Valeria's Cross by Kathi Macias

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In the 3rd century, pampered Roman princess Valeria falls in love with Mauritius, captain of the Theban Legion. She sends him off to battle, where he suffers under the schemes of a notorious pagan general with an ambition for power and a lust for Valeria. In a scene based on true events, the evil Galerius kills Mauritius and his entire legion for their Christian faith. And in a shocking turn of events, the grieving Valeria is forced to become Galerius’ wife against her will. Never has a marriage been set up for such failure. Valeria loathes her new husband, but he seems to undergo a change of heart, adopting a child for her and giving her power and authority, and even love. She struggles with the commitment she knows she must keep, and the love she knows she will never find again.


About Kathi Macias

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Kathi Macias is an Angel-award winning writer who has authored or co-authored thirty books, including the bestselling devotional A Moment A Day , the popular Matthews mystery novels, and thenbsp;Extreme Devotionnbsp;series scheduled for 2010-2011 release. She is a popular speaker at churches, women's clubs and retreats, and writers' conferences, and has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs. She also hosts the international blogtalkradio program "Write the Vision" for The International Christian Network ( and is a regular online contributor to, The Christian Pulse, and Churchmouse.nbsp; Visit her on the web atnbsp; Susan Wales, a born storyteller and wife of film producer, Ken Wales, is a popular speaker throughout the United States and a frequent teacher at writers' conferences. A partner in Gaga Animation with Jeff Holder, she also has spoken internationally on storytelling in production. She co-authored Faith in God and Generals and The Amazing Grace of Freedom, companion books for those two films, and also co-wrote the popular political thriller series The Chase, The Replacement, and The Candidate. Best known for her Match Made in Heaven series of compiled true stories, Susan co-wrote two etiquette books, Social Graces and Social Graces for your Wedding, and an entertaining book, The Pleasure of Your Company. Her top-selling gift books with author Alice Gray are A Christmas Keepsake, Keepsakes for a Mother's Heart, and Grandmother, Another Name for Love.
Published March 1, 2010 by Abingdon Press. 386 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Macias (A Moment A Day) and Wales (the Match Made in Heaven series) collaborate on historical fiction set in the 3rd-century Roman Empire, in the last days of persecution of Christians before Constantine legitimizes the religion.

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Emperor Diocletian (r.284-305 A.D.) is a brilliant leader whose innovative reforms reinvigorate the Roman Empire, but when his power starts to slip he lashes out with a ferocious persecution of the Christians.

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