Firstly, thank you Wendy for having me on your Blog to talk about heroes. I thought I would tell you about how I chose the hero for my debut book – “The Roman”.
I’ve always been fascinated by Roman history, which has been with me since childhood when we learnt all about the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Watching films such as Quo Vardis, Spartacus, The Ten Commandments and Ben Hur as a teenager cemented that love of all things “Roman”. In recent years the mini-series Rome and Spartacus re-ignited that love.
Confession time: Maximus made me pregnant! Okay, so it was my husband, with a cold, doing the whole 'commander of the armies of the north' speech, but we called our youngest Maximus until he came out. Anyway, I digress. Please continue, Caroline. ;-)
...He is the typical alpha male Roman hero IMHO. And it was Russell Crowe’s magnificent performance in that film that inspired my hero Marsallas in my debut book “The Roman”. When I was writing Marsallas’s story I had a picture of Russell Crowe taped to the side of my monitor. A quick glance every now and again was all I needed to get back into Marsallas’s skin and write his story. A tortured hero – lovely!
Hear, hear! So tell them about your story, Caroline. I findus I am in the moodus. ;-)
Forced to meet Marsallas for the first time in six years, Justina is shocked at the changes she sees in him. Gone is the carefree youth she once loved, now replaced by a hard muscular stranger. But there is no denying the attraction that still flows between them, and when his uncle dies, Marsallas offers sculptress Justina a challenge – a bronze statue of himself, and his four horse chariot, to be displayed at the Circus Maximus. Justina knows that this commission is just what she needs to make a name for herself, and give her the freedom she covets, so she accepts Marsallas’s challenge. However, Justina is unprepared when Marsallas states one further condition – she must become his mistress. But Justina has a secret, she’s still a virgin, she just hasn’t told Marsallas yet…
No. I live on the beautiful (if slightly windy) island of Anglesey in North Wales. (Anglesey, you may recall was recently the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – William and Kate. I did invite them over for tea, but unfortunately they were too busy!) I’m happily married to my own Alpha Hero, Colin, and have one step-son and grandson. By day I’m an Environmental Health Officer for the local Council. My work can be quite challenging to say the least, and no one day is the same. I find escaping into a good book (either reading or writing one) a great way of relaxing once I’ve finished work. I am a voracious reader of anything “romantic” and have been since I “borrowed” one of my grans Mills and Boons when I was around 13!
Brilliant! Well you can find Caroline's wonderful book with the links below...
On Amazon.com - http://ow.ly/tPGTX
On Amazon.co.uk - http://ow.ly/tPHfJ
On Barnes and Noble - http://ow.ly/tPHvY
On Kobo - http://ow.ly/tPI1N
...And find the woman herself here:
On her blog - http://carolinestorer.blogspot.co.uk/
Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/caroline.storer.50?ref=tn_tnmn
Twitter = https://twitter.com/CarolineStorer6
Thank you so much for coming on, Caroline and good luck.
Thanks again, Wendy, for having me. It’s been a blast! Caroline x