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.
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
I want to let you know my short story Boxed in a Curse is featured on Indie Author Land. You can learn about why I wrote the series of short stories Accursed Women. I would be honoured if you’d check it out.
It has been over a month since Boxed in a Curse was published as an eBook and it is stressful time for any writer who is waiting to read their first review, whether it the first book or tenth. In any case, you wonder how your story is received. Of course, on an intellectual level you know not everyone will like what you write but you hope someone will pick up and give it a go. That’s all you really want. On an emotional level, your gut churns, the acids build and your fingernails take a beating. You really want readers to like your book.
This is the first review for my fourth short story, and just like the release of the previous stories, it has been an anxious wait. Carrie Slager, The Mad Reviewerkindly agreed to read my version of the Pandora myth and has posted a review on her blog. I do hope you head over and read what she wrote.
The day has arrived and Boxed in a Curse is out, out, OUT.
Pandora has once again opened the proverbial box (really an urn) and now is in the ethers of digital space.
I hope she finds a good home to settle and entertain.
She was created by the gods as a gift to humanity. Then there was the urn.
Pandora, the first woman on Earth, was endowed with many gifts: beauty, intelligence, domesticity, and curiosity. She was at once lover, sympathiser and nurturer. Zeus presented an urn as her wedding dowry. Neither she nor her husband, Epimethos knew what it contained inside, and Hermes, the Messenger, warned them never to open it.
So the story goes… according to Grandpa.
Two precocious children visit their grandfather and beg him to tell a story. It wasn’t ‘on a dark and stormy night’ or ‘once upon a time’ type of story either.
Now for the cover
It was close and this cover won by the narrowest of margins.
Well, April has come and gone. I must have blinked, four months of 2013 down, eight to go. Eek! Forgive me, need to compose myself.
Now to the real reason behind this post. In three weeks time I will be publishing a new short story called Boxed in a Curse. I have three book covers to choose from. As always, your input is valuable and would like you to vote. The winning cover will be revealed on the day of publication.
Here’s the blurb to whet your appetite.
She was created by the gods. A gift to humanity. Then there was the urn.
Pandora, the first woman on earth, was endowed with many gifts: beauty, intelligence, domesticity, lover, sympathiser, nurturer and curiosity. Then Zeus presents an urn. It would be her wedding dowry. Neither she nor her husband, Epimethos knew what contained inside, warned by Hermes the Messenger, never to open it.
I asked Carrie Slager The Mad Reviewer if she would review my short story in exchange for a copy of The Curse of Troy. She gracefully said yes even though she only reviews anthologies of short stories rather than just one short story. Carrie is well read and knows her mythology which is why I asked her to review my story.
She has written a wonderful review. Please go to her website to read the review.
The day has arrived and I am happy to announce A Goddess’ Curseis 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?
I’ve been so busy polishing and buffing my story that before I realised it, we’re in the middle of March. Then I started to panic. With so much to do, I almost forgot to let my wonderful friends in the bloggers’ sphere know about the impending publishing date.
Next Thursday, 21 Marchis the official launch day for my short story A Goddess’ Curse. It will be published on Amazon, Kobo and Smashwords. Write it down in your diaries, PDAs, iPhones’, androids, calendar. It is about Hera, the Queen of the Gods. I wrote a post The Price of Love which if you haven’t had a chance to read, will give you a bit of insight into her mythology.
I have four possible cover choices for the story. My e-Bulletin subscribers have already had their say and now it’s your chance to vote for the cover you like.
Cover A Cover B
Cover C Cover D
The cover with the most votes will be revealed next week on the day of the launch!
I guess it’s a metaphorical question rather than a literal one, mainly because I was curious as to whether my absence from blogging would have an impact but the more I thought about it, does it really matter? Truthfully, yes. Like other aspiring writers a way to garner interest in your work is to put yourself out there, literally exposing your feelings and dreams and hopefully people/readers will find you. This is my aim and with it develop an audience, and with this wonderful group and future readers, they take the leap and read my stories.
It is daunting and just recently I have a short story published on Amazon and Smashwords, which to be honest a scary feeling. You just don’t know whether people will be interested enough to read it. This is doubly hard for me to accept, as I would like to see results [must be the teacher side of me coming through! or perhaps the virgoan trait]. Needless to say, it is out there now and to quote a famous line sung by Doris Day, ‘que sera, sera’.
On another note, I just read an informative post by Joanna Penn, who is a self-published writer and recently acquired an agent. In her post, she reveals what she had gone through in order to follow her dream. It is worth a read and one that confirms for me that I am on right track.