Skull’s Vengeance: The Coffee Pot Book Blog Tour

It is my pleasure to reblog Day 10 of the blog tour hosted by Pam Lecky’s Official Blog.

Pam Lecky Books

Today on the blog, I am delighted to share an excerpt from Linnea Tanner’s Skull’s Vengeance, book four in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings Series.


You can find out more about the blog tour here: https://maryanneyarde.blogspot.com/2022/01/blog-tour-skulls-vengeance-curse-of.html


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Book Review The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler

The Queen's Poisoner (Kingfountain, #1)The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler was a delightful read. For the most part, it is told from the perspective of an eight-year old boy, Owen, who is taken as a hostage by the brutal King Severn Argentine. Owen’s life is under constant threat because his father, Duke of Kiskaddon, tried to overthrow the king and must now demonstrate his utmost loyalty to Severn or forfeit his family’s lives. At the beginning of the story, Owen is very timid and afraid, and can hardly utter a word. However, a motherly young woman, the Queen’s poisoner, befriends Owen and teaches him how to survive, to gain the trust of the king and to discern the true nature of friends. Another precocious princess also befriends Owen and shows him how to be courageous. Through the influence of the young woman and princess, Owen gains courage and learns how to use the magic of the KingFountain to control his destiny. The book would be suitable for young adults, as the theme on how to discern trustworthiness and to gain courage is explored. The characters are well developed. I especially love how the female characters, who not only give Owen the love he needs, but give him valuable lessons on how to bravely deal with the king. I highly recommend this book.The Queen’s Poisoner

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Skull’s Vengeance

It is my pleasure to share Paul Walker’s post on the blog tour of SKULL’S VENGEANCE, which includes an excerpt from the novel.

Paul Walker - Author

Welcome Linnea Tanner with an excerpt from her new book. Skull’s Vengeance (Series: Curse of Clansmen and Kings, Book 4)

@linneatanner @maryanneyarde #HistoricalFantasy #HistoricalFiction #HistoricalRomance #AncientRome #AncientBritannia #SkullsVengeance

Publication Date: 18 October 2022 / 402 pages

A Celtic warrior queen must do the impossible—defeat her sorcerer half-brother and claim the throne. But to do so, she must learn how to strike vengeance from her father’s skull.

AS FORETOLD BY HER FATHER in a vision, Catrin has become a battle-hardened warrior after her trials in the Roman legion and gladiatorial games. She must return to Britannia and pull the cursed dagger out of the serpent’s stone to fulfill her destiny. Only then can she unleash the vengeance from the ancient druids to destroy her evil half-brother, the powerful sorcerer, King Marrock. Always two steps ahead and seemingly unstoppable, Marrock can summon destructive natural forces to crush any rival trying to stop…

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Skull’s Vengeance Linnea Tanner Midway Coffee Pot Book Club Blog Tour #HistoricalFantasy #HistoricalFiction #HistoricalRomance #Celt #AncientRome #Britannia @maryanneyarde

MIDWAY THROUGH COFFEE POT BOOK CLUB BLOG TOUR FOR SKULL’S VENGEANCE

I’m pleased to announce that we’re midway through The Coffee Pot Book Club Blog Tour for Skull’s Vengeance (Curse of Clansmen and Kings Book 4), scheduled from October 31st – November 11th, 2022. Be sure to check out guest posts, author interviews, excerpts, and spotlights of Skull’s Vengeance at the various websites listed below. Links will be updated daily as posts are published.

To follow the SKULL’S VENGEANCE blog tour, CLICK Tour Schedule Page

HIGHLIGHTS: SKULL’S VENGEANCE

(Curse of Clansmen and Kings, Book 4)

By Linnea Tanner

October 31st – November 11th, 2022
Publication Date: October 18, 2022
Publisher: Apollo Raven Publisher, LLC
Page Length: 402 pages
Genre: Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction

A Celtic warrior queen must do the impossible—defeat her sorcerer half-brother and claim the throne. But to do so, she must learn how to strike vengeance from her father’s skull.

AS FORETOLD BY HER FATHER in a vision, Catrin has become a battle-hardened warrior after her trials in the Roman legion and gladiatorial games. She must return to Britannia and pull the cursed dagger out of the serpent’s stone to fulfill her destiny. Only then can she unleash the vengeance from the ancient druids to destroy her evil half-brother, the powerful sorcerer, King Marrock. Always two steps ahead and seemingly unstoppable, Marrock can summon destructive natural forces to crush any rival trying to stop him and has charged his deadliest assassin to bring back Catrin’s head.

To have the slightest chance of beating Marrock, Catrin must forge alliances with former enemies, but she needs someone she can trust. Her only option is to seek military aid from Marcellus—her secret Roman husband. They rekindle their burning passion, but he is playing a deadly game in the political firestorm of the Julio-Claudian dynasty to support Catrin’s cause.

Ultimately, in order to defeat Marrock, Catrin must align herself with a dark druidess and learn how to summon forces from skulls to exact vengeance. But can she and Marcellus outmaneuver political enemies from Rome and Britannia in their quest to vanquish Marrock?

Acclaim for other books in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series:

“[An] epic tale of love, betrayal and political intrigue.” —InD’tale Magazine

“The requisite fantasy elements of magic and mystery abound…Tanner also does an admirable job weaving in the politics and mythology of a bygone people.” —Kirkus

“Part fantasy, part historical fiction, Linnea Tanner has woven together a wonderful tale of romance, intrigue, mystery, and legend to create an entertaining and complex story.” —The International Review of Books

“[A] captivating tale of triangles; love, lust and espionage; friend, foe, and spies; barbarians, civilized Rome and spiritual-supernatural beings.” —2019 Pencraft Book of the Year Award

Purchase Links:

Universal  •  Amazon UK  •  Amazon US   •  Amazon CA  •  Amazon AU

Barnes and Noble  •  iTunes  •  Kobo  •  GooglePlay  •  Booktopia

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PARTICIPANTS IN THE BLOG TOUR

October 31st

Zoe’s Art, Craft and Life
Excerpt

Viviana MacKade’s Official Blog
Guest Post

The Historical Fiction Company
Excerpt

Wendy J Dunn’s Official Blog
Excerpt

November 1st

B for Bookreview
Spotlight

Let Us Talk Of Many Things
Guest Post

November 2nd

MJ Porter’s Official Blog
Interview

Shadows of the Past
Spotlight

November 3rd

CelticLady’s Reviews
Spotlight

Let Your Words Shine…
Excerpt

Crowvus Book Blog
Guest Post

November 4th

Archaeolibrarian
Spotlight 

November 7th

The Magic of Wor(l)ds
Excerpt

November 8th

Mary’s Tavern
Excerpt

Ruins & Reading
Excerpt

November 9th

The Historical Fiction Blog
Guest Post

The Book Bandit’s Library
Excerpt

November 10th

The Writing Desk
Guest Post

Paul Walker’s Official Blog
Excerpt

November 11th

Pam Lecky’s Official Blog
Excerpt

The Whispering Bookworm
Interview

I’m delighted to welcome Linnea Tanner back to the blog with her new book, Skull’s Vengeance #blogtour

This is a reblog of a post by M. J. Porter who is graciously hosting my blog tour of Skull’s Vengeance. Please see my interview with her which includes some photos of Dover Castle and Dover Cliffs. Also, check out her website for exciting historical fiction books that she has authored.

M J Porter

I’m delighted to have the opportunity to grill Linnea Tanner about her new book, Skull’s Vengeance.

Thank you, MJ, for hosting my blog tour ofSkull’s Vengeance(Curse of Clansmen and Kings, Book 4) and for giving me the opportunity to discuss some of the resources I used to research the history and mythology of Celts in Roman Britain.

  1. Is there a book that first inspired your passion for the era of Roman Britain?

Although the setting of the book is toward the end of the era of Roman Britain, I was first inspired about the time period with Marion Zimmer Bradley’s novel,The Mists of Avalon. The novel explored pagan beliefs and rituals of the Celts which were being replaced by the Christian religion. This novel introduced me to the concept of a “sovereignty goddess” who confers sovereignty on a mortal king in a ritual union…

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Skull’s Vengeance

It is a pleasure to reblog the 5-star review of “Skull’s Vengeance, by Literary Titan. The 4th book in the series will be widely released on October 18th, 2022.

LITERARY TITAN

This historical fantasy story is set in the first century AD, where Brittania is at constant war with Gaul. The protagonist, Catrin, is a Celtic warrior who has a difficult romantic decision to make when her secret Roman lover, Marcellus, refuses to join her as her king in Brittania. She can either live without him in her homeland or live with him in Rome as his scorned foreign mistress.

I enjoyed the depth of Catrin’s character and how her bravery manifests throughout the story. She is a strong female protagonist that reminds me of Lagertha’s character in the TV show Vikings. Catrin has a wicked half-brother, Marrock, who is a powerful sorcerer who will stop at nothing to destroy her. I reveled in Marrock’s character probably just as much as Catrin’s character. I enjoy a good villain and I think that it’s the villain that really sells a fantasy…

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Pay It Forward: Linnea Tanner

It is an honor to reblog the post entitled, “Pay It Forward: Linnea Tanner,” by Wanda Adams Fischer. I am privileged to know Wanda as an author from Rave Reviews Book Club and greatly appreciate her support. Be sure to check out her website.

Wanda Adams Fischer

I have always been a traditionalist when it comes to picking books to read. Historical fiction, general fiction, sportswriting, memoir, political non-fiction–that’s where I gravitate when I head to the library or bookstore.

However, I joined a book group called Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC), and the authors opened my eyes to new genres, ones I’d never picked up in either a bookstore or library, or even browsed through on Amazon.

Linnea Tanner, an amazing author, introduced me to her trilogy set in 24 AD, about Celtic lands and those who lived there. Beginning with Apollo’s Dagger (Book One: The Curse of Clansmen and Kings), this author weaves a tale that drew me in from the first page with her description of Caitrin, forbidden love, mythological adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia.

The amount of research she had to do prior to beginning…

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The Celtic God Lugh, the “Shining One”

This is a reblog of a post about the The Celtic God Lugh by Justin McCarthy.

Justin R. McCarthy

The following is an except from my book Saint Brigid, the Celts & the Early Irish Church:

The god Lugh was praised by the Celts as a warrior, a poet, and a craftsman. His name (pronounced loo) means “the shining one” and his status throughout the Celtic world is shown by the number of cities and counties that bear some variation of his name. These include Lyon in France, Louth County in Ireland, and Leiden in Holland. London is a Latinized version of the original name Lugdunum which meant Fortress of Lugh.

He fought with weapons that were both indestructible and unstoppable—a sword named Fragarach (“the answer”) and a spear called Areadbhair (“the slaughterer”).

He was accompanied by his ferocious hound, Failinis. The dog is described in the Book of Lismore as “That hound of mightiest deeds, Which was irresistible in hardness of combat.”[1] We’re also…

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The Spirits of Ancient Rome

This is a reblog of the article entitled THE SPIRITS OF ANCIENT ROME
Posted on July 5, 2022 by neptunesdolphins. It is an interesting overview of what the Roman believed were spirits in their world.

Neptune's Dolphins

For the Romans, the world was full of spirits. Because they lived in a numinous world, Numina (spirits) could be found in growing crops or in the act of traveling. Moreover, places and things had their native spirit. In addition, the Romans regarded values such as “victory” as being numinous.

The Spirits of the Place were the Genius Loci. The Lares Compitales presided over crossroads, while the Lares Viales guarded the roads. Where the roads met, Roman erected altars to these Lares. Altars found alongside the road were for their offerings requesting safe travels.

In the home, the Lares Familiaris (Spirits of the Family) guarded the family. Meanwhile, everyone had a Genius (Juno for women) who was their guardian spirit. (The Genius of the Paterfamilias (Head of the Household) took the form of a snake in the home.) The Penates watched over the food stores of the home.

The family…

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An Epic Celtic Tale Weaving Forbidden Love, Sorcery, and Political Intrigue
in Ancient Rome and Britannia.

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.