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The Thrill of the ‘Puzzle’ in Pop Culture - Guest Post by Amy Lignor - J. S. Council

The Thrill of the ‘Puzzle’ in Pop Culture – Guest Post by Amy Lignor

Hey Everyone! I don’t know if the weather is the same where you are but it is beyond cold here in Washington D. C. My Goodness, my poor nose. I have never felt anything like this before. But hey, global warming is a myth, right? Anyway, we have Amy Lignor back here once more with an exciting guest post on Pop Culture today. This should be very interest! 

‘The Da Vinci Code’ started it. Hands down, that book became such a phenomenon that readers didn’t know what was fact and what was fiction anymore. Millions went to libraries or raced to their computers to study the myths and facts Dan Brown offered. Some even traveled to Rome to check out the locations, and hope that the legends the author used to create his work of fiction could be proven.

Puzzles have been a part of real life for a long time. The last days of Billy the Kid; the J.F.K. conspiracy that never seems to end; the real identity of Jack the Ripper – there are a score of mysteries, disappearances and facts that have – over time – mixed with fiction. But they still intrigue and enthrall.

The reason is that puzzles are fun; they kick the mind into overdrive. Whether it’s because you’re a person who needs to know what really happened; or, you’re a person who likes the mystery and hopes the big ‘cover-ups’ are true – our investigative minds love to figure things out.

Creating the spider webs for the Tallent & Lowery adventures have been one of the most exciting things I have ever done in my life. Although I’ve written in other genres, being able to weave together three or four historical locations/myths into a plot that makes readers not want to put the book down because they really HAVE to keep reading – is both a thrill and a challenge for me.

With 13, people were taken from the haunted Winchester House in San Francisco to the streets of Jack the Ripper to a strange house that also still exists on the shores of Loch Ness; a house that was once home to a self-proclaimed Devil. From there, the spider web linked all of this to a town where both King Arthur and a pretty famous angel had been known to hang out.

In The Sapphire Storm the spider web linked a myth in Petra to an old London school that still has secrets regarding a man who everyone has heard of, yet seems to have overlooked. This was linked with a  shopkeeper in Cairo who had immense knowledge of an artifact that people never thought was truly real.

And in ‘The Hero’s Companion’, readers are in for yet another thrilling spider web as they head to Athens to a very old building (that still exists), dedicated to a warrior that holds an artifact Leah and Gareth need. This is linked with Plato, Cleopatra’s Mines, and then to a monastery you would never think about, in order to build one of the coolest puzzles I’ve ever had the pleasure to write.

Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery have become a huge part of my world. When I see a thin thread of fact, I love being able to weave it into a plot of fiction that will have you wondering what’s true and what’s not. I thank reviewers, authors and fans who call this series: “The Da Vinci Code with Heart,” because along with the monumental research and thrills, the characters of Tallent & Lowery bring the heart to every adventure.

The power of the puzzle remains in reality – as well as in the literary world – and I hope everyone will take the Tallent & Lowery ride of a lifetime!


Until Next Time, Everybody,


Thanks Amy!! You can check out Amy’s novel below! 


hero poster (1)Title: The Hero’s Companion

Series: Tallent & Lowery

Author: Amy Lignor

Publisher: Suspense Publishing

Formats Available In: Digital and Print

Release Date: October 22, 2013


Blurb: With their second battle behind them, Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery find themselves still knee-deep in hell. What should’ve ended with a celebration of passion wrapped in each other’s arms becomes a nightmare once more, as a mysterious man demands Leah to return home, or else her beloved father will be found at the bottom of the sea.

Scrambling to figure out what’s happened Tallent & Lowery walk in on a family that has literally gone insane: A mother filled with accusations, three sisters who wish them nothing but certain death, and a frightening story of a blood-red eye that leads to a puzzle with immense repercussions. The woman named Anippe who readers questioned in The Sapphire Storm is back, with an item in her possession that will have Tallent & Lowery heading out on an adventure based on pure emotion and ultimate fear – where victory may just depend on their willingness to sacrifice each other.



The tour guide continued, “Medusa was supposedly just as lovely as Athena. Therefore, Athena made Medusa what she became – a hideous creature who could turn men to stone with just one look. Athena was the one who banished Medusa to the Land of the Grey Women. In that place lived three very shriveled and withered old crones. Some believe they were all Athena’s sisters and the Goddess had just gotten them out of the way. After all, she was firstborn – the powerful daughter of Zeus – and she was allowed to do most anything she wanted.”

“Can’t blame her. I’ve thought about putting my sisters on an island,” Leah mumbled, thinking about the gorgeous triplets back home.

hero button (1)“I’m glad I’m not a member of your clan,” Khait chuckled. “Anyway…a young man named Perseus went to kill Medusa but he had no idea how it could be done. He was aware of the fact that long before his sword could penetrate the scales on her flesh, she would be able to turn him to stone. That’s when Athena appeared and handed him her polished bronze shield. Perseus held it out in front of him and walked toward Medusa. You see, just the reflection off the shield could not turn him; only a direct hit from Medusa’s eyes would bring him down. With the help of Athena, Perseus killed the mighty Gorgon and cut off her head. Athena then placed the head within her shield, forever carrying it with her.

“But she helped more warriors than just Perseus along the way. There are many stories about Athena, and every hero she assisted spoke of her greatness, her wisdom, and her extreme cunning at being able to take down unstoppable foes.”

“I wish she was here,” Leah sighed. “There seems to be quite a number of those nowadays.”

Khait’s face grew serious; her tone turned sad. “I agree. The world needs the Hero’s Companion to live again. Unfortunately,” she continued, with a small laugh, “I think you have to find a real hero first. Most of them have gone the way of the Dodo bird.”

Leah remained silent, knowing that Gareth Lowery – a true hero – was right now standing on the steps of the Parthenon doing everything in his power to solve this new puzzle and find her beloved father before it was too late.

…The darkness inside the ancient structure was thick. Leah could barely make out the feminine figures etched in the marble walls. Heads were missing and the carved robes had been cut off at the knees. Yet Leah could see that the pattern remained the same; the familiar images of spear and shield were carved into the hands of each one of the young maidens.

Kneeling, she carefully inspected the floor and found…nothing. Getting more and more agitated, Leah began pressing her hands against the walls, silently hoping that a secret door would swing open to allow them access into another hidden level of the temple. Frustration and exhaustion overwhelmed her when absolutely nothing – no solution presented itself…the chamber was empty.

“Jesus!” Gareth’s sudden shout made her blood run cold. She forced her body through the columns to get back to his side. “What’s wrong?”

“You are not going to believe this!”

Following the bright beam of Gareth’s flashlight, Leah’s heart leapt into her throat. The high-pitched screech that suddenly erupted from the object made her body tremble. It was as if an evil trumpet had sounded, demanding the dead to rise from their graves and kill the intruders.

Her mouth turned as dry as the sun-bleached sands of the Acropolis, as Leah focused on the form that was caught in the flashlight’s glare. It barely moved. Only the dark eyes, growing wider as it tried to focus in the unfamiliar light, gave it away.

Leah sucked in her breath, “You have got to be kidding!”



The time has come for Tallent & Lowery to go head-to-head with the mysterious voice from 13, as a villain is unveiled…and a war begins!

In a world of legend and mythology where does one find the truth? In a world of academia how does one find faith? They say that behind every great man stands a greater woman . . . Behind every hero stands a Hero’s companion. Blood is thicker than water, but which will prevail.

The Hero’s Companion is filled with shadows and reality, lies and truth, heaven and hell. Talent and Lowery must navigate them all if they are to survive their newest adventure.

When we think of historical thrillers with a biblical, epic twist; the names of Dan Brown and James Rollins come to mind. Move over boys, there is a new name at the top of the list and HER name is Amy Lignor! – J.M. LeDuc, Author of “Cornerstone”


Another Homerun in the ‘Tallent & Lowery’ Adventures!Curse of the Bibliophile


The Hero’s Companion is THE BOOK OF THE WEEK!!!


Abduction and strange maps, mysterious locations and intriguing players, Tallent and Lowery… Amy Lignor has, once again, put together a story that will turn up your anxiety level and have you wringing your hands until the very end. Lignor has hit literary paydirt with “The Hero’s Companion” and her Tallent & Lowery series.DJ Weaver, co-author of “Collecting Innocents”


An Unprecedented THIRD TOP PICK in a ROW! From Night Owl Reviews!

I have to say that Ms. Lignor has done it again in providing her fans with a heart-stopping third installment of the Tallent & Lowery series. Right from the start, my heart was pounding in my chest from all the intrigue and adventure that awaited me.Night Owl Reviews, ‘TOP PICK’


This series just keeps getting better and better. This is a definite nail-bitter that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end. When is the next book coming out? I can’t wait!The Feathered Quill


hero banner (1)Tallent and Lowery are brilliant once again as Amy Lignor pens another electrifying exploit for all hard-core adventure fans. “The Hero’s Companion” is action and adventure gold… not to be missed!DJ Weaver, co-author of “Collecting Innocents”


In the third novel of her epic series, Amy Lignor has done it again with The Hero’s Companion! She transports the reader as they go on yet another unique, killer adventure with the unforgettable duo of Tallent and Lowery. As always, perfection on a page. THIS is THE author when it comes to serving up the best of the best. Amy Lignor delivers sheer suspense delight.Diane Lunsford, Author of “Echo Ranch”


I was SHOCKED, drawn into the world of intrigue, and had to remind myself to breathe…THAT was Page One!Mark Adduci, Suspense Magazine


“I have to say that Ms. Lignor has done it again in providing her fans with a heart-stopping third installment of the Tallent & Lowery series. Right from the start, my heart was pounding in my chest from all the intrigue and adventure that awaited me.”Tammie King, Night Owl Reviews


The Big Thrill Magazine Feature (November Issue)


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About Amy Lignor:

13319888The 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.





Check Out Amy Lignor’s HIT YA Series at:


The Angel Chronicles website
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