Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Drum Roll...!!!

Today, I have something special to share!

Drum roll please....

Releasing July 18, 2014!
CrossBooks/LifeWay Manuscript Contest Finalist

Decadent Rome, 61 Anno Domini. The masters of the universe have crushed the Iceni rebellion with an iron hand, slaughtering and enslaving her people.

For Philip, his existence as a captive means living to hatred. He despises his rich, young master, resenting his life of servitude and the wrestling feats Marcus forces him to perform. Bitterness engulfs his soul until he only lives for the day when he will crush the might of Rome.

Then Christianity enters the picture. Taught by a Jewish breadmaker to know the man called Christus, Philip begins the struggle to forgive and honor his master. But forgiveness is not easy towards one who lives for himself.

Marcus Virginius knows nothing but power and pleasure. Destined to a successful career serving Nero in the Praetorian Guard, he wants no part of Christianity. And he is determined to crush Philip’s newfound faith – no matter what it takes.

Join Philip and Marcus in their journey of redemption, faith, and forgiveness. Is love enough to conquer hate? And will the light of the gospel ever surmount the darkness of Rome? 

Persecution abounds – will the two young men survive its terrors and live to experience the bright hope of a new dawn?

Here's what two of my endorsers have said!

"Alicia Willis transports readers back to the troubled clash between the crushing might of Imperial Rome and the vengeful determination of the Celtic occupants of ancient Britain. From the Dark to the Dawn: A Tale of Ancient Rome will delight readers of historical fiction."
 -Douglas Bond, author of Hostage Lands, Hand of Vengeance, and many other books of historical fiction and non-fiction.

"Alicia Willis sketches a stirring tale that delivers a powerful message of friendship, forgiveness and God's grace. An authentic period piece, it leaves you with a greater awareness that God's ways are higher than our ways and we are on this earth for His purposes. Anyone with a bend toward historical fiction will thoroughly enjoy this book. Definitely a moving, worthwhile, and edifying read!"

-Josiah JostActor/Writer with Jostie Flicks

Add to your Goodreads shelf today!

Alicia A. Willis is a home-school graduate, published author, and avid historian. She is a firm believer in the principle that one can accomplish anything by substantial amounts of prayer and coffee. Visit her at her blog or Facebook to view her historical-fiction novels and all the goings-on between writing!


  1. Congratulations, Alicia! How exciting this must be for you. It's sounds really good! I can't wait to read it sometime. :-)

    Have a great day!

    His Princess,

  2. Congrats! The cover looks great and I'm sure the story is, too! :)

    1. Thank you! I had an awesome designer. :)

  3. Congratulations! Looking forward to adding it to my list of 'Summer Reads'!



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