Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Interview with Sara R. Turnquist, Author of The General's Wife

Title: The General's Wife
Author: Sara R. Turnquist
Series: N/A
Pages: 252
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Clean Reads
Format: Kindle
Genre: Historical Romance 
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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“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.
~Interview with the Author!~
Sara has thankfully agreed to answer a few of our burning questions! Thanks for the interview Sara, it's fantastic getting a chance to get to know you a bit! Let's dive right in :) 

Can you describe your dream home?
Large living spaces; a separate playroom/den you can see from the kitchen; a breakfast nook and a dining room large enough for a good sized table; a large master suite with a soaker tub, separate water closet, big shower, separate walk in his and her closets; an air conditioned storage room; designated office space; large rooms for each kiddo
If we were to come to your house for a meal, what would you give us to eat?
Salad, my grandmother’s Italian Baked Chicken, homemade mashed potatoes (that I’m actually known for), sautéed asparagus, glazed carrots, and my mom’s peach cobbler for dessert…only the best for my guests ☺
Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.
The fan said that a particularly moving scene “brought her to tears” (in a good way). What more can an author want to hear?
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
The Czech Republic. Not only do I LOVE the Czech Republic and the Czech people, I am writing a series based on a series of religious civil wars that took place there.
Who designed the book cover for the book you are touring?
Cora Graphics has designed all of my book covers. She is amazing at what she does and is so easy to work with.
Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck on the rest of your tour!! 
~Try an Excerpt!~
Once they were alone, he gathered Ismene into his arms. “Love, are you truly all right?”

“I am.” She sighed, closing her eyes and just breathing in the scent of him. “Now.”

He kissed the top of her head and rubbed her back. When he closed his eyes he could still see the scene that he had come upon when he had found her on the balcony, and his blood ran hot. He forced his mind back to the present.

“I have a surprise for you.”


“I thought I might read to you.”

“Oh?” She pulled back to look into his face. “That is a pleasant surprise. I think, sir, that you have found my weakness.”

“I think you know mine too, milady.” He said, drawing her in for an intimate kiss.
~Meet Sara!~ 
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.
 Sara will be awarding a Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. A great interview. I like the sound of your dream home.

    1. Thanks! I do have quite the detailed imagination...

  2. Another great interview! I have Eastern European roots on mother's side so I would be very interested in visiting that area of Europe. I wish you a great day!! :)

    1. Thanks! It is gorgeous, the Czech Republic. There is definitely a special place in my heart for the Czech lands and her people.

  3. Did you follow hockey in the Czech Republic? There are so many great Czech NHLers, and I always thought it would be fun to catch games there...


    1. Unfortunately, Trix, I did not follow hockey. But my Czech friends do speak highly of their hockey players.

  4. Great interview. Man, was I ever salivating reading that lovely meal you serve to guests. Wish I was YOUR guest!

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

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    1. It depends on the season of my life...right now, I am stuck on a Walt Disney quote: "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."