Books


Discover all of Tracy’s books below…

 

The Magi Chronicles
The Queen's Handmaid

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A jealous Egyptian queen. A lascivious Galilean governor. A beautiful servant girl. Theirs is a story of prophecy, self-discovery, and revelation.

The year is 39 BC. All of Alexandria awaits the arrival of Herod, the Galilean governor with his eye on the Judean kingship. The handmaid of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, receives a troubling visitfrom her aging mentor.
An orphan since birth, Lydia lives in the palace at the demand of Cleopatra and her royal child, the son of Julius Caesar. But Lydia has a growing problem on her hands: her beauty is becoming a liability to the aging queen, and the visiting Herod’s undisguised interest only makes matters worse.
When Lydia’s mentor is murdered, the handmaid inherits a daunting task. An ancient set of sealed scrolls, the secret writings of the prophet Daniel, must be returned to Jerusalem—before those who killed her mentor destroy the scrolls as well. The future of the Israelites depends on it. So Lydia leaves the palace to serve as lady’s maid to Herod’s wife in the Holy City.

Work in Progress

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A Follow-up to
The Queen’s Handmaid
~Coming Soon~

 

 

 

 



The Seven Wonders Novels


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~listed in order of time period

City of the Dead

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Pyramid of Secrets

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An unpredictable Pharaoh. An unprecedented pyramid. An unconscionable murder.

Hemiunu, Pharaoh’s Grand Vizier, orders his life with justice, truth, and precision. In like manner he orders the unprecedented building project with which Pharaoh has entrusted him. But good order is about to be disrupted. When the Overseer of Constructions is found murdered in Pharaoh’s slaughterhouse, a murderous spiral begins to unfurl around the pyramid. As the court swells with treachery and the body count rises, Hemiunu finds himself caught between his architectural legacy and his instinct for justice.


Garden of Madness

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The untold story of King Nebuchadnezzar’s daughter

For seven years the Babylonian princess Tiamat has waited for the mad king Nebuchadnezzar to return to his family and to his kingdom. Driven from his throne to live as a beast, he prowls his luxurious Hanging Gardens, secreted away from the world.

Since her treaty marriage at a young age, Tia has lived an opulent yet oppressive life in the palace. But her husband has since died and she relishes her newfound independence. When a nobleman is found murdered in the palace, Tia must discover who is responsible for the macabre death, even if her own freedom is threatened.

 

 


Shadow of Colossus

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Isle of Shadows

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Enslaved in a World of Money and Power, Tessa Dares to be Free.

Raised as courtesan to wealthy and powerful men, Tessa of Delos serves at the whim of her current patron, the politician Glaucus. After ten years with him, Tessa has abandoned all desire for freedom or love, choosing instead to lock her heart away.

But when Glaucus meets a violent death in his own home, Tessa grasps at a fragile hope. Only she knows of his death. If she can keep it a secret long enough, she can escape.


Guardian of the Flame

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Keeper of the Flame

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In the Alexandrian Library, Roman soldiers scatter papyri over the floor like kindling, intent on destruction. Meanwhile, Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, plots the seduction of the world’s most powerful political leader.

Sophia rarely leaves the lighthouse, preferring her maps, charts, and astronomy tables. But when her former student, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, reappears from exile, Sophia finds herself tangled in a web of political and romantic intrigue that threatens not only Cleopatra’s legacy, but the future of Egypt itself.


So Shines the Night

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In a city teetering at the brink of anarchy, Daria finds hope among people of The Way.

She escaped a past of danger and found respite in beautiful Ephesus, a trading center on the Aegean coast, serving as tutor to Lucas, the wealthy merchant who rescued her.

But the darkness she fled has caught up with her.

The high priests of Artemis once controlled the city, but a group of sorcerers are gaining power. And a strange group who call themselves followers of The Way further threaten the equilibrium. As Daria investigates Lucas’s exploits into the darker side of the city, her life is endangered, and she takes refuge in the strange group of believers. She’s drawn to Paul and his friends, even as she wrestles with their teachings.

 

The Lost Cities Novels

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Pompeii: City on Fire

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City on Fire

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As Vesuvius churns, a slave girl-turned-gladiator joins forces with an unlikely source to seek justice.

In the coastal town of Pompeii, a new gladiator prepares to fight. But this gladiator hides a deadly secret: she’s a runaway Jewish slave girl named Ariella, disguised as a young boy. A savvy fighter, Ariella determines to triumph in the arena, knowing her life will be forfeit should anyone uncover the truth.

Cato, a wealthy politician, moved to Pompeii after tiring of the corruption in Rome. But he soon learns that Pompeii is just as corrupt, and if he doesn’t play the game, his family could pay the price. Determined to bring about justice for the citizens of Pompeii, Cato searches for allies. But what he discovers instead is a confounding group of Christians . . . and a young female gladiator whose fame is growing daily.

 


Petra: City in Stone

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Palace of Darkness

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In an ancient city carved from stone, one desperate young woman searches for peace—in the calm before the deadly clash of empires.

In 106 AD, a single mother can be certain of one thing—destitution. So Cassia and her six-year-old son flee to Petra, her late husband’s birth city, in hopes of finding refuge in the loving arms of family.

But the great stone city is not what Cassia imagined. And a secret about her husband reveals her son’s true bloodline, making the boy the target of a royal conspiracy.

The Babylon Chronicles
Marduk's Tablet

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Chasing Babylon

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What if the legend is true?

Emilie Nazzaro saw her father’s obsession with an ancient Babylonian tablet lead to his betrayal and murder. Now, she’s been charged with deciphering the symbols on this centuries-old piece of clay and its legendary omen of healing power.
But others are desperate to get their hands on the tablet, too, and Emilie must first separate well-meaning friends from lethal enemies.
On a harrowing journey through Israel and into ancient Babylon, she uncovers the secrets surrounding her father’s death –but will she stay alive long enough to learn the truth?


Fallen from Babel

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Peter Thornton doesn’t believe in God. Or rather, he doesn’t believe in one God. All paths are valid. This is what he teaches his university students. One evening he ventures to his colleague’s office in the archaeology department and touches an artifact recently discovered from ancient Babylon. Now he is in Babylon, three thousand years back in time. Somehow he knows the language-and the people know him as Rim-Sin, sorcerer in high priest to the gods of Babylon. The moment he arrives he is accused of murder-a murder Rim-Sin committed-and he must run for his life. Against the backdrop of Nebuchadnezzar’s court, he and rival sorcerers vie with Beltshazzar, the Jewish upstart, for the king’s favor. Will he get back home? Fallen from Babel is like Back to the Future to Old Testament Babylon.

 


Miscellaneous
Retrovirus

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Nicholas Donovan is a brilliant genetic researcher with little time for God. He’s also damaged goods-and knows it-because one of his patients died in clinical trials for a cancer therapy. So why would SynTech Labs be eager to hire the disgraced doctor? Donovan’s not sure-but he’s not asking questions. Now, as the new head researcher on SynTech Labs’ latest gene therapy, Nick is surprised to learn how many Christians are scheduled for injections. When he discovers a stockpile of fatal gene therapies, questions flow. Can he investigate without wrecking his career. . .and perhaps uncover the soul he didn’t know he had?

© Copyright Tracy L. Higley