Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Alexandria: More than a Library Guest Post Laurel A. Rockefeller


Alexandria: More than a Library
By Laurel A. Rockefeller
Alexandria. Jewel of the Egypt. Jewel of the Eastern Roman Empire. Alexandria is most famous for two things: its library system (yes, there was more than one library) and its part in the tragedy of Pharaoh Cleopatra VII. Far fewer people are aware that it was home to one of the greatest philosophers and scientists of the classical world: Hypatia of Alexandria.

To truly understand and appreciate Hypatia’s life it is important to discover the place she called home and its place in history.

Alexandria Egypt gets its name from Alexander the Great who founded the city in 331 BCE. But
Alexander was not working from scratch. There was a small port town there already called Rhakotis which quickly became absorbed into Alexander’s grand new capital. Alexander personally designed his city to include massive, ornamental public buildings and lavish palaces, the sort of public works meant to impress the world and give glory to Alexander’s greatness. Building was to be done by others. In 330 BCE trusted commander Cleomenes began the first stage of building to be succeeded in 323 BCE by Egypt’s new governor, General Ptolemy who made Alexandria his capital city three years later. In 305 BCE the title of governor was no longer enough for Ptolemy and he declared himself Pharaoh of his new Ptolemaic dynasty.

Under the Ptolemaic dynasty Alexandria prospered as it never had before. Ptolemy I ordered
construction of the Great Library, a library so massive in size and collection that it took his son and successor Ptolemy II to finish it. The famous lighthouse was built on the island of Pharos in Alexandria’s harbour to become one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It is also under Ptolemy I that we see ancient Egyptian and ancient Greek religions merging in the form of the god Serapis.
Ptolemy’s temple to Serapis was one of two spectacular temples built on the north edge of the city, a complex for worship, learning, and culture rivalled only by the Parthenon in Athens itself. As the number of books in the Great Library increased, the Temple of Serapis quickly became a daughter library. What started as an idea in the mind of Alexander the Great was quickly becoming an entire library system, the largest such system in the western world.

With the Ptolemies actively adding every known book in the western world to Alexandria’s libraries the city naturally attracted more and more of the best and the brightest from every academic discipline. Eratosthenes, Euclid, and Archimedes all studied, researched, and taught from Ptolemaic Alexandria. Alexandria was at the heart of the ancient golden age of scholarship and learning.

But it was not to last. In 48 BCE a Roman general named Julius Caesar came to Egypt on pretences of resolving a civil war between Ptolemy XIII and his sister Cleopatra VII. During the ensuing battles, parts of the city were burned – including sections of the Great Library. After Caesar’s assassination, Marcus Antonius came to Alexandria and quickly became Cleopatra’s famous or infamous consort. It was during Cleopatra’s reign that work began on the Caesareum, the great palace and daughter library located to the west of the much older Serapeum.
After Cleopatra’s suicide, Alexandria lost its stability along with its status. Relegated to the capital of one of many Roman provinces it was ruined and rebuilt many times. Despite the constant turmoil, the library system still made it attractive for researchers, teachers, and writers throughout the empire. Legend has it that the Hebrew Bible was translated into Greek from Alexandria. But it was Constantine’s “Edict of Milan” in 313 CE that ultimately sealed the city’s fate when it ended persecution of the Christian religion, allegedly in the spirit of religious tolerance for all religions.

The Christians in Egypt did not interpret the edict as a call for tolerance, but an opportunity to attack the much larger pagan and Jewish communities. The Christians mostly did this out of a pursuit of power. They wanted to control the city and control what people studied and believed. Under three
successive Christian Patriarchs (Theodosius I, Theophilus I, and Cyril I), the Christian community outlawed and destroyed all of the great institutions that had made Alexandria famous and prosperous. Jews and pagans were actively murdered, the entire library system burned into ashes, and both the Caesareum and Serapeum destroyed and converted into churches. In 415 CE this cumulated in the murder of Hypatia of Alexandria, the greatest philosopher, scientist, and teacher of Roman Alexandria if not the entire classical world. With Hypatia gone, Patriarch Cyril completed his annihilation of the Jews. With both the Jews and Hypatia and her followers gone from the city, Cyril at last made Alexandria the Christian city he wanted –at the expense of the city’s economic, political, and cultural stability. In 646 CE fell into Islamic rule which remains today.
Alexandria Egypt was one of the great wonders of the ancient world. A city designed as the jewel of Alexander the Great’s empire, it prospered under the Greco-Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty as the greatest center of learning the western world has ever known. But it was ultimately the quest for power by three Christian patriarchs that became its undoing, a lesson perhaps in the danger of religious intolerance and the use of religion in pursuit of material and political power.

Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller is author of over twenty books published and self-published since August, 2012 and in languages ranging from Welsh to Spanish to Chinese and everything in between. A dedicated scholar and biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education and improving history literacy worldwide. 

With her lyrical writing style, Laurel's books are as beautiful to read as they are informative.


In her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels, attending living history activities, travelling to historic places in both the United States and United Kingdom, and watching classic motion pictures and classic television series.




Hypatia of Alexandria
The Legendary Women of World History #8
by Laurel A. Rockefeller
Genre: YA Historical Fiction

Teacher. Philosopher. Astronomer.
Born in 355 CE. In the aftermath of Constantine's reign Hypatia of Alexandria lived in a collapsing Rome Empire, a world where obedience to religious authorities trumped science, where reason and logic threatened the new world order. It was a world on the edge of the Dark Ages. As libraries burned, she dared defend the light of knowledge.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Chameleleon's Death Dance BR Kingsolver



Chameleon’s Death Dance
B.R. Kingsolver
Genre: Urban Fantasy, science fiction, post-apocalyptic dystopian
Book 4 of the Chameleon Assassin series, including the award-winning Book 1, Chameleon Assassin.

Even a chameleon can be a target.
Libby makes her money as a thief and an assassin, but a girl has to have a cover. To her surprise, her business installing security systems in 23rd century Toronto is taking off, as is her romance with Wil—North America’s top cop.
Then an insurance company hires her to recover a fortune in stolen art and jewelry. Bring them the stolen goods and they'll pay an outrageous fee, no questions asked.
The Vancouver art scene is hot, in more ways than one. Billionaires compete for bragging rights, and they aren't picky who they deal with.
With big money and reputations on the line, Libby is on a collision course with the super-rich. When too many questions make the art thieves uncomfortable, one of the world’s top assassins is hired to eliminate those who know too much—including Libby.

Available at  Amazon USA  Amazon UK and Amazon CA

About the Author

I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a
master’s in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, a teacher, and somehow found a career working with computers.

As to my other interests, I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I’ve skied since high school, with one broken leg and one torn ACL to show for it. I’ve hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel, though I haven’t done enough of it. I’ve seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. Lake Tahoe is a favorite, and someday I’d like to see Banff.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Alien Minds Christina Bauer


Alien Minds
Christina Bauer
(Dimension Drift, #1)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: November 27th 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Meimi Archer is living the perfect life. Too bad it isn’t hers.
On my seventeenth birthday, I wake up in the hospital to find I just survived a sketchy but terrible accident. My parents stand by my bedside—both are beautiful, wealthy, and super-nice. They tell me that once I leave the hospital, I’ll attend the prestigious ECHO Academy, where I’ll churn out equations for the government along with my mega-smart peers.
So, I’m living the perfect life.
Then why does everything feel all wrong?
My parents, my house and even ECHO Academy…none of it fits. Plus, what’s up with Thorne, my brooding yet yummy classmate who keeps telling me I need to remember my true past, which seems to have included a lot of us kissing? That’s one thing I’d really like to remember, except for the fact that I’m pretty sure Thorne is hiding a ton of nasty secrets of his own, including the fact that he may not be from this world. But considering how my own past seems alien to me, it’s not like I can judge. Plus, Thorne has dimples. That’s a problem.
And worst of all, why does it feel so yucky to work on these calculations for the government? It’s all supposed to be part of ECHO, but my heart tells me that I’m helping something truly terrible come to pass. Thorne seems to think that kissing him again will release my real memories.
Maybe it’s time to pucker up.


Author Bio:
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.
Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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Losing Cadence by Laura Lovett Guest Post


Laura (Hambley) Lovett was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Calgary in 2006. Her love of writing began at an early age when she would create and draw characters, telling stories to herself as she drew.
An accomplished author in the academic and business world, Laura pursued her love of creative writing to pen her first novel, Losing Cadence, a psychological thriller. Losing Cadence was written over many years as Laura juggled school, work and family, but she made time to pursue her passion for writing.
Laura is a psychologist and entrepreneur, currently running practices in the areas of career and leadership development and distributed workplaces. She was nominated and selected as a Distinctive Woman in Canada in 2013. Laura also enjoys teaching at the University of Calgary and has been an Adjunct Professor of Psychology since 2010.
Laura lives in Calgary with her husband and three children. She loves playing squash, travelling, spending time at the family cabin in Montana, as well as her view of the Rocky Mountains as the snow is falling on her hot tub.


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Guest Post

 What is something unique/quirky about you? 
 As a kid I used to be shy about my habit of drawing out stories and telling myself them aloud, so I would lock myself in my bedroom to do so. What I thought was weird at the time, was actually a writer in the making! 
Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you! 
A helicopter crashed into our lake in Montana late one night and I called 9-1-1 and argued with them that what I heard was indeed a helicopter crashing into 90 feet of water and not a chopper pulling out water to fight forest fires. They didn’t believe me until the truth came out and the Sheriff called me personally to apologize. Trust your instincts is the learning here! 
What are some of your pet peeves? 
  People who explain things to me I already know, without coming up for air to clarify if I already know it! 
  Red lights
  Slow elevators 
 What inspired you to write this book?
 Imagining how being a billionaire would impact an obsessive, stalker’s ability to create a “marriage” of his choosing. I was inspired long ago by two movies: Sleeping with the Enemy and Misery. But Losing Cadence and Finding Sophie are unlike these, but the idea of being held against your will has always been a creepy and interesting one. 
 Who is your hero and why? 
My late father who died 20 years ago, and was also a writer, an entrepreneur and an inventor. I am learning how much I am now like him and I admire that in the 21 years I had him as my dad, he influenced me in so many positive ways.


Losing Cadence
by Laura Lovett
Genre: Thriller, Suspense


When Cadence Weaverly graduates from high school, she thinks it’s for the best that she and her boyfriend, Richard White, take separate paths: she to Julliard and he back to Harvard. Ten years later, she has an ideal job and a wonderful fiancĂ©, Christian. She is building the life of her dreams—until the day Richard resurfaces out of the blue, abducts her from her San Francisco apartment, and returns her to his mansion where he holds her captive.


Cadence can hardly believe her ears when Richard professes his undying love and reveals his plans to build a life together. Terrified to fight back for fear he will have Christian murdered, Cadence must determine how to reason with a mentally unstable man who is obsessed with making her his forever. But even if she manages to escape, will she ever really be free of the man who hunts her heart?
In this psychological thriller, a young woman must rely on perseverance, courage, and inner strength to survive after she is kidnapped by her deranged ex-boyfriend.



Finding Sophie
Sequel to Losing Cadence

Finding Sophie is the highly anticipated sequel to Laura Lovett's debut psychological thriller, Losing Cadence.

For twelve years, Cadence Davidson has dreaded her daughter's twelfth birthday, for that is the day she will tell Sophie who her true father really is.

Sophie's world is turned upside down when she learns that her biological father is really Richard White, the man who abducted her mother twelve years earlier.She wonders if she will ever meet the elusive billionaire, only to find herself suddenly abducted into the life that he has carefully crafted for her and her mother.

Despite his carefully orchestrated plan, Richard White is faced with unexpected events that threaten to tear his newfound family apart. Will Richard be able to find peace and hold on to the family he has fought for a lifetime to bring together?

In this psychological thriller, an obsession that spans decades comes to it's ultimate test. Love, loss and courage coalesce as Richard faces his demons and makes the final choice to find peace and love.





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Sunday, December 10, 2017

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Today's Word is:
paint



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Saturday, December 9, 2017

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Today's Word is:
bridge



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Friday, December 8, 2017

First Case Scenario Annemarie DeClark


First Case Scenario
Annemarie DeClark
(Harlee’s Whodunit in the Motor City #1)
Publication date: July 24th 2017
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Most cops walk a beat. She dances to one.
Undercover and using moves she didn’t learn at the Detroit Police Academy, Harlee races to identify the cold case murderer who has struck again. While juggling a charming ex-fiancĂ©, a friend with benefits, and a partner who is too darn handsome for his own good, Harlee begins socializing with the potential suspects outside of work… until the killer learns of her double identity.
This mystery has a perfect blend of humor, sexiness and suspense. It is the first novel in the Harlee’s Whodunit in the Motor City Series.
EXCERPT:
Once upon a time, before becoming a big superhero detective, Liam Garrison was a hot street cop who pulled me over for speeding. All six feet and four inches of hulking, brawny Liam stood propped against my car while I quickly formulated my game plan.
“Harriet Lee O’Conner,” he read from my license, shaking his head. “Twenty-one years old.”
“My friends call me Harlee.”
“Do I look like your friend?” he asked, trying to sound tough.
“Do you want to be my friend?” I offered with a wink.
“Do you know why I pulled you over?”
“Because I’m hot and you want my phone number?” I couldn’t believe I actually said this to a police officer.
He laughed at me. “Get outta here,” he said, handing back my license and registration. “You’re too much for me to handle. Don’t let me catch you over the speed limit again.”
“Okie-dokie,” I promised.
The very next day he pulled me over in the very same spot going the very same speed. This time, he wanted more from me, including information on where I was always going in such a hurry. I told him I was late for work at The Full Moon Gentlemen’s Club where I worked as an exotic dancer. We made a deal. That night I gave him a lap dance in exchange for the two speeding tickets he never wrote.


Author Bio:
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Annemarie is a former West Point cadet with a degree in Mathematics and Natural Science. She is a wife, a mother, and a proud daughter of a retired Detroit firefighter. When she isn’t busy reading or watching a whodunit mystery, she’s busy writing one.

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ravine



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Thursday, December 7, 2017

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alley



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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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Today's Word is:
yip



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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Fourth Element Trilogy Kat Ross


The Fourth Element Trilogy: Boxed Set
Kat Ross
Publication date: September 22nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Gladiator meets Romeo and Juliet in this “spellbinding fantasy” trilogy (Kirkus Reviews) set in ancient Persia!
They are the light against the darkness.
The steel against the necromancy of the Druj.
And they use demons to hunt demons….
Nazafareen lives for revenge. A girl of the isolated Four-Legs Clan, all she knows about the King’s elite Water Dogs is that they leash wicked creatures called daevas to protect the empire from the Undead. But when scouts arrive to recruit young people with the gift, she leaps at the chance to join their ranks. To hunt the monsters that killed her sister.
Scarred by grief, she’s willing to pay any price, even if it requires linking with a daeva named Darius. Human in body, he’s possessed of a terrifying power, one that Nazafareen controls. But the golden cuffs that join them have an unwanted side effect. Each experiences the other’s emotions, and human and daeva start to grow dangerously close.
As they pursue a deadly foe across the arid waste of the Great Salt Plain to the glittering capital of Persepolae, unearthing the secrets of Darius’s past along the way, Nazafareen is forced to question his slavery—and her own loyalty to the empire. But with an ancient evil stirring in the north, and a young conqueror sweeping in from the west, the fate of an entire civilization may be at stake…
So begins an epic story of adventure, romance and betrayal that leads to undiscovered magical realms and a final confrontation with a demon queen bent on destroying them all.
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Author Bio:
Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She's the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day, the Fourth Element fantasy trilogy (The Midnight Sea, Blood of the Prophet, Queen of Chaos), and a new gaslamp mystery series that opens with The Daemoniac and continues with The Thirteenth Gate. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. For more information about Kat's books, come visit her at katrossbooks.com.

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baby's breath



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Monday, December 4, 2017

Murder on the Lake of Fire Mikel J. Wilson


Murder on the Lake of Fire
Mikel J. Wilson
(Mourning Dove Mysteries, #1)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: December 1st 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, Mystery, Romance
At twenty-three and with a notorious case under his belt, Emory Rome has already garnered fame as a talented special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His career is leapfrogging over his colleagues, but the jumping stops when he’s assigned a case he fought to avoid – to investigate an eerie murder in the Smoky Mountain hometown he had abandoned. This mysterious case of a dead teen ice-skater once destined for the pros is just the beginning. In a small town bursting with envious friends and foes, Rome’s own secrets lie just below the surface. The rush to find the murderer before he strikes again pits Rome against artful private investigator, Jeff Woodard. The PI is handsome and smart, seducing Rome and forcing him to confront childhood demons, but Woodard has secrets of his own. He might just be the killer Rome is seeking.
EXCERPT:
Britt hadn’t been able to even look at her skates since the embarrassment of her last competition, and now as they dangled from her shoulders, she faced the frozen lake like it was a pervy ass-pincher about to get slapped. Knowing someone had drugged her didn’t soothe the humiliation of that night and didn’t make returning to the ice any easier.
“I can do this,” she chanted while her shins cut through the crouching morning fog and her boots crunched a path onto the snow. As she unburdened her shoulder at the lake’s bank, the blades clinked against each other like engaged sabers, shocking the silence to attention. She changed her footwear and stepped onto the frozen water, prepared for battle.
Britt plowed through the thin layer of snow atop the ice and warmed up with minor moves of little friction that evolved into grander displays of gifted athleticism. From a Y-spiral she leapt into a butterfly jump and followed it with a double Axel. When she landed, she spotted something protruding from the ice in her path. Branch! She shuffled her feet and averted a tumble, but the back of her blades scraped each other, which caused a slight spark.
Composure regained, Britt twisted into a purposeful spin. As she drew in her arms to increase her speed, her visible breath encircled her head like the arms of the Milky Way. She couldn’t focus on the white and grey world that whirled around her, but she noticed that the sun had risen and was now warming her face.
The sun, however, was still in its place, hiding behind the snow-covered pines.
Fire surrounded her petite frame and spread across the lake. Britt tried to scream, but the smoke she gasped in gagged her throat.
She continued spinning, unable to stop, as the blaze engulfed her body. In a fiery vortex, Britt plunged through the melting ice.


Author Bio:
Mystery and science fiction author Mikel J. Wilson received widespread critical praise for his debut novel, Sedona: The Lost Vortex, a science fiction book based on the Northern Arizona town’s legends of energy vortexes and dimensional travel. Wilson now draws on his Southern roots for the Mourning Dove Mysteries, a series of novels featuring bizarre murders in the Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee.
Murder on the Lake of Fire, the first novel in the Mourning Dove Mysteries series, will be available December 1, 2017.

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mistletoe



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