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 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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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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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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Medea’s Escape, the subject of the upcoming Countdown deal on Amazon, is a young adult story in a genre full of adult titles about the classical world. Cheops Books LLC began several years ago by publishing To Follow the Goddess, which recounts the Trojan War from the point of view of Helen. It has since published everything from the Minotaur about Minoan Crete to Book of the Dead, a modern supernatural about a duel with Egyptian spirits in the 1920’s. In the near future we will also be publishing two thrillers about the ancient Germans vs. the classical Romans, the Cherusci Plot and the Vesuvius Plot. So there is certainly more than one title available for your perusal. Start by buying Medea’s Escape for only $.99 starting tomorrow.

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Cheops Books Freebie of the Week: My Aunt, the Witch. Starting tonight at midnight and continuing through Wednesday you will be able to download My Aunt, the Witch for free on Amazon Kindle. This young adult supernatural thriller about the backwoods of Virginia Beach, Virginia in a small town named Pungo is the setting for the free teen thrills for the week. But hurry! This offer will not be repeated this year.
Adele’s father mysteriously disappeared two years before. Ever since then strange things have been happening around Pungo, a tiny town just on the outskirts of Virginia Beach. Even one of her best friends almost gets eaten by a shark. Is it a run of bad luck or what? She goes to visit her Aunt Esmeralda in the country. She finds her collecting snakes and doing a strange dance. Adele asks why. Her aunt tells her that she is a witch and is drawing upon special powers to help control the unruly things that happen in life. She suggests that Adele try it, too. But there are dark forces out there that can challenge even a witch when another one of her friends goes missing, too.

My Aunt, The Witch was originally published in German by Cora Verlag, Harper Collins Germany. It was her first published young adult thriller book ever. It is now brought to you by Edward Ware Thrillers YA, an imprint of Cheops Books, LLC. If you liked My Aunt, The Witch you will enjoy Linda Cargill’s other young adult thrillers such as Jasper, Black Lake, Dear Diary, Gold Hair, and Thorns.

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