Where did the year go?

It’s hard to believe but the first anniversary of Accursed Women is fast approaching. A lot has happened since 30 November 2013, high and low events. The greatest achievement was the publication of Accursed Women. The book launch was a wonderful success with support from family, friends and people I hadn’t met before. It had a positive vibe and great energy. I was buzzing and so was the room full of guests.

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Reviled and Ostracised: the Plight of Women

‘Well behaved women rarely make history.’
Eleanor Roosevelt

Imagine yourself sitting in a magnificent citadel and outside you can hear the roar of men as they charge at each other. The ringing of swords as they clash. The thunder of hooves as horse drawn chariots race across the plain of Troy. The whistling of arrows jettisoned into the air. The cries of men as they are stabbed, slashed, pierced and hacked. The ground covered with dead bodies. The stench of blood, urine and loosened bowels suffocates and billows into the air. Ten long years you have listened and watched the decimation of human life. What could you have done? What should have you done?

Helen of Troy Lord Frederick Leighton Wikimedia

Helen of Troy
Lord Frederick Leighton
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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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A Prince from a land of Thieves?

Wars are won or lost on a number of strategic factors: the greatest fighters, a well-equipped army, ferocious weaponry, and a well thought out ploy. Given these all played out on the plain of Troy another major element was integral in the final outcome of the war. Each side had allies, whereas the Akhaians were predominantly Greek, the Trojans bolstered their numbers from neighbouring states, empires with whom they had trade treaties.

An ally is:
(Noun)
• A state formally cooperating with another for a military or other purpose.
(Verb)
Ally something to/with
• Combine or unite a resource or commodity with (another) for mutual benefit.
Oxford Dictionary

Patroclus (naked, on the right) kills Sarpedon (wearing Lycian clothes, on the left) with his spear, while Glaucus comes to the latter's help., ca. 400 BC.  Museo Nazionale Archaeologico of Policoro. AuthorJastrow Wikipedia

Patroclus (naked, on the right) kills Sarpedon (wearing Lycian clothes, on the left) with his spear, while Glaucus comes to the latter’s help., ca. 400 BC.
Museo Nazionale Archaeologico of Policoro.
Author Jastrow
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Going once, Going twice, oh what the heck here’s a deal for you

40% off the RRP on Accursed Women

For the next four weeks, Accursed Women will be on sale on Smashwords for $3.59 US
Enter the coupon code and download a copy appropriate to your reading device.

Coupon Code: YA56V
Expires: 3 May, 2014

If you like to hold a hardcopy of the book as I do and prefer to buy a print version of Accursed Women, please contact me.

I’d be grateful if you share or let others know about the deal. Plus a review would be great! Thanking you in advance.

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Five stories, five women, five legends.

Phaedra, a Minoan princess, marries out of duty and to safeguard her precious home. She falls in love with Hippolytos, her husband’s son and asks the Goddess Aphrodite for help. He spurns her affections.

The Trojan War, one of history’s greatest stories ever told. What if the legend as told is wrong? History is told by the victors, and facts changed to twist the truth. Is it possible Helen of Sparta never went to Troy?

Hera, Queen of the Gods, is the most powerful goddess on Mount Olympos. For the first time ever in a candid interview, Hera shares what it’s like to be a goddess and wife to Zeus, the King of the Gods.

Created by the gods as a gift to humanity, Pandora is the first woman on Earth. Did she know what Zeus intended when he presented an urn as a wedding dowry to her husband? Neither she nor Epimetheus knew what it contained, but they were told never to open it.

All Medousa wanted was a life of love and acceptance but one fateful night it changed. While she’s alone in the Temple of Athene tending to the sacred fire, Poseidon pays a visit. No human can stop an immortal from taking what they want.

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Greek Mythology Revisited by BBC

A subscriber of my e-Bulletin emailed me some months back to let me know about a new television series produced by BBC called Atlantis, based on Greek mythology. It follows the adventures of three friends Jason, Hercules and Pythagoras in the mythical city Atlantis. The stories blend a variety of Greek myths and though many are chronologically out of context, I must admit to enjoying the series.

Stills from TV series BBC One http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01crz36

Still from TV series
BBC One
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01crz36

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Book Launch Competition

Exclusive to Eternal Atlantis followers

Mythos Publications is launching

Accursed Women – A Collection of Short Stories

on the 30th November 2013

As a thank you to my wonderful followers, you can enter a competition to win a first edition of Accursed Women before the 30th November.

Just answer the question and enter your email address by the 7th November.

The winner will be notified via email and announced on Eternal Atlantis blog.

Click on the Rafflecopter to enter.

Did I mention there are two copies available to win?

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Five stories, five women, five legends.

Phaedra, a Minoan princess, marries out of duty and to safeguard her precious home. She falls in love with Hippolytos, her husband’s son and asks the Goddess Aphrodite for help. He spurns her affections.

The Trojan War, one of history’s greatest stories ever told. What if the legend as told is wrong? History is told by the victors, and facts changed to twist the truth. Is it possible Helen of Sparta never went to Troy?

Hera, Queen of the Gods, is the most powerful goddess on Mount Olympos. For the first time ever in a candid interview, Hera shares what it’s like to be a goddess and wife to Zeus, the King of the Gods.

Created by the gods as a gift to humanity, Pandora is the first woman on Earth. Did she know what Zeus intended when he presented an urn as a wedding dowry to her husband? Neither she nor Epimetheus knew what it contained, but they were told never to open it.

All Medousa wanted was a life of love and acceptance but one fateful night it changed. While she’s alone in the Temple of Athene tending to the sacred fire, Poseidon pays a visit. No human can stop an immortal from taking what they want.

Want to increase your chances to win a copy?

You can enter on Goodreads as well

I’d also be grateful if you shared this post.

Thank you as always

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Did the Punishment Fit the Misdemeanour?

When I was in primary school we used to play a game called ‘Statues’, the object of the game was to outsmart the ‘curator’ and try to tag them without being seen. Whenever the curator turned everyone would freeze, you couldn’t move. The curator was free to move around at this point but when their back was turned, you start running again. If the curator catches you moving then you were out of the game. Then you start over. It was a lot of fun too.

Why am I telling you this? It came to mind when I was researching the myth of Medousa. Could it be possible this game was borne from a story about a monster that turned people into stone statues? An early children’s game? A bit like the innocuous rhyming game with a terrible tale ‘Ring a ring a rosie’ which came out of the Black Plague. It is very probable.

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Book Launch 23 May 2013

Pandora by Pierre Loison 1910-1912 Louvre Museum

Pandora
by Pierre Loison
1910-1912
Louvre Museum

The day is fast approaching for the launch of Boxed in a Curse, the fourth short story in the Accursed Women series. The book cover will be revealed in nine days, so if you haven’t as yet voted for your favourite cover you have until the end of this week to have your say. This would have to be the closest of margins for the selection of book covers.

As mentioned in the post New Story and Cover Choices, the story is about Pandora, the first woman created by the gods. Hesiod briefly mentions her in his Works and Days, (boy did he have a problem with women!) allowing other ancient historians/playwrights take up the story and embellish it further. I think she was hard done by. If someone gives you a present aren’t you inclined to open it? Or is that just me… and Pandora?

In the story Boxed in a Curse, I hope to play tribute to Pandora and put into perspective of the events which led to her opening the urn.

Please write down the date: 23 May 2013 and hope to see you on the day of the launch.

As always, I look forward to your comments.
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