Award-winning author of historical fiction and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, likes to meander between contemporary life to the realms of mythology and history. She has spent many lessons promoting literature and the merits of ancient history.
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Seeking beta readers

I thought it was time to try something a little different and ask for beta readers for my novella series. I had a dear writer friend read it for me years ago and I put it aside to focus on my Servant of the Gods series. I’ve since finished the draft for the third book…

Reader Interest survey results

A month ago, I posted a survey as I wanted to gauge reader interests and buying preferences platforms. I like to run a survey every few years just to learn whether trends in the book publishing market affect the way readers purchase books and what they like to read. Here are the results, some of…

Book Review

Venus & Aphrodite: history of a goddess by Bettany Hughes Blurb Through ancient art, evocative myth, exciting archaeological revelations and philosophical explorations Bettany Hughes shows why this immortal goddess endures through to the twenty-first century, and what her journey through time reveals about what matters to us as humans. Charting Venus’s origins in powerful ancient…

A survey

Do you have a scatter-gun approach to selecting books to read or do you have a monogamous relationship? This survey is to learn about readers preferences, platforms and purchasing habits. I’d really appreciate 5 minutes of your time to fill it in. Thank you! booksgenresreadersreading

All roads lead to death

All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final. Hypatia Religious doctrine and practitioners with good intentions, have had their words distorted, manipulated and reinvented to suit the goals of and the ‘end-game’ of people who believe their own teachings or interpretation of ‘god’s word’ is the absolute…

Intolerance, hate and religion

‘The more things change, the more they are the same.’ Alphonse Karr [https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/alphonse_karr_125474] The quote above is apt, even now with the impact of COVID-19 around the world. Change is inevitable, yet in spite of technical advances, progress in medicine, education, engineering etc, one cannot change how people behave or interact with others. The most…

Meeting of the Intellects

Alexandria, since its founding by Alexander the Great in circa 331 BCE, was the centre of learning, attracting intellects, artists, scientists and many other disciplines from around the Mediterranean and beyond. It was a unique and beautiful city, and built on pagan religion. Many of the famous buildings that have echoed through time were commissioned…

The importance of education for all

Theon, Hypatia’s father, could be considered a futurist in educating his daughter in Mathematics and Philosophy and encouraging her interest in astronomy. His attitude may have been different if he had a son, who knows, however Hypatia was fortunate to have been educated. This was during a time when women were relegated to the back…

Book Review

Orders from Berlin by Simon Tolkein The year is 1940 and the war in Europe is escalating, Germany has annexed France and Hitler is now focussing his attention on Britain and its leader, Winston Churchill. By removing the Prime Minister, Hitler believes Germany will win the war. Head of the Gestapo and the Sicherheitsdienst (SD),…