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Friday, September 18, 2020

Land of Shadow by Miriam Newman - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Miriam Newman and her new book, “Land of Shadow”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Miriam and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Land of Shadow
by Miriam Newman


GENRE: Historical Romance



Born to a mysterious Celtic woman and a Roman father in Britannia, Domi seems destined for a life of ignominy until he is adopted by a Roman tribune.  When he is forced to choose between his native land and his adopted one, and between the living and the dead, which will he choose?



They did clear the land and began to move siege equipment into place, ceaselessly guarded by cavalry.  Domi had heavy duty and the heat was increasing daily.  Fortunately they had water and battlefield rations, such as they were.  It was anticipated that Jerusalem might have water, but they were going to run out of food.  Cannily, the Romans had let pilgrims into the city for the Jews’ celebration of Passover, but they had never let them out again.  They would eat the city’s stores that much faster.  It was the same in every siege, Marcus told him.  Starvation ended many of them.  In this case, he thought the people would prefer to die.  If so, Rome would oblige them.

The pounding of the rams began to the accompaniment of arrows and whatever else the defenders could launch at them. Titus had chosen to attack the western flank of the third and outer wall and posted still more cavalry at the earthen ramps he began to construct there.  There were attacks from postern doors that wore on nerves.

Domi knew many of the infantry actually envied the cavalry their duty.  The infantry was stuck with the brute work, but most had been through it before and did it without complaint, often in a spirit of contest.  The results of their labor were evident on the fifteenth day when three fireproofed siege towers were rolled into place.  Now guardianship of their resources began in earnest.  The Jews would undoubtedly attack those towers.

They did.  Assaulted by bolt and stone throwers the defenders had obtained from somewhere, the infantry nevertheless effected a narrow breach in the wall and troops poured in.  The resistance they met inside was ferocious.  Forced to retreat again through the narrow opening, they were picked off like pigs at slaughter and all the cavalry could do was hold outside the breach, defending the Roman troops trying to get back out.



My Favorite Scene in This Book:

Plot Reveal Ahead!

My favorite scene in this book, far and away, is the scene where the male protagonist, Domi, first meets Leah.  It is by its very nature a tragic scene because he is a member of the Roman army that has decimated her home in Jerusalem and taken her captive.  He has also suffered a grievous loss, that of his Tribune and foster father.  One of his friends has decided presenting him with a captured woman destined for the slave markets is the best way to console Domi.

But his friend has underestimated Domi, whose first home was Britannia where he was raised among a Celtic tribe and strongly influenced by the village Druid.  Although his father was a Roman, his mother was a Celt and that influence still lives in Domi.  Knowing his mother abandoned him because he was the result of a rape, he is incapable of doing what his friend envisioned and instead does his best to heal Leah, even knowing that eventually he will have to give her up.  He does, but by purchasing her and sending her to his foster father’s villa, he saves her life.

It is a foreshadowing of the moral conflict Domi will somehow have to resolve in order to move on with his life as he literally chooses between the living and the dead.



Fantasy poetry driven by myths and legends has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I was published in poetry before catching the romance writing bug. I bring that background to my writing along with a lifelong addiction to horses, an 18 year career in various areas of psychiatric social services and many trips to Ireland, where I nurture my muse. My published works range from contemporary fantasy romance to fantasy historical, futuristic, science fiction and historical romance. Currently I live in rural Pennsylvania with a “motley crew” of rescue animals. You can see my books at www.miriamnewman.com.










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  1. Miriam ~ Good morning! Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your exciting new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

  2. Good morning, Ally, and thanks for hosting! I am hoping to connect with fans of historical romance. If you can't tell, it is also my favorite...

  3. It sounds like you put Domi through a lot.

  4. Happy Friday! Thanks for the wonderful tour, I enjoyed following it :)

  5. I hope that you have enjoyed your book tour and I wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors, I am looking forward to reading your stories.

  6. Thanks everyone for visiting and commenting.

  7. This sounds really good, thanks for sharing