Rebellious and strong-willed, Kalliassa flees a political betrothal arranged by her brother, the emperor of Rome. She runs to the one man capable of preventing the match — her brother’s sworn enemy. Unwittingly, she throws her fortunes into the hands of a man pledged to destroy Roman rule.
Taurus, proud Governor of Panua, would do anything to provoke the emperor, even ruin an imperial sister. But Kallie is like no woman he’s ever met, and she tests his strength of will and his solemn vow to end the reign of her family forever.
Can true love overcome lust, lies, and deceit?
Q: Hi, Christine. Thanks for stopping by to talk to us about your new release. Please tell us a little about yourself.
A: I was born and raised in Scotland and now I live in Canada. I’m married and have a daughter.
Q: When did you begin writing?
A: I started writing novels about five years ago to encourage my daughter’s love of writing. She loved reading from a very early age and it seemed natural to progress into writing stories.
Q: Describe your writing process. Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write?
A: I usually start with an idea of the main characters and the setting where the story takes shape. Then the pieces begin to fall into place. My stories aren’t always linear. They often evolve and grow as I write. I have been known to write the ending first. 🙂
Q: Can you tell us about your most recent release?
A: My most recent release is Taurus, book II of the Imperial Desire series. A Roman girl runs from her brother (the emperor) and his political schemes into the hands of his sworn enemy, Taurus.
Q: How did you get the idea for the book?
A: This book is the continuation of a story revolving around a Roman family and their ongoing feud. After Maximus ended I had so much more left to write about the next generation that I started book II and made it a series.
Q: Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
A: That is so hard to choose one character. I love my Roman men. It’s like choosing a favorite child… not possible for me. Both Maximus and Taurus are flawed underdogs with redeeming qualities.
Q: What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
A: The challenging aspect in a romance is not to involve the secondary characters too much. My first books were sagas that remain as yet unfinished but I hope to publish them next year.
Q: Which authors have inspired your writing?
A: Wow, yes many great ones that I could not possibly live up to their skill level. Colleen McCullough’s Roman series – a tour de force. Pauline Gedge’s Egyptian historicals are unbelievably readable and magical. Jack Whyte’s series of Camulod (King Arthur and Merlin) are magnificent. And Bernard Cornwell’s Viking series (Alfred the Great) is my current fascination.
Q: What projects are you currently working on?
A: I’m just finishing up a romance set during the war of the roses. It will be released shortly.
Q: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
A: Network with other authors, join writing communities online and don’t limit your options to one avenue of publishing.
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The parchment rolled out of Kallie’s hand and fell to the floor with a sharp oath directed at the author. How dare the emperor use her as a pawn in his game of politics! The love and trust she had placed in him as a small girl, watching from afar as their grandfather groomed him for greatness, shriveled in the brutal realization that he now ruled with complete disregard for his family. Marriage! To a man at least three times her age, ruler of a desert country, and with a harem of wives and concubines, no less. The only choice appeared to be swift action to avoid the imperial order. On unsteady legs she ran for the stables.
The horses stamped impatiently, and Kallie glanced around for the boy normally on duty at this time of day. “Sergius, are you in here?” A rumble of laughter greeted her.
“Should you not be dressed for dinner in fine ladylike attire?”
Kallie squealed with delight. “Uncle Atticus! You have arrived at a most propitious moment.”
“Have I indeed.” Her uncle, in truth her father’s uncle, had taught all the children in the Gregorian household the most efficient and effective skills of survival in the roughest conditions. “And why are you dressed as a boy?”
“I’m running away.”
Atticus eyed her with skepticism. “From what?”
“Our esteemed emperor has ordered me to marry, and I won’t do it.”
“Hah,” Atticus grunted. “If you wait until after I eat and refresh my water supply, I’ll go with you.”
“But why? You will incur the wrath of my brother.”
“I have my reasons.” Atticus scratched his bushy beard, a twinkle lighting his dark eyes.
“Where can we hide from the entire Roman Empire?” Kallie mused.
“I know a place, but it will require cunning, and could be dangerous.” Her uncle chuckled with his usual good humor.
Kallie’s mind glowed at the possibility of escaping her brother’s reach. The great emperor, Caius Gregorian, would not be amused.