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Author Q&A ft Sara R. Turnquist + $50 GC #Giveaway | THE GENERAL'S WIFE #HistoricalRomance | @GoddessFish & @sarat1701

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for The General's Wife by Sara R. Turnquist, a historical romance available no...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for The General's Wife by Sara R. Turnquist, a historical romance available now from Clean Reads. Today, I am featuring an interview with the author.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner.

The General's Wife
by Sara R. Turnquist


GENRE: Historical Romance



“Go home!” Ismene is speechless as she reads those words written in blood on the walls of her new home. The young, raven-haired Grecian beauty had traveled all the way from her homeland to marry the Pharaoh’s top general. But she never expected this. The hatred of the Alexandrian mob for their Greek rulers is right in front of her. It is the first of many threats she will receive.

Things are escalating out of control. Damaged crops and horses turned loose at night are one thing. But when Ismene receives a death threat, it becomes clear that there is a spy within her own household. She would turn to her husband to deal with this issue, except he left for battle by order of the Pharaoh. Not knowing whom to trust, she fears for her safety as well as the entire ruling class of Egypt.



“Can you please take this blindfold off?” Ismene loved surprises, but couldn't stand the waiting. Alistair had risen early to prepare a special breakfast for them and served her in bed. Then he had told her that he had something special planned for them today—a special place for them to visit.

“Not yet,” Alistair said as he gripped her waist. Their chariot went over a bump which caused him to pull her to him even more tightly. She smiled at the feel of his secure embrace; even after this short time it still caused butterflies in her stomach.

She felt the chariot continue to move down the smooth path with a little rocking here and there as the wheels found imperfections in the road.

“We're almost there, I promise,” he assured her. His voice was close to her ear and it gave her warm chills. She thought of the feel of those lips on her neck. There wasn't much time to daydream, though, because, true to his word, it wasn't much longer before she felt him slow the horses and still the chariot.

“Ready for your surprise?” he asked.

“Yes!” She feigned exasperation.

Only then did he reach up, untie her blindfold, and let it fall. “The great Library of Alexandria.”



If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?
My first thought was “read minds”, but that would get old real quick. So, maybe telekinesis. That would be fun. But only if it didn’t cause headaches.

What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?
As much as I depend on technology, it hates me. Doesn’t work for me. I must have that electromagnetic thing that makes stuff stop working. My sister hands me the camera, and it will not shoot the picture no matter what I do. Hand it to my husband. It snaps photos like there’s no tomorrow. And he’s not doing anything differently than I was. Promise. Scout’s honor. I can work a word processor, but make me open anything else, I might just crash the computer. Printers die in my presence.

When writing descriptions of your hero/ine, what feature do you start with?
Interesting question…never thought about it. Usually general age. Like “a young, red-haired, petite….”.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I am a pantser by nature, but am working to become a “plantser”…doing some plotting on the front end, but not the serious outlining that plotters do. But more of an idea where I’m going than I’m used to.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? If so, what?
This was the first book I wrote (though the second one published), so I learned a TON about follow through and building plot and how your characters can carry a scene away. I also learned about incorporating beta reader feedback.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sara is originally from middle TN. After a short stint in Memphis, where she earned a degree in Biology and began a career as both a Zoo Educator and a Sleep Technician, she then followed a dream to work for a large zoo in Orlando, FL as an Educator. Once she and her husband started their family, they moved back to Tennessee. Sara and her husband now enjoy a full life with their three beautiful and very active children. Sara enjoys many creative outlets – singing, piano, drawing, drama, and organizing anything. And even though she has enjoyed her career as a Zoo Educator, Sara's great love of the written word continued to draw her to write. She has always been an avid reader and, for many years, has been what she terms a “closet writer”. Her travels and love of history have served to inspire her to write Historical Fiction. Sara has made several trips overseas to the Czech Republic. Her time among the Czech people and the landscapes of the country inspired her and greatly influenced her work on her debut novel, The Lady Bornekova, set in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. Sara is also a member of the ACFW.

How to reach me:


Twitter: @sarat1701

Facebook: Sara R. Turnquist

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  1. Great interview! Your technology comment made me laugh. My mom has the exact same problem, although she wouldn't want to admit it, lol. :)

  2. Replies
    1. It's my pleasure! Thanks for doing the interview. Technology hates me too. SMH.
      Especially printers and cell phones.
      Best of luck with your book tour!

  3. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

    1. Thanks, Lisa! And best of luck on your entry!

  4. Enjoyed the interview and the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  5. what inspired you to begin writing?

    1. That's difficult to say. I've always written. It's just always been a part of who I a child, I wrote short stories and little fan fiction vignettes. But when I was in college, I became fascinated with this period in history (the Ptolemaic Period). That sparked an idea for a scene. One scene turned into multiple scenes, turned into a novel. That remained in a drawer for many years until I got more serious about writing. Then it got dusted off and polished.

  6. Thanks again for hosting me today!

  7. I really enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!

  8. This book sounds SO great. Right up my alley! Historical fiction is my favorite genre and lately it's the only thing I want to read. ♥


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