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Aegean Intrigue Interview! Mystery on the Greek Island of Paros


I’m here with author Patricia Kiyono and her main character, Francine Vasileiou, of Aegean IntriguePatty has graciously offered to give away a digital copy of her novella, so leave a comment below for a chance to win!  The winner will be selected just before midnight, EST, on Friday, March 23rd.  Good luck! ~ S.G. Rogers

Back Cover Blurb: Someone has been stealing priceless Greek artifacts and it’s Alex Leonidis’ job to uncover the thief. His prime suspect is beautiful archaeological graduate student, Francie Vasileiou. His plan is to join in an archaeological dig and catch her in the act. All he has to do is keep his mind on his job, and not on the way his lovely suspect warms his heart. He’s learned the hard way not to trust fragile-looking women who seem to need his help.

Francie wants to get her PhD and become an archaeologist, like her famous father. The sudden invitation to participate in a dig on the beautiful Greek island of Paros is a wonderful opportunity. She has no time for distractions like Alex, the handsome Project Director. Experience has taught her to stay clear of handsome, charismatic Greek men.

On the shores of the Aegean Sea, Alex and Francie work together, searching for treasures from Greece’s past. While pursuing their goals, they discover some of the truths they had believed to be carved in stone may have been flawed.

Welcome, ladies! Thank you for coming to chat with us today. Let’s talk to Francine first.  Francine, why do you think Patty choose you to represent her?

I think it’s because she thinks I’m a lot like her. Her parents aren’t famous, but I’ve traveled a lot, like she has. She’s also spent a lot of her life in schools, and she doesn’t have a lot of patience with people who don’t put forth the effort to do a good job.

So you’re a world traveler?  Tell us more!

I think I’m your average college student, really. I’ve always loved going on digs all over the world with my father, and in order to do that as a career I need to get my PhD in archaeology. I’ve spent a lot of time in Montreal with my mom’s parents and in Greece with my father’s family, and I went to college in LA, so I feel like I have three homes.

Wow. Tell us where you live and what draws you there?

I’ve lived in lots of places, but right now I’m going to school in Athens. This is where my father used to teach, and I wanted to earn my PhD here. And Professor Theo, my father’s friend, was here.

Is there anything you wish Patty had kept her mouth shut about?

I suppose the whole mess about why my parents aren’t a part of my life any more. That’s kind of humiliating, and it makes me sad because I still love both my parents.

Tell us about Alex. What drew you to him?

He’s a very dynamic personality. He’s a leader, but he’s also a good listener.

What really pushes your buttons?

Incompetence. Laziness. So many times I wanted to smack Yannis. Not only did he not know what he was doing, he waited around for someone else to do things, or for someone to tell him to do it.

What’s your perfect day…and why?

Digging in the dirt until I find something left from an ancient civilization. Sharing it with the people around me. Being able to learn something about the world that the user of that artifact lived in.

What is your biggest fear?

My biggest fear would be to give my heart to someone who will crush it again. That’s already happened with my parents, and with Leandros (my college boyfriend), and I don’t think I could survive it another time.

Thank you Francine!  Now, Patty, it’s your turn.  Why should readers be interested in Aegean Intrigue?

I went to Greece in the spring of 2008. As part of her degree in writing, my youngest daughter did a Study Abroad program on the sunny island of Paros. Of course I HAD to visit—just to make sure she was okay, you understand. My husband is not a traveler, so I talked a good friend into going with me. I was in awe of the living history there and the way it is incorporated into every day life. The people there KNOW their history and are willing to share it with everyone.

I can’t say that I’ve always had an interest in archaeology, but I’m a history buff, and digging for artifacts is part of that. Of course, visiting the ancient ruins on Paros as well as in Athens, I wondered about the people who do that type of work. So I bought some books while I was in Greece and checked out several online sources when I got home.

As far as why readers should be interested, I think the central message of the story focuses on the way we treat our significant others. Sometimes this is a cultural issue, but when women are treated poorly, it bothers me. This was something I noticed in Greece. My daughter commented on it, and when I got home I read more that confirmed it. Traditionally, Greek women are not encouraged to be independent. Especially on the island, local women were not seen outdoors after the supper hour. They were at home. Being a very independent woman, this bothered me. And I decided to write a story that showcased not only the beauty of the island, but the dynamics between the men and women there.

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No Blarney Fairytale G*i*v*e*a*w*a*y Weekend


If your Irish eyes are smiling, you just might find a pot of gold right here at Child of Yden. To win a copy of my fairytale romance The Magical Misperception of Meridian, in any digital format, please add it to your to-read list on Goodreads HERE, and leave a comment below.  I’ll pick a winner Sunday night at midnight, EST (USA). Good luck! ~ S.G. Rogers

The Magical Misperception of Meridian

Back Cover Blurb:  Railing against convention in the kingdom of Meridian, Jona thinks a girl should be able to wear trousers, fight like a boy when necessary, and marry whomever she pleases. She happens upon the queen’s nephew, Lee, who stammers and cannot speak to girls at all…that is, until he meets Jona.

When the queen hires Jona to help her nephew acquire proper social graces, Jona experiences a blissful summer of pure enchantment. Jona and Lee learn to dance, perfect the art of polite conversation, and discover which fork to use at the dinner table. Although they become best friends, Queen Gaia considers Jona a mere servant. At summer’s end, Jona’s job in Meridian is done.

Lee and Jona keep in contact through a set of magical mailboxes given to Lee by the Wizard Farland. When the friends are finally reunited after ten years, their budding romance is torn asunder by an edict from the queen. Against impossible odds, Jona and Lee will fight for an uncertain future. But unspoken secrets and mysteries long in the making have yet to be revealed.

Will true love be denied…or can the differences between commoners and royalty be shown to be just a matter of magical misperception?


At their first lesson, Jona and Lee kept dissolving into laughter, leaving Mr. Rapp peevish and cross. After an hour of working with them in the castle ballroom, the dance instructor threw up his hands in disgust. “It appears I’m wasting my time,” he snapped. “If you two cannot take this seriously, I shall be forced to inform the queen.”

He stormed out, followed by his mousy pianist. Suddenly Jona and Lee became somber.

“If Mr. Rapp tells The Dragon we aren’t learning to dance, I’ll be sent home,” Jona said.

“I don’t want you to go. We’ll just have to find a way to impress Mr. Rapp.”

That night, after everyone had retired, they sneaked into the ballroom to practice. Lee turned up some of the gas lamps so they wouldn’t trip over each other in the dark.

“I can hardly wait to see Mr. Rapp’s face when he sees us waltz perfectly tomorrow,” Lee
said. “He’ll probably think it’s because he’s a brilliant teacher.”

“Mr. Rapp is an evil sorcerer, you know,” Jona said with a playful wink.

“Evil, you say? What’s the man done now?”

“He transformed a beautiful princess into one of those peach trees in the garden.”

“The black-hearted villain!” Lee exclaimed.

“Each time we perfect a dance, it weakens his wicked spell.”

“I’m all about rescuing damsels, as you know,” Lee said. “Let’s get to it.”

Jona frowned. “It would be easier if we had music.”

“Oh, but we do. The Wizard Farland enchanted the piano in the corner. It’ll play anything
we want.”

Lee patted the instrument. “A waltz, if you please.”

When the instrument responded with a tune played in three-quarters time, Jona clapped her hands in delight. “I do so love magic!”

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Desperately Seeking Faeries


I’m welcoming awesome author Jacquie Rogers (no relation!) to my blog today in an author exchange. Not only do we share the same last name, but we’re also both fascinated with faeries and dragons. You can find MY guest post (Got Dragons?) on HER blog HERE.  We’re also giving away digital copies of Faerie Special Romances by Jacquie Rogers and The Last Great Wizard of Yden by S.G. Rogers.  Leave a comment, below, to enter the drawing. The winner will be selected Sunday, March 11th, midnight EST.  Good luck! ~ S.G. Rogers

Finding Faeries by Jacquie Rogers

(author of Faery Special Romances & Faery Merry Christmas)

We storytellers have lots of choices when it comes to picking faery lore. Depending on when and where the story is set, the Fae World can differ drastically: Norse, Irish, Scottish, Bavarian, French . . . each pre-Christian region and era developed its own belief system. Faery lore has only one universal truth: Tinkerbell is an invention of L. Frank Baum and Disney.

I found several sites that helped tremendously when I was building my world for Faery Special Romances. Maybe you will find these sites interesting, too.

Here’s one of my favorite starting-off sites, Faerie at Not only is there an image gallery and links to other great sites, you can also find brief essays on these topics:

  • Existence of faeries
  • Definition of faeries
  • Description of faeries
  • Faeries across history and cultures
  • Organization of faeries

. . . you get the picture. Lots of info (although not in-depth) on this site.

Here’s a faery good site: The Fae. You’ll find a terrific recap of general Fae history, and then links to other pages, which get more specific. For instance, there’s a listing of the various categories of faeries, from Pixies to Goblins. Another site,, has a couple pages of Faery Herbs and Charms. Browse around and you’ll find all kinds of good stuff on this website.

For instance, you could find out (like I just did) that faeries didn’t get wings until the Elizabethan period. Oh well, my medieval faeries have wings. I made them up so I can give them wings if I want to. (That’s what’s so great about being a writer—you can create any world, and populate it with anything you want to!)

The Faery Crossing is a beautiful site, and can give you pointers on such things as “The Care and Feeding of Faeries.” You might want to head straight for A Compendium of Faery Folke, where you’ll find very nice listing of all types of Fae from A to Z. Here’s a sample: “Gean-canach: Ireland. “Love-Talker”; a solitary faery who personifies love and idleness. He appears with a dudeen (pipe) in his mouth. It is very unlucky to meet him.” (Check out this dude on other sites—he’s known for seducing young women.)

When I first began gathering information to create my faery world, I soon realized that many of the internet sites combine the old mythologies with the contemporary. Even though the new are based on the myths of, say, the Tuatha de Danann, be aware of modern influences.  Lots of gaming sites add their own nuances to the myths.

All these sites help, but as a writer or a reader, you can imagine faeries any way you want.  I mixed mythologies from at least five regions, including Russia and Africa, to create my faeries.  The Norse, Celtic, and Gaelic traditions are strongest in the USA, but other regions have faeries and elementals just as intriguing.

I hope you have a faery good time surfing the ‘net! If you find some good sites, please let me know!

~ Jacquie Rogers

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Jacquie Rogers is the author of the popular western historical romance series, Hearts of Owyhee (Much Ado About Marshals, Much Ado About Madams); a contemporary western, Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule Blues; and two faery fantasy romances, Faery Special Romances and Faery Merry Christmas.  She lives in Seattle, loves baseball, cooks up a storm (but hates doing dishes), but is utterly hopeless at singing or drawing.

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The Last Great Wizard of Yden at Goodreads

Enter to win a paperback copy of The Last Great Wizard of Yden at Goodreads.  Giveaway begins February 4th and is open until February 18th (US only).  3 copies are available!

For his sixteenth birthday, all Jon wanted were the keys to the family car. Instead, he got a lousy magic ring…

Artistic prodigy Jon Hansen yearns to fit in, but when he stumbles onto a supernatural kidnapping, his life changes forever. Unfortunately, his search for answers uncovers a magical secret—one that makes Jon a danger to everyone around him.

The Wolf Clan wizard Efysian has been draining the magic from Yden. On a quest for eternal power, he’s willing to kill to feed his addiction. To harness the ultimate source of energy, he travels to Earth. This time, however, he has a persistent witness to his crime.

Can Jon survive long enough to outwit the most evil wizard the magical world has ever known? Or will Efysian add the young wizard to his gruesome collection of trophies? 

<—— push the button to reach the Giveaway.

~ S.G. Rogers

The Last Great Wizard of Yden at The Frugal eReader

Simply leave a comment at The Frugal eReader to be entered to win one of three gifted Kindle copies of The Last Great Wizard of Yden!

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Entries will be closed after midnight {PST} on Thursday ~ and three random winners will be chosen by The Frugal eReader and notified next week!


For his sixteenth birthday, all Jon wanted were the keys to the family car. Instead, he got a lousy magic ring…

Artistic prodigy Jon Hansen yearns to fit in, but when he stumbles onto a supernatural kidnapping, his life changes forever.  Unfortunately, his search for answers uncovers a magical secret—one that makes Jon a danger to everyone around him.

The Wolf Clan wizard Efysian has been draining the magic from Yden. On a quest for eternal power, he’s willing to kill to feed his addiction.  To harness the ultimate source of energy, he travels to Earth.  This time, however, he has a persistent witness to his crime.

Can Jon survive long enough to outwit the most evil wizard the magical world has ever known?  Or will Efysian add the young wizard to his gruesome collection of trophies? 

Good Luck!

~ S.G. Rogers

Amazing Authors Event at Child of Yden

Find a new author, a great read…and win stuff.  From January 12 through January 24, thirteen powerhouse authors have teamed up for the Amazing Authors Event.

Today, January 18th, is MY day to dazzle you with my fantasy adventure novel, The Last Great Wizard of Yden!

All Jon Hansen wanted for his sixteenth birthday were the keys to the family car.  Instead he got a lousy magic ring…

Blurb: After his father is kidnapped, sixteen-year-old Jon stumbles across a closely guarded family secret–-one that will challenge everything he has ever believed about his father and himself.

A magical ring his father leaves behind unlocks a portal to another dimension, but in using it, Jon unwittingly unchains the forces of evil.  A crisis develops when a malevolent wizard transports to Earth to kidnap Jon’s would-be girlfriend.

With the help of some unlikely schoolmates, and a warrior princess from Yden, Jon embarks on a dangerous quest to free his friend and his father from the most vicious wizard the magical world has ever known.

In the end, Jon will be forced to fight for his life as he attempts to rescue the last great wizard of Yden.


One moment Jon was sitting at his drafting table. In the next, he was sprawled in the middle of a dirt road, having fallen painfully on his behind. His wrist was still tingling, as if he’d stuck his finger in a light socket, and his nostrils burned with the unmistakable scent of ozone.

“Get out of the way!” a man yelled.

A wooden cart, pulled by a team of enormous horses, was bearing down on him. Jon rolled to the side as the cart rumbled past, its wheels barely clearing his head. The driver dragged the team to a halt. “I should report you to the cygards,” he snarled.

Before Jon realized what was happening, the driver’s arm recoiled and he let loose a bullwhip. The popper cracked mere centimeters from Jon’s face. As he scrambled to his feet, the cart moved on, raising a cloud of dust in its wake. Jon stumbled backward, coughing, but then the tail of a strange animal snaked around his waist. The beast resembled a stocky horse, but it had stubby horns and hard ridges where the mane should be. The tail was reminiscent of a small elephant’s trunk. Jon shuddered and twisted out of the animal’s reach.

A plump woman hurried toward him, parcel in hand. “You there! Step away from my puleden!”


“S-sorry,” Jon stammered.

When the extraordinary creature wrapped its muscular tail around the woman’s parcel, Jon gaped in amazement.

“What’re you looking at, vagrant?” the woman snapped.

Without waiting for an answer, the woman unhitched her puleden from a rough-hewn post and led it away. Jon narrowly avoided the road apple the animal left in its wake.

As he took in his surroundings, his mind refused to accept what his eyes were showing him. Somehow he’d traveled instantaneously to a village plucked straight from the pages of a medieval storybook. People were shopping at a busy open-air marketplace nearby, which consisted of rustic wooden stalls, booths, and tents. No cars were on the road, nor could Jon see any modern machinery of any kind. Women were clothed in long, coarsely woven dresses, while men wore cloth shirts and trousers with hide vests. Everyone over a certain age seemed to be wearing a hat of one sort or another. The vendors at the food booths wore the same kind of two-cornered hat oddly similar in shape to ones Jon had seen at fast-food joints.
When a light rain began to moisten his skin, Jon focused his attention upward. To his astonishment he saw not one but two suns in between the streaky, gray clouds. One was nearly overhead and the other, much smaller sun was on the horizon. The realization he was no longer on Earth began to sink in.

I’m on Yden.

The Last Great Wizard of Yden, a full length fantasy adventure. E-book available through Astraea Press, ($2.99 MSRP).

Tomorrow (January 19th) please visit Linda LaRoque, known for western contemporary and time travel romance! Enjoy the rest of the Amazing Authors Event, and remember that in order to win FREE READS you’ll visit Ginger Simpson’s blog on the last day to answer FUN and EASY questions about the blogs on the tour. (Links will be posted so you can double check).

Happy Woman: © Redbaron |

Handsome: © Alexey Poprugin |

Horses Running: © Kateleigh |

Medieval Village: © Algol |

Medieval Magic: © Freesurf69 |

Day 13 of 365 Days of Great Authors

Today I’m over at Cafe of Dreams as part of the 365 Days of Great Authors and Giveaways promotion.  You can read a little interview with me and enter for a chance to win The Last Great Wizard of Yden.  The contest ends midnight on January 21st, so don’t wait.  I look forward to seeing you there!

~ S.G. Rogers

Dreaming Fairy: © Grazvydas |