Helen of Troy And The Solar Eclipse of 2017:

What does Helen of Troy have to do with the solar eclipse of 2017? The novel Helen of Troy by Dora Benley was inspired by an earlier solar eclipse experienced by the author when writing the novel. It was so impressive that she included the eclipse in the first scene of the historical thriller. She was intrigued to depict the eclipse the way a Greek from the Mycenaean Age in the Bronze Age would think of it. It was a catastrophe brought on by the angry gods perhaps. Here is the beginning of the novel so you can see what Dora Benely was attempting to convey:

A black bull charged across the face of the sun and consumed it until only a halo could escape. Then the Goddess of Heaven passed, and it was daylight again. Old as I am now I can still remember the day the sky went black in Sparta. I had just turned sixteen summers in the moon of the first grape harvest when about midday the sun disappeared.

This is the age of the Mother Goddess when God was a She who had to be propitiated, and this one solar eclipse causes havoc in Helen’s home town of Sparta in ancient Greece.

So wherever you are in the United States on Monday, August 21 when you are viewing the Solar Eclipse of 2017 think of Helen of Troy in Sparta, a priestess of the Mother Goddess, being surprised by an ancient solar eclipse that prefaces all her adventures to come in Greece and Troy. Come and see it all through her eyes when you read the young adult thriller Helen of Troy.
As the Kirkus Reviews once said of this book: Dora Benley’s portrayal of Helen as supporter of the people and clever, if misunderstood, female in a world of men—as opposed to the more familiar fickle housewife—keeps this classic, action-packed tale bubbling to the last huzzah. An auspicious beginning —and a delightful read.

If you liked Helen of Troy, you will enjoy other novels by Dora Benley including the Salisbury Plot, Book of the Dead, Dark 3: Special Edition, Mary’s Gone, and Latin Lessons.

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Curse of Egypt on Amazon Free Promotion NOW:

Curse of Egypt is free on Amazon Kindle starting today. Download your copy of Dora Benley’s latest young adult thriller with a supernatural twist about ancient Egypt and ancient times. If you were always fascinated by the excavation of King Tut’s Tomb, if you admired the sculpture bust of Nefertiti, if you thought the Pharaoh Akhenaten was mysterious, this is the novel for you. For the next five days you will have a unique opportunity. But hurry! This offer will not be repeated this year.

Sondra returns from a day out with her Dad in Charlottesville, Virginia where she lives with her mother and grandmother. Her dad asks her as always if she wants to come and live with him in Tucson. She says as usual that her mother and grandmother depend on her. They discuss why her parents got divorced. Her father confesses as usual that he doesn’t know. Her mother just left one day without explanation and took Sondra with her.

Sondra rushes into the house to plant a bare root rose. Her mother and grandmother depend on her to do the yardwork, too. But while she is digging in the backyard she comes upon a strange golden object. Her next door neighbor, Stew Hoolihan, says it looks like a museum piece and they ought to call the police.

Immediately when she goes inside her mother says that she has called her father and agreed that Sondra should indeed live with him in Tucson. Sondra cannot figure out why. Does it have to do with the golden object found in the backyard? What do her mother and grandmother know about it? What are they concealing from her? Sondra had better find out. It soon becomes a matter of life and death. Ancient civilizations from long before she was born are helping to determine her fate.

If you liked Curse of Egypt you will enjoy other novels by Dora Benley such as Cleopatra’s Stone, Caesar and Cleopatra: A Novel, Medea: the Witch, Minotaur, and Helen of Troy.

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Curse of Egypt Coming Soon:

Curse of Egypt will be published on Amazon Kindle by tomorrow. There has been an unexpected delay due to an extended internet outage yesterday. So get ready to download those free copies very soon. Curse of Egypt is a young adult supernatural novel with an Egyptian theme. So expect a lot of intervention by Egyptian deities and historical figures such as pharaohs.
Sondra returns from a day out with her Dad in Charlottesville, Virginia where she lives with her mother and grandmother. Her dad asks her as always if she wants to come and live with him in Tucson. She says as usual that her mother and grandmother depend on her. They discuss why her parents got divorced. Her father confesses as usual that he doesn’t know. Her mother just left one day without explanation and took Sondra with her.
Sondra rushes into the house to plant a bare root rose. Her mother and grandmother depend on her to do the yardwork, too. But while she is digging in the backyard she comes upon a strange golden object. Her next door neighbor, Stew Hoolihan, says it looks like a museum piece and they ought to call the police.

Immediately when she goes inside her mother says that she has called her father and agreed that Sondra should indeed live with him in Tucson. Sondra cannot figure out why. Does it have to do with the golden object found in the backyard? What do her mother and grandmother know about it? What are they concealing from her? Sondra had better find out. It soon becomes a matter of life and death. Ancient civilizations from long before she was born are helping to determine her fate.

If you liked Curse of Egypt you will enjoy other novels by Dora Benley such as Cleopatra’s Stone, Caesar and Cleopatra: A Novel, Medea: the Witch, Minotaur, and Helen of Troy.

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Fall Line Up At Cheops Books LLC:

What new books is Cheops Books LLC publishing in the autumn of 2017? Here is our line up for the new few months from September through December. Every month a new book will appear.

On September 15 Cheops Books LLC will publish the young adult thriller Dark 3: Special Edition including new black and white drawings by artist Andrew. You will be able to see what all the major and a few minor characters look like from good guys to bad guys and villains.
Bianca mourns for her old friend Doc who helped her overcome her fear of the dark after being the only witness to a brutal murder on St. Simons Island. He was driven out of town two years ago when the locals concluded that he must be the killer. She last saw him parachuting from a plane escaping from the law, a fall he couldn’t have survived. She’s moved to California with her employers, the Shipleys, and taken on a permanent babysitting position with Little Katie. Suddenly there’s a kidnapping attempt on the rich little heiress that Bianca is employed to protect. To the rescue comes a tall, dark young man who reminds her of somebody she’s lost. But it just couldn’t be . . . After all, he’s dead. And after all . . . he’s supposed to be the bad guy.

On October 15 Cheops Books LLC will publish Hitler’s Agent, volume six in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series.

The villainess, Helga von Wessel, Hitler’s chief spy, struts boldly from page to page of this thriller with Europe at her back and all sorts of ambitious notions in her head during the lead up to WW2. As far as she is concerned it isn’t Hitler’s Reich. It is Helga’s Reich. She will wrap the hero, Colonel Sir Edward Ware, Churchill’s spy, around her little finger to prove it. Nor does it matter what Edward’s American wife, Dora, says.

On November 15 Cheops Books LLC will publish Dark: A Trilogy, a collection of three young adult thriller novels in the Dark Series: Dark 1, Dark 2, and Dark 3: Special Edition. Teenager Bianca Winters had no idea what was in store for her in the next few years when she took on a babysitting assignment across the street with Little Katie Shipley. That night her whole life was to change forever as a killer roamed around in the dark upstairs. She had to save the baby while the housekeeper, Mrs. Ingersoll, fell to her death.

In the months that followed the murder, Bianca comes under the wing of her new medical advisor, Doc, who helps her recover from the horrible experience. She falls in love with the young man only to have doubt cast on his motives by circumstances that hint that he himself is the killer. When he goes on the run, she has to still believe in him somehow. How could she love a murderer?

Katie Shipley’s parents move to California and take Bianca with them as her live in babysitter. Bianca thinks that Doc is dead, killed trying to escape from the authorities. But then just as a strange gentleman from England appears and tries to kidnap Little Katie, a young man who reminds her of the one she has lost materializes in her life again. He shows her what has really been going on all these years behind the scenes, why Mrs. Ingersoll was killed, and what the bad guys want with Little Katie. The trilogy ends with the biggest surprise ending of all time.
And finally on December 15 Cheops Books LLC will publish Captive at the Berghof part 1 in German translation, the first such work in a foreign language. This is the third volume of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series. Hitler has found out about Colonel Sir Edward Ware’s secret undercover activities for Winston Churchill, and he’s playing hardball. He kidnaps Thomasina, Edward’s daughter, and won’t give the child back unless Edward and his wife, Dora, hand over the key to world domination – the Lawrence maps. They’d better do something fast before Thomasina truly becomes Hitler’s daughter.

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Illustrations For Dark 3: Special Edition:

Dark 3: Special Edition will be the first book that Cheops Books LLC publishes that will feature illustrations of the characters. On September 15 you, the readers, will get to admire the black and white drawings of Andrew the artist. He has visualized several of the major characters from the young adult thriller novel, Dark 3: Special Edition. You will get to see what the heroine, Bianca Winters, the one-time babysitter of Little Katie, looks like. Ditto the mysterious figure, Doc, who has haunted the entire Dark Series. You will get to see what the big bad guy, Mike Fellini, the jail breaker, looks like as he haunts the Hoh Rain Forest on the Olympic Peninsula. He might be about ready to kidnap Little Katie once again. You get to look into the innocent baby blue eyes of the heiress, the four-year-old little girl, Katie Shipley, whom Bianca loves to babysit. You even get to study Mrs. Baker, the ultimate villainess of Dark 3: Special Edition, as she tries to hoodwink the Shipleys and Bianca to fall for her bag of tricks. These illustrations will be sprinkled throughout the special edition. Look for them there.
Teens rarely need an excuse to stay up late, but The Dark by Dora Benley would give pause for thought to even the most steely nerved youngster. A genuinely gripping horror story. Approach with caution.
The Sunday Independent Dublin, Ireland

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A Distant Mirror: King Richard I: A Novel:

This historical romantic thriller novel by Dora Benley was written after September 11, 2001. She hopes to use the Third Crusade, where Richard fought against Saladin, as a kind of “distant mirror”, in the words of the medieval historian, Barbara Tuchman, for our own troubled time. Perhaps with this distant mirror we can lift the veil in which the modern Saracens or Arabs seem enshrouded just as the heroine, Elizabeth, must do in medieval times when she falls in love with one of their mysterious numbers.

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Doc and Bianca on Dark: A Trilogy Cover:

Doc and Bianca are featured on the new proposed cover for Dark: a Trilogy with the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco at night time lighted up in the background. The three book young adult series will be published by Cheops Books LLC on November 15. The publication date has been moved up by one month.

Teenager Bianca Winters had no idea what was in store for her in the next few years when she took on a babysitting assignment across the street with Little Katie Shipley. That night her whole life was to change forever as a killer roamed around in the dark upstairs. She had to save the baby while the housekeeper, Mrs. Ingersoll, fell to her death.

In the months that followed the murder, Bianca comes under the wing of her new medical advisor, Doc, who helps her recover from the horrible experience. She falls in love with the young man only to have doubt cast on his motives by circumstances that hint that he himself is the killer. When he goes on the run, she has to still believe in him somehow. How could she love a murderer?
Katie Shipley’s parents move to California and take Bianca with them as her live in babysitter. Bianca thinks that Doc is dead, killed trying to escape from the authorities. But then just as a strange gentleman from England appears and tries to kidnap Little Katie, a young man who reminds her of the one she has lost materializes in her life again. He shows her what has really been going on all these years behind the scenes, why Mrs. Ingersoll was killed, and what the bad guys want with Little Katie. The trilogy ends with the biggest surprise ending of all time.

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On September 15 Cheops Books LLC will publish Dark 3: Special Edition, the concluding volume of the Dark Series started by Scholastic UK. It is a fitting ending to Dark 1 and Dark 2 and lets you know what finally happened to all those YA characters such as Bianca Winters and Doc and their doomed love affair. Does she finally marry Harry Fellini or what? Does Little Katie, the heiress of St Simons Island finally escape to some place where she doesn’t get kidnapped? What about her wealthy parents, the Shipleys? And what happens to the low life of St. Simons Island such as Marianna Haynes, who was always after Bianca, or even Harry Fellini’s jailbird brother, Mike Fellini?

And when all these loose plot ends finally get decided for good, what about the long promised trilogy: Dark: A Trilogy? Why not publish the Dark as a series? Dark: A Trilogy will be published on December 15. We here at Cheops Books LLC even have a brand new cover in mind. We don’t have the final drawing yet. But we have a rough sketch which we will share with you today along with this blog post. We are about ready to hand it over to Andrew the artist to put his finishing touches on it.

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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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