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

A Sneak Preview of THE ORACLE



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! :)
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The Review That Matters

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  Read More 
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Behind THE ORACLE cover: the priestess

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  Read More 
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Behind THE ORACLE cover: smoke in the temple

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  Read More 
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Behind THE ORACLE cover: Know Thyself

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  Read More 
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The Oracle cover reveal

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  Read More 
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Fifty Shades of Saint

At one of my events recently, someone (I will call her Lady O) contemplating the purchase of my book asked: “Is this anything like Fifty Shades of Grey?”

I laughed. Then I had a “hmm…” moment. Like the rest of the world, I’ve read Fifty Shades—out of curiosity, mind you (ahem). So  Read More 
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Sarah and Daniel, part 2

I am constantly asked who my inspiration is for Sarah Weston (not to mention who would play her in a film version of The Tenth Saint). As I mentioned in the previous post about Daniel Madigan, I do have various photos of people on my mood boards, and these help me flesh out the  Read More 
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Sarah and Daniel

My inspiration for Daniel
Believe it or not, the question I get most frequently at my book signings is: "This book would make a great movie ... but who would play Sarah and Daniel?"

Today, I'll start with Daniel. On my inspiration board is a photo of Adolfo Cambiaso (see above). Adolfo is an Argentine polo player, long considered  Read More 
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The Road

March 1, 2012 is the official debut of The Tenth Saint! Holding this book in my hands, feeling the heft of all 464 pages, feeling the texture of the matte-gloss combination cover, and seeing my vision interpreted through design feels, well ... pretty darned good.

Getting here has been no small journey. It began as a philosophical question,  Read More 
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