Friday, 27 July 2012

Five Days Free - The Olympic Conspiracy

To celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games coming to London and help get you in the mood if you're sitting in a traffic jam on your way to the stadium, I am offering my Seven Fabulous Wonders ebook title The Olympic Conspiracy free (yes, you heard the unicorn right, absolutely FREE!) for five days from today until 31st July.

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This book is set during the 113th festival of the ancient Olympic Games, where the original torch relay took place around the altars of the temples in the sacred precinct at Olympia, finishing at the Temple of Zeus which housed the famous Statue of Zeus - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World:

Statue of Zeus at Olympia

Here’s the timetable for the 113th Games from The Olympic Conspiracy:


Altis: Public prayers and opening ceremony.
Council House: Swearing-in ceremony for competitors, trainers and judges.
Echo Colonnade: Contest for heralds and trumpeters.
Stadium: Boys’ events (sprint, boxing, wrestling).
Assembly Square: Public readings by poets and philosophers.

Hippodrome: Procession, chariot races, horse race.
Stadium: Men’s pentathlon (discus, javelin, long jump, sprint, wrestling).
Altis: Funeral rites of Peplos and sacrifice of a black ram, followed by parade of victors.
Full moon tonight.

Altis: Lighting of altar fires by winner of boys’ sprint, followed by sacrifice of 100 oxen to Zeus Olympia at the Great Altar.
Stadium: Men’s foot-races (dolichos, sprint, double-sprint).
Prytaneon: Public banquet.

Stadium: Men’s wrestling, men’s boxing, men’s pankration.
Stadium: Race-in-armour.
Private parties.

Temple of Zeus Olympia: Prize giving ceremony.
Altis: Public thanksgiving service and closing prayers.
Prytaneon: Victors’ banquet (invitation only).

So what’s the story about?
Sosi’s brother Theron is injured during training when a javelin spears his foot. So Sosi (who has magical shape-changing powers) volunteers to take his place to keep his brother in the Games. But the younger Sosi’s athletic skills leave a lot to be desired…will inheriting his brother’s stronger body turn him into an Olympic athlete overnight? And with Persian sorcerers threatening Olympia, can the brothers keep their secret from the judges and help the mysterious winged girl Nike save the Games?

If you enjoy your free copy of The Olympic Conspiracy, you can now get all the Seven Fabulous Wonders titles in this omnibus ebook edition for the price of a single paperback:

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So if you're STILL sitting in that traffic jam on your way to the London stadium, the omnibus edition might just see you through... enjoy the Games!

Read my other posts about the Olympic Games:
The History Girls - A Brief History of the Olympic Torch
The History Girls - Women Banned from the Olympic Games!
Reclusive Muse -  Olympic Torch Relay from Ancient Greece to London

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Undercover Unicorn

Where do authors go on their summer holidays? Last week, the Muse infiltrated a secret author conference in deepest Oxfordshire with a secret camera hidden in his horn to bring you this exclusive unicorn-at-the-window report.

Obviously, I took a cross country route to the event. Other authors elected to travel there by motorbike, in shared taxis, or took back routes around the lanes that made their SatNavs shriek at them.
When I arrived, I spotted my first famous author in classic sunglasses disguise:

Who is this Carnegie medal winner?

There were hush-hush meetings in the garden

and other meetings inside

Do you recognise any of these authors NOW?

After sorting out the publishing industry, the authors watched some book trailers in search of the Secret Bestseller Formula that has eluded just about every human up to now (unicorns know it, naturally, but I'm not telling!)

Write a Great Synopsis - trailer for the book by Nicola Morgan

Forsaken - trailer for the book by Katherine Langrish

City of Swords - trailer made by Anne Rooney for Mary Hoffman's final Stravaganza book

Nicola Morgan interviewed by a computer animated character about her book Death Watch

Inbali and Joe do books... (watch out, Richard and Judy!)

After which they all drank some special creativity-enhancing drinks:

It's water, honest...
Some of the more energetic authors did yoga before breakfast to work off the three puddings supplied twice each day (6 puddings per day x 3 days = 18 puddings in total!), while those who couldn't manage yoga did a collage to prepare their own bestselling book trailer.

Katherine with her ideas for a Pendragon Legacy trailer
And on the last night they held a Children's Book Quiz to show how brainy they all (or at least half of them) were.

Cindy J. kept the scores... she's laughing, no idea why!

The two quiz teams were Mary's Marauders and Celia's Reivers, and I'm sorry to say it all got rather violent and bloody towards the end, although you'll be pleased to hear that no unicorns (or other muses) were harmed during the evening.

In case you're now feeling a bit left out, here is a special quiz question for you set by the Muse:

1. Who were the team leaders? (fill in the blanks)
Mary H _ _ _ _ _ N
Celia R _ _ S

2. Which team do you think won?

Answers in the comments below!

Friday, 6 July 2012

Joan of Arc vs Rhianna Pendragon

Can you spot the difference between these two characters?

Rhianna Pendragon

You can find out more about these two brave girls, and read a poem Katherine wrote about Joan of Arc, over at The History Girls. (Muse: that should give you a clue!)


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