Why did you choose to write this particular book? Because ‘Barbarian’s Mistress’ was so well received I felt I was being given permission to go on another holiday to the Ancient Roman Empire. I jumped at the chance. Visiting some of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, like the Colossus of Rhodes, was just sooo much fun! The scene where little Gali tries to prove she’s an adult (she’s 8) by spanning the width of the thumb of the fallen Colossus with her arms was one of my favourites. I could imagine sitting in that great bronze hand on a sunny Aegean day. It took me away from the constant rain and cold of England!
How do you promote this book? Other than this book tour with Orangeberry? I offer my books for free every few months so new readers can try my books out to see if they like them. I have a website that I’m developing that has a lot of behind the scenes information on my books and me, as well special offers like the Romance Collector’s Ecards I’m giving away to readers at the moment. I loved designing these.
I also do talks on writing and self-publishing to interested groups. I’m a teacher and presenter so that bit is easy and enjoyable. I also write Ezine articles on writing and other subjects, which draws interested people to my website and books. I spend a lot of time answering emails readers send me, as this is both a pleasure and good for promotion.
Will you write others in this genre? Absolutely! I had to do a lot of research for these Roman Historical novels and so I like to make the most of that. I also love this period in history so writing another Romance set in this period will be a pleasure.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? There are several. One is the destructive, dehumanising effect slavery has on the soul. (And many of us are still slaves, even today, just in a different form.) Another is that a woman who survives having her breasts cut off is as much a warrior as any man who fights in battle (a message for breast cancer survivors). That guilt is destructive. And lastly, and most importantly, that love is the greatest healer of all the wounds life inflicts on us.
How much of the book is realistic? All of it. I try to make my historical fiction as accurate and realistic and ‘true’ as possible, while still keeping it light.
A mother and child kidnapped at Imperial command!
Only they can save them…
An Imperial Purge leaves a stoic philosopher dead and his wife and youngest child kidnapped. Galeria, the teacher’s elder daughter and Cyra , her Parthian slave girl, are the only ones who can save them. But their task seems impossible until two men arrive to aid their search.
Nexus once saved his mistress from Vesuvius. But since the death of his lover, he is only half the man he was. Sent to save the family from the emperor’s wrath, he never expected to find love and a reason to live again. But, from the first moment he meets Galeria and agrees to help her, his life has meaning again. And he will do anything to find her mother and keep his new love safe from the fiend who wants her for himself.
Decaneus the Dacian warrior, renamed Leonis after he slew a lion in the Colosseum, has no goal but regaining his freedom. That is, until he meets Cyra. Then her goals become his, as they set out to rescue the child that she loves most in all the world.
Across the Aegean, from Rhodes to Ephesus and Antioch, the couples pit themselves against the might of an emperor, a devious fiend and treacherous slavers, as they race to rescue a mother and daughter from their terrible fate.
What readers say about Nhys Glover’s Roman Historical Romances:
“This is a very good romantic adventure with well-developed characters that held my interest until early into the morning” Lorijay
“I LOVED this book (note the shouty caps). This is a beautifully written novel with strong engaging lead and secondary characters and a gripping story line that kept me in suspense right until the end.” Ereviewer
“Interesting story line full of adventure and romance. Can’t wait for more books by this author. I never thought that the Roman empire was so depraved.” Eda
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Genre – Historical Romance
Rating – PG
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What were the main themes of the book? Slavery, romance and family. For the most part, the book moved fast but the character descriptions were lengthy and sometimes confusing.
Describe 2 different settings or locations. Cyra and Deaneus at the Inn. I liked how the reader was able to gain multiple perspectives into their relationship. Leonis and Cyra in bed together, loved the emotion and passion, of course.
Were you able to connect with the main character and why? In many ways, Cyra was easy to connect with but there were also bits I found her confusing. You think she's going to react one way, but then she reacts in another way and the story becomes more layered.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.
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