Friday, June 17, 2011

CFBA Blog Tour and BOOK GIVEAWAY: Pompeii by T.L. Higley

**So far, I am IN LOVE with this book!!  Don't have a review ready just yet, but give me a couple more days.  Be sure to scroll down to the very end of this post for the info about a giveaway.  :o)

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
B&H Books (June 1, 2011)
T.L. Higley


A fiction aficionado since grade school, T.L. Higley, author of Pompeii: City on Fire (B&H Publishing House, June 2011) started her first novel at the age of eight.

Now the author of nine historical fiction novels, including the popular Seven Wonders series, Higley isn’t just transporting readers: She’s transporting herself, too.

“My Iifelong interest in history and mythology has taken me to Italy, Greece, Egypt, Rome, Turkey, Jordan and Israel, where I’ve gotten to study those ancient cultures in rich detail,” says Higley. “It’s my desire to shine the light of the gospel into the cultures of the past, and I figure what better way to do that than to visit the cultures themselves?”

In addition to her accomplished novelist career, Higley is a business entrepreneur and a mother. In fact, for Pompeii, she brought her daughter along with her to Italy for the research trip.

“We gave it to her as a graduation present, not only because Italy is terrific, but because I believe in exposing children to global cultures,” says Higley, who became a student herself again this year. She’s now a graduate student at American Public University, earning her master’s degree in Ancient and Classical Studies.

When Higley isn’t traveling on research trips, writing her novels, or studying for class, she operates four online retail companies, including – a family-run business that began as a way for her oldest daughter to make some extra money for camp. Today, it is a go-to site for parents, children and teachers all over the country, looking for beads and other kid-friendly craft supplies.

Higley lives with her husband and her three other children (aforementioned daughter now in college) just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Pompeii, a city that's many things to many people. For Cato, it's the perfect escape from a failed political career in Rome. A place to start again, become a winemaker. But when a corrupt politician wrongfully jails Cato's sister, he must oust the man from power to save her.

For Ariella, Pompeii is a means to an end. As a young Jew, she escaped the fall of Jerusalem only to endure slavery to a cruel Roman general. She ends up in Pompeii, disguised as a young man and sold into a gladiator troupe. Her anger fuels her to fight well, hoping to win the arena crowds and reveal her gender at the perfect time. Perhaps then she will win true freedom.

But evil creeps through the streets of Pompeii. Political corruption, religious persecution, and family peril threaten to destroy Ariella and Cato, who are thrown together in the battle to survive. As Vesuvius churns with deadly intent, the two must bridge their differences to save the lives of those they love, before the fiery ash buries Pompeii, leaving the city lost to the world.

Watch the book trailer:

If you would like to read the Prologue of Pompeii, go HERE.

And you heard me say GIVEAWAY, right?  :o)

The sweet folks at B&H sent me an extra copy of this book by mistake, and I'd love to pass it on to you!  Only thing is, ya gotta leave a comment along with your email address to be entered to win.  Pretty simple, no frills, and no begging you to follow my blog, post on your blog, tweet about it, and all that.  :o)  Just be sure to get your entry in before the end of the day on Friday, June 24th.  I will be drawing a winner on Saturday, June 25th.

But I have to give you the technical mumbo-jumbo first:

Void where prohibited.  Odds of winning are based upon number of entrants.  US addresses only, please.

Okay, that's out of the way.  The rest is up to you! 


  1. I would love to be entered! :)

    bluerosesheart at yahoo dot com

  2. Looks like a great book, would love to read it! Melodymaki at gmail dot com

  3. I read her book Petra and loved! This one looks great too! Thanks for sharing Christy!

  4. I love the fact that she's visited so many of the sites she writes about. This sounds like a fascinating book and I'd love to win/read it!! Thanks for the chance and for sharing about it.
    miralee at gorge dot net

  5. My son just finished her book City of the Dead and said it was fantastic! I would love to read this one. Thanks for passing it along :0)


  6. I've read such wonderful reviews of this book! I'd love to be included in a giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity. Blessings!

    reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  7. I'd love to be entered to win this one. Sounds really good!

    follow on gfc

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  8. Please enter me. forest_rose [at] yahoo [dot] com

  9. Oooh! Thanks for the chance to win!


  10. I love this author! I would love to be entered. Thanks for the chance.

    margaretmetz_writer at yahoo dot com

  11. I enjoy historical fiction and have recently read a few books from this era. It's not a era I had read much about before, but I have found them very interesting reads. Thanks for entering me in this drawing.

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  12. I'd love to be entered!


  13. What an interesting topic. I would love to read this book.


  14. I find the theme of the book rather strange but interesting; a woman as a gladiator? She must have been very strong. I would love the book for our church library if I am chosen. Thanks for offering the book.
    Candace Betts

  15. would love to be entered

  16. Please enter me. Your enthusiasm is contagious. I'm interested to see for myself.

  17. The lost city or Pompeii has always intrigued me and it's so awesome that the author actually researched it on site. I'd love to win this book. Great post! :) aprilannerwin(at)yahoo(dot)com

  18. I'm in it to win it also! New follower too!


  19. Would love to be entered.

    Avidreader at middleswarth dot net

  20. I love T.L. Higley, so thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this! honoapiilani(at)yahoo(dot)com

  21. Sounds like a great read! Please enter me in the drawing.


    Thanks :)


  22. I would love to in this book. I have really enjoyed her other books.

  23. I love T.L. Higley's books and I would love to read Pompeii: City On Fire. Please enter me in this giveaway.

    lovetoread205 [at] gmail [dot] com

  24. What an interesting concept! Please enter me:
    Rae, Best O' Books

  25. I'd love to check it out. I enjoyed Petra. And Guardian of the Flame. :)


  26. I'd love to read her book, i just discovered her work and haven't read this one. My name is Beccie Weaver and my email is Thanks for the chance to win


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