Author Liz Carmichael has stopped by today with a teaser of her book In The Shadow of Vesuvius. I have been trying to diversify my TBR lately (It is very Shifter heavy ) and just added this book. From everyone who I know who has read this, it is AMAZING!!!! I love finding new things to read!
Mount Vesuvius has awakened. Mira, a fifteen-year-old slave, saw the coming burial of Herculaneum and the death of its people in a vision. To fulfill a vow, and save the life of the Roman child in her care, she must escape her stubborn owner, and the slave set to watch her. Mira must convince her guard to let her slip away, or to flee with her. If she cannot, all three will share the fate of the town when the volcano sends its fiery death raging down the mountain.
Lightning flashed brilliant white. Thunder cracked so loud it hurt my head. An odd taste filled my mouth. The earth rose and fell beneath us. It felt as though the whole world quaked in terror of some unknown evil come to shake it apart. I could not understand how Saviour managed to keep galloping Then it happened. The churning mass above Vesuvius collapsed and the roiling death cloud rolled down the sides of the mountain. The first blast of the black cloud poured over Herculaneum. All lights there blacked out in a very few minutes. The second burst, all too soon behind the first, rolled after us like a towering wave of rubble that thundered along above the ground. Could the horse keep going? He battled on, his breath whistled, his chest rattled. I prayed to Epona to keep Saviour’s heart from bursting. A third grey black surge charged after us. I drew in a terrified breath and held it. Saviour’s hooves beat out a war-drum tattoo on the cobbles as he galloped through the curtain of rain as though he had grown wings. Without warning, the horse’s legs collapsed beneath him.
Although born in Scotland and spent time in other countries, Liz is now happily settled in Melbourne, Australia.
She is an editor as well as a writer and avid reader – especially historical fiction – who loves researching, though she can get so caught up in research she forgets about the story she’s researching for. Liz also draws and paints for relaxation, and will do illustrations for her books whenever possible. She walks her daughter’s dog because both need the exercise.
She has a Dip. Art(Professional Writing and Editing), and taught writing and editing for two years until the need to concentrate fully on her own writing took over again.
Her favourite authors, in no particular order, are: Sue Monk Kidd, Sara Donati, Geraldine Brooks, Vanora Bennett, Sarah Dunant, Cormac McCarthy, Markus Suzak, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Robert Harris. For Crime: Michael Connelly, Minette Walters, Jeffrey Deaver, and Dean Koontz for his crime with humour. Newest favourite authors are Anne Obrien and Pauline Gedge – writers of historical fiction, of course.
The book trailer for In the Shadow of Vesuvius was made by Chuck Pride of “American Pride Productions”