Unplanned time out

It has been a while since I’ve written a blog post on my latest series that covers the locations Evan and his intrepid companions travel through in The Labyrinthine Journey. I promise, I will get back to the series in due course.

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Jim Ryun
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Since the Virtual Book Launch (VBL), I have found it difficult to get back into writing, posting articles on my blog and on social networking sites. I am tired. Perhaps a better word is exhausted, and I haven’t been motivated or interested in writing. Working full-time doesn’t help either; early starts and late arriving back home.

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Reblog – British Kings Atrebates

I’ve been following Linnea Tanner’s blog for a number of years now and am a avid fan of her work. Her blog is dedicated to the ancient history of the British Celts and of Rome’s invasion and subsequent impact the Roman Empire had on the various tribes. It is one of the most informative and well written blogs I have read and I look forward to each post Linnea writes.

If you enjoy ancient history and in particular the British Celts, I suggest you do read her blog and follow.

Here’s a snippet of her introduction and the link to her blog post.


Introduction

Julius Caesar described the tribes in southeast Britain as being similar to Gaul (modern day France). He mentioned that some of the tribal names in Britain were identical as those in Gaul, but does not specify these. Much of the population was divided into named units in the order of tens of thousands of people which were called civitates, usually translated as ‘tribes’ or ‘states’.

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Today’s Brief…

Today’s post is a brief yet poignant interlude into the usual articles. I was interviewed by two wonderful and lovely ladies and like to introduce them.

Effrosyni Moschoudi, Indie Author with two books published The Necklace of Goddess Athena and The Lady of the Pier. To read the interview please visit Effrosyni’s Blog. I have just begun to follow Effrosyni’s blog and have enjoyed the varied and informative articles she writes. Fun and interesting.

Linnea Tanner, writer and Celtic and Roman historian. I’ve been following Linnea’s blog for a while now and always come away learning something new about the ancient history of Celtic Britain. Apollo’s Raven is a wealth of historical information, well researched and written. Please visit to read the interview. I am looking forward to Linnea’s first book, the same title as her blog.

I do hope you have time to read the interviews and browse the blogs.
Thank you

As always, I love to hear from you.

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Accursed Women
Now available in paperback and ebook
Createspace | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Kobo | Smashwords

Short and to the point

We take a short break from our usual program today. Here’s a word from our sponsor 😀 Author Blog Tour.

Was it my intention to be a writer? In all honesty, no. It happened as a result from a car accident and then a trip to Europe. My talented friend Andrew Hill extended an invitation to talk about what I write and posted his very enlightening and intriguing writing process last week. You can check out his blog here: Andrew Hill 

On with the questions…

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The Mother of All Headaches

Have you ever had one of those bad headache days where you feel as if your skull is going to split in two? Or feel like your head is in a vice and squeezed till you almost pass out? Anyone who’s had a migraine will understand. So when Zeus had a monster headache did he ever consider out would pop Athene! Unusual yes, but like most Greek Myths, the birth of the gods had unique beginnings. He, however did swallow Athene at birth, so what did he expect? She’d stay there forever? Not likely.

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The Birth of Athena
(From a vase painting)
Drawing from XIX c. German book

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Released into the Digital Sphere

The day has arrived and I am happy to announce A Goddess’ Curse is now available as an eBook.

Here’s the blurb:
Hera, Queen of the Gods, is the most powerful goddess on Mount Olympos. Beautiful, sensual, and merciless, she is a goddess renowned for her jealous rages and for inflicting horrors on hapless victims. She’s the protector of women, virtue, family and marriage yet her husband, Zeus, has had countless affairs. She puts up with it. Why? Is she really malicious or a product of circumstance?

It is available from the following outlets:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Kobo

Smashwords

In my last post, you had an opportunity to vote for your favourite cover. Time for the reveal.

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The painting titled Jupiter et Junon [The Loves of the Gods] by Annibale Carracci (1560-1609)

Thank you for participating.

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Now on Sale: The Curse of Troy

Hello dear friends,
The day has finally arrived! The Curse of Troy is now uploaded and available to purchase.

Blurb

Helen of Troy! The most beautiful woman in the world. Her face launched a thousand ships. Betrayal, greed and power unfold in this compelling Greek tragedy. It was a war renowned throughout times gone by as the greatest and bloodiest of them all. It was a romance between two star-crossed lovers. Helen, Queen of Sparta, home-wrecker and whore, flees with her lover Paris, Prince of Troy… That’s the story known to history.

But is this all true? History is told by the victors, and facts can be changed to twist the truth. Is it possible Helen of Sparta never went to Troy? Could she be a scapegoat in a devious plan and organised by the power hungry Agamemnon?

Perhaps. This is Helen’s story in her words, as told to a wandering historian.

HelenAmazon US $1.99
Amazon UK £1.28
Kobo CAD $1.96
Smashwords US $1.99

Review for The Curse of Troy

The author has told a story worthy of a full novel with a well-accomplished suspense and anticipation.  It leaves the reader wishing for more.
Anne Marie Webster, Author Just Deserts and Jack the Lad and other stories

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Multiple Awards

I received a surprise message from the lovely Emily Guido of The Light Bearer Series fame before Christmas nominating me for a quintet of awards. THANK YOU Emily, my head is still reeling! Three of the five I received during 2012 and not sure I deserve the other two, but Emily assured me otherwise. There are, as always, instructions and while it’s good to adhere to them, I’m going to be a little creative with their interpretation.

I would also like to add this will be the last nomination I will accept. As they say, go out with a bang!

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My nominees are:

Literature and Culture A wonderful blog about world literature and history.

She Kept a Parrot  Take a virtual journey with George as she showcases her photos from her garden to railway tracks and beyond.

History of the Ancient World An extraordinary collection of historical facts

Welcome to the official Blog of Equatours Limited This is where I travel vicariously. Awesome locations with great information and pics

The World of Alexander the Great If you want to know about Alexander the Great, this is the blog for you. Comprehensive and thorough.

Author Thelma Cunningham Probably the most compassionate site I follow.

Poeta Officium A writer’s journey, one of which I can relate to. Thanks Virginia.

Julie Hicks A blog with character Actually, I don’t need to add more, but I will anyway. Julie’s blog is witty and her weekly story excerpts are fun and well written. Look for her pictures, they are whimsical and cute.

Congratulations!

Love Luciana

Book Cover Reveal – Results

Thank you all so much for participating and voting for your favourite cover Book Cover Reveal. It was a wonderful response and a big thank you to those who commented. I have a few ideas as per suggestions for my next story and book cover.

Now for the results!

74% voted for…

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Helen

Look out for the release of The Curse of Troy on 10 January 2013 with the most voted for cover on Amazon, Smashwords and Kobo.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has visited my blog over the year. You are all wonderful. 2013 is looking to be a big year so please drop in. You are all welcome.

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The Next Big Thing Blog Tour – The Curse of Troy

I would like to thank A.M. Day for inviting me to participate in this blog tour. Aletha is the author of The Throne of Olympus Book One: Blood Bond and now available on Amazon in print and as an eBook. She lives in Wisconsin with her children and their dog Simi. She has dreamed of being a writer since a small child once seeing the stage production of A Christmas Carol at the Chicago Goodman Theatre. Throne of Olympus is her debut novel and is about how two mortals become a modern-day Zeus and Hera, reviving Mt. Olympus, protecting it and the throne from the impending enemy takeover by the “Unworthy” descendants of the Greek gods.

1. What is the working title of your book?
The Curse of Troy

2. Where did the idea come from for your book?
I was writing Aphrodite’s Curse when I had light bulb moment. A series of short stories with a female protagonist, from Greek mythology and, the dilemmas they’ve had to endure. My character is Helen, who’s been written, filmed and drawn about more times than I can count since her inception in Homer’s Iliad. I wanted to hear a different story about the legend surrounding the Trojan War, so I wrote one.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
Historical Fantasy but can be considered as Epic Fiction.

4. Which actors would you choose to play in your movie rendition?
It would be interesting to see in a movie, with plenty of flashbacks. There are two main characters in this story: Helen and the travelling historian.

For the role of Helen I would cast Kate Beckingsale because of her ability to play strong leading females and yet be feminine; and for the young historian I would choose Jake Gyllenhaal mainly for his bookish appearance yet nice physique.

5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
The Curse of Troy is the untold story of a woman’s fall from favour, the quest for supremacy and immortality.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-published on Amazon, Smashwords and Kobo.

Book launch: date 10 January 2013. Write it down so you don’t forget!

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took about four weeks.

8. What other books would you compare this story to?
Books by Mary Renault, David Gemmell, Margaret George’s Helen of Troy

9. Who or what inspired you to write the book?
Bettany Hughes book Helen of Troy, and Homer’s Iliad. Also I love Greek mythology and ancient history. The honour I have is re-telling ancient myths, to have people read them and grow to love them as much as I do.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It is an alternative tale on the legend of The Iliad and subsequent stories that have been written since. We will never know the real truth behind the story and of those who featured prominently in the Homeric tales. I wanted to tell Helen’s story and give her voice. It was her turn to let us know what really happened.

Check out the answers these wonderful storytellers share on their blogs next week, 26th December.

Emily Guido

Julie Hicks

J.M. McDowell

Joshua Dwyer

Maggie Cammiss