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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Luciana Cavallaro The Guardian’s Legacy Book Review and Launch #HistoricalFantasy #ActionAdventure @ClucianaLuciana @linneatannner

FEATURED AUTHOR: LUCIANA CAVALLARO

It is my pleasure to feature Australian author, Luciana Cavallaro, and to announce the launch of her new Historical Fantasy, Action/Adventure book, The Guardian’s Legacy (Coin of Time Book 1). The e-book was released by Mythos Publications on October 5, 2021 (121 pages).

As we both share a love for mythology and ancient civilizations, I have followed Luciana Cavallero for several years and was excited to read the first book in her next Coin of Time series. Similar to her other books, The Guardian’s Legacy weaves Greek history and mythology into the modern-day story.

Below are highlights of The Guardian’s Legacy, Luciana Cavallaro’s author bio, and my review of her book.

HIGHLIGHTS: THE GUARDIAN’S LEGACY


The Guardian’s Legacy

(Coin of Time Book 1)

by Luciana Cavallaro

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.

Buy Links:

Amazon US  ♦  Amazon UK  ♦  Amazon AU  Amazon CA  ♦  Smashwords  ♦  Barnes and Noble  ♦  Kobo

BOOK TRAILER: THE GUARDIAN’S LEGACY

 

 

AUTHOR BIO: LUCIANA CAVALLARO

You can connect with her via:

Website   ♦  Twitter  ♦  Facebook    BookBub  Amazon Author Page  ♦  Goodreads 

BOOK REVIEW: THE GUARDIAN’S LEGACY

The Guardian’s Legacy by Luciana Cavallaro
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Flip a coin and see where you land in the action/adventure book, The Guardian’s Legacy, by Luciana Cavallaro. This is Book 1 in the Coin of Time series that promises to be an action-packed tale with a likable hero reminiscent of Indiana Jones and Ben Gates in National Treasure. The prologue begins in a heart-throbbing chase scene in which Nik and a mysterious woman are being chased by assailants on motorcycles. With a flip of an ancient coin, Nik teleports back in time and meets the Greek historian, Herodotus. I asked myself, “Whoah! What just happened?” and was compelled to read the book to find out.

In Chapter 1, the story begins ten months earlier when we are introduced to an unmarried high school teacher, Nicolaos Zosimos (Nik), with an unremarkable life. He receives an urgent call from his grandfather who then urges him to be the next protector of an ancient coin minted by Heracles. At first, Nik wonders if his grandfather has lost his mind but reconsiders after seeing treasures of ancient weapons in his grandfather’s house. Further, his grandfather uses high-powered computers to search for clues where the second, identical coin might be. Together, the two coins have unknown powers that have been kept secret through the centuries in case they fall into the wrong hands. When Nik’s grandfather detects clues that the second coin has popped in and out of different shops in Europe, he travels there to investigate. When Nik flies later to Europe, he discovers his grandfather has disappeared. More alarming, Nik is being hunted by fanatical neo-Nazis and Interpol, forcing him into action to become the guardian of the most powerful coin in the world.

Author Luciana Cavallaro has written a gripping action-adventure that promises time travel and teleporting in the series. As with her other books, the tale contains a fascinating historical backdrop on how Heracles forged metals used to mint the coins. Details from Greek mythology and the development of minting coins are seamlessly weaved into the plot without distracting from the fast-paced plot. The story follows the traditional structure of Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces. The unlikely hero, Nik, is an ordinary man propelled into the role of a fierce protector of the ancient coin. The story ends on a climactic cliff-hanger. Lingering curiosity about the prologue compels me to read the entire series.

I highly recommend The Guardian’s Legacy for readers who enjoy action/adventure with an archaeological flair and the unique premise of discovering the secrets of two ancient coins that could destroy civilization if it flips into the wrong hands.

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Please join Luciana Cavallaro in the virtual book launch of her much-anticipated novel, “The Guardian’s Legacy.” I’ve pre-ordered the e-book and am looking forward to participating in her Zoom Book Launch.

Luciana Cavallaro

With the pending book launch of The Guardian’s Legacy, I have a few competitions for you to enter. You can double your chance to win a signed paperback of the novella. I also have a swag, but that will be for launch day and you will need to join me on Zoom to enter.

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It is my pleasure to reblog the final day of the Breakfield and Burkey blog tour that features their novella OUT OF POLAND at the website WATCH NONNIE WRITES.

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Hello, friends!

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Spotlight on Linnea Tanner

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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…

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Author bio:

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