“Go home!” Ismene is speechless as she reads those words written in blood on the walls of her new home. The young, raven-haired Grecian beauty had traveled all the way from her homeland to marry the Pharaoh’s top general. But she never expected this. The hatred of the Alexandrian mob for their Greek rulers is right in front of her. It is the first of many threats she will receive.
Things are escalating out of control. Damaged crops and horses turned loose at night are one thing. But when Ismene receives a death threat, it becomes clear that there is a spy within her own household. She would turn to her husband to deal with this issue, except he left for battle by order of the Pharaoh. Not knowing whom to trust, she fears for her safety as well as the entire ruling class of Egypt.
“Not yet,” Alistair said as he gripped her waist. Their chariot went over a bump which caused him to pull her to him even more tightly. She smiled at the feel of his secure embrace; even after this short time it still caused butterflies in her stomach.
She felt the chariot continue to move down the smooth path with a little rocking here and there as the wheels found imperfections in the road.
“We're almost there, I promise,” he assured her. His voice was close to her ear and it gave her warm chills. She thought of the feel of those lips on her neck. There wasn't much time to daydream, though, because, true to his word, it wasn't much longer before she felt him slow the horses and still the chariot.
“Ready for your surprise?” he asked.
“Yes!” She feigned exasperation.
Only then did he reach up, untie her blindfold, and let it fall. “The great Library of Alexandria.”
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Do you have any tattoos? Where? When did you get it/them? Where are they on your body?
I do not. I have a couple I want, though. I just have to get over my trepidation about the process. Yes, I’m a little nervous about the needle. I would really like a semi-colon on my wrist for a couple of reasons. I suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of each of my children, so it speaks to me personally. Secondly, I had surgery on my right wrist many years ago and have a scar there that I wish I could look at and smile about. I think having a tattoo that speaks of resilience and hope would.
Is your life anything like it was two years ago?
In many ways, yes. I was in recovery from postpartum depression, so life was very different in significant ways. But I was writing, hoping beyond hope that one of manuscripts would see the light of day and get published. Now, I’m part of a writing community, going to conferences, joining groups, and actively learning about the craft.
How long have you been writing?
Since I was a teenager at least. As far as putting a full manuscript together, that wasn’t until I was just out of college.
What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
Learn about the craft. Go to conferences, read books on craft…invest in yourself. Believe in yourself and have determination. If you don’t, no one else will.
Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.
There are actually two romances in the book. The main character Ismene’s story. And we follow another character’s love story as well.
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Sara is originally from middle TN. After a short stint in Memphis, where she earned a degree in Biology and began a career as both a Zoo Educator and a Sleep Technician, she then followed a dream to work for a large zoo in Orlando, FL as an Educator. Once she and her husband started their family, they moved back to Tennessee. Sara and her husband now enjoy a full life with their three beautiful and very active children. Sara enjoys many creative outlets – singing, piano, drawing, drama, and organizing anything. And even though she has enjoyed her career as a Zoo Educator, Sara's great love of the written word continued to draw her to write. She has always been an avid reader and, for many years, has been what she terms a “closet writer”. Her travels and love of history have served to inspire her to write Historical Fiction. Sara has made several trips overseas to the Czech Republic. Her time among the Czech people and the landscapes of the country inspired her and greatly influenced her work on her debut novel, The Lady Bornekova, set in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. Sara is also a member of the ACFW.
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