Book Review The Labyrinthine Journey

The Labyrinthine Journey by Luciana Cavallaro My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In sixth century BCE, the modern day hero and time traveler, Evan, continues his quest to recover three relics of the Mother Goddess, so that the new Christian religion does not obliterate the worship of the Olympian gods. The Labyrinthine Journey, the 2nd book in the Servant of the Gods series by Luciana Cavallaro, has an epic mythological quality similar to Ulysses in Homer’s Odyssey.

Evan, also referred as Evandros, embodies Joseph Campbell’s archetypal hero found in world mythologies. In Book 1, Evan reluctantly accepts the call by his father Zeus to travel back in time from 21st Century to Ancient Greece, so he can use his skills, insight, and knowledge to recover the first relic, the golden serpent.

In the Labyrinthine Journey, Evan embraces his leadership role and commands a group consisting of a Phoenician, a Sicilian boy, Atlanteans, and a High Priestess who are also on the quest with him. He learns from the Oracle of Delphi that he can find the two remaining relics in the Minotaur’s labyrinth. The journey to recover these relics is fraught with dangers from hostile armies, Titans seeking to thwart Zeus, and mythological creatures such as harpies, a hydra, and a sea monster. Evans meets Jason of the Argonauts and Plato who both help him on his quest. The odyssey culminates in a cliffhanger where Evan must face his greatest obstacle that threatens to obstruct his goal of retrieving the relics.

Luciana has masterfully crafted a story that weaves mythology into the backdrop of historical events. The action scenes are riveting, particularly toward the end of the book. One of the aspects I liked most about the novel is the vivid, sensory description of each of the locations. As with any myth, The Labyrinthine Journey is more than what you see on the surface. It is an exploration of how humankind adopts religion to meet their needs and to help them define their culture. Evan’s modern day perceptions are challenged by the ancient traditions. He must adapt to these ancient beliefs to survive. Ultimately, it is a universal story of a hero’s journey into his soul and the wisdom he gains by meeting the various challenges.

I highly recommend this book for readers who love adventure, historical fiction, and mythology.

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‘Apollo’s Raven’ by Linnea Tanner

I am deeply honored to share the review of Apollo’s Raven that was posted by Australian Author, Anne Frandi-Coory, on her website and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/myhomelibrary/

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I have just finished reading Apollo’s Raven, and I absolutely loved it, every single, beautifully placed word! I didn’t want the book to end, so I am hanging out for Book Two. When I first began reading Apollo’s Raven, I had no idea of what to expect, not knowing very much about ancient Britannia, or the power of Druid magic.  Reading this wonderful book, was akin to embarking on an epic journey of love, betrayal, mysticism, and Druid’s dark magic, all of which surrounds Catrin, the Celtic warrior princess who was determined to fight for her family’s Cantiaci kingdom, no matter what.

As Catrin is struggling to interpret her mystifying connection with a particular raven, which seems to be following her everywhere, she meets the captivating Roman, Marcellus, son of a high ranking Roman official who has landed in Britannia with a cohort of reconnaissance soldiers ahead of…

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Thunderclap Apollo’s Raven Flying High Deal!

Thunderclap Apollo’s Raven Flying High Deal!

Thank you to all who supported me on my Thunderclap Apollo’s Raven Flying High Deal that offers the e-book for 99 cents at Amazon on June 6th.

Only one day to go! For those who have not yet participated, could you help me reach my goal of 100 supporters? Just click: Soar with Apollo’s Raven Deal! You’ll be taken to my Thunderclap page where you can click on which Social Media format you would like to post the e-book deal for Apollo’s Raven.

That’s it. Thunderclap will automatically post for you on June 6th. More information on what Thunderclap is and instructions on how it works is provided below.

What is ThunderClap?

Social media is a powerful tool that helps you to engage with other people. It becomes even more powerful when several people post at the same time. That is where Thunderclap comes in. Instead of having your message now and then on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr, the Thunderclap campaign focuses the effect. Thunderclap will publish the same post on your social media at the very same time as other supporters. This is an effective way to get the message out to as many people as possible. Aggregating the posts helps break through the “noise” of general news.

How to Support My Thunderclap

To participate in my Thunderclap campaign, here are the steps:

  • By clicking the link above (Soar with Apollo’s Raven Deal!), you will be directed to a page on Thunderclap.
  • Once there, you can become a supporter of my Thunderclap campaign by clicking one of the social media platforms that you would like to use: Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. See example screenshot below.

    Step 1 Thunderclap Choose Social Media

  •  The default message that Thunderclap will automatically post on your social media on June 6 is provided in the box at the top. See example  screen shot below.

    Step 2 Thunderclap

     

  • To get the special offer, click http://thndr.me/jaBxsu in the message box. You will be taken to a special page on my website where you can click to get the Apollo’s Raven e-book for 99 cents at Amazon.
  • In addition to the e-book deal, you can sign up to get a free bonus article on Ancient Celtic history. And further, you’ll also be entered into a random drawing for a free copy of the limited hard cover edition of Apollo’s Raven.

May Giveaway Winners Announced!

Congratulations to subscribers who won the May Giveaways:

Grand Prize Hand-crafted Book Stand: Fay Johnson (Below is a photo of Fay who graciously sent me a picture of herself with the book stand and Apollo’s Raven book)

Fay Johnson, Grand Prize May Giveaway

Limited Hard Cover Edition of Apollo’s Raven: Gary Dolman (UK Author)

e-book Apollo’s Raven: Janet Cardoza

Photographs of People Reading Apollo’s Raven:

Below are photographs of people who are reading Apollo’s Raven. If you have a photograph with the Apollo’s Raven book, feel free to e-mail it to me at linnea@linneatanner.com and I’ll post it on my blog.

Skye Griffith Reading Apollo’s Raven

Todd Marshall Holding Apollo’s Raven Books

Sonja Brucklacher with Apollo’s Raven

Kristin James, Narrator of Apollo’s Raven audio-book

Anita Meiss with Apollo’s Raven Book

Joni Petrizzo & Linnea Tanner Holding Apollo’s Raven at Johnson’s Corner

APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT . . .
Thank you for helping to get the word out about my debut novel, Apollo’s Raven. My goal as an author is to connect with authors and readers who love both historical fiction and fantasy. I am looking for new ways to connect with readers that are most engaging.

Thank you for helping me on my first Thunderclap campaign!


Best wishes,
Linnea Tanner

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Apollo’s Raven Audio Book Newly Released

Apollo’s Raven Audio Book Newly Released!

Exciting News! The audio-book of Apollo’s Raven was just released! It is a historical fantasy weaving an epic Celtic tale of love, magic, adventure, intrigue, and betrayal in the backdrop of Ancient Rome and Britannia.

Get it free if you join the Amazon Audibles 30-day trial. After 30 days, Audibles is $14.95 per month to download other Audio Books, but you can cancel at any time. Click on Amazon to take advantage of this special offer now!

Below is an excerpt of the audio-book before the climatic prisoner exchange to give you a tidbit and flavor of the Audio Book.  Click below to listen.

Kristin James, Narrator

I’m flying high with the quality of the narration by Kristin “KJ” James. She adeptly captures the voices of both the Celtic and Roman characters in Apollo’s Raven. It has been a real pleasure to collaborate with this talented narrator from the Nashville, TN area.

Kristin James, Narrator, Apollo’s Raven

Acting has always been KJ’s passion. Starting on the stage as early as preschool, she pursued her passion into college where she received a BA in Communication with a double emphasis in Theatre and Public Relations from Mississippi State University. After college she found herself more and more drawn to voice overs. Several classes, coaching sessions, seminars, research, and a closet-turned-studio later, she now records and produces Audio Books on a regular basis. She has also done several radio commercials for clients such as Advance Financial, TriStar Health, and GAC.

When she’s not recording in her booth, you’ll find her crocheting, playing video games, or running agility with her dogs. Learn more about KJ at her websiteFacebook and Twitter.

Winners of May Giveaways to be Announced

The winners of the May Giveaways for subscribing to my author website are as follows:

Fay Johnson – Handcrafted Book Stand

Gary Dolman – Signed Special Hard Cover Edition of Apollo’s Raven

Janet Cardoza – Amazon Kindle e-book of Apollo’s Raven

Apollo’s Raven May Deals Continue

The e-book of Apollo’s Raven will be reduced from $4.99 to 99 cents from May 30 to June 6 at Amazon.

Thank you for joining me on this journey.

Best wishes,
Linnea Tanner

 

 

Apollo’s Raven Newly Released

Apollo’s Raven New Release and Kirkus Review

I am excited to announce that Book 1: Apollo’s Raven was released on April 10 and a review  by Kirkus Reviews was recently published.

“A complex and promising start to a new fantasy series.” — Kirkus Reviews 

Click on the following to read the full review which provides an in-depth overview of the epic tale: APOLLO’S RAVEN

As a debut author, I’d love to hear your feedback on Apollo’s Raven and encourage you to write your honest review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and/or Goodreads. This is one of the best ways to give your opinion about a book and at the same time give authors your feedback. It also serves as an important guide that readers can use to select their next book.

More information on giveaways and special deals on Apollo’s Raven in May are forthcoming on my author website http://linneatanner.com/.

Bublish Platform

Another platform that I have begun to use is Bublish which provides a dashboard for authors to create and publicize their books. What is most powerful about this platform is that authors can create what is called a “bubble” where they can publicly provide their insight on excerpts from their books. The following link is an example of a bubble that provides my insight on Chapter 1 of Apollo’s Raven bit.ly/2nVPL36 . In the future, I’ll create other bubbles that provide background as to why I wrote a scene in a certain way. The good news is the site is open to readers as well as authors.

Another powerful tool from Bublish is that authors can draft their next book directly into their system. The author can create a bubble that publicly displays an excerpt from a draft  to get comments from other authors and readers. The final plus is the final manuscript can be converted to epub to create an e-book, or downloaded in word or PDF format. The manuscript of Book 2: Empire’s Anvil has been transferred to this site, and I will be seeking comments on certain scenes in the future.

Utube Book Trailer

A new book trailer that my granddaughter, Maylin, created is now on Utube. She is the Celtic Warrior Princess in the video. Check it out by clicking here:  https://youtu.be/zJzqMvsNQ8E

Catrin, Celtic Warrior Princess and Druidess

Everyone have a wonderful weekend!

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