To celebrate the publication of PRINCE AT WAR, the third title in The Ginecean Chronicles, by Monica La Porta the first book in the series, THE PRIEST by Monica La Porta is #FREE from September 10, 2013 through September 14, 2013.
Mauricio is a slave. Like any man born on Ginecea, he is but a number to the pure breed women who rule over him with cruel hands. Imprisoned inside the Temple since birth, Mauricio has never been outside, never felt the warmth of the sun on his skin. He lives a life devoid of hopes and desires. Then one day, he hears Rosie sing. He risks everything for one look at her and his life is changed forever. An impossible friendship blossoms into affection deemed sinful and perverted in a society where the only rightful union is between women. Love is born where only hate has roots and leads Mauricio to uncover a truth that could destroy Ginecea.
The Priest is the first book in The Ginecean Chronicles.
WHAT READERS HAD TO SAY:
~~The Priest took me hostage for 24-hours. If I wasn’t reading late into the night or stealing moments to read during the day, I was–and still am–thinking about this captivating tale… This is a story of forbidden love between a slave and a “pure breed” woman, who transcend prejudice and hatred to find a soul mate. It is brilliantly written, vivid, and elicits strong emotion. I was completely sucked into Mauricio’s bleak existence, rooting for him, worried for him, wishing hell fire on his oppressors, drinking in his few moments of happiness. E. L. S.
~~Within the first two pages, I became immersed in the story, and believed entirely in a world called Ginecea. The elegant prose used throughout means this novel would have worked for me as a simple “Star Crossed Lovers” romance. But Ms. La Porta’s vividly drawn characters and their interaction with each other transform “The Priest” into something very special. Deftly introducing themes of prejudice and hatred born of ignorance, counterbalancing the worst of human behaviour with the very finest: Courage to question perceived wisdom, humility to admit to being wrong, hope that the future can change, but above all love. Tinkertoo
~~With so many stories that attempt to make true love seem complicated, it’s refreshing to read something that proves that it is one of the most simple things a human will ever experience – and almost certainly the most powerful.
~~In `The Priest (The Ginecean Chronicles #1)’, Monica La Porta does a fantastic job of creating a society that seems to be the opposite of reality and then proving that it’s a lot more like the world we live in than we’d like to admit. The characters are vivid and believable. They will take you to the extremes of love and hate, but will never tell you until you arrive… and maybe not for a little while after. We see the world we live in. We see the good, the evil and the complacent. But we see it only from the tiny spot where we stand. Monica La Porta proves this in `The Priest’ and presents us with an invitation to take a closer look at some of the social, ethical and moral decisions we make and why.
I absolutely loved `The Priest’ and I’m looking forward to the rest of the The Ginecean Chronicles. G. R. B.
Monica La Porta is an Italian who landed in Seattle several years ago. Despite popular feelings about the Northwest weather, she finds the mist and the rain the perfect conditions to write. Being a strong advocate of universal acceptance and against violence in any form and shape, she is also glad to have landed precisely in Washington State. She is the author of The Ginecean Chronicles, a dystopian/science fiction series set on the planet Ginecea where women rule over a race of enslaved men and heterosexual love is considered a sin. She has published the first three books in the series, The Priest, Pax in the Land of Women, and Prince at War. She also wrote and illustrated a children’s book about the power of imagination, The Prince’s Day Out. Her latest published short, Linda of the Night, is a fairytale love story celebrating inner beauty. Stop by her blog to read about her miniatures, sculptures, paintings, and her beloved beagle, Nero. Sometimes, she also posts about her writing.
Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Monica-La-Porta/e/B007DZFP8W
The Ginecean Chronicles on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ginecea