Thursday, February 19, 2009

When Friends Write Books (He Beat Me to It)

A good friend of mine has done something that I would love to do at some point: written a book. I am confident that my boy Chris Ledbetter has done an excellent job, and I will certainly be doing some reading in the near future. Here is a re-print of the press release. Check it out when you have a chance.

Caenus And The Quiver Of Artemis Goes Global Historical Fantasy Novel Is Set To Have International Launch

WILMINGTON, NC- Caenus and The Quiver of Artemis, a novel written by Christopher S. Ledbetter of Wilmington, North Carolina, and recently published through Outskirts Press in early January 2009, is going to have a Global Book Launch Weekend. Beginning on February 28, 2009 and concluding on March 2, 2009, there will be a host of events that will introduce the novel to a global audience.

On Saturday, February 28, 2009 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm there will be the Online Global Kickoff Party simultaneously on both and There will be contests and prizes including autographed copies of the book given away and most importantly a gathering of friends from around the world. The “Caenus” Facebook page at has mostly American friends and fans, while the “Caenus” Myspace page at, has a collection of international friends that will be attending the online festivities.

On Sunday, March 1, 2009 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Christopher S. Ledbetter will be holding a Launch Party and Book Signing at Pomegranate Books in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.A. In attendance will be guests from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

On Monday, March 2, 2009 from 12:01 am through 11:59 pm will be the day to purchase the book at all of the Amazon sites around the world. “Caenus” will be offered for sale at six international Amazon sites: USA-, Canada-, United Kingdom-, Germany-, France-, and Japan- Anyone who orders a “Caenus and the Quiver of Artemis” book from Amazon on Monday, March 2, 2009, and emails the confirmation receipt to along with their physical mailing address, will receive a signed copy of original concept artwork for the book and an Official Caenus and the Quiver of Artemis bookmark.

In addition to the international Amazon websites, “Caenus” will be offered for sale at and in the United States, and in the United Kingdom, and in Germany, in Norway, and finally in Cyprus.

About Caenus And The Quiver Of Artemis, the novel

The novel is a cross between historical fantasy and alternate history, as fictional characters inhabit real historical settings of Ancient Greece. The fantasy aspect is woven masterfully as the Gods of the Pantheon interact with mortals in real and imagined mythological locales, much as they did in The Iliad, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid.

Being set in Ancient Greece, the novel has an intrinsically international appeal, and has upon its release garnered interest from fans in Greece as well as Canada, South Wales, Australia, Bulgaria and Turkey in addition to the United States. “Through extensive research, I endeavored to bring to life the real places that are featured in the novel. Someone who lives there now could definitely appreciate the work that went into it. Of course, I have thrown a bit of fantasy in there as well,” Ledbetter offered.“After having taught middle school and high school for six years, I have a feel for what would hold the attention of the young adult audience; intense action and a good old fashioned love triangle,” Ledbetter said. “Its broad appeal, however, transcends a single demographic. Any lover of Ancient Greece and mythology will surely find the story enjoyable. It is an edge-of-your-seat, roller coaster of a story.”

Along the lines of intense action and a love triangle, “Caenus and the Quiver of Artemis” delivers both. Prince Caenus (KEE-nuhs) of Iolkos, the title character and protagonist, sets out to prove his worth at Apollo’s Tournament in Corinth, a five-stage, grueling test of strength and endurance. There he meets two people who alter his life profoundly; Adriande, an elusive local peasant girl, and Makedon a ruthless prince from Neapolis. The hands of the gods guide Caenus and Makedon (ma-KĀ-don) toward a final showdown in the tournament, during which an unethical act is performed to secure victory. Bad blood forms between the two newly minted bitter rivals, and roils to a fevered pitch when Caenus later learns of a revelation he never could have seen coming. Caenus is unwittingly thrust into a set of events that test his faith, his mettle, and his love for Adriande, sending him to the farthest reaches of the Aegean Sea and The Underworld.

Ledbetter moved to Wilmington, North Carolina in August 2006 from Charlottesville, Virginia after a six-year teaching career in Culpeper, Virginia. With a new career as a car salesman at Bob King Volkswagen in Wilmington, Ledbetter relished his nights free of lesson planning and grading that so commonly came with teaching, and so set about indulging in a long dormant dream of writing. “Caenus” began as an idea for a short story, and blossomed into a trilogy, “Of Kings And Gods.”

Again, “Caenus and The Quiver of Artemis” is being sold through and

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Christopher Ledbetter can be reached at 910-352-7265 or by email:

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