Taken prisoner as a traitor to the Roman Empire, Decimus Roscius Lupus is sold into servitude as a gladiator in the Verona amphitheater. A natural warrior, Decimus has earned himself a reputation in the arena as a vicious combatant. But the secret behind his uncanny success lies not in his strength and prowess, but in a generational curse that only his manager is aware of. When he catches the unwanted lustful attention of a young politician’s daughter, he is tempted out of his violent complacency.
Howard, a young man in line for the position of leader in his family in the states, is sent on a quest by his father to discover the truth behind their ancient heritage. He thought the trip to Italy was foolish and unnecessary. Why did the life of a first century gladiator have to do with his leadership skills? With the help of a shy and clumsy, but beautiful, history buff, he comes to learn much more than he ever expected about his ancestry and himself.
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Story Behind the Story
So, originally this trilogy was meant to be unrelated short stories in a collection of paranormal romances. But, I came to discover that I can’t write anything short to save my life. As I was writing the second installment of this trilogy, the word count soared to double wha is expected of in a short story. To my chagrin, I then began to develop the first and integrated the same characters, turning just a few small ideas into a trilogy of novelettes. This is also the first paranormal historical romance I have ever attempted. I spent hours watching documentaries, researching to get as many facts right as possible. I’m sure that I have missed some important detail, but with limited funds to travel to places like Rome and Pompeii for the field research, this is the best I could do. This combines my love of history with my odd fascination with the paranormal and I hope readers will enjoy the stories as much as I enjoyed doing the research to write it.