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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Draken!!

Taking a brief break from the Bronze Age, because I am overdue in telling you about my grand and glorious trip to Mystic Seaport to see the Draken --

She was mostly put to bed for the winter, the deck cleared and the sail stowed and bits of the decking pulled up to allow them to get down into the hold and clean her thoroughly and pump the last of the water out -- but she was BEAUTIFUL, all the same, and I blogged more about it over yonder at! (Because it just seemed fitting?) Also, for the record, Mystic Seaport Chowder Days had the absolute best lobster bisque soup of my life.

In semi-related other news -- it sounds like DAUGHTER OF A THOUSAND YEARS will be available on Netgalley sooooooon! So those of you who have been eager to get your hands on it to review, the time is nearly upon us! Which makes me very, very anxious, if you're at all curious.

I will of course keep you posted when it goes live for all and sundry. But in the meantime -- there's always TAMER OF HORSES to tide you over! :)

Tamer of Horses Helen of Sparta By Helen's Hand Daughter of a Thousand Years
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016


People are saying some phenomenal things about TAMER OF HORSES, and I couldn't be more proud of Pirithous and Hippodamia!

But that's not all --

Erin at Flashlight Commentary said:
"I loved every minute I spent with Tamer of Horses and highly recommend it to fellow readers of myth based fiction."
(5 stars!)
The Book Voucher declared booklove and:
"I am in awe of Amalia Carosella’s latest, heart-wrenching, greek-tragedy style work" (5 stars!)
Betul at Silence is Read said:
"I was living this book, I was experiencing everything they were. I just couldn't get enough." (5 stars!)
and from KMcLeer Reviews:
"just as good as the Helen series and may even be better." (5 stars!)
Even Jayne at Dear Author had something to say about Pirithous and Hippodamia!
"I enjoyed watching these two come to a relationship of equals and love." (B!)

But lest you fear we are all TAMER OF HORSES all the time, I also have some other exciting news to share about what's coming NEXT on the blog(s)!


Just like last year, the main game will take place on my Amalia Dillin blog, but I'll have some bonus events over here, too. I can't even tell you how excited I am about this year's event -- so many awesome butts to share, including some new gods and heroes we've never guessed before!!! So brush up on your sculpture and your mythology, because it's going to be a GREAT season!

Tamer of Horses Helen of Sparta By Helen's Hand Daughter of a Thousand Years
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Lapiths vs Myrmidons vs Centaurs -- TAMER OF HORSES has ARRIVED!

Now that TAMER OF HORSES is out in the world in print and for kindle, I thought it might be a good time to revisit some of my research from the drafting stage of TAMER -- just in case it got lost in the archives.

But let's start with a map to put things in perspective, shall we? Always remembering, of course, that the people of the Bronze Age didn't have the benefits of flight or satellite imagery, so their understanding of the lands and seas on which they plied their trades was probably a little bit more... relative.

Both the Myrmidons and the Lapiths were essentially tribes of men (and women) living in and around the greater region generally referred to as Thessaly in the myths, which made Peleus and Pirithous more minor kings tucked away in the North, farther from the action and trade within and without the Peloponnese and Attica. In TAMER OF HORSES, I've made them rival tribes as well, though I'm not sure there's anything to support the idea outside of the common and casual references to raiding the cattle and livestock of one's neighbors which we see repeated in the myths -- Castor and Pollux, Helen's brothers, were even killed during a cattle raid (or at least Castor was, at any rate), and we know that Pirithous and Theseus met when Pirithous sailed down to Attica to test Theseus, who he'd heard so much about, by raiding his cattle.

Extrapolating from these stories, it's entirely possible that any two kingdoms might have found themselves at odds with one another, stealing livestock back and forth, and since the Lapith people were known for their horsemanship, it felt natural to make the half-wild horses in Pirithous's possession an object of these kinds of raids. But whether or not the horses of the Lapiths were in fact some exceptional variant bred from the Mares of Magnesia or the like, or just common animals -- well, we'll never know! It IS however, possible, that the myth of the Centaurs themselves sprang from the horsemanship of those bronze age peoples from Thessaly, seen by travelers or foreign raiders riding their horses through the trees and so in tune with their animals that they might have been confused for half-men, half-beasts.

I can't decide which version of that story I prefer -- but in TAMER OF HORSES, I let the centaurs be centaurs, because who am I to gainsay generations of Ancient Greeks?

No matter their differences, neither Hippodamia nor Pirithous expected their wedding banquet to be the first battle in a war.

TAMER OF HORSES, available NOW in paperback and for kindle!

Tamer of Horses Helen of Sparta By Helen's Hand Daughter of a Thousand Years
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tamer of Horses Available NOW in Print!

I know it feels like we're all Tamer of Horses all the Time right now -- such is the nature of the beast! We're just FIVE days from the big release day, October 3rd annnnnd...

I have GREAT news for you today -- TAMER OF HORSES is available *now* in print from Amazon! This also means that if you're an early reviewer, you can now cross-post your review from goodreads to Amazon, as well! (Which is maybe more exciting for me than for you, but without reviews, especially these days, an author is pretty sunk -- so I appreciate each and every one that comes my way. Thank you, thank you, thank you to those of you who have reviewed or will review any of my books!) Kindle pre-orders, of course, are still being accepted, too *-- so don't be shy :)

But WAIT, there's more!
If you're not sure if this book is for you, the fabulous Kate Quinn, Author of Mistress of Rome, and part of the author power house team of the forthcoming Song of War, had this to say about TAMER OF HORSES:

"Edith Hamilton's Mythology meets Taming of the Shrew in Amalia Carosella's delightful TAMER OF HORSES. In an ancient Greece where monsters, men, and demi-gods live side by side, a tenuous peace is brokered through the wedding of a womanizing son of Zeus and a wary princess raised among centaurs. Banter between bride and groom quickly gives way to bloodshed, war, and the possibility of a poignant, hard-bought truce. A fascinating read!"
(You can't see it but I am FREAKING OUT that Kate Quinn blurbed my book -- this is definitely one of those omg what is my life moments for me.)

TAMER OF HORSES is still available for request on Netgalley, but it won't be there for much longer -- and of course there's still time to enter my Goodreads Giveaway for a signed copy of TAMER plus some fun, semi-thematically appropriate extras. (There might be butts.)

And speaking of butts -- it's almost that time again. My teams** are currently in the process of collecting a fresh crop of Mythic Butts from around the world*** for this year's #NAMEthatBUTT adventures. So brush up on your gods, heroes, and sculpture, my friends, because our annual extravaganza isn't dead yet!

Let's wrap up with a little Pirithous-style bluster--

*Amazon tells me Print and Kindle editions should be linked soon!
**Family Members who have taken pity on me and to whom I owe a great debt of gratitude for humoring my "front, back, and plaque" photo requests.
***Okay, so mostly just Europe.

Tamer of Horses Helen of Sparta By Helen's Hand Daughter of a Thousand Years
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Final Goodreads Giveaway for TAMER!

I've got one final goodreads giveaway for those of you eager to get your hands on TAMER OF HORSES, and this one IS open to some international territories -- check the goodreads giveaway page for more details and enter to win!

As part of this giveaway, I've also got a sweet Postcard of some awesome Mythological Art to throw in (I haven't decided if it's going to be the death of Nessus or Peleus's wedding feast, so hard to choose!), plus Helen of Sparta bookmarks, and of course, some stickers! If I'm shipping internationally, I figure I might as well include some extras for you all to enjoy! And yes, this copy WILL have the final cover art -- it's not a galley this time, and let me tell you, the final art is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. (Thank you, Lane Brown!!!)

If you're a book blogger or reviewer, you can still request an e-ARC (uncorrected proof) via Netgalley -- but you only have until the end of the monthish to do so, so get it while you can.

If you subscribe to The Amaliad, you got a sneak peek from Chapter 2 of TAMER on the 7th, but here's a little MICRO peek of the same scene here so you all can have a taste of what you're missing if you haven't subscribed yet -- BESIDES the Ariadne & the Beast short story, of course :)
Theseus snorted as he smeared a large wedge of bread with honey. “You take this marriage too lightly. She will not only be your wife, Pirithous, she will be queen.”

“As long as she sees to the weaving and the kitchens, she need not be bothered with the rest.” He shrugged, taking a handful of nuts and passing the dish along. “You have your Amazon, Theseus, and I am happy for you if you have found some kind of love in your bed, but not every man desires a wife who thinks herself equal to a man.”

“If the Lapiths were not already in the habit of obeying their queen, perhaps it would not matter what wild woman you married,” Theseus said. “Surely you must have considered this? Or if you did not, tell me at least Dia made some arrangement.”

“I think you worry overmuch, my friend.” He leaned back with his cup. The mint water had cleared his mind, despite his lack of sleep. “I have yet to meet a woman I could not tame, and the Lapiths know me as their king, besides. I am chosen by Zeus himself.”

Don't forget that BY HELEN'S HAND is just 1.99 this month -- and you can pre-order your kindle edition of TAMER OF HORSES right now, so that it appears like magic in your library on release day.

And that's a wrap for today!

Tamer of Horses Helen of Sparta By Helen's Hand Daughter of a Thousand Years
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

TAMER OF HORSES is on Netgalley!

Firstly: BY HELEN'S HAND is on sale currently -- just $1.99 for kindle, so snap it up if you haven't already!!

Issue IV of The Amaliad hits your inboxes today -- and subscribers and facebook followers already know that TAMER OF HORSES is now available on Netgalley! You all know how critical reviews are, so if and when you read TAMER, either as an early reviewer or after release, I hope you'll take the time to write one!

The Netgalley edition of TAMER is still the uncorrected proof -- though I did finish (today!) the proofread. Now I'm just transferring the changes/small edits from the highlighted text in my physical galley into the appropriate files, and we'll be off to the races. Fingers crossed, but I might even manage to get the print edition out a little early. We'll see how it goes! And of course you can absolutely pre-order the kindle edition right now, if that's more your speed.

This has been a very hard week -- and August was an intensely difficult month, personally, so I appreciate your patience and understanding all across the board. I hope you'll all love TAMER OF HORSES as much as I do, and with your help and support, maybe we can make Hippodamia a bestseller in her categories on Amazon! (I'm dreaming the dream!)

 I'm running on empty right now so that's everything for the moment -- but we're almost there! And I cannot WAIT to hear what you all think of Hippodamia, Pirithous, Theseus, and Antiope!!!

Tamer of Horses Helen of Sparta By Helen's Hand Daughter of a Thousand Years
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

TAMER OF HORSES Progress Report

A few housekeeping notes:
  • The TAMER OF HORSES goodreads galley giveaway is still happening! Make sure you're entered to win and maybe tell a friend :) The giveaway ends on the 31st!
  • TAMER should be going up on Netgalley during the month of September -- I'll have links for you as soon as I can get them and I hope very much those of your who netgalley will do me the honor of early reviewing TAMER OF HORSES! If you are NOT on netgalley but are interested in an e-ARC, I currently have an epub and pdf available. Shoot me an e-mail at amalia[dot]carosella[at]gmail[dot]com and let me know! If you've reviewed for me before I'm happy to have you read and review again! (And if you're waiting on the the mobi, I'll get it out to you as soon as I have it!)
  • I am slowly but surely making my way through the final proof of TAMER after my time out for family-palooza and Olympics. I cannot overemphasize how long a month this has been. Really. As much as I love TAMER (and I do love it SO MUCH!) I can't wait to have all this proofing behind me and get back to writing new words! 
  • If you're a kindle reader, you can pre-order TAMER OF HORSES right now! I'm hopeful that I'll have the paperback up for sale a little early, but either way, October 3rd is just around the corner! 
That's all I've got for the moment -- just trying to get through to the other side right now. Some days writing and publishing is a joy full of rainbows and puppies and thrilling excitement and other days it's more of a slog through the marsh with mud sucking at your boots and mosquitoes buzzing around your head. I've been feeling more slog than puppies and rainbows lately, which means it's probably about time for a little bit of a break/vacation to refill the tanks, so it's a good thing I'm nearly finished!

Tamer of Horses Helen of Sparta By Helen's Hand Daughter of a Thousand Years
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