Monday, September 12, 2011


Hey all! 
 I'm super excited to Welcome back Author Minnette Meador!
She has an amazing new book out and I hope you will enjoy getting to know some of her characters a much as I did.



GLADIATOR – INTERVIEW WITH CHARACTERS



First of all, I want to thank Leanne for inviting me to share her amazing blog! What an honor it is to be here!

Today we are joined by two extraordinary people. The lovely Phaedra and a man who needs little introduction: Thane, The Gladiator Prince. Welcome!



P: Thank you. It’s very nice to be here.

T: It is an honor.



Q: So Phaedra, let’s start with you. Tell us a bit about yourself.
P: I was raised in Rome and then came to Roman Britannia when my father moved his Ludi after our tour of the providences. I married a few years later, but my husband died, so my father forced me and my younger brother to come back to Britannia. We did not want to.



Q: Why is that?

P: (after a pause) We had spent our whole lives trying to get away from him, afraid he would discover our secret. It was worth our lives.



Q: Sounds intriguing. So what was this secret?

P: (with head down) Forgive me, I should not have mentioned it. It was very rude of me.



Q: In other words, you’re not going to share it.

P: One day, perhaps, but not today.



Q: Alright. We’ll move on. You told me earlier that a Ludi is a group of gladiators who train and fight together. You and your brother traveled the world with these men.

P: Yes.

Q: What about you, Thane? Most of us know of your prowess in the arena… I mean you’re a legend, of course. But what about before then?

T: I am the last surviving royal of the Britannia Trinovantes tribe, the son of a long dead king. My family was destroyed in the Boudicia revolts, either killed in battle or slaughtered like animals in the aftermath. I allowed myself to be captured to save my two daughters. I train and teach in the Ludis.

Q: Right, your daughters. They were taken in a slaver’s raid, is that right?

T: Yes. Due respect, but I do not wish to discuss my children in such a public domain.



Q: I understand. So, Phaedra, I hear you have lived your whole life around gladiators. What was that like?

P: Well, it is hard to live in an all-male world, as you can imagine. I had only my Greek nurse as company, and what few slaves father allowed me. My brother Bahar and I were very close, of course, and he trained with Thane most everyday. I would watch them from time to time. Of course as I got older it became even more fascinating. (Blushing)



Q: I see. When you saw Thane, was it love at first sight?

P: By the gods, no… are you joking? I could not stand him! I thought he was a lummox and a dolt, a mule, and a grouse, and…

T: (Darkly) I am certain she comprehends your meaning.

P: Oh, sorry. I later changed my mind… well, most of it.



Q: So what about you, Thane? I hear you did not lack for women… in fact some of the finest women in Roman Britannia shared your bed, isn’t that right.



T: (mumbled) Fewer than people think…

Q: Wasn’t it one of your escapades that brought you two together?

P & T: Yes/No!



Q: Well, which is it?

T: She was spying on me!

P: I wasn’t spying… not exactly…



Q: Then what were you doing?

(Long pause) P: I was trying… I thought I might be able to learn something about… That is…

T: (Blurting) She wanted to see how I handled a woman sexually, so she hid on the roof over the garden and spied on me.



Q: Oh, my! But you caught her?

P: He threw something at me!

T: She was spying on me!



Q: Then what happened?



(Both blushing)



T: I wanted to teach her a lesson, so I knocked her off the roof and she fell into my arms…

P: He kissed me!

T: I had just had sex with a beautiful woman… You cannot expect me to have control so soon after my rod…

P: Thane!

T: Oh… Anyway, I set her down and started to seduce her.

P: (with a huff) Started is right…



Q: Did she run away?

T: (snort) Hardly. (Smiling and wrapping his arm around her waist) Lustiest little vixen I’ve ever met. I could barely contain myself!

Q: But you did…

T: (adjusting the tunic over his lap) Just…



Q: (Blushing) Well. Perhaps we should move on,,, So you two took off to find your daughters in Rome. I hear you had a rival for Phaedra’s affection.

T: Hasani? He thought he was a rival. The pirate was charming, I’ll give him that…

P: (Blushing) Yes, and handsome… cleaver, funny, smart, a snappy dresser…

T: Domineering, deceptive, unstable, untrustworthy, a thief…



Q: Alright! But you chose Thane, even though he was a gladiator, a slave in your culture.

P: (Taking his arm and kissing his cheek) Yes. But it was an upward climb.

(After kissing her soundly)

T: (rising and taking Phaedra’s hand) Perhaps we can come back later. Say, an hour or so…

Q: But we have just started…

T: (leaving the stage) An hour… maybe two.

Q: Alright. There you have it. Good thing I read the book… Thanks you all for coming!




Somewhere between thirty and dust...red hair, blue eyes...six kids, one slightly used husband, and any number of pets from time to time... wanttabe hippy... wanttheirmoney yuppie... pro musician and actress for 20 years...native Oregonian... lover of music, beauty and all things green. Willing slave to the venerable muse.

    When she is not writing, Minnette helps teach remedial reading, writing, and math at a local elementary school. Minnette currently resides in Beaverton, Oregon with her husband, having replaced the children with five cats and one dog (there shall always be six!). 

     Her first novel, Starsight, Volume I, (published by StoneGarden) will be released in March of 2008 and the sequel Starsight, Volume II in November. The Centurion & The Celt, a historical romance set in 60AD Roman Britannia, will be released with Resplendence Publishing in the spring of 2008. In addition to her novels, Ms. Meador has a feature in the Cup of Comfort for Single Moms coming out in March of 2008.
http://www.minnettemeador.com/


Be sure to leave a comment and leave your email because Minnette will be giving away this beautiful bracelet 


Also, at the end of her tour she will be giving away a Kindle!  Be sure to follow her throughout her tour!

49 comments:

marybelle said...

Thank you for the wonderful character interview.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

April London said...

That was the best character interview I have read in a very long time!! Woo woo!!!!

Leanne109 said...

Great Interview Minnette and just as u promised I loved it :D Thanks so much for being my guest again :) It's always such a pleasure having you here.

Pam Asberry said...

What fun! Thanks for getting my day off to such a great start, ladies! And thanks for the latest addition to my TBR pile! :-)

Minnette Meador said...

Good morning, all!!! Thanks so much for coming over and a special thanks to Leanne who is always the best hostess!

Hi, Marybelle - You always seem to be the first one commenting! I love that!

Hi, April - Thanks! You made my day. I LOVED doing this interview.

Oh, Leanne - You are so welcome. Thanks for having me.

Hi, Pam - Thanks for coming over. I hope you get a chance to read it.

I'll be in and out today, everyone, but feel free to ask questions yourself. What would you like to know from Thane and Phaedra? :o)

Cynthia Garcia said...

Hi Minnette! Fantastic interview. Thank you for being a wonderful author and doing a great giveaway!

shygrumpychica1@hotmail.com

Barbara said...

great interview. looks like a good read. thanks

Minnette Meador said...

You are so sweet, Cynthia! I'm so glad you could join us!

Hi, Barbara! Thanks!

Marilyn Baron said...

Minnette,
What a great and unusual interview. Wonderful job and thanks Leanne for hosting her.
Marilyn Baron

Minnette Meador said...

Thanks, Marilyn! I'm so glad to see you here. :o)

Unknown said...

M - you are naughty...still! I'm going to have to read more. Love and miss you!

M.
mjdurel gmail com

Rae M. said...

Ooh, I do love when authors do character interviews! Now I can't wait to read this.
Which I guess is the whole point! So kudos for that and thanks for the great interview.

rachaelgwen(at)yahoo(dot)com

Shanon Grey said...

What a fun interview--just as I suspected it would be. Thank you.

Minnette Meador said...

Oh, MJ, you hit the nail on the head. Naughty is as naughty does! Miss you too... :o)

Thanks, Rae - This was such an easy one too. Thane and Phaedra are naturals! LOL

Thanks, Shanon -

What would you ladies like to ask these characters?

Chelsea Rafferty said...

Ohhh this one looks great Minnette! And that part about spying on him from the roof and what happened after? I'm intrigued! I'll be snatching this one up soon! This looks even better than the last one :D whoohoo! :)

Anyways, sorry I haven't been stalking you as much as I normally like to *sigh* School started and got lots of homework going on *sigh* NOT fun at all lol :) but hopefully I'll catch up soon... I'll try to keep up but no promises :P hehe!

*waves to Leanne* your blog is looking very sassy love! ;)

Minnette Meador said...

Hi, darlin' Chelsea! I know how school can be, so no worries. Whenever you can join us is our treat! I think this one might just be up your alley... its full of hunky, handsome men, a feisty heroine, and lots of spice! What's not to like about a gladiator and a pirate? :o)

tammy ramey said...

great interview and i love the cover, i can't wait to read the book.

trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

Denise Z said...

Well it was wonderful that Phaedra and Thane could take the time to share with us today. You guys are a funny pair. I love a fun character interview. I have not heard of this series before and will be looking it up. Thank you for the lovely giveaway opportunity and chuckles:)

dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

Bama said...

morning all! :) hehe


miabama at gmail . com ;o

mmbourassa said...

Hi Minette. Haven't been on the computer much lately, but had to stop in and read this one. Loved the character interaction, really want to pick up the story to read the whole thing. Looks great.

William and Anna Patterson said...

I just found this in my emails this morning. Great way to start the day. Congratulations on Gladiator novel. love the blog here also.
annapatterson@att.net

Anonymous said...

Your Gladiator novel sounds exciting.

sxyldy@live.com

Love your blog page Leanne!!

Anonymous said...

Cre Harvey said the above comment. Clicked on wrong button. Still getting used to commenting.... LOL

sxyldy@live.com

mmbourassa said...

OOPS forgot to leave my email
mmbourassa(at)hotmail(dot)com

Neko said...

The book sounds interesting so do the characters in this one. Good job Minnette. Though I have a question, do I have to read the first two to know whats going on?

Julee J. Adams said...

How fun! Enjoyed following your blog tour and thanks for showing us how it's done. I took some Latin in school, so know some Roman history and this looks very intriquing. Thanks and love the bracelet!
juleejadams [at]gmail [dot] com

Chelsea Rafferty said...

Thanks Minnette... I really hate school at times lol :P I just need to have been born in a century where the women stayed home and the men provided :P haha! ;) Then I could stalk you to my hearts content.. work on my page... stalk you some more... work on my fanpage.. stalk you some more *grins* and this story definitely looks like its up my alley.. I'm going to snatch it up on Friday :D whoohoo!

SiNn said...

loll they sound like an um awesome bunch Minnette These two characters remind me of ppl i know ummm rather um well if u catch my drift lol ty for the interview now i have to read this book congrats on the release!

mortalsinn@yahoo.com

Neko said...

oops forgot to leave my email xD I'm so bad yamikokoro@gmail.com

Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club said...

Wonderful interview and fantastic giveaway. I shared this link as well on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Buzz. Thanks so much for the invite!

All my best,

Kitty Bullard

greatmindsthinkaloud@gmail.com

Vanetta Q said...

Love this fun new interview! I am sure everyone knows how I feel about this book! Love love it! :)

Vanetta

vanetta @ ymail dot com

Chelsea B. said...

Haha! Loved! And you know they SO won't be back.... ;-)

justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

Minnette Meador said...

Thanks, Tammy - I hope you enjoy it!

You are more than welcome, Denise. It was great fun doing the interview with those two... they are a very unique couple. :o)

Hi, Bama!

Thanks, MM - I'm so glad you could come over and join us. Hope you get a chance to follow the entire tour. Should be interesting! :o)

Thanks, Anna - Glad you could come join us.

Hi, Sxyldy & Cre - Good to see you here.

Na said...

Hi Minnette, character interviews are always a treat to read. They can really bring a character to life and it's not just what they say, but their actions as well. I like Phaedra’s name.

Cambonified (at) yahoo (dot) com

shadow_kohler said...

Hi Minnette! *waves* Awesome character interview! lol Theyre so funny! I cant wait to read this story! It sounds great! Thanks for sharing!
shadowluvs2read(at)aol(dot)com

Leanne109 said...

Wonderful turnout!!! I'm SO glad! Minnette you have such a wonderful following :) I'm glad I'm part of it hehehe Thanks to all who complimented my site! I appreciate it soooo much!

Leanne
www.booksnmakeup.com

COS Productions said...

Better late than never! Who knew you could have so much fun on a blog? LOL Okay, okay, I knew it. :-) Especially this blog. :-)

Minnette Meador said...

Hi, Na! Actually, a lot of you guys helped me name her... Thanks! :o)

Hi, Shadow! You are more than welcome.

Hi, COS! You are so right! Anyway, glad you could come over.

I'm sorry I haven't been able to visit much today; DH took sick yesterday and we've been in and out of doctors today. He's find, but they still don't know what wrong. I have to get up at 4am tomorrow, so I'm hitting the hay early, but I will award the prize first thing in the morning. Would like to give a few others a chance to comment. :o)

Jean P. said...

Well, if that interview doesn't make readers want to get this story, I don't what will.

Hope the drs. find out what is wrong with your DH quickly and get him back to feeling well.

ejp5475(AT)gmail(DOT)com

shadow_kohler said...

Aww, im sorry to hear that Minnette. I hope your husband feels better and the doctors find out whats wrong. Hope you both get a good nights sleep. Hope tomorrow is a better day!

Christiana said...

Sorry I was so late, it's been a long hot day. I hope your DH feels better soon Minnette.

Keep up the wonderful work on the blog tour, loved the interview, and now I'm off in search of something to stifle the heat... Whoever said Texas could be lived in without AC, never lived in Texas.

Christiana

Vanetta Q said...

Minnette you are the blog queen... love all your blogs! Jumped in here for going off to work.... Have fun today wit the blog!

Chiquitaq said...

New here.. great blog love the bracelet

Have fun on your blog tour. .


Chiquitaq@yahoo.com

Minnette Meador said...

Thanks, everyone! DH is feeling better and I appreciate all the well wishes!

But now for the moment of truth... ur, prizes! And the winner of the bracelet is....

SHANON GRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations, sweetie! Just send your name and address over to mmeador at minnettemeador dot com and I'll make sure to get the bracelet out to you this week.

Thanks so much to everyone for coming over. We had 29 people over here today and that's amazing! Thanks especially to my wonderful Leanne who take good care of me and whom I love so much for all the help.

See you guys later today! Minnette :o)

Chelsea Rafferty said...

Wtg Shanon! Minnette you do know that Shanon is also our lovely Jerry Hampton right? ;) just in case you spaced it lol :P *squish*

rock out on the turn out Leanne! :)

Leanne109 said...

Congrats Jerry!!!! Love you 2 Minnette! I'm so glad that it was such a success! Hope the rest of your tour is a wonderful :) and may you sell tons of books :D

Leanne

Thx Chelsea!

Shanon Grey said...

Wahoo! Me, myself and I won! Well, it's still just me and myself.... I am thrilled. It was a great interview. Thanks Leanne. I always have fun over here! And Minnette, you are just plain awesome!

Julie Robinson said...

I loved the interaction between the two. I felt like I was watching them on t.v. Also enjoyed hearing about how they met.

Julie Robinson said...

BTW, hope our DH is better. During that time, actually for the past 2 weeks, I've had strep, chest infection, and pink-eye(s). Didn't feel like being on computer much. Hope he's okay.

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