Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Writers Wednesday: Christine Elaine Black

Today I’m happy to welcome Christine Elaine Black, whose book TAURUS was released from the Wild Rose Press, July 17, 2013. That’s today. WOOHOO. Happy Release Day.
Hello Barb, Thank you for hosting me on your blog. I’m very happy to be here.

Please tell us a little about the book.  

TAURUS is a romantic, historical, fiction set in ancient Roman times. It is book II of the Imperial Desire series but can be read without reading MAXIMUS first. The main characters are different but live in the same time-period.
Blurb: Rebellious and strong-willed, Kalliassa flees a political betrothal arranged by her brother, the emperor of Rome. She runs to the one man capable of preventing the match -- her brother's sworn enemy. Unwittingly, she throws her fortunes into the hands of a man pledged to destroy Roman rule.
Taurus, proud Governor of Panua, would do anything to provoke the emperor, even ruin an imperial sister. But Kallie is like no woman he's ever met, and she tests his strength of will and his solemn vow to end the reign of her family forever.
Can true love overcome lust, lies, and deceit?

What drew you to this story?

I’ve always loved romance in ancient historical times. It’s hard to find stories of that ilk and I resorted to writing one to satisfy my wish for an ancient Roman love story.  

I love stories of ancient Rome. Would you share an excerpt?

Excerpt: The parchment rolled out of Kallie’s hand and fell to the floor with a sharp oath directed at the author. How dare the emperor use her as a pawn in his game of politics! The love and trust she had placed in him as a small girl, watching from afar as their grandfather groomed him for greatness, shriveled in the brutal realization that he now ruled with complete disregard for his family. Marriage! To a man at least three times her age, ruler of a desert country, and with a harem of wives and concubines, no less. The only choice appeared to be swift action to avoid the imperial order. On unsteady legs she ran for the stables.
The horses stamped impatiently, and Kallie glanced around for the boy normally on duty at this time of day. “Sergius, are you in here?” A rumble of laughter greeted her.

“Should you not be dressed for dinner in fine ladylike attire?”

Kallie squealed with delight. “Uncle Atticus! You have arrived at a most propitious moment.”

“Have I indeed.” Her uncle, in truth her father’s uncle, had taught all the
 children in the Gregorian household the most efficient and effective skills of survival in the roughest conditions. “And why are you dressed as a boy?”

“I’m running away.”
Atticus eyed her with skepticism. “From what?”
“Our esteemed emperor has ordered me to marry, and I won’t do it.”
“Hah,” Atticus grunted. “If you wait until after I eat and refresh my water supply, I’ll go with you.”

“But why? You will incur the wrath of my brother.”

“I have my reasons.” Atticus scratched his bushy beard, a twinkle lighting his dark eyes.

“Where can we hide from the entire Roman Empire?” Kallie mused.

“I know a place, but it will require cunning, and could be dangerous.” Her uncle chuckled with his usual good humor.

Kallie’s mind glowed at the possibility of escaping her brother’s reach. The great emperor, Caius Gregorian, would not be amused.

Sounds great, Elaine. But you said that you’re moving to a different genre for your next work? That is that one?

A ROSE FOR LANCASTER. It is set in Tudor England. Henry VII has just taken the crown and imposes his will on a woman of York to marry a man of Lancaster. Will Blanche betray her husband and her king?

With all the writing you’re doing do you have challenges finding writing time?

I do what must be done and the rest can wait until a convenient time. I have a teenage daughter and luckily my husband works from home, so I’m fortunate enough to have a good balance. (Teenagers keep it real!!)

You’ve obviously found a routine that works. Good going. What one tip would you offer writers?

Network!! Meet writers online and ask questions, and answer them if you can help. Pay-it-forward — I’ve had so many writers/authors help me in my journey and they may not even know their input made a difference. I hope I’ve helped many in return.  

Excellent advice. When I started out, the kindness and helpfulness of experienced writers meant so much. Thanks again for being here and best of luck with TAURUS. I hope you’ll come back again.

Find Elaine at the following places:

Thanks so much for being here today. I hope you’ll come back again.


  1. Hi Christine,

    Thanks for being here to celebrate your release day for TAURUS. Much good luck with it.

  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

  3. Yay, thanks for having me as a guest today, Barbara. My pleasure to be here. :):)

  4. Congrats on your new release, Christine! The story sounds great and that cover is hot!

    1. Hi Susan, Taurus certainly is a draw, isn't he LOL. So glad you stopped by.

  5. I love the idea of a romance set in Rome! It's nice to see a different flavor of historical romance.

    1. Hi SD, It's good to see some historicals from different eras, I agree. Thanks for being here.

  6. Running off to her brother's sworn enemy. What a hook.

    1. That one made me smile, too, Cara. Glad you stopped by.

  7. Congrats on release day, I loved Taurus! Great read.

  8. Susan, sdkeeling, Cara and Kathryn:
    Thank you all for your good wishes and lovely comments. I appreciate it very much. Great to be a guest on Barbara's blog. :):)

  9. Thanks again for stopping by. Come back again soon, Christine.