feel free to explore the Flight Deck and check out my books and website.
Then fasten your seatbelts, sip a glass of something sparkling and let's chat awhile!
I hope you'll stop by again for guest authors and spotlights from time to time.
Beloved Enemy joined Starquest and Children of the Mistto continue the DestinyTrilogy and I'm thrilled to announce was shortlisted for the R.N.A. RoNAAwards 2017, awarded 2nd Runner up in the RONE Awards 2017 and was the winner in the SF/Fantasy category of the 'Best Banter Contest'.
Something a bit different today - a short story about the fascinating life of the boy King Tutankhamen
written with younger readers in mind.
TITLE – Tutankhamen Speaks
SERIES – The Quest Books Companion to Sons of the Sphinx
AUTHOR – Cheryl Carpinello
GENRE – Historical Fiction Ancient Civilizations
PUBLICATION DATE –Jan. 2014
LENGTH – 80 pages
PUBLISHER – Beyond Today Educator
COVER ARTIST – Rita Toews
2014 EVVY Merit Award for Historical Fiction from CIPA (Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc.)
Long ago the old texts of ancient Egypt alluded to scrolls in which King Tut spoke to the people from beyond the tomb. Many archeologists put this down to an incorrect translation of the ancient Egyptian texts. Others swore to the accuracy of the translation. None of that mattered because the scrolls in question could not be found. Scholars labeled it a hoax, something that never existed. It was ludicrous to imagine someone speaking from the grave. They were wrong on both accounts.
My nursemaid was Maya, but it was my Grandmother Tiye that I remember the most. She doted on me when she visited and showered me with motherly love. She appointed herself and her brother Ay as my protectors, but Grandmother was away a lot. After my father became Pharaoh, she continued to oversee the military as she did for my grandfather Amenhotep III. When I was small, she cut off a lock of her reddish-gold hair and concealed it inside of four small nesting sarcophagus coffins.
“Tutankhaten,” she said. “In the innermost sarcophagus I have placed a lock of my hair which rests underneath a solid gold statue of you. Keep the coffins safe and hidden in your room. They will protect you when I am unable to.”
I thanked her and prized such a gift, not only for protection, but because my grandmother’s gift was wonderfully made. The outer sarcophagus was made of wood; the second of plaster covered with gold leaf; the third of wood which contained the solid gold statue of myself; the fourth again of plaster covered with gold leaf and containing my grandmother’s gift.
I have always been interested in Ancient Egypt, and in particular Tutenkhamen. This is a very short, quick and easy read. The author does the 'voice' of Tutenhamen very well and it is easy to believe that these are his own words. We get a brief insight in the life of the young King growing up in Egypt and a fascinating glimpse of ancient Egyptian history. The story seems to have been well researched, and while I have read several other accounts of the life of Tutenhamen all of which tend to contradict each other slightly, the facts in this story seem very credible. It is an entertaining read that finishes all too soon, leaving me wanting more, and I feel there is enough here to have made a much longer tale. That is not a criticism however, I really enjoyed the story, and realise that the length is geared to young readers, rather than adults. The characters are well drawn and I don't think you necessarily have to be interested in ancient Egyptian history to enjoy it, whatever your age. It is an ideal story to encourage younger readers to become interested in the rich history of this ancient and fascinating civilisation and its rulers, which truly comes to life under the talented pen of the author.
I am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those young-at-heart to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.
Also please visit my other sites: Carpinello’s Writing Pages where I interview Childrens/Tween/MG/YA authors; and The Quest Books where I’ve teamed up with Fiona Ingram from South Africa and Wendy Leighton-Porter of Abu Dhabi to enable readers to find our Ancient and Medieval quest books in one place.
It is available in both paperback and Ebook and if you go to the Wild Rose Press site at the above link, the EBook is available at Half Price at the moment!
This is the blurb:
Cat Kincaid is obsessed with killing the man she believes is responsible for the torture and death of her sister, but when she eventually catches up with him, survival becomes a greater priority than revenge.
Kerry Marchant, haunted by memories, regret, and self-blame, shields himself from the pain of the past by committing himself totally to the starship, Destiny, of which he is part owner. However, the beautiful, red-haired woman who reminds him of his lost love, and who he suspects is working for a corrupt regime, represents a possible threat not only to the ship, but to his heart.
Marooned on an inhospitable planet, they need to work together to stay alive, fighting not only unknown assailants, but their growing attraction. But how can they learn to trust each other when he has vowed never to get close to a woman again, and she made a solemn pledge to destroy him?
And here are some teasers from Cat and Kerry
We're also celebrating with a fun 'out of this world' party at
My Monday musings are turning into Tuesday ramblings! My excuse this week is I had a guest post yesterday for a really helpful book if you're planning a virtual book tour. I downloaded 'Secrets of Successful Virtual Book Tours' by Roxanne Rhoads and it has some very useful tips.
Back to ST DAVID'S DAY. I have hung out my Welsh Flag as I always do on the 1st March, and it will only come down in October, on the day after my birthday. St David's Day always makes me feel even more homesick than usual, I love the way this Saint's Day is celebrated in Wales, most people wear a leek or a daffodil, many schoolchildren wear traditional Welsh costume and there are concerts, called Eisteddfods, held in most of the schools, with traditional lunches of cawl, which is a kind of mutton or lamb soup with vegetables, served with cheese and bread, as well as other traditional Welsh delicacies, like bara brith, a fruit loaf, and Welsh cakes, baked on a griddle on top of the hob.
Who was St David, the Patron Saint of Wales?
He was reputedly born on a cliff top near Capel Non (Non's chapel) on the South-West Wales coast
during a fierce storm. Both his parents were descended from Welsh royalty. He was the son of Sandde, Prince of Powys, and Non, daughter of a chieftain of Menevia (now the little cathedral town of St David's). The site of Davids birth is marked by the ruins of a tiny ancient chapel close to a holy well and the more recent 18th century chapel dedicated to his mother Non can still be seen near St. 550.
David's Cathedral. Legend also says that St David was the nephew of King Arthur. He grew up to be a priest, educated at the monastery of Hen Fynyw under the tutorage of St. Paulinus. According to legend David performed several miracles during his life and it is said that during a battle against the Saxons, David advised his soldiers to wear leeks in their hats so that they could easily be distinguished from their enemies, which is why the leek is one of the emblems of Wales! Becoming a missionary David travelled throughout Wales and Britain and even made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem where he was consecrated bishop. He founded 12 monasteries including Glastonbury and one at St. Davids, which he made his bishops seat. He was named Archbishop of Wales at the Synod of Brevi (Llandewi Brefi), Cardiganshire in
St David died on 1 March 589A.D., at Minevia, allegedly over 100 years old. His remains were buried in a shrine in the 6th century cathedral.
So today, I'll be wearing my daffodil and thinking of my homeland, my heart is there even if I can't be there physically. Happy St David's Day everyone and thanks to Tim Peake, way up there in the Space Station, for your lovely message to the Welsh people today. I can only imagine how beautiful Snowdonia must look like from space!
Acknowledgement: Thanks to Ben Johnson, Historic UK for some of the above information
Not sure where to start or
exactly what an online tour will entail?
Roxanne Rhoads,book publicist and owner of Bewitching Book Tours,
shares her virtual tour expertise in this Quick Tips for Authors Guide.
Secrets of Successful Virtual
Book Tours will guide you in utilizing the best marketing tool available- a
virtual book tour, which can create online exposure for your book, jumpstart
your book sales, help build your author brand, and expand your network.
In this guide you’ll learn:
·what you should
do before a tour
of a great author website
·the best social
media outlets for authors to utilize
building your author brand
·how to write
great guest blogs
to expect from an online book tour
secrets of successful book tours
·how to schedule
your own virtual book tour
And you’ll receive in-depth details
about what to do during a virtual book tour to guarantee success.
Excerpt Secrets of Successful Virtual Book Tours by Roxanne Rhoads
The world of publishing is continuously evolving thanks to technology and the Internet. It is now easier than ever to publish a book. But with the growing number of new books being released every day it is also harder than ever to get your book noticed in the crowd.
If your line of thinking includes- “If I publish it, people will buy it,” think again. Indie publishing requires a dedication to self-promotion. Gone are the days an author hermits them self away to write, then hands the book to the publisher who does all the leg work for promotion. Even NYT Bestselling authors and those with contracts through the big publishers still have to do a certain amount of self-promotion.
There are many ways to promote: social media, advertising on popular websites and blogs, print advertising in trade magazines, attending reader oriented conventions and events…but one of the best ways to get your book out there and build name recognition as an author is through a virtual book tour.
In this Quick Tips for Authors Guide, you will learn why a virtual book tour can be an author’s most effective marketing tool.
I work with authors everyday- many first time and indie authors.
So I see a lot of mistakes, faux paus, and things that flat out make me cringe.
And no I’m not pointing fingers or trying to shame anyone because I’ve been there. I’ve made many of the mistakes, learned from them and moved on. Now I am sharing my wisdom with others.
Social Media Profiles
Do not make your Twitter name, Facebook profile or any other social media profile name the title of your book or series. Unless it is the only book you ever plan to write.
You should work on branding yourself as an author- all your social media accounts should be your name.
In fact everything should be your author name: your website URL, your professional author email, your blog, everything.
Example: I am Roxanne Rhoads across the board- all my social media accounts, my website, my email- it is all Roxanne Rhoads. I can easily be found as Roxanne Rhoads when someone googles me or searches on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc.
Once you have started building your brand you can create pages, groups, etc. to promote a book or series. When promoting your book you can also hashtag the title.
Twitter Example: “New release: Hex and the City by @RoxanneRhoads Vehicle City Vampires Book 2 #hexandthecity #vehiclecityvampires”
Notice that I linked to my twitter profile and hash tagged both my book title and series name.
A big pet peeve of mine is author emails- I understand you work with pen names or perhaps you’ve had a certain email address forever…but you really need something professional and something easy to remember when someone in the professional needs to email you.
Example if someone were to email me, they could easily remember that I’m email@example.com. It would be harder to find me if I was firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sure that email address might have been cute when you were 18 but now you’re trying to be a professional.
When I am emailing an author I work with I type in their name and hope autofill or my contact list pulls it up. If they have some weird, out there address it won’t show up. If they use their name, bingo it pops up, easy peasy -saves me having to search for it, professionals love things that are streamlined and make their jobs easier.
Please grab a professional email address. You can get them free through numerous sources. And don’t use your real name address if you are working under your pen name. That is confusing, too. Create an email specifically for your author name.
If you buy a domain name you can even point it to that. I have a domain name and pay Gmail for their email service to point to my domain- email@example.com
Roxanne Rhoads has been working
in the world of online book promotion since 2005. She has worked as a freelance
writer, author, book reviewer, book blogger, editor, self-publisher and book
publicist. She has a unique advantage of knowing how multiple sides of book
publishing and promotion operate.
Roxanne understands how book
bloggers work and what they want to make their jobs easier while also
understanding that authors need promotion to be streamlined, easy, and less
Roxanne shares some of her
knowledge in her latest release, Secrets
of Successful Virtual Book Tours.