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I found some great banners from some awesome romance writers to share with you today! Which one is your favorite? CAN you pick just one? I can’t.

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What is a Beltane?


I have, in the Round Pen, Nancy Jardine visiting all the way from Scotland! Man, how I’d love to visit that country someday. For now, let’s grab our coffee and Danish and kick back while Nancy tells us about her new release (TODAY! How cool am I? :lolJ), The Beltane Choice.

It’s all yours, Nancy! Grab a quirt or a whip and let’s get this show under way. 😀

Hi Calisa! This is such a fantastic day for me to be visiting you. Today marks the launch of my first historical novel, The Beltane Choice, so I’m very excited to come and visit you-since you were one of the first blogs that I visited on my debut launch in August 2011. My tentative foray onto the blogging scene this time last year was greatly helped along by you, my TWRP friend. You continue to be a fantastic support!

I thought about the contrasts between writing my contemporary novels for TWRP, and my historical, and decided to attempt to entertain you with a little comparative study.  The Beltane Choice is set in AD 71, in what was deemed northern Britannia by the invading Roman Armies. I’ve used what I’d call antiquated language to give a very ancient feel to it. For that, I had to be thinking about more than just the actual vocabulary used. I needed to be aware of the cadences in the speech to ensure they didn’t resemble current speech patterns, and getting into the ‘heads’ of my characters was a lovely challenge.

Today, I’ve taken a section where my gorgeous hero (a Viggo Mortensen, as Aragorn in The Lord of The Rings, look-alike) talks to his captive, my lovely Nara, a Selgovae princess. In normal circumstances the Selgovae were mortal enemies of the Brigantes, but the advance of the Roman Empire has altered the usual state of affairs. I’m giving you my historical ‘form’ followed by how that scene would unfold if I were writing a contemporary novel.

Original extract:

Lorcan had been thinking long and hard about what to do with her once they reached Garrigill. Since knowing her princess status he had planned a positive method of using her abduction, the recent conversation with Gyptus’s warriors making him decide to speed up the process. Now he needed Nara to believe in his plan.

“Nay, Brigante.” Slapping at his arms, Nara of Tarras’s manner was unyielding. “You are mistaken. Callan will not negotiate.”

“Why continue this pretence? You hold high status in your tribe.”

“Callan of Tarras will not bargain.”

Her jaw was so set, her voice almost to shouting level. The vehemence could not be faked, but Lorcan was not ready to take her at her word just yet. He maintained his level tone. “Then I will know the truth. There is much you have not told me.”

“In that you are correct.”

Nara jumped up and stomped off, gaining little ground before he snaked his arm around her shoulders. Pushing him away her chide was as brutal as the sharp blades flashing from her eyes, her mouth whipcord lean.

“You declared you would not touch me. You are just like your warriors.”

“Aye. I lust after you like every man of my band, but I am the one who prevents them from accosting you.”

Nara’s furious face held his attention for a moment before he continued. “Perhaps I am wrong? It may be you would not deem their advances unasked for?”

Lorcan loathed it that she misunderstood his motives. Restraining his anger he sought to explain his reasoning.

“You are beautiful, Nara. They must believe they cannot have you because I deem it so. That gives you a measure of safety.”

And now for something…contemporary:

Lorcan wondered what the hell he was going to do with her once they reached his house, at Garrigill. She was a bloody princess! He’d thought about how best to tackle the consequences of her abduction. He had a damned good plan…but he needed Nara on board.  

“No way, Brigante!” Nara, princess of Tarras, slapped at his arms. “You’re an idiot. Callan won’t negotiate.”


“What the friggin’ heck do you mean? You’re a prime hostage.”

 “Callan of Tarras won’t bargain a cent!”

Her jaw was so set, her voice shrill.  Lorcan could see she meant business, but he wouldn’t take her word for it, not yet. He kept his tone level.  “So, enlighten me. Spill those secrets you’ve not told me about.”

“My secrets are mine.”

Nara jumped up and stomped around, only pulled up by his arm hook around her shoulders.  Pushing him away her tongue lashing was as frank as her flashing eyes, her mouth thin and nasty.

“What happened to your ‘you wouldn’t lay a hand on me’ speech?  All hot air! You’re as bad as your hangers-on.”

“Yeah! Says you! Sure, I lust after you like the rest of my men, but I’m the one who is keeping them off your back.”

Nara’s furious expression stripped him before he continued. “Am I wrong? Maybe you fancy a quick tumble with all of them?”

Lorcan hated the thought that his motives might be misunderstood. Tamping down his anger, he struggled a patient tone.

“You’re beautiful, Nara. If they think you’re mine they’ll back off.”


I’d love to know what you think of my two versions, and perhaps what you would do differently in a contemporary version. Please leave me a comment! If you do, you’ll automatically be entered into the draw for a PDF copy of The Beltane Choice.

Thank you, Calisa, for allowing me to share The Beltane Choice, with you, and your readers today. It’s been great down on the ranch!


Can the Celtic Tribes repel the Roman army?

Banished from the nemeton, becoming a priestess is no longer the future for Nara, a princess of the Selgovae tribe. Now charged with choosing a suitable mate before Beltane, her plan is thwarted by Lorcan, an enemy Brigante prince, who captures her and takes her to his hill fort. Despite their tribes fighting each other, Nara feels drawn to her captor, but time runs out for her secret quest.

As armies of the Roman Empire march relentlessly northwards, Lorcan intends to use Nara as a marriage bargain, knowing all Celtic tribes must unite to be strong enough to repel imminent Roman attack. Nara’s father, Callan, agrees to a marriage alliance between Selgovae and Brigante, but has impossible stipulations. Lorcan is torn between loyalty to his tribe and growing love for Nara.  

When danger and death arrive in the form of the mighty Roman forces, will Nara be able to choose her Beltane lover?

Bio-Nancy Jardine

Nancy Jardine gave up teaching in the autumn of 2011 and now writes full time- give, or take, the couple of days she looks after her gorgeous granddaughter of 11months. By mid-Dec 2012 she’ll have had 4 novels published. Apart from blogging herself to death, current WIPs are: a sequel to her time-travel adventure for children aged 9-12years, a sequel to her historical novel, and a family saga.

Nancy lives in the stunning castle country of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, with her husband who feeds her well-or she’d starve! She’s no time for hobbies but reads when she can, does Ancestry research, and neglects the spectacular weeds in her garden- which she’s becoming very fond of! She still loves the family activity weekends she spends with extended family members, fun filled times that have led to plots for her novels!








Books by Nancy Jardine:

The Beltane Choice: and (ebook version published 31st Aug 20012, print to 26th October 2012)

Book Trailer:

Take Me Now: The Wild Rose Press: in print and ebook formats  aUblg  B&N

Take Me Now Book Trailer:

Monogamy Twist:  The Wild Rose Press, in print and ebook formats

Monogamy Twist book trailer:

Topaz Eyes: a history/mystery due mid Dec 2012 from Crooked{Cat}Publishing

This is a great opportunity for one lucky person to try your book free! Thanks again for coming, Nancy. Good luck with The Beltane Choice.


I’m visiting today


I’m at the blog of my recent guest, Nancy Jardine, today. Come on over and see how I write. I had a great time putting the interview together so I really don’t want to ponder alone. lol

In other news- not really news- I am loving this new couple coming together in my head! I can’t wait to introduce you to this pair of heart-damaged lovers.

Until later, or when I have more to say, visit me at Nancy’s!


New Rose, Nancy Jardine


Welcome Nancy Jardine to the ranch today! She’s here to share her debut book that released yesterday with The Wild Rose Press- Monogamy Twist.

Nancy Jardine was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, in the 1950s and 60s. Nancy constantly had her nose immersed in a book; an escape to different worlds. Teaching being her profession (11-12year olds) reading and writing formed part of her day for many years. Now Nancy spends her time writing contemporary romance novels. Historical romances; general women’s fiction; and writing for children 9-12yrs are currently under the editing pen and will hopefully find a neat little home in the near future.

Nancy has lived with her husband in the picturesque ‘castle country’ of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, for the last long while and has two grown up daughters and two fabulous sons-in-law. Her older daughter is about to give birth to Nancy’s first grandchild any minute now, the due date being 31st Aug. 2011-the whole family is in nail biting suspense right now. Will it be a boy? Or a girl? As yet nobody knows…not even the prospective mother and father.

 Hobbies: (time permitting…and, oh my, when is that?) include family history research, doing exciting fun things she’s never done before, and working in her large garden where she tends real flowers and some spectacular weeds!!!

Luke Salieri thought he’d seen everything. But when he inherits a dilapidated English estate from a woman he’s never heard of—and with quirky conditions besides—it’s a mystery he wants resolved immediately. There must be a woman out there who can meet his needs. But how far will he have to go to persuade her? Lucrative employment for a whole year? The job of researching the old house and its fantastic contents is enticing – but Rhia Ashton can’t see herself living with gorgeous Luke Salieri and not wanting his body as well. Can she live and sleep with him for a whole year and then walk away? Rhia has her own ideas about what will make it worth her while.


“Rhia!” he snorted instead. “Of course it will. How could I ignore such a valuable property?”

Rejection and then disappointment flashed across her lovely face before she answered, “You’ve lost me.” Her gaze drew away. “Do you want it or not?”

“Rhia, please take heed,” Luke sighed, his voice enticing her to turn back. He didn’t dare touch her. And he did want it…but knew that wasn’t what she meant. He didn’t dare use his fingertips to turn her delectable little chin toward him, for he knew one fingering would never be enough. “It would be a crying shame to leave that house to rot for another fifty years. It’s a valuable house and valuable land. It could be converted to multiple uses for corporate business, or as a hotel facility.”

“Ah…future revenues?” Her eyes held that astutely impressive derision again.

His face crept closer, his lips only a pout away. “Rhia, you wouldn’t want to be responsible for that house to fall into even more disrepair, that house you’ve already professed to love? Would you?”

She was floundering like a non-swimmer in a forest puddle, indecision hovering over her gorgeous eyes. He was confident she couldn’t resist him. His libido kicked in triple time, but his resolve quadrupled.

“Would you want that on your conscience? Knowing it was your fault it happened?”

“My fault?”

He knew his propinquity was keeping her spellbound, but by her glower she wasn’t taking the flack. Her disgusted expression informed him in no uncertain terms what she thought about his last words.

Contact/buy links and trailer for Monogamy Twist:


And to make things a little more exciting…Nancy is offering a chance to win a free copy of her book at her blog so use this link  and leave her a comment to win!!

Thanks for visiting Nancy and good luck with your sales! I feel privileged to be your first blog hostess.