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Monster Mash Countdown Blitz Hosted by Loving the Book (Day 4)

I’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. 


Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds.
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When 15-year-old Rosa agrees to help the ghost of King Tut find his lost queen Hesena, she doesn’t count on falling for him.
 
Once back in Ancient Egypt, Rosa discovers that finding Hesena if not all she must do and is not as easy as she thought it would be, even though she carries part of the lost queen in her soul. She must also keep out of the reach of the living Horemheb—who crosses mortal boundaries using Seth’s evil magic—if she is to stay alive to make it back home.

 

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Q&A With The Author:
1. When did you start writing and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become as author?
I’ve been writing for a long time; I wrote my first poem in eighth grade. My college years and my teaching career solidified my love of the ancient world and the times of King
Arthur. It wasn’t until I retired from teaching literature and writing that I had the time to devote to my own tales which had roamed around in my head for years.
2. Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us about it?
Yes and yes! I have started a new five book series Feathers of the Phoenix, and the first book The Atlantean Horse. Rose from Sons of the Sphinx will share the spotlight in this series with her cousin Jerome. Both of them have special abilities that they are struggling to live with and still be teenagers. The adventure revolves around an old prophecy that says one day when the five feathers of the Phoenix bird are reunited with a white stallion and one-who-survived—both of which were saved from destruction by Poseidon when he destroyed Atlantis—the lost island will rise again long enough for all three to return to their home. It will then disappear forever. Naturally there are those who want to be at the rising in order to steal the treasures rumored to be in that lost city.
3. What is your favorite writing snack?
Red licorice.
4. If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose and why? What food would you serve?
By default, I would have to say Rosa from Sons of the Sphinx. I would love to sit with young Guinevere from my Guinevere trilogy, but I’m a picky eater. There’s very little
food from Medieval times that I would eat. With Rosa, we could have hamburgers, hotdogs, and even KFC!
5. Please share what you learned from writing your book.
The wonders of Egypt are many, and I enjoyed delving deeper into that mysterious land. The injustices aimed at Tutankhamen’s family nearly wiped them from the pages of history. The
title of the book came from my research. A stele—a stone tablet carrying messages from Pharoahs—sits between the paws of the Sphinx. It tells the story of the day the Sphinx spoke to Tut’s great-grandfather Tuthmosis IV and called him his son. Since that time, all of the men in that line have been known as Sons of the Sphinx.
6. How do you relax, or what do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
I love spending time with our grandkids. We two boys, ages 9 & 4, and two girls, ages 2 & 1. They are a lively bunch and keep us running.
7. What’s your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
Traveling. I want to visit those places in the ancient and medieval worlds—whose literature I taught–that I’ve read and written about. We’ve done Egypt, Wales, England, Iceland, but
have a lot more to explore. Every other year we pick a destination and plan a 3-week trip. Due for the next one in 2018. Wonder where we’ll go?
8. What do you fear most?
Losing those I care for most. We’ve had a lot of loses in our family in the past, and just in the last nine months, we have said goodbye to three.
9. What advice would you give someone who wants to write a book some day?
Ask yourself these questions:
What type of story do you want to write?
Who are you writing for?
How will your characters/plot appeal to readers?
Why do you want to write?
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Book Blitz: Summer Countdown (Day 6) Hosted by Loving the Book

I’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds.

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Even the Goddess doesn’t know who will Live or Die
“Think before acting,” her father always warned. But Princess Guinevere is
ruled by her heart. Her betrothal to King Arthur has not changed this.
 
When Guinevere and Cedwyn’s latest adventure takes a dangerous turn, they find
themselves embroiled in a life-or-death struggle as foretold by Merlyn’s
Goddess of the Stones 
Renegades—foiled in their attempt to kidnap the princess—steal the children of
Cadbury Castle to sell as slaves.
 
 Guinevere and Cedwyn vow to rescue the
children, but a miscalculation puts them all in more danger. The plan quickly
unravels, and Guinevere’s impassioned decisions come crashing down as Cedwyn
chooses to turn his dream of becoming a knight into reality.
 
Will their courage be strong enough to survive, or will one make the ultimate
sacrifice?

 

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Snippet 3:
Fathers and Daughters:
His finger on her lips stopped her rebuttal.
“Not now. Other issues demand the attention of the knights and kings.”…
“But Father…I promised.”
“So you did, daughter mine, but kings must rule with their heads not
their hearts. This discussion is over. You are dismissed to go to your room. I
have a knight there who will make sure your rest tonight isn’t disturbed.”
Her legs refused to move. She opened her mouth, but no words came.
“Go. Now Guinevere. Before I forget you’re my own flesh and have you
flogged for the dangers you’ve brought upon us. Go!”
Guinevere ran from the room, fists clenched, tears streaming down her
face.
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Book Blitz: Monster Mash Countdown Event (Day 1) with Loving the Book

 

author-day-1 I am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past.

Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those young-at-heart to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.

 


Q&A With the Author:

Now that we’ve gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it’s yours. What’s your story?

My childhood is filled with a variety of stories that I’ll always remember. Here’s a few: Walking up to the firehouse on Saturday nights with my brother and his friend and my friend to play Bingo. Standing by my mailbox when I was around 4/5 with a balloon. The kids were walking home from school, and someone walked up to me and popped my balloon. I cried for a long while. Picking cherries in the grandparents orchard. Swiping rhubarb from the corner garden up the block.

 

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Long ago the old texts of ancient Egypt alluded to scrolls in which King Tut spoke to the people from beyond the tomb.

Many archaeologists put this down to an incorrect translation of the ancient Egyptian texts. Others swore to the accuracy of the translation.

But, Tutankhamen Speaks isn’t a story about the lost scrolls.

It’s about the story written down on those ancient scrolls:

Tutankhamen’s story.

2014 EVVY Merit Award for Historical Fiction from CIPA (Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc.) 

 

 Reviews:

“A delightful way to bring history to children.”

“We are using this as resource for world cultures for home school.”

“What I liked about this book was that it gives a glimpse into the everyday life of Tut, before and after his rise to Pharaoh. It was like a fly on the wall peek at his life without it just being part of a much larger plot.”

And what a tale it is! King Tut tells us his entire life story from when he was a boy and not yet acknowledged as heir to the throne of Egypt, through his father’s death and his own ascension to the throne; we learn of his love for Ankhesenpaaten, whom he married, the sadness they experienced at the loss of a child, and the politics and hierarchy of ancient Egypt with its court intrigue.”

 

 


 Top Ten List

 Author Top Ten List
Things I like to do when not writing:
I enjoy traveling, reading, spending time with my family, and working in the yard. I’m definitely not a housekeeper.
How I relax:
Sitting on the beach in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico!
My favorite color:
Blue’s always been my favorite color. It’s the color of my eyes, of the sky, and of the ocean.
My favorite drink:
Just can’t pass up a good margarita!
My favorite snack:
I devour nachos and Auntie Anne’s pretzels!
My your favorite movies:
Star Wars, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and The Mummy. I’ve watched each of these so many times that I’ve lost track, and my husband shakes his head when he sees one on and says, “Really?” I just smile.
 I am a night owl:
I don’t usually go to sleep until midnight, and now that I’m retired, I’m comfortable not seeing the sun come up in the morning:)
My favorite food:
That would be a smothered shredded beef burrito washed down with a good margarita.
My favorite authors:
I grab anything by the writing duo of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs, and I also love their individual books. David Baldacci’s books are also favorites. I’m addicted to blood and guts; spy thrillers!
If I could live anywhere, it would be in Colorado. We have the best weather—All four seasons. I live next to the foothills, and a drive up in the Rockies is a cure for any ailment. I can see the world famous Red Rock Amphitheater from my couch, and if the wind is just right, we can hear the concerts. My immediate family is all here, except for one sister who lives in Texas, poor soul. In addition to being a retired teacher, I’m also a retired airline employee. So, when I need a change, it’s so easy just to hop a plane and go to the beach.

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Blitz Post: Great Summer Countdown Hosted by Loving the Book (Day 11)

I am retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.

I also conduct Medieval/Short Story Writing Workshops in Elementary/Middle School classes. Contact me if you are interested in holding a workshop for students: ccarpinello@mac.com.

Q&A With the Author:

What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?
My biggest struggle is figuring out how to get my characters to the next pivot point in my stories. That’s when I put down pen and paper and spend time going over different scenarios in my head. Sometimes that takes a few hours, but usually it’s a few days.
What kind of music do you listen to while you write?
My favorites are Mumford and Sons and Of Monsters and Men.

 

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At the dawn of Camelot, one young girl is about to take her place beside the greatest king in England’s history…. 

 

She is a mere child of twelve. But in these medieval days, this is the age when childish things must be put away and greater responsibilities accepted—all in preparation for a betrothal of marriage. 
For young Lady Guinevere, on the advent of her thirteenth Birth Day, the whole idea is quite unbearable. After all, what could be better than spending her youth playing with her best friend Cedwyn, roaming the grounds around the castle looking for mythical creatures or hunting rabbits?
However, the wizard Merlyn—her teacher and friend—knows that destiny has a way of catching up with a person. His arrival sets in motion a series of events that will lead Guinevere to her destiny whether she is ready for it or not.

 

 

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At the bottom of the stairs, Guinevere paused
and peeked out the door.  Seeing no one,
she stepped out into the bailey, thankful for the clouds that hid the
moon.  Focused on the outer door across
the courtyard, she missed seeing the figure that slid out of the shadows and
followed her.
            Guinevere
glanced once more around the bailey as she reached the outer door.  The shadow following her hugged the building
as the moon drifted out from the clouds.
She crept through the door and turned to the right.  Keeping in the shadows and close to the
stable wall, she managed to work her way to about twenty yards from the edge of
the forest.  Taking a furtive look around,
she stole across the open grass and slipped into the trees.
            As
she disappeared from view, the figure following her moved through the outer
door.  As Guinevere had done, this figure
kept close to the stable wall, staying within the shadows and watching the tree
line for any movement.  Seeing nothing,
the shadowy figure moved out into the moonlight, revealing himself to any who
happened to be watching, but there were none.
Those not in bed stayed in the hall enjoying themselves too much to
venture out into the late night.  The
moonlight bounced off his grey gown and illuminated his white hair, making it
appear ghostly.  Merlyn quickened his
pace, not wanting to fall too far behind.
            Guinevere
crept along the forest path.  The
fragrance of wet pine filled her senses.
Suddenly, the faint sound of a voice off to her right reached her ears.  She turned and moved cautiously through the
trees and brush.  The  calming quality of the voice dispelled her
fears.  As she moved closer, the voice’s
volume increased very little.  Whoever it
belonged to continued to whisper to someone, although Guinevere heard only the
one voice.
            Through
the leafy oak branches, Guinevere made out the shape of a tall, slender woman
dressed in a white hooded robe.  Edging
closer she saw that the woman stood in a small clearing.  Moonlight filtered down, descending almost
like a halo around her.  With the woman’s
hood up, Guinevere was unable to discern any other physical features.  The woman continued to talk to someone
concealed by her body.  Intrigued,
Guinevere moved closer, careful not to make any noise.  While the woman did not move, from time to
time her arms reached out in front of her, for some reason unknown to
Guinevere.
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