From Publishers Weekly
Macias (A Moment A Day) and Wales (the Match Made in Heaven series) collaborate on historical fiction set in the 3rd-century Roman Empire, in the last days of persecution of Christians before Constantine legitimizes the religion. Valeria is the daughter of Roman emperor Diocletian, a ferocious persecutor of Christians. Valeria becomes a Christian and falls in love with a Christian soldier who is subsequently martyred. She is then compelled by her father to marry the ambitious pagan general Galerius, whom she regards as responsible for the death of the soldier she loved. The writers are constrained by a faithfulness to historical fact that makes the story almost inanimate in spots ("And so the empire continued"), and also makes the character of Galerius unconvincing; trite dialog doesn't help ("I expected a real hellcat with claws"). The authors should dial down the history and dial up the fiction for a more engaging balance. (Sept.)
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About the Author
Kathi Macias is an Angel-award winning writer who has authored or co-authored thirty books, including the bestselling devotional A Moment A Day
, the popular Matthews mystery novels, and the Extreme Devotion series scheduled for 2010-2011 release. She is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences, and has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs. She also hosts the international blogtalkradio program “Write the Vision” for The International Christian Network (www.THEICN.com) and is a regular online contributor to Crosswalk.com, The Christian Pulse, and Churchmouse. Visit her on the web at KathiMacias.com
Susan Wales, a born storyteller and wife of film producer, Ken Wales, is a popular speaker throughout the United States and a frequent teacher at writers’ conferences. A partner in Gaga Animation with Jeff Holder, she also has spoken internationally on storytelling in production. She co-authored Faith in God and Generals and The Amazing Grace of Freedom, companion books for those two films, and also co-wrote the popular political thriller series The Chase, The Replacement, and The Candidate. Best known for her Match Made in Heaven series of compiled true stories, Susan co-wrote two etiquette books, Social Graces and Social Graces for your Wedding, and an entertaining book, The Pleasure of Your Company. Her top-selling gift books with author Alice Gray are A Christmas Keepsake, Keepsakes for a Mother’s Heart, and Grandmother, Another Name for Love.