Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Granite Rose from Linda McMaken

The Granite Rose
Treachery, Deception, Lies, Passion and Love

The struggle between pride and ambition, between determination and embittered dreams can suffocate lives.  Ambitious pride will destroy everything it touches, including those who are the most important ones in your life.

Sworn to uphold his Emperor's orders, General Marcus Alexius must silence his inner voice to obey an Imperial command that his conscious is rebelling against.  He is asked to perform a clandestine kidnapping of the Dacian Princess - the princess of a country that executed his brother, and insure her safekeeping.

Sianna Cynara, the Princess of Dacia must endure the treachery of Rome, the enslavement of her country, her people and the horrible realization that her father might have sacrificed her to realize his dreams of Imperialism. 

They are thrust together in a Roman Empire where the Emperor has no heir, and where the dark forces of Rome’s elite Patrician society work to ensure one of their own will be named the successor.  The enemies of the Emperor bribe, coerce and murder to ensure General Alexius will never become emperor and that the Dacian Princess becomes a spectator sport in the Coliseum.  Thrust together by elements out of their control, two bitter enemies will find solace in each other's arms and the courage to challenge the powers of the Roman Empire.  

Author's Note: This book is quite a departure from my "normal" books. Normal being very hard to define in my world! It is historically accurate, fiction liberties excepted. You can read the first chapter on my website. I am giving away a free eBook of The Granite Rose to one commenter!

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Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Beautiful cover!

Debby said...

I love the cover but I enjoy books set during this time.
debby236 at gmail dot com

makenwords said...

Thank you! I think the pub did an awesome job on the cover. The time period always intigues me. I think it might have something to do with Russell Crowe! LOL

Linda Swift said...

Hi Linda,
Your book sounds like a winner. Congratulations on its release and a great cover. I wish you much success with this one. Linda, too.

Unknown said...

Awesome cover. May you have many sales!

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Sounds like an abundance of intrigue in this story. Great time period and sounds like a great set of characters as well. Wishing you well with lots of sales. I know I am going to enjoy reading it. :)

Shadow said...

Beautiful cover! Your story sounds so intriguing. Im ready to read more! Thanks for sharing!

Sadie and Sophie said...

Oh, Pater,
Ili viri erant mali! That's all I remember from Latin class. OH, and this gem I saw on a t-shirt:
semper ubi sub ubi.

Nice job.