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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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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Summer Solstice, Reincarnation & The Sun card

This is a reblog of a post entitled, “Summer Solstice, Reincarnation & The Sun card” by Author Katie-Ellen which I found of interest.

True Tarot Tales

Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com

We are coming ‘home’ again, entering the zodiac sign of Cancer the Crab on Tuesday 21 June, the day of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, and the shortest day in the southern hemisphere.

The word ‘sol –stice’ is from the Latin ‘solstitium’ and means the ‘sun stands still.’

The month of June has got a lot going on, calendar-wise. We have got:-

-The meteorological start of summer (1 June)

-The astronomical start of summer, the solstice (20, 21 or 22 June)

-Midsummers Day (24 June.)

Meteorological or Astronomical Summer?

What does it mean?

Public Domain The British Library

Themeteorological calendar is a more recent invention based on seasonal temperatures, separating the year into four groups of three months, based on the observation that summer is the warmest time of year and winter is the coldest, with…

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I’m delighted to welcome Linnea Tanner to the blog, with Apollo’s Raven, Book 1 in Curse of Clansmen and Kings

It is my pleasure to share the Day 8 post by Author M J Porter who graciously hosted Apollo’s Raven as part of the Coffee Pot Book Club Blog Tour. I greatly appreciate the opportunity she offered to share how the story of Apollo’s Raven evolved and the series expanded. Be sure to follow her fabulous website!

M J Porter

Your book,Apollo’s Raven, sounds fascinating. Can you share with me what the first idea was that made you decide to write this story? It might be very different from how the story ended up being, but I am curious, if you don’t mind sharing. And, if the story is very different, would you mind sharing the process by which you ended up with your current novel?

Thank you for featuring me as an author ofApollo’s Raven(Book 1Curse of Clansmen and Kings) in the blog tour. You pose an interesting question, because the evolution of the characters and storyline has been a lifelong journey. Since childhood, the characters of a female warrior and her Roman lover have lived in my head, in part, as a way for me to deal with challenges in my own life. Both characters are bigger than life, but I never…

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Apollo’s Raven

It is my pleasure to reblog the Day 8 Post that includes my interview with Author Paul Walker as part of the Coffee Pot Book Club Blog Tour.

Paul Walker - Author

Welcome Linnea Tanner on Blog Tour with her book Apollo’s Raven

Apollo’s Raven

(Curse of Clansmen and Kings, Book 1)

By Linnea Tanner

2020 / 394 Pages

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…

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Apollo’s Raven (Curse of Clansmen and Kings, Book 1) by Linnea Tanner and Meet the Author  @linneatanner @maryanneyarde #HistoricalFantasy #HistoricalFiction #AncientRome

It is my pleasure to reblog the post for Day 6 of the Coffee Pot Blog Tour hosted by Viviana MacKade.

Viviana MacKade

Apollo’s Raven(Curse of Clansmen and Kings, Book 1)byLinnea Tanner releases in January 2020 in the Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction genre.

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…

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