Friday, July 25, 2008

Flavia competition coming up...

My novel Flavia's Secret is being released by Bookstrand on Tuesday 29th July, and to celebrate I'm holding a competition! There are several prizes: Roman Hand Soaps and Roman Lavender Bath Crystals (two of each), plus a main prize of an authentic reproduction of a gold pendant of the Flavian period. This has been moulded and reproduced in gold-plated pewter (shown in the picture). All are from the Roman Bath shop at Bath, the historic city in the south-west of England where Flavia's Secret is set in 206 AD. To see the prizes in more detail, click here.

I will be giving all these prizes away on the release day of Flavia's Secret, but to win you will have to track down the answers to some questions and to have a chance to win the pendant you will have to buy the book to find the answer. More on launch day! Here again, meanwhile, is the blurb for Flavia's Secret:
'Spirited young scribe Flavia hopes for freedom. She and her fellow slaves in Aquae Sulis (modern Bath) have served the Lady Valeria for many years, but their mistress’ death brings a threat to Flavia’s dream: her new master Marcus Brucetus, a charismatic, widowed officer toughened in the forests of Germania. Flavia finds him overwhelmingly attractive but she is aware of the danger. To save her life and those of her ‘family’ she has forged a note from her mistress. If her deception is discovered, all the slaves may die. For his part, torn between attraction and respect, Marcus will not force himself on Flavia. Flavia by now knows of his grief over the deaths of his wife Drusilla and child. But how can she match up to the serene, flame-haired Drusilla?As the wild mid-winter festival of Saturnalia approaches, many lives will be changed forever.'

Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 83,000 words
Page count: 228
Cover Art by Jinger Heaston
ISBN: 1-60601-082-4
E-book $5.99
Published on July 29th 2008 by Bookstrand

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