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Apollo & Me by Cate Montana - Guest Blogger Book Review


Synopsis
American author Kathryn Adams has a last-minute plan: chill out on a Greek island and recover from her latest book launch. Apollo, the devastatingly handsome ancient Greek god of wisdom and light, has an agenda he's been cooking up for over a thousand years: Come back to Earth, obtain redemption for his betrayal of Kathryn in her previous life as a Delphic temple priestess, rekindle their love and get her to join forces with him in a desperate gamble to save humanity from the evil doomsday plot of one of his fellow gods. A cross-time tale of deathless love, magic and sexual healing, Apollo & Me explodes the myths around older women and sex, the relationship between the gods and man, man and woman, and the very nature of the world itself.


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Jennifer's Review
Apollo and Me is a very good book. 
It's about an old woman author who visits Greece and meets a god named Apollo. He tells her that she and he need to go on a very important mission. 
They fall deeply in love, and every once in a while he will disappear but comes back when he can. Kathryn soon learns why and what the mission is. 
The two of them later prepare for the ritual to make Apollo fully God-like. What happens and does it work? 
4 stars


Author Bio


Raised on a cattle and thoroughbred horse farm in Virginia outside Washington D.C., I followed society’s happiness formula for the first 30 years, attending prep schools and graduating from university with a bachelor’s degree in English. Instead of pursuing my original career plans as a newspaper journalist, I fell into television (hint: met a guy), and ended up building a highly successful career as a freelance television editor with the global networks including ABC, NBC, CNN, and BBC.
Unfortunately both career success and a socially equitable marriage to Mr. Right failed to lead to happiness or answers to life's perennial questions. At age 30 I took the only other road available in life: within.
While freelancing around the globe from Atlanta, I explored everything from Christian mysticism to Zen Buddhism, yoga to Chi Gung, quantum physics to hands-on healing. Fascinated by the mind and human potential, in 1984 I went back to school, graduating with a Master of Humanistic Psychology Degree from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton.
Soon after graduation and I left television and husband #2 (agh!) to live in the middle of nowhere in a one-room 100-year-old stone cabin in the North Georgia mountains near Gainesville. With no worldly distractions, I spent three years meditating, writing magazine articles nobody wanted to buy, playing the harp and writing music. I also started work as a feature reporter at The Times, a Gannett newspaper in North Atlanta.
Moving near Olympia, Washington in the Pacific Northwest in 1989, I continued working as a freelance journalist for newspapers such as The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Tacoma News Tribune. In 1999 I got hired as the Northwest editor and bureau chief for the national Native American newspaper, Indian Country Today.
Eventually I moved into marketing in 2004, working with the filmmakers of the international indie hit film What the Bleep Do We Know?!, publishing the film’s online newsletter, The Bleeping Herald, writing articles about consciousness and breakthroughs in quantum physics that were leading scientists to a new understanding of mysticism and a unified cosmos.
In 2007 what can only be called a 3-day enlightenment experience occurred, shattering everything. For the second time I dropped career and all my personal endeavors, leaving the US to travel extensively in Central and South America, studying with ayahuasceros deep in the Amazon in Peru and with shamans in the Andes of Ecuador.
In June 2009 I returned to the United States to work with Hollywood filmmaker Betsy Chasse writing the screenplay Killing Buddha. Although disenchanted with spiritual teachers, at this time I also met my guru Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev from Coimbatore, India. From Sadhguru I learned ancient yogic kriyas (energy processes), traveling to his ashram in South India to study and participate in a yogic alchemical consecration of a lingam dedicated to the Goddess.
Returning to the states in March 2010, I started writing Unearthing Venus - My Search For the Woman Within. I also co-authored the book The Heart of the Matter: Gifts in Strange Wrapping Paper for Hay House Publishing with Dr. Darren Weissman. I currently live in Washington State and am writing a sequel called Unearthing Shadows.

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