You guys know I love Kate Quinn’s Rome series (some of my all-time favorite historical fiction!) and I can’t wait for her upcoming novel on the Borgias. So imagine my excitement (not to mention the state of my nerves), when Kate agreed to read THE SECRET HISTORY.

And then something even cooler happened. She liked it!

“Stephanie Thornton’s Theodora is tough and intelligent, spitting
defiance against the cruel world of the Byzantine Empire. Her rise from
street urchin to emperor’s consort made me want to stand up and cheer.
Her later years as empress are great fun to read, but it was her early
struggle as actress and courtesan that really had me roaring: either
with rage at the misfortunes heaped on this poor girl, or with delight
as she once more picked herself up with a steely glint in her eye and
kept on going.”
—Kate Quinn, author of Empress of the Seven Hills

To celebrate, I’m giving away another ARC! Entries will be accepted here on my blog until Sunday, March 17th. (Because I’m officially now on Spring Break!) Just leave a comment and you’re entered to win. (And yes, international readers are always welcome!)

Also, Svea Love won the first ARC giveaway from last week. Congrats Svea!