I was so proud of this book. My debut novel came out to so many 5 star reviews that I was petrified I couldn’t write a follow up. I have, but your first is the biggest thrill.
Ancient Ties is a time travel to 2nd Century Roman Britain in Aquae Sulis. The first time, as a single gal, I visited Bath and the Roman Museum and Pump Room, I took a photo of a Roman soldier's tombstone. When the pictures were developed, there was a haze over the center carvings, the edges were crystal clear. I told everyone that the soldier had come out to see me. When I went back a few years later with the aforementioned hubby, I took the same photo. It came out completely clear. Evidence that my soldier approved of my husband. So many years later, when I started writing, my first thought was that Roman soldier and what would happen if a small town school teacher from the US visited a crumbling villa, stepped back to 161 AD, and met a Roman soldier.
To add to the excitement of writing and having the book published, in the process of researching 2nd Century Roman villas, I found one in Germany that was being restored. Ancient Ties was published in August of 2005. That summer, my husband, mother and I went to Stuttgart to visit my niece, her kids, and her husband stationed there in the Army. I mentioned the villa to my niece and she said, "That's near us!" So, on one of the hottest days of the summer, we all trooped out there and toured the villa. I'm sure I was the only one excited out of my mind at seeing my hero, Marek's, villa in real life. Everyone else just wanted to get back into the air conditioned SUV.
On a distant hillside, was the silhouette of a castle. Within sight of each other was a look into ancient Rome and Medieval life.
Betrayed by her cheating ex, heartbroken Janney Forrester needs a vacation. She gets one -- and much more -- when she lands almost 2,000 years in the past. Crossing over a crumbling stone threshold, she's greeted by the villa's perfect historical detail and the most gorgeous, masculine man she's ever seen, her every sexual fantasy personified. Confusion vies with attraction for control of her emotions, and Janney must reexamine everything she's ever thought about herself.
Roman soldier Marek Benin Verus considers the woman suddenly appearing before him as a gift from the gods. Zeus knows he needs one! Battle fatigued and emotionally scarred after fifteen years in the army, he's on a leave of absence, and he has all the time in the world to devote to seducing this beautiful woman into his bed. He doesn't plan on the powerful and dangerous emotions she inspires in him.
Marek's hard, muscular body is too luscious to resist. Janney decides to risk the comfort of her safe life and carpe diem - seize the day. Marek seizes her body and takes her to the edge -- and over -- to an ecstasy she never knew existed. Can a new world for her, timeless desire, and a loving exploration of each other's bodies forge a passion that survives centuries of separation?
For my debut book, I received so many 5 star reviews. It was a heady time for a newbie.
Just Erotic Romance Reviews - 5 Stars
RT - 4-1/2 Stars and Top Pick, Reviewers’ Choice Nominee for Best Erotic Romance 2006
The Romance Studio - 5 Hearts
Fallen Angel Reviews - 5 Angels - Recommended Read
Coming Soon to Ellora's Cave - Lost and Found, an erotic M/F romance. On leave to investigate his parents' mysterious deaths, a Marine is distracted by a beautiful jazz singer who hungers for fame but craves love too.
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Jane Leopold Quinn
My Romance: Love With a Scorching Sensuality