Inspiration for the Alpirion Kingdom
Since I’d borrowed from the Ancient Romans for the Deizian Empire, I decided to stay in Antiquity and base the Alpirions on the Ancient Egyptians. True, I made the desert blue instead of yellow, but it’s still a culture that flourished in what otherwise would be considered an inhospitable land.
Izana, the heroine of Poisoned Web, is an Alpirian slave who possesses forbidden knowledge about her people. Just like the Romans encouraged newly conquered people to adopt their language and ways, the Deizians have forbidden the Alpirion slaves to read and speak their native language. Izana is one of the few Alpirions able to do both, and it’s her knowledge that helps solve the mystery behind the former emperor’s death.
What’s something that fascinates you about Ancient Egypt?
The Deizian Empire
Genre: Fantasy Romance / SF Romance / Paranormal RomanceISBN: 978-1-940559-99-5
Number of pages: 278
Word Count: 78K
Cover Artist: Jaycee Delorenzo at Sweet ‘N Spicy Designs
The fate of the empire hangs on one slave breaking her silence…
As the Deizian Empire prepares for the upcoming wedding of Emperor Titus Sergius Flavus and Azruha, one mystery remains unsolved—the sudden and unexplained death of the former emperor. And as her wedding gift to Titus, Azurha wants to give him answers. She suspects an unknown poison was involved, and her search for the truth enlists two unlikely allies.
Modius Varro’s thirst for knowledge caused an uproar in Emona three years ago and exiled him to the border town of Madrena. But when Titus falls victim to the same poison, his expertise in medicine becomes essential in solving both the riddle of the former emperor’s death and finding a cure to save the current one. His search leads him to far reaches of the Alpirion realm, to an ancient culture shrouded in secrets, and into the arms of one slave who must break her silence to save the empire.
Growing up in small town Alabama, Crista relied on story-telling as a natural way for her to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained.
She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.
Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she’s had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.
And she’s also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)
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