Next Big Blog

What is the title of your book?

The Patrician. First in the Roman series.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’ve always been a fan of period history especially the Roman time period. I think it started with lazy Sundays watching all the “classic” movies with my Dad…Ben Hur, The Robe. Also a fascination with the intricacies of an Empire. All powerful. All consuming. Corruption undermining lofty goals. Plus I like guys in tunics 😀

 What genre does your book fall under?

Historical fiction specifically historical ROMANCE

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?

Gilles Marini would make a GREAT Jared. Sigh, love me some Gilles. As to Bryna? A combination of Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence. As for Cuini the cat? Cricket 😀

What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?

Love conquers empires

Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?

This week I went live with THE PATRICIAN via Kindle/Nook/Kobo/Smashwords and soon Createspace. I love sharing my stories with readers!

 How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

THE PATRICIAN is the evolved version of my first manuscript. VERY first one? Probably 18 months. During that time though, I was learning and reading and networking all to make the story even better.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

The decision to begin writing came during one of those moments when you reexamine your life and what you want to do with it. My mother had passed away and the loss of her light hit me hard. I am proud to be a nurse but I wanted to make a larger impact. I love the energy that comes from crafting a story.

What else about your book might interest the reader?

Number one would be the non-traditional time period. I love Regency, westerns but crave the vibrancy of other eras. Vikings, Colonial, Civil War, Ancient….all of them have stories to tell.

As part of the Next Big Blog, I’m to tag four other authors. This opportunity came a bit on the shorter notice side so other bloggsters were committed. But I’d love for you to check out these Bandits websites and their books! ,, and

Do you have a Kindle? A Nook? What draws you to a new book?



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  • Helen says:

    He must be liking this 40 degree heat

    Have Fun

    • Barb says:

      He loves the hot weather, Helen…. doesn’t want to go to the cold Northern hemishere lol

    • Caren Crane says:

      Wow, Helen. It’s gotten hot fast down there, hasn’t it? Here, we are just reaching freezing temps at night. I love it! You and the GR enjoy the heat, though. 🙂

    • Jo Robertson says:

      He must be, Helen! It’s rainy and stormy and windy here in northern Cal and I have to go out in a few minutes for an eye doctor appt. I am not looking forward to that!

  • Helen says:


    I bought The Patrician the day it came out and It is the next book I will be reading probably start it tonight I am reading Tawny’s Naughty and Nice at the moment (and loving it) and I can’t wait to dive into it whoo hoo. I am soo happy to be able to read one of your books.

    I have a sony e reader and love it I buy a lot of my books from Amazon and at the moment the e reader has 819 books on it LOL (a lot I have read) but I still have a huge TBR pile and there are a lot of books I really want but unfortunatley some publishers won’t allow us to get them here in Australia hopefully this will change and then I can get them all LOL.

    I have checked out the web pages of the Authors you have mentioned many times and have read their books (most of them I still have a couple on the TBR pile) love their stories as well there is nothing nicer than curling up with a good book in this heat with the aircon on and it looks like we are going to get a storm soon nice weather for reading.

    Congrats on the release Joanie

    Have Fun

    • Joan Kayse says:

      Hey Helen!

      The Chook proofed the book and seemed to enjoy it…it started wearing a toga afterward.

      I still have some learning curves with all formats but hope to have it available within the week for the rest

      • Helen says:


        I started reading it last night loving it I was up late too hard to put it down.

        Have Fun

        • Joan Kayse says:

          Helen!!! Smooooooch!

          Thank you so much!!!! You don’t know how happy I am to hear you like it. You are a great friend …yes, you whallop me in Bejeweled Blitz…but that means everything! Love you!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Ah, Helen, you’re way worse than me. I have around 250 books on my Kindle, but I do delete them or at least archive them after I’ve finished reading.

      I love my e-reader too. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to read another print book!

    • Helen!

      We love how YOU love books and love US!!! hehehe

      I think you’re really going to like Joan’s The Patrician. And the plus????? She has two more books in the series to get self published!!!


  • Barb says:

    Congratulations Joanie…. I love historical romance so will have to get this one…. I have a Sony ereader and I have to get all the books by the RB, and read most of them…. have been on their websites and checked for books

    • Joan Kayse says:

      Barb! Hope you enjoy it and ALL the RB books….I know I have……Kiss the Girl anybody? Hunted? Renegade? I could go on and on but…..I’m minutes away from a 12 hour work shift.

  • Caren Crane says:

    Joan, I am so thrilled The Patrician has been set loose on the world! I am lucky enough to have already downloaded a copy to my Kindle.

    I was one of those people who never thought I would want an e-reader. Until a friend let me borrow hers to read a book. I was hooked! I still read print books, too, but my Kindle is so handy! My husband doesn’t understand why it’s so great to be able to read while I cook or dry my hair, but it is – believe me! 🙂

    I love lots of different sorts of books, but am attracted by time periods I know I like or would like to explore. Also worlds I would like to explore or alternate histories or…okay, just about anything. But my three years of high school Latin made me fall in love with all things Roman!

    • Caren, reading in bed involves less light if the page is backlit. I love reading on the iPad, but I’m not giving up paper. I like the tactile eperience of reading, as well as knowing I can still read if the power is out for a few days.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      LOL, Caren, my husband doesn’t get it either; in fact, he doesn’t understand why I have THREE Kindles. Actually, I just sent one to my granddaughter in New Jersey, so I’m down to two. Poor me.

      I edit my books on it, which is a real convenient tool.

      And I’m still driving kiddies to practices and appointments, so I must have the K. with me!

  • catslady says:

    Sounds like something I would enjoy!!! To be honest, I won a kindle reader and have only read one story on it!! I can see the advantage if you travel but I do most of my reading at home and still love my print books (and sharing) so I haven’t been convinced as yet lol.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      What cinched it for me, Catslady, was when I realized how light and easy it was to read the Kindle in bed. The Kindle Fire has a backlight so I don’t even need to reach over to turn off my nightlight. And hubby likes not having the light in his eyes while I read and he sleeps.

      I must be a lazy reader LOL.

      • catslady says:

        Unfortunately I didn’t get the Kindle Fire – I’d probably be more tempted with that one – maybe lol.

    • Joan Kayse says:


      I do both too but there is not a brick store close to me…even fewer when Borders closed 🙁 So this does get me my books INSTANTLY…that’s how I read The Hunger Games trilogy in less than 5 days 😀

  • Joanie, congratulations on your release! I have The Patrician in Kindle format and am looking forward to it.

    Is Grayson jealous of Cricket’s starring role? Will he be featured in the next book?

  • Janga says:

    I’m another who already has a copy of The Patrician on my Kindle. Congratulations on your debut, Joan!

    I doubt that I’ll ever give up print books altogether, but I am buying many fewer these days. I still buy print books that are visually significant, including children’s books for which the illustrations are particularly important to the story or particularly beautiful, books that are less expensive in print, and books that are released in print substantially earlier. I love my Kindle. I find it much easier on my arthritic hands, especially reading in bed, and I never fear getting caught without something to read since I have several hundred books with me now everywhere I go.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Hi, Janga. I agree with you on children’s books and also coffee table books, like photography collections. The iPads and such are getting very very good at making those colors and pictures very good, but you can’t have a bunch of Kindles lying on your coffee table LOL.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Wooo hooo, Joanie and congratulations on the debut release. The Patrician sounds wonderful, and I too, like non-traditional historical periods. In fact, Regency is my LEAST fave time period. I can’t wait to read about your Rome characters. Ever since I read “Julius Caesar” in sophomore English class, I’ve been fascinated with this time period.

  • Louisa says:

    Congrats on your debut, Joan! I have The Patrician on my Kindle waiting for a lazy Sunday afternoon AFTER I have finished writing my daily pages. Can’t wait to read it! What attracts me to a book first and foremost is an engaging story and characters that intrigue me!

  • Beth Andrews says:

    Congrats on the release of The Patrician! I’m looking forward to reading it *g*

    I don’t have any type of e-reader – it’s all paper for me still. That might change in the future, of course 🙂

  • THE PATRICIAN is here!!!!


    Congrats on taking this huge leap into the published world…and about damn time this book was available for the masses to read!!

    My copy is all uploaded and ready to read on my iPad!

  • Woohoo Joanie! So glad you’ve allowed the world to read The Patrician. I already have a copy on my kindle. Like so many others have mentioned, I still like the feel and the color (and the page numbers…not fond of percentage read on kindle). However, the kindle is so darn convenient. I can toss it in my purse and read it when standing in line at the PO Box. I have books overflowing the book shelves, books on my ipad and books on my kindle.

    You, Joanie, are on my kindle.

  • Terri Osburn says:

    We had VIPs in the office today so I almost forgot about this. The books sounds great, Joanie. And thanks for letting me tag you on such short notice. 🙂

  • Terri Osburn says:

    Forgot to answer the question. I just bought my Kindle Paperwhite and I love it!

  • Amy Conley says:

    Joanie, Congrats on your book. Needless to say, Latin class pretty much turned me OFF to all things Roman. Well, not really, but pretty darn close. Your book sounds AWESOME and since I do love history, almost all time periods, haven’t found one I don’t like, as long as it has already occured.

    As far as print vs e-books, no tablet or e-reader, til Christmas anyway, so I download to my laptop, and yes, I do read entire books off it also. Can’t wait til Christmas. I will never stop buying/trying to win print books, but omg what I wouldn’t have done 20 years ago with an e-reader while taxiing around 3 kids, and a hubby who HATED it when I’d try to read in bed!

    Again, Congrats,

  • Joan, huge congratulations on the release of the Patrician. That’s a smoking hot cover, by the way! Can’t wait to read this. It sounds fantastic. Like you, I spent a lot of my young life watching Roman epics. Love the large emotions and issues in those movies and some of them like Spartacus and Ben-Hur are still among my favourites. I also spent a lot of time watching Roman Roman epics, the sword and sandal extravaganzas from Italy. All dubbed but man, what fun! I wish you great success with your stories!