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Monday, May 27, 2013

Mailbox Monday #142


Good morning on this Memorial Day!  Hope you are taking some time to enjoy the day off with some family and friends.  Be sure to take a few minutes (at least) to think about those who served and thank them if you get the chance.  I work with veterans everyday and try to not miss the opportunity to thank them for their service. 

In terms of books, I received one book this week.  It was The Secret History by Stephanie Thornton.  I will be partaking in a book tour on this one coming up soon (end of June).  This copy was sent by the author.  Here is the blurb:

Where Theodora went, trouble followed…

In sixth century Constantinople, one woman, Theodora, defied every convention and all the odds, and rose from being a common theater tart to become empress of a great kingdom, the most powerful woman the Roman Empire would ever know. But the woman whose image was later immortalized in glittering mosaic was, in fact, a scrappy, clever, conniving, flesh-and-blood woman full of sensuality and spirit whose real story is as surprising as any ever told…

When her father dies suddenly, Theodora and her sisters face starvation on the streets. Determined to survive, Theodora makes a living any way she can—first on her back with every man who will have her, then on the stage of the city’s infamous amphitheater in a scandalous dramatization of her own invention. When her daring performance grants her a back-door entry into the halls of power, she seizes the chance to win a wealthy protector—only to face heartbreak and betrayal.

Ever resilient, Theodora rises above such trials and by a twist of fate, meets her most passionate admirer yet: the Emperor’s nephew. She will thrive as his confidant and courtesan, but many challenges lie ahead. For one day, this man will hand her a crown. And all the empire will wonder—is she bold enough, shrewd enough, and strong enough to keep it?

I think I love the uniqueness of setting/time period with this one.  Looking forward to reading it. 

How about you?  What did you receive this week?

Mailbox Monday is on a monthly blog tour and for the month of May it is being hosted by 4 The Love of Books.

Here are some choices for where you can pick up the book (preorder): Amazon, B&N, RJ Julia (my fav indie bookstore).


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