The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Welcome historical romance writer, Eva Scott...

1)  What kind of music do you like?

I have a pretty diverse taste but when I’m writing I like to listen to a band called Oka.  They are a local group from the Sunshine Coast and they are fabulous!  I highly recommend them if you want to chill out and feel happy.

2)  Describe your dream home…

What a great question!  I’ve been talking about this with my husband lately.  We’d need a huge shed (the kind that could house four cars) for all of his tools.  At least four bedrooms.  A large kitchen with a big deck overlooking the ocean.  We live very close to the sea now but we would love to move even closer.  My husband would like a staircase with a slide. My son would like a room for an enormous train set.  Me, I’d love somewhere I can sling my hammock and disappear with a book.

3)  Favorite literary hero & heroine?

I really struggle to pick one.  Every time I think I’ve got one I think of someone else and change my mind.  Of course Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy and Elizabeth get a jersey. They are perennial classics.

4)  What are you reading now?

Right now I’m reading The Laughing Clowns by William McInnes.  He’s a well-known actor here in Australia and a local boy. His story is set on our peninsula so I’m keen to see how it comes across in the book.  We live on the Redcliffe peninsula famous for having launched the Bee Gees fledgling career all those years ago. 

5)  What did you do on your last birthday?

I love birthdays. My husband took me out for dinner.  We have a three year old so it’s a huge treat to get dressed up and go out to a grownup dinner, just the two of us.

6)  What comes first, plot or characters?

Often the characters.  I’ll get a vision of them and as I get to know them, the plot begins to become clear.

7)  Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?

I did after I finished NaNoWriMo for the first time.  For those who have never heard of it before NaNoWriMo is a writer’s challenge – write a book in one month.  Huge effort is required and when I was done my brain refused to work for at least a month. I couldn’t string two words together on paper.  I think that counts as writer’s block.

8)  Do you ever want to be someone else? Who?

I often fantasize about being a pro-surfer and living the life full of travel, sunshine and surfing.  I hasten to point out I cannot surf and I am terrified of big waves. 

9)  Tell us about your latest book?

My latest offering is called Barbarian Bride. It’s the second book in the Romancing The Romans series.  The story follows the adventures of a Hun woman named Klara who falls in love with our Roman hero while tracking her husband’s murderer.  Think of it as an action-adventure romance.  Klara is feisty and funny.  If I was casting the book as a film I’d put Lucy Liu in the main roll with Aaron Eckhart as the hero, Lucius.  Lucius is a charming loveable rogue busy being everything a good Roman should never be.

10) What’s next for you?

There will be more instalments of Romancing The Romans but in the meantime I’m preparing an Outback romance for release.  Red Dust Dreaming is set deep in the Australian bush and revolves around Aboriginal Art.  Something completely different for me!

Barbarian Bride
by Eva Scott



On the bloody ground of the Colosseum, she fights to save her life. In the treacherous boxes above, he fights to save their love.

Though Klara didn't love the man who was to be her husband, she didn't want him murdered, and she vows to track down the man who committed the crime. Sickened that she'd been attracted to the mysterious Roman, Klara tracks Lucius Aurelius to the fringes of the Roman Empire, only to find that they've both been trapped in a clever plot to overthrow Klara's father, the Chief of the Huns.

Klara is separated from Lucius, captured by slavers and sold to a gladiator school. She is the only one who can save herself, by fighting for her freedom. Lucius can ensure her battle is easier, but only by sacrificing himself. How much is he willing to give up for the fiery woman he's come to love?


Klara put her hands on her hips.  Now she had the man’s attention starting a conversation about Lucius seemed even harder than she thought it would be.  The man lowered his gaze, scooping up another spoonful of stew, and she found herself dismissed.

“Hey!” she slammed both her hand down on the table.  “I want to talk to you.”

“So talk.” The fact he didn’t bother to look up infuriated Klara.  The man has no manners— and they call Hun barbarians.

“I’m looking for a man.”

He looked up then.  “Really?”  Pushing the bowl away he leaned back in his chair, letting his eyes roam over the curves of her body.  “I’d be happy to oblige.”

Klara swept the empty bowl off the table with the back of her hand.  It clattered on the floor and rolled under the table.  Her chest heaved with suppressed anger.

“Might I suggest you would do better with men if you tempered your aggression?  So unattractive in a woman.” 

Klara wrenched the knife out of the table and held it towards the man.  “Do you know a man named Lucius Aurelius?” she hissed.

The old man’s bushy eyebrows shot up and disappeared into his hairline.  “Lucius?  How on earth do you know Lucius?”  He narrowed his blue eyes and leaned forward, his hand shot out grabbing her wrist.  “Who are you?”

She tried to reclaim her hand but the man was too strong.  Cleverly he’d grabbed her hand holding the knife so there was very little point struggling.  She raised her chin and said, “I am Klara...”

“The Hun,” the man finished softly.  He let her go and settled back.  “I’ve heard about you.  Sit down.  You’re in luck.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Eva lives on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland Australia in the town which brought the world the Bee Gees. When she’s not writing romance you can find her out on the water kayaking, fishing or swimming. When on dry land it’s all about the shoes and the coffee (and old Bee Gees records).

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Eva will be awarding a copy of Barbarian Bride and The Last Gladiatrix (the first book in the Romancing The Romans series) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US ONLY).

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  1. Have thoroughly enjoyed my stop on your blog. Thanks for having me Rachel!