Monday, September 26, 2016


The General's Wife
by Sara R. Turnquist


GENRE: Historical Romance

Sara R. Turnquist will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


“Go home!” Ismene is speechless as she reads those words written in blood on the walls of her new home. The young, raven-haired Grecian beauty had traveled all the way from her homeland to marry the Pharaoh’s top general. But she never expected this. The hatred of the Alexandrian mob for their Greek rulers is right in front of her. It is the first of many threats she will receive.

Things are escalating out of control. Damaged crops and horses turned loose at night are one thing. But when Ismene receives a death threat, it becomes clear that there is a spy within her own household. She would turn to her husband to deal with this issue, except he left for battle by order of the Pharaoh. Not knowing whom to trust, she fears for her safety as well as the entire ruling class of Egypt.


A din of whispered conversation among the servants could be heard, but only just. No one wanted to speak out for fear of enraging the general further. Many of the servants were unable to read Greek and had no idea what important message was scarred into their master's most prized sanctuary. As if the vandalism alone wasn't enough to evoke a great anger in him, the message itself had pushed him closer to the edge of violence. They had never seen their kind master in such a state.

“What is everybody...” Ismene's voice interrupted their musings. No one, not even Alistair, had even noticed that she had arrived at the grand estate, least of all made it all the way out to the gardens. Her voice, which started light and happy, trailed off as she noticed the source of everyone's fixation.

There were many audible gasps as the servants, like Alistair, turned and saw Ismene's paled face, her mouth moving as if trying to form words, though none came forth.

Alistair rushed over to her, “Ismene, don't's...” he said, trying to turn her away, to go back in direction she had just come.
It was only then that he realized—the message—it was for her. Ismene and Alonah came to the gardens each day to check on her tiger lilies. This wall faced the entrance into the gardens closest to her bedchambers, the entrance she came through every day. How did anyone outside of his house and Pharaoh's know that? His heart sank. There was a leak in one of these houses.


Sara R. Turnquist, Author

Sara is originally from middle TN. After a short stint in Memphis, where she earned a degree in Biology and began a career as both a Zoo Educator and a Sleep Technician, she then followed a dream to work for a large zoo in Orlando, FL as an Educator. Once she and her husband started their family, they moved back to Tennessee. Sara and her husband now enjoy a full life with their three beautiful and very active children. Sara enjoys many creative outlets – singing, piano, drawing, drama, and organizing anything. And even though she has enjoyed her career as a Zoo Educator, Sara's great love of the written word continued to draw her to write. She has always been an avid reader and, for many years, has been what she terms a “closet writer”. Her travels and love of history have served to inspire her to write Historical Fiction. Sara has made several trips overseas to the Czech Republic. Her time among the Czech people and the landscapes of the country inspired her and greatly influenced her work on her debut novel, The Lady Bornekova, set in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. Sara is also a member of the ACFW.

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What is something you’ve lied about?

I read a friend’s book and could not tell her that I did not care for it. So I told her I enjoyed it. The craft was good. I just didn’t care for the story.

We've all been there, Sara! Who is the last person you hugged?

My daughter

What are you reading now?

Melanie Dickerson’s The Beautiful Pretender. I love her books. I am consuming them at an alarming rate.

How do you come up with the titles to your books?

I think about the main character, the content of the book, and the message of the book…and then brainstorm with my husband and beta readers.

Share your dream cast for your book.

I don’t necessarily want to be famous or make a million dollars (although wouldn’t that be nice). I just want to get my stories out there. I want to learn more about my craft and make each book better than the last. I want people to read these stories and enjoy them.

Sara R. Turnquist will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Edna Williams said...

I was pleasantly surprised by this excerpt. Looks like a really good read!

Mary Preston said...

An interesting blurb.

clojo9372 said...

Great Q&A! As you already know from our correspondence before, I wouldn't be able to tell my friend I didn't like her story either. Waaaay too hard for me. lol. I wish everyone a Happy Sunday! :)

Edna Williams said...

I already know that I am going to love this book!

Edna Williams said...

An interesting story I believe this will be from the excerpt. Thanks for sharing this!

Edna Williams said...

What a tumultuous and intriguing time period to use in writing this book! I love reading about ancient Egypt and Rome!

Edna Williams said...

This author sounds so talented and the ability to juggle all of her passions with raising a family! How wonderful!