Thursday, January 24, 2013

Danica Winters Top Five Archeological Discoveries

a guest post by Danica Winters

Not many people know, but I am a former archeologist having working in and around Montana and British Columbia.  It was my professional passion, only second to writing, however when fate pushed me into writing I was forced to give up the long days in the field and move into long days spent hunched over a computer creating works of fiction—I couldn’t be happier.  Yet, I still find that archeology is something I love.  

Because of this love I knew I had to write a book about an archeological site—a site that has yet to be found (but I secretly hope really exists)—the Labyrinth of Greek mythological fame (a little minotaur anyone?).  Thus, The Nymph’s Labyrinth the first book in The Nymph Series was born.

Throughout history there have been incredible civilizations and histories and many have been lost to time.  A few of them have been found amongst these are my favorite five: 

“The palace of Knossos was undoubtedly the ceremonial and political centre of the Minoan civilization and culture. It appears as a maze of workrooms, living spaces, and storerooms close to a central square. An approximate graphic view of some aspects of Cretan life in the Bronze Age is provided by restorations of the palace's indoor and outdoor murals, as it is also by the decorative motifs of the pottery and the insignia on the seals and sealings.”

This was the inspiration for The Nymph’s Labyrinth!

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
is the largest Hindu temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world.”

meaning 'stone' is an Arabian historical and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma'an, that is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system.”

(I admit this is one of my favorites because I’ve had the chance to wander through these ruins.) “The park was created in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt, to protect some of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in the world, or as he said, "preserve the works of man". It occupies 81.4 square miles (211 km2) near the Four Corners and features numerous ruins of homes and villages built by the Ancestral Puebloan people, sometimes called the Anasazi. There are over 4,000 archaeological sites and over 600 cliff dwellings of the Pueblo people at the site.”


(Egypt) “Off the shores of Alexandria, the city of Alexander the Great, lies what is believed to be the ruins of the royal quarters of Cleopatra. A team of marine archaeologists led by Frenchman Franck Goddio made excavation on this ancient city from where Cleopatra, the last queen of the Ptolemies, ruled Egypt. Historians believe this site was submerged by earthquakes and tidal waves more than 1,600 years ago.”

Which site do you love?  Machu Picchu? Teotihuacan? Troy?

The Nymph’s Labyrinth

A world shrouded in mystery and intrigue, the Sisterhood of Epione must not be exposed.  

A Shape-shifting nymph, Ariadne, is tasked with keeping the truth of her group’s existence and their ancient mysteries far out of reach of an American archeologist and his troublemaking son.  When forgotten and forbidden passions are awakened, Ariadne is forced to make a choice—fall in line and continue to be overrun and pushed down by the sisterhood, or follow her heart and put everyone’s lives in danger. 

Can she have the man she loves or will the pressure and secrets of the past keep her from her heart’s desire?

Meet Danica Winters

Danica Winters is a bestselling author who is known for writing award-winning books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and often a touch of magic. When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery and painting are not her thing).  She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.

Other Books by Danica Winters:

An Angel’s Justice

Coming Soon from Danica Winters (2013):

Montana Mustangs (Crimson Romance)

Winter Swans (Crimson Romance)

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  1. Danica, what an interesting post. I love reading about archeological discoveries. I've been to Mesa Verde a couple of times, but understand the public is no longer allowed to walk through the ruin in an attempt to protect it. Haven't seen the other four, but enjoyed the post about them.