Jason and Medea: A Novel for Young Adults:

Here we have Dora Benley’s latest novel about the ancient world. This time she turns to mythology for her inspiration and picks a well known tale. But she has her own original rendition of he fabled story.

Without Medea’s help, Jason had no mere mortal hope of getting the Golden Fleece and bringing it home to his people. Medea would have to betray her family and her people to save Jason, this golden giant among men, whom she came to love. Together they would face the wrath of a people and take on the gods in Jason and Medea: A Novel for middle grades to young adult readers brought to you by Edward Ware Thrillers YA, an imprint of Cheops Books, LLC. Stories out of the past.

If you enjoyed this young adult mythological romantic suspense tale — which breaks ground in not following the most conventional story about Medea but tells its own thrilling romance — you might want to read Dora Benley’s other Greek and Roman novels for YA’s including Julius Caesar: A Novel, Caesar and Cleopatra: A Novel, Cleopatra’s Stone, Medea the Witch, Julia: A Novel, Minotaur, and Book of the Dead.

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Julia: A Novel Special Free Promotion Today:

Get your free copy of Julia: A Novel on Amazon Kindle today and for the next five days through the weekend. But hurry! This offer won’t be repeated this year.
Julia has every reason to wish that she had not been born the daughter of a Roman senator during the Roman Civil Wars of Marius and Sulla. Her father, Rufus, is trying to escape the proscriptions lists and save his life by betrothing his only daughter in marriage to Marcus Sisenna. Marcus Sisenna is the right hand man of Marcus Sulla, one of the leading men of Rome of the day. Rufus needs his armies and the protection both Sulla and Sisenna can provide. But Julia does not want to marry a man who has already had five wives and who is just marrying her for her father’s money and estates. She does not want to be added to his collection of trophies. Julia wants personal happiness despite the time period into which she has been born. Her father thinks only of keeping his wealth and estates together. Her divorced mother is interested only in her own lovers. To whom shall Julia turn for assistance? The answer may surprise you. For it is obviously just the opposite of what the desperate Julia might expect.

If you liked Julia: A Novel you might also like other Greek and Roman novels by Dora Benley. She has also published: Book of the Dead, Minotaur, Medea the Witch, Helen of Troy, Julius Caesar: A Novel, Cleopatra’s Stone, and Caesar and Cleopatra: A Novel.

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Below you will find what we at Cheops Books, LLC like to call our Dark Gallery. You will find the original covers for the original Dark Series published by Scholastic UK in paperback. Cheops Books, LLC has its own Dark Series currently available on Kindle on Amazon: Double Dark, Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Dark 2. Soon those books will be joined by Dark 3: Special Edition. We have just commissioned a cover artist to sketch characters from the novels in stark black and white. If you haven’t already decided for yourselves how these characters look, these line drawings may help you make up your minds. “Stories out of the past” is the motto of Cheops Books, LLC. So let it extend to our illustrations.

Publishing black and white sketches of characters and scenes from the novels was a common practice in the nineteenth century particularly during the Victorian era. Charles Dickens novels such as Dombey and Son would typically appear with such black and white sketches which were considered to be collectibles back then. The original Sherlock Holmes Detective Series was full of such drawings also. No novel was considered complete without them.

So here goes! Maybe we at Cheops Book, LLC will start a new trend for the Now Era.

Below you will find old Dark covers drawn by Scholastic UK book cover artists. These were the original editions of the Dark 1 and Dark 2 thrillers for the YA market. They were part of the Scholastic Point Horror Line:

Below find the very first Dark book that preceded all the others. This mystery thriller was part of the Cora Verlag Mystery Line published in Hamburg in German. It was entitled Are You Afraid Of The Dark? or Angst Im Dunkeln? and gives you a colored drawing of Bianca Winters, the young adult heroine of the series who acts as a detective trying to ferret out what is really going on while the murderers and kidnappers attempt to bump her off.

The Dark is a series with quite a history for a mass market line of books.

 

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What Does Little Katie Look Like?

When you are reading Dark 3: Special Edition you might wonder what one of the main characters looks like. Little Katie is the four-year-old heiress, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Shipley of St. Simons Island, who is always being kidnapped and held for ransom. It happens in Dark 1, Dark 2, and also in the current book about to be published by Dora Benley on September 15, Dark 3: Special Edition. How do you visualize the little girl? We have a drawing done by the original publishers of Dark 2, Scholastic UK, that might give you an idea. She is holding her toy bears and has her finger in her mouth. The world is very puzzling from her perspective.
Likewise with Lord Leopold Ware, another main character in the Dark 3 young adult thriller, we have but a sketch. But it is merely a sketch of Leopold as a young man. The Leopold of Dark 3 is already 97 years old. He has been through a lot since his earlier days, mainly one intrigue after another. Now he is embroiled in a plot with a bunch of Neo Nazis. He is trying to prevent them from kidnapping Little Katie. To do so he has traveled all the way to Disney Land where the novel opens on Little Katie’s fourth birthday.

How would you alter this sketch of Leopold Ware to reflect what he must look like now? If you have suggestions for the authors and the publisher please drop a note in the Contact Box on the Cheops Books LLC website, http://www.edwardwarethrillers.org. If we like it enough, we may publish it with the book on September 15.

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Introducing An Illustrated Edition of Dark 3: Special Edition:

The photos included in the Dark 3: Special Edition Photo Gallery on the Edward Ware Thrillers website were taken on an expedition to the Redwood Coast and Brookings, Oregon and a separate expedition to the Hoh Rain Forest and the beach at the Kalaloch Lodge in the Olympic Park. More photos were also snapped on a third expedition all the way to Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Waterloo where the climax of the book occurs. They help to illustrate the various settings of the young adult thriller novel that is the conclusion not only of the Dark Series but also of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series. Hold onto your seats for the ending. It will make you sit up and take notice. Return to the Dark 3: Special Edition Photo Gallery from time to time. We are always adding new photos.

And by the way, the published Kindle edition of this book, Dark 3: Special Edition, along with the paperback edition will also include illustrations for the first time ever. What does Doc look like? Bianca? Mrs. Baker or Lord Leopold Ware? How about the Shipleys from St. Simons Island? Bianca’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Winters? How about the heiress, Little Katie herself? We hope to include black and white sketches of these people. Let us know what you think. How do they look? We would like your input especially if you are a fan of the Dark series.

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Julius Caesar: A Novel
Julius Caesar: A Novel is available on Amazon Kindle as an ebook. But now it will also be available as a paperback. You need look no farther than the Cheops Books LLC website at http://www.edwardwarethrillers.org to purchase a copy for $12.95. It will be found in the Edward Ware Thrillers YA part of the website. 
In old age and in exile Servilia, mother of Marcus Brutus, awaited the suicide order from the Emperor Augustus, Caesar’s heir, who put to death all of the enemies of Julius Caesar. But instead he asked her to return to Rome and advise him as she once advised his predecessor, whose mistress she was. He wanted her to help raise the daughter of her old enemy Cleopatra, whom he brought back from Egypt after the death of the Serpent of the Nile: “Rome … that great maw of cites, the eater of men that ground and chewed up lives as if they were mere sandy grit between its teeth and then spat them out again. Through endless cycles of the seasons, revolutions, civil wars, and lives always the same. Did I have enough strength in this feeble body to war with her again? The child looked up at me. The answer was on my lips.”
 
See what you think of this historical thriller from the point of view of Servilia, Julius Caesar’s lifelong friend and mistress. She provides her own perspective on the colossus among men caught between the Republican faction of old Rome and those longing for empire.
 
If you liked this novel you might want to try other titles by Dora Benley including Minotaur, Cleopatra’s Stone, Helen of Troy, Medea the Witch, and Book of the Dead. They are all offered on Amazon Kindle.

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Caesar & Cleopatra: A Novel: Promo For Five Days:

Starting today on Thursday, June 29, Caesar and Cleopatra: A Novel by Dora Benley, is available for free download on Kindle. This special promotion will continue for the next five days over the Fourth of July weekend through Monday, July 3. Then the novel will be available for its usual price of $5.99. So hurry! This unbeatable offer won’t be repeated this year.

This historical thriller by Dora Benley opens with Queen Cleopatra in exile roaming about the Sahara Desert with her serving women trying to survive. She is at war with her brother, King Ptolemy. Suddenly the famous Roman general, Julius Caesar, arrives in town and summons Cleopatra to Alexandria. The well educated, clever Cleopatra wants to make the best of a dangerous mission where she risks arrest and execution by her brother’s guards. She wants to make sure that the Great Man from Rome, Julius Caesar, Conqueror of half the world, is on her side before her brother Ptolemy can grab his ear.

The seventeen year old teenager concocts a scheme that will awaken Caesar’s sensibilities and appeal to him directly for his protection. She orders one of her servants to spirit her into Alexandria wrapped in a carpet. She is put down on the floor before Caesar.

“Very well, Queen Cleopatra, you can come out now,” Caesar commands.
With a spring of the wrist, Caesar unrolls the carpets. She finds herself sitting on the floor gazing up into the blue-gray eyes of the Roman conqueror. Cleopatra imagined he would be a colossus with giant sinews and great stature like Hercules. But he is a tall man on the thinnish side with a balding head and goiter in late middle age with a perfectly proportioned bone structure and an aristocratic, firm mouth.
So begins the adventure of Caesar and Cleopatra.
If you enjoy this historical novel, Caesar and Cleopatra: A Novel, by Dora Benley you might enjoy her other Kindle editions about Greece, Rome, and Egypt such as Helen of Troy, Minotaur, Julius Caesar: A Novel, Medea the Witch, Book of the Dead, and Cleopatra’s Stone, her other Cleopatra novel.
In particular we are excited about the cover of this Kindle novel. The drawing of Cleopatra was taken from the recently discovered notebooks of Michelangelo, the famous Renaissance sculptor. You couldn’t get better cover art.

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The Caesar and Cleopatra: A Novel Promo starts on Thursday. You will be able to download the historical thriller about the fabled meeting of Queen Cleopatra and the conqueror Julius Caesar in Alexandria, and you will get it for free for the next five days through the Fourth of July weekend. It might even be a good novel to take to the beach or to that picnic. But hurry! An offer this good won’t be repeated this year.

This historical thriller by Dora Benley opens with Queen Cleopatra in exile roaming about the Sahara Desert with her serving women trying to survive. She is at war with her brother, King Ptolemy. Suddenly the famous Roman general, Julius Caesar, arrives in town and summons Cleopatra to Alexandria. The well educated, clever Cleopatra wants to make the best of a dangerous mission where she risks arrest and execution by her brother’s guards. She wants to make sure that the Great Man from Rome, Julius Caesar, Conqueror of half the world, is on her side before her brother Ptolemy can grab his ear.
The seventeen year old teenager concocts a scheme that will awaken Caesar’s sensibilities and appeal to him directly for his protection. She orders one of her servants to spirit her into Alexandria wrapped in a carpet. She is put down on the floor before Caesar.

“Very well, Queen Cleopatra, you can come out now,” Caesar commands.

With a spring of the wrist, Caesar unrolls the carpets. She finds herself sitting on the floor gazing up into the blue-gray eyes of the Roman conqueror. Cleopatra imagined he would be a colossus with giant sinews and great stature like Hercules. But he is a tall man on the thinnish side with a balding head and goiter in late middle age with a perfectly proportioned bone structure and an aristocratic, firm mouth.

So begins the adventure of Caesar and Cleopatra.

If you enjoy this historical novel, Caesar and Cleopatra: A Novel, by Dora Benley you might enjoy her other Kindle editions about Greece, Rome, and Egypt such as Helen of Troy, Minotaur, Julius Caesar: A Novel, Medea the Witch, Book of the Dead, and Cleopatra’s Stone, her other Cleopatra novel.

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Caesar and Cleopatra: A Novel: Special Promotion
This historical thriller by Dora Benley opens with Queen Cleopatra in exile roaming about the Sahara Desert with her serving women trying to survive. She is at war with her brother, King Ptolemy. Suddenly the famous Roman general, Julius Caesar, arrives in town and summons Cleopatra to Alexandria. The well educated, clever Cleopatra wants to make the best of a dangerous mission where she risks arrest and execution by her brother’s guards. She wants to make sure that the Great Man from Rome, Julius Caesar, Conqueror of half the world, is on her side before her brother Ptolemy can grab his ear.
The seventeen year old teenager concocts a scheme that will awaken Caesar’s sensibilities and appeal to him directly for his protection. She orders one of her servants to spirit her into Alexandria wrapped in a carpet. She is put down on the floor before Caesar.

“Very well, Queen Cleopatra, you can come out now,” Caesar commands.
With a spring of the wrist, Caesar unrolls the carpets. She finds herself sitting on the floor gazing up into the blue-gray eyes of the Roman conqueror. Cleopatra imagined he would be a colossus with giant sinews and great stature like Hercules. But he is a tall man on the thinnish side with a balding head and goiter in late middle age with a perfectly proportioned bone structure and an aristocratic, firm mouth.
So begins the adventure of Caesar and Cleopatra.

If you enjoy this historical novel, Caesar and Cleopatra: A Novel, by Dora Benley you might enjoy her other Kindle editions about Greece, Rome, and Egypt such as Helen of Troy, Minotaur, Julius Caesar: A Novel, Medea the Witch, Book of the Dead, and Cleopatra’s Stone, her other Cleopatra novel.

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Julius Caesar: A Novel: Last Day For Special Promotion on Kindle:

In old age and in exile Servilia, mother of Marcus Brutus, awaited the suicide order from the Emperor Augustus, Caesar’s heir, who put to death all of Julius Caesar’s enemies. But instead he asked her to return to Rome and advise him as she once advised his predecessor, whose mistress she was. He wanted her to help raise the daughter of her old enemy Cleopatra, whom he brought back from Egypt after the death of the Serpent of the Nile: “Rome … that great maw of cites, the eater of men that ground and chewed up lives as if they were mere sandy grit between its teeth and then spat them out again. Through endless cycles of the seasons, revolutions, civil wars, and lives always the same. Did I have enough strength in this feeble body to war with her again? The child looked up at me. The answer was on my lips.”

See what you think of this historical thriller from the point of view of Servilia, Julius Caesar’s lifelong friend and mistress. She provides her own perspective on the colossus among men caught between the Republican faction of old Rome and those longing for empire.

If you liked this novel you might want to try other titles by Dora Benley including Minotaur, Cleopatra’s Stone, Helen of Troy, Medea the Witch, and Book of the Dead. They are all offered on Amazon Kindle.

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