Spotlight on Linnea Tanner

It is an honor to share a post entitled, “Spotlight on Linnea Tanner,” on Wanda Adams Fischer’s website.

Wanda Adams Fischer

If you’ve followed any of my blog posts, you know I’m a member of the Rave Reviews Book Club. Today I want to introduce you to another member, Linnea Tanner, because she wrote a series of books that opened my eyes to a genre I’d never thought of reading prior to reviewing her work.

Set in the early first century AD, these books follow the story of a young princess, Catrin, who experiences everything from being on top of the world while her father the king is in power, to falling in love with a forbidden Roman nobleman, to becoming a slave, and then a warrior. Through magic and sheer physical skill, she survives. But how?

This is the first book, where you meet Caitrin and learn the role the raven plays in her life. The second book is:

And finally, the third book:

I am not usually someone…

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Taranis – Jupiter Taranis – Celtic God of the Sky and Thunder 

The following is a reblog of a post entitled, “Taranis – Jupiter Taranis – Celtic God of the Sky and Thunder,” published by legendsandmore. This is an in-depth overview of the beliefs associated with this Celtic god.

Celtic Mythology

Taranis was the supreme god of the sky and thunder in the Celtic territories. The Romans equated Taranis to their god, Jupiter, suggesting he was the leader of deities. Devotees worshipped Taranis as a Celtic divinity in his own right or as the Romano-Celtic god, Taranis Jupiter.

The cult centres of Taranis were Gaul and Britain. The worship of Taranis also flourished in the Rhineland, the Danube region of eastern Europe, Spain and Ireland.

Taranis in the Celtic and Romano-Celtic World

Taranis, meaning “Thunderer”, was a god of thunder, storms and extreme weather events. The lightning bolts controlled by Taranis were strange, supernatural phenomena of the Otherworld.

The Celts believed the celestial god, Taranis, manifested himself as a tempest in the sky. The wheels of Taranis’ horse-drawn chariot made the loud claps of thunder as he travelled across the heavens.

The Celtic tribes paid homage to Taranis in the form…

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Welcome to Day 1 of the Breakfield and Burkey #ShortStories Blog Tour! @EnigmaSeries @RRBC_Org @4WillsPub @4WP11 #RRBC #4WillsPub

I am pleased to reblog a post entitled, “Welcome to Day 1 of the Breakfield and Burkey #ShortStories Blog Tour! @EnigmaSeries @RRBC_Org @4WillsPub @4WP11 #RRBC #4WillsPub” that was posted by RAVEREVIEWSBYNJ ♦ SEPTEMBER 13, 2021. The blog tour
features Authors, Breakfield and Burkey, and this is the first day of their #ShortStories Blog Tour! Along this tour they are featuring 7 titles in their short story collection. Be sure to follow the blog tour and learn more about these amazing authors!

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Hello, friends!

I’m so happy you dropped by today to help me support Authors, Breakfield and Burkey on the first day of their #ShortStories Blog Tour! Along this tour they are featuring 7 titles in their short story collection, and today I’m turning my blog over to them so that they can share with you, “REMEMBER THE FUTURE.”

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Take it away, guys!

In their own words:

Our first book in the Enigma Series introduces an unlikely hero, Jacob Michaels. He was raised in New York City by his mother, Julianne Michaels, and grandmother, Adriana Michaels. Julianne and Adriana are excellent programmers of the time working for large leading corporations. Tutored from the time he first spoke to be skilled in languages, mathematics, programming skills, and security.

His youth is dedicated to education with no real social life, even while he attended MIT. Jacob’s best and only friend goes by the…

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Roberta Writes – Book review: Apollo’s Raven (Curse of Clansmen and Kings Book 1) by Linnea Tanner

The following is a reblog of a book review of Apollo’s Raven: “Roberta Writes – Book review: Apollo’s Raven (Curse of Clansmen and Kings Book 1) by Linnea Tanner.” I greatly appreciate Robbie’s in-depth review and overiew of the the first book in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series.

What Amazon says

Apollo's Raven (Curse of Clansmen and Kings Book 1) by [Linnea Tanner]

PenCraft 2019 Best Book of the Year Award

A Celtic warrior princess is torn between her forbidden love for the enemy and duty to her 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…

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YOU COULD WIN $420 In Amazon Gift Cards! @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #WCBE21

The following is a reblog of a post at the website, “Watch Nonnie Write,” by Nonnie Jules (Founder and President of Rave Reviews Book Club) who is sponsoring the virtual 6th Annual Writers’ Conference and Book Expo. There are some amazing gifts for visiting and commenting on author booths and activities. The event is open to the public, so be sure to visit the conference.

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Hello, Friends!

What’s going on in your world today?  Well, I’m spending my days perusing the 6th Annual Writers’ Conference & Book Expo!  Yes, this is the best place to be, this weekend and until it closes on Wednesday, August 25th… let me tell you why.

This virtual event offers so much fun and so many activities for the general public, that you’d be crazy to pass on visiting!  The first attraction that should get your attention is that there are $420 worth of Amazon gift cards up for grabs, and all you have to do for a chance at having your name selected for each booth’s door prize, is to drop by, check out the (virtual) author booths, and simply leave comments!   It’s that simple!  Winners are chosen at the end of the conference from the pool of comments left in each booth!

You’ll also find…

SCAVENGER HUNT…

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Welcome to Day 8 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors June Series! @EmptySeatsNovel #EmptySeats @RRBC_Org #RRBC @NonnieJules

This is a reblog of an interview with Wanda Fischer that was published at Welcome to Day 8 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors June Series! I found her interview to be compelling and hope you enjoy it, too!

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GIVEAWAY:

At the end of this series, 1 lucky visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of each book featured in this series+ a $10 Amazon gift card + a book trailer, courtesy of 4WillsPublishing! Simply leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing!

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On the 8th day of the June“12 Days of Authors” Series…Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, WANDA FISCHER!

Author bio:

Born in Kingsport, Tennessee yet raised in the Boston area (one parent from each area), I developed a love of folk and traditional music at an early age, making my singing debut at the age of four at a family reunion. Following a 40-year-plus career in public relations/marketing/media relations, as well as dabbling in broadcasting, I decided to do something I’d always aspired to: write novel. In the 1960s, I’d always wanted to be a…

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Celtic Lore: Exploring the Otherworld

The follow is a reblog of an article entitled, “Celtic Lore: Exploring the Otherworld,” posted on JUNE 25, 2021 BY ZTEVETEVANS. The concept of a magical, mysterious, “Otherworld” has been a common component in many myths and legends of diverse human cultures all around the world throughout history. The ancient Celtic people also had their own ideas of this enigmatic and ethereal region, which is discussed in this article.

Under the influence!

Image by Varun Maharaj from Pixabay

This article was first published on #FolkoreThursday.com under the title, Exploring the Otherworld of the Celts, on 18 March, 20211, written by zteve t evans.

The concept of a magical, mysterious, “Otherworld” has been a common component in many myths and legends of diverse human cultures all around the world throughout history. The ancient Celtic people also had their own ideas of this enigmatic and ethereal region. Their territories included Ireland, the United Kingdom and a swathe of continental Europe, including areas of the Iberian Peninsula and Anatolia. As such there were variations in philosophies concerning this world and the next from region to region. Presented here is a brief exploration of their idea of the Otherworld and how it appears in different Celtic regions.

Celtic Mythology

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW PAUL SCHUMACHER BOOK REVIEW THE IMPORTANCE OF NOW

FEATURED AUTHOR: PAUL SCHUMACHER

It is my honor to feature Paul Schumacher, Colorado author of the coming-of-age novel, The Importance of Now, which was recently released by Black Rose Writing on May 27, 2021 (234 pages). I first met Paul at a writing workshop sponsored by the Northern Colorado Writers and was moved by his heartfelt, poignant writing style in his first book, The Tattered Box, at which time I interviewed him (See Paul Schumacher Interview). 

Below are highlights of The Importance of Now, Paul Schumacher’s author bio, author interview, and my review of his book.

HIGHLIGHTS: THE IMPORTANCE OF NOW

The Importance of Now

by Paul Schumacher

At 14, Shawn Stevens commits a horrible crime the day after his father’s funeral. These two events define his life. After leaving juvenile detention, he starts life over but is haunted by his past, unable to forgive anybody, including himself. When Shawn becomes a mentor, he finally confronts what he’s done, questioning everything.

In a parallel story from the present, Shawn’s 13-year-old son, Aidan, finds letters in the attic introducing him to the father he never met. Aidan discovers the secrets his mom kept all these years and uncovers what drove his dad to finally forgive before it was too late.

Buy Links:

Amazon US  ♠  Amazon UK  ♠  Amazon AU   Amazon CA  ♠  Barnes & Noble

The Tattered Box

by Paul Schumacher

Eighteen-year-old John receives a peculiar gift from his elderly grandpa: a timeworn box filled with items from the past. John soon discovers what they all mean when he travels back to 1941 and suddenly finds himself the same age as his grandpa. They play baseball together, enjoy a double date, yet endure hardships and the imminent threat of war. As the items in the box become the ultimate storytellers, John hopes to appreciate his grandpa for who he is.

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Amazon US  ♠  Amazon UK  ♠  Amazon AU  ♠  Amazon CA  ♠  Barnes & Noble

AUTHOR BIO: PAUL SCHUMACHER

Paul Schumacher was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He currently lives in Colorado with his wife, Gail, and their three children. He has authored more than twenty technical papers and is an inventor on more than forty patents. His first novel, The Tattered Box, was published in December 2016, and his second book, The Importance of Now, was published in May 2021.

Social Media Links:

Website  ♠  Twitter  ♠   Facebook  ♠  Goodreads

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: PAUL SCHUMACHER

1) What’s the first line in your newest book, “The Importance of Now?”

I hated going up, but I had to.

2) What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.

The back cover summary will speak for itself. To me, it’s about learning to forgive, both others and yourself. The protagonist, Shawn, is a flawed guy with a good heart. He’s trying to move beyond his past, but it’s difficult in so many ways. Like us, he finds inspiration and love in unexpected places, which makes for an interesting road to recovery.

3) What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?

I mentored six boys at my church back in Minnesota in the late 1990s, and it really opened my eyes to the love and forgiveness that everyone wants and needs, especially youth. While kids require a lot, they can also be very open-minded and willing to accept others, much more so than many adults. As I was the only mentor who was not a parent, I wondered how I would have been treated if I had a shady past, if I needed some oft-mentioned forgiveness but the church was reluctant to give it. I have also been to many of the places described in the book, so they provided a great backdrop for the story.

4) What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

We all struggle with learning to forgive, and it’s especially hard when the person in need of forgiveness is yourself. This story also makes you think about redemption and your unforeseen impact on others. We could all use some reminders of that now and then.

5) What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character? Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of?

Shawn seems so real to me, partly because he is composed of many people I know, including myself. I purposely made his road to recovery an up and down rollercoaster, as that is what most personal roads are like. I’ve experienced it myself. I love how he fights his way through his struggles. I was rooting for him the whole time I wrote it. I hope you will, too.

6) Is this the first book you’ve written?

It’s my second book. My first novel, The Tattered Box, was published in December 2016. It’s a story about a grandson who travels back in time to hang out with his grandpa.  

7) When did you first decide to become an author?

I had often considered it but never really got around to finding the time (I’m sure you can relate). The day before my farther-in-law passed away, I was taking my oldest to school. During the short drive, he said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if I could somehow travel back in time to hang out with Grandpa. We’d golf, bowl, fish, you name it.” Well, needless to say, I was hooked. I knew right away that’d make a great story, so that’s where the inspiration for my first book came from. I then had to convince myself I could do it again, so in some ways this second one was more difficult to write. But I love how it turned out. 

8) What’s a great piece of advice that you can share with fellow indie authors?

Write to an audience of one: yourself. Especially in early drafts, don’t think about what will sell or what others will want to read or think of you. Don’t care, just write. Write the story that only you can write, and do it with enough passion that others will want to come along for the ride.

9) Which book do you wish you could have written?

I’m going to cheat and name two:

  • A Separate Peaceby John Knowles
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John IrvinG

BOOK REVIEW: THE IMPORTANCE OF NOW

5 of 5 Stars 

The Importance of Now by Paul Schumacher is a coming-of-age literary fiction with themes of forgiveness, redemption, and unconditional love. The story is told primarily by Aiden and his father, Shawn, as a young man in a time/slip narrative. Both of their stories unfold after thirteen-year-old Aiden finds letters about his father in an attic, and he confronts his mother, Grace, to find out more about him. As Aiden uncovers the truth, Shawn’s story is told in parallel in the past after returning from a boy’s detention home for a crime he committed shortly after his own father’s death. Shawn struggles to redeem himself by mentoring teen boys at a church and learning how to forgive others to set him free from bitterness. Falling deeply in love, Shawn looks forward to a bright future, but he must grasp happiness at the moment before it escapes him.

Author Paul Schumacher has written a poignant, beautifully written story with the powerful themes of forgiveness, redemption, and unconditional love. The prose is rich with sensory descriptions and metaphors. It is a character-driven story with the unique structure of time/slip narratives, letters, and police records. The author nails the character’s voices through internal thoughts, natural dialogue, and descriptions. Both Shawn and Aiden are relatable characters as they struggle to understand themselves in their coming-of-age life journeys. I was particularly moved by Shawn, who finally understands why he made reckless decisions as a teen and what he needs to move forward in the depths of his despair. Grace helps light the way for Shawn through her forgiveness and unconditional love for him. Finally, Aidan learns by vicariously experiencing what his father went through so he can accept his mother.

The Importance of Now speaks to the heart about redemption, forgiveness, and unconditional love. These themes resonated with me long after I read the story—characteristics of a classic novel. Highly recommended.

Medicinal Plants of Brittany

The following is a reblog of an articled entitled, Medicinal Plants of Brittany,” posted on 5th Jun 2021 Posted on Bonjour From Brittania. It is a fascinating overview of various plants used for medicinal uses before modern medicine.

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In the rural Brittany of yesteryear, where doctors were very rare, the populace were happy to utilise the healing power of plants and other natural remedies. Sometimes, the intervention of the local healer or witch was sought but often people were content to apply the ancient wisdom that had been transmitted within the family from generation to generation. The remedies needed to treat the most common diseases and ailments were well known and families had long learned what plants were essential to cultivate near the home.

In Brittany, healers were generally believed to have been bestowed with their curative powers at birth although certain circumstances were thought more auspicious than others. The most powerful healers were held to be found amongst those born on Good Friday or on the first day of August or on a Friday in March, provided that day was one of the odd days of the…

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Welcome to Day 12 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors (May) Series! @Pdoggbiker #Cherries @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

The following is a reblog of Day 12, the last day of Nonnie Jules’s blog tour: NJ12DaysOfAuthors (May) Series! The featured author on Day 12 is John Podlaski, a Viet Nam War veteran who has written books using the war as a backdrop to his stories. If you leave a comment at Nonnie’s website, you will be entered into a giveaway to win a 12 e-book package, all titles being featured in the series, along with a $10 Amazon gift card.

There is a ton of information being shared by the various authors each day, and some of it could benefit you and your own writing. Click on the link to check out each featured author: https://nonniewrites.wordpress.com/nonnies-12-days-of-authors-series/

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12 Days of Authors John Podlaski

GIVEAWAY:

At the end of this series, 1 lucky visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of each book featured in this series + a $10 Amazon gift card!  Simply leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing!

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On the 12th day of the May “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, JOHN PODLASKI!

Author bio:

I served in Vietnam in 1970 and received numerous military recognitions including (Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, two Air Medals, and a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry).  After my military service, I spent 45+ years working in management positions within the automotive supplier sector. My wife, Janice, and I retired in 2013 and live in Sterling Heights, MI. During our retirement, we’re happily watching our only grandchild, 3-year-old Scarlett, while daughter, Nicole Patrick, works. What a joy seeing her grow both physically and…

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