Ancestress: Still On $.99 Promotion:
From now until Wednesday you can still buy Ancestress for only $.99 and download it on Amazon Kindle. It is on an Amazon Countdown Special until then. It is one of Cheops Books LLC’s Yellowstone thrillers, a young adult mystery suspense novel.
Irene moves with her parents to the wilds of Montana so her parents can work in Yellowstone studying bears and other wild creatures. It is bad enough to be away from her friends in the middle of nowhere. She even gets a weirdo note in the mail from her old boyfriend who did not want her to go that threatens that the bears are going to eat her. But their new house is strange, too. It is full of old portraits on the walls. One of them is particularly compelling. An elegant lady from the nineteenth century with a fancy necklace is starting straight at her. Irene cannot look away. No matter where she goes in the room she cannot escape it. It creeps into her dreams. Is this house haunted? Or did somebody put the portrait there to scare her away? Maybe it wasn’t her former boyfriend after all who had sent the threatening notes about bears. Who doesn’t like her? She had better figure it out, or Irene might end up dead.
Ancestress was originally published in German by Cora Verlag, Harper Collins Germany. It is now brought to you by Edward Ware Thrillers YA, an imprint of Cheops Books, LLC. If you liked Ancestress, you will enjoy other young adult thrillers by Linda Cargill such as Pool, Cave, Shade, Moon, and Snow.
Ancestress will be published as a collection with Cheops Books LLC’s other Yellowstone novels and thrillers soon, including the Edward Ware Thrillers at War title, Old Faithful Plot.

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Hitler Strikes At Iconic US Symbol Old Faithful:
Old Faithful Geyser, unlike any other on earth, erupts on a regular basis in Yellowstone National Park, perhaps every hour to ninety minutes. Ever since its discovery in the mid nineteenth century after which it almost immediately became a national park, it has become a symbol of America and the American West, the American wilderness. It is famous the world over. It is also well known that it sits on top of an enormous geyser basin as well as dormant volcanic cone so large that all of Yellowstone National Park is nothing more than a volcanic caldera waiting to happen someday all too soon.
Adolf Hitler heard about this geyser basin in isolationist America in the 1930’s when figures like Thomas Dewey of the America First Party wanted nothing to do with European politics. He wanted to encourage America to develop a Dewey-like attitude. He wanted Americans like Dora Benley, daughter of America First fund raiser, Winthrop Benley, to hand over whatever documents he wanted so he could force the British to come to terms with him. He demanded that she hand over the Lawrence maps, key to world domination, that she just happens to have in her back pocket. They were given to her by her lover, Colonel Sir Edward Ware, friend of Winston Churchill, his arch enemy, though he is still a backbencher.
Dora and Edward hide in Yellowstone near Old Faithful, but that only encourages Hitler to threaten them big time. That iconic American symbol would destroy America by blowing up if they don’t hand over the maps in Old Faithful Plot, an alternative history thriller coming soon from Cheops Books LLC.

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Mysterious Old Faithful Inn: Dora and Edward dine at the iconic Old Faithful Inn when hiding out at Yellowstone National Park in 1934. The huge log structure, the biggest in the United States, is dark inside despite all its windows. The dining room resembles the Great Hall of a European castle or palace it is so large, and vast, and it has such a high ceiling. Given to weird decorations in the lobby that look like forked weapons, it easily looks ominous and might be well placed in a fantastical horror story, perhaps with supernatural creatures. Given this sort of atmosphere it is the perfect setting for spies and intrigue. Dora and Edward are trying to hide military maps that hold the key to world domination. Adolf Hitler, the Chancellor and Fuhrer of Germany, has sent key snoops to spook him out and uncover his dark secrets. After weeks of a chase across the country on the Lincoln Highway, the adversaries meet face to face in the dining room of the Old Faithful Inn next to the geyser basin itself.
In a setting like this anything could happen. Hitler has ideas not only to blow up the United States using the supervolcano slumbering only yards away from the Old Faithful dining room, but to potentially change history itself. He wants to go back in time to ancient Rome to meet the one man who could change the course of German history so that Hitler and his fellows would win instead of lose the Great War. With that in mind, Hitler wants to eliminate all competition as he rolls up Europe and perhaps the rest of the world with moves made here in the Old Faithful Inn dining room.

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Dora Encounters Bears, Not Buffalo: When Dora and Edward flee to Yellowstone, making a car journey across the United States via the Lincoln Highway in 1934, they encounter all sorts of obstacles both natural and man made. Not the least of these obstacles is not the buffalo but bears. Dora and Edward are fresh from New York City. That is where they usually tryst at the Waldorf Astoria. Edward is from London before that. Neither are accustomed to the wilds of North America. But no sooner do they arrive than they sit at a picnic table along the Madison River near the West Entrance looking for a spy sent by Winston Churchill, the backbencher Parliamentarian back in Britain who is also part of their map plot. While trying to avoid Hitler they run into a grizzly bear.
But little do they realize that the black bear or the grizzly bear is not the most dangerous creature in the park. It never has been. Decade after decade the biggest animal obstacle is the bison, or buffalo, which can suddenly appear as a herd blocking traffic for many minutes if not for half an hour or a whole hour. Because they don’t look dangerous tourists often tend to go after them and can get injured.
Perhaps Dora and Edward were lucky this time. Who knows what they will encounter on their second visit to the park in another upcoming novel in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War series.

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Cheops Books: Thrillers About Volcanoes: Cheops Books LLC has published a young adult thriller novel about volcanoes, Death by Volcano. It is about the Mount St. Helens eruption in Washington state. It is presented from the point of view of a teenage girl who happens to move to the area with her parents and encounters goblins from the past in the shadow of the volcano. The whole area is haunted, and she finds herself getting more than chills and thrills. She almost gets killed, and not by a mere volcano.

This year Cheops Books LLC plans on publishing its second novel about volcanoes, the Old Faithful Plot. Hitler pursues Dora and Edward across the country. He sends his two chief spies, Frau and Herr von Wessel. They are to find the Lawrence maps at any cost and make Dora and Edward give them up — or they threaten to blow up Yellowstone National Park where Dora and Edward are hiding out. Hitler has learned that Yellowstone sits on a supervolcano that could go off at any moment. He figures he knows how to do it, and that would put the US at risk and out of his way.
Volcanoes are a little understood and very threatening natural phenomenon. Dormant volcanoes could start erupting again. Earthquakes could set things in motion. Evil scientific geniuses could exploit volcanoes that already exist. But they do form an exciting background for a thriller.

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As we feature Yellowstone settings in various young adult and Edward Ware Thrillers at War novels, we will also feature the Lincoln Highway. What was that? Before the age of the interstates, before 1-90, 1-40, and 1-10, you crossed the country on the Lincoln Highway instead. It extended all the way from New York City to San Francisco, Time Square to the Golden Gate — 3000 miles of America. It opened its first lengths right about the time of the First World War in 1913-1914. Its heyday was in the 1930’s and 1940’s. It began its inevitable long, slow decline starting with the Eisenhower interstate program in the 50’s.

Cheops Books LLC would like to recommend two books on the Lincoln Highway, first Greetings From The Lincoln Highway: A Road Trip Celebration of America’s First Coast-to-Coast Highway and The Lincoln Highway: Coast to Coast from Times Square to the Golden Gate. These two paperbacks were used by our authors during the writing of the Old Faithful Plot, the thriller about Hitler trying to blow up America through the supervolcano buried beneath the ground near Old Faithful geyser. Many of the motels, diners, colorful billboards, giant signs, and restaurants mentioned in the guide are included in the suspense novel. Edward and Dora stop at the same campgrounds with showers and electric lights. They see the same colorful signs. Perhaps they even meet some of the other travelers who kept journals about their travels on the Lincoln Highway and who are quoted in these guides. They certainly paid the same amount for gas when they filled up their tank. They took the advice of carrying a spare gas can and a water canteen as they traveled ever farther west.
After all, Dora and Edward had to get across the country in record time, at least what was considered record time in the 1930’s. Spies sent by Hitler are chasing them all the way to the Old Faithful geyser, threatening them with their lives. Inbetween you cannot help but experience all sorts of Americana.

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Novels About Yellowstone: Cheops Books LLC has published eight young adult thriller, murder mystery, and supernatural novels about Yellowstone: 1) Ancestress 2) No Return 3) Storm 4) Island 5) Black Lake 6) Piano Player 7) Moon and 8) Bather. It is about to publish its first adult thriller with a Yellowstone setting later this autumn, Old Faithful Plot, a thriller in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War series.
The Yellowstone/Grand Teton area is particularly exciting as a setting for mystery/thriller novels. Yellowstone features an unprecedented number of thermal attractions and geysers which have a spooky quality to them, perfect for ghosts, goblins, and spooks. It is also a very dangerous setting with grizzly bears roaming about in the wild and sometimes in the front country, too, perhaps placed there by not so legitimate human activity. In addition Yellowstone is the home of America’s only supervolcano which has the power, if it awakens again, to destroy large parts of the United States. If something goes wrong in this locale, it can have big consequences.
This week the young adult novel Ancestress is being featured in a special super promotion for only $.99 as part of a Kindle Countdown Special. This young adult thriller with supernatural overtones from mysterious nineteenth century portraits hanging in the hallway of the house where the heroine now lives in Montana, has been previously published by Cora Verlag, now Harper Collins Germany, in German. It is guaranteed to give you super thrills and chills as you begin to see grizzly bears here, there, and everywhere and wonder what they were doing there.

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Kindle Countdown Deal: Ancestress:

Ancestress seems like a weird title for a novel about Yellowstone, but as one reader says novels by Dora Benley and Linda Cargill often emphasize encounters between the old and new worlds. The teenage heroine of this YA thriller novel may be moving from Virginia to Montana because her parents are going to work in Yellowstone, but as soon as she arrives at the new house she finds disturbing portraits on the wall from the nineteenth century. One lady in particular will give her no peace. Her eyes follow Irene no matter where she goes. Worse she starts getting letters in the mail threatening her with death if she stays here in the wilds of Montana. Who is after her and why? Does the old portrait hold a clue? She had better figure out the mystery, or she might end up dead.
Ancestress was originally published in German by Cora Verlag, Harper Collins Germany. It is now brought to you by Edward Ware Thrillers YA, an imprint of Cheops Books, LLC. If you liked Ancestress, you will enjoy other young adult thrillers by Linda Cargill such as Pool, Cave, Shade, Moon, and Snow.
Starting on Wednesday, January 4 and continuing to Wednesday, January 11, Ancestress will be available for only $.99 on a Kindle Countdown Special Deal.
The young adult Yellowstone novels, including Ancestress, will be featured this year. Cheops Books LLC intends to publish Dora Benley’s new alternative history thriller novel Old Faithful Plot in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series. Hitler threatens to blow up Yellowstone if Colonel Sir Edward Ware and Dora, Lady Ware, don’t hand over those Lawrence maps, key to world domination. He claims that will finish America for good. Yellowstone conceals beneath its boiling surface the only super volcano in North America and one of the few in the world.

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Medea Performs at the Temple of Hecate: The scene where Medea performs in the Temple of Hecate comes closest to the Cheops Books LLC mythological novel, Medea’s Escape. Medea in the movie Jason and the Argonauts announces to Jason that she is a priestess in the Temple of Hecate, the Goddess of the Colchians. Jason rescues her from a shipwreck and takes her back to Colchis. That is followed by a ceremonial dance with Medea and her maidens inside the temple. We have purple costumes and giant statues of gods and goddesses. The scene at the Temple of Hecate ends with a banquet where Jason meets King Aeetes, the father of Medea, who immediately turns against him.
This scene introduces the Mother Goddess religion, which is the theme of the Cheops Books novel Medea’s Escape. It is the reason why Medea is often called a witch. But it is also the original prehistoric religion which was practiced everywhere in the world. It is the theme not only of Medea’s Escape but also of To Follow the Goddess, the first novel that Cheops Books ever published. It recounts the Trojan War from the point of view of Helen. That novel is also for sale on Kindle.
Today is the last day of the Kindle Countdown Deal for the young adult mythological thriller, Medea’s Escape.

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John Kerry Never Heard of Titus: John Kerry, in an attempt to rankle the incoming President Elect Donald Trump, issued one of the most uneducated, unconsidered statements that I have ever heard a politician make in this country when he said that Israel can’t be both Jewish and Democratic at the same time. It shows that he has never heard of the Emperor Titus.
I would agree that the Jews probably couldn’t practice their religion and act democratic in the western sense if they had never run into the son of Vespasian, one of the three Flavian Emperors of the first century B.C. But in 70 B.C. Titus, then yet to become Emperor, went into the Jewish city and sacked the Temple in the Siege of Jerusalem. This led to the Diaspora, sending the Jews out into the Empire either as slaves or to fend for themselves. After centuries of this experience the Jews became more westernized and Europeanized than their Arab counterparts. That is why in the twentieth century they were able to recreated the state of Israel after almost 2000 years. They can now practice their religion and act democratic in the western sense because of their centuries long experience. The Arabs never experienced such a Diaspora. They are the ones who cannot deal with the westernization experience and all the modern thoughts and idea such as democracy. They are the terrorists. The Jews are not. John Kerry should realize this.
Titus is a character in the upcoming Cheops Books LLC historical thriller about Roman times called the Vesuvius Plot.

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