03 April 2011

Guest Author: Christina Phillips

This week on Unusual Historicals, we're welcoming Christina Phillips as she celebrates the release of her latest Berkeley Heat romance, Captive, set in AD 50 Britain. Here's the blurb:

Trained in sensuality, a Druid priestess finds herself falling for the wrong man—the warrior who’s taken her prisoner…

Having lost her faith when Roman invaders destroyed life as she knew it, Morwyn took a vow of celibacy to spite her goddess. But before she can join up with the rebels, she's captured by a Gaul mercenary whose animal charms and chiseled body will test her conviction... and make it harder to kill him.

Bren, pledged to the true Briton king, has spent three years undercover in the Roman Legion. So when his own unit attacks and brutalizes a fiery Celtic beauty, he saves her the only way he can - by claiming her as his prisoner. But unlike his men, Bren would never take the woman by force, no matter how obviously she burns for his touch.

As they near Roman headquarters, Morwyn resolves to honor her vow of celibacy - but if the Gaul were to ravage her, could she be blamed for enjoying his body? With just a hint of seduction, sooner or later the Gaul will succumb to his exquisite captive...

Romantic Times BOOK Review, 4 Stars

Phillips’ second in the Forbidden series is just as hot as its predecessor. Readers will be held Captive by the magic between Druid priestess Morwyn and Bren.


Bookaholics Romance Book Club, 41/2 Stars http://tinyurl.com/4hsu6yq

"Primal and sexy, I love this series.

"Bren('s)... reputation is black and unsavory, but the author gives him a vulnerability and humanity that proves how worthy he actually is. It was fun to read how this sober and serious Bren lightens up under Morwyn’s sensuous attack... When Bren reveals what drives him, I really felt for him. But the best sections are their interactions as they flirt with each other and slowly learn to respect and care for each other...

"Sensual and vibrant, this historical romance is emotional and sexy. I could not put it down and this may be my favorite new time period in historical romance. I can’t wait for the author to write more!"


When and where is CAPTIVE set?

Set during the first century AD during the early years of the Roman occupation of Britain, my Forbidden series has sexy warrior heroes and magical Druid heroines.

Captive begins six months after Forbidden ends. The heroine, Morwyn, is not only recovering from the realization that the man she once loved brutally betrayed his own people, but has also turned her back on her Druidic heritage. She sets off to join the rebels fighting the Roman invaders but is ambushed and captured by a tough Gaul mercenary. They journey to Camulodunum—present day Colchester in Essex in SE England—which at that time was the Roman capital of Britannia. It was only after the Boudicea revolt in AD 61, when Camulodunum was razed to the ground, that Londinium (present day London) became the capital city.

The hero, Bren, is haunted by his violent past and far from being Morwyn’s bitterest enemy as she imagines, has been undercover in the Roman Legions for the last three years, secretly working for his displaced Briton king, Caratacus. The problem is he can’t tell Morwyn the truth, because the truth could get them both killed.

Were any events in CAPTIVE based on historical fact?

Caratacus was king of the Catuvellauni tribe at the time the Romans invaded Britain in AD 43, and he became leader of the anti-Roman campaign. After some early defeats in the east he moved west into the mountains of Wales where he and his forces continued to aggravate the invaders by using guerrilla tactics. And I wondered… would he have spies in the Roman Legion? It seemed plausible.

Captive is set during AD 51 and the Annals of Tacitus describe how in that year Caratacus rose up against the Roman invaders in what he hoped would be a decisive battle. I was intrigued as to how he and his rebels managed to evade the Romans for so long and Caratacus and his vision for freedom became a vital thread of the book.

I hear you have a trailer for Captive?

Yes, I do! Please take a look. Captive YouTube link:


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Thank you Christina for visiting today! Remember to leave a comment to be put in the drawing for a copy of CAPTIVE. Perhaps answer: Have you ever read historical erotic romance? What do you enjoy best about really sexy historicals? The winner will be drawn at randomnext Sunday. Void where prohibited. Best of luck!


Caroline said...

Captive sounds great, I'm off to buy it now! I've read "Forbidden" which was awesome, some I'm looking forward to reading this. Like you I love Caratacus - he features in my 1st ever book as the father of my heroine (bit of artistic license here!)! I love the fact that he was spared by the Romans when he was captured and paraded in Rome. My DH even bought me a framed photo of him which sits above my desk. True hero material IMHO. Good luck with Captive - Caroline x

StacieDM said...

Hello Christina!
I love your book trailer. The piano music was haunting. I studied a great deal of Roman History in college as well as their culture/social structure and religion. I think Captive sounds fascinating.

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tarenn98 said...

Captive sound interesting and intriguing.Great post.The book trailer was great.The piano music is a little eery.

Christina Phillips said...

Hi Caroline! Thank you so much for letting me know you enjoyed reading Forbidden - I hope you enjoy Bren and Morwyn's story too!! Caratacus is such a great character to write about, I think he needs more exposure! :-)

Christina Phillips said...

Hi StacieDM! I'm so glad you love the book trailer - I had so much fun making it. I enjoyed weaving in the Roman culture in my books, which is at such odds with the way my Druids live :-)

Christina Phillips said...

Thanks, tarenn98! The music is a bit spooky - I found it under the horror section! But it just fit so well and I really love it!!

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I love "naughty" historical romance! I have read a few and when they are done right they combine the best things about romance, smexy, and wonderful historical settings that you can fall into! This sounds like a fantastic book!

Christina Phillips said...

Hi Felicia, thank you!! Captive is a bit steamy :-) I really loved exploring this historical setting, and hope readers do too :-)

susied said...

This sounds like an interesting book. Not your usual time period romance setting! Would love to read a copy.

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Chelsea B. said...

I don't think I've ever read an erotic historical romance, but I *have* read really sexy one's! And what's better then a sexy romance in historical times? Nothing, I tell you! :-)

Janet Kay Gallagher said...

Love the music and the book trailer. You mentioned you did it. Is that hard to learn?
Book really sounds good.

Christina Phillips said...

Thanks, susied! I didn't set out to write in this era originally but the hero of FORBIDDEN marched into my head one night and refused to leave until I'd told his story!

Christina Phillips said...

Hi Chelsea, I agree!! I love a sexy historical :-)

Christina Phillips said...

Thanks, Janet! I used Windows Movie Maker and it's very easy once you get the hang of it. Luckily my daughter is good at things like that so she showed me how it all works. My biggest problem was with my computer keep freezing - that was very frustrating!

Danielle Gorman said...

I've had this book on my wishlist for sometime and I would love to read it. I love that it's so different from other things that I've read. I don't think I've ever read any books in that time period.

Christina Phillips said...

Thanks, Danielle! There aren't that many romances set during the first century AD, although I do know HM&B Historical are open to the Roman time period (my friend Michelle Styles writes for them :-) )

Linda said...

It's embarrassing to admit that I probably remember more from what I read in fiction that what I supposedly studied from school books...so this is definitely "educational"


Christina Phillips said...

Linda, I definitely remember more from reading fiction than I do from the history lessons at school! It's so much more interesting reading about what people get up to while struggling with their relationship... lol!!!

teresa woolsey said...

i love historical romance and the farther back the time period the better but when the book is an erotic historical it is put on my automatic bye list it is just so the romance of long ago is just so much more fun then todays real life romance
good luck with your book i am looking forward to reading it

Carrie Lofty said...

We have a winner for CAPTIVE. Sorry I forgot to draw a winner until tonight. It's Linda! Details here:


Thanks for stopping by, everyone!