The Golden Dice
During a ten year siege between two age-old enemies, three women follow very different paths to survive.
Caecilia, a young Roman woman, forsakes Rome to return to her Etruscan husband, Vel Mastarna, exposing herself to the enmity of his people and the hatred of the Romans who consider her a traitoress.
Semni, a reckless Etruscan girl, becomes a servant in the House of Mastarna, embroiling herself in schemes that threaten Caecilia’s children and her own chance for romance.
Pinna, a tomb whore, uses blackmail to escape her grim life and gain the attention of Rome’s greatest general, choosing between her love for him and her loyalty to another.
Historical Fiction at its best, this second volume in the Tales of Ancient Rome series explores the lives of women in war, giving a glimpse into the sexuality, religion, and politics of Roman and Etruscan cultures, two great civilizations in ancient history.
(Word count 135,00; e-book: $4.99 USD; print: $14.00 USD)
Reviews of The Golden Dice
“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