What are your summer beach reading plans?

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Summer is nearly here, and with that, the heightened expectation of the summer beach read. Let me ask you this: do you manage to get more reading time in during summer? Or not? Also, is there a specific book you’ve been looking forward to read in Summer 2017? If so, I’d like to hear about it.

I’m currently reading some historical fiction to prep myself for the onslaught of my summer reading list.

What are you reading this summer?

Photo by: Mirza Salman & Hossain Beg

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Where have I been? On Vacation of course!

Yes it’s been ages since I posted, but I have a valid excuse. I took a much-needed vacation which lasted well over a week. I also went with my family which made it even better. Here are some pictures that defined my stay. I hope you’ll enjoy them all.

WawaCoffee

A much-needed coffee every morning from Wawa.

 

Coupons

I need to watch my spending on long trips.

DefneCarrot

My 2-Year-Old Niece Defne eating a carrot.

FishTales

Inside the famous Bar-Restaurant Fishtales.

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Assateague Island. A side-trip south of Ocean City, Maryland.

WildPonies

Wild Ponies of Assateague Island.

TrufflesCandyKitchen

Delicious selection of Truffles at the Candy Kitchen.

Pelican

A Pelican stands watch inside “The Parched Pelican” Restaurant.

 

DoughRollerDefne

Defne playing hide-and-seek inside the “Dough-Roller” restaurant.

Retro1990sDecor

My cool early 1990s decor room complete with nonfunctional VHS Player.

OCSunset

A beautiful Ocean City, MD sunset.

Why Ancient Rome is still relevant today

Rome still stands today.
Rome still stands today.

As the the author of Historical Fantasy taking place in Rome, I felt, as an American, it was appropriate to take a stroll down history lane and talk about our ancient cousins, the Romans.

Even though some readers flock toward non-fiction and contemporary fiction, which usually deal with the highs and lows of current events, the past exists for us to learn from it, and who else to serve as examples to learn from than Rome, a culture that, despite being resigned to the history books, still remains with us Americans today.

Some points to consider Between Ancient Rome & the United States

1) Numerical systems: Roman Numerals still exist today, why do you think they’re called Roman? In the U.S. they’re still widely used and in the NFL, the Super Bowl Numbers are always listed in Roman Numeral Form.

2) Laws: In ancient Rome, any law that seemed unreasonable or grossly unfair could be set aside. In the U.S. this is similar to declaring something unconstitutional.

3) Recreation: In the U.S. entertainment is king. With so many mediums existing to keep people happy. Spectator sports, movies, Smartphones, Television Programming, you get the picture (no pun intended). In Ancient Rome spectator sports in the Circus Maximus (chariot races, gladiatorial fights and animal-baiting).

4) Territorial Acquisitions: Both the U.S. and Rome possessed and controlled outside territories and countries. Installing governments in faraway lands that were loyal to their causes.

5) Motifs and Emblems: Look closely at some of the most important U.S. government buildings today and you’ll see fasces and wreaths featured within their architecture. Both recurring symbols in ancient Rome, the fasces symbolizing power & authority and the wreath symbolizing victory. And who can forget the eagle? Romans carried eagle standards into battle and the national symbol of the United States is the Bald Eagle.

There’s a ton of other similarities and I’m sure you can figure them out. But the purpose of this post isn’t to criticize the United States or Rome-each were and are important in their respective eras-but to draw similarities between past and present, and using the Leopard King Saga to entertain and educate people has always been one of my goals.

And for all you history buffs and sci-fi/fantasy fans, please be sure to check out my Leopard King Saga series HERE.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, self-publishing, and life. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.