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December 28, 2016

Two books in one: ‘The Undead must die, Episodes 1&2’

by Penny BroJacquie

It’s finally here! THE UNDEAD MUST DIE, EPISODES 1&2 is now available at Amazon!

Both episodes in ONE book!

#Suspense #Action #History #ConspiracyTheories #NaziZombies all in one #ComingOfAge #Mashup.

Only for 99 cents, Free with Kindle Unlimited.

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Floriana is a seemingly ordinary art student, until an exciting opportunity to study ancient Greek relics introduces her to long-held secrets and shockingly dangerous truths.

Her life becomes altogether extraordinary when a seemingly benign morning excursion transforms into an agonizing race across Europe to save humanity. Soon, she must work against the clock to recreate an antidote to save mankind before nostalgic Nazi militias make good on their plan to create a legion of superhuman zombie-soldiers that will wreak havoc on mankind.

As the heir apparent to a family of masterminds, Floriana is the only one capable of thwarting their efforts, but first she’ll come face-to-face with black roses, presumptive killers, and mysterious sects.

With the fate of the world in her hands, can an inexperienced and clumsy art student create an antidote before it’s too late?

Find out in this adrenaline rushing, young adult thrill ride, chock full of espionage, conspiracy theories, spies, and zombies!

 

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CHAPTER ONE

“DID YOU KNOW that Lord Byron carved his name into one of those marble columns?” a voice asked from behind her.

Floriana’s first thought was whether the query had been addressed to her; the second was to whom that calm and deep voice belonged. She turned around and saw a male figure standing a few steps away. The light of the sun directly behind him blinded her, and in the glare, the white-dressed man appeared to have glowing angel wings on his back.

What the heck?

Had there been something in the coffee she drank with breakfast?

“Did you know that?” asked the stranger again, taking a step toward her. Now she could tell, he had no wings. Of course.

“Lord Byron was a great philhellene. He even spent much of his fortune on the Greek battle for independence from the Ottoman Empire,” he explained, ignoring her puzzled look.

She raised her hands to protect her eyes from the sun and tried to discern the man’s facial features.

“Was Lord Byron really here, at Cape Sounion?” she asked.

“Not only did he come here, but he also wrote a poem about the place. His name is carved into one of the columns of this temple. The inscription exists, it’s just not known for certain whether Byron was the one who engraved it.”

He walked hastily to the north side of the ancient temple, and he motioned for her to follow him. Walking with difficulty on the stone-littered, sloping ground, she caught up and found herself beside him.

Seventeen white marble columns were all that was left of the ancient temple dedicated to Poseidon, god of the sea and water according to ancient Greek mythology. The tall hill that the temple stood upon penetrated the Aegean Sea like a pointed spear. In past times, it had inspired the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Nowadays, it inspired the romantic feelings of thousands of couples who rushed to enjoy the sea view early in the morning, as well as the breathtaking sunsets in the evening.

“Here it is. Can you see it?”

She looked carefully at where his finger was pointing. Indeed, on the base of one of the middle columns at the north side of the temple the word Byron was etched in cursive letters.

She turned to him. Now she could get a better look at him. His short hair had a warm reddish blond hue that added a natural light blush to his pale skin. His thin lips formed a broad smile above his square jaw. He had broad shoulders and a slim waist, very active and athletic without a doubt.

Damn, I forgot to comb my hair. Again.

She ran her fingers through her unruly, red hair that was dancing in the morning breeze.

“Excuse me, I forgot to introduce myself. My name is Eric.”

He took her hand then bowed and kissed the top of it gallantly, sending a sensation of electric shock through her palm.

“Um… I’m Floriana.” She was still trying to overcome the shock of the unexpected knightly kiss.

“And what are you doing here at this place on the Mediterranean Sea, Floriana?” he asked.

“Um… I study… I mean… I am a student of fine arts. I am interested in the history of art. I thought there was no better place to begin than Greece. It’s full of ancient ruins.”

“You didn’t pick the right time to come here though. It’s more romantic at sunset.”

“Oh, I’m not looking for romance. I travel alone, simply for educational reasons.”

She regretted it the moment she said it. She had been tired of giving off the pathetic impression of a sexually inexperienced student. She stroked her neck and opened one button of her shirt. She didn’t manage to do it discreetly, though.

Now I’m going to get freckles from the sun. And my shoes are so dusty.

She was so busy observing her appearance that she didn’t notice the nervous glances that the charming stranger was throwing around.

“It’s late April, and it’s so hot already,” he said. “Want a drink? There is a cozy café down there.” He pointed to a tidy building near the entrance of the archaeological site.

There was no way for her to say no. They took the downhill road to the coffee shop. She was chatting, uncontrollably excited about the beautiful man she’d come across. He was shaking his head condescendingly.

Then everything faded away. The last thing she saw before she blacked out was two ominous figures moving straight toward her.

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February 5, 2016

‘The Undead Must Die, Episode 2’ is now LIVE

by Penny BroJacquie

When I first published ‘The Undead Must Die’ I had different plans for this book and the rest of the book series.

‘The Order Of The Black Rose’ was intended to be a book series with no standalone books. But then a serious hand injury kept me away from writing for eight months. So I had to make serious decisions and even change plans.

I decided to relaunch ‘The Undead Must’ divided into two different episodes.
‘The Undead Must Die, Episode One’ is basically the book that was published last year under the title ‘The Undead Must Die’ minus the last five chapters.
Episode One will be a perma-free available through all major onlinestores. I want everyone to be able to get a copy and get acquainted with The Order of the Black Rose universe.
Those who have a copy of The Undead Must Die published in 2015 now practically own a collector’s edition.
I want to apologize for the delays in publishing the next part of my story but I hope for yourunderstanding. Thank you so much for your support. I’ll do my best to give you many interesting stories.

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After Floriana made the discovery of her family’s deadly secret, she took the bold decision to join The Order of the Black Rose in the fight against those who unleashed the undead plague into the World. However, their mission won’t be easy. They will face an internal enemy, a person above suspicion who proved to be a traitor. They will find themselves in front of a painful decision. They will suffer a heart breaking loss. Nothing will be the same again.

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Episode One: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/603411

Episode Two: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/613113

January 2, 2015

#BookBlast: ‘The Undead Must Die’ is now LIVE on Amazon

by Penny BroJacquie
Happy New Year everyone!
I wish that 2015 turns out to be a very special one for each one of you filling each day with peak of health, abundance of happiness and sunshine!
This New Years Day is very special to me. You see, it’s the day my first fiction book got published.
‘The Undead Must Die’ is now live on Amazon for only $0.99!
‘The Undead Must Die’ is a short read that will introduce you to my Adventure, Suspense, Occult Book Series called ‘The Order of the Black Rose’.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
I’m celebrating the release of my new book by participating in two Facebook events:
12 Days Of Christmas Multiauthor Events
and
New Year’s Book Bash:
I invite you to join us for your chance to win amazing prizes and why not, a kindle copy of ‘The Undead Must Die’.
January Upcoming Events
9-11 Jan: Winter Wonderland Multi-author Event:
9 Jan: Book Boyfriend Junkies 3000 Takeover Events:
12 Jan: Autumn Grey’s Event for Obliterate – Havoc Series:
December 19, 2014

Cape Sounion: where the story begins #TheUndeadMustDie

by Penny BroJacquie

A few days ago I posted an Excerpt of my upcoming novel ‘The Undead Must Die’. If you missed it you can find it here. However if you read it, then you know that Chapter One is taking place in an archaeological site about 60 km east from Athens, Greece: the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion.

I thought you might want to learn more about Cape Sounion and the amazing legend to which it’s been linked: the myth of Theseus and Minotaur.

So, I’m borrowing the relevant Chapter of my travel guide book ‘City Break In Athens’ and it’s posted below.

Before you start reading, please keep in mind that:

  • If you want to learn more about the historical sites and conspiracy theories from which I drawn inspiration for the storyline of ‘The Undead Must Die’, you are welcome to follow my Pinterest board of the same name.
  • December the 28th has been set as the official release date of ‘The Undead Must Die – The Order of the Black Rose’. If you want to keep posted of special offers and free download days, please sign up for my newsletter (I won’t spam your inbox, that’s a promise): Penny’s Newsletter.

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Cape Sounion is surrounded on three sides by Aegean Sea which was named after Aegeus, the king of Athens, who jumped into the sea and drowned after believing his son was dead.

Cape Sounion is noted as the site of the ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. If you look carefully you’ll notice on one of the columns the deeply engraved name of English Romantic poet Lord Byron (1788-1824). To be honest, there is no direct evidence that the inscription was made by Byron himself, although Byron mentions Sounion in his poem Isles of Greece.

Sounion is a popular half day trip from Athens. The road from Varkiza to Sounion is perhaps one of the most beautiful in Attica, despite the fact that it is a winding road. Sunset at Cape Sounion is one of the most famous in Greece and you can enjoy the view while having a refreshment at the nearby cafe that stands alone in the area.

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  • The Story of Aegeus and Theseus

Still without a male heir after two marriages (to Meta and Chalciope), Aegeus asked the oracle at Delphi for advice. “Do not loosen the bulging mouth of the wineskin until you have reached the height of Athens, lest you die of grief,” was the prophecy, but Aegeus understand nothing. Disappointed, he decided to visit Troezen and ask the famous King Pittheus for his wisdom. Pittheus understood the prophecy and introduced Aegeus to his daughter, Aethra.

On their wedding night, Aethra waded to the island of Sphairia (aka Calauria) and bedded Poseidon, god of the sea and earthquakes, and she became pregnant.

Soon after, Aegeus decided to return to Athens. Before leaving, he buried his sandals and sword under a huge rock. He told Aethra that when their son grew up he should move the rock and take the tokens for himself as evidence of his parentage.

In Troezen, Theseus grew up and became a brave young man. He managed to move the rock and took his father’s weapons. His mother then told him the truth about his father’s identity. Theseus decided to go to Athens to claim his birthright. He defeated a great many bandits along the way and when he arrived, he did not reveal his true identity.

He was welcomed by Aegeus who meanwhile had found a new wife. That was Medea, infamous for murdering the two children she had by her marriage to Jason. Aegeus and Medea had one son called Medus. Determined to preserve her own son’s inheritance, Medea convinced her husband that Theseus was a threat. Medea tried to poison Theseus but just in time, Aegeus recognized the sandals, shield, and sword, and knocked the poisoned wine cup from Theseus’s hand. Father and son became reunited, and Medea fled to her homeland Colchis in Asia.

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  • The Story of Minotaurus

Androgeus, son of King Minos of Crete, travelled to Athens to take part in the Pan-Athenian games which were held there every four years. Strong and skilful he was, he soon became a crowd favorite, much to the resentment of the Pallantides, who assassinated him.

When King Minos heard of the devastating news he ordered the Cretan fleet to set sail for Athens. Minos asked Aegeus for his son’s assassins, or the town would not be spared. Not being able to discover the assassins’ identity, King Aegeus surrendered the whole town to Minos’ mercy. After King Minos’ demand at the end of every Great Year (seven solar years), seven of the most courageous youths and the seven of the most beautiful maidens would be sent as tribute to Minotaurus, never to be seen again.

After he was reunited with his father, Theseus volunteered to slay the monster to stop this horror. He replaced one of the young men and set off with a black sail. Upon his departure, Aegeus told Theseus to put up white sails when he returned if he was successful in killing the Minotaur.

Theseus killed the Minotaur and with the help of Ariadne, King Minos’ daughter, he managed to escape. Ariadne gave him a ball of thread so he could find his way out of the Labyrinth.

On the way back Theseus forgot to put up the white sails instead of the black ones. When Aegeus saw the black sails coming, he jumped into the sea and drowned, mistaken in his belief that his son was dead. Henceforth, this sea was known as the Aegean Sea.

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September 22, 2014

My new book cover is here!

by Penny BroJacquie

The time has come for the secret to be revealed. A secret which is dreadful! Har har har!

It seems that I have a new book coming out and today I have the pleasure to get its cover revealed.

So here it is…

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Book Title: ‘The Undead Must Die’

Book #1 in The Order of the Black Rose series but can be read as a standalone.

Author: Penny BroJacquie

Release Date: November 2014

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Floriana, a British art student, travels to Greece to admire and study the magnificent ancient Greek artefacts. She couldn’t imagine though that a morning excursion to cape Sounion would turn to an agonizing race across Europe.

Surrounded by mysterious sects, presumptive killers and black roses, unexperienced and clumsy Floriana discovers with horror she is the keeper of the secret that can save humanity of its most dreadful enemy: undeath.

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August 20, 2014

‘City Break In Athens’ is now LIVE on Amazon, B&N, IBooks and more

by Penny BroJacquie

 

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I’m beyond excited to let you know that my first book City Break In Athens is now available on all major online bookstores.

City Break in Athens is a travel guide to the city of Athens, Greece and I worked hard so it becomes the best friend for those who’re planning a trip to our beautiful city. It’s the first instalment in a travel books series I’m planning to published under the umbrella of Yia Su!, I brand I founded a few years ago aiming to provide solid advices to travellers to Athens.

I’m going to share with you my experiences as I’m taking my first steps into the self-publishing industry in my future posts on my writing blog Penny Writes.

For now all I want to do is take a big breath and enjoy a glass of cold white wine. So, that’s how it feels to be a published author… (she exhaled exhausted).

City Break in Athens is now available for sale on:

August 12, 2014

Hamlet’s Day all the way!

by Penny BroJacquie

 

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Have you heard the news? Benedict Cumberbatch is going to step into Hamlet’s shoes next year. If you had no idea about it and you first heard it from me, then you probably have already missed your chance to book your ticket to the show.

Let’s make it clear. Benedict Cumberbatch will star in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet at London’s Barbican theater in a run that will last from early August until late October — next year.

Tickets went on sale n Monday at 10 a.m. London time but who knew what would happen next? The theatre’s allocation of tickets had sold out by about 5:30 p.m. London time.

As a huge Benedict Cumberbatch fan I wouldn’t have missed the chance watch him perform on stage in one of Shakespeare’s most popular works.

Without having a clue about what was happening I logged in on Barbican’s website on Monday afternoon only to find myself in a virtual queue of more than 35.000.

Just a few minutes later the theatre’s allocation sold out but a notification encouraged all those in queue to visit ATG (Ambassador Theater Group) website which got an exclusive allocation tickets.

And yes baby, that’s how I got my ticket! Fingers crossed in 13 months from now I’ll be in London watching Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet. The rest of the cast hasn’t been announced yet but it’s rumoured Gary Oldman is going to play Claudius. That would be awesome.

But that wasn’t the end of a good day. Just a few minutes after I received my ticket order confirmation email, another email arrived in my inbox.

This time it was from my publisher’s! My ePub proof for City Break In Athens, my travel guide for the city of Athens and my very first book, is now ready for review!

And wait, I have more. Here is what was written in my publisher’s message:

“If anything is “rotten in the state of Denmark”, please “reject” the proof (blabla)”.

No doubt it was Hamlet’s Day all the way!

July 24, 2014

City Break in Athens, my travel book

by Penny BroJacquie

And book it is. Or booklet if you prefer. After three months of writing, studying and researching here it is: my very first book, a travel guide for the city of Athens, Greece.

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Collecting all the information needed for writing this travel guide wasn’t difficult at all to me. I had already gathered it while working for Yia Su, a successful travel service for those who want to plan their trip to Athens. What was most challenging to me was bringing this book to life.

English is my second language, so proofreading was essential. And maps; non travel guide should be published without maps in it.

I struggled to find a solution and by the time I hit a desperation point, there was a revelation: Fiverr.com.

I had never heard of Fiverr before until I came across one of my Twitter friends tweet. That was it. Now I wasn’t only able to hire skilled proof-readers and I also could work with talented map creators! And that happened only a month ago.

As soon I got my stuff proof-read and my maps created, all I had to do was convert my files into a PDF file. I created my booklet using Microsoft Publisher. All I had to do was to click the “File” tab and choose “Save As.” That displayed the “Save As” dialog. After I gave a name to my file, I clicked “OK” and that was it.

I’m not a US resident and that means getting published on Amazon or Barnes and Noble would be time consuming. There are several actions I have to do in order to create an author account and I have to double check my options.

That’s why I decided to start my self-publishing career in the most humble way. I listed my ebook on Yia Su Etsy shop. You can check it if you click on this link:

=> http://www.etsy.com/listing/196303662/city-break-in-athens-ebook-mini-travel?ref=shop_home_feat_1

City Break in Athens, is live and right is all that matters to me. I’ve taken my first step into self-publishing industry. The road I have to travel is long and the possibility of failure has been always hiding around the corner.

But if I don’t take my chances, I’ll never know what’s the destination of this trip…

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