Shauna Roberts will read from her novel Claimed by the Enemy.
Crown Princess Nindalla knows the terrifying power of Sargon of Akkad’s army: Ten years ago, it destroyed her home city and killed her parents. Now the nightmare is happening again. The Akkadians conquer her new home, Susa; make her a widow; and strip her of her rank. Nindalla vows to protect her children from her enemies by any means necessary, including marrying whoever can shield them best. With plots and subplots swirling around her, can she trust her instincts to tell friend from foe?
Farm boy Ur-sag-enki was forced to become a soldier in the Akkadian army ten years ago after it destroyed his home and left him with nothing. When the Akkadians conquer Susa, he is awarded its governorship. He looks forward to settling down to the normal family life he craves. First, though, he must keep control of Susa despite enemies who exploit his inexperience, and he must gain legitimacy by persuading beautiful former princess Nindalla to marry him. But can he win her heart when it was his hand that struck down her husband?
Shauna Roberts writes fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, and romance short stories, novellas, and novels. Since graduating from high school she has lived in Philadelphia; Evanston, Illinois; Chicago; Iowa City, Iowa; Washington, D.C.; Vienna, Virginia; New Orleans; and Riverside, California. She was a copyeditor and an award-winning freelance medical and science writer for 21 years before retiring to write fiction.
Hadley Rille Books published her historical novel LIKE MAYFLIES IN A STREAM in 2009 and will publish her fantasy novel with romantic elements ICE MAGIC, FIRE MAGIC in 2014.
Shauna is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop, and she now serves on the Clarion Foundation Board of Directors. In 2011 she won the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Older Writers’ Grant. She teaches occasionally in the University of California at Riverside’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. www.shaunaroberts.com