Two days ago, last Saturday, June 26th, was the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. An estimated 37,000 people gathered at Stonehenge in Britain to watch the sun rise.
The summer solstice was an important day to the Neolithic people of Britain who built Stonehenge and to the Celts who came after them and used the great earthy temple for their own rites. We can tell how important summer was to the Celts as they called the Otherworld - the land of forever summer.
My new release, Timeless Voyage is a great Celtic Summertime Romance read.
Set in first century AD, off the mist shrouded coast of Ireland, a lady pirate, Anwen, captures the enemy, a Roman, Titus Rufius Kaeso. The Celtic warrior woman presses her hard iron dagger against Kaeso’s throat, but her arm does not obey the will to slay him. From time out of mind, memories of fated lovers, druids and sacrifice, stay her hand.
Kaeso is also captivated by dreams of the woman e loved in a previous life, the mirror image of Anwen. In this lifetime they are foes, Roman and Celt. Can Anwen and Kaeso steer their timeless voyage to a happy destiny or will they be robbed of love once more?
Kaeso’s gaze locked with hers. Leave? He never wanted to leave her again. He reached out and cupped her face. He swallowed tightly. “Lady, let us dance upon the sand.”
“There's no fife or harp to carp a tune,” she said in a silky whisper.
“I shall sing to you, Ovid's poem, Amores.” In a tone muted with lust he recited, “Hair parted along her ivory neck.” Lifting one hand, he brushed his fingertips down her graceful neck in feathery strokes. Her skin was so warm and smooth. Moving his hand to her face, he traced the outline of her lips. Tenderly, he covered her mouth with his.
As he rolled his fingertips down the silky skin of her right arm, he rested his other hand on her waist, pulling her against him. She slid her arms around his nick. Bodies pressed together, their feet moving in small rhythmic steps, they glided across the sand. Dancing to the roar of rushing, white-foamed waves. He eased his lips off hers. The smoldering depths of her eyes entranced him. He reeled from the rush of desire for her.
Bending at the knee, he slid down her body and gathered up the hem of her tunic-dress, drawing it up her legs, hips, waist, breasts, and over her head. Tossing the garment on the sand, he quoted another line of Amores. “‘Such graceful arms I saw and touched.” His fingers danced down her soft skin. Pressing his lips to her palm, he planted butterfly kisses from her wrist to the shallow at her elbow, and all the way to the sensuous curve of her shoulder.
Timeless Voyage is on sale for 99 cents now and it's part of Kindle Prime so you can get if free if a member or borrow it for a friend that you think will like it.
Also you can get another great Celtic Fantasy Romance, The Celtic Fox free at B & N Nook store and it's also free at Kobo and All Romance eBooks.
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Cornelia Amiri, who also writes as Maeve Alpin, is the author of 19 books. She creates stories with kilts, corsets, fantasy and happy endings. She lives in Houston Texas with her son, granddaughter, and her cat, Severus. Maeve Alpin will be at ApolloCon in Houston this weekend, June 27th -- 29th. Please stop by her book signing, her reading, and her panels there: Steampunk Ghost Hunting - Sat - 12 pm, Steampunk Tips & Quips - Sat -3 pm and The Real Deal on Publishing: Indie, Self, Big Press - Sun – 12 pm.