Livia: A Novel May Soon Have A Second Edition:

Livia: A Novel may soon have a second edition. Watch this blog post and the website for announcements.

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 figures 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 Romance, Julius Caesar: A Novel, Medea the Witch, and Jason and Medea: A Novel.

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Julia: A Romance Gets Two Reviews On Goodreads:

Julia: A Romance by Dora Benley was just published by Cheops Books LLC on April 9. That was the date that the Goodreads Giveaway distributed one hundred free copies of the Kindle edition of the historical romantic thriller. Two reviews have since that date been posted on Goodreads.

Kayla Tornello wrote, “I enjoyed this book’s setting in ancient Rome, although the characters seemed rather on the modern side at times. The main character, Julia, is reluctant to marry Sisenna. This creates drama, but it gets rather tedious at times. Also, the romance part only comes at the very end of the story. Perhaps I would have liked this book better if I had been a younger reader. I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. Yay!”
Mary on Goodreads also posted her review, “Wonderful romance!”

The novel Julia: A Romance may be on your reading list soon.

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Publication Dates For Novels In 2018:

Cheops Books LLC has come up with a rough outline of when various historical thrillers and historical romantic thrillers by Dora Benley will be released this year, 2018. First of all, on April 9 we expect to publish Julia: A Romance. Right now you can enter the Goodreads Giveaway for that romantic thriller about ancient Rome.

On May 4 we plan to publish the second volume in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, Salisbury Plot, on Amazon Kindle. It has a brand new cover that will send chills up your spine. At the same time we will release the audiobook edition of the work on Audible.

On Saturday, June 16 we plan to release Old Faithful Plot in which Hitler plans to blow up Yellowstone National Park. The cover art by Daniel Teran is a real winner.

On October 1, the days that Lawrence of Arabia and General Allensby won the Battle of Damascus against the Ottoman Turks and brought about the Armistice to end the war will be the publication date of Armistice Plot which brings to an end everything about the First World War except Adolf Hitler.

Then on Armistice Day, November 11, the one hundredth anniversary of the end of World War 1, Cheops Books will publish Paris Peace Plot about the upcoming summit in Paris to sign the treaty to end the war. It was a treaty that was so poor, so malicious in intent, that the treaty itself became one of the major causes of World War 2. It was often cited by Adolf Hitler as such. And that leads right into other novels to come in the Edward Ware Thriller Series about World War 2.

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A Whole New Ending Julia: A Romance

Dora Benley is busy at work writing a whole new ending for the popular historical romance novel, Julia: A Novel. It is almost like a series. Did you like the first ending? You will like the second ending even better. The new title? Julia: A Romance, of course! And the authoress promises it will be even more romantic than before.

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 will like Julia: A Romance even better! Dora will keep you posted. And meanwhile you might try a few of her other historical romances such as Caesar and Cleopatra: A Novel, Cleopatra’s Stone, Curse of Egypt, Helen of Troy, and Salisbury Plot.

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Julia: A Novel by Dora Benley:

Julia: A Novel, another ancient thriller by Dora Benley, will be offered free on Amazon for the next five days starting on Wednesday, July 12 and continuing through the weekend. But hurry! This offer won’t be repeated this year.

Senator Gaius Julius Rufus was unlucky to be born during the first period of the Civil Wars that tore apart not only Rome but Italy into two factions, populares and optimates. He was sixty years old in May of 81 B.C., having spent most of his adulthood in Rome away from his grape and olive vineyards attempting to remain neutral and friendly with both factions while not doing much for either.

His rank and family made his efforts fruitless. He was a senator, an aristocrat. Worse yet, he was a member of the ancient and illustrious clan claiming descent from Aeneas and his mother Venus — the Julii. During the civil war between Marius and Sulla his daughter, Julia’s, life is at stake as well as her heart pining over the man she really loves and cannot have. What can he do to save her? Find out in this historical novel about the days of ancient Rome.

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It sounded very eerie when the papers said “London is under attack” just as if it were World War 1 or World War 2.  It sounded scary, too. Frankly I don’t think it is possible to carry on as normal under such conditions. You might say you are doing so. But in reality measures are being taken. Things are different. The mood and attitude aren’t the same at all. For instance, this London terrorist attack will mean increased security. Homeland Security here keeps on growing apace under every President since Bush. New regulations keep on getting issued for airlines. The latest here is something about no computers or tablets on certain flights. It gets to the point that you will do everything you can to avoid the situation that causes such inconvenience. In other words you won’t fly unless you absolutely can’t avoid it. You might avoid downtown London or New York unless you can’t avoid it again. I remember after 9/11 people said they were going to stop going to shopping malls. Suddenly after 9/11 tourism to places like Yellowstone started to spike instead of trips to cities. Of course it depends on the individual. Some individuals will act as you say and stubbornly insist on carrying on the same schedule terrorism or no. But their numbers get thinner all the time.

I am still confused why countries like Britain and America act the way they do and go after their own citizens instead of foreigners in reaction to terrorist attacks. Romans would NOT have behaved like this. If they knew there was an enemy called ISIS they would have leveled them and wiped them from the face of the earth. They might have taken slaves and the women and children would have been raised in Roman i.e. American/British ways. Not that I like such military activity myself, but at least it spares the native population. I’m beginning to think that the West in the grip of the World War 1 syndrome (which assumes WW2 was just part of WW1). WW1 is the hundred years war that is still going on. They question all their values. They become pacifist, etc. I don’t know when the Great War will ever end. Then maybe you can recognize enemies as enemies and stop imposing on your countrymen and your native populations.

Of course the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series starts with the opening rounds of World War 1 when the Lusitania gets torpedoed in the novel Key to Lawrence Special Edition.

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Pliny the Elder, born in 23 AD, was a Roman author, naturalist, navy commander, and army commander of the first century AD who authored the first encyclopedia ever written about the natural world. It is now available in the Loeb Classical Library in English in ten volumes and covers everything from a mathematical and meteorological survey of the universe as known to the Romans of that time period to a geography and ethnography of the world familiar to the empire to the anthropology of man to zoology and botany to plant products used in medicines which was later to appeal to people in the Middle Ages who used it as an authoritative work, to minerals, fine arts, and gemstones. The work was still being referred to centuries later by the English poet John Milton who wanted to describe the plants in Eden, and he lived in the seventeenth century. New works like Pliny’s were not to be attempted again until at least the eighteenth century or even the nineteenth. A later author equates the Natural History encyclopedia with the Roman Empire the way the Encyclopedia Britannica became associated with the British Empire.
The great encyclopedia writer of ancient Rome, Pliny the Elder, appears as a major character in the upcoming historical thriller Vesuvius Plot soon to be published by Cheops Books LLC. The pursuit of encyclopedia writing and general knowledge about the flora and fauna of Germany where he served as procurator, or governor, got him in trouble with the Germanic tribes.

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You may or may not have visited Yellowstone National Park. You may not even know that it is located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. But that big, original western national park may be in your face one of these days soon. Talk about the Big One in California, the giant earthquake. That would be nothing compared to what Yellowstone may do one of these days.
The first national park is also a dormant, giant, super volcano. Nobody knows what the trigger is to get it to explode big time. We do know that it would not be one of those cone volcanoes so familiar from Hawaii where molten lava streaks down a mountain slope. This would be far uglier and would resemble Mount Vesuvius blowing its lid in 79AD in Roman times during the Emperorship of Titus. Ash would spew out in all directions and cover the landscape for hundreds of miles. Nothing would grow. Cities would get buried. Nobody could live there anymore.
In short, the Yellowstone volcano could bring an end to the civilization of the US just as it cut a swath through ancient Rome. Read more about it in the upcoming alternative history thriller, the Old Faithful Plot, coming soon from Cheops Books. LLC.

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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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Novel With Pictures?: All about the Vesuvius Plot, one of two Roman thrillers, to be Published Net Year
Cheops Books LLC and its imprint Edward Ware Thrillers at War will publish Vesuvius Plot next year, the second novel in a series of Roman thrillers about Edward Ware’s Roman ancestors. It will also include the Cherusci Plot, the thriller about the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. This historical thriller Vesuvius Plot will feature Pliny the Elder, the 1st century BC philosopher and naturalist who was also the Roman governor of the province of Germania. The Germans spell trouble for Pliny just as they spell trouble for his latter day descendant, Colonel Sir Edward Ware. Find out how in the upcoming publication complete with paintings and pictures from the time period. Some are taken directly from Pompeii such as the painting on the cover which is on display at the Naples Museum in Italy.
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