So, to find out more about this rather elusive time, I've asked Nancy to pull some background information together for us. It's fascinating! Listen up!
Why Selgovae and Brigante tribes for The Beltane Choice?
Evidence written by affected Celtic tribes would have provided incredible information, but since it wasn’t customarily done I’ve yet to encounter that data. The more biased accounts by Roman historians, like Tacitus, made superb reading but second hand descriptions– as in Tacitus’s account of the Agricolan campaigns – must be read with caution. Letters, translated from the original Latin, written by generals in the field are also full of wonderful details, though again they tend to only reveal one viewpoint: a conquering Roman one.
That was a neat place for The Beltane Choice to finish, leaving the opportunity for subsequent novels to go on to the Battle of Mons Graupius if so desired!
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Can the Celtic Tribes repel the Roman army?Banished from the nemeton, becoming a priestess is no longer the future for Nara, a princess of the Selgovae tribe. Now charged with choosing a suitable mate before Beltane, her plan is thwarted by Lorcan, an enemy Brigante prince, who captures her and takes her to his hill fort. Despite their tribes fighting each other, Nara feels drawn to her captor, but time runs out for her secret quest.
As armies of the Roman Empire march relentlessly northwards, Lorcan intends to use Nara as a marriage bargain, knowing all Celtic tribes must unite to be strong enough to repel imminent Roman attack. Nara’s father, Callan, agrees to a marriage alliance between Selgovae and Brigante, but has impossible stipulations. Lorcan is torn between loyalty to his tribe and growing love for Nara.
When danger and death arrive in the form of the mighty Roman forces, will Nara be able to choose her Beltane lover?
My word is yours, Lorcan of Garrigill.”
The next howling cry came from neither Nara, nor the boar, but the animal was the target of the vehemence when a jagged stone slammed its rump. It whirled around, yowling in fury, and charged off in the direction the sling-shot had come from. Close to Nara’s tree, a lithe warrior surged from behind a dense clump of bushes to swoop up her spear.
The spear hurtled up. She grasped it while the irate beast squealed its return. Lorcan’s bloodthirsty cry boomed, and then his spear slashed through the air to spike the boar full in front, Nara’s thrust from above a powerful one to its head. The animal keeled over and lay twitching and groaning.
She jumped down from the tree as he plunged his sword into the beast; the boar’s writhing slowing to a halt. One foot balanced on the animal’s belly, he yanked out her spear then straightened up, the muscles of his powerful shoulders stretching the material of his orange and brown checked woollen tunic.
Ill-tempered eyes confronted her, black brows puckered tight. Absorbing the warrior’s dark scowl, Nara felt a strange rush of awareness sweep through her, despite that he looked angry. The exhilaration continued, causing her breath to falter, her heart an erratic beat inside her chest. The trembling of her leg muscles was in reaction to her drop to the ground, but such an act did not normally make her whole inside quiver.
The handsome, yet glowering, warrior in front of her caused it. She had endured two long lonely moons waiting for a response like this to happen, and now could not believe it had come to pass. Her mouth curved, delight widened her eyes, because this instinctive affinity with a man was what she needed to restore her spirit.
The Beltane Choice will be available in ebook format from Amazon, Smashwords and Crooked Cat Books from Friday, 31st August 2012, and in paperback on Amazon later this year!