Monday, September 17, 2012

Blog Ring of Power: Cornelia Amiri

Today I have with me Cornelia Amiri for the Blog Ring of Power interview. You can find the first three parts with Terri, Theresa, and Emily, and Dean will post the final part tomorrow.

 Tell us about your new book and when it is out? Where can people purchase it? Druidess came out in May. It’s set in 1st century AD England against the back drop of the Boudica revolt. AS Queen Boudica leads her druids against Rome, their hearts lead them to their destiny. You can get it in paperback at Barnes and Nobles on line and Amazon and in eBook at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, All Romance Ebooks, and most online book stores as well as from the publisher, Eternal Press.

Tell us about your book’s cover – where did the design come from and what was the design process like? The cover artist, Amanda Kelsey is fabulous. She captured my druidess heroine, Sulwen, in every way. On the Author Information Form they asked my ideas for the cover and I wrote, Something with Sulwen and Rhys together or Sulwen by herself. And the stunning cover is what Amanda Kelsey came up with.  

What was the hardest part of writing this book? The death scene with Boudica was hard because she is my favorite historical figure. It was hard to write details of what I imagined her death to be like. It’s sad. I wished she would have won the battle. One day I may write an alternate history book where she does win the final battle and Celts continue to rule all of England. If that had happened many things, even our modern world, would be different.  

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? We have a right and responsibility to fight for out children. After the Romans attacked her daughters, with both her girls defiled and traumatized, and she flogged, Boudica, a woman, a widow, still managed to revolt against that cruelty and lead a rebellion against Rome.

In first century AD, conquering Romans plunge the British tribes into chaos. The future of the mist covered isle of Britannia and its brave people rest in the hands of two druids, whose views are as different as fire and ice. Yet they find love together. Arch Druid Rhys is a master of the sacred mysteries but a novice in the ways of the heart. Sulwen, a sacred druidess, discovers Rhys, the shape shifter, has evoked a basic, feral desire in her, only to find the goddess may soon exact the unfathomable price of taking him from her. Though their love is a potent as their magic, is it strong enough to survive the turmoil of the Romans, the Rebel Queen Boudica, and the gods?

Bio: Cornelia Amiri is the author of 16 romance books, including the Steampunk/romance she writes under the name Maeve Alpin. She lives in Houston, TX with her wonderful son and granddaughter.

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