Coming in 2018 and 2019

Light in the Empire Series

The Light in the Empire Series follows the interconnected lives of the members of three Roman families of the senatorial order during the reigns of Trajan and Hadrian. Join them as they travel the Empire, from Germania and Britannia to Thracia, Dacia, and Judaea and, of course, to Rome itself.

Available May 28, 2018

Faithful

Available May 28, 2018, in paperback and now in Kindle formats at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com.au, and international Amazon sites. Also available in epub format for Nook and other e-readers.

Faithful by Carol Ashby cover

Is the price of true friendship ever too high?

In AD 122, Adela, the fiery daughter of a Germanic chieftain, is kidnapped and taken across the Roman frontier to be sold as a slave. When horse-trader Otto wins her while gambling with her kidnappers, he entrusts her to his friend and trading partner, Galen. Then Otto is kidnapped by the same men, and Galen must track them halfway across the Empire before his best friend loses a fight to the death in a Roman arena.

Adela joins Galen in the chase, hungry for vengeance. As the perilous journey deepens their friendship, will the kind, faithful man open her eyes to a life she never dreamed she’d want?

A trip to the heart of the Empire poses mortal danger to a man who follows Jesus, especially when Galen must seek the help of an enemy of the faith for Otto to survive. Tiberius hunted Christians when he governed Germania Superior and banished his own son when he became one.

When Tiberius learns sparing Galen offers a chance at reconciliation with his son, he joins the trio on their journey home. Can his life-long hatred for the followers of Jesus survive a trip with the Christian man whose courage and faithfulness demand his respect?

Coming in November, 2018

Second Chances

Can the future ever break free from the past?

In AD 122, Cornelia Scipia, proud daughter of one of Rome’s noblest families, learns her adulterous husband plans to betroth their daughter to the vicious son of his best friend. Only over her dead body! Cornelia divorces him, reclaims her enormous dowry, and kidnaps her own daughter. She plans to start over with Drusilla a thousand miles away in Thracia. No more husbands for her. But she didn’t count on meeting Hector, the widowed Greek captain of the ship carrying her to her new life.

Devastated by the loss of his wife and daughter, Hector’s heart begins to heal as he befriends Drusilla. Cornelia’s sacrificial love for Drusilla and her courage and humor in the face of the unknown earn his admiration…as a friend. Is he ready for more?

Marriage to the kind, honest sea captain would give Drusilla the father she deserves…and Cornelia the faithful husband she’s always longed for. But while her ex-husband hunts them to drag Drusilla back to Rome, secrets in Hector’s past and the chasm between their social classes and different faiths erect complicated barriers to any future together. Will God give two lonely hearts a second chance at happiness?

Coming in May, 2019

True Freedom

The chains we cannot see can be the hardest ones to break.

When Aulus runs up a crushing debt gambling with his father’s political enemy, he’s desperate to pay it off before his father returns to Rome. All seems hopeless until his best friend Marcus suggests they fake the kidnapping of his sister Livia and use the ransom to pay his debt. But you can’t count on hired thugs to do the job you paid for; the kidnappers decide they can make more money by selling Livia into slavery, catapulting Aulus into a desperate search to find her and bring her home before his father returns.

Torn from his childhood home by Rome’s conquering armies and sold as a farm slave to labor until he dies, Dacius’s faith gives him strength to bear what he must and serve without complaining. After a deadly accident makes him one of Livia’s litter bearers, Dacius overhears Marcus advising her brother to kidnap her. When Dacius thwarts the kidnapping that almost takes his life, a Christian couple pretend Livia and Dacius are their children to keep her brother from finding them.

But pretending to be free again makes returning to slavery almost more than Dacius can bear, while acting like a common woman opens Livia’s eyes to dreams and destinies she never knew existed. With her brother closing in and her father almost home, can Livia find a way around Roman law and custom to the future they both long for?