The Labyrinthine Journey Available April 1

Exciting news! Australian Author Luciana Cavallaro is releasing The Labyrinthine Journey at 99 cents on October 1st.

 

eBooks can be purchased from: Amazon

For all other eBook formats: Smashwords

 

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t already joined Luciana Cavallero’s Facebook event, click VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH PARTY and join in the fun from around the world.

Chance to Win Prizes. Giveaways. Meet New Friends!

Join other authors of historical fiction and historical fantasy from around the globe. Check out the time when each author will be on Facebook helping Luciana launch her 2nd book in the Servant of the Gods series.

I’ll be on line at 7:00 p.m. Colorado time Oct 1st [9:00 a.m. Oct 2nd Perth Australia; 3:00 a.m. Oct 2nd London; 9:00 p.m. Oct 1  USA Eastern].

Follow Modern-Day Hero on The Labyrinthine Journey

Follow the modern-day hero and time traveler, Evan, as he continues his odyssey as Servant of the Gods in The Labyrinthine Journey. The quest to locate the sacred object adds pressure to the uneasy alliance between Evan and the Atlanteans. His inability to accept the world he’s in, and his constant battle with Zeus, both threaten to derail the expedition and his life.

Traversing the mountainous terrain of the Peloponnese and Corinthian Gulf to the centre of the spiritual world, Evan meets with Pythia, Oracle of Delphi. Her cryptic prophecy reveals much more than he expected; something that changes his concept of the ancient world and his former way of life.

Will Evan and his friends succeed in their quest to find the relics and stop the advent of Christianity?

Meet Luciana Cavallaro 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, likes to meander between contemporary life to the realms of mythology and history. Luciana has always been interested in Mythology and Ancient History but her passion wasn’t realised until seeing the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. From then on, she was inspired to write Historical Fantasy.

She has spent many lessons promoting literature and the merits of ancient history. Today, you will still find Luciana in the classroom, teaching ancient history and promoting literature. To keep up-to-date with her ramblings, ahem, that is meaningful discourse, subscribe to her mailing list at luccav.com.

JOIN THE CELEBRATION AT LUCIANA CAVALARRO’S  VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH PARTY!

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Upcoming Events Author Linnea Tanner

Upcoming Events Author Linnea Tanner

2017 Colorado Gold Conference

The 2017 Colorado Gold Conference sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers will be held on September 8-10 at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel, 3801 Quebec Street, CO 80207. This promises to be an exciting event, as Diana Galbadon, the award-winning author of the OUTLANDER novels, will be a keynote speaker.

I will be participating in the Author Signing and Book Sale that is open to the public from 8:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, September 8th in Ballroom A/B at the Renaissance Hotel. My book, Apollo’s Raven, will be available for sale during the conference. There will be approximately 70 authors at the book signing, including Diana Galbadon and myself.

On the following day, September 9th, I’ll be participating in the IPAL First Book Panel that will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:20 pm in Ballroom B.

Mark your calendar for this fantastic event where you can meet with your favorite author. If you get a chance, stop by and chat with me.

Library Author Showcase

The Loveland Public Library will be sponsoring the third Local Authors Showcase on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The event will include presentations on marketing, webpage creation and publishing. The event is open to the public from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. You’ll have the rare opportunity to meet and to interact with several Northern Colorado authors, including myself. You can buy books and get them signed at this event. I’ll have both softcover and special edition hardcover books of Apollo’s Raven for purchase and signing.

If you can, drop by. I’d love to meet and to interact with you.

Launch and Facebook Event by Luciana Cavallaro

Luciana Cavallaro, Australian Author, Historical Fiction / Fantasy

Luciana Cavallaro, Australian author and historian, will be releasing Book 2: The Labyrinthine Journey, on Sunday, October 1st. The tale is about a modern day hero, time traveler, and demigod forced back to Sixth Century BCE to begin a quest mandated by his father, Zeus. I highly recommend you read the first book in the series, Search for the Golden Serpent, to prepare yourself for the continuing odyssey in
Book 2.

I’m excited to be a part of Luciana’s launch team. On October 1st, during her global launch of The Labyrinthine Journey, I and other authors of historical fiction/fantasy will be available for Q & A on Facebook at various time slots.

This will be a great opportunity for you to win giveaways, such as Amazon gift cards, copies of e-books, signed books, posters, magnetic postcards and a swag.  I’ll be offering free copies of Apollo’s Raven as part of the celebration for Luciana’s book launch.

More details are forthcoming.

Ongoing Deals for Apollo’s Raven

The Apollo’s Raven e-book will be reduced to 99 cents between September 11-17, 2017. Click on one of the following to purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

Also note that you can order a signed, special edition of the hard cover book of Apollo’s Raven that includes free shipping in the USA. Order it under the category of books on my website.

For authors you follow, I encourage you to write reviews of their books. This is the best way you can show your support.

As always, thank you for your continued support and friendship.

 

 

Best,
Linnea Tanner

Book review – Apollo’s Raven by Linnea Tanner

It is a pleasure to reblog the Book review of Apollo’s Raven posted by Luciana Cavallaro–an Australian historian and exciting author whom I follow. Be sure to check out her website and blog.

Eternal Atlantis

Have you ever wondered what life would be like in Ancient Britannia in the 1st Century CE? Or how the British Celts felt about the invasion of the Romans and the political unrest that ensued?

Apollo’s Raven is insightful and informative historical novel from new American writer Linnea Tanner. It paints a picture of Ancient Britannia and the ruling structure of the Celtic tribes, an antithesis of what made the Roman Empire powerful and dominant dictators.

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Update Apollo’s Raven Release April 10

Update Apollo’s Raven Release April 10

Exciting news! The first book in the Apollo’s Raven series will be released on April 10th. The historical fiction/epic fantasy fulfills my lifelong dream to publish a story based on a character I first imagined as a child.

Catrin, Celtic Warrior Princess

You can pre-order the paperback (ISBN 978-0-9982300-0-9), the e-book ISBN (978-0-9982300-2-3), and the special edition hardcover book (ISBN 978-0-9982300-1-6) at http://amzn.to/2nQLHhC.

The following video book trailer is a glimpse of the upcoming release of Apollo’s Raven https://youtu.be/fRUBJa-e_1o

About Apollo’s Raven Series

The Apollo’s Raven series weaves historical fiction into an epic Celtic tale of love, magic, adventure, intrigue and betrayal. The series follows two star-crossed lovers in the backdrop of Ancient Rome and Britannia spanning from 24 AD through 40 AD. The Apollo’s Raven epic series is inspired by the legacy of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, but with a Celtic twist. The heroine is based on historical accounts and mythology of Celtic warrior queens. Her Roman lover is the great-grandson of Mark Antony. The vastly different cultures of the empire-building Romans and the mystical Celts in Britannia set the backdrop to the series.

Important Update on Blog and New Website

It had been my intention to integrate this blog into my new author website at http://linneatanner.com. However, the integration posed unexpected challenges, as several of the links to images were disconnected. Due to the issues, I’ve decided to maintain Apollo’s Raven as a separate blog and will work over the next few months to fix the links to the missing images.

I cherish the friendship and interactions that I’ve had with subscribers to Apollo’s Raven. For those who are not subscribers to my new website, click on the link below and fill out the form to subscribe. You will receive free the first three chapters of Book 1 of the Apollo’s Raven series.

CLICK HERE: http://linneatanner.com/newsletter/

Subscribers to my new website will also receive periodic newsletters and notifications of new posts on my blog and media buzz. The blog at my author site and Apollo’s Raven will continuing highlighting my ongoing research, book reviews, and author interviews. This summer, I plan to travel to the United Kingdom and will give on-the-spot reports on sites I visit and new discoveries.

Subscribers to my new author website will be notified of special offers and giveaways that are planned for May 2017.

Thank you for following me on my journey.

Best wishes,
Linnea Tanner

Apollo’s Raven Coming Soon

 

APOLLO’S RAVEN on the Horizon

New exciting changes are on the horizon for the APOLLO’S RAVEN series and a new website. In the next few weeks, the current website will transition to an author website in anticipation for the release of the first book, APOLLO’S RAVEN.

The two blogs maintained for APOLLO’S RAVEN will be melded into one blog on the new website. Topics on the new blog will include my research and travels to sites described in the books, author interviews, and other topics of interest to readers. The new site will provide the latest news on the release of my books, events I will be attending, and a reader’s guide that can be used in book clubs.

My journey for writing the APOLLO’S RAVEN series began in 2010. My blog went live on January 4th, 2012. I’ve met wonderful authors, writers, friends, and readers who have been very supportive. The photographs of the Celtic Warrior Princess Catrin which inspired me were taken by my friend and photographer, Rebekah West.

Celtic Spiritual Warrior

Celtic Warrior Princess Catrin

I’ve also met roadblocks. But constructive feedback from authors, writers and agents prompted me to re-envision the APOLLO’S RAVEN series as historical fiction that weaves epic Celtic tales of love, magic, adventure, intrigue and betrayal in Ancient Rome and Britannia.

Overview White Cliffs Britain

White Cliffs Southeast Britannia

The first book of the series is set in 24 AD Britannia, where the magical world of the Celtic tribal kingdoms is explored. The historical backdrop of the epic story is based on new archaeological findings that strongly suggest that Rome not only had strong political influence, but also a military presence in southeast Britannia. The political situation is similar to Egypt under the rule of Cleopatra.

APOLLO’S RAVEN will ultimately be available in print, e-book, and audio format. It has now been formatted for print and is undergoing final proofing. The release date will be announced soon after the new website goes live in the next couple of weeks.

I invite you to take an adventure into the vastly different worlds of Ancient Rome and Britannia, where Celtic tales are inspired.

What happens when forbidden love and loyalty create a tangled web of deception?

The Celtic Warrior Princess Catrin is swept into a political web of deception when the Emperor Tiberius demands allegiance from her father, King Amren.

Celtic Woman Warrior Prepares for Battle

Celtic Warrior Princess Catrin

Catrin is drawn by the magnetic pull she feels for Marcellus, the great-grandson of Mark Antony, who is caught under the shadow of his scandalous forefathers. When King Amren takes Marcellus as a hostage, he demands that she spy on him. As she falls in love, she discovers a curse that foretells a future she desperately wants to break.

Torn between her forbidden love for the enemy and loyalty to her people, Caitlin urgently calls upon the magic of the Ancient Druids to alter the dark prophecy that awaits her.

Celtic Woman Warrior Summons Raven Spirit

Catrin Summons Magic of Ancient Druids

Will she save her lover? Will her father succumb to the Emperor? Discover the truth in APOLLO’S RAVEN.

Interview Luciana Cavallaro, Author Accursed Women

 

Introduction to Luciana Cavallaro

Phograph of Luciana Cavallaro
It was my pleasure to interview Luciana Cavallaro, an exciting new author of ACCURSED WOMEN, which retells the stories of five legendary women.

Luciana grew up in the small town in Western Australia. The first in her family to attain a university degree, she taught in government and private schools. Her passion for mythology and Ancient History was ignited upon seeing the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. From then on, her inspiration to write Historical Fantasy was born. She has traveled extensively to Greece and Italy— the inspiration for her stories. After working as a teacher in high schools, she decided to fulfill her life-long ambition of being an author and storyteller.

Luciana has completed writing two unpublished novels in the SERVANT OF THE GODS series and has published several short stories which are available on Amazon and Smashwords.

Interview Luciana Cavallaro 

What was your inspiration for retelling the five stories of the following legendary women in ACCURSED WOMEN: Phaedra, Helen of Sparta, Hera, Pandora, and Medousa?

Luciana: The idea for Aphrodite’s Curse came after I read Euripides’ play called Hippolytus. I knew Phaedra was one of Ariadne’s siblings but didn’t know much more about her. I read as much as I could on the character wanting to learn more, but there wasn’t a lot of information on her. So I thought why not write a story from her point of view. She was a relatively unknown character from mythology and I decided this was a great opportunity to give her a voice. I published the short story as an ebook and it wasn’t until a month or so later I had an epiphany and inspired to write stories of women/goddesses whose reputation was tarnished by either events or circumstance. It was a great journey of exploration and I am grateful to tell their stories.

One of the unique aspects of ACCURSED WOMEN is that each story is told by a different storyteller, including a historian and a talk show host.  Did you have a special purpose for retelling these myths from the perspective of various storytellers?

Luciana: I wanted to present the stories in a different light and perspective. Three of the storytellers are male, a deliberate choice as the writers of the day were mainly men who did not paint women in a favourable light. Drake Drabbler in the A Goddess’ Curse did try to emulate the naysayers of the past but I think Hera won that battle. I loved the idea of a talk show host and wanted to write a more contemporary story of the myth of Hera and in a familiar setting.

The monologue was an interesting methodology as I had many readers respond saying they didn’t like Phaedra but really enjoyed the story and could understand her actions. The Curse of Troy was inspired by Herodotos. Not only did he give crucial details about Helen not going to Ilios but I wanted to pay tribute to the first travel journalist. The historian is loosely based on Herodotos, though he never did meet Helen. With Boxed in a Curse I wanted a familial approach to one of the oldest myths in Greek mythology and the origins of the Golden Race orated by Hesiod. The poet did not like women! I also thought it would be a nice way to draw connections between the past and present. Cursed by Treachery was experimental and to be honest I wasn’t sure it was going to work. It was challenging to write a story in retrospect and one I will attempt again. It forced me to consider the actions of the “hero” Perseus and the “villain” Medousa. What led to her transformation and why did it happen?

Each of the short stories in ACCURSED WOMEN present a more favorable perspective of these legendary women from what had been written in the original myths. Was this your intent in rewriting these tales?

Luciana: At the time I thought it would be more thought-provoking to write the stories and present the characters in a sympathetic way yet (and hoped to achieve) make them credible. Real women with issues which today’s generation can either empathise or at least comprehend their actions. I was asked once whether rewriting these familiar and famous characters was a daunting prospect. Even if you haven’t read Greek Mythology most people would have heard of Helen, Pandora and Medousa. At the time no, but once I had finished and published the stories, then it hit me people/readers may not appreciate what I have written. What I hoped to achieve was to make the stories accessible for everyone to read and enjoy.

Some of the short stories have different twists from the original myths. Of particular note is Helen of Sparta from The Iliad. Were these twists based on other historical written accounts?

Luciana: Helen’s story was based on a passage from Herodotos’ Histories on his travels to Egypt. He was told by Egyptian priests how Paris’ ship ran into bad weather on his way from Sparta with Helen on board. The ship was forced to land in Egypt. Paris leaves Helen in Egypt after being denounced by his slaves and the King of Egypt charges him with offences of abduction and stealing from Menelaos. Herodotos even references Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey which indicates Helen was not in Troy during the war. This information can be found in Book Two of the Histories and does lend credence to Herodotos’ theory.

As for the other four short stories, they weren’t based on any historical account. It was my version of telling their stories in a different way or rather, how they wanted their story told.

You are currently writing novels in the Servant of the Gods series. Could you give a teaser as to what these stories are about?

Luciana: The series is about the Greek gods and their impending dissolution. To avert the coming of a new religion they set their children on a quest to recover ancient relics of the Mother Goddess. I have a blurb for book one: THE GOLDEN SERPENT. I hope it’s okay with you if I add it here Linnea and would love to hear what your followers think. It is a work in progress. I haven’t posted it on my blog as yet and your followers are the first to read it.

THE GOLDEN SERPENT
When is a dream not a dream?

What if you’re born during another time grew up in the 21st century and thrust back into the past? Confused? So is Evan Chronis.

One morning he woke up drenched and smelling like he’d been swimming in the ocean. Plagued by strange dreams, sleepless nights and visions Evan seeks the help of a sleep specialist to find a solution. All seems to go well…

Then one night, drawn by screams he ventures out onto the back veranda and sees blood trickling down the limestone steps. He follows the trail down into the garden and as his foot touches the cool grass, he vanishes.

It’s not where he appears, it’s when.

There is no future and no past, just the present.

Thank you Linnea for having me and it’s been a pleasure talking with you.

Further Information

Order ACCURSED WOMEN:  http://www.amazon.com/Accursed-Women-Luciana-Cavallaro-ebook/dp/B00H28TYNWcU

Accursed Women Book Cover

Customer Reviews ACCURSED WOMEN:  http://www.amazon.com/Accursed-Women-Luciana-Cavallaro-ebook/product-reviews/B00H28TYNW/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt/178-4288540-6592459?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Visit Luciana Cavallaro’s Official Website:  http://luccav.com/

ACCURSED WOMEN, by Luciana Cavallaro, Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBY6antXpPw

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6567841.Luciana_Cavallaro

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