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My Favorite Historical Figures: Guest Post by Amy Lignor - J. S. Council

My Favorite Historical Figures: Guest Post by Amy Lignor

It’s snowing! I’m here in Maryland, USA and it’s forecasted to snow all day long. It should be a rewarding day of reading, writing, and playing in the snow with my RatCha Terrier, Tiny. ^_^

But first, Amy Lignor is here today to have a chat and promote her book “Tallent & Lowery”. I am very excited to hear from her.

Thank you so much for being here, Amy.  As we know, Nelson Mandela’s funeral is today. 100 world leaders have joined together in South Africa to celebrate his life and mourn his death. He was and is a true historical figure and has changed this world more than we can ever know. Who are your favorite historical figures and why?

This is one of those fun questions I’m always eager to answer. I love history; that becomes very clear when you read ‘Tallent & Lowery’. And the people who made a name for themselves—whether that name was bad or good—still have so much to say. They left behind a wealth of secrets, research, statues and information that still intrigue and captivate. And if they were really good, they bring us all to look at the past with fresh eyes.

My three favorite historical characters have a lot of the same traits; the biggest one being the mysterious power they seem to still hold over others. We weren’t there, of course, and we must rely on peoples’ teachings and the information these figures left behind; but I always find it incredible that one entity could change so many lives for good and for evil.

My favorite is Athena. I know…no one can prove anything nowadays, but there’s certainly enough information left over to make us believe that this goddess so many followed was actually a real being. When I wrote The Sapphire Storm, the second adventure in the ‘Tallent & Lowery’ series, I had to do a great amount of research in regards to Athena. From her statues to her presence, to the buildings that still represent her which are crumbling (but still standing) on the Acropolis in Athens–she was a major mystery to me. She literally can be linked to almost everything in history; from Plato and Socrates to Hitler and his fascination with artifacts that came from the ancient world. Athena was mentioned by writers, madmen, religious figures, you name it. People always speak about Zeus lording it over everybody and being basically the ‘head cheese’ in that world, but what they should remember is that Athena was stronger. Born from her Father’s head, she actually defeated Zeus in many battles, as well as Poseidon, and was the main protector of Athens. She remains the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. To me, that’s a heck of a resume.

Rasputin is a figure I first became interested in back when I was in High School. In our history class we were studying Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra and their eventual tragedy. When we were told to do a paper/essay on one character from that time period, the girls in the class all wrote about Alexandra; the boys’ Nicholas. For me, Rasputin was the catalyst in their lives. Whether looking at him as the crazy monk, or looking at him as an actual healer, Rasputin’s presence and the Tsarina’s belief in him, brought him a seat of power in Russia. His back story is long and varied; but his mystery will always have him on every list when it comes to the most evil men who ever walked the Earth. (Happy news? I got an A+ on the paper).

Edgar Allen Poe is someone I just keep reading up on. There are so many ways you can look at this man throughout history: A nut; a drunken sot who was just churning out stories so he could make a dime; a man who literally was on the Devil’s list because of all his sins – there is a wealth of opinions about Poe. But for me, after reading and researching every facet of information I can find, I truly believe he was a literary master. He was talking about emotions that ranged from politics to family hatreds. He unveiled the power of anger and judgment, and he offered up stories that told of the unjust rights between classes, rich versus poor, which is still very prevalent in today’s society.

Although most believe his poetry and stories to be dark and sinister, it was obvious from his words that Poe had more of a fragile heart than a mean one. He felt things deeply and they consumed him. So when he had true love and it was gone, he literally broke apart at the seams. But he didn’t just fall into some abyss; he put his words on paper and caught so many peoples’ imaginations that they still speak of him in 2013. 

This was a writer and man of such mixed-up emotions that it’s sad he’s gone. I wish he left a memoir behind in an old box just waiting for someone to discover. But, that genius is gone…nevermore to return.

Until Next Time, Everybody,

Amy

Thanks again Amy. That was great! I was a huge fan of Rasputin as well. That story is one of the most interesting stories in Russian history, maybe even the history of the world. Good stuff, indeed.

Everyone, please check out “Tallent & Lowery” by Amy Lignor. This is a promo for book 1 of this amazing series. Amy will be back next week to promote book 2.

13 posterTitle: 13

Series: Tallent & Lowery

Author: Amy Lignor

 Publisher: Suspense Publishing

Formats Available In: Digital and Print

Publication Date: 11/30/2012

 

Blurb: In 1902, in a dark room on the fifth floor of Carnegie Hall, thirteen people came together to continue a tradition that had been set in stone thousands of years before.

In 2012, Leah Tallent is Head of Research at the New York Public Library. Stoic and stable, brilliant and cynical, she has forever enjoyed her existence among the book stacks. But even with her unparalleled intellect, there was no way to know that on the historic steps between America’s famous lions, she would become involved with a crazy man on a fanatical quest.

Gareth Lowery has spent his life searching for the ultimate artifact that he is certain exists. His life’s pursuit has been to retrieve twelve keys hidden by men whose job it was to protect the single biggest secret ever kept. To find the keys he must enlist the help of an unwilling guide who, unfortunately, knows much more than he bargained for.

From the first page to the last word, this fantastic duo become immersed in a whirlwind treasure hunt with historical and passionate repercussions. From the strange and eerie Winchester House to the blustery darkness of Loch Ness, Gareth and Leah will quickly learn that the theory of duality is correct: For every bad there is a good and, for Heaven, there most assuredly exists…Hell.

 

Excerpt:

Leah glanced at the staircase leading to the main floor of the library. She could see Gareth out of the corner of her eye. His head was bowed and his eyes were shut tight, as if he was contemplating the jail cell that awaited him.

Talk about complete confusion. Leah should run; she knew that. But the sixth sense she’d trusted all her life was telling her to stay. Reaching across the table she picked up the heavy book. Checking to make sure her “kidnapper” wasn’t making any new threats, Leah began thumbing through the pages; dark and light sat side by side, and she attempted to decipher clues from the past.

Tallent-_-Lowery-13_Final_Online-180x266 (1) From Egyptian handwriting that reminded her of a book she’d once read about the lost Library of Alexandria, to a strange map with Latin text that looked like it came from the secret vaults of the Vatican Library, Leah found herself sucked into every amazing page. There were unbelievable signatures at the bottom of each sheet that she couldn’t wrap her mind around: Plato, Socrates and, oddly enough, one that she could’ve sworn read, Merlin. The librarian in her was exhilarated beyond belief.

Leah paused when the strangely familiar words met her gaze. On the ‘good’ side of the book, there was a hand drawing of Christ dying on the cross. But above it, instead of scripture, were the words to the song, Rock of Ages.

“Without the book,” she began. “Without these clues…how could you possibly have found the first six?”

“I thought I was going to jail,” came Gareth’s sarcastic reply.

Leah tried not to smile at the man who now sounded like a petulant teenager. Flipping through the ‘evil’ side of the book, she quickly passed over the strange scenes of slithering serpents, and victims with mouths open wide in silent screams. She’d rather not dwell on those; she feared knowing too much about the worst possible side of humanity.

But when she came across the familiar slanted handwriting, she stopped dead in her tracks. On the ‘dark’ page, opposite the sketch of what she’d assumed was ancient Alexandria, was a childlike drawing done in white chalk. The lines looked like rooftops; spires and steeples rose up into the blackness. Scrawled on each triangular eave was the number ‘13’ and, on the largest one, there as a chalk outline of a human being. A bullet-hole had been drawn dead center in the person’s chest.

Leah blocked out the sirens that erupted inside her brain, and read the words at the bottom of the page:

To me, a book is a message from the gods to mankind…A. Crowley

Closing the cover of the strange book that’d been buried for over a hundred years in the basement of her favorite place, Leah turned to the defeated man sitting quietly beside her. For the first time in her life Leah had no idea what she was doing. It was as if Crowley, himself, was daring her to solve his riddle; taunting her with the fact that she just wasn’t as smart as he had been.

She sighed heavily. Like her father, Leah had to go further than the rest. She had to excel. It wasn’t a choice—it was a necessity for her. Research, books, words…they were like a drug. She absolutely had to know.

If her father had been sitting beside her, Leah knew exactly what he’d say. He’d tell her that a gift had been dropped in her lap—a chance to literally step away from the books, go into the unknown, and solve a mystery that a true historical ‘devil’ had left behind.

Making a mental note to find a psychiatrist for herself as soon as possible, Leah reached over and touched Gareth’s arm, causing him to practically jump out of his skin. “You own a laptop?”

He grunted. “They have some at my hotel…why?” His eyes came alive with hope.

The computer clicked and beeped inside Leah’s brain, searching her own database for the answer to the first clue that she knew was designed to take her into the darkness.

Standing up, she stretched her back and grabbed her leather coat. Turning, Leah stared into the confused green eyes. “Let’s go.”

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Reviews:

I unequivocally feel that this Tallent & Lowery 13 story is one of the best suspense, adventure books I’ve read in quite some time. I was immediately immersed into Gareth Lowery’s search for the twelve hidden keys that supposedly opened the gates of Heaven. Ms. Lignor planted twists and turns throughout her story and kept me sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was around the next corner of Tallent and Lowery’s adventure. This story is best summed up as National Treasure meets The Da Vinci Code. Honestly, I can see this story being made into a movie because it was that amazing to read. I’ve read that this will be a seven part series and I’m already eagerly waiting to read book two. I highly recommend this book and know you won’t be disappointed. This is a 2013 must read!!!Night Owl Review “Top Pick”

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Curse of the Bibliophile Says 13 is:

“5 Stars! A fantastic adventure that will have you hooked from page 1!”

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The Da Vinci Code with HEART! Awesome Start to What I think will be yet another incredible series from Amy Lignor!Amy Ferris, Bestselling Author, Marrying George Clooney

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“Snappy dialogue, fast pacing and attention to detail complete the formula for this successful novel!!” 4 ½ Stars (RT Rating)Romantic Times

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Amy Lignor is a truly amazing and gifted author. Tallent & Lowery “13″ immediately grabs the attention of the reader. Infused with emotion and “edge of your seat” adventures, the spider web of this plot is entirely believable!Mad Hatter Reads

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Fact: Amy Lignor ROCKS! I absolutely adored 13! I loved the smart plot and how cleverly it unfolds. The originality of it all is breathtaking – I could NOT stop reading!Literary Circle

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“Indiana Jones meets DaVinci Code!!! Amy produces a book with locations, plots, webs of deceit interwoven perfectly! Escape the drab, dull books with THIS series!!! Massive THUMBS UP.  —ROMCOM

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“Get ready for a thrill ride with Amy Lignor’s “13” – the Tallent & Lowery adventure series! Sharp writing, witty dialogue, and a quest that rivals everything you have EVER read!”Susan Fleet, author of “Natalie’s Revenge”

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“Amy Lignor’s storylines are AMAZING!”Tiffany’s Bookshelf

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The Big Thrill Magazine Feature (November Issue)

 

Purchase Links:

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Barnes and Noble

 

13319888About Amy Lignor:

The daughter of a career librarian, Amy Lignor’s first love has always been books. She began her career in publishing as the Editor-in-Chief of Grey House Publishing. Working in the industry for twenty years, she is now the Owner/Operator of ‘The Write Companion’, an editorial house offering authors a range of services.

Appointed the Editor-in-Chief of a brand new traditional publisher–Hallowed Ink Press–Amy somehow finds the time to do it all while still putting out the most amazing series that has received every ‘Top Pick’ readers can think of!

Her popular YA Series: The Angel Chronicles (Until Next Time, Gilded Wings & A Privilege), introduced her to fans who now wait with bated breath for the next ‘Tallent & Lowery’ suspense/thriller to arrive.

Inducted into the International Thriller Writers Organization, Amy is also a writer/contributor for various magazines, companies, and review organizations; Authorlink, The Feathered Quill, Suspense Magazine and more.

 

www.tallentandlowery.blogspot.com

 

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