Moon: $.99 Special Cheops Books Promotion Starts Thursday:
Starting on Thursday Cheops Books will offer Moon for sale for only $.99 on its own website: http://www.edwardwarethrillers.org. It will be on the new Promotion Page. You can download the book. We will send it to you as an ebook.
Darcy Devon can’t take it anymore. Her millionaire parents won’t stop bugging her to date Randolph King, the son of an English client of theirs. She runs away to live in her grandparents’ house in the wilds of Montana. But no sooner does she unpack her suitcase than she notices that somebody who looks like an uncouth madman is following her. Nobody knows who he is. When she goes swimming, somebody is watching her. When she goes to bed, somebody is outside looking in. Wolves howl at midnight. She looks up at the sky and sees a black moon and shivers. What does this strange man want with her? Is he escaped from an asylum, or is it something worse?
Moon was originally published in German by Cora Verlag, Harper Collins Germany. If you liked Moon you will enjoy other young adult thrillers by Linda Cargill such as Shadows, Trees, Storm, Mirror, and Doubles.
Moon is one of the roster of Yellowstone books that Cheops Books will publish as a collection later this year as it looks forward to publishing its Edward Ware Thrillers at War latest, Old Faithful Plot.

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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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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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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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Children of the Hydra’s Teeth are the ultimate special effect of the movie, Jason and the Argonauts, which appear in the climactic scene right before Jason and Medea escape from Colchis carrying the Golden Fleece. They look like something out of an Edgar Allen Poe tale. King Aeetes throws the teeth down on the ground of Colchis. Up spring warriors rising from their graves to avenge the people of Colchis. The Children of the Hydra’s Teeth are carrying swords, the battalion of the dead who cannot be killed because they are already dead.
Ultimately it shows off fears of the wild geography of the Colchis region. It is full of mountains and cliffs along the sea. From any cave, from any crevice can come an enemy or an unexpected creature. That is why something like the Children of the Hydra’s Teeth seem appropriate for the region.
There are no Children of the Hydra’s Teeth at the end of Medea’s Escape. But the sea, the cliffs, and the mountains through which the heroine must escape are equally compelling.

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Ray Harryhausen Special Effects: Jason finally reaches the climactic scene of the movie Jason and the Argonauts in a scene the resonates with the Cheops Books young adult thriller Medea’s Escape. Medea must make her choice to give away the Golden Fleece and follow Jason in the movie. Then Jason must fight the hydra-headed beast that looks like a dinosaur any day. He is almost captured but he frees himself. He is warned that King Aeetes is after him. He and Medea flee toward the Argo with the Argonauts.
In the novel Medea’s Escape, the heroine’s choice is a bit different. But we won’t spoil the plot or the ending in an original rendition of the myth. However the movie once again sets the place and time where the Greeks had wandered into a far off world with a different religion and different customs and did not know what to expect next. Harryhausen Special Effects make you really get into this mind frame.

You can purchase Medea’s Escape on Amazon Kindle for only $5.99.

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Medea’s Escape Countdown Deal: In the next special effects scene in the 1963 movie Jason and the Argonauts we have another illustration of what the ancient Greeks knew about the geography of their world. The Argonauts navigate the Hellespont on the way to the Black Sea, filmed in 1963 along the rocky southern coast of Italy. It is a narrow channel for sure. Rocks start cascading down the hillside into the water. The ship ahead of them sinks. But they decide to proceed anyway. A giant Poseidon appears and holds back the cascading rocks on the hillside so the Argo can slip through what the Greeks perceive to be a mysterious, unknown, dangerous region, too far away from where they live to venture.
The Cheops Books novel Medea’s Escape has more to do with the ancient Mother Goddess religion instead of all these male gods such as Poseidon, but still this movie gives you a good idea of the Bronze Age time period about 1500BC to 1250BC in which the Jason story took place long before the age of Pericles in classical Athens and even longer before the Hellenistic Period or the Romans themselves. The Bronze Age seems mysterious no matter when or how you study it or read about it.
The $.99 Amazon Countdown Deal for Medea’s Escape ends tomorrow so hurry and download a copy before it’s gone.

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Phineas the Blind Man and the Harpies: I emphasized the mastery with which Jason and the Argonauts, the 1963 family mythological film for all ages, pursues special effects. In fact, the whole movie is little more than a connected series of these special effects episodes. They don’t interfere with the plot of the pursuit of the Golden Fleece in any way nor do they interfere with the character presentation. On the contrary, they serve as examples to help illustrate Jason’s growing heroism and self-reliance.
In this episode Jason must defeat the Harpies who plague the seer Phineas the Blind Man to find out how to get to Colchis. The Argonauts trap the Harpies in a net and build a cage. Then they hold a feast with Phineas. He tells them to go through the clashing rocks in five days, then proceed northeast to Colchis. But now Jason and his Argonauts have no god to protect them. Hera can no longer help. He has already asked her the five allowed questions. Now he is on his own just like any hero, which of course builds up to the next special effects scene.
This movie serves as an excellent backdrop for the Cheops Books LLC novel Medea’s Escape. The plot isn’t the same, but the age level is, both rather YA or for all age levels. Both were also inspired by Apollonius of Rhodes who wrote the Argonautica instead of Euripides, which is the more popular version of the myth.

 

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More 1963 Special Effects: Talos is the name written on the statue found on the beach of the island where the Argonauts land. Hercules steals weapon from treasure trove and awakens the monster, Talos, who chases the crew back to the Argo. The Argonauts try to escape through two rocks that define a bay. But the monster reaches down and grabs the boat. They must all swim ashore. The giant Bronze Man follows them until Jason appeals to the figurehead who tells him to look to Talos’s ankles. In a scene that echoes Achilles’ heel, Jason attacks and defeats the monster so they can rebuild the Argo and get on their way to find the Golden Fleece at the end of the world in Colchis.
This special effects scene from the movie Jason and the Argonauts tells you what the Greeks thought of geography in their day. As soon as you sailed away from the islands in the Aegean you were in uncivilized, foreign, alien, barbarian territory where anything at all could happen. It was a place where evil lurked around every rock and boulder, and people in Greece would believe there were giant bronze men who could rise up against sailors and sink their boats. It was sort of like the people in the Middle Ages who though the Earth was flat and you would sail off it and fall into the abyss if you sailed far enough away from home. In ancient Greece only heroes and adventurers like Jason would even attempt such a feat. That is why it is the subject of 1963 Special Effects.

Watching this movie would be a good activity before reading the Cheops Books LLC  young adult mythological thriller novel called Medea’s Escape being offered this week on a Kindle Countdown Deal for only $.99 cents, a deal not to be repeated.

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