I am very happy to announce the release of The Centurion & The Queen , now available in e-book format and paperback from Resplendence Publishing. As a treat to help me celebrate, I have designed a video with some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard, by a composer named Stephen Carroll. Take a look at the video and you could win one of two autographed copies of The Centurion & The Celt and a copy of the CD of this beautiful music. All you need to do is go to my website at www.minnettemeador.com select the Mailing List Icon and put in April CD Giveaway in the subject line. I will enter you into this special drawing. Below are comments from people who have already read the book and A BRAND NEW EXCERPT for your enjoyment.
NIGHTOWL ROMANCE - OUR REVIEW: Minnette Meador's Centurion and the Queen will transport you back to 60 AD Britain…This book was my first one by Minnette and I'm looking forward to reading more of her works. She brings you into a new time and very quickly has you integrated into the lives and settings of her characters. You feel for them like they are your friends and easily develop emotional bonds with them and their community. I encourage you to try out Minnette's work and see how enmeshed you will become in her wonderful settings. This book pulled me in and I read it in two sittings, just before bed and right when I awoke.
TIA FANNING, AUTHOR - Okay, another great read I just have to recommend to you all! (Here's where I start gushing...) You all have to read The Centurion and the Queen by Minnette Meador. It's awesome!!! What a thrilling story!!! Honestly, this has to be one of the best historicals I've read in a long time. The story will leave you gasping, smiling, screaming at/cheering for the characters, and wishing this book would be made into a movie. The interaction between Marius and Delia is amazing and breath taking. Congrats to Minnette for writing such a wonderful story. I can't wait to read what this author comes out with next. www.resplendencepublishing.com
Marius has been stationed on 60 AD Britannia for sixteen years. Once a celebrated hero and a famous Praetorian Guard, he still clings to the old traditions as a fair but tough leader to his men, despite the shame that drove him from Rome.
Delia is sister to an uncaring Corieltauvi tribal king. Powerless, she watches as hundreds of Bretons succumb to their suicidal pride and throw themselves against the unstoppable Roman machine. The last thing Delia expects is to find her body craving the touch of her enemy. The sudden intensity of their desire will change the history of a country. Separated by fate, they are thrown into the clash between 80,000 angry Bretons and a clever Roman general with only 10,000 soldiers. Marius and Delia find themselves on opposing sides, in love, and unable to stop the future. The revolution that sparked their desire... could now destroy them both
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THE CENTURION & THE QUEEN
by Minnette Meador
She was all at once a furious ball of flailing fists and Marius had to hold her shoulders tightly to keep her on the stool.
"This is your fault!" She went into a screaming fit of Gaelic and he did not understand much more of it.
"You killed my father!" she finally shrieked in Latin, her fists landing on his shoulders, barely missing his face.
All at once, an uncontrollable desire came over Marius and he could not stop himself. In one fluid motion, he lifted her from her seat, pulled her into his arms, and crushed her mouth with his.
The touch of fire from lip meeting lip sent a wave of passion, a scintillation of lightning from Marius' toes to the top of his head in an instant. He felt Delia stiffen and then, without volition, collapsed into his arms when they wrapped around her. She rose to her toes and lifted her hands to touch his back. Marius squeezed her tightly and Delia's body responded to his touch, conforming to the curve of his chest, the hollows of his arms, the tilt of his face. Ardor coursed through his veins, his heart, clouding his mind.
Marius devoured her mouth, searching and seeking. His experience dominating her lips, and conquering them without effort, making them his. She responded to him wantonly, unabashed, and with a lusty surrender that took him by surprise. Neither of them breathed. The heat spread into his consciousness, subduing it. Marius' loins responded and his erection hammered into her belly. He could feel Delia shiver in response. The desire was overwhelming and he came so close to surrendering to it; he almost took her on the spot.
Breaking the kiss, he stepped away from her, his eyes wide in surprise, his ears ringing with the guilty act. His mouth, still moist from the kiss, opened slightly and his tongue tentatively touched the inside of the betraying lips.
Delia's face mirrored his emotions. She seemed to be having trouble breathing as she gazed in wonder and little noises escaped her open mouth. Her eyes were dark green, almost black, and her lips crimson from the stolen kiss.
"Aelius!" Marius roared.
A moment of stillness followed.
Marius and Delia gaped at one another, and the spark that had been ignited slowly faded from their eyes, fighting to stay. The only movements were the rising of their chests—the only sound was the unison of their breathing. When Aelius entered the tent, the moment went up like shattered glass. Marius tore his eyes away and scowled at him.
"Take her back to her tent," he whispered, barely able to find his voice. Without saying anything else, Marius turned and walked out.