Ascribe Novel Solutions: promote, advertise and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.comJane Dixon-Smith works as a book designer by day and a writer by night, whilst trying to keep her three children from switching off the wireless router, unplugging power cables and writing on her Facebook wall. The pseudonym JD Smith was created as the username on a writers' messageboard many years ago, and was adopted as her preferred Editor's title when launching the writing magazine Words with JAM.

Jane is an author of historical fiction and a member of the Triskele Books collective.

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Ascribe Novel Solutions: promote, advertise and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.comThe Rise of Zenobia

5 stars on Amazon

4.75 stars on Goodreads

Category: Historical

“JD Smith's wonderful characterisation and meticulous research paints a vivid and dramatic picture of Syria in the 3rd Century AD at a time when Rome is disintegrating under the weight of its own corruption. The early years of Zenobia, one of the great enigmatic figures of history, are seen through the eyes of her cousin Zabdas, a slave who becomes a general. Zabdas is the perfect narrator and his story follows Zenobia from clever, precocious young girl to imperious manipulator of kings and emperors, from the desert kingdom of Palmyra to Rome and back. Full of passion, intrigue and drama it draws the reader in and holds them to the very last page.” 
Douglas Jackson, author of Caligula

 

My name is Zabdas: once a slave; now a warrior, grandfather and servant. I call Syria home. I shall tell you the story of my Zenobia: Warrior Queen of Palmyra, Protector of the East, Conqueror of Desert Lands … 

The Roman Empire is close to collapse. Odenathus of Palmyra holds the Syrian frontier and its vital trade routes against Persian invasion. A client king in a forgotten land, starved of reinforcements, Odenathus calls upon an old friend, Julius, to face an older enemy: the Tanukh. 

Julius believes Syria should break free of Rome and declare independence. But his daughter’s beliefs are stronger still. Zenobia is determined to realise her father’s dream. 

And turn traitor to Rome ... 

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