There are a few people who enter our lives and leave an indelible imprint–Tosca Lee is one of those for me. The obvious part is she’s beautiful. But there’s an incredible depth and intelligence in Tosca that forces me and others to admire her. I’ll never forget the night I won a Christy–she jumped up from her seat as I came off the stage and gave me a huge hug, celebrating with me.
She’s been an amazing help to me as I plow into a new series concept, lending me some wisdom on research, sharing scholars, and even brainstorming with me! Who knew a military suspense author and an author who has penned biblical novels–as well as supernatural ones (her series with Ted Dekker)–ccould team up! LOL
So, without further ado, I am offering a copy of Tosca’s latest masterpiece, The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen! The story is compelling and the elegance of history and compulsion of power weave a rich tapestry in this novel of a queen, notorious for her beauty. (ENTER using the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post!)
Her name is legend. Her story, the epic of nations. The Queen of Sheba. A powerful new novel of love, power, and the questions at the heart of existence by the author of the award-winning “brilliant” (Library Journal) and “masterful” (Publishers Weekly) Iscariot.
There is the story you know: A foreign queen, journeying north with a caravan of riches to pay tribute to a king favored by the One God. The tale of a queen conquered by a king and god both before returning to her own land laden with gifts.
That is the tale you were meant to believe.
Which means most of it is a lie.
The truth is far more than even the storytellers could conjure. The riches more priceless. The secrets more corrosive. The love and betrayal more passionate and devastating.
Across the Red Sea, the pillars of the great oval temple once bore my name: Bilqis, Daughter of the Moon. Here, to the west, the porticoes knew another: Makeda, Woman of Fire. To the Israelites, I was queen of the spice lands, which they called Sheba.
In the tenth century BC, the new Queen of Sheba has inherited her father’s throne and all its riches at great personal cost. Her realm stretches west across the Red Sea into land wealthy in gold, frankincense, and spices. But now new alliances to the North threaten the trade routes that are the lifeblood of her nation.
Solomon, the brash new king of Israel famous for his wealth and wisdom, will not be denied the tribute of the world—or of Sheba’s queen. With tensions ready to erupt within her own borders and the future of her nation at stake, the one woman who can match wits with Solomon undertakes the journey of a lifetime in a daring bid to test and win the king. But neither ruler has anticipated the clash of agendas, gods, and passion that threatens to ignite—and ruin—them both. An explosive retelling of the legendary king and queen and the nations that shaped history.
A mysterious beauty, a destiny set in the stars. Born under an inauspicious sign, young Ismeni is feared by her own people. The single thing she prays for: to live an invisible life. But that is not to be for the young woman who has captured the attention of the king’s youngest son. A story of love, passion, and twists of fate through the eyes of the woman who will one day give birth to the legendary Queen of Sheba.