Friday, February 4, 2011

Author Interview and Giveaway with Christina Phillips

She schooled us on Roman/Druid history last year with her debut, 'Forbidden'.
Now, Christina Phillips is stopping by today to talk all about her second novel, 'Captive', which was releases 02/01/11.
Phillips has 'captive'ated historical lovers from near and far (tons of praise and raving reviews) and aims to do so again with this latest tale about a Celtic beauty, Morwyn, and an undercover warrior, Bren.
We got to know Phillips a bit  when she was interviewed on the blog last year , but to get everyone up to speed, here's some author info:

Author Bio:
"Christina Phillips has always loved writing, and while her efforts in eighth grade usually involved space ships, time travel and unfortunate endings, as soon as she discovered romance novels a whole new world opened up. She now writes ancient historical romances about strong heroines and gorgeous warrior heroes who, no matter how torturous the journey, are guaranteed a happy-ever-after. Christina was born in the United Kingdom, but now lives in sunny Western Australia with her real-life hero and their three children."Source

You can find Christina Phillips on the web: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

About Christina's Latest Release:
Released 02.01.11 

"A new erotic historical series set in a world of magical heroines and sexy warriors.

Brennus has spent three years undercover in the Roman Legion. So when his men brutalize the fiery Celtic beauty, he saves her-by claiming her as his own.

When the Romans destroyed her world, Morwyn took a vow of celibacy to spite her goddess. Then she's captured by a mercenary whose animal charms and chiseled body will test her conviction...

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

 Book Trailer:

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~Interview Time~

RJ: Thanks so much for stopping by, Christina! Congrats on the release of your sophomore novel, Captive, on 2/1/2010! What has this release been like for you and what is the story about?
CP: Hi Rita! Thanks for having me back at Not Another Romance Blog!
The release of Captive has been a bit of a blur, It’s kind of crept up on me!
Captive is my second ancient historical romance set in my Roman/Druid world, and begins six months after Forbidden ends. It follows Morwyn, Carys’s best friend from Forbidden, and Bren, a warrior tortured by his brutal past. Although at first there’s no trust between them, only a blazing sexual attraction, as they grow to know each other the lust evolves into something much deeper. And much more dangerous…
RJ: Who are your main characters? What are their characteristics, faults and flaws? And why are they attracted to each other? /OR: What's different or unique about your main characters and what makes them attracted to each other?
CP: 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.

Image of Roman Army structure
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. The problem is he can’t tell Morwyn the truth, because the truth could get them both killed.

Initially all Morwyn wants to do is kill Bren so she can escape and join up with the rebels. But as she gets to know him she catches glimpses of the man beneath the tough exterior and what she discovers first of all intrigues her and then, against everything she believes in, ensnares her heart.

Bren admires Morwyn’s bravery, courage and determination and, as they get to know each other, he’s captivated by her sense of fun. It’s been so long since Bren’s known anything but fighting and subterfuge that being with Morwyn is like seeing the sun after being trapped in a tomb.
book cover of 
 (Forbidden, book 1)
Christina Phillips
Phillips' First Novel
RJ: How about telling the readers and I a bit about the writing process (from a little seedling of an idea to full blown paperback) for Captive. Where did the inspiration for the story and characters come from?

CP: The heroine in Captive is Morwyn, who is the best friend of Carys (the heroine in book one, Forbidden). So Morwyn was always there but it didn’t occur to me to write her story until my agent suggested it. If you’ve read Forbidden you’ll know Morwyn was with another Druid warrior, but as I began to think about her book I realized she hadn’t yet met her hero. As soon as Bren appeared in my mind, I knew he was the one for her. Even if neither of them accepted it yet!

RJ: What were some interesting tidbits you picked up while researching or incorporated in the story for your latest release?
CP: I discovered that in the year Captive is set, AD 51, a great rebellion against the Roman invaders was planned by displaced Briton king, Caratacus. I was so intrigued as to how he managed to evade the Romans for so long that it ended up becoming a vital thread to the story.

The GORGEOUS Mr.Cavill

RJ: In a small paragraph, write the blurb to your life as it is-but exaggerated to how you ideally wish it were.
CP: Christina Phillips writes hot historical romances about strong heroines and gorgeous warrior heroes who, no matter how torturous the journey, are guaranteed a happy-ever-after. Christina was born in the United Kingdom, but now lives in sunny Western Australia with Clive Owen and Henry Cavill.
RJ: Have you utilize social-networking sites, such as facebook and twitter, to stay connected with fans? If so, which is your favorite and why? 

CP: I have a Facebook page and am on Twitter and I love chatting on both sites. The only problem is I don’t get on there as much as I’d like, so I often seem to be mia. I do love hearing from readers though so please drop me a line by email or leave a message on my Facebook wall and I promise I will reply!
RJ: What projects are you currently working on and what do the readers (and me!) have to look forward to next from you?

CP: Currently I’m working on a new series set in a different century. There are hot warriors J I can’t say too much about it at the moment as I’m in the middle of a rewrite!
Thanks for chatting, Christina! (I might have to steal Henry Cavill from you; he is SOO yummy!) & Congrats on the new release!

Discussion Questions: Is there anything about the illustrious history of the Romans that interests you? Have you seen any good movies or know of any good stories about the Romans? Out of all the sexy celebrities you can think of, which would you most like to have portray the Roman Warrior to your fair maiden in a movie? 
-Giveaway Details-
Christina Phillips has generously offered to giveaway WINNER'S CHOICE of either of her books ('Forbbiden' and 'Captive') to (1) one lucky entrant. Follow the guidelines below and enter for your chance to win one of her fabulous books! This contest will run until February 18th, 2011 (ends at midnight). The winner will be randomly selected/announced the following day.

Giveaway Guidelines:
To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is take a second to fill out the entry form below. Please note that comments aren't mandatory but greatly appreciated and can earn you extra entries. You can just fill out the first three questions and submit, or continue on and fill out the other questions to be awarded extra entries.

Fill out this Form to enter:
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  1. Thanks for having me back on Not Another Romance Blog, Rita! I see Henry sneaked in here early :-) He's such a bad boy!!!

  2. I would like to know why you chose to set your books during this time period ( Captive is set in 51 AD), and why Druids?

  3. Goodn luck with your book, Christina. Loved the post. Very interesting. Do you base your hero on your real life one!!lol

  4. The Roman empire was so powerful for so long and in many ways very sophisticated for the era even as brutal as it could be.

  5. Hi June! The hero of my first book, Maximus, stormed into my head one night and refused to leave until I discovered his story. Since he was searching for his Druid princess lover, and there was a deranged High Druid lurking in the background, I couldn't refuse!

    That is literally what happened. I didn't set out with the intention of writing an ancient historical with Romans and Druids, the idea came to me out of the blue. It was only then that I began researching Druids, and realized we know so little about them. So the world of Forbidden unfolded through the eyes of my heroines, and I had great fun weaving in the magic and mysticism of their everyday lives.

    Thanks for the question!

  6. Thanks Margaret! :-) Yes, I base all my heroes to a certain extent on my own real life one!! Especially with Maximus, who has the most beautiful blue eyes. I was definitely influenced by my own hero there!!

  7. gamistress66, that's very true. A friend of mine likened them in a way to the Borg in Star Trek - technologically superior and determined to assimilate all who they conquered! Although in the world of Forbidden my heroines are more than a match for their heroes, and the ancient goddesses certainly aren't willing to fade into the background!!

  8. Oh, I would want Henry Cavill! Isn't he good looking? Yum!
    Congrats on your new release, Christina!

  9. I am loving the sound of these books, I have to read them!!!!! and the covers are HOT too.
    I think its time for another book depository order LOL
    Best of luck with the release of Captive.

  10. This book looks so good. I have not read any of Christina's books but I hope to rectify that soon.

  11. Hi Chelsea! Thanks for the congrats! And as for Henry Cavill, he's so gorgeous he shouldn't be allowed out on his own (only with me... heheh!!)

  12. Thank you, Cath!! I absolutely love both of my covers. I've been very lucky!

  13. My husband always says I have an fascination with the Roman Empire because he is Italian but actually it started in high school (I took 4 years of Latin). First the language capitvated me and then the people and the country.

    I kid him that since I'm English and Scotish that I probably have Italian blood (love those conquerers). I think you really picked an interesting time period because of all the political unrest as well as the morays of the time period. Your work sounds fascinating and I'm defiantely hooked!

  14. Thanks, Jeanne! I do find the time period fascinating because of all the upheaval, it really lends itself to a conflict filled romance :-)

  15. Congratulations on the release Christina! Great interview. I loved Maximus and Carys in Forbidden and can't wait to read this book!

  16. Thanks so much, Maria! I'm so glad you enjoyed Forbidden!!

  17. Oops, that was my comment above, but I was signed in under another account!! Sorry, Maria!!



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