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The Hunt for The Death Valley Germans - Companion Reading
12m read
The harrowing mystery of a german family that vanished into the wilderness of death valley

Roman Emperors and Their Rule
5m read
Graphs and numbers depicting the Roman empire

Historical Accuracy of the movie scene of Cleopatra’s entry into Rome
4m read
How historically accurate is the scene from the 1963 film?

Cleopatra - Queen of Egypt, and her unfortunate portrayal
6m read
A view of the famous queen's unfair portrayal

My brief review of HBO's Rome and its depiction of Cleopatra
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A brief review of HBO's Rome and its depiction of Cleopatra

A document with Cleopatra's signature
3m read
We'll take a look at a tantalizing document with what appears to be the Queen's signature

ChatGPT made up a book I never wrote
4m read
ChatGPT is all the rage, but it said I wrote a book I never did.

Chronology and timeline of Ancient Egypt
8m read
Get a sense of rulers and their timelines in ancient Egypt with graphs and numbers!

The Search for Cleopatra's Tomb
9m read
An examination of ancient sources and theories behind the location of the lost tomb

The Story of the Lost Army of Cambyses
6m read
What happened to Persian King Cambyses' army sent to Siwa in 524 B.C.?

Why are you not doing your homework, princess?
4m read
A delightful tale of gentle admonishment from king Assurbanipal's sister to his future queen

How long did it take? Fascinating facts from history
4m read
Look at interesting historical events from the perspective of how long it took.

Where's my gold? Complaints from the ancient past
3m read
An amusing litany of Royal complaints regarding an Egyptian Pharaoh

The Spartacus Rebellion - A note on the trilogy
2m read
How Jay Penner's Spartacus trilogy differs from other treatments of the subject

The POV Cheatsheet - understand POVs in writing
4m read
A simple Point-of-View guide to writers

The story of Hiranyakashipu from Indian mythology
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The story of how demon king was vanquished by a clever god; from Indian mythology

What's in a name? Alexander and Caesar: How their names were adopted
2m read
How the two conqueror's names entered the lexicon

Evolution of a Book Cover - an amusing story of hubris and learning
5m read
Take a look at the amusing evolution of the cover of the Atlantis Papyrus

The M87 Black Hole Image - Beginner's One Pager
2m read
An easy-to-understand explanation of the amazing image of the black hole

Writing Novels and Non-Fiction with Visual Studio Code
12m read
A person view of authoring using a programming-centric tool like Vistual Studio Code

Creating Google Maps for Novels
3m read
Giving readers an immersive experience through Google maps flybys for book locations

An opinion on writing - Disciple eats inspiration for breakfast
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As authors, should we wait for inspiration to strike so we can sit down and write?

My authoring process: how to self-publish books faster on Amazon using Markdown and a output script
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My process to write in Markdown and publish books on Amazon

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About Jay Penner

Jay Penner writes fast-paced, realistic ancient historical fiction. His highly-rated books regularly feature in category bestsellers on Amazon. He is the author of Spartacus, Cleopatra, and Whispers of Atlantis series. Reach out to him or subscribe to his popular newsletter.

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