Saturday, November 15, 2014

Expedition Indigo

With: Stacy Allen

Expedition Indigo introduces Dr. Riley Cooper, an archaeology professor who is thrust into the world of wreck diving and treasure hunting when she travels to Italy with a team of treasure hunters to find and salvage The Indigo, a cargo ship that sank off the coast of Sorrento in 808 A.D. Dr. Cooper is persuaded by her mentor to take his place on an expedition to Italy, where she will assist a team to salvage an ancient shipwreck off the coast of Sorrento, Italy.

Archaeologist Riley Cooper is offered the chance of a lifetime: a chance to find the Crux Fidelis, the coronation cross of Charlemagne. Under Water Sea Adventures members believe they have found the remains of the Indigo, a heavily laden cargo ship commissioned by Charlemagne and presumed lost on its maiden voyage off the coast of southern Italy in the early 800s. If Riley can find the cross, it will prove Charlemagne’s coronation as the First Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III on Christmas Day had not been a spontaneous act, but rather a desperate political maneuver by a Pope in need of protection.

When Riley joins UWSA off the coast of Sorrento, Italy, tensions and tempers fly as a competing team arrives in search of the treasure and an approaching hurricane gains strength and heads straight toward the dive site. And when one of the crew is murdered, Riley must find the strength to fight back and keep the treasure out of the other team’s hands.


About the Author:
Stacy has traveled to Italy many times. Her passion for adventure has taken her to six continents, in order to explore over 50 countries. She has studied many languages, but is most comfortable with Italian and French, having studied both for many years.Preferring the exotic to the mundane, her adventures have included – to name a few – hot air ballooning in Egypt; hiking Maccu Piccu; riding in the Sahara atop a camel named Cinderella; diving with manatees; riding horseback in the national forest above Barcelona; hiking up to the Parthenon in Athens; climbing the mountain in Delphi, Greece; walking on the great wall of China; Hiking to 12,000 feet up to Tiger’s Nest in the Himalayas; cruising up the Nile River; exploring the Galapagos islands; floating in gondolas in Venice; standing on top of the Eiffel Tower; climbing down into the Red Pyramid in Dashur, Egypt; attending cooking school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris; camping in the Serengeti; touring the island of Zanzibar; studying Italian in Castleraimondo, Italy and crossing the Atlantic on four different ships.

Stacy Allen holds an Advanced Open Water Diver certificate, with specialties in wreck diving and night diving.

Stacy Allen also plays guitar and sings, when she isn’t traveling around the world in search of new locales and new stories.

Her love of history, treasure hunting, Italy, archaeology and wreck diving helped her craft Expedition Indigo, the first in the Riley Cooper series.

She has attended writing retreats in Ireland, on a Panama Canal Cruise, in Maui, Hawaii and Eugene, Oregon. She has published two short stories, included in the Anthologies Ship’s Log – Writings at Sea and Lies and Limericks, Inspirations from Ireland.

Stacy served on the Board of Trustees of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, the Pacific Northwest Mystery Writers of America chapter, and currently serves as Vice President of the Southeast Mystery Writers of America (SEMWA) chapter. She is represented by Jill Marr of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She lives in Georgia with her husband and a very large house cat named Valentino.

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