Monday, March 25, 2013

A Clash of Ancient Cultures + Giveaway

I’m delighted that finally, two years after book #2 in my fantasy historical romance series was published, book #3, BETRAYED, has been released by Ellora’s Cave. It’s been a long time between drinks :-)

Setting a romance during the time when the Roman Legions invaded Britannia was always a gamble. It’s not one of the more popular eras and four years ago, when the first book sold, Romans and Druids weren’t common for the hero or heroine. And despite the popularity of such shows as the Spartacus Starz series, this era is still a hard sell.

Yet even knowing that, I never gave up hope of writing and selling the next two books in the series. There’s something I find so compelling about this time in history, and it has a lot to do with the mysterious people known as Druids.

We know so little about them, and what we do know is tainted from the viewpoint of the conquering Romans. And so I felt completely justified in letting my Druid heroines show me the mystical world they lived in :-)

I love exploring the clash of cultures between the technologically superior Romans and my Druids, who are used to living in an equilateral society and don’t take kindly to Rome’s view of womankind. And I also love weaving in the story threads of ancient gods and goddesses who will do anything to ensure their names linger on in the minds of their children.

BETRAYED is the story of Tacitus, a Roman tribune conflicted by his past and cursed by a sense of honor few of his peers share. He’s forced to go against everything he believes in by enslaving Nimue in order to keep her safe. As for Nimue, she is caught up in a battle that threatens to destroy her world. But she also has to battle her illicit desire for a man who challenges every prejudice she has ever held.


Christina Phillips

In 51 A.D., Druid priestess Nimue is injured and enslaved by the hated Roman Legions. Even though she is drawn to her captor, she’s determined to escape and complete her mission for the Briton king and her duty to Arianrhod, the goddess she is bound to.

The tough Roman warrior who captures her is far from the brutal barbarian she expects. His touch inflames her desires and passion burns between them. Though Nimue does not accept her enslavement, her heart surrenders to her enemy. When Arianrhod appears to her in the form of an owl, Nimue knows the union is blessed.

Roman warrior Tacitus is enchanted by the fiery beauty who shows no fear and challenges him at every turn. Though enslaving her goes against his heart, he’s determined to make her his. No woman has ever heated his blood as she does. But when he discovers her true nature as one who actually communes with the gods, his loyalties are torn between his heritage and a woman who could destroy everything he’s ever believed in.

A Romantica® fantasy erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Leave a comment or let me know which era in history you’d like to see more romance books set, and you’ll be in with a chance to win an e-copy of BETRAYED!


Mary Preston said...

France at the turn of the 19th century would make for fascinating reading.


Venetia said...

A wonderful choice of setting, Christina. I read Anya Seton's The Mistletoe and the Sword when I was a teenager and loved Roman-era Britain ever since. As for neglected corners of history, I'd like to see a novel or two set in medieval Sicily. Wonderful scope for some culture clash between Jews, Muslims, Christians, Greeks and the conquering Normans.

Marie Miller said...

I love the mystical aura of the druids, as well, Christine. So glad you were able to write your third book. One of the benefits of the digital age is that different time eras can be explored and I personally love the rawness and the romance of the medieval age, ( maybe not the discomforts, so much). Congratulations on your release

Suzi Love said...

I'd love to see more of the early Victorian era when there was so much change happening, not only in the royal family but in the factories, laboratories, and the Exchange.

Christina Phillips said...

Hi Mary,

Thanks for dropping by! I agree, the turn of the 19th century in France and the Napoleonic Wars would be fascinating!

Christina Phillips said...

Thanks, Venetia :-)

There would certainly be a lot of lovely inherent conflicts with a romance set in medieval Sicily!

Christina Phillips said...

Hi Marie,

The mysticism is one of the things I love so much about the Druids. And lol, much as I love reading ancient and medieval romances I definitely wouldn't want to live then. Love my mod cons too much!!

Christina Phillips said...

Hi Suzi,

The early Victoria age was so full of innovations and change, it's a great period to read and write about :-)

bn100 said...

No preference with eras. Like to read about any of them.

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Joanna Lloyd said...

The book sounds wonderful, Christina. I have always been fascinated by that time and the conflicting depictions of the druids. Loved Ken Rutherford's "London" which dealt with the druids pre-Roman occupation. Congratulations on completing the long journey that brought you to this triumphant place!

bn100 said...

like to read about any era in history

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Christina Phillips said...

Hi bn100,

I love to read about many different eras, too. Thanks for stopping by!

Christina Phillips said...

Thanks, Joanna! It wasn't until I started researching Druids that I realised just how little we really know about them. Which of course from where I was sitting was a great thing!!!

Mari said...

I agree the Victorian Period would be a great period to read in.
Marilyn (

Anonymous said...

Hi Christina
I enjoy all eras, from Ancient Egypt, Medieval to Victorian.
I like the times when witches & warlocks roamed the lands as well.
Congrats on your new release

Christina Phillips said...

Hi Mari,

I love reading about the Victorian era :-) thanks for dropping by!

Christina Phillips said...

Hi Maryde,

I'm fascinated by Ancient Egypt and would love to write some steamy romances set in that era. One day!!