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


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


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.

You can contact Linus Treefoot as follows:


Bright Moon Ridge can be purchased at AMAZON.

Mary Anne Yarde Author Interview

Mary Anne Yarde Author Interview


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.


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:







Amazon Author Page

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


Barnes and Noble Storefront

Support Colorado Authors on December 13th
Book Signing Colorado Authors Throughout Day

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


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


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!

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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!


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Award Winning Apollo’s Raven Giveaways

Award Winning Apollo’s Raven Giveaways

Book Awards

Exciting news! I am pleased to announce that Apollo’s Raven has been awarded the “Official Selection” in the Historical Fiction category of the 2017 New Apple Summer E-Book Awards.

2017 Official Selection New Apple Award


As indicated previously, Apollo’s Raven has also been recognized as a Bronze Medal Winner in the 2017 Global Ebook Awards for Fantasy / Historical.

2017 Bronze Medal Global Ebook Awards


Below are some excerpts of reviews for Apollo’s Raven:

Apollo’s Raven is a historical fantasy with strong elements of romance, political intrigue, and magic. Many surprising twists enrich the historically-drawn plot. Points of view shift between different characters effectively, heightening the tension from one moment to the next. I love the scenes contrasting the cultures of Celtic Britannia and Rome, during which Tanner’s research really shines.”Historical Novel Society

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

To celebrate these awards and recognition, I am pleased to offer the following GIVEAWAYS highlighted below to my fabulous supporters!

Amazon Giveaway

For a limited time from November 7 through November 8, you’ll be able to download the e-book of Apollo’s Raven free on Kindle. Get it now at Amazon.

Great Kindle Giveaway

Beginning tomorrow on November 8th and running through November 30th, you will have a chance to win the Great Kindle Giveaway that will be preloaded with eight free novels from participating authors, including myself.

For more information on how to enter, click on below:

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More to come on other GIVEAWAYS for the holiday season! 

As always, I greatly appreciate everyone’s support.

Best wishes,
Linnea Tanner

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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