Today’s Featured Kindle Book of the Day is The Golden Dice, by Elisabeth Storrs, is regularly $4.99 but has been discounted to just 99 cents today in the Amazon Kindle store. This book has received an average user rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars based on 68 customer reviews.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:
In The Golden Dice, sequel to The Wedding Shroud, three women follow very different paths to survive a ten year siege between Rome and the Etruscan city of Veii:
Caecilia 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 coercion to escape her grim life and gain the attention of Camillus, 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 while giving a glimpse into the religion and politics of Roman and Etruscan cultures, two great civilizations in ancient history.
The Golden Dice was judged runner-up in the international 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 the Historical Novels Review.
Elisabeth Storrs has long had a passion for the history, myths and legends of the ancient world. She graduated from University of Sydney in Arts Law, having studied Classics. Her curiosity piqued by an Etruscan sarcophagus depicting a couple embracing for eternity, she discovered the little known story of the struggle between Etruscan Veii and Republican Rome and the inspiration to write the TALES OF ANCIENT ROME series.
Her debut novel, THE WEDDING SHROUD was published by Pier 9 Murdoch Books in Australia and New Zealand in 2010. It is the first novel in the series. When Pier 9 was taken over in 2012, Elisabeth chose to retain all rights to THE WEDDING SHROUD and independently published digital and paperback editions globally. She has since independently published the sequel, THE GOLDEN DICE. Both books have been judged runner-up in the Sharp Writ Book Awards in 2012 and 2013 respectively. CALL TO JUNO, the third book in the series, is currently being written. DYING FOR ROME: LUCRETIA’S TALE is the first story in her new short story collection.
Researched and written over a period of fifteen years, THE TALES OF ANCIENT ROME vividly describe the world of Etruria, a fantastic civilization ultimately destroyed by Rome but which heavily influenced its conqueror’s culture from republican into imperial times. There have been very few novels that have explored the world of the Etruscans and the early Roman Republic which makes the series unusually engrossing reads for historical fiction lovers.
Elisabeth lives with her husband and two sons in Sydney, Australia, and over the years has worked as a solicitor, corporate lawyer and corporate governance consultant. She is one of the founders of the Historical Novel Society Australasia, and a director of the NSW Writers’ Centre. Feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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