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Roxane stands atop a tower, watching birds of prey devour her stillborn brother. Uncertain of her position as heir to her dying father’s kingdom, she dares to dream of a new world: enemy races united, spreading wisdom across the known world. Only one man can help her fulfill her destiny: Alexander the Great.
Roxane seals her kingdom's fate when she bribes the priesthood and receives their help in bringing her to Alexander’s side. But there is one obstacle she cannot abide: the jealous scheming of Alexander’s best friend, Hephaestion. When he kills her best friend, then convinces Alexander to take a second wife for political reasons, Roxane’s fury rages beyond control: she poisons Hephaestion.
Losing his friend sends Alexander into a rampage of self-destruction, and Roxane can never confess what she has done. Alexander dies, leaving the empire in chaos with every general fighting for control. Widowed and pregnant, surrounded by powerful enemies, Roxane must save her life and that of her son.
ROXANE is an 86,000-word historical fiction in the tradition of Valerio Massimo Manfredi and Philippa Gregory.
I hold two cum laude master’s degrees and a BA from the University of Iowa where I participated in the Writer’s Workshop. My poetry and short works have been published in over a dozen journals, including The Missouri Review, Potpourri, The Wisconsin Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and The Atlanta Review.
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