Book Review Forged by Iron by Eric Schumacher

Forged By Iron (Olaf's Saga Book 1)Forged By Iron by Eric Schumacher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Forged by Iron is the first book in The Saga of King Olaf that sweeps you into a Nordic adventure in 960 AD. The Viking-era book is based on the tales of King Olaf but is told in first-person by Torgil, a twelve-year-old boy sworn to protect the reckless 8-year-old Prince Olaf. The story begins when the shy but courageous Torgil helps rescue Olaf after the young prince recklessly jumps off a cliff with a dare from his older companions. The resentment that Torgil holds for Olaf is established at the beginning of the tale as the Norns weave the fates of the young boys. They are both caught up in the political machinations of Holger who betrays and kills Olaf’s father. Under the protection of Torgil and his father, Queen Astrid and Olaf are forced to escape with their lives on a harrowing journey through Norway, into Sweden, and modern-day Estonia. The travails the boys face forge them into hardened young men bent on vengeance.

Author Eric Schumacher masterfully captures the essence of the characters while telling a riveting adventure and coming of age story of two boys who must face almost insurmountable challenges. Torgil is an engaging character. Although he is sometimes jealous of Olaf, Torgil nonetheless does his duty to protect the young prince even though they sometimes clash. What makes this tale rise above others in this genre is the author’s ability to vividly capture the Viking culture and the harsh landscapes they must traverse. The story is rich with vivid, unique descriptions as seen through the eyes of a boy. One of the aspects I liked most is Torgil’s confused feelings about the queen’s handmaiden, Turid, in a budding relationship in which they reach out to each other at difficult times. The poignant moments are juxtaposed with the harsh realities that they face as they are chased by enemies bent on their destruction. Extra bonuses in the book include regional maps and a glossary of Viking terms which are used in the narrative.

Forged by Iron immerses you in the legendary tale of King Olaf as told by his protector’s point of view. I highly recommend this character-driven Viking adventure for those who are swept up in the Nordic culture, landscape, and clashes. I look forward to continuing this saga when the next book comes out in this series.

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About Eric Schumacher

 

Eric Schumacher is an American historical novelist who currently resides in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife and two children. He was born and raised in Los Angeles and attended college at the University of San Diego.

At a very early age, Schumacher discovered his love for writing and medieval European history, as well as authors like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Those discoveries continue to fuel his imagination and influence the stories he tells. His first novel, God’s Hammer, was published in 2005. His latest books, War King, was released in October of 2018 and Forged by Iron was recently released.

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Book Review War King by Eric Schumacher

War King (Hakon's Saga, #3)War King by Eric Schumacher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hakon’s Saga Book 3, War King, is a riveting Norse historical action adventure set in 957 AD. The saga continues for King Hakon Haroldsson, who wrested Norway’s throne from his murderous brother, Erik Bloodaxe, but mercifully spared Erik’s family. This is a mistake Hakon regrets later when he must face the sons of Erik, who are bent on avenging the wrong done to their father and family. Erik’s sons ally with the Danish king, Harold Bluetooth, and wreak havoc on the region with their brutal raids and plunder. The book is divided into three parts in which Hakon must defend his realm against all odds in three major military campaigns. He uses sound strategy and battle tactics to overcome his enemies. But, as a Christian king, he begins to question if the bloodlust to defend his realm has only resulted in fear and sorrow for his people and those he loves.

Author Eric Schumacher masterfully tells the story from the point of view of King Hakon, an engaging character who demonstrates strength, loyalty, and self-reflection. What makes this tale rise above others in this genre is the author’s skill in vividly capturing the Viking culture. Through graphic detail, readers are immersed in the chaos of fighting, but the battle scenes and tactics are presented with clarity. The saga not only captures the excitement of battle but is also character-driven. Extra bonuses in the book include regional maps and a glossary of Viking terms which are used in the narrative.

War King immediately draws and keeps readers immersed in the legendary tale of King Hakon through rich details of the Viking culture, landscape, and clashes. Highly recommended for those seeking Viking adventure.

I voluntarily reviewed this book for the Historical Novel Society, and the review is also posted in the Historical Newsletter HNR Issue 88 (May 2019).

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW KAREN INGALLS

Introduction

It my pleasure to introduce Karen Ingalls, an award-winning author. I became interested in her as an author when her book, Davida, won the the 2017 New Apple Summer E-Book Awards: HISTORICAL FICTION. I was particularly intrigued with the image of Davida on the book cover and wanted to find out who she was. I further became acquainted with Karen when I was invited to join RWISA: Rave Writers – International Society of Authors, of which she is a distinguished member.

Karen Ingalls, Award-winning Author

Below is Karen Ingalls’ biography, author interview, and contact information. Be sure to check out her website and learn more about her as an author and her passion for health issues.

Biography

Karen Ingalls is an award-winning author of three published books, author of numerous articles on health, cancer, and wellness, and a public speaker. She is a retired RN, human behavior, and cancer survivor who writes about social issues, health topics, and historical topics. Her philosophy is to outshine any challenge; to grow and learn from it.

Author Interview

Would you provide an overview of books you have published?

My first published book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir is about my journey with ovarian cancer. It emphasizes how anyone can adopt healthy ways to deal with any serious health challenge with such things as good nutrition, relaxation/imagery, and meditation/deep prayer, positive thinking, humor to name just a few.

Novy’s Son: The Selfish Genius is a novel about my father who was very intelligent, but lacked the ability to socialize except with women he was attracted to. He challenged social mores, all religious beliefs, and most educational rules and regulations. He did not know how to be a good and faithful husband, nor father, or grandfather.

My second novel is titled Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. He was America’s premier sculptor in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s and though married, he fell in love with his model, Davida. This is the story of their 25-year love affair, birth of one child, their unconditional love, and his art.

What inspired you to write the biography, Davida, of your great-grandmother, Albertina Hultgren, who was the mistress of the American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

I was inspired to write Davida for the following reasons: one, they are my great-grandparents; two, no one ever talked about my grandfather’s heritage because of his shame of being a bastard; and three, after my grandfather died, I wanted to erase the bastard label and bring dignity and honor to his parent’s love affair.

Book Cover of Davida

How much research was involved in writing Davida? How did you go ABOUT researching the background for Davida?

There are many published books about Augustus Saint-Gaudens so it was relatively easy to do research about his art and who he was as a person. I have been to the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Historical Site two times in Cornish, New Hampshire. At one visit my father, sister, and I met with then the curator, John Dryfought. I have kept in correspondence with the current curator, Dr. Henry Duffy. We were also interviewed by Kathryn Greenthal, who was the curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Unfortunately, there is very little known about my great-grandmother, who changed her name to Davida Johnson Clark. She was born in Sweden and came to the U.S. as a young girl with her mother. Her birth name was either Albertina Hultgren or Hallgren. A cousin by marriage who lives in Sweden researched churches and official government sites in hopes of substantiating her birth name, date, and place. However, nothing definitive was found. Therefore, I created Davida’s childhood, her parents, beliefs, personality, and how she lived and died. I know she talked to me at times while I was asleep or deep in thought while writing. It was a spiritual experience.

Is there any sub-character in Davida that is your favorite? Explain why.

The sub-character is Uncle Louis Saint-Gaudens, who was an artist in his own right but struggled with depression and alcoholism. He was grateful for the financial, career, and health-wise help Augustus gave him. He loved my grandfather, who was named for him and he was more of a father to him than Augustus was. He had a sense of humor and a favorite story is him sitting on the top of the water tower causing quite a scandal.

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

I was surprised, embarrassed, or shocked by some behaviors of the main character in Novy’s Son. I loved and knew my father about as well as anyone, but he said and did some outlandish things. He was a unique person I never understood until I read Robert Bly’s book Iron John. That is when I decided to write Novy’s Son knowing that there are many men who did not learn how to be fathers from their fathers, so the cycle continued. Perhaps all of these men have searched for happiness and self-worth through unhealthy and immoral actions.

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

I have received wonderful reviews on all three books, and I have been honored with several awards. Those people who have received support, reassurance, information, and hope from Outshine is the most meaningful award or recognition I could ever wish for.

Many women didn’t like the main character in Novy’s Son which is a normal reaction and means I accomplished what I intended. I was surprised by one review by an author who stated in a private message that he refused to finish this same book because the Kindle version was completely messed up. I offered to send a paperback copy, which he refused so his 3-star review remains though he wrote in his review: “Since my preferred genre is usually thrillers or suspense, the nature of this character portrait didn’t really grab me. However, the book is well written, and if this style of book is your cup of tea, you may find it to be a satisfying read.”

I have read many books that are not my preferred genre, but I gave a review based on how well it was written, edited, flowed, and the strength of the characters and plot.

What are the most important traits you look for in a friend?

I consider someone a friend who is honest, has a sense of humor, and is a good listener. I am blessed to have many friends who are always there for me.

What simple pleasure makes you smile?

One of my simple pleasures is playing games. I sometimes joke that I was born with a deck of cards in my hands. I find board and card games are great ways to socialize, keep your mind alert, and just have good old-fashioned fun.

What makes you laugh?

I love to laugh! When I am recovering from cancer surgeries or treatments, I surround myself with positive people and funny shows or movies. My favorite comedians are Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, Laurel & Hardy, Ray Romano, Bill Murray, and Chevy Chase. Laughter lifts the most sorrowful mood, erases or eases fear, builds the immune system, and lowers blood pressure. Laughter is the best medicine. When I was a kid and went to the circus, the clowns were my favorite. My husband and sister make me laugh with their jokes or funny sayings.


You can contact Karen Ingalls and learn more about her books at:

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Book Review Davida by Karen Ingalls

Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-GaudensDavida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens by Karen Ingalls
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Davida by Karen Ingalls is a beautifully written love story based on the real-life model and mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, a 19th century sculptor. As a young girl, Albertina Hultgren immigrates to the United States after the tragic death of her father, a woodsman. She misses her father’s fanciful stories about visiting the forests to gain insight from mystical creatures.

After adjusting to her new life in Hoboken, New Jersey, Albertina makes life-long friends and learns to speak English. At a Christmas party, where her mother and aunt have prepared the meal, she captures the attention of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. He impetuously lifts her chin and exclaims she has exquisite beauty and would like to do a sketch of her someday. Her mother reluctantly allows Albertina to pose in his studio after he convinces her that his intentions are honorable. As he creates his art, using Albertina as a model who is publicly known as Davida, they fall deeply in love and she becomes his mistress. She accepts the terms of their relationship, knowing the liaison could create a scandal that could jeopardize his career in a Victorian society. This is ultimately a love story about a woman who gives her unconditional devotion to an acclaimed sculptor and shares his passion for his artwork, regardless of her hardships and the stigma of giving birth to their son out of wedlock.

Author Ingalls’ prose is as eloquent as the artistry she projects in the story. Davida is depicted as the epitome of the Greek goddess, Diana, who finds solace and strength from nature to reach into her inner soul and to find her true self. The love story comes across as almost mythical because Davida sacrifices almost everything to make sure Augustus achieves the pinnacle of his true passion to create masterpieces. Davida is a heartfelt story that fills you with both joy and tears. The paperback is beautifully formatted and reflects the artistry in the story.

For those who believe in true love, Davida is a must read by Karen Ingalls, the only surviving great-grandchild from the union of Davida and Augustus. She fills in the minimal facts about their union with her own imagination of how a Swedish immigrant becomes the true love and mistress of an acclaimed artist.

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Dagger’s Destiny Released by Linnea Tanner

DAGGER’S DESTINY Released by Linnea Tanner Released on September 26, 2018

Continue the rich and vibrant Celtic tale of forbidden love, magical adventure, and political intrigue in the new book release of DAGGER’S DESTINY (Book 2 in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings Series); launched on September 26. DAGGER’S DESTINY is available as an e-book, a paperback, and an audio-book (coming soon).

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Genre: Historical Fantasy, Fantasy Historical, Myths and Legends



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—even to the death. 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 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.

Editorial Review

“Imbued with both Roman and Celtic traditions, myths and legends, the story draws a contrastive parallel between the two cultures and civilizations. There are memorable scenes such as the brilliant description of the fertility rite meant to validate Marcellus’s claim to kinship and to symbolize his union with the Earth Goddess who bestows rich crops and large livestock. The realism of the story is ensured by the constantly changing network of political alliances and backstabbing; its beauty springs from the wonderfully interwoven mythological references and enlightening mystical experiences.”—OnlineBookClub.org

APOLLO’S RAVEN RELAUNCHED 99 cents at Amazon Limited Time

Award-winning APOLLO’S RAVEN has been relaunched under a new book cover and series title, Curse of Clansmen and Kings. Be sure to take advantage of the BARGAIN price of  99 cents at Amazon for a limited time until October 2, 2018

Genre: Historical Fantasy, Fantasy Historical

New Book Cover Apollo’s Raven

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 the enemy 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?

 

Vision of Celtic Warrior Princess Catrin

“If you’re looking for something entertaining with a fast, action-paced rhythm, Apollo’s Raven by Linnea Tanner is a definite must. For a woman who is trying to figure out where she belongs in her world, this tale is relatable to other young women in our timeline who are also trying to figure out where they belong.”—Literary Titan (Gold Book Award)

“Apollo’s Raven is a soaring epic that carries its audience on an adventure full of ancient magic, passionate romance, and political intrigue.” —IndieReader (IndieApproved)

GIVEAWAYS FOR PREFERRED SUBSCRIBERS IN OCTOBER

Be sure to subscribe to my preferred e-mail subscriber list for chances to win an Amazon gift card, Signed First Edition of APOLLO’S RAVEN, and e-books in October. Click SUBSCRIBE

You’ll receive an additional bonus of the first three chapters of Dagger’s Destiny for subscribing 

Thank you for helping me to celebrate the book launch of DAGGER’S DESTINY!

Best wishes,
Linnea Tanner

Celebrate New Apple Awards Apollo’s Raven

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Dual New Apple Book Awards

I am honored that Apollo’s Raven has been chosen as the “Official Selection” in the Cross Genre category in the 2017 New Apple Annual Book Awards!  This award is in addition to the 2017 New Apple Summer E-Book Awards for which Apollo’s Raven was chosen as the “Official Section” in the Historical Fiction category.

New Apple e-book Award

New Apple Book Award


Celebrate Awards & Republication 

I am pleased to announce the e-book and softcover book of Apollo’s Raven have been republished. Revisions were based on feedback I received from reviewers regarding word choice and inconsistencies. Quotes within the book have been deleted at the beginning of each chapter.

As an author, I value readers’ reviews and constructive feedback, as this helps me to write quality books that each of you can enjoy. Feel free to contact me if you have any feedback or questions. A major twist in Empire’s Anvil is based on a question that a reader asked me: What happens to the soul of a person who is possessed by another soul?

More to come!

To celebrate the New Apple book awards, the republished e-book of Apollo’s Raven will be offered at Amazon for the Bargain price of 99 cents through February 23rd. Click on the following to purchase:

The softcover book of Apollo’s Raven on which the New Apple Award is based is also available at Amazon. Also check out the audio-book of Apollo’s Raven that is available at Audible and Apple Store. The narrator, Kristen James, did an amazing job narrating the book.

Kristin James, Narrator of Apollo’s Raven

Future Giveaways

As a preferred e-mail subscriber, you will be eligible to win monthly giveaways beginning in March 2018 through the Fall. The giveaway will be announced each month and could include an Amazon gift card, signed hardcover special edition or e-book of Apollo’s Raven, or an advanced copy of Empire’s Anvil (anticipated summer 2018).

Book Cover Empire’s Anvil

The March 2018 Giveaway will be a signed copy of the special hardcover edition of Apollo’s Raven.

Photographs of Readers with Apollo’s Raven Book

For those who have bought the Apollo’s Raven book, send me a photograph of yourself holding the book at  linnea@linneatanner.com. Indicate what city you are from, and I’ll post the photograph on my website.

Below are some recent photographs, including Joni’s cat that loves to sleep next to the Apollo’s Raven book.

Joni’s Cat with Apollo’s Raven

 

 

 

 

Donna Cordova with Apollo’s Raven

Lewis Bustos with Apollo’s Raven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your continued support!

As always, I appreciate your support and would love to hear from you.

Best wishes,
Linnea Tanner

 

Linus Treefoot Author Interview

Linus Treefoot Author Interview

Introduction

It is my pleasure to introduce Linus Treefoot, the debut author of Bright Moon Ridge. The book is a 2017 Apple Summer e-book Award Winner: Runner-up in the Historical Fiction category. Linus was born in the United States, but has lived most of his adult life in New Zealand. He has a fascinating life journey in which he has extensively researched and traveled to China in preparation for his debut novel.

Linus Treefoot graciously accepted my invitation to interview.  Below is his biography, responses to my interview questions, and ways you can contact him. Click on the book cover below to purchase his book at Amazon.

Bright Moon Ridge Book Cover

Biography

Linus Treefoot is an American who has lived in New Zealand for 47 years. He graduated from Stanford University in 1968, then spent about 10 years doing carpentry and farm work, traveling and having a good time. For many years he was a part time entertainer, playing guitar and singing solo or in bands. He has been a primary school and English (ESOL) teacher for about 35 years. He is married to a Chinese woman who grew up in the People’s Republic of China. They have two adult children. When he doesn’t have to work, his interests are music, reading, learning Chinese, swimming and hiking.

Interview Linus Treefoot

Would you provide an overview of the newest book that you have released in 2017?

Bright Moon Ridge is the story of a 19-year-old male, Johnny Bartooth, who is given a journal which was written by his father many years before. His father went to China in 1980 to find his mother, marry her and bring her to the USA. No one whom Johnny knows ever heard from either of them since.

Johnny’s curiosity is ignited and he resolves to go to China to search for his mother and father. Most of the book is about this search for a family he never had.

What or who inspired you to become a writer?

No person in particular. From high school on, I enjoyed expressing myself through writing – at first through poetry and songs more than any other genre.

What inspired you to write Bright Moon Ridge about a young man’s search for his missing parents in China?  

My first motivation was to record and fictionalize my life as a hippy in the hills of California and in the backwaters of New Zealand in the 1970s – some outrageous stories and eccentric characters. The germ of the story of Bright Moon Ridge came when in 1990 I met a guy who had just returned from China; he told me that he had had a stealthy affair with a married woman doctor. I expanded on his story in my imagination and intertwined it with those stories I had been considering for years based on my wild life as a hippy. Through many stages of rewriting and editing, the hippy stories were deleted in order to have a more cohesive novel.

How much research was involved in writing your book? How did you go about it?

In 1990 also I met and married my lovely wife, Ma Yue Ying, who grew up during the Cultural Revolution; tales from her own and her family’s history were put into the mix. I developed a strong interest in Chinese history and culture, and began to blend political and historical elements into the story. I did a considerable amount of research through reading and through travelling in China, including two trips to Hainan Island. My wife helped a great deal in translating conversations and some books written in Chinese. Writing this novel was an obsessively absorbing task for me.

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

They don’t usually act outside of what I consider their temperament and personality, but sometimes do uncharacteristic things. For example, gentle Mei, when attacked by her fellow prisoners, eventually strikes out in a surprisingly violent way

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

The reviews have been consistently very positive, which has been an encouraging and pleasant result.

Do you have any other books planned?  If so, would you give an overview of what the book(s) are about?

In the short term, no. But I think I have at least one more novel in me. There is all the material that I deleted from my original drafts of the novel.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

Probably being chosen to work as an English teacher in Massey University. It was a major goal of mine for more than 10 years previous. That was the best job I ever had; I worked there for more than 15 years.

What are the most important traits you look for in a friend?

Kindness is to me the most valued trait. I also highly appreciate a good sense of humour (translated: someone who laughs at my jokes) and I appreciate someone who can converse about politics and literature.

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

Being able to play the piano very skillfully.

What might we be surprised to learn about you?

I left the USA when I was 24 in protest over the Vietnam war and the way the government worked. I was almost ecstatic to arrive in relatively backward New Zealand where – without having any friends or acquaintances — I enthusiastically began a new life.

What makes you laugh?

A punch line that is completely different from what you’d expect, e.g. “If you give a man a fish, he will escape hunger for one day. But if you teach a man how to fish, he will sit in a boat all day and drink beer.” Or alternatively, a joke or story in which the teller pretends to be exceedingly stupid, e.g. “Do you know about the tick inspector? If a man comes to your door and says he is a tick inspector and asks you to take off all your clothes and turn around and around, don’t do it! He’s not the real Tick Inspector…. I only wish someone had told me before.”

What simple pleasure makes you smile?

Walking through the bush and looking at the trees and patterns of sun and shade.

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Mary Anne Yarde Author Interview

Mary Anne Yarde Author Interview

Introduction

It is my pleasure to introduce Mary Anne Yarde, an English novelist and historian. She is the award-winning author of the International Best Selling Series — The Du Lac Chronicles. Set in the period after the fall of King Arthur, the series takes you on a journey through Dark Age Briton and Brittany. It is is based on both legends and historical fact. The Arthurian legends are some of my favorite reads.

Mary Anne graciously accepted my invitation to interview.  Below is her biography, responses to my interview questions, and ways you can contact her. Click on book covers to purchase at Amazon.

Biography

Mary Anne Yarde is the multi award-winning author of the International Bestselling series, The Du Lac Chronicles.

Yarde grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury–the fabled Isle of Avalon–was a mere fifteen-minute drive from her home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of her childhood.

Du Lac Chronicles Book 1


Interview Mary Anne Yarde

Would you provide an overview of the newest books that you have released this year?

The Du Lac Princess (Book 3 of The Du Lac Chronicles)

War is coming they said. But now it is here…

The Knights Code of Chivalry, which High King Arthur and Lancelot du Lac wrote, has been thrown on the rubbish heap. It is every man for himself. But amongst the chaos, there is one woman who refuses to bow down to tyrants. Lady Amandine du Lac was mistakenly left behind by her kin during the uprising against King Budic du Lac. Now she faces a life of scorn and ridicule because she so happened to be on the losing side. But Amandine has an inner strength that even she was unaware of. No matter what they do to her, no matter what they say, she will remain loyal to her kin and to the man she loved with her whole heart.

Du Lac Princess Book 3


What inspired you to write the Du Lac Chronicles which take you on a journey through Dark Age Briton and Brittany after the death of King Arthur?

As a child, I adored the legends of King Arthur and his Knights. I grew up near Glastonbury, England, where the story of King Arthur is woven into the very land itself. Many times I have witnessed Glastonbury Tor rise from the Fata Morgana — the mist — and every time I see it I am enthralled. It is so easy to believe the stories of Arthur when set against such a backdrop.

After Arthur’s tragic death the story comes to a sudden halt. No more is heard of Arthur’s famous knights, and all we are left with is a whispered promise, that when Briton is in peril, Arthur and his Knights will ride again. I always thought this was a terrible way to end the story. What an anti-climax. I wanted to write a story about what happened after Arthur’s death, and my series explores this.

How much research was involved in writing your books? How did you go ABOUT researching the legends associated with King Arthur and the aftermath of his death?

The history of a historical Arthur is not written in stone but is, instead, engraved in folklore, and that brings its own set of challenges. It is very much like chasing a phantom or going on a treasure hunt with no map and only rumours to help you!

I have dedicated almost twenty years researching Arthurian legends.  I have visited many of the locations in which Arthur’s story is set in. I have so many books on Arthur and his Knights that I have a whole bookcase dedicated to the topic. I find his story absolutely fascinating. Is it an obsession? Probably!

I am also a historian. I actually tutor modern history, but my favourite era by far is the Dark Ages. My books are set in Dark Age Britain, Brittany, and France. I have dedicated more hours than I dare to count researching the Dark Ages in these three countries and it is still an ongoing progress. There is always something new to learn! I think I spend more time researching than I do writing.

Do you have a favorite character from any of the books in The Du Lac Chronicles? Explain why.

That is quite a difficult question to answer. I adore all my characters. But I think if push came to shove I would have to say, Merton du Lac. Merton is a wonderfully complex character, and as a writer he really challenges me.

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

All the time! Sometimes it feels that I am not so much writing a book but going along for the ride.

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

My biggest surprise was when my books started to be compared to George R. R. Martin’s, Game of Thrones by reviewers. To be compared to an author like Mr Martin is very humbling.

Do you have any other books planned?  If so, would you give an overview of what the book(s) are about?

 I am currently working on Book 4 of The Du Lac Chronicles. This book continues with the story.

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

I would love to be able to draw and paint. But, that is never going to happen!

What makes you laugh?

 My husband. He makes me laugh all the time.

What simple pleasure makes you smile?

Dairy-free chocolate cookies!!

You can contact Mary Anne Yarde as follows:

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Other Books by Mary Anne Yarde:

DuLac Devil: Book 2

 

The Pitchfork Rebellion

Book Signing Colorado Author Linnea Tanner Barnes and Noble

Book Signing Author Linnea Tanner Barnes & Noble

 

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Award-Winning Author Linnea Tanner signing copies of Apollo’s Raven between 2-3 pm.

Date:              Wednesday, December 13th
Hours:            9 am to 10 pm

Address:         960 S Colorado Blvd., Glendale, CO 80246

 

Barnes & Noble is donating a percentage to support Authors in Colorado and the new Colorado Authors of Fame that will launch next year.

Author Schedule for Book Signing:

Time Author Genre Title
10-11 Kathy Schultz Political Thriller The Bystander
11-12 Susan Planck Adventure Memoir Piping Hot
12-1 Georgann Hall Military Memoir Parachuting for Gold in Old Mexico
1-2 Mara Purl Women’s Fiction Where the Heart Lives; What the Heart Knows
2-3 Linnea Tanner Historical Fiction

Fantasy

Apollo’s Raven
3-4 Laurel Becker Juvenile Tales from Beaver Pond
4-5 Connie Pshigoda Women’s Health The Wise Woman’s Almanac
5-6 Lisa Reinicke Children’s Arnold the Cute Little Pig; Wings and Feet; Bart’s Escape; David’s Christmas Wish
6-7 Natli VanDerWerken Juvenile Red Dragon’s Keep
 

ALL DAY:

Judith Briles – Writing | Publishing –  AuthorYOU
How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders; Bloopers & Boo-Boos; Snappy Sassy Salty; The Crowdfunding Guide for Authors & Writers

John Maling – Juvenile –The Alphabet Menagerie
Inspiration | Poetry – Have You Ever Held a Mountain

Hope to see you on Wednesday, December 13th. Thank you for your support!

Cover Image Apollo's Raven

Apollo’s Raven Linnea Tanner Updates

Updates Apollo’s Raven Linnea Tanner

Website Revamp

Be sure to visit my new website which as been revamped to correct persistent issues with the previous website design and host server. The overall appearance of this website is similar to the previous one, but the functionality should be improved. Most of the glitches in the cut over to the new website should now be resolved, but feel free to contact me if you encounter any problems.

Hopefully, with the website issues now resolved, I’ll be posting more frequently regarding updates to the Apollo’s Raven Series and other books underway, research to support my writing, author interviews, and book reviews.

Empire’s Anvil Book Cover Revealed

I’m excited to reveal the cover of Book 2, Empire’s Anvil, in the Apollo’s Raven series targeted for release in summer 2018. I’ll be providing excerpts on this site and Bublish.

Empire’s Anvil continues the epic Celtic tale of forbidden love, magical adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia. War looms over 24 AD Britannia where rival tribal kings are fighting each other for power. The Romans threaten to invade to settle the rulers’ political differences.  The decision made by the Celtic Warrior Princess Catrin to alter the future results in dire consequences. Her Roman lover, Marcellus, seriously wounds her father in an ambush at the prisoner exchange. Consequently, Catrin is accused of treason for aiding Marcellus. The curse transcribed on the dagger again alters and threatens the fates of Catrin and her people.

To redeem herself, Catrin must prove her loyalty to her father. She spins a plot to draw Marcellus into a political web of deception so he can help her sister escape the Roman encampment. Yet, when Catrin reunites with Marcellus, she must face her greatest challenger that could destroy her freedom, humanity, and life.

Facebook Event Dec 10th

On December 10th, there will be a Let It Snow Read Event sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. I’ll be participating in the event from 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Join the fun and meet Colorado authors. Click on below for more information.

E-Book Distribution and Giveaway

The e-book of Apollo’s Raven is currently only available through Amazon so I can take advantage of their Select program for special price promotions. For the holiday season, the e-book of Apollo’s Raven will be offered free on December 14-16th.

Order Signed Hard Cover

You can now purchase a signed, hard cover book of Apollo’s Raven at a reduced price of $17 + free shipping in the USA.  To purchase through Paypal, click on below.

 

Happy Holiday Season

Thank you for your continued support. Best wishes for a happy holiday season!

Linnea