Stephanie Thornton (thornton_stephanie on QT) has signed with agent Marlene Stringer of Stringer Literary Agency.
Dear Ms. Stringer,
After her father dies, Theodora claws her way past every other theater tart in the city--including her older sister--to become Constantinople's premier actress. She accompanies a wealthy merchant to the frontiers of the Byzantine Empire, chasing his promises of a bronze marriage belt and the red sandals of a patrician, but he abandons her before either realizes she carries his child. Alone with an infant son and no means of survival, Theodora sells her body to make her way back to the capital. There she is introduced to Emperor Justinian.
He wants her.
But Theodora can be mother or Empress, not both.
The Emperor needs a wife who can provide him with an heir, not a woman with a son to tangle the line to the throne. Theodora must decide what's more important: keeping the son the Emperor can never know about or pleasing the powerful man who claims to love her.
THE SECRET HISTORY is historical fiction complete at 100,000 words.
I am a history teacher who has traveled to Istanbul for research and am currently at work on my next novel about XXXX.
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.