A Celtic warrior queen must do the impossible—defeat her sorcerer half-brother and claim the throne. But to do so, she must learn how to strike vengeance from her father’s skull.
AS FORETOLD BY HER FATHER in a vision, Catrin has become a battle-hardened warrior after her trials in the Roman legion and gladiatorial games. She must return to Britannia and pull the cursed dagger out of the serpent’s stone to fulfill her destiny. Only then can she unleash the vengeance from the ancient druids to destroy her evil half-brother, the powerful sorcerer, King Marrock. Always two steps ahead and seemingly unstoppable, Marrock can summon destructive natural forces to crush any rival trying to stop…
MIDWAY THROUGH COFFEE POT BOOK CLUB BLOG TOUR FOR SKULL’S VENGEANCE
I’m pleased to announce that we’re midway through The Coffee Pot Book Club Blog Tour for Skull’s Vengeance (Curse of Clansmen and Kings Book 4), scheduled from October 31st – November 11th, 2022. Be sure to check out guest posts, author interviews, excerpts, and spotlights of Skull’s Vengeance at the various websites listed below. Links will be updated daily as posts are published.
A Celtic warrior queen must do the impossible—defeat her sorcerer half-brother and claim the throne. But to do so, she must learn how to strike vengeance from her father’s skull.
AS FORETOLD BY HER FATHER in a vision, Catrin has become a battle-hardened warrior after her trials in the Roman legion and gladiatorial games. She must return to Britannia and pull the cursed dagger out of the serpent’s stone to fulfill her destiny. Only then can she unleash the vengeance from the ancient druids to destroy her evil half-brother, the powerful sorcerer, King Marrock. Always two steps ahead and seemingly unstoppable, Marrock can summon destructive natural forces to crush any rival trying to stop him and has charged his deadliest assassin to bring back Catrin’s head.
To have the slightest chance of beating Marrock, Catrin must forge alliances with former enemies, but she needs someone she can trust. Her only option is to seek military aid from Marcellus—her secret Roman husband. They rekindle their burning passion, but he is playing a deadly game in the political firestorm of the Julio-Claudian dynasty to support Catrin’s cause.
Ultimately, in order to defeat Marrock, Catrin must align herself with a dark druidess and learn how to summon forces from skulls to exact vengeance. But can she and Marcellus outmaneuver political enemies from Rome and Britannia in their quest to vanquish Marrock?
Acclaim for other books in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series:
“[An] epic tale of love, betrayal and political intrigue.” —InD’tale Magazine
“The requisite fantasy elements of magic and mystery abound…Tanner also does an admirable job weaving in the politics and mythology of a bygone people.” —Kirkus
“Part fantasy, part historical fiction, Linnea Tanner has woven together a wonderful tale of romance, intrigue, mystery, and legend to create an entertaining and complex story.” —The International Review of Books
“[A] captivating tale of triangles; love, lust and espionage; friend, foe, and spies; barbarians, civilized Rome and spiritual-supernatural beings.” —2019 Pencraft Book of the Year Award
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.
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.
Exciting news! AMULET’S RAPTURE (Book 3 Curse of Clansmen and Kings) will be released on October 29th in digital and print formats. You can now pre-order this book at Amazon, B&N, Apple Books, Kobo, and GooglePlay.
The third book in the series continues the epic Celtic tale of the Druid warrior Catrin and Marcellus—the great-grandson of Mark Antony. The story spans from 24 AD to 27 AD in Ancient Rome, Gaul, and Britannia and will introduce new characters who impact the destinies of Catrin and Marcellus.
I am honored and thrilled to announce that DAGGER’S DESTINY (Book 2 Curse of Clansmen and Kings) won three book awards in August and September 2019. See below for details.
2019 Readers’ Favorite GOLD MEDAL Fiction: Magic/Wizardry
DAGGER’S DESTINY has been awarded a Gold Medal in the genre of Magic/Wizardry. Click Readers’ Favorite for a list of all winners in the various categories. I’ll be attending the Awards Ceremony at the Regency Hotel during the week of the Miami Book Fair International, the largest book fair in America (Nov 22-24, 2019). My book will be on displayed at the Readers’ Favorite booth, as well as books of other winners.
Click Readers’ Favorite Review to read the 5-star review of DAGGER’S DESTINY (excerpt provided below). Feel free to leave your comments on the review at the Readers’ Favorite website:
“In this part fantasy, part historical fiction tale, Linnea Tanner has woven together a wonderful web of romance, intrigue, mystery, and legend to create an entertaining and complex story. The author has done a superb job of creating a detailed and vibrant world of Celtic Britain at a time right before the invasion of the island by Emperor Claudius in 43 AD. She has taken the many myths and legends of the Celts and given them life through the characters of Catrin, Rhan, Marrock, and Myrddin. In each of these, the mythical powers of the ancient druids are brought to life. I loved how the magic of the druids was woven into the story, complementing the drama being created between Catrin’s desire to prove her loyalty to her father, and the machinations of Rhan and Marrock. At the same time, the political intrigue is played out in an epic fashion between King Amren, the Romans, and the Cunobelin tribe. Everything meshes together to give the reader a truly entertaining story of love, magic, and betrayal.”
2019 Global Ebook Award GOLD MEDAL Fantasy/Historical
Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook awarded DAGGER’S DESTINY with a Gold Medal for the category of Fantasy/Historical. Click 2019 Global Ebook Award for list of winners.
CIPA EVVY Book Award BRONZE MEDAL Audiobook
The Colorado Independent Publishers Association awarded a CIPA EVVY Bronze Medal for the audiobook of DAGGER’S DESTINY. Click2019 CIPA EVVY for list of all winners.
Come and meet me at the 2019 MileHiCon 51 Author’s Row. If you tell me the secret passcode, Celtic Gladiator, you’ll receive a free gift. More than 100 science fiction/fantasy/horror authors, artists and other participants will speak and autograph books at the annual MileHiCon science fiction/ fantasy/horror literary convention. For science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction lovers, it’s a weekend not to be missed.
Hyatt Regency Hotel – Tech Center 7800 E. Tufts Ave. Denver CO
• Oct 18, Friday: 4pm–6pm
• Oct 19, Saturday: 10am–6pm
• Oct 20, Sunday: 10am–4pm
Tribute to Readers
Below is a tribute to the wonderful readers who stopped by my booth at the 2019 Colorado Springs ComicCon. I love meeting and speaking with each of these avid readers who purchased my books and graciously allowed me to photograph them. A Viking with an arrow shot through his heart also stopped by and allowed me to wield his sword. These events are great ways to celebrate the imagination and meet new friends!
Linnea Tanner with Viking at Colorado Springs Comic Con
Excited Reader at Colorado Springs Comic Con
Reader and Aspiring Writer at Colorado Springs Comic Con
Exuberant Reader at Colorado Springs Comic Con
Excited Reader at Colorado Springs Comic Con
Avid Reader Colo Springs Comic Con
Thank you for your continued support. You rock my day!
For those who love to read science fiction and fantasy, check out the SFF Bonanza 99c Promo this week (18 – 24 March) in which you have close to 40 books to select from. As part of this promotion, Apollo’s Ravenhas been reduced to 99 cents at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Kobo, Apple Books, and Google Play. Click on the image to check out the wide assortment of books offered at 99 cents for a limited time.
Cover Reveal Amulet’s Rapture
I am thrilled to reveal the book cover for Amulet’s Destiny (Book 3: Curse of Clansmen and Kings) that is anticipated to be released in late fall of this year. This book will focus on the relationship of Marcellus and Catrin as they continue their epic journey together in Gaul and Rome. As the book gets closer to release, more information will be provided on how to pre-order. Subscribers to my newsletter will have a chance to win an advance copy of the book before its release.
Please share your comments on what you think of the book cover.
Amulet’s Rapture Book Cover
Synopsis Amulet’s Rapture
Blood stains her Celtic home and kingdom.
The warrior Druid Princess will do anything to retake her kingdom.
Although Catrin is the rightful heir to the Celtic throne in Britannia, she is lucky to be alive. After witnessing the slaughter of her family at the hands of her half-brother, who was aided by the Romans, she is enslaved by a Roman commander. He disguises her as a boy in the Roman Legion with the belief that she is an oracle of Apollo and can foretell his future. The sole bright spot in her miserable new life is her forbidden lover Marcellus, the great-grandson of the famed Roman General Mark Antony.
But Marcellus has been wounded and his memories of Catrin and their secret marriage were erased by a dark Druidess. Though Marcellus reunites with Catrin in Gaul and becomes her ally as she struggles to survive the brutality of her Roman master, he questions the legitimacy of their marriage and hesitates to help her escape and retake her throne. If their forbidden love and alliance are discovered, her dream of returning to her Celtic home with Marcellus will be shattered.
InD’tale Book Review
I’m honored to share the review of Dagger’s Destinythat was recently posted in the InD’Tale Magazine. Dagger’s Destinyreceived 5 of 5 stars and was recognized as a “Crowned Heart” book for excellence. An excerpt from the review is as follows: “Dagger’s Destiny is historical fantasy at its finest, and a must read for anyone who enjoys history involving Ancient Rome.”
Click on the book cover below to see the full review and to take a look at this great magazine.
Thank you for your continued support.
Linnea Tanner, Author, Curse of Clansmen and King Series
The link to my author website linneatanner.com has now been merged with this website due to ongoing maintenance issues. Any new updates and blog posts will be posted on this site. I’ll keep everyone informed of new developments for the websites.
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Dagger’s Destiny Pre-Orders
Exciting news! The release date for Book 2: DAGGER’S DESTINY of the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series has been set for September 26th. In the rich and vibrant epic tale, the story of Catrin and Marcellus continues, which began with the awarding-winning novel of APOLLO’S RAVEN in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series. You can now pre-order the e-book at the reduced price of $2.99 by clicking on Amazon.
A Celtic warrior princess accused of treason for aiding her enemy Roman lover must win back her father’s love and trust
War looms over 24 AD Britannia where rival tribal rulers fight each other for power and the Romans threaten to invade to settle their political differences. King Amren accuses his daughter, Catrin, of treason for aiding the Roman enemy and her lover, Marcellus. The ultimate punishment is death unless she can redeem herself. She must prove loyalty to her father by forsaking Marcellus and defending their kingdom. Forged into a warrior, she must overcome tribulations and make the right decisions on her quest to break the curse that foretells her banished half-brother and the Roman Empire will destroy their kingdom.
Yet, when Catrin again reunites with Marcellus, she is torn between her love to him and duty to King Amren. She must ultimately face her greatest challenger who could destroy her life, freedom, and humanity.
Will Catrin finally break the ancient prophecy that looms over her kingdom? Will she abandon her forbidden love for Marcellus to win back her father’s trust and love? Can King Amren balance his brutality to maintain power with the love he feels for his daughter?
Relaunch of Apollo’s Raven
The first book, APOLLO’S RAVEN, in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series will soon be relaunched and widely distributed with a new book cover but with the same epic Celtic tale of forbidden love, mythological adventure, and political intrigue. Special deals and availability of books will soon be announced!
Thanks so much for your continued support and patience with the changes on the websites. Everyone have a lovely week.
Changes are on the horizon for my epic Celtic series now titled Curse of Clansmen and Kings. Although the award-winning tale in Book 1: Apollo’s Raven will remain the same, it will premiere a new book cover in the near future that will reflect the heroine journey of the Celtic Warrior Princess Catrin and her relationship with Marcellus—the great-grandfather of Marc Antony. The series will follow the star-crossed lovers whom are partly based on the legacy of Mark Antony and Cleopatra, but with a Celtic twist.
Book 1: Apollo’s Raven Book Cover Reveal
Based on the feedback I’ve received, below is the final front cover for Apollo’s Raven:
Newly Revised Apollo’s Raven Book Cover
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. She must summon the magic of the Ancient Druids to alter the dark prophecy that threatens the fates of everyone in her kingdom.
Will Catrin overcome and eradicate the ancient curse? Will she be able to embrace her forbidden love for Marcellus? Will she cease the war between Blood Wolf and King Amren and save her kingdom?
You will be informed where to purchase APOLLO’S RAVEN with the next cover beginning in August on my website. The availability of the digital books will include more online choices.
Book 2: Dagger’s Destiny Book Cover Reveal
Book 2 in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series will now be titled DAGGER’S DESTINY. Subscribers will have an opportunity to win free advance copies of this book before it is released to the general public on October 1. The book cover for this book is shown below. Its theme is in keeping with Book 1: Apollo’s Raven.
Book 2: Dagger’s Destiny Front Cover
A Celtic warrior princess accused of treason for aiding her enemy lover must win back her father’s love and trust.
In the rich and vibrant tale, author Linnea Tanner continues the epic tale of Catrin and Marcellus that began with the award-winning novel APOLLO’S RAVEN in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings Series.
War looms over 24 AD Britannia where rival tribal rulers fight each other for power and the Romans threaten to invade to settle their political differences. King Amren accuses his daughter, Catrin, of treason for aiding the Roman enemy and her lover, Marcellus. The ultimate punishment is death unless she can redeem herself. She must prove loyalty to her father by forsaking Marcellus and defending their kingdom—even to the death. Forged into a warrior, she must overcome tribulations and make the right decisions in her quest to break the curse that foretells her banished half-brother and the Roman Empire will destroy their kingdom.
Yet, when Catrin again reunites with Marcellus, she is torn between her love for him and duty to King Amren. She must ultimately face her greatest challenger that could destroy her life, freedom, and humanity.
Will Catrin finally break the ancient prophecy that looms over her kingdom? Will she abandon her forbidden love for Marcellus to win back her father’s trust and love: Can King Amren balance his brutality to maintain power for the love he feels for his daughter?
You will be informed on where to pre-order DAGGER’S DESTINY beginning in August on this website.
I am pleased to announce that I was interviewed by Patricia (Pat) J. Rullo—an author, national radio talk show host, and a sought after speaker. In 2012, Pat teamed up with Salem Media Group to produce a radio talk show based on her book – Speak Up and Stay Alive, the patient advocate hospital survival guide. The radio program became a broadcast success through Salem and other stations across the United States, including iHeart Radio and over 5,000 stations via XDS Cumulus Satellite.
At Speak Up Talk Radio Network, the interview is available on ‘live streaming’ combined with ‘on demand.’ Below are links where you can listen to the interview:
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.
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
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 Ravene-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 Raventhat includes free shipping in the USA. Order it under the category of books on my website.
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As always, thank you for your continued support and friendship.
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…