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.

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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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The Arthurian Realm: The Madness of Merlin

This is a reblog of the JUNE 19, 2019 article entitled, “The Arthurian Realm: The Madness of Merlin,” by ZTEVETEVANS at his website UNDER THE INFLUENCE. This is a fantastic website on myths, legends, and folklore around the world. The post is based on “Vita Merlini,” written by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the twelfth century. It tells the story of Merlin after the Battle of Camlann where he ruled over South Wales, had a wife named Guendoloena and a sister named Ganieda. Unlike many Arthurian stories, instead of glorifying war, it tells of the horrifying effect of war trauma on the individual and their families even one as famous and powerful as Merlin.

Under the influence!

Artist: William Blake – Public Domain – Source

This was first published as a two part article titled, British Legends: The Madness of Merlin (Part 1), on #FolkloreThursday.com, 24th, January, 2019, and British Legends: The Madness of Merlin (Part 2) on 31st January, 2019 by zteve t evans. Here it is published as one piece and the ending is different.

The Vita Merlini

The Vita Merlini, written by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the twelfth century, tells the story of Merlin after the Battle of Camlann where he ruled over South Wales, had a wife named Guendoloena and a sister named Ganieda. Unlike many Arthurian stories, instead of glorifying war, it tells of the horrifying effect of war trauma on the individual and their families even one as famous and powerful as Merlin. The work was originally written in Latin and presented here is a retelling of…

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Upcoming Events NY Book Expo America and Denver Pop Culture

Upcoming Events and Awards

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be signing my books in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series at the following events this week: 1) Book Expo America in New York City and 2) Denver Pop Culture. If you plan to attend these events, please drop by and say hi.

Book Expo America in New York City

My first event this week is the Book Expo America (BEA) at the Javitz Center in New York City on May 29 through May 30. Book Expo is where authors, booksellers, distributors, librarians, literary agents, publishers and more unite to build relationships, learn ways to bolster books, and to understand today’s shifting marketplace. The event focuses on the global publishing industry and celebrates storytelling in all its forms.

While there, I’ll be signing free copies of my latest book, Dagger’s Destiny, at Booth 1003 (Ingram Pavillion) from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29th.  Book supplies will be limited. I’ll be available to speak with book buyers, librarians, the press, and readers at the booth. Drop by and say hi.

For more information about the event, click Book Expo America.

Denver Pop Culture

My next event this week is the 2019 Denver Pop Culture Con at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver at 700 14th Street on May 30 – June 2. This is a 3-day, family-friendly pop culture fan extravaganza, featuring the best in pop culture entertainment. Denver Pop Culture Con is a program of the Colorado nonprofit Pop Culture Classroom, whose mission is to inspire a love of learning, to increase literacy, celebrate diversity and build community through pop culture education. The proceeds from this annual event benefit Pop Culture Classroom’s overall educational endeavors.

Come and meet Colorado authors from the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, including myself. You can get my signed books of Book 1: Apollo’s Raven and Book 2: Dagger’s Destiny in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings at a discount. I’ll be at Table 19 along with authors Brenda Hardwick and Dacia Arnold.

Location:
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street
Denver, CO

Hours:
Friday, May 30 – Sunday, June 2
Friday and Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm

For more information about the event, click Pop Culture Denver

Book Awards Dagger’s Destiny

I’m honored to announce that Book 2 of the Curse of Clansmen and Kings Series, Dagger’s Destiny, has won the following awards in both the genres of historical fiction and fantasy.

Dagger’s Destiny sweeps you into an epic tale of forbidden love, mythological adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia. The story of Catrin, daughter of King Amren, and King Amren’s sworn enemy Marcellus, who through a wicked twist of fate has become Catrin’s lover. Catrin must prove her loyalty to her father by forsaking Marcellus and defending her kingdom—even if it could ultimately mean her death.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Best Wishes,
Linnea Tanner

Author Interview TH Leatherman

TH Leatherman, Author, Science Fiction

Introduction

It is my pleasure to introduce TH Leatherman, author of the Burning Son series. I met TH at the 2018 Comic Con in Denver. He described the characters in his science fiction series as space pirates, which immediately drew my attention. He also showed me a picture of his cat that had vampire-like fangs. Intrigued, I read and reviewed his first book, The Burning Son, in his series which reminded me of the author—lots of kinetic energy and engaging.

Below is TH Leatherman’s biography, author interview, and contact information. Click on the book covers below for a direct purchase link to Amazon.

Biography

TH Leatherman is an author from Firestone, Colorado. He enjoys science fiction, fantasy, winemaking, and the Rocky Mountain lifestyle. When not busy writing his next book, he can be found hiking with his wife and two sons or walking his rescued dogs. He worked as a stock broker for twenty years before he started writing full time. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Regis University with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Psychology. He has released four books, The Burning Son, Marque of the Son, Son Rise, and The Son Set (an omnibus edition of the first three books).

For more information, visit his website

Author Interview

Would you provide an overview of the books you’ve published in The Burning Son series?

The Burning Son – is about Mark losing everything, and has to leave his father behind. Mark is forced to start life over as part of a smuggler’s crew. A lot of the book has to do with him trying to find his place in that crew.

The Burning Son Book Cover

 

Marque of the Son – is about Mark building his new life. He starts the book on a foreign world with no ship and half a crew. His driving goal continues to be finding his father. That goal seems a long way off.

Marque of the Son Book Cover

Son Rise – Mark has a ship and crew, but his one safety net, the pirate port, is taken away from him. Worse, everyone that should be allies are fighting with each other. Mark must pull it all together and get all his allies moving in the same direction.

Son Rise Book Cover

Son Set – is an omnibus edition. Books 1-3 under one cover.

Son Set Books 1-3 Under One Cover


What inspired you to write the space pirate odyssey, The Burning Son?

I had been working and reworking the same novel for ten years: Cat’s Tale. I couldn’t get it quite right. It continues to be a work in progress. Frustrated, I pushed it aside and began a new project. I wanted something that felt like the action adventures of Clive Cussler married with a Star Wars like space opera. That grew into The Burning Son.

Are there any characters or sub-plots in The Burning Son that have modern-day parallels? Explain how. 

Like many sci-fi authors before me, I use fiction to address social problems we face today. I touch on a wide variety of issues important to me, but the biggest one in The Burning Son is religious extremism. The Erethizon are on a mission to unite the galaxy under their Theocracy. Most of the galaxy views them as religious fanatics, which the Erethizon encourage. If everyone focuses on the maniac in the middle of the room, no one will see the manipulation going on in the behind the scenes. Some of my readers mistakenly think that I’m anti-religion, but that isn’t the case. I only have a problem with people forcing their beliefs on others. Another big issue is artificial intelligence. What will it look like when it becomes a reality? Will it be a tool we control, or will it control us? What if it could rationalize or moralize?

Is there any sub-character in The Burning Son who is your favorite? Explain why.

Um, that’s like asking me to pick my favorite kid. Do I have characters I enjoy writing more than others, again I love them all. I love Racy’s big heart, War ‘n Pace’s mischievousness, Nephie’s awe and wonder as she explores who she is becoming, and Sophie’s sarcastic wit. There was one surprise, however. As I was writing The Burning Son, I decided I wanted more than just science to exist in this universe. I wanted some mysticism. So, I wrote in Pythia. OMG. What started out as an add-on character just took off. I think more than any other secondary character, she is the one that has grown the most throughout the series. My readers know that sometimes characters die. It’s war, and in war, bad things happen to good people. I receive more “you absolutely can’t kill Pithy!” emails than for any other character.

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

Every day! I never know what insult is going to fly out of Sophie’s mouth, what creative cussing Ike will come up with, or what crazy stunt Racy is about to pull. That’s part of the fun of writing these characters. To me, they are the imaginary friends that live in my home office with me. They make me laugh, they make me cry, and I want my readers to live in their world, if only for a brief while.

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

As a writer, you come to expect a bad review from time to time. You develop a thick skin. You hope everyone who reads your work falls in love with the story as much as you have, but that’s just not the case. The longer you write, you learn what your strengths are and what you can improve upon. Every once in a while, you’ll run across haters who will say mean things, just to be mean. One time a reader berated the alien races I had created for The Burning Son. I put a lot into each race’s ideals, goals, mannerisms, language, societal norms, politics, food, and how each race’s biology and homeworld environment, plays into that. That one left me scratching my head.

Then there are the awesome surprises. Having been part of the writing community for the past twelve years, I’ve made several friends who are also writers. Whenever one of them writes a review for one of my books, I get butterflies. These are the people I most admire and respect. For them to tell me, in a public forum, how much they enjoyed reading my story, there’s nothing else like it.

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

Marketing. Like most writers, I struggle to reach new readers. You know that there are hundreds of thousands of people out there that would fall in love with your work, if only you can get in front of them. I know that if I can get most sci-fi readers to read the first three pages of my book, they’ll continue reading. It’s just getting in front of people and getting them to invest that first five minutes, that’s the struggle.

What might we be surprised to learn about you?

I’m a wine snob. I love fine wines. I make wine and mead for fun. There was a time before I became a published author that I thought I would open a winery. I went so far as to start an LLC and still have two winery business plans on file.

What simple pleasure makes you smile?

Having breakfast or dinner on the porch with my wife Stephanie. She’s the most awesome person I ever met, and I’m the luckiest man alive because she’s my best friend and I’m married to her.

You can contact TH Leatherman and learn more about his books at:

Amazon Author Page

Website/Blog

Twitter

Patreon with exclusive stories

Facebook

Utube

 

Book Review The Burning Son by TH Leatherman

The Burning SonThe Burning Son by T.H. Leatherman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fasten your seatbelts for the action-packed space odyssey, “The Burning Sun,” by T. H. Leatherman. The story starts in breakneck speed over Yale’s night sky where navigator Mark Martin witnesses the Erethizon forces (known as the “procu-bears”) ambushing his home settlement. Mark helps his sister, Sophie escape, but he can’t save his senatorial father who’s been captured by the enemy. To flee their desperate situation, the brother-sister team hooks up with a female captain in need of a medic and navigator on her pirate spaceship called the Leonard Fox. And with an “aye, arrr,” they burst through the enemy blockade. Escaping danger, at least for the moment, Sarah and Mark become acquainted with the motley crew, including the foxlike Muscats who oversee the engineering bay. To his dismay, Mark learns his homeland’s republic has been transformed into a monarchy under the control of the Erethizons. He is determined to find a way to free his father and his home planet, but he faces threats from unknown forces lurking among the crew. The twists are unexpected in this riveting odyssey, and the ending will make you hunger for the next adventure in the series.

Author Leatherman’s space odyssey is told from first person point of view of Mark Martin. The story effectively captures the humor in his voice to make this a fun read. The story is fast-pace and the dialogue is snappy. The narrative is lean but adequately describes the characters and the interstellar worlds. The competing races of the humans (the Terran Confederation), the engineering-minded Muscat, and the amphibian, psychic Dru are unique and intriguing. They must join forces to defeat the Erethizon, whose crusade is to seize control over every world and to spread their fanatical religious beliefs. Action dominates the beginning of the story. It is not until later that I feel grounded in the interstellar worlds and can fully understand the stakes.

“The Burning Sun” is recommended for science fictions readers who love their tales fast-paced and full of action. The additional bonus of a spaceship full of quirky characters makes this book a fun and entertaining read.

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