Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall at sunset

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

New Book Debut: The Secret History, A Novel of Empress Theodora by my friend Stephanie Thornton!

 Today is the release date for the first historical novel of my friend and amazing critique partner, Stephanie Thornton.

Those of you who are not writers cannot imagine the work that goes into creating, imagining, writing, editing, re-editing, and polishing a manuscript for publication.

Many authors never get to this point. Stephanie has worked very hard for this day, and I'm happy to resurrect my blog to sing her praises.

The following is one writer's blog take on A Secret History.

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?
Stephanie Thornton

If you love a rich historical novel filled with intriguing characters and a strong female protagonist, then you will love A Secret History. 

I am so proud of Stephanie and what she has accomplished that I can't help but toot her horn. Run right out and get this book!

Then tell your friends and get the word out: this is an author to watch!