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Under Sufferance

There is a terrible and nasty thread that runs throughout the history of the world—the “rape” of women and girls. Rape is in quotations as there are various definitions of the word: • The offence of forcing a person, especially a woman, to submit to sexual intercourse against that person’s will; • The act of…

The Huntress Has Thorns

Since the dawn of time women have been regarded as the ‘fairer’ and ‘weaker’ sex, aphorisms which are out-dated. However there were a number of role models who rallied against these stereotyped terms. Cleopatra, a strong and intelligent woman who ruled a country; Joan of Arc, who was burnt at the stake because men (the…

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…

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.…

What Say You?

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 March is the official launch day…

The Price of Love

She had everything. A husband, in this case a god, (don’t we all wish that!), she shared the throne, was as powerful as her husband, had adoring worshippers and a family. Yet she was one of the most spiteful of the Olympian goddesses. They all had nasty traits but she was vindictive and more often…

Who Were the Olympian Gods?

Their story goes back thousands of years, long before writing was invented. The magic of words sung and passed down from generation to generation. It was Hesiod who first told their story in his oratorical piece Theogony; literally translated as “the birth of the gods.” Though some experts suggest he got his inspiration from Homer’s…

Sacred Centre of Ancient Greece

Delphi was considered one of the most important religious sites in Ancient Greece. It was home to the Delphic Oracle called Pythia, from which all women who held that position were known. Pythia had the power of foresight, a gift given by Apollo but the problem was no one could understand what she was saying. Enter…

Next port of call: Hippo Regius

To continue with my character’s journey we head to Hippo Regius, another Phoenician settlement. Today, it is near Annaba, in Algeria. To get an idea of where it is, refer to my previous post Destination: North Africa, and look at the map. There isn’t a lot of information on Hippo Regius but if you do go…