Have Experts Finally Discovered What Happened to the The Lost Colony of Roanoke?

A local expert believes they have dug up evidence and solved the mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke. In the late 16th century, 115 people disappeared and it has since been a mystery of what happened to them puzzling historians for years.

The Roanoke Colony refers to two attempts by Sir Walter Raleigh to found the first permanent English settlement in North America. The first colony was established by governor Ralph Lane in 1585 on Roanoke Island in what is now Dare County, North Carolina, United States. Following the failure of the 1585 settlement, a second colony led by John White landed on the same island in 1587, and became known as the Lost Colony due to the unexplained disappearance of its population – Wikipedia

Scott Dawson, an EMT, and amateur archaeologist believes the colonists may have travelled to Hatteras Island after abandoning their new home, only he needs to prove it. In 2009 he and Mark Horton from the University of Bristol began exploring the area and Horton stated to the Daily Mail that “massive political eruptions and disagreements and people walking out and things” probably followed on Roanoke fell, leading to social splintering. “I’m pretty confident one group at least, probably the pretty substantial par, came out to Hatteras Island.”

At the beginning of 2013, Dawson, Horton, and their team started to dig through the layers and began to find evidence to prove their theory when they recovered thousands of items from the island, most of which were from the Croatoan tribe, but within their discovery, they found items that could be connected to the Lost Colony including an iron rapier and writing slates. When speaking to a local news outlet, The Outer Banks Voice, Dawson said “As much as I believed the colony went down to Hatteras, I never actually thought we were going to find it, I can’t believe we found what we found. It’s kind of surreal…We not only found evidence of mixed architecture of houses but also metallurgy, where they had blacksmith shops and were also working in copper and lead, and this continued right on into the 1600s. It’s hard to say how many, but a few dozen at least lived for a few decades down there in the villages and continued to work in metals.”

The team believes they have located what is left of the Lost Colony after they arrived on Hatteras and where they then integrated into the Croatoan tribe. After more than a decade the team had planned an archaeological dig, which was scheduled for this year to confirm whether or not Horton and Dawson’s analysis was correct, but with the outbreak of coronavirus, the excavation will be delayed until 2021.

Do you think the mystery of the Lost Colony may have finally be solved?

*Release Day Blitz and Review* The Queen by CJ Abedi

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thequeen_coverlargeIn the stunning conclusion to the Fae trilogy, Caroline and Devilyn fight to preserve their love despite dark forces threatening to tear them apart.

As Caroline struggles to accept her rightful place as Queen of the Light Fae, her relationship with Devilyn, son of the Dark King, seems not only doomed, but dangerous. They know their connection is undeniable, but for others, their love is an insidious threat.

Trapped in a plot concocted by the Dark King Alderon and his evil associate, Puck, Caroline must search her history and develop her own powers in order to survive. And as Devilyn’s father appeals to the Dark inside his son, Caroline fears Devilyn will succumb to those Dark instincts before they can defeat Alderon.

Weaving together narratives from Caroline and Devilyn’s pasts as well as their present, The Queen finishes the fight between Light and Dark. Will Caroline and Devilyn’s love outlast the war? And will Caroline live to rule as the Queen of the Light?

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Caroline Ellis’ sixteenth birthday sets into motion a series of events that have been fated for centuries. A descendant of Virginia Dare, the first child born in the lost colony of Roanoke, and unaware of her birthright as the heir to the throne of the Light Fae, it isn’t until Caroline begins a tumultuous relationship with Devilyn Reilly that the truth of her heritage is revealed.

Devilyn is the only Fae who is both of the Light and of the Dark, and struggles to maintain that precarious balance to avoid succumbing to the power of the Dark within him. He is the only one who can save Caroline from those who would destroy her and destroy all hope for unity among the Fae. He promises Caroline that he will protect her at all costs, even when it means protecting her from himself.

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Darkness descends over Roanoke Island in the sequel to the young adult bestseller, FAE.

Devilyn Reilly has crossed over to the sinister world of The Dark Fae, reigning over the realm as its King. He is to fulfill a prophecy–to unite the Light and Dark Fae once and for all, but those who love him now fear that he will never be the same again, that he can no longer be trusted, that every trace of the Light he once had is gone forever.

Caroline Ellis, the final heir of the Light Fae, must learn to survive without the protection of her one true love. She must come to embrace her own strength to evade those in the Dark court who seek her destruction—for the power is within Caroline to use Light to change Fate itself…

Caroline and Devilyn’s chemistry is undeniable. Their destiny together inevitable if only they have the will to overcome The Darkness and The Fates.

 

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This long awaited finale in the Fae series did not disappoint. It was everything I hoped for and more. Two years of theorising and looking for clues about Devilyn and Caroline’s futures were put to rest with this roller coaster of a ride. This truly is an epic conclusion to what has become one of my all time favourite book series. It’s clever, well researched, heart breaking, romantic and full of stunning visual descriptions that will make you feel like you are actually standing in the forest of the light and dark Fae. Along the way you find out more about the history of the Fae of Roanoke. You won’t be disappointed with the conclusion to this unique series.

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Colet Abedi has been an entertainment industry executive for over ten years. In addition to working on many television programs for NBC, ABC, FOX, and most cable networks, she is best known for her work as head writer for the telenovela serials American Heiress and Fashion House, the latter of which starred Bo Derek and Morgan Fairchild, on the FOX-owned MyNetworkTV. Abedi currently has a series in television syndication, Unsealed: Alien Files and has completed Five Souls, her first feature film. She is also the author of romance novel, MAD LOVE. Colet is a native of California, graduated with a B.A. in English literature from the University of California at Irvine, and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three dogs.  

 

Jasmine Abedi is an entertainment attorney, and has worked with entertainment powerhouses such as Fox, NBCUniversal, ABC, MTV and E! for the past 14 years. She has also worn many different hats in the entertainment industry, with Executive Producer credits for the television programs Posh Tots and the pilots Club Bounce (TruTV), Divas (VH-1), and Life With The Clarks (CMT). In addition to writing, she has also partnered with a law school friend to create the natural cosmetic company Generation Klean, Inc. Their products can be found online at www.generationklean.com and at major retailers (Whole Foods, Fred Segal etc.) nationwide.

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A New Mad Love Story from Colet Abedi

Madly Addicted by Colet Abedi
Series: A Mad Love Story 2.5
Publication Date: November 3rd
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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The moment I met her, she made my world brighter.

Our forever was supposed to start when I stepped on that plane. So why do I feel like it’s slipping through my fingers?

How can we make our worlds come together when we’re both too stubborn and too scared to give in?

I can’t lose her.

She’s my world, my everything.

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It’s Been a Year Since The Dark King

  

It’s a whole year since we left Devilyn and Caroline’s love story hanging in the balance. A year that has not been a good one for our favourite authors. As much as we are desperate to find out what has become of our star crossed lovers, we understand that at present it isn’t a priority for Colet and Jasmine. We wish them both well, our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Terrifying Teasers About Book 3

Over the last few weeks,  our favourite authors have been posting teasers on their facebook page.This is what we have so far and what does it all mean? Are Caroline and Devilyn fated to be together only in the next life? Let us know what you think?

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What do you think we can expect to see in book 3?

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Have you, like us, been waiting patiently for the final installment of the Fae trilogy to come out? Well, it looks like we could be in for a Christmas treat. CJ Abedi tweeted a short while ago that we can expect book 3 in time for the holidays. We are really excited as well as slightly sad that this is the final book.The ladies left us with this teaser in the form of a verse from Lord Byron.

“For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,
And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed:
And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill,
And their hearts but once heaved, and for ever grew still!” Lord Byron

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What does it mean for our star crossed lovers?

Will Devilyn turn his back on the dark for his soul mate?

Will Caroline survive?

Will they only be together in the after life?

Let us know!

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Exclusive: Colet and Jasmine Answer Questions about the Fae Trilogy

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We asked the authors of our favourite book series a few questions. Read on to see what they had to say.

Have you visited Roanoke and all the places you mention in the books?

Unfortunately we have not yet visited Roanoke.

COLET: I have visited the Hill of Tara, Stone of Destiny, New Grange, etc. It is the most magical place in all the world. I am in love with Ireland and cannot wait to get back there and hug that stone! I feel like it made a lot of our dreams come true. There is TOTAL magik up on that Hill of Tara.

Did you have the trilogy mapped out from the beginning?

We had the trilogy mapped out from the moment we started writing. We knew what we’d call each book in the trilogy and we basically knew what would happen as well.

Has anything changed?

There have been some changes along the way, we believe definite improvements but overall the story is what we envisioned it would be from the beginning.

Is Katya gone for good?

Poor Katya. Imagine being completely in love with someone that despises everything you stand for… no she is not gone for good. J She will reappear in book 3 but there will definitely be some twists with her character.

Did you deliberately set out to write a YA novel?

Yes, we really wanted to write the story of Devilyn and Caroline and we wanted it to be accessible to all age groups. There is an innocence that you get to keep when writing YA that is romantic and just leaves a lot to the viewers imagination.

 Have you ever disagreed on how the story will progress?

LOL! All the time! We are writing this trilogy together AND we are sisters. We’re both also stubborn with strong opinions so we argue over stuff all the time but in the end we always do what’s best for Devilyn and Caroline.

What plans do you have for when Fae is finished. Any more YA ideas for the future?

We’re both working on solo projects that we’re excited about but if something comes up who knows?

How old is Devilyn in Fae world terms? (cough cough is he like a certain 108 yr old vampire stuck in a 17 yr old body)?

HA! He’s older than that hunky vampire. His soul is ancient and he was born into FAE form during the period of the Lost Colony.

Have you named book 3?

Yes. J

There is some controversy about fan fiction. Some authors absolutely hate fans continuing their stories, especially taking their YA charcaters into an adult world. Thoughts?

You know, it’s hard to say. But I think we both agree that if you have fans that are that passionate about your characters they’re allowed to play and go to wherever places they want… so I guess we’re cool with it. As YA authors, you’re just lucky if you have fans that love the world you created so much.

Are your characters based on anyone you know/knew?

Not really. When you write you always put in some characteristics of people you know but they are completely imagined.

 How did you go about researching the literary links (at the start of each chapter) and why did you choose the characters you did?

Google is a beautiful thing. What did we do before there was such an amazing search engine??? After we outlined our chapters and knew basically what would happen in each, it was easy to just google different quotes that we thought would be relevant. We also have a big love for Hafiz and Milton’s, Paradise Lost is a favorite for one of us. J

How do you feel knowing that many much older adults are fans of your YA novels?

We love it! We read YA all the time and we are older too. We always wanted our audience to be diverse so it’s a dream come true.

How did a Norse God end up being the psuedo grandfather to Devilyn and Tatiana?

Colet: I have serious obsession with Vikings. I take full responsibility.

About the movie. How are things progressing?

Scott Free has been amazing. They’ve found the writer for the screenplay and she is AWESOME. We hope they’ll make an announcement soon. She is seriously half FAE and totally magikal!

 

Thank you Colet and Jasmine, as usual you have been very accomodating.

I’m sure you will agree there are some intering comments and how exciting is it to know how the movie is progressing?

If you have any further questions you would like us to pass on to our favourite authors, drop us a line in the comments or on facebook!

The Dark King: Chapter Headers

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As with Fae, The Dark King has some of the most amazing chapter headers.

Quotes from Mythology, Poetry and Prose are used to expand the chapter before you’ve even read it.

A little sneak peek into the chapter or for some of the latter chapters a warning of what’s to come!

From Hermes Trismegistus to Edgar Allan Poe to Emily Bronte, here’s a look into some of our favourites from The Dark King.

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Chapter One

“Hark ye O old man and list to my warning;
By ye free from the bondage of night.
Surrender not your soul to the
BROTHERS OF DARKNESS.
Keep thy face ever turned towards the light”

-The Emerald Tablet of Thoth
From Table Six, The Key of Magic.

The Emerald Tablet of Thoth, also referred to as the Emerald Tablets of Hermes, is thought to be the work of Hermes Trismegistus (‘Hermes the Thrice-Great’), a legendary Egyptian god.

 

Chapter Three

“All we see or seem is but a dream within a dream”
Edgar Allan Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow—
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

The poem questions the way one can distinguish between reality and fantasy, asking,
“Is all that we see or seem but a dream within a dream”?

The poem dramatizes a confusion in watching the important things in life slip away.
Realizing he cannot hold onto even one grain of sand leads to his final question that all things are a dream.

 

Chapter Seven

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.it will not lead you astray
– Rumi

Rumi met an enigmatic mystic named Shams who changed his life, transforming him into an ecstatic preacher.
Two years after their meeting, Shams suddenly disappeared and this had a profound effect on Rumi; he devoted the rest of his life to training initiates and writing poetry.

 

Chapter Thirteen

Whatever our souls are made of his and mine are the same
– Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights.

It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him: and that, not because he’s handsome, Nelly, but because he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same; and Linton’s is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.

 

And finally I think John Milton sums up Devilyns story perfectly in Chapter Nines header,

 

He who reigns within himself and rules passions, desires and fears is more than a king
– John Milton

 

Fae: The Chapter Headers

 

 

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The chapter headers in Fae had us all thinking about the chapters before we had even started the chapter itself.
We decided to look further into the quotes and excerpts from poetry and literature.
Here’s some of our favourites from Fae.

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Chapter One

“Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant”
-Seneca

It was written by Seneca the Younger, aka Lucius Annaeus Seneca, a Roman Stoic philosopher and adviser to the Emperor Nero.
Around 300 BC a Greek Stoic philosopher named Cleanthes wrote the poem and around three centuries later, Seneca translated the Greek into Latin.
“Ducunt volentem fata, nolentem trahunt.”

 

Chapter Three

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent, or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox

From Will, The Poetical Works of Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1917.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox, a journalist and popular American poet in the late 19th and early 20th century, is little k
known or studied today.

 

Chapter Six

“It lies not win our power to love or hate, For will in us is overruled by fate.”
-Christopher Marlowe

It lies not win our power to love or hate,
For will in us is overruled by fate.
When two are stripped, long ere the course begin
We wish that one should lose, the other win.
And one especially do we affect
Of two gold ingots like in each respect.
The reason no man knows; let it suffice
What we behold is censured by our eyes.
Where both deliberate, the love is slight:
Whoever loved that loved not at first sight?

Marlowe’s nondramatic work includes the poem Hero and Leander.
This work was incomplete at his death and was extended by George Chapman: the joint work of the two poets was published in 1598.

 

Chapter Nine

“Destruction, hence, like creation, is one of Nature’s mandates.”
-Marquis de Sade, Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom, and Other Writings

Donatien Alphonse François de Sade, better known as the Marquis de Sade was a French aristocrat, revolutionary politician, philosopher and write. His works include novels, short stories, plays, dialogues and political tracts; in his lifetime some were published under his own name, while others appeared anonymously and Sade denied being their author.
Sade was incarcerated in various prisons and in an insane asylum for about 32 years of his life, many of his works were written in prison.

 

Chapter Seventeen

“Deep into the darkness, peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before”
-Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” has been frequently referenced and parodied in contemporary culture. Immediately popular after the poem’s publication in 1845, it quickly became a cultural phenomenon. Some consider it the best poem ever written. As such, modern references to the poem continue to appear in popular culture.

The poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven’s mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man’s slow fall into madness. The lover, often identified as being a student, is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. Sitting on a bust of Pallas, the raven seems to further instigate his distress with its constant repetition of the word “Nevermore”. The poem makes use of a number of folk and classical references.

A quote from Devilyn at the beginning of Chapter Eighteen ends the book perfectly.

“No matter how much light lives within me, it cannot encompass the darkness that consumes my soul”