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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #47

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released!

Here are my picks for the week:

The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora
Where Theodora went, trouble followed…

In sixth century Constantinople, one woman, Theodora, defied every convention and all the odds, and rose from being a common theater tart to become empress of a great kingdom, the most powerful woman the Roman Empire would ever know. But the woman whose image was later immortalized in glittering mosaic was, in fact, a scrappy, clever, conniving, flesh-and-blood woman full of sensuality and spirit whose real story is as surprising as any ever told…

When her father dies suddenly, Theodora and her sisters face starvation on the streets. Determined to survive, Theodora makes a living any way she can—first on her back with every man who will have her, then on the stage of the city’s infamous amphitheater in a scandalous dramatization of her own invention. When her daring performance grants her a back-door entry into the halls of power, she seizes the chance to win a wealthy protector—only to face heartbreak and betrayal.

Ever resilient, Theodora rises above such trials and by a twist of fate, meets her most passionate admirer yet: the Emperor’s nephew. She will thrive as his confidant and courtesan, but many challenges lie ahead. For one day, this man will hand her a crown. And all the empire will wonder—is she bold enough, shrewd enough, and strong enough to keep it?
Summary & Cover taken from
Length: 352 pages
Expected Publication Date: July 2nd 2013 by NAL Trade
Why I'm Waiting:
The cover is absolutely gorgeous! I'm serious if I could have a poster of it I totally would, plus the summary really has me hooked. I love historical fiction and this one looks like it'll be awesome and I hope I can score a review copy through Edelwiess because July is just too damn long to wait for this one!
The Serpent and the Pearl
Rome, 1492. The Holy City is drenched with blood and teeming with secrets. A pope lies dying and the throne of God is left vacant, a prize awarded only to the most virtuous—or the most ruthless. The Borgia family begins its legendary rise, chronicled by an innocent girl who finds herself drawn into their dangerous web . . .

Vivacious Giulia Farnese has floor-length golden hair and the world at her feet: beauty, wealth, and a handsome young husband. But she is stunned to discover that her glittering marriage is a sham, and she is to be given as a concubine to the ruthless, charismatic Cardinal Borgia: Spaniard, sensualist, candidate for pope—and passionately in love with her.

Two trusted companions will follow her into the world of the Borgias: Leonello, a cynical bodyguard bent on bloody revenge against a mysterious killer, and Carmelina, a fiery cook with a past full of secrets. But as corruption thickens in the Vatican and the bodies begin to mount, Giulia and her friends must decide if they will flee the Borgia dream of power—or if they can even survive it.
Summary & Cover taken from
Length: 432 Pages
Expected Publication Date: August 6th 2013 by Berkley Trade
Why I'm Waiting:
I've heard some really amazing things about this author's books so I can't wait to finally give this one a try. Hopefully I'll have a chance to read her other stuff before this one comes out but if not this'll be a good place to start.
Now, what are YOU waiting for this Wednesday?



  1. Okay both of these look absolutely fantastic. It's been awhile since I've read a good historical fiction read. I'll add these to the docket.

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    ~Danica Page
    Taking It One Page at a Time

  2. These look amazing! Great pick this week!

    -Marybeth P.

  3. I agree the cover looks amazing and sounds like something I'd read.
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  4. I haven't read anything historical in a couple of months, since Moran's The Second Empress. I need to read something by Kate Quinn soon :)
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  5. Nice - both look interesting. Hope they're worth the wait.

    Here's my WOW.

  6. I love both of your picks <3 I haven't heard of the first one before, but it's now on my GR list!


  7. Both of these sound fantastic! I'm definitely interested in checking out that first one... I've read a book about Theodora before, by Stella Duffy, and I wasn't completely blown away but was intrigued. Great picks!
    My WoW Pick!

  8. Oh gosh these covers are lovely, and I like the sound of them, awesome picks chicka!

  9. I'm always interested in unique settings for historical romance so I'll definitely check these out. Thanks for sharing!


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