Coming in 2018 and 2019

Light in the Empire Series

The Light in the Empire Series follows the interconnected lives of the members of four Roman families 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.

Coming in November, 2018

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Second Chances
Volume 5 of the Light in the Empire series
Coming to Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble in November.

Must the shadows of the past destroy the hope of the future?

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. 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. 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 chasms 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?