MY FICTION — Rubies of the Viper

a fast-paced romantic-suspense novel set in 1st Century Rome, during the reigns of Emperors Claudius and Nero

SYNOPSIS of Rubies of the Viper When her brother is murdered in first-century Rome, Theodosia Varro inherits the family estate, going from poverty and isolation to great wealth and a prestigious position in society. Only by identifying her brother’s killer can she feel safe, yet her efforts take her in quite the opposite direction. After her own actions and the scheming of others lead to catastrophe, Theodosia struggles to survive and recover what matters most in her life.

Progress on the sequel! I’m currently into the 2nd draft of The Viper Amulet, which is the sequel to Rubies of the Viper. Sign up for my “Martha’s Art” newsletter for updates and writing tips!

“RUBIES OF THE VIPER is a genuine gem of a mystery set in Rome during the reigns of the Emperors Claudius and Nero. It’s full of exciting suspense and beautifully developed characters. Marks’s rich portrayal of Roman life is delightful and gruesome in turns–just as a good Roman mystery ought to be. We get the grace, the violence and the perversion that was imperial society revealed through a spell-binding tale.” —Judith Starkston, author of Hand of Fire
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“If I were to select a book of the year to read, RUBIES OF THE VIPER would be in the running for top choice. Yes, it is that good.” —Rhonda Esakov for Story Circle Book Reviews  Read the complete review.
“I ordered this book after seeing all the five star reviews. Now I see they are well deserved. Impossible to put this book down. I HIGHLY recommend this book.” —Patricia Goodspeed, Amazon Vine Voice   Read the complete review.
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“RUBIES OF THE VIPER is a fast-paced, suspenseful and romantic historical novel, and a totally satisfying read. Buy this book, you will not be disappointed!” —M. Louisa Locke, author of Maids of Misfortune   Read the complete review.


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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
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I’m a Santa Fe photographer with three decades experience making bright, light-filled images of wild birds, bugs, beasts, plants and places… all in their native habitats (no zoos), mostly from the American West, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, and Gulf Coast.

The images currently on this page are from my April 2015 trip to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona.

Male Gambel's Quail
Gilded Flicker

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