The Golden Dice
During a bitter siege between Rome and the Etruscan city of Veii, three women follow very different paths to survive.
Caecilia, Roman born but Etruscan wed, forsakes Rome to return to her Etruscan husband, Vel Mastarna, exposing herself to the enmity of his people while knowing the Romans will give her a traitor’s death if Veii falls. Semni, a reckless Etruscan servant in the House of Mastarna, embroils herself in schemes that threaten Caecilia’s son and Semni’s own chance for love. Pinna, a destitute Roman prostitute, uses coercion to gain the attention of Rome’s greatest general at the risk of betraying Caecilia’s cousin.
Each woman struggles to protect herself and those whom she loves in a dark cycle of war. What must they do to challenge Fate? And will they ever live in peace again?
The Golden Dice is the sequel to The Wedding Shroud. It was judged runner- up in the 2013 Sharp Writ Book Awards in general fiction, and was named as one of the top memorable reads of 2013 by Sarah Johnson,the reviews editor for Historical Novels Review. The third volume, Call to Juno, will be released in April 2016.
(Word count 135,00; e-book: $3.99 USD; print: $10.99 USD)
Reviews of The Golden Dice
“Skillfully plotted and with vividly drawn characters, THE GOLDEN DICE is a suspenseful, romantic exciting drama…” —Sherry Jones
“An enthralling tale of political intrigue, romance, and corruption.” —M. Louisa Locke, author of Maids of Misfortune
“Two of the most compelling characters, fleshed out gorgeously in this volume, are Pinna, poorest of the poor prostitutes, and Semni, the artistic slave.” —Rebecca Lochlann, author of The Year God’s Daughter