ODE TO THE PAST (with the occasional nod to the present)

A Sneak Preview of THE ORACLE

September 11, 2015

Tags: The Oracle, D.J. Niko, Sarah Weston, trailer, video, Delphi, ancient Greece



The video trailer for The Oracle is now up on YouTube! Enjoy ... and if you are in a sharing mood, feel free to tell the world about it! :)

The Review That Matters

September 9, 2015

Tags: The Oracle, D.J. Niko, Sarah Weston, Delphi, archeological thriller, ancient Greece

As we gear up for the release of THE ORACLE on November 10, reviews are beginning to trickle in. There is this one from Booklist:

"There’s a good, solid story here, but the real attraction is the author’s development of the relationship between Sarah and Daniel. ... [The] story arc involving the series’ two (more…)

Why the Ancient World Matters

August 22, 2015

Tags: ancient wisdom, ancient-israel, ancient-greece

People often ask me why I choose to write about the characters, places, and legends of antiquity. Wouldn’t it be easier to research more recent history, which is far better documented, they ask. Well, of course it would be … but it wouldn’t be as much fun, at least not for me. (Doing (more…)

Wisdom of the Ancients

July 19, 2015

Tags: ancient wisdom, ancient-egypt, ancient-greeks

One of the most fascinating parts of researching ancient themes for my novels is immersing myself in the wisdom of the generations that came before us.

From the Egyptians of antiquity to the biblical cast of characters, lives were far less complicated in the ancient world. There were no cars, no air travel, no (more…)

Cook like the ancients

July 5, 2015

Tags: food, ancient world, paleo diet

Some people jog. Some do yoga. Others tend to their gardens.

I cook.

Cooking is my zen moment, the meditation that clears the cobwebs. There's something about the scent of garlic in hot oil, or the rhythmic chopping of celery, or the soft pops as a tomato sauce bubbles that puts me in the (more…)

Behind THE ORACLE cover: the priestess

June 20, 2015

Tags: priestess, Delphi, The Oracle, Sarah Weston, Phoebe, ancient Greece

This is just my opinion, but the most haunting element of THE ORACLE cover is the pair of hands reaching through the smoke. It conveys both desperation and hope, themes that are prevalent throughout this novel.

The hands belong to the oracle of Delphi--the priestess who was conscripted to Apollo's service and acted as (more…)

Behind THE ORACLE cover: smoke in the temple

June 16, 2015

Tags: Delphi, ancient Greece, sanctuary of Apollo, the oracle, d.j. niko, sarah weston

The sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi has been decimated for centuries, today appearing as a ruin on the slopes of Mount Parnassus (see right). The history of this sacred temple is a long and bloody one, and its ultimate demise is captured on the cover of THE ORACLE.

In addition to the modern-day thriller (more…)

Behind THE ORACLE cover: Know Thyself

June 15, 2015

Tags: The Oracle, D.J. Niko, Sarah Weston, Delphi, archeological thriller, ancient Greece, know thyself, sanctuary of Apollo

A lot of thought (and many drafts) goes into a cover design. THE ORACLE cover, designed by super-talented graphic designer Arturo Delgado, is a perfect example of what I mean. In the next few blog posts, I will dissect the various elements of the cover.

Let's start--where else?--at the top. The pediment crowning (more…)

The Oracle cover reveal

June 14, 2015

Tags: The Oracle, D.J. Niko, Sarah Weston, Delphi, archeological thriller, ancient Greece

Tomorrow marks the official reveal of THE ORACLE cover. I am so thrilled to present this book, the third in the Sarah Weston Chronicles series.

It's taken me more than a year to write but a lifetime's worth of research. As you know, I was born and raised in Greece, so my native country's (more…)

Apollo's Oracle

May 29, 2015

Tags: ancient greece, apollo, delphi, oracle, pythia, archaeology, archaeological thrillers

In honor of the upcoming release of The Oracle (November 2015), I'd like to share a few tidbits from my research. In Greek antiquity, the Delphic oracle was manifested in a woman from the mountain town of Delphi who (more…)

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The first in a series of archaeological thrillers featuring gritty aristocrat Sarah Weston.

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