A New Review for Apotheosis

I received this review/email yesterday for Apotheosis, and well, I damned near cried.

Dear Ms Bartley,

I grew up with the visions of distant galaxies and worlds beyond my imagination. I thought that vision would not be fueled anymore after The Return of the Jedi. Suddenly on a family trip, while at the airport, I saw my first Star Wars novel on the shelves. I asked my dad for money and that book became my vacation’s most prized memory.

That was the day I started my journey into fantasy.

In this journey I’ve encountered many magical tales and worlds, and recently I stumbled upon Apotheosis on Amazon. I read it over a period of 6 days. I was fascinated on how you modeled Olympus; I had never seen the ancient gods in this realistic, modern day light, and dealing with the problems you point out throughout the story. I love how Ely is thrown into a world that although familiar to her, challenges her beyond her comprehension. You also might enjoy knowing I’ve spent the last fifteen years trying to follow somewhat in your footsteps, as a novelist, creating worlds of my own. One day, if I’m published, I hope to send you a copy of my work.

Your writing introduced me to a wonderful universe of gods, deceit, and characters that have inspired me. I enjoyed especially the journey Ely goes through with her life changing and taking her place as a god. I also like that your style is epic and cinematic.

After many years, I now believe I might be ready for a publisher. My love, The Eternal Summons, tells the story of two young soldiers in a distant galaxy who find themselves fighting off an enemy invasion, their former mentors, and their families while trying to escape a living planet that has them trapped inside it.

Today I am a better writer because of you, in many ways. One of the most important is that your writings on Ely helped me see how to write a better main female character. I love how she is full of life, but courageous and tough under the circumstances she is faced with. If you ever accept an advance reading copy of a novel by a new author who’s one of your newest fans, let me know. You’ll be at the top of my list if my work is published. But I’m already appreciative of what you’ve done to help in my pursuit as a writer. That alone, is everything.


Julian Robledo

Published by Natalie Bartley

I am a 33-year-old Adult Fantasy author in Oshawa, Ontario. I hope one day to open her own Pagan store with her partner. I have been writing for most of my life but have only recently (in the last year) started putting those stories out to the world. My faith as a polytheistic witch leads me to many different storylines that involve the gods around her. My first book, Love and Pain in Zion, was a labour of love and heartbreak, and it took me many years to complete it. I live with my partner and step-son in Oshawa and is also completing my clergy status with the Correllian Nativist Tradition. My husband and I are planning on opening up a New Age/Metaphysical store, where I am running the storefront and he is running the services in the back. Since he is already a licensed interfaith minister and can perform weddings in Ontario, and a Reiki master, we can start offering services soon. I am enrolled in Witch School International as a seminary school of the Correllian Nativist Tradition. I have mostly completed my First Degree clergy status, and am almost finished my Second Degree. Brian and I run a local temple (Temple of the Night) which is a part of the Correllian Nativist Tradition. We are currently the only temple with full temple status in Canada. If you want to help fuel my writing, consider donating to my Ko-fi! https://ko-fi.com/nataliebartley

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