Introducing a new type of post to the blog, the #TuesdayTeaser. #TuesdayTeaser features a line or short excerpt from a story. The excerpt from the book will be shared along with the book blurb and where you can find the book in case the line piqued your interest.
“I have protected Lucius since his mother’s banishment and will continue to protect him until I am given a new post. I have always been discreet, staying in the shadows. My presence has not interfered with Lucius’s activities. Like You, I have never lived in the Imperial Palace before. My allegiance is to Lucius, but I would have us be friends. Fate has brought us together. Do you not agree?” ~ Forgiving Nero by Mary Ann Bernal
Book Blurb: Rome. The jewel of the civilized world is no longer what it was. Strength has failed the Senate. Her legions are in disarray, and the Empire has fallen into Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus Nero’s hands. His reign begins under a cloud of scrutiny, for he is the depraved Emperor Caligula’s nephew. Nero is determined to overcome that stigma and carve a name of his own. One worthy of Rome’s illustrious history.
Politics and treachery threaten to end Nero’s reign before it begins, forcing him to turn to unexpected sources for friendship and help. Many of the Praetorian Guard have watched over Nero since he was a small child, and it is in Traian that the young Emperor places his trust, despite the inherent threat of reducing his mother’s influence. Traian is the father he never had and the one man who does not judge him.
When Traian secretly marries the hostage Vena, it sets in motion a collision of values as Traian comes to odds with his former charge. The whirlwind that follows will shake the very foundations of the greatest Empire the world has ever known, and survival is far from guaranteed.