About I Am Livia
Paperback: 390 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (May 1, 2014)
In this wonderfully imagined historical novel, a noblewoman skirts the political perils and pitfalls of ancient Rome while navigating the dangerous landscape of her own heart.
At the tender age of fourteen, Livia Drusilla overhears her father and fellow aristocrats plotting the assassination of Julius Caesar. Proving herself an astute confidante, she becomes her father’s chief political asset—and reluctantly enters into an advantageous marriage to a prominent military officer. Her mother tells her, “It is possible for a woman to influence public affairs,” reminding Livia that—while she possesses a keen sense for the machinations of the Roman senate—she must also remain patient and practical.
But patience and practicality disappear from Livia’s mind when she meets Caesar’s heir, Octavianus. At only eighteen, he displays both power and modesty. A young wife by that point, Livia finds herself drawn to the golden-haired boy. In time, his fortunes will rise as Livia’s family faces terrible danger. But her sharp intellect—and her heart—will lead Livia to make an unbelievable choice: one that will give her greater sway over Rome than she could have ever foreseen.
“Seamlessly written, this novel will appeal mightily to fans of historical fiction.” – Publishers Weekly
“I Am Livia is a wonderful journey to ancient Rome that provides amazing, thoughtful insight into one of its most influential and unconventional citizens … Smith’s Livia is such a dynamic character, so approachably human, at times fearless and forceful but also merciful and just…The historical backdrop of Rome becomes more accessible, less academic, when seen through the lives of Smith’s characters.” —Historical Novels Review
Phyllis T. Smith was born and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College and a master’s degree from New York University, Phyllis pursued a practical career in computer applications training, yet found herself drawn to literature and art of the ancient world. I Am Livia is her first novel. She has another novel set in ancient Rome in the works.
Connect with Phyllis T. Smith at her website, phyllistsmith.com.
Phyllis T. Smith’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, April 21st: Passages to the Past – author guest post
Wednesday, April 23rd: Dwell in Possibility
Friday, April 25th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views – author guest post
Monday, April 28th: Words for Worms
Tuesday, April 29th: A Bookish Affair
Friday, May 1st: Literally Jen
Wednesday, May 7th: Broken Teepee
Saturday, May 10th: Italian Brat’s Obsessions
Monday, May 12th: Passages to the Past
Tuesday, May 13th: Unabridged Chick
Monday, May 19th: Ageless Pages Reviews
Thursday, May 22nd: Books Without Any Pictures
Tuesday, June 3rd: Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Wednesday, June 4th: Luxury Reading
TBD: Col Reads
TBD: Historical Tapestry – author guest post “Why I Love Rome…”