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The General’s Wife
by Sara R. Turnquist
Genre: Historical Romance
“Go home!” Ismene is speechless as she reads those words written in blood on the walls of her new home. The young, raven-haired Grecian beauty had traveled all the way from her homeland to marry the Pharaoh’s top general. But she never expected this. The hatred of the Alexandrian mob for their Greek rulers is right in front of her. It is the first of many threats she will receive. Things are escalating out of control. Damaged crops and horses turned loose at night are one thing. But when Ismene receives a death threat, it becomes clear that there is a spy within her own household. She would turn to her husband to deal with this issue, except he left for battle by order of the Pharaoh. Not knowing whom to trust, she fears for her safety as well as the entire ruling class of Egypt.
“Can you please take this blindfold off?” Ismene loved surprises, but couldn’t stand the waiting. Alistair had risen early to prepare a special breakfast for them and served her in bed. Then he had told her that he had something special planned for them today—a special place for them to visit.
“Not yet,” Alistair said as he gripped her waist. Their chariot went over a bump which caused him to pull her to him even more tightly. She smiled at the feel of his secure embrace; even after this short time it still caused butterflies in her stomach.
She felt the chariot continue to move down the smooth path with a little rocking here and there as the wheels found imperfections in the road.
“We’re almost there, I promise,” he assured her. His voice was close to her ear and it gave her warm chills. She thought of the feel of those lips on her neck. There wasn’t much time to daydream, though, because, true to his word, it wasn’t much longer before she felt him slow the horses and still the chariot.
“Ready for your surprise?” he asked.
“Yes!” She feigned exasperation.
Only then did he reach up, untie her blindfold, and let it fall. “The great Library of Alexandria.”
Do you ever wish you were someone else? Who? I’ve not really wanted to be someone else. I’ve always strived to be content with who I am and work on myself when I feel that discontentment working its way in. Now, I do sometimes wish I lived in a different time period. Many intrigue me. But I don’t know that I would truly be able to give up the modern conveniences I’ve come to enjoy. Such as air conditioning.
What did you do on your last birthday? My husband surprised me with a small family party…and my favorite cake, of course. I enjoy my family and spending time with them – my parents and my sister and her family.
What part of the writing process do you dread? The middle part…I’m a “pantser”, meaning I “write by the seat of my pants”. I don’t generally do much plotting or outlining beforehand. So, I’ll have the story started and I’m developing the plot, but there in the “middle” it can be wearying to try to maintain the momentum and reach that strong climax.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? I do have writer’s block from time to time. I sit down and write anyway. I strongly believe that you have to get the “pump primed” to get the “water flowing”. Once you start writing, really anything, the inspiration will hit you at some point and you can then pick up where you left off. Writer’s prompts are great for overcoming writer’s block. Or writing a “throw away” scene for your characters.
Tell us about your latest release. This is a story about a young woman, Ismene, who is moved from her home in Athens, Greece, to Alexandria, Egypt, to fulfill an arranged marriage to Pharaoh’s highest general. The characters are fictional, with the exception of Pharaoh Ptolemy II and his queen. The story is set during the time after Alexander the Great has conquered most of the known world and died, leaving Egypt controlled by Greek rulers. Ismene has left behind everything she knows, including her first love, to face a stranger for a husband and a place full of foreign things and people. To top it off, it seems that someone does not appreciate her presence in Egypt and will go to great lengths to force her out. Mixed feelings about her new husband and about her new life compound the situation.
Sara is originally from middle TN. After a short stint in Memphis, where she earned a degree in Biology and began a career as both a Zoo Educator and a Sleep Technician, she then followed a dream to work for a large zoo in Orlando, FL as an Educator. Once she and her husband started their family, they moved back to Tennessee. Sara and her husband now enjoy a full life with their three beautiful and very active children. Sara enjoys many creative outlets – singing, piano, drawing, drama, and organizing anything. And even though she has enjoyed her career as a Zoo Educator, Sara’s great love of the written word continued to draw her to write. She has always been an avid reader and, for many years, has been what she terms a “closet writer”. Her travels and love of history have served to inspire her to write Historical Fiction. Sara has made several trips overseas to the Czech Republic. Her time among the Czech people and the landscapes of the country inspired her and greatly influenced her work on her debut novel, The Lady Bornekova, set in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. Sara is also a member of the ACFW.
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