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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Uber Imaginative Tosca Lee

by Yvonne Lehman
Tosca Lee is the multi award-winning, New York Times bestselling novelist of Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of EveIscariotThe Legend of Sheba, and The Books of Mortals series (Forbidden, Mortal, Sovereign) with New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker. She is best known for her exploration of maligned characters, lyrical prose and meticulous research. Tosca received her B.A. in English and International Relations from Smith College and has also studied at Oxford University. A former first runner-up to Mrs. United States and lifelong world adventure/traveler, Tosca makes her home in the Midwest. For more on Tosca, please visit her website.  


2015 ECPA book of the year finalist and 2014 Library Journal top pick The Legend of Sheba releases in paperback May 19. Ismeni, the FREE eBook prequel to The Legend of Sheba is available anywhere eBooks are sold. Tosca’s previous novel, Iscariot, the first-hand story of the infamous betrayer of Christ, won 2014 ECPA book of the year.

The Legend of Sheba

960 BC. The king of Sheba is dead and Bilqis, his exiled daughter, has gained the crown after a desperate overland march and battle for the capital. Solomon, the brash king of Israel famous for his wealth and wisdom, will not be denied the tribute of the world—or the riches of Sheba. With the future of her nation at stake, the one woman who can match wits with Solomon undertakes the journey of a lifetime in a daring bid save her kingdom.

An explosive retelling of the legendary king and queen, and the nations that shaped history. 

Fun facts about Tosca
  • This former first runner-up Mrs. United States hates washing her hair and regularly posts candid working shots on her Facebook Writer-Cam. Yes, she is usually wearing the same outfit two days in a row.
  • Tosca’s mother is Caucasian and her father is Korean. They were denied a marriage license on the basis of race in 1968. Growing up as a bi-racial child in the 70s, Tosca experienced racism first-hand.
  • Tosca is the stepmother to four kids ages 11 (twins) to 19.
  • As a classically trained ballerina, she danced semi-professionally at the age of 14 until injuries took their toll and sidelined career aspirations. The idea of writing novels came later, in college.
  • Her first writing job was on the staff of Smart Computing magazine in the early 90s. Yup, she’s a nerd.
  • She is a boxing fan and loves to shoot stuff—most notably, exploding targets. She also loves to fish. Cleaning fish, not so much. 
Yvonne Lehman is an award-winning, best-selling author of more than 3,000,000 books in print, who founded and directed the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for 25 years, is now director of the Blue Ridge “Autumn in the Mountains” Novelist Retreat. She mentors for the Christian Writers Guild. She earned a Master’s Degree in English from Western Carolina University and has taught English and Creative Writing on the college level. Her latest releases include eight ebooks for Barbour’s Truly Yours line and a Harlequin/Heartsong series set in Savannah GA: The Caretaker’s Son, Lessons in Love, Seeking Mr. Perfect, (released in March, August, & November 2013). Her 50th novel is Hearts that Survive – A Novel of the TITANIC

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