Monday, August 19, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: Liberty by Kim Iverson Headlee

Title: Liberty
Author: Kim Iverson Headlee
Publisher: Pendragon Cove Press
Publication Date: February 1st 2019
Genre: Historical Romance
How hard would you fight for a chance at love across a vast social divide?

Epic.” ~ Drue’s Random Chatter Reviews

Betrayed by her father and sold as payment of a Roman tax debt to fight in Londinium's arena, gladiatrix-slave Rhyddes feels like a wild beast in a gilded cage. Celtic warrior blood flows in her veins, but Roman masters own her body. She clings to her vow that no man shall claim her soul, though Marcus Calpurnius Aquila, son of the Roman governor, makes her yearn for a love she believes impossible.

Groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps and trapped in a politically advantageous betrothal, Aquila prefers the purity of combat on the amphitheater sands to the sinister intrigues of imperial politics, and the raw power and athletic grace of the flame-haired Libertas to the adoring deference of Rome's noblewomen.

When a plot to overthrow Caesar ensnares them as pawns in the dark design, Aquila must choose between the Celtic slave who has won his heart and the empire to which they both owe allegiance. Trusting no man and knowing the opposite of obedience is death, the only liberty offered to any slave, Rhyddes must embrace her arena name, Libertas—and the love of a man willing to sacrifice everything to forge a future with her.

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They met with a clash of arms as fierce as any bout between seasoned men. The veteran Hyperosa landed her blows more accurately, but Ruth was by far the more swift and agile, causing some of her opponent’s strikes to miss. The rest, Ruth blocked with her gladius in an impressive show of strength.

As the match progressed, the crowd warmed to the fiery Pict.

The warmth Marcus felt for her he attributed to a different reason.

He turned toward her owner, who was perched on his usual seat in the governor’s box, leaning forward to rest elbows on the rail and chin atop his steepled fingers.

“Name your price, Jamil.” His voice felt husky, and he cleared his throat. He wasn’t sure how much raw desire he’d managed to bleed from his tone.

Jamil’s gaze never left the arena. “You must speak with Hyperosa’s owner, Aquila.” As the women paused for breath after an aggressive exchange, he smiled smugly at Marcus. “Ruth is not for sale.”

That didn’t surprise him, but it was worth a try nonetheless.

The bout might have lasted longer, but Ruth risked disengaging to dive for the spear. The whip slithered free of the spear’s shaft, and Ruth flung the barbed missile at Hyperosa, who couldn’t raise her shield high enough to deflect it. The spearpoint embedded into her right shoulder between the fringes.

With a startled outcry, Hyperosa dropped to her knees, releasing her gladius and clawing at the quivering shaft with her left hand. Her face contorted with agony as she ripped the weapon out. Blood gushed from the wound. Ruth wasted no time in claiming victory, grabbing a fistful of her opponent’s flaxen hair and thrusting her gladius under Hyperosa’s chin. In that pose they froze, facing the governor’s box.

“Definitely not for sale,” Jamil stated.
Introducing Marcus Calpurnius Aquila
Name: Marcus Calpurnius Aquila
Age: mid-20s
Gender: male
Birthplace: Rome, Italia
Profession: politician in training

Describe his body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Marcus has the body of a football quarterback: muscular but not overly bulky. In present-day terms he tops 6’ in height, 220 pounds, and has a fading tan from having spent the past two years living under the paler northern sun of Britannia Province. He has some minor scars from his arena bouts, but nothing specifically mentioned in the book as being an issue for him.

Who is the significant other in your character's life?
The woman who empowers his soul is Rhyddes, a gladiatrix-slave whom he knows by her arena name “Libertas.”

Tell us about this significant other character, please.
Libertas is the first woman Marcus has ever known who does not swoon over his wealth, charms, or looks. She sees him for who he is: a man struggling to free himself from the bonds of duty, and he comes to appreciate that very much. He recognizes in her a kindred spirit in that regard, for she is oath-bound to obey her masters too. Although her beauty attracts him to her, it is her unconquerable spirit that ultimately leads him to want to sacrifice everything to win her love.

How does your hero dress?
In a toga on the Senate floor, and in scanty armor on the arena floor. He prefers the scanty armor, and so do his legions of female admirers.

Is the character book-smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
Marcus has had all the educational privileges offered to Rome’s aristocratic citizens, so in that regard he possesses a fair degree of “book smarts,” but he is also widely experienced because of his arena exploits… and the epic after parties.

What is your character's viewpoint on wealth?
Unlike most Roman aristocrats, Marcus believes that his wealth and status should be used to help people rather than to control and exploit them.

On what special skills does your character rely?
Although his being an aristocrat exempts him from fights to the death, he is a highly skilled swordsman in his own right—and he would never have believed that this skill would save his life and the life of the woman he loves.

Are any of his skills a source of pride or embarrassment, and if so, which ones and why?
His predilection for arena combat is an extreme source of embarrassment for his family, particularly his father, Governor Agricola. In fact, it becomes a major point of contention between them, and Marcus’s desire to consort with Libertas further widens the rift.

Is he close to family?
Marcus enjoys a very close relationship with his mother, Lady Loreia, who in the way of all mothers understands him better than he understands himself at times.

Can your hero keep a secret (why or why not)?
Marcus must keep his budding relationship with Libertas a secret, for to do otherwise would cause him to be banned from polite Roman society. He doesn’t care about that so much, but he knows it would stain his family too, and he has no wish to inflict that pain upon them.

What is your character's biggest need at the beginning of the story?
Marcus needs his father to accept him for who he is, not for how he can enhance Agricola’s political career.

If your character could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
Once he decides that Libertas is the woman with whom he wants to spend the rest of his life, he will stop at nothing—even sacrificing all of his wealth and power—to make marriage with her possible.

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer the following questions.

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
She chose to write about Libertas—Rhyddes. I am merely a facet of Rhyddes’s story.

What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
I wish that she had not gone into such detail about my strained relationship with my father. That is a sensitive personal matter for me, and one I do not readily share with anyone.

What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about, and why?
I would like to know more about Rhyddes’s brother Owen. Of all her brothers, Owen is the closest to her in age and spirit, and I imagine his story is a fine one too.

Why do you think your writer loves to write?
Who can say? But if I were to venture a guess, it would be that she must love to entertain people with her words, much in the same way that I love to entertain people with my swordplay.

Is there anything you'd like to say to your writer?
Thank you, Kim Iverson Headlee, for rising to the challenge of presenting the story of Rhyddes’s life in such a faithful and poignant manner.
Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins--the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-twentieth century--seem to be sticking around for a while yet.

Kim has been a published novelist since 1999 with the first edition of Dawnflight (Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster) and has been studying the Arthurian legends for nigh on half a century.

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  1. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

  2. Love the time period sounds like an amazing read and love the cover.

  3. Thank you for hosting Liberty on your blog, and it’s on sale today for $0.99!

  4. I think the book sounds really good.

  5. What do you most enjoy about writing this genre?

    1. I like to research almost as much as I like the writing process itself. :)

  6. The cover and book excerpt look great!

  7. An interesting story line. Haven't read anything like it yet

    1. Why not let my LIBERTY be the first for you? It's only 99 cents this week. :)

  8. Ahh, the dark times of ancient rome. Sounds interesting!

  9. No questions. The cover is interesting.

  10. I really enjoy historical fiction, and would consider this book to be a good addition to my autumn reading list.

  11. I like the cover! The graphics and colors are great.

  12. The cover is wonderfully done - so much to see.

  13. I love historical fiction, and this sounds very intriguing.

  14. This looks like an interesting read!

  15. I love the cover it's one of the place I would love to see for real.

  16. Thanks. And yes, the Colosseum is very impressive even in its current ruined state. It was cutting-edge architecture in its day... two thousand years ago.