The Sicilian Sorceress
Released October 1, 2022!
Alexis is living the good life in San Francisco: a prestigious job as an art curator for the San Francisco Museum of Art, a budding romance with a fellow garden lover, and trips to Europe to immerse herself in history. But when Alexis is accused of theft at work, she turns to an innocuous herbal remedy to relieve her anxiety, only to be sent back in time to 440 BC Girgento.
Instead of curating ancient history, Alexis is living it.
Finding herself in a flourishing Mediterranean city on the southern coast of Sicily, Alexis drops into a parallel world where her job as the gardeness and herbalist of Girgento’s famed Kolymbethra gardens is gratifying but perilous, fraught with deceit, betrayal, and politics. Holding the power to heal or harm, Alexis is at the mercy of the goddess Demeter and a singular quest that seems impossible to fulfill.
Can Alexis accept her fate in this new world and find a way to save Girgento from those who would destroy it? Will she be able to unravel the mysteries that connect her old life to the new?
Or does the goddess have something else in mind for her?
Mary Knight likes to dream of travel, plan travel, experience the art of travel, and write about travel. It almost consumes her—the vision of meeting new people, tasting new food, visiting an ancient site, listening to the whispers of old limestone walls, and reliving in her mind, what it must have been like to live so long ago. Her first novel, The Sicilian Sorceress, is a culmination of her love for history, travel, and food. Mary lives in San Diego with her dog, Desi, and a garden full of vegetables and fruit trees. You can find her at maryknight.net or contact her at:
My Novel-inspiring Trip to Sicily
About the White Dog
The white dog has special meaning to me after my trip to the Valley of Temples in Sicily... let me tell you about it and how it inspired my novel, The Sicilian Sorceress.
As I wandered the perimeter of the temple of Castor and Pollux, a large, lanky, white dog appeared, slinking between the nearby bushes. Just as quickly as he appeared, he vanished. I felt he was an apparition, perhaps from long ago, there to encourage me to tell the story of Agrigento's past. Because I found him so curious, I knew he had to play a part in my novel.
Note: My story takes place in fictional Girgento, now called Agrigento. It has endured many names including Akragas!
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