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Helen of Sparta by Amalia Carosella w/ Giveaway

Please join author Amalia Carosella as she tours the blogosphere with HF Virtual Book Tours for Helen of Sparta, from April 1-22.

02_Helen of Sparta CoverPublication Date: April 1, 2015
Lake Union Publishing
Formats: eBook, Paperback
ISBN-10: 1477821384

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Long before she ran away with Paris to Troy, Helen of Sparta was haunted by nightmares of a burning city under siege. These dreams foretold impending war—a war that only Helen has the power to avert. To do so, she must defy her family and betray her betrothed by fleeing the palace in the dead of night. In need of protection, she finds shelter and comfort in the arms of Theseus, son of Poseidon. With Theseus at her side, she believes she can escape her destiny. But at every turn, new dangers—violence, betrayal, extortion, threat of war—thwart Helen’s plans and bar her path. Still, she refuses to bend to the will of the gods.

A new take on an ancient myth, Helen of Sparta is the story of one woman determined to decide her own fate.

Carosella adds to my lifelong fascination with Greek mythology. As you read of Helen, her presence comes to life as do other mythological figureheads included in the narrative, you find yourself asking if these gods and goddesses, legends are nonfiction or fiction, did any exist. Carosella invents such a provoking narrative along with a captivating mythological character with such conviction causing all probability.

Well researched, no doubt Carosella is knowledgable in Greek mythology. Her vivid portrayal of Helen as well as other characters is spellbinding. Helen’s story is intriguing and enthralling, a neophyte mythological reader will be taken instantly, advanced fans will enjoy the journey, regardless, your level of interest expands as Helen’s tale progresses, other characters introduced (Apollo, Aphrodite, Poseidon and Aegeus, Theseus along with many others).

Carosella creates a read full of adventure, romance, strength, tragedy and bravery as the three dimensional characters snare you from the beginning, you will turn the pages with quickness, as you find yourself immersed in ancient times.

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About the Author03_Amalia Carosella Author

Amalia Carosella graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelors degree in Classical Studies and English. An avid reader and former bookseller, she writes about old heroes and older gods. She lives with her husband in upstate New York and dreams of the day she will own goats (and maybe even a horse, too). For more information, visit her blog at www.amaliacarosella.com. She also writes fantasy and paranormal romance as Amalia Dillin.

You can also connect with Amalia on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter here and here.

Helen of Sparta Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, April 1
Review at Unshelfish
Review at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, April 2
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Friday, April 3
Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Saturday, April 4
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective

Monday, April 6
Review at Curling Up By the Fire
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

Tuesday, April 7
Spotlight at leeanna.com

Wednesday, April 8
Review at Historical Reads and Views

Thursday, April 9
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book!

Friday, April 10
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

Monday, April 13
Interview at Book Babe
Spotlight at Historical Fiction Obsession

Tuesday, April 14
Review at Forever Ashley

Wednesday, April 15
Review at Just One More Chapter
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Thursday, April 16
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, April 17
Review at Impressions in Ink

Saturday, April 18
Spotlight at Passages to the Past

Monday, April 20
Review at Book Lovers Paradise
Interview at The Maiden’s Court

Tuesday, April 21
Review at Broken Teepee

Wednesday, April 22
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews


To enter to win a $40 Amazon Gift Card, please complete the giveaway form below.


・Giveaway starts on April 1st at 12:01am EST and ends at 11:59pm EST on April 22nd.
・Giveaway is open to residents in the US only and you must be 18 or older to enter.
・Winners will be chosen via GLEAM on April 23rd and notified via email.
・Winners have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.
・Please email Amy @ hfvirtualbooktours@gmail.com with any questions.


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  1. I am looking forward to reading this.

  2. Sounds like a great read and looking forward to it.

  3. What an intriguing book

  4. Betty W

     /  April 1, 2015

    This sounds like a terrific book! I love the cover!

  5. Cathy French

     /  April 1, 2015

    I look forward to reading this. I love reading the author bios and she has quite a resume. Not sure I would want goats but whatever you want you should make sure it happens.

  6. rhianona

     /  April 1, 2015

    this sounds really awesome. I would love to see how this works out.

  7. Cover love and definitely one not to miss!

  8. sherry butcher

     /  April 2, 2015

    I look forward to reading this. I love the goats because when I was growing up my grand father raised goats, then we had goats after my folks go an a small farm they had goats.

  9. Terri S

     /  April 4, 2015

    This sounds like a great read! Thank you for sharing,

  10. sheila ressel

     /  April 20, 2015

    Looking forward to this one. Love to read stories about strong women.

  11. Sounds like a riveting read. Am adding this to my wish list.

  12. Amanda Sakovitz

     /  April 22, 2015

    thanks for the chance!

  13. Thomas Murphy

     /  April 22, 2015

    sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.


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