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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Guest Post with Author Lauren Hawkeye and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome back to RFTC author Lauren Hawkeye. Lauren is celebrating the upcoming release of her book Seduced by the Gladiator and she has stopped by to chat. Please give Lauren a warm welcome.

Lauren Hawkeye/Lauren Jameson is a writer, yoga newbie, knitting aficionado and animal lover who lives in the shadows of the great Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada. She's older than she looks--really--and younger than she feels--most of the time--and she loves to explore the journeys that take women through life in her stories. Hawkeye's stories include erotic historical, steamy paranormal, and hot contemporary. Make sure to check out her work as Lauren Jameson, where her erotic romances take a walk on the wild side.

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When doing research for the books My Wicked Gladiators and Seduced by the Gladiator, I was surprised to find out that their diets consisted of a lot of foods that we eat today. Somehow I had had a mental picture of the Empire subsisting on grapes, bread and of course wine.

There is a scene in Seduced that is set at a banquet, and I had to use my imagination to make it sound palatable. While research had taught me basic “ingredients”—fruits like apples and pears, nuts like pistachios and filberts, pork, a wild variety of vegetables—I truly didn’t have any idea of dishes that might have been served.

Just recently, I came across a catalog of Ancient Roman recipes from Carnegie Mellon. How helpful this would have been!

Courtesy of that website,, here is an Ancient Roman recipe that sounds palatable. I’m going to try it. How about you?

PATINA DE PIRIS (Pear Soufflee)
(Apic. 4, 2, 35)

1kg pears (peeled and without core)
6 eggs
4 tblsp honey
100ml Passum (raisin wine)
a little bit oil
50ml Liquamen, or 1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
ground pepper to taste

Mesh cooked and peeled pears (without core) together with pepper,cumin,
honey, Passum, Liquamen and a bit of oil. Add eggs and put into a
casserole. Cook approximately 30 minutes on small to moderate heat.
Serve with a bitt of pepper sprinkled on the soufflee.

Author Lauren Hawkeye returns to Ancient Rome in her second erotic romance featuring sexy, fierce gladiators—and the women they love.

Lilia is the rarest of commodities—a champion female gladiator. But success has come with a price: shunned by her peers and desired by hateful men like Gaius, the brother of the emperor, Lilia is at the mercy of those around her. Only her heart is impenetrable.

After Christus, a warrior with the body of a god, is sold to the ludus that owns Lilia, she finds herself forced to defend her position and to guard her body and heart against the erotic sensations only he can bring. Beneath the tantalizing flesh of the gladiator, Lilia finds a man determined to protect her, to love her.

But when Gaius reveals a challenge for the gladiators of Rome—an epic battle to the death—Christus and Lilia must fight to win their freedom, their lives . . . and each other.

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  1. i LOVE stories about gladiators! thanks for introducing me to Lauren Hawkeye. as soon as i find work i will get this book

  2. I have not read any books about gladiators before, I guess I never thought to look for that genre. ANyway, thanks for the intro to Lauren,can't wait to start reading her stuff.

  3. Sounds fantastic! Congrats to Lauren on her new release and thanks for sharing!

  4. What a great idea! Loved the movie Gladiator too!

  5. I've not read a Gladiator romance book and this sounds really good. Thank you for the contest.

  6. I love the cover and blurb sounds like a great read .Have a wonderful week.

  7. I love your book cover Lauren! bet the book is fantastic!!

  8. This book sounds so good. I am definitely going to read it. I love the show Spartacus and this book seems to remind me of it. I love finding new authors.

  9. Thanks for the recipe. Sounds tasty.

  10. Sounds really good!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. I'd never thought about what a gladiator might eat before. Too busy looking at the muscles perhaps.

  12. I like the sound of their diet; fruits, nuts & veggies not that I'd ever want to be a gladiator. Quite surprised really. I'd thought they'd be eating a lot of red meat being gladiators.

  13. Thank you for sharing this book, I think gladiators are just so raw, with their need to survive that it makes them so much sexier!

  14. Oh Pear Soufflee! sounds absolutely delicious <3