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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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Apollo's Oracle

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  Read More 
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The Neo-Pagans

In ancient Greece, people worshipped the 12 gods of Mount Olympus. You know the ones: Apollo, Athena, Artemis, Ares, Ephestos, Poseidon, Hermes, Hera, Hestia, Demetra, Aphrodite, and the big guy himself, Zeus.

This polytheistic religion was an early form of paganism that involved such rituals as animal sacrifices, experimentation with reality-bending substances, burnt offerings, group  Read More 
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The Olympics' ancient roots

The first Olympic games, held in 776 B.C.E. in Olympia, in Greece's Peloponnese peninsula, were among the most notable events in the ancient world. Dedicated to Zeus, they had both athletic and religious significance. Here are a few fun ancient-Olympic facts for you trivia buffs:

* The games were interrupted midstream so that 100 oxen  Read More 
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The Antikythera Mechanism

The Antikythera Mechanism (a glorified view)
A hundred years ago, Greek sponge divers brought up an archaeological find that has since baffled scientists. It was a remarkably well preserved mechanism with a complicated gear train and a calendar feature, broken down into months, spanning a 19-year cycle.

The Antikythera Mechanism, named for the Greek island off whose waters it was  Read More 
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