Livia: A Novel by Dora Benley

Livia has just returned from her search to find her fiance, Octavius, heir of Julius Casesar, in the wake of Caesar’s assassination. Octavius has fled Rome, and she was trying to save his life. She gets captured by pirates for all her trouble. When she finally catches up with her fiance she can no longer marry him. She learns that her own family, the Claudians, were behind Julius Caesar’s assassination. She can be Octavius’s mistress and nothing more. A proud girl, she spurns the thought and figure she must give him up for good.

Livia describes herself in her diary at this sad impasse:

“I can just imagine what I looked like: long coils of black hair curled in ringlets plas­tered all over my face, my neck, my bosom, and my shoulders — pasted on by dried salt and brine. A red silk dress clinging to my figure and slipping down over one shoulder a bit too far. Here and there still a jeweled earring or ankle bracelet poking through as a sad legacy from my other life. Looking all together like a prow ornament that had been fished up from the depths after some long ago shipwreck.”

At this low point of her life Livia would be surprised to learn that she will somebody marry the man she loves and stay married to him for 52 years. It will become one of the most legendary matches in Roman history and one of the most historically important, too. Just how this comes about is the story of this piece of fiction: Livia: A Novel by Dora Benley, another one of this author’s ancient Greek and Roman novels. If you liked this story about ancient Rome for young adults, this novel about Livia and Augustus, you will also like Book of the Dead, Helen of Troy, Cleopatra’s Stone, Caesar and Cleopatra: A Novel, Julia: A Novel, Julius Caesar: A Novel, Medea the Witch, and Jason and Medea: A Novel.

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Get Your Free Copy Of Jason And Medea: A Novel:

Get your free copy of Jason and Medea: A Novel by Dora Benley. It is the very latest in her series of Greek and Roman novels for teens. You won’t find much else on Amazon like it. The ancient and classical category is not very populated with novels. So do not miss this opportunity that certainly will not be repeated this year. Indulge in mythology. Pretend you were up there on Mt. Olympus eating the nectar of the gods and feasting on grapes from the slopes of Mt. Parnassus or Vesuvius in Pompeii. Read about the heroes, goddesses, and princesses from long ago from now through the rest of this week.
Princess Medea lives in the dream-like Kingdom of Colchis along the Black Sea. It is the richest land in the world presided over by a gift from the gods, the Golden Fleece. Gold is as plentiful in this land as the sands on the beach. She and her sister go to do the palace laundry one day and discover a strange ship from a foreign land coming ashore on the Phasis River. Her father holds a banquet and Medea meets a golden-haired prince from far away who claims he has come here to win the Golden Fleece to take home to Greece with him. He is willing to fight for the Colchians or to buy the Fleece outright.
Medea’s father, King Aeetes, at once summons his guards and warriors and throws the foreigner and his sailors in jail. Medea knows she must save this foreign prince or no one else will. But in order to save him she must betray her father and her people. It is a hard choice for one so young to make. But for Medea there is no turning back.

Jason and Medea: A Novel is Dora’s Benley’s latest Greek and Roman novel about the ancient world for young adults. If you enjoyed this romantic suspense novel, you will also enjoy her other works such as Julius Caesar: A Novel, Caesar and Cleopatra: A Novel, Medea the Witch, Helen of Troy, Minotaur, Cleopatra’s Stone, Book of the Dead, and Julia: A Novel. Get your free copy today.

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Download Jason and Medea: A Novel Free On Kindle:

Starting tomorrow on Monday, July 24 Jason and Medea: A Novel by Dora Benley will be free for you to download on Amazon Kindle. The special promotion will continue for the next five days through the weekend and beyond. But hurry! This offer will not be repeated this year.

Princess Medea lives in the dream-like Kingdom of Colchis along the Black Sea. It is the richest land in the world presided over by a gift from the gods, the Golden Fleece. Gold is as plentiful in this land as the sands on the beach. She and her sister go to do the palace laundry one day and discover a strange ship from a foreign land coming ashore along the Phasis River. Her father holds a banquet, and Medea meets a golden-haired prince from far away. Jason claims he has come here to win the Golden Fleece to take home to Greece with him. He is willing to fight for the Colchians or to buy the Fleece outright.

Medea’s father, King Aeetes, at once summons his guards and warriors and throws the foreigner and his sailors in jail. Medea knows she must save this foreign prince or no one else will. But in order to save him she must betray her father and her people. It is a hard choice for one so young to make. But for Medea there is no turning back.

Jason and Medea: A Novel is Dora’s Benley’s latest Greek and Roman novel about the ancient world for young adults. If you enjoyed this romantic suspense novel, you will also enjoy her other works such as Julius Caesar: A Novel, Caesar and Cleopatra: A Novel, Medea the Witch, Helen of Troy, Minotaur, Cleopatra’s Stone, Book of the Dead, and Julia: A Novel.

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Cheops Books Goes To The ALA And Frankfurt:

This summer has been an unprecedented season of marketing here at Cheops Books LLC. We have had our books all over the place. Last month Hitler’s Agent, soon to be published on October 15, went to the American Library Association Convention in Chicago. It was displayed at the IBPA Cooperative Booth. Just this past week in July Cheops Books LLC sent an eblast to K-12 librarians to announce the publication of Dark 3: Special Edition to be published on September 15. Next month Cheops Books is to be part of a cooperative catalog to be sent out to independent bookstores advertising Dark 3: Special Edition.

In October we will be sending booth Hitler’s Agent and Dark 3: Special Edition to the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany. The titles to be published this autumn will be at the IBPA booth.

In addition we have just had an audio book recorded for Salisbury Plot. We used an exciting new voice never to be repeated again but special only for this one Edward Ware Thrillers at War novel. This edition will soon appear on audible.

For Dark 3: Special Edition we have been working with an artist in Ukraine named Andrew. He has illustrated the book for us with his black and white sketches and drawings of the characters.

Work also continues on the German translation of Captive at the Berghof: Part 1.

Stories out of the past.

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Download Jason and Medea: A Novel Free On Kindle:

Starting tomorrow Jason and Medea: A Novel by Dora Benley will be free for you to download on Amazon Kindle. The special promotion will continue for the next five days through the weekend and beyond. But hurry! This offer will not be repeated this year.

Princess Medea lives in the dream-like Kingdom of Colchis along the Black Sea. It is the richest land in the world presided over by a gift from the gods, the Golden Fleece. Gold is as plentiful in this land as the sands on the beach. She and her sister go to do the palace laundry one day and discover a strange ship from a foreign land coming ashore along the Phasis River. Her father holds a banquet, and Medea meets a golden-haired prince from far away. Jason claims he has come here to win the Golden Fleece to take home to Greece with him. He is willing to fight for the Colchians or to buy the Fleece outright.

Medea’s father, King Aeetes, at once summons his guards and warriors and throws the foreigner and his sailors in jail. Medea knows she must save this foreign prince or no one else will. But in order to save him she must betray her father and her people. It is a hard choice for one so young to make. But for Medea there is no turning back.

Jason and Medea: A Novel is Dora’s Benley’s latest Greek and Roman novel about the ancient world for young adults. If you enjoyed this romantic suspense novel, you will also enjoy her other works such as Julius Caesar: A Novel, Caesar and Cleopatra: A Novel, Medea the Witch, Helen of Troy, Minotaur, Cleopatra’s Stone, Book of the Dead, and Julia: A Novel.

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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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