Paperback lovers may have rejoiced on Wednesday when I made my announcement about the complete series of Domna now being available, but there was one book-loving monster who was especially excited at the sight of this massive tome…in an uncharacteristically athletic way.

There’s really no explaining this sporty turn on the blog, best just to jump right in with the official coverage of the event….

Has Finn McSpool Met His Match?

Some call it a paperback. Some call it a blunt weapon. Others call it the latest muscle-building gadget. Finn McSpool, meanwhile, calls it a challenge.

Yes, it’s the first annual Book versus Beastie Smackdown!!!

In this corner, we have over 600 pages of historical fantasy fiction, otherwise known as Domna: A Novel of Osteria (The Complete Series). In the other corner, weighing in at, well, not much, we have the Irish Wooly Monster, Finn McSpoooooolllllll!

The competition? Can this little stripy fellow lift such a behemoth? Let’s take a look at how the action is progressing.

–Oh wow, Finn, that’s actually pretty impressive.

–Pshaw, this wasn’t even a challenge. After all my training, it feels as light as a feather.

–Wait, what’s that little silver thing? Finn! Have you been taking performance enhancing book stands? You know that’s banned by the International Book Lifting League.

–What? How did that get there? I’ve never seen that before.

–Finn, you were playing that two days ago.

–Oh, um, well—

Anyway, while I sort this out with the judges, let’s take a little spin on the wheel of promotion….

Commercial Break….

Domna: A Novel of Osteria (The Complete Series)

Destiny isn’t given by the gods, it’s made by defying them.

Sofia Domna has her future planned. She will follow in her father’s footsteps and lead the Temple of Apollo. She’ll marry her childhood love, Papinias. She’ll have respect, status, and power.

But when her father bitterly forces her betrothal to a stranger and orders her from the life she’s always known, Sofia is thrown into a new world where any wrong move could mean her demise.

Thrown into a world of full of political turmoil, violent ambition, and dangerous temptation, Sofia discovers her only chance of survival is to stay one step ahead of her enemies, but in Osteria new perils lurk around every corner and plots don’t always strike down their intended victims.

With every option having dire consequences to those closest to her, when it comes down to the choice between love and power, which will win out?

If you like the political intrigue, adventure, and love triangles of historical fiction by Philippa Gregory and Bernard Cornwell, and the mythological world-building of fantasy fiction by Madeline Miller and Simon Scarrow, you ‘ll love Domna.

Grab your copy of Domna: A Novel of Osteria to lose yourself in this epic tale of passion, ambition, and betrayal today.

The Complete Series of Domna includes all six parts of the serialized novel:

And We’re Back…

Okay, looks like I’ve managed (barely) to keep Finn from being banned. Guess I should go tell him–

Did anyone else hear a scream?

Finn! Are you okay?

–Um (grunt), yeah (grunt), all part of the (grunt) new training program. Ughhhh.

Okay, if you say so. I’ll just go back to hawking my book.

You can find your own big ol’ copy of Domna for your reading or weight-training pleasure at Amazon…

Click here for the U.S. Store

Click here for the U.K. Store

Note: If you’re outside of the US or UK, you may find Domna on your regional Amazon store by copying and pasting this number into the search bar: 1717901522


Hope you enjoyed this little excursion into the world of sports. I’ll be back next Wednesday with another look into the culture and history of Ancient Rome that went into the making of Domna. See you then!!!


5 thoughts on “Has Finn McSpool Met His Match?

    1. I had to find some way to make a joke out of my inability to fully hide the book stand (there might have also been some grumpy impatience going on…until memories of Lance Armstrong gave me the solution I needed). Thanks, Lance! Oh, and I’m sure Finn will have a workout video one of these days…I’ll add you to the pre-order list :))


      1. I’m sure that’s exactly the example Lance wanted to set 😂😂😂 And yes, sign me up for Finn’s exercise programme… As long as it’s all ways to cheat your way to apparent fitness, I’m in!


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