Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Tossed Summer Salad of News!

Today’s blog is a summer tossed salad of news.
I want to mention and thank Romancereader at
“Seriously Reviewed” for taking “Owned By Rome”
seriously and giving it a wonderful review.
Review: “Owned by Rome is an epic tale of lust, love
betrayal, and forgiveness. There were so many facets of the story,
 that as it unfolded, I forgot that I was supposed to be reading
 a romance and simply enjoyed the historical detail. The author
 does such a brilliant job of weaving fact, fiction and hypothesis,
that I was swept into the story and believed every word I read.
Some of the things I loved most about the story were also
aspects that some readers might not enjoy as much as I did.
The romance is often overshadowed by the historical details.
But the historical details are interesting.
The first third of the book reveals most about Atellus.
There is a lot of telling of events that had already occurred.
There was a build up of a certain aspect of the story that
wasn’t at all what I expected to happen. So lots of twists and
turns in the plot. The history of Atellus was also interesting,
but Owned By Rome at times, read more like literature and
was harder to lose myself in the story. There is an abundant
use of Latin in the story, but the use is not confusing
because Ms. Leon weaves words with clarity and context.
Once the story really picks up, after Rutila is introduced,
the romance of the story is bittersweet. They are both damaged
souls and need each other. But the wounds inflicted during
turbulent times fester in Rutila. Atellus is gentle and patient,
but also has darker needs. Rutila must forgive herself for
living before she can open herself to accept Atellus’ love.
And Atellus has to free the one woman who fires his soul.
She won’t be owned by a Roman. But if he lets her go,
he may never have her again.
Reading Owned by Rome will take you on an emotional
journey and in the end you’ll be glad you read the story.”
(Thank you!)
I also want to congratulate Tessie Bradford
on the release of her latest erotic romance
“Treasuring Evie” Here’s the blurb:
“So let’s recap. You screwed like bunnies in the yard and
then went inside to make omelets and get to know each other?”

Evelyn Ashlyn is living a life she’s struggled hard
to achieve. Her business is thriving, as is her career as an artist.
Success, however, always comes with a price. For Evie,
the price is her personal life—and sex life. She’s not had
any for two years. Dalliances with the summer tourists are
against her code of ethics and the few bachelors in her small
town are single for a reason.
Matt Carstead, recently retired Detroit police officer, thought
his dream come true was to move up north and spend his
days woodworking, fishing and relaxing. That was until he
met Evie, his fantasy woman come to life. Especially when he
discovers his new neighbor swims in the nude—and has a
mouth like heaven on earth.
Neither of them ever imagined what was about to happen.

      Tessie Bradford’s “Treasuring Evie” is available
now from Ellora’s Cave Quickies.
(Nude swimming? It sure sounds like fun!)
I finally finished my Christmas WIP and can take a
short rest from Christmas until the real Christmas
decorations start showing in stores in mid-September…
This week also marked Amber and I taking the
first step toward getting an interesting Ellora’s Cave
group project off the ground. I can’t wait to have something
solid to report on that front and hopefully we will soon.
Last but most important our sister scribe and blog
“Hunkifier” supreme Marianne Stephens aka April Ash is
 leaving us and hopefully will get a little rest and a moment to
herself to write more wonderful books. Thank you Marianne
for your generous, hard work and your sweet sense of humor.
You were the great informer. Without Marianne, how will
we know when National–hug-a-hunk day comes around?
Hunks might go unhugged! What a tragedy that would be…lol


  1. I love summer salads! LOL

    Congrats on the wonderful, wonderful review.

    Tessie - Happy Release Day!!!!

    Marianne, you WILL be missed.

    And Kat, I'm very excited about working with you on the new project. Soon we'll be able to share all the fantastic news.

  2. Kat, thanks for the release day shout out!! (and thanks, Amber, too!).

    It's been so much fun having Marianne here, I'm going to miss her blogs.

    And I too am brimming with excitement regarding the new project!

  3. Great review! Great release! Lots of good news!

  4. Great review...but of course!!

    Thanks for the sweet! I'll miss you guys...but I'll be around so watch for my "Hunk" alerts about blogs!
    Happy Release Day to Tessie and Cerise!


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