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Shadows In The Ashes by Christina Courtenay

Genre: Dual time / timeslip romance partly set in 79 AD Pompeii (Roman Era)

Blog Tour Dates: 18th - 27th January 2024

Publication Date: 18th January 2024

Publisher: Headline Review

Standalone Novel

Estimated Page Count - 350

Formats Available - Netgalley Widget

Type of Post Available - Reviews and Q&As

Author Content Warning: Some violence (hero is a gladiator and takes part in gladiatorial games), a couple of sex scenes, and some scenes of domestic violence

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Present Day

Finally escaping an abusive marriage, Caterina Rossi takes her three-year-old daughter and flees to Italy. There she’s drawn to research scientist Connor, who needs her translation help for his work on volcanology. Together they visit the ruins of Pompeii and, standing where Mount Vesuvius unleashed its fire on the city centuries before, Cat begins to see startling visions. Visions that appear to come from the antique bracelet handed down through her family’s generations…

AD 79

Sold by his half-brother and enslaved as a gladiator in Roman Pompeii, Raedwald dreams only of surviving each fight, making the coin needed to return to his homeland and taking his revenge. That is, until he is hired to guard beautiful Aemilia. As their forbidden love grows, Raedwald’s dreams shift like the ever more violent tremors of the earth beneath his feet.

The present starts eerily to mirror the past as Cat must fight to protect her safety, and to forge a new path from the ashes of her old life…

About Christina Courtenay

Christina Courtenay writes historical romance, time slip and time travel stories, and lives in Herefordshire (near the Welsh border) in the UK. Although born in England, she has a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden – hence her abiding interest in the Vikings. Christina is a former chairman of the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association, now a Vice President, and has won several awards, including the RoNA for Best Historical Romantic Novel twice with Highland Storms (2012) and The Gilded Fan (2014) and the RNA Fantasy Romantic Novel of the year 2021 with Echoes of the Runes.  SHADOWS IN THE ASHES (dual time/timeslip romance published by Headline Review 18th January 2024) is her latest novel. Christina is a keen amateur genealogist and loves history and archaeology (the armchair variety).

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Blog Tour Schedule

Capacity per day as shown. Confirmed blogs will appear here. 

18th January

  1. bookescapeswithBabsW67

  2. Sheila's Reading Corner

  3.  Tizi's Book Review

19th January

  1. Splashes Into Books


  3.  Chez Maximka

20th January

  1. Scrapping&Playing

  2. One More Chapter

  3.  Rachel Brimble Romance

21st January

  1. Sharon Beyond The Books

  2. Being Anne

  3.  Novel Kicks

22nd January

  1. Proud Book Reviews

  2. Jera's Jamboree


23rd January

  1. QuirkyBookReads

  2. Bookish Jottings


24th January

  1.  Bookmadjo

  2.  Silkybookloverfun

25th January


  2. Jessica's Reading Room

  3. Jane Hunt Writer (jolliffe01)

26th January

  1.  Celticlady's Reviews

  2.  Bookworm86

  3. An American Elf Book Reviews & Related Side Quests

27th January

  1. Pickled Thoughts and Pinot

  2. Staceywh_17

  3.  Two Heads Are Better Than One

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