Brand New Book Cover For Julia: A Romance:
Just in from the cover artist we have the new cover for the historical romantic thriller, Julia: A Romance, now up for grabs on Goodreads Giveaway and to be published on Monday, April 9. There is also a Facebook Party that is being set up for the same date, April 9. But for now it is worth contemplating the masterpiece by artist Daniel Teran. He has created a lavish Roman interior complete with marble statues, vases and urns, and even a snake goddess from Minoan Crete. We can only imagine nowadays what it would be like to live in such a place with art at every turn.
Daniel Teran has also drawn his rendition of Julia Rufus, the heroine of the suspense novel Julia: A Romance. She is wearing an elaborate red Roman gown and sandals. She looks quite startled upon laying eyes on the snake goddess from Crete, and being readers we want to know why. That provides the hook that draws us into the book.
If you like Julia: A Romance you will enjoy other Roman novels by Dora Benley such as Julius Caesar: A Novel, Livia: A Novel, Caesar and Cleopatra: A Novel, Caesar’s Lost Legions, and Pliny: A Novel.
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Goodreads Ad For Julia: A Romance:
Come see the ad for Julia: A Romance on Goodreads. It complements the giveaway now going on to win 1 of 100 free copies of the Kindle edition of the historical romantic thriller by Dora Benley. The ad reads: Forced to marry a tyrant, Julia finds a special friend in an unexpected place in ancient Rome. Enter the giveaway.The picture that goes with the ad will be the book cover.
Julia is rushing down the hallway of Marcus Sisenna’s mansion in republican Rome of about 82 BC. The hallway is filled with Greek statues of the classical time period lining the walls on both sides. But on a shelf in front of her she sees a strange two foot statue of a type she has never seen before. She stops cold and stares at it with her hand clapped over her mouth. A bare-chested snake priestess with a flounced skirt has snakes coiling around her arms. She glares straight back at Julia.
Julia has got herself in quite a fix. She is betrothed to be married to the second man in Rome, the righthand man of the Dictator Lucius Cornelius Sulla in the 80s BC in Republican Rome. She hates the way Sisenna has been married five times before and is having an affair with her own mother. Her father, coward that he is, has given away her hand in marriage to save his own life and his own estates.
And now here she is poised on the bring of what could be another war. The Greek colonies are in rebellion, and Julia, fiancee of Marcus Sisenna, is a target. What should she do to save her own life? Who can she turn to? Certainly not her own mother or father! The answer may surprise you. It certainly surprises the fair Julia.
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Preparations For A Roman Wedding:
The bride wore a white woolen dress with a translucent flame yellow veil very much like a Vestal Virgin to show off her virginity. A young boy relative would light the torch of Ceres to guide the wedding procession to the house of the groom. The bride carried a copper coin to give to the Lares of her new neighborhood to show that she would soon be part of it. The bride was greeted by a torch bearer from the groom’s household. Then the bride was carried over the threshhold by her attendants. She was greeted by the groom. They exchanged vows, “Where you are Gaius, I am Gaia.” Frequently a sacrifice took place. The bride and groom held hands. That night the wedding would be consummated. The next day the groom would hold a banquet for his friends.
There was also a confarreatio Roman wedding ceremony reserved for the highest nobility about which we know very little except that it was somehow more religious. It was presided over by the Flamen Dialis and the Pontifex Maximus with ten witnesses present. The bride and groom shared a cake made of spelt.
In every Roman wedding a big deal was made of the date which had to be approved by augurs to make sure that it was lucky. It could determine how the whole marriage would turn out in the future.
Julia: A Romance is an upcoming historical romantic thriller by Dora Benley to be published by Cheops Books LLC. It incorporates a full-scale, lavish Roman wedding.
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