Today, Passages to the Past is pleased to be hosting an international giveaway of D.J. Niko's new release, The Riddle of Solomon. This is the second book in Niko's Sarah Weston Chronicles, following The Tenth Saint.
D.J. Niko is tourning virtually with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for The Riddle of Solomon from June 24 - July 19, you can see the full list of stops below.
Publication Date: July 1, 2013
Cambridge archaeologist Sarah Weston and anthropologist Daniel Madigan team up for another expedition and adventure in this second book in the Sarah Weston Chronicles. While working on the Qaryat al-Fau archaeological site in Saudi Arabia, the pair uncovers a mysterious ancient scroll composed as a riddle. As they attempt to date and decipher the scroll, a flurry of ills befalls their expedition and the scroll is stolen. A trail of clues leads to India, Jerusalem, and the Judean wilderness, where the two discover the scroll was written by the enigmatic King Solomon as a map to an ancient manuscript. Meanwhile a privileged young Briton, Trent Sacks, has invested years and a fortune looking for his manuscript. Believing he is the last descendant of the House of David in the line of Solomon, Sacks will do whatever it takes to amass the ancient relics which will prove he is the Jewish Messiah. Leaving a string of murders in his wake, Sacks vows to crush Sarah and Daniel for challenging his quest. Journeying through the worlds of the occult, corporate greed, geopolitical conflict, Judaic mysticism, and biblical archaeology, Sarah and Daniel race to uncover the powerful ancient message that could have an explosive impact on modern Israel.
Praise for The Riddle of Solomon
"D. J. Niko's storytelling carries the grit of desert dust and the seductive scent of incense on every page as Sarah Weston races with a madman to save the treasures that King Solomon left behind." —Mary Anna Evans, award-winning author, Artifacts and Wounded Earth
"The Riddle of Solomon is authentic and inspiring." --Laurence O'Bryan, best-selling author of The Jerusalem Puzzle and The Istanbul Puzzle
"Take a dash of Dan Brown, a sprinkle of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and a whole lot of originality, and you've got the recipe for D.J. Niko's latest novel, the second in the spellbinding Sarah Weston saga. For readers who like their adventures steeped in research, authenticity, and nonstop intrigue, The Riddle of Solomon is highly recommended!" -- Ronald Malfi, award-winning author of Floating Staircase and Cradle Lake
About the Author
D.J. Niko is the nom de plume of Daphne Nikolopoulos, an award-winning author and journalist. Her first novel, titled The Tenth Saint, was released in March 2012 to rave reviews by both readers and the trade. In March 2013, it was awarded the Gold Medal for popular fiction in the prestigious, juried Florida Book Awards. An archaeological thriller embroidered with historical motifs, The Tenth Saint takes readers on an adventure across the globe: Ethiopia, the Syro-Arabian Desert and Abyssinian Empire circa fourth century, London, Paris, Brussels, and Texas. The Tenth Saint is the first book in The Sarah Weston Chronicles series. The second, titled The Riddle of Solomon, releases July 1, 2013.
Daphne is now at work on a historical novel set in tenth century B.C.E. Israel. The epic story details the collapse of the United Monarchy and the glory and fall of the empire built by King Solomon. It will be released in early 2015.
As a former travel journalist, Daphne has traveled across the globe on assignment, or for personal discovery. She has been to some places most of us don’t realize are on the map, and she has brought them to life through her writing for various magazines, newspapers and websites on an international scale. Her travel background and rich experiences now bring authentic detail, color, and realism to her fiction.
She also is the editor in chief of Palm Beach Illustrated magazine, a 62-year-old luxury-lifestyle glossy. She also is the editorial director of Palm Beach Media Group, and in that capacity oversees 11 magazines and 3 websites.
She is the mother of twin toddlers and, in her spare time, volunteers for causes she believes in—literacy, education, child advocacy, and the advancement of traditional and tribal arts from around the world. Born in Athens, Greece, she now lives with her family in West Palm Beach, Florida.
For more information, please visit D.J. Niko's website. You can also follow on Twitter and Goodreads.
PTTP has one copy of The Riddle of Solomon up for grabs. Giveaway is open internationally and ends on July 4th.
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Virtual Book Tour Schedule
Monday, June 24
Feature & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, June 26
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Interview at Bibliophilic Book Blog
Thursday, June 27
Review & Giveaway at Flashlight Commentary
Friday, June 28
Review & Guest Post at The Lit Bitch
Monday, July 1
Review at Bitches with Books
Wednesday, July 3
Interview & Giveaway at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Thursday, July 4
Feature & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Monday, July 8
Interview at A Bookish Libraria
Tuesday, July 9
Review at Overflowing Bookshelves
Wednesday, July 10
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages
Monday, July 15
Review at Jenny Loves to Read
Feature at A Writer's Life: Working with the Muse
Thursday, July 18
Review & Interview at From the TBR Pile
Friday, July 19
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee