ABOUT JEAN M. ROBERTS AUTHOR
Jean M. Roberts is the author of three published novels of historical fiction set in Colonial America, Weave a Web of Witchcraft, Blood in the Valley and The Heron. Blood in the Valley was reviewed by the Historical Novel Society. Her third book, The Heron, an Historical Fiction/Time Slip novel was published by Black Rose Writing on 15 April 2021. The Frowning Madonna will be her fourth work of fiction and will be published in March 2022. Jean is a graduate of The University of St. Thomas, an Air Force Veteran, and lives outside of Houston, Texas with her husband.
The Frowning Madonna
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Beware the hand that holds it…
It's 412 A.D., the Roman Empire is on the brink of collapse. In Albion, Lalia gathers with fellow supplicants to call on the goddess Cybele to aid their city of Londinium. It is a simple plan; lure her to the temple with Marcus, a handsome but reluctant priestly candidate. They succeed. The goddess animates her statue using the power of a golden orb, forged by Vulcan, the god of fire. A rival mob attacks; a melee ensues causing Cybele to drop her orb. Lalia retrieves it but in a panicked fight with Marcus, flings it into the River Thames. Without its power the goddess is trapped in her own statue. Before she turns to stone, Cybele lays a curse on Lalia's head; she is bound in a cycle of reincarnation and death. Only the return of the orb will set her free.
Through a dozen lifetimes, Lalia chases the orb while jealous gods and goddess impede her way, manipulating the location of Cybele’s golden ball to suit their whims. As its fame grows, kings, queens and world leaders seek to harness the unlimited power of the orb. Faced with a world tearing itself apart with war, Lalia must choose between eternal death and saving the city she loves from destruction.