Apollo: wolf-god

The following reblog of the post entitled, Apollo: wolf-god,” piqued my interest because Apollo, a god considered the most rational, artistic and fastidious of the Olympians, is associated with a wolf. Some denied that Apollo Lykeios had anything to do with wolves, deriving his name from either the place-name Lycia, or else from leukós, white (referring to the sun). Yet, there is still enough traces of evidence that Apollo the worshipped as the Wolf-God.

We Are Star Stuff

The Greek god Apollo is the most rational, artistic and fastidious of the Olympians. So why is an animal noted for its ravening nature part of his cult?

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Caesar’s war in Gaul

This is a reblog of an an excellent article written by David Xu on Caesar’s war in Gaul which is considered his greatest conquest.

No man in history defined their civilization quite like Julius Caesar did for Rome. In many ways Caesar was the quintessential Roman: proud, ambitious, charismatic, daring, and a masterful politician. He also possessed qualities that fostered resentment among the Republic and accelerated the transition of Rome into an Empire, being the first to claim the title of Roman Dictator for a decade. Even from an early age stories of Caesar showed glimpses of his potential as a leader and successful politician, but what catapulted and cemented him as Rome’s most iconic ruler all started from his conquest of Gaul.

David Xu

This is the story of Caesar’s greatest conquest: Gaul

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New Release Amulet’s Rapture

Amulet’s Rapture Released Today Oct 29

I’m excited to announce that AMULET’S RAPTURE (Book 3 Curse of Clansmen and Kings) has been released today, October 29th! Seize your destiny and continue the epic Celtic tale of Catrin, a Druid warrior princess, and Marcellus—the great-grandson of Mark Antony.

Although Catrin is the rightful heir to the Celtic throne in Britannia, she is enslaved and lucky to be alive. 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 his memories of Catrin and their secret marriage were erased by a dark Druid. Though Marcellus reunites with Catrin in Gaul and becomes her ally,  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, Catrin’s dreams of returning to her Celtic home with Marcellus will be shattered.

“With a gripping plot, mindblowing storytelling, and unpredictable twists, Amulet’s Rapture by Linnea Tanner is going to be among my top three favorites of this year.” Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers’ Favorite

Get AMULET’S RAPTURE at Amazon, B&N, Apple Books, Kobo, and GooglePlay.

In Previous Books in this Series….

War looms over Britannia where rival tribal rulers fight each other for power and the Romans threaten to invade to settle their political differences.

In 4 AD, Queen Rhan, a Druidess, cast a revenge curse against her husband, King Amren, just before he executed her for treason. Their eight-year-old son, Marrock, was forced to witness the horrific act. Unbeknownst to Amren, Rhan’s soul possessed a mute girl, Agrona, right after he beheaded his wife. Thus, Agrona’s body became the vessel for both her and Rhan’s souls. Serving as a channel for Rhan’s words, Agrona spoke for the first time. Amren, believing this was a miracle, proclaimed Agrona as his spiritual advisor. Shortly after, Marrock discovered that Agrona harbored his mother’s soul and thus plotted with her to overthrow his father, Amren.

A year later in 5 AD, Amren married his second queen, Rhiannon, with whom he had three daughters. Amren banished Marrock in 17 AD for assaulting his youngest daughter, Catrin.

In the spring of 24 AD, a Roman envoy, Lucius Antonius, demanded that Amren accept Marrock back as the rightful heir to his Cantiaci throne. Amren refused, unleashing open hostilities. The envoy’s son, Marcellus, was held as a hostage until they could resolve their differences. Catrin learned to her dismay that she was the Raven foretold in the curse and her banished half-brother was Blood Wolf. Guided by her raven, she was determined to use her growing powers as a Druidess to break the curse. Her loyalty was tested when she fell in love with Marcellus and refused to marry the son of the Catuvellauni king. She saved Marcellus’s life during a prisoner exchange, where Amren was seriously wounded. Amren accused Catrin of treason for aiding Marcellus. The ultimate punishment was death unless she could redeem herself and prove her loyalty by forsaking Marcellus and defending their kingdom. A fierce warrior, Ferrex, volunteered to train Catrin as a warrior so she could atone for her treason.

However, after Marrock unexpectedly killed Catrin’s eldest sister and Roman soldiers during another prison exchange of hostages, tensions ignited. When Marcellus offered a proposal to Amren to avoid warfare, an ancient Druid proclaimed that he must marry Catrin in a fertility rite and temporarily accept sovereignty as king to remove Rhan’s curse. Amren reluctantly agreed.

During the marriage ceremony, Marrock kidnapped the drugged Marcellus. Agrona shapeshifted into Catrin’s form and seduced Marcellus. Agrona’s soul then transmigrated into their seeded child while Rhan’s soul remained in Agrona’s body. Lucius Antonius ordered his Roman soldiers to attack the Cantiaci kingdom so Marrock could overthrow his father in exchange for Marcellus’s return. In the conflict, Marrock brutally killed his father and step-mother, Rhiannon. The Roman tribune, Decimus, enslaved the wounded Catrin and took her back to Gaul. Meanwhile, Lucius returned to Rome with Marcellus whose memories of Britannia had been erased by Rhan.

Click Linnea Tanner’s Books for more information on Amulet’s Rapture and other books in the series.

Giveaways

For those who subscribe to my NEWSLETTER, there will be weekly announcements of deals and giveaways in November. Join the multi-author Facebook event, Fall into Suspense, on October 29-30 for a chance to win free audiobooks, including Book 1: APOLLO’S RAVEN and Book 2: DAGGER’S DESTINY.

Thank you to my readers for all of your support. Seize your destiny!

Best regards,
Linnea Tanner

AMULET’S RAPTURE RELEASE OCTOBER 29, BOOK AWARD, AND EVENTS

Amulet’s Rapture Release Oct 29

Exciting news! AMULET’S RAPTURE (Book 3 Curse of Clansmen and Kings) will be released on October 29th in digital and print formats. You can now pre-order this book at Amazon, B&N, Apple Books, Kobo, and GooglePlay.

The third book in the series continues the epic Celtic tale of the Druid warrior Catrin and Marcellus—the great-grandson of Mark Antony. The story spans from 24 AD to 27 AD in Ancient Rome, Gaul, and Britannia and will introduce new characters who impact the destinies of Catrin and Marcellus.

Click Linnea Tanner’s Books for more information on AMULET’S RAPTURE and other books in the series.

Book Cover Amulet’s Rapture

 

Book Awards

I am honored and thrilled to announce that DAGGER’S DESTINY (Book 2 Curse of Clansmen and Kings) won three book awards in August and September 2019. See below for details.

2019 Readers’ Favorite GOLD MEDAL Fiction: Magic/Wizardry

DAGGER’S DESTINY has been awarded a Gold Medal in the genre of Magic/Wizardry. Click Readers’ Favorite for a list of all winners in the various categories. I’ll be attending the Awards Ceremony at the Regency Hotel during the week of the Miami Book Fair International, the largest book fair in America (Nov 22-24, 2019). My book will be on displayed at the Readers’ Favorite booth, as well as books of other winners.

 

 

Click Readers’ Favorite Review to read the 5-star review of DAGGER’S DESTINY (excerpt provided below). Feel free to leave your comments on the review at the Readers’ Favorite website:

“In this part fantasy, part historical fiction tale, Linnea Tanner has woven together a wonderful web of romance, intrigue, mystery, and legend to create an entertaining and complex story. The author has done a superb job of creating a detailed and vibrant world of Celtic Britain at a time right before the invasion of the island by Emperor Claudius in 43 AD. She has taken the many myths and legends of the Celts and given them life through the characters of Catrin, Rhan, Marrock, and Myrddin. In each of these, the mythical powers of the ancient druids are brought to life. I loved how the magic of the druids was woven into the story, complementing the drama being created between Catrin’s desire to prove her loyalty to her father, and the machinations of Rhan and Marrock. At the same time, the political intrigue is played out in an epic fashion between King Amren, the Romans, and the Cunobelin tribe. Everything meshes together to give the reader a truly entertaining story of love, magic, and betrayal.”

 

 

 

2019 Global Ebook Award GOLD MEDAL Fantasy/Historical

Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook awarded DAGGER’S DESTINY with a Gold Medal for the category of Fantasy/Historical. Click 2019 Global Ebook Award for list of winners.

 

CIPA EVVY Book Award BRONZE MEDAL Audiobook

The Colorado Independent Publishers Association awarded a CIPA EVVY Bronze Medal for the audiobook of DAGGER’S DESTINY. Click 2019 CIPA EVVY for list of all winners.

Upcoming Event


MileHiCon

Come and meet me at the 2019 MileHiCon 51 Author’s Row.  If you tell me the secret passcode, Celtic Gladiator, you’ll receive a free gift. More than 100 science fiction/fantasy/horror authors, artists and other participants will speak and autograph books at the annual MileHiCon science fiction/ fantasy/horror literary convention. For science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction lovers, it’s a weekend not to be missed.

Where:

Hyatt Regency Hotel – Tech Center
7800 E. Tufts Ave.

Denver CO

Times:

• Oct 18, Friday: 4pm–6pm
• Oct 19, Saturday: 10am–6pm
• Oct 20, Sunday: 10am–4pm


Tribute to Readers

Below is a tribute to the wonderful readers who stopped by my booth at the 2019 Colorado Springs ComicCon.  I love meeting and speaking with each of these avid readers who purchased my books and graciously allowed me to photograph them. A Viking with an arrow shot through his heart also stopped by and allowed me to wield his sword. These events are great ways to celebrate the imagination and meet new friends!

 

 

Linnea Tanner with Viking at Colorado Springs Comic Con

Excited Reader at Colorado Springs Comic Con

Reader and Aspiring Writer at Colorado Springs Comic Con

Exuberant Reader at Colorado Springs Comic Con

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Thank you for your continued support. You rock my day!

 

Best Wishes,
Linnea Tanner

THE AGE OF ARTHUR, PART FIFTEEN: THE CITY OF LEGIONS

It is my pleasure to reblog of THE AGE OF ARTHUR, PART FIFTEEN: THE CITY OF LEGIONS from the website, The Deadliest Blogger: Military History Page. Also check out the previous posts on this subject.

The Deadliest Blogger: Military History Page

Unique among the territories of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century, Britain succeeded in holding back and even reversing the tide of Germanic conquest for nearly two centuries. This was an age of heroes… It was the Age of Arthur!

This is the fifteenth-part of our discussion of Britain in the 5th though the mid-6th Century A.D. It is a fascinating period, with the Classical civilization of Greece and Rome giving way to the Germanic “Dark Ages”; the sunset of Celtic-Roman culture in Britain.

(Read Part Fourteen here. Or start from the beginning, with Part One!)

THE CITY OF THE LEGION

Continuing on, we are attempting to piece-together a hypothetical career of Arthur, the historical basis for the legendary king. At present, we are drawing upon the work of the 9th century Welsh monk, Nennius. In chapter 56 of his Historia Brittonum (c. 830), he discusses twelve battles fought…

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Book Review ‘Til Death Do Us Part” by Jan Sikes

'Til Death Do Us Part‘Til Death Do Us Part by Jan Sikes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Til Death do us Part,” by Jan Sikes is a heartfelt story based on the author’s life and her soul mate and husband during their later years together. This is the last book in the series spanning their lifetimes together. The forward gives an overview of the previous books which I had not read but helped to orient me on what happened beforehand. Thus, I could read this final book as a stand-alone novel.

The story follows the story of Luke and Darlina Stone in the last decade of their marriage after they’ve already overcome many hardships since he was released from jail . Although Luke Stone has significant health problems, he’s given another chance to rediscover his passion for country music after being interviewed by a magazine. Again inspired to write music and to perform, he introduces and shares his passion with Darlina. Both he and she write music and perform together as his health declines over the years. Luke grasps each moment of happiness and adapts to his health challenges by focusing on his creative energy with his wife at his side. This is an inspirational love story of two people who are devoted to each other and find meaning in every aspect of their lives. The quote that resonates in my mind at the end is: “When I pass from this life you’ll hear two sounds. You’ll hear a train whistle blowing and you’ll hear an owl hooting.”

Jan Sikes has written a story that touches the human spirit. Although some creative liberties have been taken, the novel is based on the author’s real events which you can easily relate to. It is a story about not giving up but following your dreams and remaining true to those you love. It struck every emotional chord as I read it because it spoke to the heart.

I highly recommend this book to readers who love poignant, realistic stories that inspire you to live your life to the fullest.

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THE AGE OF ARTHUR, PART THIRTEEN: ARTHUR’S NORTHERN CAMPAIGN

The following is a reblog of THE AGE OF ARTHUR, PART THIRTEEN: ARTHUR’S NORTHERN CAMPAIGN by Barry C. Jacobsen on one of the fascinating blogs on historical warfare. It is fascinating how history and legend blend King Arthur.

The Deadliest Blogger: Military History Page

Unique among the territories of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century, Britain succeeded in holding back and even reversing the tide of Germanic conquest for nearly two centuries. This was an age of heroes… It was the Age of Arthur!

This is the Thirteenth-part of our discussion of Britain in the so-called Age of Arthur: the 5th though the mid-6th Century A.D. It is a fascinating period, with the Classical civilization of Greece and Rome giving way to the Germanic “Dark Ages”. It was the sunset of Celtic-Roman culture in Britain; it was the Age of Arthur!

(Read Part Twelve here. Or start from the beginning, with Part One!)

ARTHUR’S NORTHERN CAMPAIGN

In the last few parts of our discussion we have attempted to create a hypothetical reconstruction of Arthur’s rise to power. In part we have based our hypothesis upon clues found in the narrative…

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