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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1The battle between Dark and Light is about to begin.

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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Interviews with Colet and Jasmine Abedi

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Colet and Jasmine Abedi did a few interviews last year and we thought that we’d share our favourite questions from each. To read the full interviews check out the links after the interview.

Q. Please tell us about the inspiration for your current release.

There were so many reasons we decided to write this series, but the catalyst was really our obsession with the stories of the Tuatha de Danann. Irish mysticism is pretty cool when you really take a look at it. It’s so rich with story that it lends itself as the perfect backdrop to an epic romance between star-crossed lovers.

If you could be any character in Fae, who would you be and why?
Jasmine: Wow.  During the process, you honestly fall in love with all of the characters, but to “be” one of them is a tough one to answer.  For me, I think it is a toss up between Caroline and Devilyn. Given that Fae is told from the eyes of Devilyn and Caroline (our hero and heroine), they occupied so much of my mind so I feel such a sense of relatedness with them.  I adore and admire Devilyn’s loyalty and Caroline’s grace, even though they are flawed in so many ways their core is pretty amazing.
Colet: This is a difficult question because I love so many of the characters. But I think for me the character that I’d love to trade places with would be Odin. He’s the ultimate hero in my eyes. He’s strength, honor and love. Imagine being someone that can see past human or Fae flaws and still have all of that unconditional love? It’s pretty awesome.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Colet: The hardest part for me is when Jasmine and I aren’t on the same page. When you’re writing as a team you’ve got two different personalities, opinions… everything. And combine all that with being sisters, it’s especially hard. I can be stubborn and it’s hard for me to budge when I believe in an idea so much.

Jasmine: I think writing in general can be a very lonely process.  As I said earlier, you may be living with many characters in your head, but you are physically alone. So, it’s nice to have a writing partner, especially a loved one.  However, like most siblings, we also argue quite a bit especially about our ideas for the book. We are different in so many ways, and yet we like a lot of the same things as well. It’s when the differences arise…

Are there any books you would recommend to fellow bloggers and readers out there?
Jasmine: I’m a big fan of Judith McNaught.  In fact I am totally obsessed with her books and wish she would come out with another one, as it has been a while. I just finished Sophia Kinsella’s “Can You Keep A Secret,” and it was really funny and am working on One Tiny Lie (per my sister’s recommendation). 
Colet: I just read One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker and I totally enjoyed it. I also finished Beautiful Disaster, which I loved and then there’s always Paradise by Judith McNaught.

Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!

Colet: I’m a triple Pisces 🙂

Jasmine: I’m a Gemini (which means I’m probably a double Gemini since Gemini is the sign of twins).

What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Jasmine:  The best part about is that you escape from the monotony of everyday life.  The world you’ve created in your mind makes its way onto paper and finally finds a home.  There’s no greater feeling.

Colet:  Writing. Once we have an outline and have done the research, I love nothing more than just sitting down with my music playing and  getting lost in this fantasy world. It’s the ultimate feeling.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

We hope they enjoy FAE Book 1 as much as we enjoyed writing it. There is so much more to come for Caroline and Devilyn and we’re excited to take the readers on the ride.

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The “Lost Colony” of Roanoke – Fact or Fiction?

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How many of you read “Fae” and wondered as to whether or not the tale of the “Lost Colony” of Roanoke was true.  I guess for people who live in the United States, they may have heard of it but other than historians outside of the United States you probably hadn’t. The details in the book are actually based on true events:

The origins of one of the America’s oldest unsolved mysteries can be traced to August 1587, when a group of about 115 English settlers arrived on Roanoke Island, off the coast of what is now North Carolina. Later that year, it was decided that John White, governor of the new colony, would sail back to England in order to gather a fresh load of supplies. But just as he arrived, a major naval war broke out between England and Spain, and Queen Elizabeth I called on every available ship to confront the mighty Spanish Armada. In August 1590, White finally returned to Roanoke, where he had left his wife and daughter, his infant granddaughter (Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the Americas) and the other settlers three long years before. He found no trace of the colony or its inhabitants, and few clues to what might have happened, apart from a single word—“Croatoan”—carved into a wooden post.

Investigations into the fate of the “Lost Colony” of Roanoke have continued over the centuries, but no one has come up with a satisfactory answer. “Croatoan” was the name of an island south of Roanoke that was home to a Native American tribe of the same name. Perhaps, then, the colonists were killed or abducted by Native Americans. Other hypotheses hold that they tried to sail back to England on their own and got lost at sea, that they met a bloody end at the hands of Spaniards who had marched up from Florida or that they moved further inland and were absorbed into a friendly tribe. In 2007, efforts began to collect and analyze DNA from local families to figure out if they’re related to the Roanoke settlers, local Native American tribes or both. Despite the lingering mystery, it seems there’s one thing to be thankful for: The lessons learned at Roanoke may have helped the next group of English settlers, who would found their own colony 17 years later just a short distance to the north, at Jamestown.

I for one love when an author uses an actual historical event and manages to intertwine it with their own ideas without corrupting the origins of the event. Without giving any spoilers to find out how the story of the “Lost Colony” links to “Fae” you’re going to have to check out the book yourself.

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