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Search for the Golden Serpent

(Servant of the Gods Book 1)
By: Luciana Cavallaro

Evan Chronis is an architect suffering from a lack of sleep due to realistic dreams. Then one day, he receives a phone call at work that changes his life forever. Whisked away by Zeus, Evan is introduced to the Gods and learns that his life is not what it seems. Desperate to get back to normalcy, he must first perform a task in order to save the Gods. Evan travels through time and sets course on an adventure worthy of any Greek Hero, but will his life end before he can accept what is happening?

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Author Spotlight and Interview

Good Morning Everyone,

Today’s Author Spotlight is on Luciana Cavallaro! Luciana has kindly participated in an interview AND she is giving away one ecopy of her Accursed Women book to one lucky commenter! I absolutely love Luciana’s unique take on Greek Mythology. You can read my reviews of Luciana’s previous work by clicking on the following titles: The Curse of TroyAphrodite’s Curse, A Goddess’s Curse, Boxed in a Curse.
I hope you enjoy this special treat. The directions for the giveaway are listed below the interview. Good luck to you all!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Hi Luciana! Thank you for being here today. Can you please tell everyone here a little bit about yourself and your books?

Thank you Nicole. I am honoured to be here with you and your readers.

Sure. I am first generation Australian Italian and was the first in the family to graduate from university. I am a secondary teacher of Information Services and Social Science which includes teaching Ancient History. I also evaluate pre-service teachers for Edith Cowan University.

My books are steeped in Ancient History and mythology, though are contemporary in style.

 

What made you decide to become a writer?

I dabbled in writing while in high school but didn’t pursue it but loved to read. It was after university the interest in writing was rekindled following the aftermath of a car accident. I was off work for 3 months and it was a difficult time recovery wise, physically and emotionally. I needed to channel my thoughts and writing was my outlet. Mind, that manuscript will NEVER see the light of day! I think I may even have shredded it. ;D

 

How did you fall in love with Greek Mythology?

I was 15 when I read Charles Berlitz book on Atlantis: The lost continent and from there my love affair with Greek Mythology was born. I kept telling my parents I was going to Greece one day and I did! It was the most exciting experience in my life travelling through the mainland and the islands. I have a feeling there is Greek heritage somewhere in our family DNA.

 

What inspires you to write about the strong mythological women?

That I must say was accidental, sort of 😀 I was part of a writing critique group and it was suggested I should write short stories. I didn’t read a lot of short stories, I felt they didn’t fulfill my thirst for the story or characters the same way as a novel did. At the time I was reading Euripides, and was inspired by his play Hippolytus. That’s when I wrote Aphrodite’s Curse. It wasn’t until a few weeks later the idea of writing about famous and strong mythical women was conceived. Women from the Ancient Greek world weren’t treated very well even Hera who was a powerful goddess. I wanted to change the perception of these women and offer readers a different point of view. The women I chose to feature in the Accursed Women collection were deliberate because of their fate and the vitriolic historicity that emerged in later stories.

 

If you could trade places with a Goddess, which one would it be and why?

This is a tough one. Each goddess has aspects which I admire and parts that I dislike. They really had nasty streaks. Certainly wouldn’t want to get on their wrong side! Though if I had to choose it would be Artemis. She was youthful, intelligent and protector of the environment and animals.

 

What do you like to read when you aren’t writing?

I read a wide range of genres with the exception of erotica, and horror that is overly gratuitous. I read historical novels/fantasy of course and lots of non-fiction sources. At the moment I am reading a book by Vince Flynn Act of Treason and indie author Ana Calin’s Blacksmith. I had just finished Fatherland by Robert Harris, brilliant book and one of my favourite authors and The lady of the Pier: the ebb by Effrosyni Moschoudi, an indie author. I try to read both traditional and indie authors.

 

Do you have a favorite scene or character from your books?

In Cursed by Treachery I like the scene where Medousa and her sisters are playing a game of aerial chase. It shows the sort of child she was and the family life she had. In A Goddess’ Curse, there is no particular scene but I did enjoy the repartee between Hera and Drake Drabbler. I had fun writing that story.

 

If you could ask readers one thing, what would it be?

To please leave reviews, they help authors more than they realize, especially those who are just starting out, which includes me. Even if it is no more than two sentences. I’m going to be cheeky here and add an extra point, please try new genres and authors. You just never know you may find a book and author you like.

 

Do you have any future books planned?

I do! At present I have a novel about to be published, the first in the Servant of the Gods series. It’s titled Search for the Golden Serpent and is about a reluctant hero from the 21st century who is transported back to 6th century BCE to prevent the downfall of the Olympian Gods. I am also working on a novella series, contemporary story based on a short story I wrote for my editor, who’s compiled an anthology based on keepsakes due out very soon. My novella series is about a family heirloom with unusual properties.

 

Where can readers find you?

Readers can get in touch with me via my:

Website http://www.luccav.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Luciana-Cavallaro-Writer/304218202959903?ref=hl

Twitter https://twitter.com/ClucianaLuciana

Google+ https://plus.google.com/102236012274331554847/posts?hl=en

Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/chindamo/boards/

LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=242021145&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic

 

Giveaway Time:

To enter for your chance to win a free ecopy of Accursed Women by Luciana Cavallaro, leave a comment below telling me one thing that you like (or remember) about Greek Mythology. Winner will be selected using Random.org and announced on Monday, Feb. 9th at 1pm EST. Good luck!

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Boxed in a Curse

By: Luciana Cavallaro. Format: eBook. Read: January 2014.

Pandora and Jason are excited to spend some time at their grandfather’s house, because he promised to tell them a story. Little did they know, that this tale would explain human nature throughout time.

Luciana Cavallaro uses the familial relationship between a grandfather and his grandchildren to take readers on a mystical journey. Transported straight into Greek Mythology, readers will get to live the story of Pandora and her mysterious urn. Luciana Cavallaro demonstrates superb accuracy, by making sure her stories line up with every detail known in Greek Mythology. Though this story is a bit different than her other works, readers will still appreciate the author’s style. Fans of Greek Mythology need to take note of Luciana Cavallaro.

I know I have stated this numerous times, but I absolutely love Greek Mythology tales. What impressed me was the fact that she wrote this tale from several gods’ perspectives and wrote about the urn! Through re-telling and time, Pandora’s Urn was changed to Pandora’s Box. The author took an appreciative amount of time to describe in detail her perception of the urn and what was released from the urn. I only wished this story was a bit longer, so I could experience the rest of what the box had to offer. However the ending, left me smiling!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:

The author of this book, provided me a free copy in exchange for an honest review. To learn more about the author and her work, please visit her website.

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A Goddess’s Curse

By: Luciana Cavallaro. Format: eBook. Read: October 2013.

Drake Dabbler has landed the perfect guest for his talk show. He is nervous, but mostly excited about the guaranteed ratings and awards that this interview will bring him. Who is his special guest? Hera, Queen of the Gods and Goddesses, Sister/Wife to Zeus and overall, a Goddess you definitely don’t want to anger. She has a reputation and today is the day for her to tell the world her story.

Mixing modern times with ancient mythology, this is yet another superb example of Luciana Cavallaro’s work. A short story, set in the exciting world of daytime talk shows, with a greedy host is sure to capture readers’ attentions. The drama that unfolds is as remarkable as Hera’s determination to remain composed. The ending will have readers laughing out loud, as Hera’s form of justice is served, once again. For fans of Greek Mythology, or for those looking for a short escape, this is a must read.

Luciana Cavallaro is one of my favorite authors. I have enjoyed all of her short stories and her intriguing take on the untold side of Greek Mythology. I have always been fascinated with Greek Mythology. I absolutely enjoy anything that can mix the accuracies of those tales with modern times, giving readers something to relate too.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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Let’s try this again…

Hi Everyone,

The winner of A Year in Review #4 has not contacted me. Therefore I was forced to draw another name… There were a total of 5 people who commented on that post. I went to Random.org just now, and typed in the parameters 1 and 5. Random.org chose #1, but since that commenter was the original winner who did not contact me, I asked Random.org to choose again. This time it chose #3… Congrats to Dana Zalesky! Please contact me within 72 hours to claim your prize!

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the giveaway.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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And the Winner is…

Hi Everyone,

I just want to take a moment and thank author Luciana Cavallaro for participating in this celebration event. I would also like to thank everyone for participating in A Year in Review #4 Giveaway! Excluding my comments, 5 people entered to win. I went to Random.org this morning and typed in the parameters 1 and 5. So without further ado, the winner of this latest giveaway is… Commenter #1, according to Random.org. Congrats to Debbie DeMaio!!! Debbie you have 72 hours to contact me and claim your prize.

Thanks again to everyone who participated!

This week there will be no giveaways associated with the Year in Review, but there will be several look backs over the different genres that have appeared here. I hope you all enjoy! Plus the Big Giveaway is still available and yp for grabs. Just click on the Rafflecopter link found on the Big Giveaway page.

Have a wonderful day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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The past few days…

Hi Everyone,

Sorry I have been MIA for the past few days.

Monday, I had a migraine and was unable to look at a computer screen for too long. However I did post this week’s poem game that morning, before I laid back down. Have you all guessed the poet or the poem’s title, yet? Just head over to Facebook to see this week’s poem, then enter your answer into the Rafflecopter entry form. (Which can be found on Facebook or on the Big Giveaway page here.

Tuesday was my Grandmother’s birthday and try as I might, no words could be shared with you to explain that day. As you all know she and my Mom created the obsessed reader that I am today. I think about her everyday and dedicate this website in her honor. It thrilled me to see that the Ariesgrl Book Reviews Facebook page reached another milestone on Tuesday. 300 Likes!!! Somehow, I think my grandmother gave me that present on her birthday. Either way, thank you all for making Tuesday even more special to me. You all are amazing!

This brings me to yesterday… Yesterday I had my computer booted up and I was ready to make progress on some posts that I wanted to share with all of you. Instead I spent the day, wrapped around my dog. Ozzy had a seizure yesterday morning and needed to be comforted and kept relaxed throughout the day today. So his brother, Jagger, and I made sure we kept him reassured and comfortable all through the day and night. My little guy has been through so much these past few months, but he is a trooper. His brother, always the protector, did an excellent job of taking care of him yesterday and is currently curled up with him under the blanket. I love my boys!

Last night I tried to log on and type up a quick post letting you all know I would be on here today, but every time I tried to log on, the server was updating… So… I had to wait until this morning. Oh well.

First item on today’s agenda is this: I still have not heard from the winner of the Rockapocalypse giveaway. Since I have not been able to get on here over the past few days, I will allow another 24 hour period to hear from the winner. Wanda Green-Swafford, you won! Please contact me before 11:59am EDT on Friday, June 21, 2013, to claim your prize. If I do not hear from you, before this new deadline, I will draw another name tomorrow at 1pm EDT. Thank you again to all you participated in the A Year in Review #3 giveaway.

On the other hand, A Year in Review #4 is live. So far, only three people have entered to win. If you like Greek Mythology, you will want to check out this week’s giveaway. Just head over to that post and leave a comment for your chance to an ecopy of author, Luciana Cavallaro‘s latest book! Contest ends on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:59pm EDT.

This week’s Twitter character description is still live. (This week’s description is dedicated in honor of my Grandmother.) Check out the status update on Twitter and enter the character’s name in the Rafflecopter entry form under the Big Giveaway page.

That is all from me for right now. I will be back later today with more info for you guys. Thank you all again for your continued support. You guys are amazing!!!

Have a wonderful day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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A Year in Review #4

Good Morning Everyone,

Week #4 of giveaways is about to begin! Where has the time gone? This week, not only will we take a look back at two of my reviews, but we will also be stepping back in time to Ancient Greece. If you are a fan of tales of the gods, then you will definitely want to pay attention to this week’s author!

The Curse of Troy: Helen’s Story
Luciana Cavallaro weaves a unique tale in this short story. Helen’s appearance is described with the intricate details that many have come to associate with her beauty. However, in this short story, Helen is given a voice which shows that behind all of her beauty lies pain. This is a short story that is filled to the brim with details and emotions. Luciana Cavallaro has done an excellent job at giving readers another perspective behind the Trojan War. Recommended for fans of Greek Mythology.

Aphrodite’s Curse
Luciana Cavallaro demonstrates a powerful gift, when it comes to telling the lesser known tales of Greek Mythology. Cavallaro provides a poetic balance between all of the various stories and characters, while giving just enough of an explanation so the readers understand. Fans of Greek Mythology must take notice Luciana Cavallaro, as they will quickly become life-long fans.

Author Luciana Cavallaro has generously donated an ecopy of her latest book, Boxed in a Curse, to be given away. For your chance to win, just leave a comment below between now and Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:59pm EDT!!! Winner will be selected using Random.org and will be announced on Saturday, June 22, 2013.

As if one ebook wasn’t enough, Luciana Cavallaro has also provided an ecopy of Aphrodite’s Curse to be given to the winner of the Big Giveaway! For your chance to win this book, head on over to the Big Giveaway page, then click on the Rafflecopter link and play the games.

Good luck everyone!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Aphrodite’s Curse

By: Luciana Cavallaro Format: eBook. Read: April 2013.

Phaedra has just poisoned herself with hemlock and with her last few breaths, she struggles to tell the world her family’s tale. Her family has seen many ups and downs, after all her father was King Minos and she is married to King Theseus. However her half-brother is what is known as the Minotaur and she has fallen for her husband’s son, Hippolytos. She pleads to the goddess, Aphrodite, in hopes that Hippolytos will return her advances. Unfortunately for her, he has pledged himself to the goddess, Artemis, and thus, poisoning is her only option.

Luciana Cavallaro demonstrates a powerful gift, when it comes to telling the lesser known tales of Greek Mythology. The narrator, Phaedra, comes from a powerful family and plays a small role in several ancient stories, yet in this book Cavallaro shares her side. Cavallaro provides a poetic balance between all of the various stories and characters, while giving just enough of an explanation so the readers understand. Fans of Greek Mythology must take notice Luciana Cavallaro, as they will quickly become life-long fans. Aphrodite’s Curse contains a few minor grammar errors, but the storyline flows with ease. This is definitely a must-read for everyone, even those that just want to get a taste of Greek Mythology.

I know I have said this before, but I absolutely love Greek Mythology. It was one of my favorite subjects (and yes there were many subjects that I loved.) I thoroughly enjoy how Luciana Cavallaro tells the same myths, but from new perspectives. Both of her short stories has a unique vibe, that will leave readers wanting to read more of her work. Have you read any of Luciana Cavallaro’s work? Do you have a favorite author that gives a new twist on ancient tales?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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The Curse of Troy: Helen’s Story

By: Luciana Cavallaro. Format: eBook. Read: April 2013.

Helen of Troy, Queen of Sparta. This woman has had many titles, names and stories written about her. However few tales tell her perspective behind the things that have happened in her life. This is a short story that occurs when a historian interviews the Queen and vows to share her truth.

Luciana Cavallaro weaves a unique tale in this short story. Her narrator, the historian, never reveals his name, yet readers of Greek Mythology will recognize him by the end of the tale. Helen’s appearance is described with the intricate details that many have come to associate with her beauty. However, in this short story, Helen is given a voice which shows that behind all of her beauty lies pain. This is a short story that is filled to the brim with details and emotions. Luciana Cavallaro has done an excellent job at giving readers another perspective behind the Trojan War. Recommended for fans of Greek Mythology. Though this is a bittersweet, short story there are many people and events that are mentioned that some readers may not recognize.

I must say, I absolutely love anything connected to Greek Mythology. So I was excited to see what this book had to offer. Though some details vary from the lessons learned in school, the ‘insider’ view was a treat. Plus, as the characters from Luciana Cavallaro’s book state, the ‘truth’ is always told by the victors. So are you a fan of Greek Mythology? Have you read the stories behind the war between Troy and Sparta? What is your opinion of Helen and are you curious to hear her side?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note:

A copy of this book was provided by the author for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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