Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hot Summer Romance Giveaway Hop - July 18-21, 2013

 
Ancient Ties

 


            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.

Blurb

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?

Just Erotic Romance Reviews - 5 Stars

This absorbing tale of time travel left me breathless with anticipation and enticingly affected by the deep emotional connection between Janney and Marek. Although a little slow to start, the storyline becomes explosive, drawing me in with the fascinating historical significance of the Romans in ancient Britannia. The characters are captivating with their complexities, especially the deeply intense Marek, who battles the loss of his wife and the stress of war while being greatly afraid of loving again. One of the most domineering male characters I have read in months, Marek fills the pages with his alpha male tendency to want to conquer Janney while feeling the overwhelming reluctance to admit his emotional need for her. Not only is it necessary to fulfill his lust for her but also overcome her reluctance to love after living through her ex-husband’s betrayal. Janney is confused by her surroundings and unenthusiastic about falling in love. Nonetheless, her every sexual fantasy becomes a reality in the face of her surrender. These sex scenes are explosively intense, often depicting the powerful and luscious connection that they have. Their romance is profoundly inspiring, leaving me feeling warm and sorrowful throughout the novel. Ancient Ties is an absolutely gripping and satisfying read, leaving me looking forward to more novels by this tremendously talented author.

RT - 4-1/2 Stars and Top Pick, Reviewers’ Choice Nominee
for Best Erotic Romance 2006

Marek and Janney have a sizzling attraction, and that is where Quinn turns up the heat and intensity.  This story has a wonderful balance between sensitivity and sensuality, with humor from the gods on the side.  A terrific book.
 
The Romance Studio - 5 Hearts

ANCIENT TIES is a novel by Jane Leopold Quinn. Let this reader start off by saying she loved this book! The storyline resounded with freshness and a new voice throughout. Ms. Quinn has taken little threads of history and paranormal pleasuring and combined them into a masterful concoction! Ms. Quinn's writing talents are well displayed in her first novel. Ms. Quinn does an exceptional job of weaving the dialogues and thought sequences into an effortless reading experience.

 Ms. Quinn left no stimulating stone unturned as Marek and Janney finally come together. Their sexual buffet is one any carnal connoisseur would love to delve into! Ms. Quinn does an excellent job of keeping Marek and Janney in the forefront and deep within your thoughts. You will never lose contact with them, nor will the reader want to. Marek and Janney's passion and love will take your breath away! These two are a monumental couple! This reader also liked the secondary characters, Mars and Venus. Their divine inception is special! If you read only one paranormal this year, please make it ANCIENT TIES by Jane Leopold Quinn! This reviewer highly recommends it!
 
Fallen Angel Reviews - 5 Angels - Recommended Read

Ancient Ties is not the usual cookie-cutter time travel romance. It’s an intense story of two people reluctant to open their hearts after being deeply hurt. Marek has avoided dealing with his grief and feelings of guilt for years. Janney’s ex-husband didn’t just leave, he completely destroyed her self-confidence.

Ms. Quinn delves into the psyche of her protagonists and really lets the reader experience how the powerful physical attraction Marek and Janney experience from the beginning gradually develops into a deep, emotional connection.

Ancient Ties is one of the best time travel romances I have read in a long while. I absolutely loved it! Ms. Quinn’s graceful style of writing is a perfect compliment to the erotic elements of the storyline. I also appreciated the unusual setting of the Roman occupation of ancient Britain.

I highly recommend this touching, emotional and incredibly erotic love story.

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 How I became an erotic romance author

I was born to write erotic romance.  All my life, my imagination has been rife with made up stories of love and passion.  It just took me umpteen years to discover that I should write the stories down.

I started out by falling in love with the TV cowboys of the '50s and '60s - Nick Barkley, Little Joe Cartwright, Sugarfoot, Cheyenne Bodie, Colt 45, Johnny Ringo, The Deputy (my beloved Henry Fonda).  Come on, I can't be the only one who remembers these names.  My fantasies ran toward getting the hunks in hay lofts or deserted cabins in hot, romantic, sexual situations.  I skipped right over young adult fiction, going from horse stories in the children's section of the library, straight to the adult stacks.  My mother had no clue that I was reading about seraglios and sheiks.  I was getting quite an education that only inflamed my already vivid, imaginative, secret self.

Through the years I didn't write, but I didn't turn my imagination off either.  A few years ago, I told a friend a story about a young woman rancher in the Old West -- hmm -- wonder where that came from?  The woman had been kidnapped by her evil ranch foreman (named after an evil ex-boyfriend) and tied to a tree so said foreman could get some sleep.  The tying part really got me.  Where was this coming from?  I didn't want to be tied up -- at least not by the bad guy.  ;-)  The vivid story, with a plot, characters, and, yes, love scenes with the handsome cowboy hero wasn't just a fantasy, it was bigger than that.  My friend casually suggested, "Why don't you write it?"

How simple.  How right.  Could I do it?  Should I?  I don't like to start something if I don't think I can finish it, and I had a history of, once in a while, taking a big risk and having it work out.  The idea had me by the throat.  I bought a spiral notebook and put pen to paper.

Whoo-ee!  I knew with the first scene that I'd "found myself."  At first I was self-conscious about it, especially the love scenes, with doubts and insecurities settling in.  I was always confident in my story making skills but the technical needed help.  I didn't know that until I joined RWA and some on-line loops.  I just wrote madly for the absolutely blooming joy of it.

 I believe I am fairly adept in writing love scenes.  I see myself as a camera circling the couple; catching a brush of lips; a nip on an inner thigh; the trail of fingers along a silken-skinned, hard, hot shaft; the cupping of a lush, soft breast.  All the little details and those beautiful descriptive words - swollen, pink, moist, muscular chest, delicate sac, glittering gazes, eyes glazed in pleasure are so thrilling to write.  Then the thrust, the wet, delicious, erotic slide, the fullness as two lovers are finally joined.  The massaging of inner muscles that the hero feels as he's buried deeply within the heroine.  I can feel all this as a woman, but I try very hard to inhabit the man's perspective too.

I have been complimented on my non-sexual, descriptive scenes, but I am most proud of my love scenes.  A lot of them come to me when I'm trying to get to sleep at night.  I reach up for the pad and pen that are always kept by my bed.  I am happiest when a scene passes the "Jane" test and makes me hot.  I suffer for my art.  ;-)  The climax isn't even the best part for me.  The  journey of lips and teeth and tongue, the tenderness and urgency of fingers touching or gripping.  It's love that brings them together with sex the expression of that love.

This type of writing isn't for everyone.  That's fine.  But for me, erotic romance is my forte and my niche.

If you leave your name and email address in the comments,
at the end of the hop I'll choose a name to win a free pdf of
Ancient Ties or another one of
my books (your choice).

The Hot Summer Romance Hop has two
Grand Prizes -  #1 is a Kindle Fire. #2 is a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate

 Jane Leopold Quinn
My Romance: Love With a Scorching Sensuality
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60 comments:

  1. Thanks, Edie, and thanks for commenting.

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  2. Marek is the quintessential alpha male. I can't say enough about this wonderfully enchanting and super super steamy book. How about a Roman bath sequel Jane? Maybe there's another threshold into the past at Aquae Sulis! ::nudge::

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    1. Thank you, Rose. Yes, Marek is alpha (notice I say "is" because he is forever), but he had such a deep soul. sigh...

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  3. Ancient Ties looks really really good! Thank you for introducing it to me! heather1974 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for saying that, Heather. It was a fascinating book to write.

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  4. Thank you for the giveaway

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  5. Love that book cover, Jane. The book is calling me so I suppose it will have to be added to my TBR list (sigh)...

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    1. Thanks for coming to my blog and commenting!

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  6. Ancient Ties sounds just like my type of book. If I don't win I definitely will be buying this one.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you. I like the sound of a prospective buyer. ;-)

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  7. What a very hot and sexy peek into Ancient Ties, Jane. Sounds like another wonderful read from a very talented author.
    *hugs*
    ~JD

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    1. Thank you, J.D. I was so honored to get so many 5 star reviews.

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  8. carly wood thanks for the giveaway carlywood@comcast.net

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  9. Cassandra Hicks
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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  10. Thanks for the great giveaway/hop! Kyla Patton- kamclauc AT gmail DOT com

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  11. Thank you very much for a chance to win.

    strawberryrose@earthlink.net

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  12. I like how you approach a love scene that I'm curious to read it on Ancient Ties.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks. Even after a dozen plus books, I still close my eyes and pretend to be a camera for love scenes. It works for me.

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  13. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  14. Thanks, Jane, for hosting ;)
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  15. I love this hop. There are so many great authors and you all give fantastic prizes too. I enjoyed the excerpt and blurb.
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. You're welcome. Yes, there are a lot of great authors here. This has been a very busy hop for me.

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  16. Ancient Ties sounds so hot.. looks like an awesome job! Thanks for being part of the hop!!

    vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

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    1. Yup, Ancient Ties is pretty hot. Thanks for noticing. ;-)

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer, and thanks for stopping by.

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  18. Thanks for being a part of this FUN blog hop.

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  19. Thanks for the chance at these great giveaways and for participating in the hop!!

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  20. Thanks for sharing your books. Thanks for sharing the awesome giveaways. evamillien at gmail dot com

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    1. I'm always happy/thrilled to share my books. Thanks for commenting.

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  21. First I wanna say, I am so sorry to be cut and pasting this but it is the end of the day and the hop is almost over. I know crappy defense but I am tired! I promise I am adding books as I go along!
    So many great books being added to my TRB list today!!
    Thanks for being in the hop!
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    1. Cut and paste is an author's best friend. No apologies necessary. Thanks for stopping by. ;-)

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  22. Nice post

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  23. I love erotic paranormal romance. It takes true talent to be able to create a magical environment filled with strife but ending with magic and oompf and a happily ever after. Thank you for both the excerpt and for sharing with your readers. michelle_willms@yahoo.com

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    1. Haha, you caught my book, Ancient Ties, exactly, not to mention my "talent." Thank you for stopping by.

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  24. Thanks!

    Janhvi
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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  25. I really liked your blurb! Gotta love soldiers ;) Thank you so much for being a part of this hop and for giving me the opportunity to win! usmcwifey1(at)live(dot)com

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    1. And Roman soldiers were particularly sexy.

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  26. Thanks for participating in the hop! Ancient Ties sounds awesome, so added to my to-read list.

    dragon5174 at gmail dot com

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  27. thanks for the giveaway
    wandad1961@yahoo.com

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  28. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

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  29. Thanks for the great giveaway!
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  30. Hi! Your book sounds awesome! Loving the cover! You have my attention! Thank you for the fun hop and giveaway! :)
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