Finding the Stories within the Stories

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guest post by Cheryl Carpinello


Wherever there is an abundance of literature around a certain time period, event, or figure, stories abound. In Homer’s day, the stories passed down orally told of confrontations between gods and men, men and men, and of the mystery and mythology of the world and nature. Having read and taught Greek Mythology, hints in the form of Homeric Similes led me back to revisit those original mythic stories. These became especially helpful when faced with more than one character named Ajax as in The Iliad

 Ajax the Greater © Foto H.-P.Haack (H.-P.Haack) - Antiquariat Dr. Haack Leipzig

Ajax the Greater © Foto H.-P.Haack (H.-P.Haack) - Antiquariat Dr. Haack Leipzig

 Ajax the Lesser

Ajax the Lesser

Reading The Iliad and The Odyssey became more enjoyable and memorable for my students because the short epic similes helped them to better understand the whole story.

The Medieval Ages are also steeped in legends and tales that frequently relate to other tales via literary references within the stories. As with Homer’s stories, Arthurian legend is filled with characters with the same name. For instance, there are four Elaines, one who is the mother of Lancelot’s son, Galahad. Another story tells how two dragons (one red, one black) fighting determined where a king may or may not build a castle. This adds to the one story that refers to two knights who break into battle whenever they meet.


The unique opportunity for an author is the ability to draw on existing stories like Homer did and to create new stories unique to a particular work or age. Tolkien did this with several of the characters from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.


For my Arthurian stories, I created new stories and also drew from the tales already out there. My Guinevere stories (On the Eve of Legend and At the Dawn of Legend), portray the famous queen as a naïve but headstrong young girl of 12 and later 15. I needed an inspiring event to lead her on the path chosen for her. Not finding anything in my search of the legend, I invented my own story within a story: The Legend of the Red Deer and the Unicorn.


While the Legend is revealed in Book 1 (Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend), its importance in the entire trilogy is such that it is retold in Book 2 (Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend). I daresay that this story will be vital in the final book of the Guinevere trilogy.


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In my other Arthurian story The King’s Ransom, book 1 of Young Knights of the Round Table, I drew upon a not so well known tale of a king hunting a stag and expanded on it in one scene. Additionally, the identity of The Wild Man is a mystery to the other characters and to many readers. However, those willing to do a little exploration on their own will discover The Wild Man’s identity before the end of the story. This story within the story allows for a different understanding than most readers will get.


Readers who explore deeper into tales will find their reading experience enhanced and may even choose to discover more stories in a particular genre. The only requirement is curiosity!

   Enter to win this book! See below…

Enter to win this book! See below…

About the Book:

When their adventure turns deadly & dangerous, Guinevere & Cedwyn find themselves embroiled in a life-or-death struggle.

Not only are they in danger, but so are the kids of Cadbury Castle.

Renegades – foiled in their attempt to kidnap the princess – steal the children of Cadbury Castle to sell as slaves. Guinevere and Cedwyn vow to rescue the children, but a miscalculation puts them all in more danger.

As the plan quickly unravels, Cedwyn chooses to turn his dream of becoming a knight into reality.

Will their courage be strong enough to survive, or will one make the ultimate sacrifice?

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About the Author:

Cheryl Carpinello is a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, her profession introduced her to writings and authors from times long past. Through Cheryl’s studies and teaching, she fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, she hopes to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through her Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds.


Blog Tour Dates 

October 15th @ The Muffin 
What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Be sure to stop by the launch day post for Cheryl Carpinello's blog tour for her book  Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend where we interview the author and you have the chance to win a copy of the book. 
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com 

October 16th @ Write Like Crazy 

You'll go nuts today over at Mary Jo Campbell's blog where author Cheryl Carpinello talks about finding stories within stories as you write. You can also win a copy of the book Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend
https://www.writelikecrazy.com/ 

October 19th @ Lori's Reading Corner 
Visit Lori's blog where you can read Cheryl Carpinello's post about where her search for the Legend of King Arthur has taken her. 
http://www.lorisreadingcorner.com/ 

October 19th @ Jill Sheets Blog 
Visit Jill's blog today where Cheryl Carpinello talks about the continuing popularity of the King Arthur Legend. 
https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/ 

October 19th @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf 
You'll want to stock up your bookshelf once you visit by Veronica's blog, where she reviews  Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend by Cheryl Carpinello. 
https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogspot.com/ 

October 20th @ A New Look on Books 
Stop by Rae's blog and take a glance at author Cheryl Carpinello's blog post the importance of reading and understanding myths, legends, and mythology. 
https://anewlookonbooks.com/ 

October 22nd @ A New Look on Books 
Come by Rae's blog and get a new look on Cheryl Carpinello's book  Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend. 
https://anewlookonbooks.com/ 

October 23rd @ A Day in the Life of a Mom 
Stop by Ashley's blog where she shares Cheryl's guest post about do boys respond to reading and writing differently than girls? And what should parents do about that? 
https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/ 

October 25th @ A Day in the Life of a Mom 
Check out Ashley's blog again where she shares her opinion on Cheryl Carpinello's book  Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend. 
https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/ 

October 25th @ Fiction Thoughts 
Stop by Emilie's blog where she shares her opinion about the book  Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend. 
https://www.fictionthoughts.com/ 

October 28th @ Leonard Tillerman's Blog 
Stop by Leonard's blog where he shares his thoughts on Cheryl Carpinello's book  Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend. 
http://leonardtillerman.com/ 

October 29th @ A Storybook World 
Journey to today's blog post where Deirdra shares Cheryl Carpinello's blog post about how the author's years as an educator led her to writing Tales & Legends, (or why the author writes Tales & Legends for Reluctant Reader). 
http://www.astorybookworld.com/ 

November 1st @ Look to the Western Sky 
Make sure you look to Margo's blog today where she interviews the author Cheryl Carpinello, author of the  Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend. 
http://margoldill.com/ 

November 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina Blog 
Visit Anthony's blog where he shares his thoughts about Cheryl Carpinello's book Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend and read an interview with the author. 
https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/ 

November 3rd @ The World of My Imagination 
Stop by Nicole's blog where she shares her thoughts on Cheryl Carpinello's book Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend. 
theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com 

November 4th @ Author Anthony Avina Blog 
Stop by Anthony's blog today where you can read author Cheryl Carpinello's blog post about whether it is really necessary for kids today to read the classics such as stories and plays from Ancient Greece, Rome and Shakespeare. 
https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/ 

November 5th @ Coffee with Lacey 
Grab a cup of your favorite brew, and join us at Lacey's blog where Cheryl Carpinello talks about the definition of reading and what medium qualifies as actual reading. 
https://coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com/ 

November 7th @ Choices 
Visit Madeline Sharples' blog where she shares Cheryl Carpinello's blog post about building characters that young readers bond with and how the author uses a combination of traits from my students over the years. 
http://madelinesharples.com/ 

November 8th @ Fiona Ingram's Blog 
Stop by Fiona's blog where she interviews a character from Cheryl Carpinello's book  Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend. 
http://fionaingramauthor.blogspot.com/ 

November 9th @ For the Hook of a Book 
Make sure you stop by the book blog For the Hook of a Book and catch their review of Cheryl Carpinello's book  Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend.  
https://hookofabook.wordpress.com/ 

November 10th @  Chatty Patty's Place 
Stop by Patty's blog where she spotlight's Cheryl Carpinello's book and also does a giveaway of the book for one lucky reader. 
http://www.chattypattysplace.com/ 

November 11th @ Bri's Book Nook 
Stop by Briennai's blog where she shares her thoughts about Cheryl Carpinello's book  Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend.  
https://brisbooknook.wordpress.com/ 

November 18th @ David Chuka Blog 
Stop by David's blog where he interviews author Cheryl Carpinello about her and her book Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend
http://davidchuka.com/blog-2/ 

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