Rave Reviews Spotlight Author Ronesa Aveela

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As the very first Rave Reviews Spotlight Author, it is always a pleasure for me to host a new Spotlight Author. Today the spotlight is on Ronesa Aveela, author of  Mystical Emona: Soul’s Journey. For all of you history lovers out there, now is your chance to learn a little more about a people who were contemporaries of the Ancient Greeks. And if you haven’t heard about the Rave Reviews Book Club, then mosy on over to the site to check out the club that supports, promotes, and propels members. Tell them that Ronesa sent you. Here she is in her own words.

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The Thracians

We knew little about the Thracians when we started to work on “Mystical Emona: Soul’s Journey.” When people mention Thrace, the only heroes who readily come to mind are Hercules, Orpheus, and Spartacus – if even those. But Thrace has a vast history beyond its mythology or the conflict with Rome. We enthusiastically rolled up our sleeves and researched their culture, religion, and customs. Our efforts were reward with a delightful review: “I love that there is a little bit of historical elements in this book, namely the stuff set in ancient Thrace. A history buff myself, it isn’t often I get the chance to read things about Thrace that don’t involve Spartacus. Major props to the writer for creating this wonderful tale.”

Quite often now when we mention the book, people ask, “Where is Thrace?” or “Who were the Thracians? Is that a country?”

So, let’s start with the easy question: “Where is Thrace?” The Thracians lived in southeastern Europe along the Black Sea, in the region that is now modern-day Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey.

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“Who were the Thracians” poses a more difficult question. What we can tell you is that they have been around for a long time. Since the people themselves did not have a written language, everything that is known about them comes from other sources. The first historical reference to them was in Homer’s “Iliad,” where it was mentioned that they were allies to the Trojans. But evidence of them as a distinct people exists as far back as 1500 BC.

They were a warlike tribal nation, living in mountains and valleys. But they were also great artisans, finely crafting delicate golden objects and painting beautiful murals.

A polytheistic people, they worshiped the Sun and Moon, both. Bendis, called the Great Goddess, was one of their primary deities. Better known, however, is Dionysus, the god of wine, whom the Greeks incorporated into their religion. It is through the story of Orpheus (you remember him; he went to Hades to retrieve his wife Eurydice) that the tale of this drunken god is probably best known. The story did not end well for Orpheus. The Maenads, followers of Dionysus, tore him apart. Yup, gruesome.

Even today, Bulgaria is known for its wine. Many myths and legends mention Thracian wine. Homer says the most popular wine, one with the best aroma and body, came from the Thracian city of Maroneia. Odysseus also used Thracian wine to put the Cyclops Polyphemus to sleep before he struck the beast in the eye with his spear.

When Christianity crept into the region, the Dionysian cult faded away. But even today the feast of Saint Trifon is celebrated, and the festivities trace back to the cult of Dionysus (for example, pouring wine and electing a king). But, that could be the topic of another entire blog.

“Mystical Emona” was highlighted on October 9 at Boston University during an event called “Bulgarian Voices: Love, Light and Rituals.” It is also available on Amazon US and UK. In addition, we are working on a non-fiction book that will describe many of these Bulgarian customs and others in more detail, as well as their Thracian origins. Look for it in December.

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Book available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mystical-Emona-Souls-Journey-Volume/dp/1500616974

Website: http://mysticalemona.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MysticalEmona

Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBQ7FJtb9vY

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About jsherwin2013

Jennie has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in counseling. She is the author of Intentional Healing: One Woman’s Path to Higher Consciousness and Freedom from Environmental and Other Chronic Illnesses and is a contributing writer to Conscious Life News. She has been a teacher of English on the junior high school and senior high school levels, as well as a writer and editor in the field of public health. She has mentored writers and editors. She is certified in Reiki I and II and has studied energy therapies at A Healing Place in Richardson, Texas, working under the direction of Deborah Singleton and her healing team. Jennie also acknowledges the guidance of Christine Gregg, Australian spirit reader and healer, and Maya Page, intuitive healer, Reiki Master, and VortexHealing® practitioner, now retired. Jennie lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband, Roger, a retired physician and epidemiologist. They provide editorial services to university researchers in the fields of medicine and public health. Her son, Colin, lives and works in New York City with his wife, Colleen.

21 responses to “Rave Reviews Spotlight Author Ronesa Aveela”

  1. Rebecca Carter, writing as Ronesa Aveela says :

    Jennie, Thank you for hosting us today.

  2. Anelia Samovila says :

    THANK YOU RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB for PROMOTING and HELPING Indie Authors!! Thank you Jennie Sherwin for hosting our book and helping Rebecca!

  3. therealrene says :

    Follow my Blog? I do reviews on Rock n Roll Autobiographies and True Crime Books

  4. Kathryn Chastain Treat says :

    Reblogged this on Be My Guest and commented:
    Mystical Emona has fascinated me since I began reading the blog posts on Ronessa Aveela’s “Spotlight” Author blog tour with Rave Reviews Book Club. It is a book that I must read!

  5. Kathryn Chastain Treat says :

    Ronessa, since your Rave Reviews Book Club “Spotlight” Author blog tour began, I have learned so much about Mystical Emona and Bulgarian culture. I am very excited to have the book on my Kindle. Congratulations on your selection as a “spotlight” author and enjoy your week.

    Thank you Jennie for hosting Ronessa.

  6. John Fioravanti says :

    Thank you, Ronessa, for the intriguing glimpse into the ancient Thracians. As a retired history teacher, I’m thoroughly enjoying this, and your other blogs this week. Congratulations on being chosen a Spotlight Author, and I wish you continued success with this fine book! Thanks for hosting Ronessa, Jennie!

  7. danicacornell says :

    Hi Jennie, thank you for hosting, Ronesa! Congrats on your SPOTLIGHT Author nomination, Ronesa – Mystical Emona sounds like a great read! xoxo 🙂

  8. Alexander Key says :

    I read the novel and enjoyed it very much. It successfully combines history, romance, intrigue, and culture diversity into an exceptional blend that’s like a new myth, itself. Good stuff.

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