Historical Mystery Giveaway: Oracles of Delphi by Marie Savage #HFVBTBlogTour

Author Marie Savage is on Blog Tour with HF Virtual Book Tours for Oracles of Delphi: A Novel of Suspense (An Althaia of Athens Mystery), and I have the chance for one of you to win a copy!


Publication Date: October 15, 2014 | Blank Slate Press | Formats: eBook, Paperback | Pages: 324

Series: Althaia of Athens Mystery
Genre: Historical Mystery

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All Althaia wants on her trip to Delphi is to fulfill her father’s last wish. Finding the body of a woman in the Sacred Precinct is not in her plans. Neither is getting involved in the search for the killer, falling for the son of a famous priestess, or getting pulled into the ancient struggle for control of the two most powerful oracles in the world. But that’s what happens when Theron, Althaia's tutor and a man with a reputation for finding the truth, is asked to investigate. When a priest hints that Theron himself may be involved, Althaia is certain the old man is crazy — until Nikos, son of a famous priestess, arrives with an urgent message. Theron's past, greedy priests, paranoid priestesses, prophecies, and stolen treasures complicate the investigation, and as Althaia falls for Nikos, whose dangerous secrets hold the key to the young woman’s death, she discovers that love often comes at a high price and that the true meaning of family is more than a bond of blood.

Praise for Oracles of Delphi

“Mysticism, murder and mystery in ancient Delphi: Marie Savage weaves intrigue and suspense into wonderfully researched historical fiction while introducing the reader to Althaia, a spirited Athenian woman with a flair for forensic detection.” (Elisabeth Storrs, author of The Wedding Shroud and The Golden Dice)

“Oracles of Delphi is an original and compelling mystery. Savage’s complex characters and deft writing shine as she pulls readers into the fascinating world of fourth century B.C. Greece. A wonderful debut!” (Sarah Wisseman, author of the forthcoming Burnt Siena Flora Garibaldi art conservation mystery and the Lisa Donahue archaeological mystery series)

“It is hard to make a female character both strong and vulnerable, but Marie Savage has done just that with Althaia of Athens. Well done!” (Cynthia Graham, author of the forthcoming Beneath Still Waters)

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02_Marie Savage_Author PhotoAbout the Author

Marie Savage is the pen name of Kristina Marie Blank Makansi who always wanted to be a Savage (her grandmother’s maiden name) rather than a Blank. She is co-founder and publisher of Blank Slate Press, an award-winning small press in St. Louis, and founder of Treehouse Author Services. Books she has published and/or edited have been recognized by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), the Beverly Hills Book Awards, the David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction, the British Kitchie awards, and others. She serves on the board of the Missouri Center for the Book and the Missouri Writers Guild. Along with her two daughters, she has authored The Sowing and The Reaping (Oct. 2014), the first two books of a young adult, science fiction trilogy. Oracles of Delphi, is her first solo novel.

For more information visit Kristina Makansi's website and the Blank Slate Press website. You can also follow Krisina Makansi and Blank Slate Press on Twitter.

Oracles of Delphi Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, December 8
Review at The Mad Reviewer
Review & Giveaway at Luxury Reading

Tuesday, December 9
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Wednesday, December 10
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Thursday, December 11
Interview at The Maiden's Court
Spotlight & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More

Monday, December 15
Review at Book Nerd

Tuesday, December 16
Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Thursday, December 18
Guest Post at Just One More Chapter

Monday, December 22
Review at Book Lovers Paradise

Tuesday, December 23
Review at Book Babe

Monday, December 29
Review at 100 Pages a Day - Stephanie's Book Reviews
Spotlight at Historical Fiction Connection

Tuesday, December 30
Guest Post & Giveaway at The Book Binder's Daughter

Thursday, January 1
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

Friday, January 2
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views

Monday, January 5
Review at A Bookish Affair

Tuesday, January 6
Review at Book Drunkard

Wednesday, January 7
Review at bookramblings
Review & Giveaway at Brooke Blogs
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

Friday, January 9
Review at Book Dilettante


To enter to win a paperback of Oracles of Delphi, please leave a comment below with your email address.


- Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on December 20th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
- Giveaway is open to US residents only.
- Only one entry per household.
- All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion
- Winner have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

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  1. I would love to read this!! Pls enter me!

  2. Sounds like a great book. lele@fpunet.com

  3. I worship Mary Renault's Greek novels, so this really intrigues me. Yves@YvesFey.com

  4. This novel is fascinating and captivating. thanks for this great feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Would love this. beava1313@gmail.com

  6. My e-mail address is glenohara@yahoo.com. I have read the pre-publication version of this book, and done some proofreading for the author. It is a wonderful book, with excellent characters and a clever plot, easily as professionally written a story as I have seen, far more so than many books written by multiply-published authors that I have read. One way or another, I will eventually own a copy; I'd be delighted to win the free one here and not have to buy it, but I will certainly eventually buy one if I don't. And I'll certainly be looking for the author's next book; I doubt that anyone capable of writing a story as good as this one doesn't have many more excellent books in them.

  7. I've long been a reader of historical fiction, but only recently have been reading novels set in an era BC. This sounds interesting and the setting in Greece will be somewhat new to me also. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Beautiful cover!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Sounds like a great mix of history, mystery, and the fantastic!


  10. I love mysteries set in various historical eras and diverse geographic locations. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
    sophiarose1816 at gmail dot com

  11. I've always been fascinated by the Oracle. Would love to read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. There aren't enough books set in Ancient Greece. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. this sounds like a compelling mystery.
    dkstevensne AT outlook DoTCoM

  14. I really enjoy stories on ancient Greece. Thank you for the great review and giveaway! You might also like J.G. Schwartz's new book, Inventing Madness, which I couldn't put down. Her story includes wonderful descriptions of vaudevillian magic acts, séances and circuses during the late 1800s, which transport you back in time. http://www.inventingmadness.com/

    1. This definitely looks like a fantastic read, Audrey :-). Thanks for sharing Inventing Madness as well. Sounds intriguing!

  15. It sounds like an exciting mystery. I would enjoy reading this book. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  16. I wonder if this read will be like other Greek set mystery series or hist myst books I've encountered before -- eager to find out what Savage has to offer! Please include me in this drawing, Amy. Thanks, Kara S
    shamy at post dot harvard dot edu

  17. Sounds like an interesting read.

    messernmontana at gmail.com


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