Helen R. Davis is an American author who specialized in historical fantasy and alternate history, as well as science fiction. Her novels will take you from ancient Egypt, to Renaissance Europe, to outer space. Davis has also written a first person novel about Eva Peron, Argentina's most reknowned First Lady.
From July 2nd to July 18th, I will be featured at Historical Fiction Blog Tours for Evita: My Argentina and The Most Happy.
Evita: My Argentina- a novel about Argentina's Eva Peron.
"Helen Davis is able to get inside her character's head as if they were confidantes. It makes history come alive as it only can in a good historical novel." Elena Maria Vidal, author of Trianon and Marie Antoinette: Daughter of the Caesars
Cleopatra Unconquered -the first in a series that imagines the fate of the ancient world after a triumph of Antony and Cleopatra, rather than Augustus, at Actium
" The author did a seamless job of reimagining Cleopatra’s story around detailed historical research." Stacie Tyson, of Pursuing Stacie
Athena: The Warrior Queen of Yavdolo-- this is a rip roaring science fiction novel that imagines the fate of a princess from another planet in mankind's distant future
" In this, Helen R. Davis, like fantasy giants, has created a new world full of wonders and mystique which will leave you have stepped into another realm that by the end of it, you won’t want to leave." Carolina Casas, co-author Isabella Unashamed
The Most Happy-- An alternate history of Anne Boleyn
The Most Happy is a novel that imagines what 'might have been' in Tudor England had Henry VIII died and his doomed second wife, Anne Boleyn, produced a son.
" For those who enjoy imagining "what might have been" in Tudor England, then The Most Happy convincingly shows what would have happened had Anne Boleyn emerged triumphant over those who were trying to bring her down. The tragic irony of what really happened hit me harder than ever after reading it..." Robyn Mendelsohn
" A lot of Isabella's changes are a result of visions. For me these were the best parts of the book, especially the changes that result in the end of inquisition.
The epilogue is beautiful, even though Jesus delivers Isabella a shocker about her confessor. "
Andrea Guy, manager of the blog 'A Chick Who Reads.'
Helen R. Davis's novels can be purchased at Amazon
Cleopatra likely conjures up an image of a femme fatale spending her days floating down the Nile. However, few people realize that this queen was an intellectual woman who was able to take on almost all of the men in Rome as an equal and that her ambition was to revive Egypt-- and she nearly succeeded. Had she done so, Cleopatra and her descendants would have ruled the world and not Rome. So, what can we learn from this woman?
Being smart pays off-- In a world where the Kim Kardashians and Britney Spears's rule the airwaves and media, women should know that intellect matters. Cleopatra was a politically astute woman who ruled a vast empire in a time period in which women were essentially chattel. She spoke 9 languages, and of her dynasty, the Ptolemies, she was the only one of its members to learn the language of the people she ruled over.
Cleopatra's siblings, all of whom ruled Egypt for a short while, all had fatally short reigns and were either replaced by their siblings-- or Cleopatra herself. In spite of Cleopatra's defeat, she held the throne of Egypt against Rome's desire to annex it for over 2 decades.
Brains make all the difference!
Good looks pay off too—We may never know what Cleopatra VII looked like, sadly. But she had to have been striking to have won over Caesar and Antony, the two top Roman dogs of her day. The common stereotype today is either a woman is beautiful and brainless or brainy and unattractive.
Cleopatra proves that these 2 qualities can and often do mix. You may not have to be a model, but do consider your appearance and keep yourself well groomed and presentable.
Consider the will of the people-- Cleopatra was despised by the Romans, but her own people, the Egyptians, loved her. Maybe not always, as there were times in her reign she was unpopular. But by learning their language and speaking to the customs of a 3000 year old culture that her predecessors did not, Cleopatra formed a bond with her people so much so that her name and Egypt are eternally linked, even to this day.
Reject what you find barbaric-- Cleopatra's dynasty was known for incest, inbreeding, and marrying siblings. Though she did marry two of her brothers ceremonially, she balanced it whit choosing for her husbands and true partners, Julius Caesar and Marc Antony. The ink spilled about her and her Roman husbands has inspired many over the past 2 millenia. Cleopatra rejected the custom of incest, finding it barbaric, and even had plans for her 4 children to marry princes and princesses of the Middle East.
Choose your causes well-- Many people believe Cleopatra doomed herself to defeat when she chose to ally with Marc Antony. This, however, is not the case. Marc Antony was a capable general and it seemed logical at the time. His mistake was choosing to attack Parthia and lose in the mid 30s B.C., which led to a decline in his popularity in Rome. Cleopatra had a strong ally and protector in Marc Antony. His defeat in Parthia was likely the error that caused him and Cleopatra their empire.