Release Day!!

LPOT release day

 

Happy Release Day to Love Potion and Other Travesties. I know for some of you the blurb and characters may seem a bit familiar. That’s because Love Potion and Other Travesties is the sweet version of Love Potion Me, Baby. Sweet in a romance writer’s vocabulary means no sex.

This is the original version of the Love Potion tale. But when I got ready to submit the story, I knew that it would have to have sex scenes in order to be accepted by my publisher at that time.

So the story’s the same, the characters are the same, the crazy blue love potion shampoo is the same. But I wanted to make this version available for those who might prefer it.

Thanks for reading!

Amie

Coming Soon…

lovepotionsweet1.0So excited to announce my next release: a sweet version of Love Potion Me, Baby! This is the same great story, but without sex. We’re going to call this PG. There’s minimal light swearing and lots of sexual tension, but that’s as far as it goes. This is the original version of the  story. And I’m thrilled to be sharing it with you! Release date: July 9th!

 

Spotlight On…Teri Anne Stanley and Deadly Chemistry

Today I have a special treat. My agency sib Teri Anne Stanley is here with her new release, Deadly Chemistry. I’ve had the pleasure of reading Deadly Chemistry (review in the works) and wow! This book is fun, intelligent, hot, and all around fabulous! This is one book you don’t want to miss. But to hold you over until Amazon loads, here’s Terri Anne–

Thank you for inviting me to share my book! I’m in a state of “I can’t believe this is actually happening.”

FYI, from June 23-30, Deadly Chemistry is .99!!! Heck, even if you hate it, it’s not like you’re out a whole cup of Starbucks!

perf5.000x8.000.inddDEADLY CHEMISTRY, By Teri Anne Stanley

Some chemical reactions generate too much heat…

Former undercover cop Mike Gibson has been lying low, working as a maintenance man to put
his troubled younger brother through college. But when a beautiful scientist enlists Mike’s help
to repair the damage done to her lab by a group of vandals, Mike finds that his, and his
brother’s pasts, are about to be brought to light.

Lauren Kane was happy having a secret crush on the hot maintenance man at Tucker University,
but when the drug she was studying is stolen, Lauren has a chance to get to know Mike in
person. The problem is, he seems to know more about what’s going on than any maintenance
man should. But then the drug turns up in the wrong hands, and Mike and Lauren have to
decide if their own chemistry will help, or hinder, the race to save innocent lives.

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Author BIO:

 author photoTeri Anne Stanley lives in Northern Kentucky, near the Ohio River and her beloved Interstate-
75, with its lush rolling semis and musical rumbling tires. Teri has authored several scientific articles—and a three-ingredient recipe column, but isn’t allowed to write sex scenes for them, so now she writes fun, sexy romance filled love, angst and nekkid parts.
She’s also worked as a fashion designer for female body builders and a sex therapist for rats. In her spare time, she is a neuroscience research assistant. Along with a variety of teenagers and dogs, she and Mr. Stanley live just outside of Sugartit, which is—honest to God—between Beaverlick, and Rabbit Hash, Kentucky.

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Author Email:

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Author Website:

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On Blogging and Dieting…

Blogging, I have decided, is a lot like dieting. At least it is for me. That is to say that I wake up and think “Today I need to work out/start eating better / write that blog post I’ve been thinking about.” Then the conversation goes on (with myself of course) that I can “wait until tomorrow / this afternoon / next week when I don’t have as much to do / have a deadline / or when I feel better. ” Sound familiar? (Please at least nod your head so I don’t feel like the only one with these excuses.)

I got up this morning feeling pretty good. (For those who don’t know my  story, I have three lovely auto-immune disorders that like to pretend they are the boss of me on a regular basis. So there are many mornings when I feel more like crawling back into bed rather than strapping on my walking  shoes and heading for the park. )  Yes, this morning was different. But… You knew there was a but, right? But…my walking shoes were caked with mud. And I hate dirty shoes. Hate, hate, hate. See, I got sort of shanghaied into helping clean up a friend’s yard. (Read here:  my husband dragged me along and I couldn’t write out in the sun and can never just sit and watch, so up I went. Personally I think he does this on purpose. At any rate, I could barely walk the next day and loss the use of both thumbs for the rest of the week, but my friend’s yard looks great! )

Now, back to this morning and the dirty shoes. It was over 80 degrees at 7:30 when I took the Boy to summer school. A walk in the park was out of the question. A work out in the house was not going to happen either. I’ve already mentioned that my shoes are dirty . Were dirty. I took a rag, 14 paper towels, and an old toothbrush and scrubbed them until all the mud was gone. But it’s not the same. I want new walking shoes. Am I insane? Probably. But my once pristine babies are now a cleaned-up, slightly stained version of what they once were. Can I get new shoes? Not right now.

So tomorrow, I’ll put them on–now clean and really none the worse for wear despite my OCD tendencies where dirty shoes are concerned–and I’ll once again vow to start dieting / eating right / working out / and blogging. But just in case, one of my awesome auto-immunes decides to show itself and a work-out is not an option, I wrote this blog. There’s one thing off my to-do list.

Go Amy!

Cover reveal: Risking It All by JM Stewart

Risking It All

JM Stewart

Publisher: Penguin Intermixjmstewart

Date published: Sept 16, 2014

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Word count: 80, 000

AISN: B00FFFSZB6

ISBN: 9780698147980

Originally published in a shorter form as Staking His Claim

 Blurb


She’s everything he wants…

 For years, Kyle Morgan has hidden his true feelings from the gorgeous girl next door that he grew up loving and protecting. But when she shows up at his apartment in the middle of the night, desperately needing comfort and support, his iron will begins to waver…

…and the only thing he can’t bear to lose.

Kyle was always the big brother Cecelia Anton never had, but suddenly her goofy best friend has become a sexy man she can’t keep her thoughts—or hands—off of. As their deep connection melts into uncontrollable desire, Ceci is willing to put it all on the line for a shot at true love. Only Kyle is keeping a terrible secret about Ceci’s past that could destroy not only their lifelong friendship but their happily-ever-after…

 

Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpzuxkFy_6I

 

Purchase links:

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jmstewart2About the author:

JM writes passionate, heartfelt contemporary romance. She’s a wife, a mother, a spiritualist, and lover of puppies, and happily addicted to coffee and chocolate. She lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons. She’s a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily-ever-after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession.

You can find out more about JM or her books here: Website /Blog /Twitter /Facebook

 

 

 

Release Day!!!

Happy June 1oth! Happy Release Day to

Blame it on Texas

a contemporary romance by Amie Louellen

Every first love deserves a second chance. 

© 2014 Amie Louellen

 

BlameItOnTexas-ART(1)Shelby Patterson has come back to Texas for one reason and one reason only—to get her husband to sign divorce papers. She’s worked hard to build her California bakery, where clients clamor for her one-of-a-kind creations.

Seven years after her disastrous marriage, she’ll finally have everything in perfect order—just as soon as Ritter McCoy signs the dotted line.

Ritt is still pissed that Shelby walked out all those years ago without giving their marriage a chance. Sure, they were young and had just lost the baby that had rushed them to the altar, but they’d loved each other beyond reason.

Ritt gave up his college baseball scholarship, only to have Shelby and her mom take his parents’ bribe money and run. If Shelby wants those papers signed, she’ll just have to wait until he’s good and ready.

Or maybe, before she flies the coop again, he can convince her the love they had between them is still there—and still hot enough to melt their hearts back into one.

Warning: This book contains a sexy Texas boy determined to recapture his first love. May also produce feelings of nostalgia and longing for slow kisses and sweet tea.

 

Enjoy the following excerpt for Blame it on Texas:

She should have known she’d find him like this.

Shelby looked down at the oil-stained driveway to the denim-clad legs protruding from underneath the ancient Ford. The hem of the jeans was frayed, the worn cowboy boots dusty and with a few stains of their own.

She propped her hands on her hips, doing her best not to tap her foot in irritation. It would do no good. If there was one thing she’d learned in her time as Ritt McCoy’s wife, he had his own timetable and to hell with anyone else’s.

“I said, I need to talk to you.”

“And I said, just a minute,” his muffled voice returned.

Shelby bit back a growl and used the thick packet of papers to fan herself. That was one thing she didn’t miss about Texas—the heat. But with any luck and the good Lord’s grace, she’d only be here another few minutes, an hour at the most, and then she’d be on her way back to California.

A trickle of sweat ran down between her shoulder blades and into the small of her back. Shelby fanned harder and checked her watch. She’d been waiting twenty minutes for Ritt to finish whatever it was he was doing to the truck and sign on the dotted line. That was nineteen more than she cared to wait.

“Ritt.”

“Shelby.”

“I need you to sign these.”

“In a minute.”

“Now. I have a plane to catch.”

She jumped back, nearly snapping the heel off one peep-toe pump. They had been a special purchase for this trip along with the form-fitting black dress that hugged her like a second skin. Scrambling to get out of the way, she managed to maintain her balance as Ritt pushed the creeper from under the truck.

And there he was, the boy who stole her heart, took her virginity and married her all in one summer. Well, he’d had her heart for years before that. And he wasn’t a boy any longer; though the years, she grudgingly admitted, had been very kind to him.

“What?” he asked. Even lying down, he looked taller, broader, more. She was glad to have the advantage, standing over him like she was.

“I’m in a hurry.”

“Not my problem.” He disappeared in a quick swoosh back under the truck. But he left his image behind. Dark blond hair curling from under a ratty Longhorns baseball hat. Dirt smeared T-shirt covering a chest she didn’t remember as having quite so many muscles. Long legs, firm lips, square jaw.

“I’ve flown over a thousand miles to get you to sign these. The least you could do is get out from under there and do it.” Her voice rose in pitch, the whine she’d been tamping down rising to the surface. Couldn’t he see how they needed this? That it was time to move forward?

There was a loud clunk, which sounded like head versus oil pan, then a muffled curse.

He rolled out again, and before she knew what had happened he was towering over her. She took a couple of steps back for good measure, unable to meet his blue-gold gaze as he studied her face.

“What is it, Shelby? What is so important that you flew all the way out here to grace me with your presence?”

She was wrong. The years had been more than kind to him, they had outright adopted him. Had he always been this tall? This broad? This…masculine?

He had, she decided. But after seven years away, she had forgotten what a man her Texas boy had been.

She licked her lips, the sight of him bringing back more memories than she cared to delve through. Prom night, at the lake after the baseball games, Saturday afternoon in the canyon…

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Spotlight On: Rachel Brimble

Amie says:

I love the Internet. When I started writing, finding writers for support was a little of a chore. There were a few local writers’ groups, but still then not everyone was equally supportive of all genres.  But the Internet changed all of that. Now I have wonderfully supportive  friends all across the country and beyond. Which brings me to today’s guest. Rachel Brimble is here all the way from the UK to tell us about her latest release. See how great the Internet is? So welcome Rachel and The Temptation of Laura

From Rachel:

A little about The Temptation of Laura

CoverLaura Robinson has always been dazzled by the glamour of the stage. But perhaps acting and selling one’s favors are not so different—for Laura must feign pleasure with the men she beds to survive. Now, with her only friend at death’s door and a ruthless pimp at her heels, escaping her occupation seems impossible. Hoping to attract a gentleman, she attends the theater. Yet the man Laura captivates is no customer, but a rising star and playwright…

Adam Lacey has been driven to distraction since the moment he saw Laura. She is his ideal leading lady come to irresistible life—and so much more. Certain they can make the perfect team on and off stage, he is determined to win her heart—and discover her story. But that is precisely what Laura fears. And she has no idea that Adam harbors shameful secrets of his own. Will the truth free them to love—or destroy all their dreams…?

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A little about Rachel Brimble…

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

 I’ve been writing obsessively for about ten years and now write contemporary romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance and Victorian romance for eKensington. I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mum to two teenage daughters which means I get to write every day as well as being there for my family. I am a lucky lady!

When I’m not writing, I like to read, knit, watch TV and socialise with friends and family – one of my favourite things to do is walk the beautiful Wiltshire countryside with my husband, kids and beloved black Lab.

What compelled you to write The Temptation of Laura?

 The Temptation of Laura is the second in my Victorian romance series with eKensington. Laura was a secondary character in the debut (The Seduction of Emily) and it soon became clear she had a story of her own. The Temptation of Laura is set in and around Bath’s theater world and was a joy to write.

It has a darker feel than your typical Victorian romance because I love writing about the working class rather than the gentry. There’s no reason people struggling against poverty can’t find true love, after all!

 How did you become interested in writing?

I’ve loved stories since I was a very young girl and when I was about six years old, I can remember my teacher asking me to stand up at ‘carpet time’ and tell the class a story. I used to make it up on the spot! I guess it was inevitable, I’d grow up to be an author.

How has your environment/ upbringing colored your writing?

Where I live and my memories are an integral part of my writing – as I write for the US market yet have lived in the UK my entire life, I think I bring something different to the genre. All my books are set in the UK and the characters are British so I write completely from what I know.

Most of my settings and/or premises are drawn from my childhood memories/experiences or a topic that fascinates me. The Temptation of Laura became an obsession when I read more about Nell Gwynn, a prostitute, turned actress, turned king’s mistress – what a story!

What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

Write! So many aspiring writers wait for inspiration to strike or want the big time immediately. This just doesn’t happen! You have to treat your writing as a job and sit your butt in the chair and get the words down. A crappy first draft can be edited, a blank page can’t.

Also, be aware of just how much marketing and promoting is involved – you need to let readers know your book is out there. Very few publishers help with this side of things now and writers must incorporate time into their schedules if they want to sell books.

Describe your writing in three words.

Emotional

Intense

True

What has been your highlight of your career to this point?

The highlight of my career came in 2013 when I was offered a further three-book contract from Harlequin Superromance for more contemporary stories, as well as a further two-book contract from eKensington for more Victorian work.

A second contract offer from both publishers gave me the confidence to go forward and believe that I can actually write!

 What is your top writing career goal?

It would be a dream come true to make an independent living through my writing – that’s the top goal

What’s next for you?

I have just started writing book five of my Templeton Cove series with Harlequin Superromance. This is a contemporary romance set in a fictional UK seaside town and revolving around two characters who were secondary in book 3 (What Belongs To Her).

Where can we find you on the web?

Here are my links – I am Twitter obsessed so if you want to know what I’m doing (throughout the day!), that’s the best place to find me.

Website

Blog

Twitter

Facebook

20 fun facts about Rachel Brimble

Birthday?

April

me - 2012Favorite color?

Red

Favorite animal?

Dog

Siblings?

Older brother

Favorite drink?

White wine

If you were a jelly bean flavor, what flavor would you be?

Strawberry

Favorite Author?

Nora Roberts

Favorite Book?

The Tudor series by Philippa Gregory

Favorite dish?

Chicken satay

Ice Cream flavor?

Coconut

Favorite Season?

Summer

Dream Vacation?

Maldives

Favorite TV show?

Scandal

Pet peeve?

Prejudice

Favorite Place to Write?

Outside in the sun (rare in the UK!)

Favorite Superhero?

Superman

Cat or Dog?

Dog

Favorite Candy Bar?

Snickers

Favorite guilty pleasure?

Reality TV

Favorite vacation spot or place you’d like to visit but haven’t yet?

A log cabin in North Wales where my family and I go every year

I don’t know about the rest of you, but The Temptation of Laura is on my TBR list. Love that purple cover! Thanks for visiting my blog, Rachel! And the best of luck with your writing!

Spotlight on: AJ Nuest and The Golden Key Chronicles

Amie says…

One of the most rewarding parts of publishing is the friends that I’ve met. My good friend and fellow author AJ Nuest has a new release today so I’m turning my newsstand over to her for the day.

If you haven’t read this books they are fantabulous!! A great read for fantasy readers and romance lovers alike!

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From AJ Nuest…

Please join me in celebrating this special occasion, the release of my time travel fantasy romance collection… I present…

THE GOLDEN KEY CHRONICLES
For the first time ever…
are NOW AVAILABLE as one continuous read!
INCLUDING FREE BONUS MATERIAL!!!
The Story of Helios and Selene:  The Mythology Behind The Golden Key Chronicles

The key would unlock his future and the safety
of his kingdom,
but he never imagined the sorceress would unlock
his heart…
When
antiques restorer, Rowena Lindstrom, purchases an armoire containing a hidden
key and a “magic” mirror, she believes the handsome warrior prince waiting on
the other side is some sort of elaborate joke. Yet she cannot deny their connection seems bound by more than just the key and,
as her love for Prince Caedmon grows, she agrees to join him in his realm.
Prophecy intervenes in a way neither of them could have expected.
Lost and alone in the Austiere Kingdom, Rowena struggles to find her place, and
though she fights the heated advances of the dangerous Prince Caedmon,
the attraction between them brings challenges much deeper
than her troubled heart can recall.
After two torturous years held captive in the dungeons of Seviere’s Keep,
Prince Caedmon returns home with more than just lash marks lacing his back. He
now retains the secret behind the key, and is the only one who understands its
grim connection to his beloved Rowena. Yet their enemies to the north
are merely one of many obstacles determined to see them fail and, to
escape the clutches of the evil Wizard Gaelleod, Rowena and Caedmon flee to the
future—the one place Caedmon’s worst fears are confirmed. Though Rowena’s
memories have returned, everything he loves stands to be ripped from his grasp.
Join Caedmon and Rowena as they embark on an epic journey bound by fate, and
struggle to unravel the significance behind an age-old prophecy in The
Golden Key Chronicles.
What reviewers are saying about The Golden Key Chronicles
The imagery is so vivid it felt like I was sitting in front of a screen streaming real-time video. I love how the author cleverly crafted some straight up satirical irony within the plot. What Rowena says and what is meant, and what Prince Caedmon does and what is expected is a work of brilliance. 5 Stars from Writer’s Kaboodle
I LOVED IT! Oh My Goodness I was hooked from beginning to end and didn’t want to put it down until I finished it and was teary eyed at the end. It’s SO good. 5 Stars from Cloey Book Reviews
It is clear that, far from being your simple fairy tale, the Golden Key Chronicles will be as much of an emotional roller-coaster as a tale of enthralling enchantment. AJ Nuest’s stories have the ability to sweep readers into a magical kingdom, even without the aid of an enchanted mirror. 5 Stars from Love Reading Romance

Proving once again that less can be more, AJ Nuest’s Candra’s Freedom is an intensely romantic, intensely emotional trip into the fantasy of love and romance. Rowena and Caedmon will burrow into your heart… 5 Stars from Tome Tender Book Blog

Caedmon’s Curse left me out of breath in many ways. The fight scenes are vividly and flawlessly written and the same goes for every other moment in the book. Book #3 is my favorite out of AJ’s Golden Key Chronicles so far! With only one book left, she has me on pins and needles waiting for the last installment. 5 Stars from Broken Bird Media

LOVED the ending: I really thought I knew what was coming, but Miss Nuest nailed it with her well-placed sequence of events and clues. It was the perfect place to leave off – or leave us hanging I should say – for Book 4. :D 5 Stars from Friday Night Romance

An epic, fantasy, adventure and romance, with a dash of comedy, rolled into one fabulous book. The characters are wonderful. Rowena is a strong, feisty, fearless female and I love her slightly feminist thinking. Caedmon is the perfect complement to her and they just fit. The romance, the love, and the ecstasy that makes up Rowena and Caedmon’s relationship is toe-curling steamy, and beautifully written. 5 Stars from Follow the Yellow Book Road

Just when I think AJ Nuest can’t raise her bar any higher, she up and writes Braedric’s Bane, the final book in Rowena and Caedmon’s tale. Love, lust, romance, life-threatening danger and a good dose of light-hearted humor from the amazing characters that color her world of larger than life fantasy.  5 Stars from Tome Tender Book Blog
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Spotlight on Nancy Jardine & Men in Uniform

I have a special guest today, my friend Nancy Jardine. She’s just released a new book and she’s here to tell us all about it. Nancy?

Hello. I’m delighted to visit today just after the launch of After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks (25th March 2014), the 3rd book in my Celtic Fervour Series of Historical Romantic Adventures. I’ve been blogging about lots of different topics on my mini blog warrior wikilaunch tour but haven’t yet talked about something that seems to inspire a lot of interest and that’s ‘Men in Uniform’. Romance readers know the uniform can cover up a lot of sins but can also be a huge enhancement to an already hunky guy.

In my historical romantic adventures, set in Britannia of AD 71 -84, I have two main sorts of men. I’m writing about the strapping Celtic warriors and their opponents on the field – the Roman legionary and auxiliary soldiers.

What would my Celtic warrior uniform look like? Oh, now that’s very easy to describe since they didn’t have one! The Roman and Greek historians who left us some written evidence about the warriors of Celtic tribes – especially in mainland Europe – claim that going naked into battle was the preferred style. If you count the tattooing that was said to be common, some might just say the warriors were unclothed but well adorned. Ahem…

My Celtic warriors in the series live in what would be called modern day northern England and Scotland. I’m Scottish myself and know what our weather is like, so I truly can’t quite imagine the warriors presenting themselves for battle as naked as the day they were born- that image draws forth far too many cold bits and …goose bumps! What I imagine as being more common for the northern reaches of Britannia back in AD 71-84 would be partial dress. The normal clothing for Celtic males was a pair of loose trousers, braccae, which were simply held up at the waist with a rope belt and tied in tight at the calves with leather thongs which would have prevented ‘flapping’ of the cloth. The loose tunics they usually wore above- a simply joined rectangle of material- would maybe have been left off in battle. Trousers – yes; tunic– no; long sword- definitely and shield too!

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tribune croppedMy Roman tribune, on the other hand, would have worn uniform every day. The ceremonial aspects to the tribune’s uniform would perhaps have only been worn at specific times but it is a recorded fact that legionary and auxiliary soldiers always wore their uniform and had to be responsible for the upkeep of it. Loss of any parts, or damage to anything clothing, meant replacement by the individual soldier. If a Roman soldier had to buy a new piece of uniform or kit then it was deducted from their annual salary. It’s easy to see how daunting and hugely impressive a legion of soldiers (4000+) marching towards you must have been. Their shiny breastplates might have dazzled or deafened, and the rest of their gear would have looked awesome.

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Book 3 continues the tales of: Celtic warrior Brennus, who turns spy to gain information about Roman infiltration of the northern lands; and Ineda, a young Celtic woman who is taken as a slave by Gaius Livanus Valerius, a Roman tribune of the

XX Legion. Whether Ineda likes or hates, Gaius she is impressed by his appearance when he is in uniform. When she is forced to spend a long time at the garrison fortresses of Viroconium Cornoviorum and Deva, she learns very quickly to interpret the rank of the Roman soldiers by the uniform. It’s probably no surprise that she’d much rather be surrounded by half- naked Celts!

For CCNancy Jardine lives in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in an area that’s steeped in ancient standing stones, tombs, ruined castles and fantastic Scots Baronial architecture. A lover of all things Scottish, her homeland creeps into her writing as does her fascination with history- Celtic/ Roman Britain in particular- though keeping herself updated is a constant battle, since history is being rewritten almost every week as new archaeological discoveries are made. Writing time is shared with regular grandchild minding duties, tending her large garden, ancestry research and leisure reading. She is currently writing a family saga based mainly in Scotland, and Book 4 of her Celtic Fervour series. Topaz Eyes (Crooked Cat Publishing) an ancestral-based mystery, is a finalist for THE PEOPLE’S BOOK PRIZE Fiction 2014. After Whorl: Bran Reborn – Book 2 of her Celtic Fervour Series (Crooked Cat Publishing) has been accepted for THE WALTER SCOTT PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL FICTION 2014

Blurb

Pursued by Rome.

AD73 Northern Britannia

AWDDC x1000 (1)After King Venutius’ defeat, Brennus of Garrigill – known as Bran – maintains a spy network monitoring Roman activity in Brigantia. Relative peace reigns till AD 78 when Roman Governor Agricola marches his legions to the far north. Brennus is always one step ahead of the Roman Army as he seeks the Caledon Celt who will lead all tribes in battle against Rome.

Ineda of Marske treks northwards with her master, Tribune Valerius, who is responsible for supplying Agricola’s northern campaigns. At Inchtuthil Roman Fort Ineda flees seeking fellow Brigantes congregating on the foothills of Beinn na Ciche.

Will the battle against the Romans bring Ineda and Brennus together again?

Excerpt

Gaius was furious, the urge to lash out with his fists immense. A fight with Agricola would go a long way to improve his temper as he barged into his tented quarters.

“We are breaking off from the main legion.”

Ineda gaped at him, curiosity rising in her gaze as he stripped off his breastplate and let it slip with a noisy clank to the ground, not his usual practice since he was extremely careful of his armour. Shrugging and writhing his shoulders to free them from the weight of the metal he strutted around the small space inside the tent as he yanked off his tunic, the smell of his own sweat strong at his nostrils. The day had been long and difficult, his tension at odds the whole time. He balled the garment in his hands. Dropping it would be too easy, so instead he sent it sailing onto the leather door flap where it made contact with a resounding smack before slithering to the ground. He wanted to rant but knew that a poor choice since it would awaken Dubv whose small cot was behind a low partition at the side of the tent.

Ineda went to the small bed and tucked the blanket around Dubv. She did not even attempt to lift his discarded uniform and only looked a tiny bit wary as he strutted around the restricted interior. She knew well how to avoid confrontation with him; though he guessed she was probably itching to know what was angering him so much. She always wanted to know everything. Her eventual words were soft into the heavy silence, treading as warily as her eyes.

“Breaking off?”

“New orders.”

It was rare that Gaius felt so angry he could not speak. Agricola had often made changes to plans which had disappointed and annoyed him but they had never made him livid like those he had just received.

“You are returning to Eboracum?”

“No, Ineda. Not Eboracum. Agricola has decided that I need to remain at the old fortress near Easg when the column arrives there on the morrow.”

You can read about Nancy’s  first century Celts and Romans in her Celtic Fervour Series.

I know I’m intrigued. I can only imagine the research involved. Thanks for sharing your new book and your men in uniform with us, Nancy!

Nancy Jardine’s novels can be found in paperback and ebook formats from: Amazon UK author page Amazon US author page Crooked Cat Bookstore; Waterstones; Barnes & Noble; Smashwords; W. H. Smith; and other book retailers.

Nancy can be found at the following places: Blog, Website, Facebook, Goodreads, About Me, LinkedIn, Twitter @nansjar, & Google+ So get out there and check it out!