Chanticleer International Awards Cites Fortune’s Child as Grand Prize Winner, Best Book of 2019
It happened in September of 2020. Out of thousands of books, seventeen divisions, fiction and nonfiction, Fortune’s Child: A Novel of Empress Theodora, having won the Grand Prize in the Chaucer Historical Fiction category, then went on to capture the Overall Grand Prize. Chanticleer Book Reviews is based in Bellingham, Washington, where they present a fantastic writers’ conference every year. https://www.chantireviews.com/
This was incredibly exciting for me. I am still exhilarated by it. Forgive me for taking so long to get this latest correspondence out. But by now, some of you must have noticed that’s how I roll~slowly. Ha, ha.
I’ve been busy, however, working on the second part of the Theodora duology. I plan an April release. Both the title and cover ideas are under wraps for now. When they are fully decided upon, I promise to get a letter out, along with ways to pre-order Theodora’s concluding chapters. In them you will experience the Nika Riots in Constantinople, a few days when the Justinian-Theodora regime seemed to be perched on an abyss. You’ll bear witness to her activism for women’s rights, deeds motivated by her early life. In addition she works scrupulously, and unscrupulously, to secure her tenets of faith to the Roman Orthodox established religion even if it means deposing a pope.
Coming Soon: the second book of the Theodora duology!
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