Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: May 14th 2019
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
Based on a true story.
When her homeland is conquered by the mighty Alexander the Great, Roxana—the daughter of a mere chieftain—is torn from her simple life and thrown into a world of war and intrigue.
Terrified, the sixteen-year-old girl of renowned beauty is brought before the greatest ruler the world has ever known. Her life is in his hands; her future his to decide.
Without formal education or noble blood, Roxana is chosen by the Greek conqueror to be his bride. Soon she comes to know profound happiness and unyielding desire in her warrior’s arms.
However, being the king’s consort comes at a heavy price. To survive her husband’s treacherous kingdom, she must endure continuous warfare, deadly plots, jealous rivals, victory-hungry generals, and the stigma of being a barbarian. Persian blood will keep her from claiming the grandest title of all—queen—but her reign will seal the fate of an empire.
History tells his story. This is hers.
Interview with the Author
What was the inspiration for Realm?
I have been fascinated with Alexander the great since I was six. But the first time I read about Roxana, I was in high school and floored that she only got one sentence in a book about him. I was sixteen and swore one day I would write a book about her. Over twenty years of research, and I finally did.
What do you like most about your heroine?
Her spunk, her bravery, her ability to face all odds and not back down. She was a woman faced with unbelievable persecution and roadblocks not because of anything she had done, but because of her sex and where she came from. I loved her desire to fight, no matter the odds.
What do you enjoy reading & who are some of your favorite authors?
I love reading historical novels, both fiction and nonfiction. Mary Renault, Agnes Saville, Peter Green, and Phillipa Gregory.
Tell us something that very few people know about you.
I am a vegetarian. Have been for over twenty-seven years.
What are you working on next?
The follow up to my YA thriller Death by the River. River of Secrets picks up where Death by the River left off and follows the mystery and murder in the small town of St. Benedict Louisiana revolving around the Devereaux family.
Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, PhD, is a multi-award-winning author of over twenty-seven novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers Association, Weis writes mystery, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans where she is a permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and rescues orphaned and injured animals.
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