Friday, December 16, 2011

Spotlight: HETAERA by Suzanne Tyrpak

ON SALE FOR .99 until December 31, 2011
Book blurb:
Hetaera--suspense in ancient Athens, is Book One of the Agathon's Daughter Trilogy.

Born a bastard and a slave, Hestia has a gift: the power to read people's hearts. And yet, the secrets of her own heart remain a mystery. Hestia's keen intellect makes her a match for any man. But even a literate slave has little control over destiny. Sold to a prominent statesman with sadistic tendencies, Hestia becomes his hetaera (consort). As her wealth and fame increase so does her despair. She dreams of freedom, but she faces enemies at every turn. When Hestia is accused of murder the mystery of her past unravels and fate takes another turn.

Hetaera: Agathon's Daughter was awarded third place in the Maui Writers Rupert Hughes writing competition.
Foreword from Tess Gerritsen:
"Powerful writing makes itself known within a few paragraphs. That's how quickly I realized that Suzanne Tyrpak is a writer of extraordinary talent, when I read the first chapters of Agathon’s Daughter during a writing workshop in Maui. I was the instructor, Suzanne was a student, yet I knew immediately that this was not a student's writing. This was polished, riveting work, lushly descriptive and fraught with tension. I wanted to read the rest of this story. I wanted this to be a book.
Now that book is here, and I'm delighted that other readers can savor the story that I've awaited so eagerly over the past few years. Agathon’s Daughter is a tale told by a writer who deserves your attention, a writer who certainly captured mine."
Tess Gerritsen
December, 2011
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Author bio:

Suzanne Tyrpak ran away from New York a long time ago to live in Colorado.

Working for an airline allows her to travel extensively and do research for her stories. She’s been to Egypt, Greece and Italy doing research for her novels. Suzanne says, “I like to smell the air, taste the food, see the light on the buildings, experience the people and explore the setting I plan to write about.”

She’s interested in the daily lives of ancient people, especially the roles of women—much has not been documented. In order to create that world, she steeps herself in fragments of writings, jewelry, household goods by visiting museums and consulting her extensive collection of books. In college she majored in Classic Theater (with a focus on Greece) and ancient Religions. Research for Hetaera included traveling to Athens and Delphi.

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers awarded her first prize in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest for her novel, Sisters of the Nile. Maui Writers awarded her third prize in the Rupert Hughes writing competition for Agathon’s Daughter. Hetaera is book one in the Agathon’s Daughter trilogy. Her debut novel, Vestal Virgin—Suspense in Ancient Rome, has garnered numerous glowing reviews.

*New York Times bestselling author, Terry Brooks says about her writing: “...a writer of real talent...a promising new voice.”
*New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen says, “Suzanne Tyrpak weaves a spell that utterly enchants and delights. Her writing is pure magic.”

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