’s Raven has been reduced to 99 cents at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Kobo, Apple Books, and Google Play. Click on the image to check out the wide assortment of books  offered at 99 cents for a limited time.

 

 

Cover Reveal Amulet’s Rapture

I am thrilled to reveal the book cover for Amulet’s Destiny (Book 3: Curse of Clansmen and Kings) that is anticipated to be released in late fall of this year. This book will focus on the relationship of Marcellus and Catrin as they continue their epic journey together in Gaul and Rome. As the book gets closer to release, more information will be provided on how to pre-order. Subscribers to my newsletter will have a chance to win an advance copy of the book before its release.

Please share your comments on what you think of the book cover.

Amulet’s Rapture Book Cover

 

Synopsis Amulet’s Rapture

 

Blood stains her Celtic home and kingdom.
The warrior Druid Princess will do anything to retake her kingdom.

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 throne. If their forbidden love and alliance are discovered, her dream of returning to her Celtic home with Marcellus will be shattered.

InD’tale Book Review

I’m honored to share the review of Dagger’s Destiny that was recently posted in the InD’Tale Magazine. Dagger’s Destiny received 5 of 5 stars and was recognized as a “Crowned Heart” book for excellence. An excerpt from the review is as follows: “Dagger’s Destiny is historical fantasy at its finest, and a must read for anyone who enjoys history involving Ancient Rome.”

Click on the book cover below to see the full review and to take a look at this great magazine.

 


Thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes,
Linnea Tanner

Linnea Tanner, Author, Curse of Clansmen and King Series

Book Review The Triplets by Nicole M. Davis

The TripletsThe Triplets by Nicole M. Davis

My rating: 4 of 5 starsThe Triplets by Nicole M. Davis is the debut young adult fantasy in the Six Sorcerers series. The story is about three teenage boys and three teenage girls who are whisked away from their safe, modern day world of Denver, Colorado into the realm of magic-filled Sarenia. They are typical of most teenagers who are struggling with self-doubts and must find the courage to overcome dangers in the fantastical world of sword and sorcery. The story begins when each of the boys receives a letter from Mr. Lee that warns something is about to happen to him. Each boy disappears through a portal into a fantastical world where the three girls have already been transported from Colorado. Each girl has already assumed a role, including: a captain of a pirate, a knight in the king’s guard, or a dragon rider. The girls also receive letters telling them that they must find each other and the boys. The story is primarily a quest for the young people to find each other and to discover their sorcery powers.Author Davis captures the unique voices of the teenagers in the story. The tale alternates between the perspective of each of the primary six characters. The reader is challenged to track the complex plot for each of the main protagonists. Each of them has a unique personality and handles challenges differently, adding fun to the story. The tale is primarily an introduction to each of the characters and their journeys of self-discovery of what their unique powers entail. Although the writing is smooth for the most part, dashes should have been used when action interrupts dialogue instead of commas to avoid confusion. An example of incorrect punctuation is: “… Don’t forget, Kaylor, that if your actions start to stray,” he brings his fingers up and snaps them in front of her face, and Kaylor flinches despite herself, “It will burst …”The coming of age fantasy is recommended for young adults who will readily relate to the characters. I look forward to reading the next book in the series to see how these young people use their powers in this fantastical world with mythic creatures.View all my reviews

AUTHOR INTERVIEW NICOLE DAVIS

Introduction

It is my pleasure to introduce Nicole M. Davis, an exciting Colorado author of YA fantasy. I met Nicole at a Christmas party that was sponsored by the Boulder County Independent Authors (BCIA). There, I learned about her debut book of teen sorcerers, The Triplets (Book 1 Six Sorcerers), and was quite intrigued with her volunteer job at a museum.

Nicole Davis, Author, YA Fantasy

Below you will find Nicole’s biography, author interview, and contact information. Be sure to check out Nicole’s website and learn more about her. She’s a lot of fun to get to know, as you will see in her interview.

Biography

Nicole Davis was born in Sunnyvale, California (one letter away from the vampire capital of the world), but she grew up in Boulder County in Colorado. She has a bachelor’s degree in Zoology with a minor in Creative Writing. At the moment she’s back in Boulder County living with her family and a small army of scaly pets. She probably started writing when she was about five years old, and hasn’t been able to stop since.

Author Interview:

 

Would you provide an overview of your debut book, The Triplets (Book 1: Six Sorcerers)?

The Triplets is the first book of the Six Sorcerers series, a young adult epic fantasy series about six teenagers who get sucked into a world full of sorcerers and dangerous mythical creatures and must find each other in order to find out who they are and why they were brought there. It’s also about a rebellion against a sorcerer-hating tyrant that’s on its last legs, a sinister and supernatural plot that involves the gods themselves, and a country that’s on the brink of starting a world war.

 

 

What inspired you to write the YA Fantasy, The Triplets, about three teenage boys and three teenage girl who are transported from modern-day Denver, Colorado to the fantastical world of Sarenia?

When I was around 16 or 17 years old, the main characters from The Triplets just kind of showed up in my head demanding to be written about. So I had these characters running around in my head, but I didn’t really have a place to put them.

I’ve always loved fantasy, and I think world-building is loads of fun, so I decided to make up a giant, complicated fantasy world (with an equally complicated plotline) just for these characters. I wanted to have them start out here on Earth though, because the original image I had of them was as high school students like myself. I also thought it would be cool to write about this new world from the perspective of outsiders, so that my readers could discover this fantastical place alongside my characters.

How do you balance your busy schedule work schedule with writing?

I have a full-time job in an Amazon warehouse and I volunteer at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on a weekly basis in addition to writing, so yeah, I’m a very busy person right now. I don’t have nearly as much time as I used to, though, and it’s taking me much longer to write book 2 than I’d anticipated. I’ve also had some issues trying to keep up with my blog and marketing lately because I just don’t have the time or mental energy for it.

But writing is still my priority and I make time for it whenever I can. I set aside at least a few hours every weekend to write, and I try to do a full day if I can.

Is there any character in The Triplets who is your favorite? Explain why.

That’s like asking a parent to choose their favorite child. I refuse. I can’t do it.

But seriously, it varies from moment to moment. Sometimes Kaylor’s my favorite because she’s so fair and kind and kick-ass, but then sometimes I like Sarah better because of how complex her personality is and how much she grows as a leader. Then sometimes I think Tyler’s attitude and inner monologue make him the most interesting. But Anna’s so perceptive and delightfully mischievous, Alex is so kind and brave and resilient, Darn’s funny and sarcastic and so much fun to write.

They’re all interesting people with different flaws and strengths and character arcs, and I’m happy with how each and every one of them is changing and growing throughout the story.

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

So I am definitely a plotter. My outlines have outlines, etc. And most of this is plot-based. But my characters do not like to listen to me, so I have to change and adjust things a lot. Mostly they decide to make a bigger deal out of things or integrate themselves further into the main story line than I’d originally planned. It’s kind of hard to talk about in detail without giving away any spoilers, but here are a few examples:

I did not expect Sarah to be so ambitious. She was originally supposed to be sort of a “reluctant leader” archetype, but by the end of the book she’d decided she wanted to take charge and do it now.

Mr. Lee was originally a throw-away character who only existed to fill out part of Tyler’s backstory, but he forced his way into the main plotline, developed his own complex backstory, and now he’s getting his own spin-off.

Also, Anna almost never reacts to people the way I expect her to: she decided she really did not like Darn at all as soon as she met him (I thought she’d be sort of aloof and indifferent towards him), took an instant and intense liking to Alex (who she wasn’t supposed to bond with until around the middle of book two), and decided she was going to push down and hide her hurt and jealousy over Kaylor choosing the Prince’s side over hers (I thought she’d be more outspoken and argumentative about this).

What advice would you give young writers whose goals are to publish their short stories or novels?

If you’ve just started writing, your writing is not going to be good. You are going to get rejections and criticism, and it’s not going to feel great. Just power through it all and keep writing. Listen to the advice that you get. And be patient with yourself. You might not be there yet, but you will get there. Keep writing, keep reading, and keep submitting stuff.

If you want to get good at editing your own work, start looking for flaws in everyone else’s work (especially your favorite books). BUT keep in mind that literally nothing is perfect, these books you’re finding flaws in are still good books even though they’re flawed. Everything you write is going to be the same way.

Are there any other books on the horizon that you anticipate to publish?

Yep. First there’s book two, then book three, and then I have plans for Mr. Lee’s spin-off book. I’m also working on a book of short stories set in this world that’s going to be called People of Sarenia. I also have plans for writing a Traveler’s Guide to arenia. Most of this is going to take me a while to get to.

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

  1. Be kind and respectful to everyone: every single person alive has a life and a story, and you’re never going to know everything about what they’re going through.
  2. Be more considerate of the environment. There’s only one Earth, and if we don’t work to keep the air and water clean it’s going to become an inhospitable place pretty fast.
  3. Try to be more objective and open to learning new things. There’s a reason for every perspective anyone has, whether their opinions are right or wrong.

What are the most important traits you look for in a friend?

I usually like people who are just as weird as I am. This guarantees that they can’t judge me. Tying into that, I tend to like people who can handle my slightly off-kilter, dark sense of humor, because neither of us will have fun around each other if I’m cracking strange jokes that only freak them out.

But they also have to be patient and kind, because I can’t stand people who are mean to anyone for no good reason. And people I can trust, and who I know I can count on if I’m ever in trouble or need help or advice.

If you could have one skill that you don’t currently have, what would it be?

Time-travel, hands down. I want to go back and see the dinosaurs. I also wouldn’t mind having some extra time to write, ha.

But if we’re being boring and talking about real-life skills, I think I’d want to be a better salesperson. If I were, I’d probably be able to make more money selling my books, and then I wouldn’t have to have a full-time job too.

What might we be surprised to learn about you?

I’m an amateur taxidermist and I collect animal bones. This started because of my zoology degree, during which I decided to volunteer at my university’s Museum of Vertebrates. There, I helped prepare skeletons and alcohol specimens, and it was great. Museums keep specimens like these to aide researchers with conservation or other projects: it can be incredibly helpful to have morphological data on a species spanning years or decades.

I have a meager collection of my own, including the skeleton of one of my deceased pet geckos that my best friend prepared for me and a couple bird skulls from invasive species (killed by my cat before I could intervene and save them).

 

You can contact and learn more about Nicole Davis and her book:

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