Virtual Book Tour Dates: 12/1/14 – 12/29/14
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Tour Promo Price: This book will be$.99 December 1 – 12
Crown Princess Nindalla knows the terrifying power of Sargon of
Akkad’s army: Ten years ago, it destroyed her home city and killed her
parents. Now the nightmare is happening again. The Akkadians conquer her
new home, Susa; make her a widow; and strip her of her rank. Nindalla
vows to protect her children from her enemies by any means necessary,
including marrying whoever can shield them best. With plots swirling
around her, can she trust her instincts to tell friends from foes?
Farm boy Ur-sag-enki was forced to become a soldier in the Akkadian
army ten years ago after it destroyed his home and left him with
nothing. When the Akkadians conquer Susa, he is awarded its
governorship. He looks forward to settling down to the normal family
life he craves. First, though, he must keep control of Susa despite
enemies who exploit his inexperience, and he must gain legitimacy by
persuading beautiful former princess Nindalla to marry him. But can he
win her heart when it was his hand that struck down her husband?
Ur-sag-enki forced his thoughts to cold, heartless strategy. General
Qisim had sent him to find Crown Princess Nindalla for a reason. To hold
the city, he would her child alive and healthy and in his possession.
The boy was the last of the royal line of Susa. Marrying Nindalla would
legitimize Ur-sag-enki’s governorship.
His liver twinged, rebelling at the governor’s orders. Demons could
take the man and his cold plotting! Ur-sag-enki would marry Nindalla
because she was his destiny. The gods had decreed it at his birth. The
shiny black hair he yearned to touch, the beautiful eyes he longed to
look into, the rare smile he wanted to coax out—he had known they would
be his since the day of the New Year’s Festival. He had never loved
another woman, never expected to.
He had been waiting for her.
His skin tingled from his feet to his scalp. He had looked for
every conquered city, his heart pounding each time he caught a glance
of long, heavy hair or a certain arrogant tilt of the head. He had been
disappointed too many times to count.
Now his restless body long to jump around or dance. He grinned
widely. I must look like a fool. But he didn’t care. At last the gods
had brought him to her! I will protect her and keep her safe always. I
will let no one, not General Qisim, not even King Sargon himself, harm
her or her baby.
He untied the amulet from his neck. It was a baked-clay figurine of a
goat, an animal sacred to the god Enki. He wound the leather thong
around it and tucked it inside the baby’s bindings.
Nindalla looked up and smiled. “You have done well, soldier. Find
Prince Humba. Learn what name I should give his son and successor. Then
bring my daughters here.”
He squeezed his eyelids shut as his body suffered the pain hers know
to feel. The woman had daughters in the palace, a palace overrun by
soldiers drunk on blood and beer and victory.
“My lady—” He stopped. He couldn’t tell her, not yet. She deserved a time of happiness with her baby first.
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About the Author:
Shauna Roberts writes fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction,
and romance. She currently lives in Southern California. She was a
copyeditor and an award-winning freelance medical and science writer for
21 years before retiring to write fiction. A graduate of the Clarion
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop, she now serves on the
Clarion Foundation Board of Directors. In 2011 she won the Speculative
Literature Foundation’s Older Writers’ Grant.
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