"Ladies," Melissa addresses the assembled hostesses of the Author Roast & Toast. "Today we'll be traveling back through time to celebrate Eva Gordon's paranormal romance, LYCAN GLADIATOR. Our destination is ancient Rome, 95 A. D. In honor of the grand event, everyone will be wearing a toga."
"I need a few extra years of fabric to preserve my dignity," Mary says, trying to adjust the toga to cover her enormous boobs. "The girls are feeling a mite exposed."
"At least these sandals fit my 'huge' feet," Lyn says.
"Wonderful! Gosh, I can envision the fun we'll have!" AJ gushes with enough bubbly farm girl enthusiasm to rival a Texas oil geyser. She immediately whips out her iPhone and snaps a picture of the group.
Vonnie rolls her eyes. "AJ, hon, get it under control."
"Easy! Fairy magic!" Foster chirps.
"Good question!" Melissa says. "Morena has a helpful pamphlet explaining the basic physics of time travel. Before we leave, we'll do a quick review of string theory and quantum dynamics."
"Well, this should be interesting, " Mary says dubiously.
Vonnie snorts and giggles.
Morena hands out pamphlets. When she reaches Lilly, T.T. the maltipoo barks and growls at the teenage werewolf. "Hey," Morena says, frowning at the animal.
"T.T., shush!" Lilly exclaims, waving a reprimanding finger at her little dog.
Morena shows her wolf teeth to T.T. "Knock it off or I'll eat you."
"Morena, you promised to stop eating dogs!" Melissa shouts.
"You'll notice how Nibbie is much better behaved than T.T.," Mary brags, earning a sharp glance from Lilly.
"What's that big blue thing behind Melissa?" AJ asks, squinting as she waves her phone about, snapping random pictures. "Is it a huge mailbox?"
"Stop that!" Lyn mutters. "My feet are not for photographing."
"This big blue box is called a Tardis," Melissa explains. "It is our time travel machine. Following extensive Internet research, I discovered that the English have the market cornered on time travel machines. It was either this or H.G. Wells' two-seater."
"How the heck is everyone going to fit in there?" Vonnie demands, sizing up Creighton. The bear shifter is big enough to fill up the call box all by himself.
"I admit, I'll be a bit cramped but this was the best ride available," Melissa assures everyone. "Now, someone may need to get to know Mary's girls in a whole new way. And we'll have to work to make sure Lyn's feet aren't against another hostess' nose, but I'm sure we'll manage."
After much groaning and moaning, the entire assemblage crowds into the Tardis. With an enormous effort, Oliver manages to shove the double doors shut on the hostesses and their familiars.
With a chitty-chitty bang-bang, the time machine transports everyone to an ancient Roman bathhouse. The building is made of white marble, tall columns supporting a high ceiling. There is a huge rectangular pool and lounge chairs arrayed about the patio. Lilting harp and flute music echoes throughout the chamber.
Attractive servants bear platters stacked high with food.
Attractive servants bear platters stacked high with food.
Choices include bread, olive oil, cheeses, lentils, peacock brains, grapes, dates and fresh meat.
There are lead based cups full of wine.
"Okay!" Melissa says as people pile out of the Tardis. "Just so everyone knows, the vomitorium is to your right!"
Without further ado, let's welcome Eva Gordon and her great new book 'Lycan Gladiator'.
By: Eva Gordon
Published By: Corvallis Press
Published By: Corvallis Press
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ISBN # 9781625289803
Word Count: 95,000
Print Length: 282 Pages
Book tagline:A lycan gladiator in Rome's brutal arena vows to claim his forbidden mate … but her secrets may seal their doom.
During a time of bloody gladiator games and treacherous schemes, a secret society of lycans live amongst the Romans.
When Ulric, a lycan gladiator, meets a mysterious human woman with green eyes, he’s drawn to her fiery beauty, enraptured by her alluring aroma. Unfortunately, Ulric and the beauty are slaves. To make matters worse, he can mate only with someone marked with the sign of the wolf.
Cassia’s hidden wolf mark burns in the presence of the handsome gladiator. While her heart yearns to be near Ulric, logic warns her against it—having a slave as a mate is against the lycan society’s plans for her.
In spite of the lycan society’s rules and the emperor’s brutal plots, their love grows … but their passion just may cost them their lives.
His fangs emerged and drool pooled in his mouth. Fresh kid. People in his way quickly stepped aside lest they be caught in his blood lust. He smiled. What did it matter if he started the performance earlier with a fresh kill? Let them know the ferocity of a wolfen. His claws sprang out, and he stalked his prey. Ready to break its neck. His low growl silenced the frozen bystanders. A woman screamed and he hesitated. He stiffened, thunderstruck at the vision of the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen.
“Egidius!” The woman dressed in a fine, white gold-laced tunic and matching palla dashed from the alleyway. Her veil askew, she knelt by her goat and covered him with her arms. She glared at him with intense, captivating green eyes. A sprig of green in the dust-ridden market. “You will not eat my goat!”
He forgot his fangs were out and drool dripped from his lower lip. Realizing his beast-like state, he cupped his hand over his mouth like a bashful child. A curled strand of her rich brown hair slipped from its upswept style and hung down her exquisite long neck. Her figure, slender like a swan.
Her hand gripping her goat’s rope, she stood. He did not smell fear, most unusual for a Roman woman facing the infamous wolf man. Her emerald eyes pierced through his hardened soul. He sniffed her aroma. Her divine scent made him forget his hunger, at least for food. Something about her calmed him. What manner of spell had she cast? He felt drunk with wine, not to the point of belligerence, but enough to make him relax and nap. She appeared to be upper class, a woman unavailable to him not only for his status but also because of his kind. Yet she did not look Roman. Was she from Gaul or perhaps the north? He gave her a wolfish grin. “If you are off to the butcher, I would love to share a bite of meat with you.” He gently guided her from the major thoroughfare.
She frowned and adjusted her fallen veil with her free hand. “Egidius is my pet. I brought him to have his hooves trimmed.”
He boomed a laugh. “A goat for a pet?” He glanced down at her beautiful face. He heard the loud beat of her heart even in the din of the passing crowds. The sound pleased him. Was she his mate? Not possible. She did not wear the red cloak of the wolf maiden.
Her green eyes met his. “I have heard of you, gladiator.” She scoffed. “Ulricus, wolf king of the Verspilles.”
If only he could tell her he was not what the Romans called a monstrous wolf man but rather a lycan from the north, but she would not understand the difference. Like an adolescent boy, he boasted, flexing his biceps. “Come tonight and witness the Wolf Hunt.”
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Apocalyptic Moon is the first in my After the Bane series. Coming soon will be Lycan Gladiator in my paranormal wolfish romance historical series, The Wolf Maiden Saga.
I have a BS in Zoology and graduate studies in Biology. I have taught high school Biology, Environmental Science and Anatomy/Physiology. When not in my den writing, I enjoy world travel, steampunk conventions, hiking, raptor rehabilitation and wolf sanctuaries.
I also teach online workshops on wolf lore ancient falconry and animal lore for Romance Writers of America and other writer groups. If you are interested in my workshops, please contact me.
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Praises for Lycan Gladiator:
“A fast-paced, historical Roman adventure filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense and sizzling hot passion!”
Ann Charles, Multiple Award-winning Author
If you like your paranormal romance with jagged edges and tension as taut as a garrote, strong characters and larger than life conflict, this new series is going to rock your world as you are pulled back in time and find yourself standing in the arena hearing the shouts for blood. Eva Gordon knows how to make a bold paranormal statement!
Tome Tender Book Blog Dii’s 5 Star Review
Praises for Eva Gordon’s other book, Apocalyptic Moon (review snippets) in After the Bane Series
Over 21 5 Star Reviews on Amazon!
Ms. Gordon has put her own spin on the often-used lore of zombies, werewolves and witches, making them attractive and new even to the most jaded reader. The dry sense of humor mixed with suspense and action is well-balanced and the point-of-view switches go smooth, adding depth to the characters and story. I love this read. It has kept my attention till the end, and I would suggest it to anyone tired of the same old zombie and werewolf stories.
Coffee Time Romance - 5cups
“The world she painted of life after zombies took over the world was so clearly written I could picture every scene she depicted.”
Book Obsessed Chicks - 5 stars
“This story is full of awesome characters. You have Witches, Zombies, Werewolves, Shifters and magic! Plus a budding romance in the making. What more could you ask for?”
By Brenda R. at Love All Things Books Reviews - 5 butterflies
“Yes, you read the genre correctly. I consider this a dystopian story - one with zombies taking over the world and civilization crumbling.”
“Dora has become one of my favorite heroines, her snarky attitude and determined mindset were a perfect fit for this story. Loaded with all the action you could ask for, and plenty of hot werewolf all along the way, I finished hoping for more - and I hear there's a second in the works and I can't wait!”
Reviewed by: Jasmyn, at Bitten By Paranormal Romance
“Where was this gem hidden? How didn’t I find it before? I’m a paranormal junkie who loves a good end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it theme! Apocalyptic Moon has it all! Werewolves, wait, let me re-phrase that, a HOT Alpha werewolf, a strong female who lives under a family curse of an early death, who discovers she is more than a mere human, humans acting inhumanely, and zombies."
“Add to that, the fabulous writing talent of author Eva Gordon, who has nailed this story to the wall and I’m in book heaven!”
My rating: 5 of 5 stars Dianne at Tome Tender Blog
“If Paranormal is your genre, do not go pass Apocalyptic Moon. This one will surpass your expectations. It did mine!”
“Eva Gordon spins a wonderful tale, with blistering indulgence in sensual pleasures, interesting characters, and a twisty, unpredictable plot that will keep you engrossed from start to finish.”
Musing Maddie on Goodreads
“Apocalyptic Moon is a great book and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book set in this world.”
Busy Mom Book Reviews.
“Apocalyptic Moon (After the Bane) is an action-packed adventure with plenty of drama and suspense for all of the paranormal adrenaline-junkies out there. Peppered with witty, dry humor to alleviate some of the most contentious moments, the novel will keep you spell-bound and clamoring for more.”
Barbara Ann at Sun Mountain Reviews, 5 stars.
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