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From the scorching plains of Persia to the opulent city of Babylon, Ashley and Alexander continue their sensuous and passionate journey through history.
Alexander the Great is now king of Persia and Greece – but his reign will be short.
Time-travelling Ashley knows when her husband will die. She’s determined to cheat Fate and save Alexander and her children, even if it brings the gates of time crashing down.
Following Alexander on a tour of his new kingdom, she plans her moves and bides her time. She must, however, convince Alexander to abandon his crown and his kingdom.
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Hello and thank you for having me on your blog!
A lot of people ask me why I wrote about Alexander the Great, and what inspired me.
I was never interested in history when I was in school, but having a mother who was a history teacher meant hearing about it all the time. Maybe, like osmosis, it seeped in, because when I started writing, I first gravitated towards history. I had been publishing short stories in magazines and had a good number under my belt, as well as a couple literary prizes and a nomination for the Pushcart prize. So, it was in all confidence that I started a short story about a journalist who goes back to interview Alexander the Great. He mistakes her for Persephone, goddess of the dead, and kidnaps her – and just like that, Ashley is stuck in the past. She knows she cannot change history in the slightest – or the Time Senders will erase her and it will be as if she never existed; her life must become a shadow life, like that of Persephone in the Underworld.
My decision to write a story based on the myth of Persephone came from my love of Greek myths. One of the first books my parents gave me was a huge, beautifully illustrated book of mythology, which I still have in my library. The story of Persephone, kidnapped by Hades and forced to live in the Underworld for six months out of the year, captured my imagination. Before I wrote, I had some research to do; I knew a lot about Greek myths but next to nothing about Alexander the Great.
I haunted libraries, the internet, wrote letters to professors, doctors, historians – and wrote the Time for Alexander series. After two years, it was finished and I started to shop it around. Anyone who has every tried to sell a novel knows it’s hard – but try to sell a cross-genre novel about a politically incorrect conqueror (although his bisexuality made him a hit with a certain crowd) -well, it was nearly impossible. I racked up more rejections than a cat food vendor at a dog show. Actually, I think the vendor would have done better than me. I didn’t give up. In the meantime, I kept publishing short stories and a YA novel, so I knew it was just a matter of finding the right publisher. I finally found one with accent Press, and the rest, as they say, is history!
Author Bio – Jennifer Macaire
Jennifer Macaire lives with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She loves cooking, eating chocolate, growing herbs and flowering plants on her balcony, and playing golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modeled for five years for Elite. She met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.
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