A Celtic warrior princess is torn between her forbidden love for the enemy and duty to her people.
AWARD-WINNING APOLLO’S RAVEN sweeps you into an epic Celtic tale of forbidden love, mythological adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia. In 24 AD British kings hand-picked by Rome to rule are fighting each other for power. King Amren’s former queen, a powerful Druid, has cast a curse that Blood Wolf and the Raven will rise and destroy him. The king’s daughter, Catrin, learns to her dismay that she is the Raven and her banished half-brother is Blood Wolf. Trained as a warrior, Catrin must find a way to break the curse, but she is torn between her forbidden love for her father’s enemy, Marcellus, and loyalty to her people. She must summon the magic of the Ancient Druids to alter the dark prophecy that threatens the fates of everyone in her kingdom.
Will Catrin overcome and eradicate the ancient curse. Will she be able to embrace her forbidden love for Marcellus? Will she cease the war between Blood Wolf and King Amren and save her kingdom?
Cold Coffee Review: Interesting story. Travel back to a time in 24 AD where strong Celtic women find themselves influencing Clansmen, Kings and Queens. This ancient time is set in Rome and on the Southeast Coast of Britannia where fantasy, mythology, medieval practices, politics, religion, Celtic culture, the Roman Empire, and forbidden romance bring about this fictional tale tailored by well researched history, archaeological evidence supported with a cast of fictional and non-fictional characters artfully woven in by skilled writer Linnea Tanner.
The story begins with Princess Catrin, her horse and her raven spirit guide observing ships, possible war ships in the distance. Advice from her father “know your enemies better than your friends” along with her spirit guide and ancient powers will help Catrin through the perils that await.
I invite you into this epic tale where “Alone in Mor’s candlelit bedchamber, Catrin shifted restlessly under her blankets. Not having to share the bed with her sister, because Mor was gone most of the night with Belinus, she thought slumber would come easy. Yet an ominous fire lingered inside her and foreboding thoughts crackled through her mind about what her father had said at the family meeting during the festivities. When he announced that Mor must be prepared to wed Cunobelin’s son after he renegotiated a matrimonial agreement, she wilted like a flower denied water. The burden of keeping Mor’s secret about Belinus weighed heavily on Catrin’s conscience. If Cunobelin found out, it could unravel the tenuous negotiations for peace between the powerful tribal kingdoms.
More troubling, her father instructed her on ways she could beguile Marcellus into revealing Roman’s schemes for their kingdom. Her stomach tossed with conflicting emotions about the striking Roman. How could she carry out her father’s directive when this young man made her heart race every time he gazed at her?”
Apollo’s Raven is a fast-paced, intriguing story with characters, situations and mystical threads sparked my interest and kept me turning the page of this award-winning book. I pre-ordered Dagger's Destiny (Curse of Clansmen and Kings-Book 2) so I will not miss a thing as the story continues. I purchased Apollo’s Raven from Kindle and this review was completed on August 20, 2018.
Genre: Fiction, Historical, Fantasy, Epic
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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Linnea Tanner
Award-winning Linnea Tanner weaves Celtic tales of love, magic, adventure, betrayal and intrigue into historical fiction set in Ancient Rome and Britannia. Since childhood, she has passionately read about ancient civilizations and mythology which held women in higher esteem. Of particular interest are the enigmatic Celts who were reputed as fierce warriors and mystical Druids.
Depending on the time of day and season of the year, you will find her exploring and researching ancient and medieval history, mythology and archaeology to support her writing. As the author of the APOLLO’S RAVEN series, she has extensively researched and traveled to sites described within each book.
A native of Colorado, Linnea attended the University of Colorado and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry. She lives in Windsor with her husband and has two children and six grandchildren.
What makes you proud to be a writer from (Colorado)? I’m proud to be a writer from Colorado where several authors call home. There are several writers’ organizations that provide additional education and support for aspiring authors. I’m a proud member of the Historical Novel Society, Northern Colorado Writers, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and Pikes Peak Writers.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? As a young girl growing up in the 1950s in Colorado, I was inspired by myths, legends, and historical accounts of powerful women warriors, sorceresses, and goddesses. In third grade, when my friends were reading Nancy Drew mysteries, I was devouring books on Greek and Nordic mythology. By eighth grade, I was reading adult historical fiction classics such as The Egyptian, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, and Ben-Hur. These novels swept me into other bigger than life worlds. This is when I began creating characters which I would use later in my books.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? My mother, who was widowed in her thirty’s and had to raise five children, emphasized education and supplied our household with a variety of books. She allowed me the freedom to explore my world without placing any stereotypical restrictions on me. The ability to open your mind to other viewpoints and possibilities is critical in the creative process.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? After my semi-retirement in 2010, I completed my first draft of one of the books in the historical fantasy series, Apollo’s Raven. Ever since, I continued to hone my craftsmanship and learn more about the publishing world by joining writers’ organizations and taking workshops.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? The most rewarding experience in the writing process is the creative process of conjuring characters and general plot to a story. It gives me great pleasure to weave a story together that transforms in unexpected and delightful ways.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? One of the greatest pleasures I’ve experienced is getting to know other authors through social media and writers’ groups. Many successful independent authors graciously support and promote each other. I’ve met fellow authors throughout the world through social media.
How many published books do you have? Book 1: Apollo’s Raven in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series is published. Book 2: Dagger’s Destiny will be released on September 26.
Please tell us the titles and the genre of each?
Apollo’s Raven; Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy; Fantasy Historical
Dagger’s Destiny; Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy; Fantasy Historical
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? After I wrote my first manuscript, I changed the title from The Sword and the Raven to Apollo’s Raven.
Please list any awards that you have won: Silver Medalist 2018 eLit Award Fantasy/Science Fiction; Bronze Medal 2017 Global Ebook Award Fantasy/Historical; 2017 New Apple Awards: Official Selection for Historical Fiction and Cross Genre; Literary Titan Gold Book Award.
Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Apollo’s Raven and Dagger’s Destiny
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? Book 1: Apollo’s Raven and Book 2: Dagger’s Destiny in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series is inspired by the legacy of Cleopatra and Mark Antony but with a Celtic Twist. The female protagonist is inspired by the historically-based Celtic warrior queen, Boudica, who united the Britons to rebel against the Romans in 60 AD. It is my hope that modern women can draw on the rich traditions of the ancient Celtic culture where women owned property and could become rulers and Druids. These women fought in battles just like the men to maintain the integrity and protection of their society.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Follow your dream and never give up.
Who is your favorite author and why? I’ve had the fortune of taking workshops and meeting Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander Series. One of the reasons I admire her is she writes true to her heart and graciously shares her vast knowledge and experience.
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