Athens, 460 B.C. Life’s tough for Nicolaos, the only investigating agent in ancient Athens. His girlfriend’s left him and his boss wants to fire him. But when an Athenian official is murdered, the brilliant statesman Pericles has no choice but to put Nico on the job.
The case takes Nico, in the company of a beautiful slave girl, to the land of Ionia within the Persian Empire. The Persians will execute him on the spot if they think he’s a spy. Beyond that, there are only a few minor problems:
He’s being chased by brigands who are only waiting for the right price before they kill him.
Somehow he has to placate his girlfriend, who is very angry about that slave girl.
He must meet Themistocles, the military genius who saved Greece during the Persian Wars, and then defected to the hated enemy.
And to solve the crime, Nico must uncover a secret that could not only destroy Athens, but will force him to choose between love, and ambition, and his own life.
I’m giving away not one but TWO Advanced Reader Copy’s of Gary Corby‘s The Ionia Sanction.
(one, two ARCS AH AH AH!)
All you have to do to win is:
**Comment below with your email
**Have a valid postal address somewhere in the world
That’s it. Don’t you love simplicity? I sure do!
I will randomly select two winners on Sunday, October 23.
I will put that copy in the mail on Monday. That version will be an virgin ARC, waiting for your hands in breathless anticipation.
The other copy will go out sometime next week after my lovely wife is done reading it.
Which leads me to “How Gary’s Book Almost Caused a Divorce,” by Anthony Pacheco, Rehabilitated Hack Writer.
See, there I was, innocently editing my latest novel, when I get an email from Gary. Gary asks hey, do you want an ARC or two for giveaways?
I’m sitting in The Writer Chair(TM) at home, and go something like “Ah, man.” This is where I get into trouble.
Wife Unit: What?
Anthony: Gary wants to send me an ARC of his next book.
Wife Unit: What’s an ARC?
Anthony: That’s an advanced reader’s copy, available before you can buy it. Normally for reviewers and promotional giveaways.
Wife Unit: Cool!
Anthony: Well, it’s my policy to not accept promotional material including ARCs for books I recommend.
Wife Unit: But this is Gary’s book.
Wife Unit: You know how much I liked the first one.
Wife Unit: And…
Wife Unit: …
Wife Unit: It’s a good thing this couch is really comfortable.
Wife Unit: I’m sure you would not be the first husband banished to the couch over an “ARC.”
Wife Unit: The dog could use some company downstairs. He can keep you warm.
Anthony: Um, I think I’ll tell Gary thanks, that is really nice of him and send him our address.
Wife Unit: Thank you, Husband.
Now this story does not end here. Today I get in the mail the two ARCs.
Wife Unit: Oh! My book! Yay!
Anthony: Who loves you?
Wife Unit: You do! But… I just thought of something. If I read the ARC now, I’ll just have to wait longer for the next book.
Anthony: I am so blogging this.