Book Description

Vestal Virgin by Suzanne Tyrpak

The Indie Book of the Day for 12th of August 2012!

Genre: Suspense, Historical

Vestal Virgin–suspense in ancient Rome

Elissa Rubria Honoria is a Vestal Virgin–priestess of the sacred flame, a visionary, and one of the most powerful women in Rome. Vestals are sacrosanct, sworn to chastity on penalty of death, but the emperor, Nero, holds himself above the law. He pursues Elissa, engaging her in a deadly game of wits and sexuality. Or is Elissa really the pursuer? She stumbles on dark secrets. No longer trusting Roman gods, she follows a new god, Jesus of Nazareth, jeopardizing her life and the future of The Roman Empire. (From the “Tales from the Adytum” collection.) 336 pages.

*New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks says, “A writer of real talent, a promising new voice.”

* New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen says, “Suzanne Tyrpak weaves a spell that utterly enchants and delights. Her writing is pure magic.”

Please note: Due to the setting and the times, the book includes several scenes involving deviant sex–suggestive rather than graphic–and not more than a few paragraphs.

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Book Insight

  • File Size: 882 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1460943147
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Adytum; second edition (December 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G093HQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled

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Suzanne Tyrpak ran away from New York a long time ago to live in Colorado. When she’s not working at Frontier Airlines or writing, she enjoys bike-riding, swimming, skiing, hiking, and dancing.

Working for an airline allows her to travel extensively and do research for her stories. She’s been to Egypt, Greece, and Italy doing research for her novels. Suzanne says, “I like to smell the air, taste the food, see the light on the buildings, experience the people, and explore the setting I plan to write about.”

Suzanne is interested in the daily lives of ancient people, especially the roles of women. Much has not been documented. In order to create that world, she steeps herself in fragments of writings, jewelry, and household goods–visiting museums and consulting her extensive collection of books. At Marlboro College she majored in Classic Theater (with a focus on ancient Greek plays) and ancient religions. Research for Hetaera included traveling to Athens and Delphi.

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers awarded her first prize in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest for her novel, Sisters of the Nile. Maui Writers awarded her third prize in the Rupert Hughes writing competition for Agathon’s Daughter. Hetaera is Book One in the Agathon’s Daughter trilogy. Her debut novel, Vestal Virgin–Suspense in Ancient Rome, has garnered numerous glowing reviews. Suzanne has also epublished two short collections of (mostly contemporary) short stories: Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction) and Ghost Plane and Other Disturbing Tales. Her short story Downhill was first published in Arts Perspective Magazine. Rock Bottom is published in the Mota 9: Addiction anthology, available on Kindle. Her short story Ghost Plane was published by CrimeSpree Magazine. Venus Faded appears in the anthology Pronto! Writings from Rome (Triple Tree Publishing, 2002) along with notable authors including: Dorothy Allison, Elizabeth Engstrom, Terry Brooks, and John Saul.

*New York Times bestselling author, Terry Brooks says about her writing: “…a writer of real talent…a promising new voice.”

*New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen says, “Suzanne Tyrpak weaves a spell that utterly enchants and delights. Her writing is pure magic.”

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