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Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Gladiator Prince - Blog Tour Schedule!

THE GLADIATOR PRINCE
a historical romance
by Minnette Meador
Starting September 7th and going through October 4th I will be on tour to celebrate the release of THE GLADIATOR PRINCE! I'll be touring with a series of articles all about ancient Rome... sex, gladiators, pirates, true love, and so much more. For details about the tour go to the Goddess Fish site or visit http://minnettemeador.blogstop.com/ for a complete schedule... LOTS of prizes (one for every stop and grand prizes at the end - see what prizes are being given away on the schedule below). 
 
TO SCHEDULE A STOP ON YOUR BLOG CONTACT GODDESS FISH PRODUCTIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE: goddessfish@gmail.com 
9/7/2011 Goddess Fish Party Pavilion
                Kick Off & Excerpt
                Prize: Green Roman Earrings (To see pictures of prizes visit my prize page)
9/8/2011 Romance That's Out of This World               
                Ancient Characters - Fact or Fiction
                Prize: Gladiator Helmet Keyring
9/9/2011 Heart of the Dragon's Den                Interview
                Prize: Celtic Earrings
9/12/2011 Books Read 'n' Makeup On

                      Character Interview: Thane & Phaedra
                  Prize: Celtic Bangle Bracelet

9/13/2011
9/14/2011 Sara York

                      TBD
                  Prize: Gold & Amber Bracelet

9/15/2011 Night Owl Romance Blog
                  Sweat & Blood in the Sand - Gladiator Training
                  Prize: A wooden gladius (called a rudi used for training)
9/16/2011
9/17/2011 COFFEE TIME ROMANCE & MORE - LATTE LOUNGE - LIFE IN ANCIENT ROME - ALL DAY! Come on over to Coffee Time Romance to talk about all things Ancient Rome: Sex, Soldiers, Gladiators, and even Pirates! Participate for a chance to win $100 GC from Amazon and autographed books! Must sign up for Coffee Time Romance to participate. See you there!
9/19/2011 Long and Short Reviews Spotlight
                  Excerpt: Seduction
                  Prize: Gladiator Keyring
9/20/2011 Long and Short Reviews Spotlight
                  Food & Wine - The Gladiatorial Feast
                  Prize: Layered Bracelet
9/21/2011 Long and Short Reviews Spotlight                  Excerpt: The Bathhouse
                  Prize: Celtic Necklace
9/22/2011 Long and Short Reviews Spotlight
                  Ancient Slave Galleys
                  Prize: Celtic Heart Earrings
9/23/2011 Long and Short Reviews Spotlight
                  Excerpt: Adrostos
                  Prize: THE CENTURION & THE QUEEN (Kindle or Nook)
9/26/2011 Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
                  Interview
                  Prize: Gold & Diamond Earrings
9/27/2011 Sheila Deeth
                 
                  TBD
                  THE CENTURION & THE QUEEN (Kindle or Nook)

9/28/2011 Words of Wisdom from the Scarf Princess                  Sex in Ancient Rome
                  Prize: Gladius Keyring
9/29/2011
9/30/2011 Sugarbeat's Books
                  Interview
                  Prize: Nero Roman Coin Keyring
10/3/2011 Realmantic Moments                  Excerpt: Jealousy
                  Prize: Large Gladiator Keyring
                  Books N Kisses 
                  Excerpt: The Ultimatum
                  Prize: Large Gladiator Helmet Keyring
10/4/2011 Proud Book Nerd 
                  The Power of Music in Writing
                  Prize: Gladius Letter Opener
Grand Prizes: Kindle w/Three Centurion Series Books
                      Roman Tote filled with goodies
Minnette Meador
World Weaver...
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Coming in 2011...
A Ghost of a Chance - Paranormal Romantic Comedy - June 2011
The Gladiator Prince - Historical Romance - August 2011
The Bell Stalker - Urban Fantasy Thriller - October 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

THE CENTURION AND THE QUEEN


In preparation for my upcoming release, THE GLADIATOR PRINCE, hitting the stands on September 9th, I thought we’d revisit the first book in this series, THE CENTURION & THE QUEEN, which is NOW OUT ON KINDLE! To help me celebrate the release, I’m giving away two e-Copies (any format, including Kindle or Nook) of both The Centurion & The Queen and The Edge of Honor, the 2nd book in the series. PLUS, a beautiful Celtic necklace will go to one lucky commenter! Though Gladiator Prince will be a stand alone story, these two books follow the amazing Boudicca Revolt and the aftermath in ancient Roman Britannia. Leave a comment and I’ll put your name in the hat.
 
THE CENTURION & THE QUEEN
a historical romance by
Minnette Meador



The revolution that sparks their desire rips her from his arms. They find themselves on opposing sides, in love, and unable to stop the future.
  
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY - I was engrossed by The Centurion and the Queen, and didn’t put it down.

SIMPLY ROMANCE REVIEWS - Historical novels especially historical Romance tend to fall within fairly set parameters and usually tend to be a bit cliché. This story breaks out of those parameters and destroys the clichés with a truly refreshing story of love in ancient Britannia.

NIGHTOWL ROMANCE – I encourage you to try out Minnette’s work and see how enmeshed you will become in her wonderful settings. …this book pulled me in and I read it in two sittings…

AUTHOR BIO: Somewhere between thirty and dust…red hair, blue eyes…six kids, one slightly used husband, and any number of pets from  time to time… wannabe hippy… wanttheirmoney yuppie…pro musician and actress for 20 Years… native Oregonian… lover of music,  beauty, and all things green. Willing slave to the venerable muse. Minnette currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband,  having replaced the children with one dog. The dog, Pierre, pretty much runs the show.

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT: Coming out September 7th, THE GLADIATOR PRINCE, third book in the Centurion Series. I will be going on a month long blog hop and giving away, jewelry, Roman memorabilia, Celtic trinkets, and as a grand finale, a Kindle to one lucky commenter. If you’d like to join my mailing list, just drop me a note at mmeador@minnettemeador.com and I’ll make sure you get a reminder! OR friend me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads or any of those amazing social networks. Just put in my name: Minnette Meador to find me. :o)

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SNEAK PEEK
Delia was suddenly terrified.

It had snuck up her back unexpectedly as he was speaking; watching his stormy dark eyes, his lined rugged face, and the way he held himself on the back of the horse. The fear did not come from his words, his manner, or his stance. It came from a deep, overwhelming desire stirring within those smoky eyes. She never felt anything with such intensity before, and despite her valiant effort to control it, she trembled. Delia found herself infatuated with this Roman, and the thought sent a shiver of disgust through her.

“No,” she said aloud.

The centurion blinked at her and the faintest trace of a smile appeared. The only other movement on his face was a slight flare of his nostrils.

“No?” he whispered. The soldiers edged their mounts away from him.

“Perhaps, sir, we should invite the lady…” Aelius said quickly.

A single glance from the centurion silenced the man. Marius leaned down against the neck of his horse as it again tried to bite her. Delia stepped back irritably and glowered at the animal.

“Perhaps I did not make myself clear.”

“No one could accuse you of not being precise, Centurion,” Delia answered sardonically, then quickly lowered her head and took a deep breath.

“I… I came here in good faith,” she stammered, trying hard to force down the unwanted feelings, to make her voice sound contrite. Instead, it came out harsh, and she had to bite her lip to control it. “I wish to discuss the release of my men.”

He sat up with an air of self-assured satisfaction and looked down at her, apparently intending to press his authority and his advantage. Obviously, this was something the centurion expected: obedience, supplication—control.

But all at once, Marius stopped. For several heartbeats, his eyes softened and Delia could feel a ripple of excitement run through her when the shade of a smile touched his lips.

The centurion quickly cleared his throat and took a deep breath.

“Very well,” he said, the coolness returning to his face. “You and the girl will come with us, so we can see to your injuries and then we will discuss your men. It is nearing the evening meal. If you will dine with me, we can pursue it. Is that acceptable?” He reached down to take her hand.

Delia appeared outwardly calm, but inside she was a raging chaos of conflicting emotions. Her heart told her to take his hand, enjoy his warmth, his touch, to melt into his arms and surrender to those amazing eyes. The scent of the horseflesh, leather, the soldiers, and the forest mingled, making her head swim. She could hear a voice inside screaming vehemently to run in the opposite direction. Her heritage was appalled that Delia would even consider it—she could hear her father’s voice swearing behind her ears. But it was her duty, in the end, that won out. She had a responsibility to her people.

The centurion smiled, and she found herself wanting to yield to it. Delia bit her lip to keep it from trembling.

“Please,” he said awkwardly as if it was a word he seldom used.

With a soft nod, she took his hand—the heat of it shot lightning down her arms and legs—and allowed him to pull her up behind him.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Ghost of Chance - Grand Prize Winners!

And the winners are...

A GHOST OF A CHANCE  BLOG HOP:
KINDLE - CHELSEA R.
PORTLAND TOTE - SHEILA D.
$100 AMAZON GC - TAMMY R.

BITTEN BY BOOKS GIVEAWAY:
KINDLE 3G - MARIA D.
PORTLAND TOTE - NICOLE K.

I want to again thank everyone for joining me on my blog hop for A Ghost of a Chance and to tell you this is just the first of three of these I'm doing this year. The next one will be in September for THE GLADIATOR PRINCE, so stay tuned!
Minnette Meador
World Weaver...