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Stella of Akrotiri: Diana An Ancient Greek Tale of Immortals Book 3 by Linda Rae Sande Genre: Epic Fantasy, Romance Publisher: Twisted Teacup Publishing Publication Date: December 25, 2019

Born an orphan, raised as a warrior princess, desired by men. Can an Immortal claim her heart? The first adopted daughter of Stella and Darius, Diana has been raised as if she were one of the fabled Amazon princesses. Her mornings are spent training with Darius at the agōgē, her skills as a warrior matched only by a few of the Deminon army recruits. Her afternoons are spent with Stella as she learns the art of diplomacy and the importance of service to others. Never does Diana wonder why her parents are so devoted to one another, or why they seem to speak of the past as if they lived in it. The curious stares aimed in her direction by the agōgē’s doctor, Antony— even when she’s not in the circle of battle—has Diana on edge. Learning she has a much older adopted brother—one who seems to youthen as he ages—has her questioning her origins. So the arrival of Augustus of Assyria seems fortuitous. Her father’s oldest friend is welcomed with open arms even as he is followed by a threat to the future of Deminon. With his intimate knowledge of her parents, perhaps he’ll have the answers Diana seeks. Or will the Roman senator’s revelation about her only complicate matters? For his attentions are far more intense than those of Antony—and far more arousing. Goodreads * Amazon

Stella of Akrotiri: Deminon An Ancient Greek Tale of Immortals Book 2 Publication Date: December 25, 2018

Love can last a thousand lifetimes when you’re an Immortal… or so they thought. What’s become of the Immortal Darius? His wife, Stella, worries about his fate as she rules over their city-state of Deminon, especially when she learns he’s been the victim of treachery. She’ll do anything to get him back. Enslaved as a traitor to Rome, Darius is forced to fight gladiators as part of the funeral rites of powerful Romans. His years of experience on the battlefield serve him well in the arena—until he’s forced to fight Marcus—a younger, stronger gladiator who is unaware of his own immortality. Sure he’s about to suffer a defeat by the hand of Marcus, Darius is forced to make a decision that will change his future and Stella’s—preserve his essence by allowing his body to die so that he can live on in Marcus. His two-thousand years of memories and life experiences should be powerful enough to overcome the essence of the untested Immortal. Allow him to return to Stella and resume their life together, even if she won’t immediately recognize him. But Marcus isn’t giving up so easily. Especially when he meets Stella. Will Marcus help Darius take revenge on the one whose deceit led to his arrest on charges of treason? Or will Darius’ essence slowly be subsumed, the memories of his nearly two-thousand-year lifespan—and of Stella—fading away in the mind of Marcus? These Immortals once had all the time in the world. Now it’s suddenly of the essence. Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Apple * B&N * Google * Kobo

Stella of Akrotiri: Origins An Ancient Greek Tale of Immortals Book 1 Publication Date: June 28, 2019

Immortality can be a lonely existence, especially when the world is about to implode. For over six hundred years, Darius of Agremon has fought wars on behalf of those who needed his skills in combat. As a lechagos on Strongili, he spends his days commanding the Minoan coastguardsmen against pirates and marauders. His nights are spent alone, for despite having had wives in the past, he has watched them all grow old and die, childless, as he continues to live. So when he senses immortality in an olive farmer’s young daughter, Darius bargains to take her to wife when she is old enough to marry. A foundling, Stella works in her adoptive father’s orchard above Akrotiri, climbing the ancient trees to prune and to harvest the strings of pearls from their branches. She fears invaders when she watches flaming arrows arc in the sky, a sign the island is under attack. She worries about how the ground quakes beneath her feet and steam erupts from cracks in the ground. She wonders at the odd tingling she experiences whenever Darius of Agremon is near, a sensation not unlike the one she feels when spending time in the oldest trees. Unaware of the arrangement her father has made with the lechagos, Stella thinks she has been sold into slavery when Darius comes for her. Her youth has been spent admiring the man who helped her father’s business thrive. Now she has only contempt for him and his hard-headed manner, despite the pleasures he incites whenever he claims her body. While the earth trembles and a volcano threatens to destroy the island of Strongili, these two will have to forge a relationship that will last far longer than a lifetime—one that must endure an eternity and the disaster that’s about to wipe out the only home Stella has ever known. Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Apple * B&N * Google * Kobo

A self-described nerd and lover of science, Linda Rae spent many years as a published technical writer specializing in 3D graphics workstations, software and 3D animation (her movie credits include SHREK and SHREK 2). An interest in genealogy led to years of research on the Regency era and a desire to write fiction based in that time. A fan of action-adventure movies, she can frequently be found at the local cinema. Although she no longer has any fish, she follows the San Jose Sharks. She is a member of Novelists, Inc. (NINC) and makes her home in Cody, Wyoming. Website * Blog * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Pinterest * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

“How is this possible?” Augustus repeated, his gaze turning on Stella. He arched an eyebrow,
as if she could interpret the gesture.
Stella shook her head. “I am sure I do not know what you mean,” she repeated, at a loss to
understand what she just then realized was a hint of something else.
“How is it possible you have a daughter of such beauty and of an age to have children of her
own?” Augustus clarified. “And yet you still look as young as the day I first met you?” he teased.
Relieved there wasn’t more meaning to his query, Stella grinned. “Your flattery will be rewarded
with the very best meal this evening.” She couldn’t help the niggling feeling that he referred to
something else, though, and she made a mental note to ask him about it later.
Diana gave a start when Augustus lowered himself to one knee and reached for her hand. He
pulled it to his lips and kissed the back of her knuckles, sending a shiver unlike anything she
had ever felt coursing through her entire arm. Meanwhile, the tickle at the edge of her
consciousness warmed into a pleasant tingle.
If the sensation hadn’t been so pleasant, she would have struck the man’s chin with an upraised
knee and sent him sprawling on the dock. No one had ever dared touch her hand like this
before. No one had ever kissed her hand before. And yet the strange shiver his touch had
incited traveled up her arm and into her very being.
Were kisses supposed to feel like this?
Is this why her mother welcomed her father’s kisses?
And why wasn’t Takoda threatening him with a growl and bared teeth?

She couldn’t being to count the number of times she had paid witness to her father doing this to
her mother. Never had Stella shown any indication it affected her the way this kiss seemed to
have affected her.
Diana was determined Augustus didn’t learn of his effect on her, though. Keeping an impassive
expression on her face, she sent a questioning glance in her mother’s direction, and Stella
replied with a slight shrug and a grin as Augustus returned to standing.
“I am very honored to meet you, my lady,” Augustus said.
Diana allowed a nod. “As am I to meet you, Senator Augustus.” The words came from memory,
drilled into her by Stella when they had reviewed protocols as to how visiting dignitaries were to
be greeted when they arrived.
“Call me Augustus, please,” he insisted, finally giving up his hold on her hand. “I count your
father as my oldest and dearest friend.” His gaze swept the dock and the white marble buildings
before him. “Stella, I see you have kept your city-state in good stead,” he said with appreciation,
noting the lack of graffiti and the good condition of the low buildings closest to the harbor.
“Unlike our Rome, which continues to fester as the years pass by.”

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Comments

  1. Victoria K says

    Do you have any other books planned right now?

    • Hi Victoria! I have a Regency releasing in February, and just last week, the anthology, ONCE UPON A PIRATE released with my novella, The Pleasure of a Pirate. Later this year I’ll release the followup to Stella of Akrotiri: Diana.

  2. Darlene Owen says

    Wonderful looking cover, the story sounds like a fun book to read I love books about Ancient Greek.

  3. Linda Szymoniak says

    Great cover (actually the entire series of covers). I love a story with a strong female lead. Sounds like a great read!

  4. deana dietrich says

    I love the covers & Diana looks interesting – girl power!