Prepare to Unleash…..THE PATRICIAN!

Greetings, mortals! I am the Goddess Sangria aka the party coordinator for the Bandita known as Joanie. Today, she officially launches her debut novel THE PATRICIAN. (Celestial eyes go dreamy) Those were the days…..

Sangria? Yo, Sangria snap out of it!

(Sangria’s head snaps around as  THUNDER rattles the Lair.

Chill, chill, chill Sangria (Yum, chilled Sangria…slurp). She’s right though. Today among my fellow Banditas, beloved BB’s and honored guests, I’m officially launching my book THE PATRICIAN.

For those of you who haven’t heard, it is a historical romance set in Rome, 52 CE. Let’s get this party started with an exclusive excerpt:

Bryna kept her eyes averted from Jared’s hard muscled body as he splashed across the pond. Still, she managed a quick peek, admired his rock hard silhouette as he hoisted himself onto the bank. The raw masculinity of the man was overwhelming, much more potent in the flesh than the specter in her vision. The memory of what her desires had led her to do in her dream brought a heated flush to her cheeks.

But she absolutely would not let him intimidate her. She was the daughter of a chieftain, had survived far worse as a slave. She should be able to handle one bad tempered man.

Swimming to the opposite side of the pond, she left the water, teeth chattering as the night’s light breezes skimmed her wet skin. She hurried toward the spot where she had left her shift, rubbing at the chill bumps covering her arms as she searched for the garment. It was gone.

“Surely you did not expect to dress in those rags?”

 Bryna jumped, spun around toward the voice.

 Jared moved from the shadow into the full moonlight. Her breath caught in her throat. Wet, black hair curled around his neck, dressed only in a linen loincloth, gold eyes glittering like a predator looking for his next victim, he was all strength and power. And she was naked. With a small yelp, she sought refuge behind the narrow trunk of a tree.

 “Go away!” she croaked. Gods, could she sound any more nervous? He turned in her direction. She shivered again, though the wind had nothing to do with it.

“Why are you hiding?” he asked, moving in her direction. His voice was deeper, husky. “For your sake, I hope you’re not planning on running away.”

“Stop where you are!” she shouted, surprised when he did. She did not trust him. Worse, she did not trust herself or her traitorous body. “My decisions are my own now. You have no part in them.”

Jared gave a short disbelieving laugh. “Believe what you will. But we will not part ways until I get what I want—my betrayers in my hands.” 

Bryna peeked around the tree just as he took another step in her direction. If only she could tell him what he wanted to know. Then every nerve wouldn’t be on fire. “Don’t come any closer.”

“Bryna,” he said, his tone clear with warning.

She groaned inwardly. “I am not clothed.”

A long moment of silence preceded his amused response. “This I know. Why does that matter?

She nearly choked on her indignation.

When he spoke again, it sounded as though he was just on the opposite side of the tree. “I’ve always heard that garments are considered an inconvenience by most barbarians, even to the point of going into battle clothed in nothing more than blue dye to protect them from mortal blows. So again, I ask—why does it matter?”

She leaned her head against the tree, released an exasperated breath. “Because I am no longer a slave and I will not be put on display.”

Silence. Cautiously, she peered around the trunk of the tree, watched him drape a shift over a nearby rock before moving back into the foliage. “I cannot argue that.”

Astonished at his kindness, she wasted no time. She sprinted from behind the tree, snatched the dress up and hurried back to the cover of the rushes.

When Jared entered the clearing again, he was wearing a dark colored tunic. A leather belt cinched the material in at his narrow waist. He had pulled his hair, still damp from washing, away from his face. Fighting the urge to run, she remained rigidly in place, keeping a wary eye on him as he stopped next to her. He seemed taller, more powerful more confident.

More dangerous.

Jared swept her with an appraising eye, bringing another blush to her cheeks with his intent gaze. Nodding as if in approval, he smiled. Darkly handsome before, he was devastating when he smiled.

He reached back and tied his hair into a queue. “The dress fits well enough, but,” One side of his mouth lifted. “I think the moonlight fits you better.”

The gladiators are turned out in their best loincloths and shield sledding is being directed in the back with the Duchesse! There is all manner of drink including Diet Coke, hot chocolate and in salute to my heroine’s people, honey mead. People are sprawled on couches and Suz is leading blind man’s bluff with Sven tagged as “it.” Susan is making pies….:D And Anna? She’s wielding the loincloth bedazzler :D

An assortment of appetizers are spread out on the living cabana boy tables. Succulent dormice, swan ala KFC, and a garum or fish sauce fondue! ( Don’t ask what you’re dipping IN it….just don’t )

We’ve got some of the guys running to the mountains to bring back snow for Roman ice cream (although I suspect Paolo cheated and stopped at Dairy Queen). Cricket is purring in the cabana boys laps (that’s my girl) and Grayson is scampering up and down the Goddess’ gossamer curtain partitions! (Sends steely glare to Sangria) Stay away from my cat!

Here’s a favorite cookie recipe I make at Christmas. It’s adapted from the famous “
Chocolate Chip Cookies”. (Down, Marcus! Down, Paolo! I know you like to eat the dough….from assorted Banditas…well.)

Joanie’s Cranberry Chocolate Cookies.

1 cup butter, melted

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup white sugar

2 tsp. cream of tartar

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

2  2/3 cup all purpose flour

1 bag white chocolate chips

1 cup Craisins (dried cranberries)

Combine butter and sugars. Add eggs. Give one quick “smoosh” of spatula. Add dry ingredients. Mix JUST until combined. Add cranberries and chocolate. Roll into balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees 9-11 min. or until lightly brown. Let cool few min. Remove to rack and finish cooling.

Come celebrate with me! We’ll all don the familiar Roman garment, the toga. How will you decorate your toga.?What appetizer are you bringing? 

One lucky commenter will win a download or an autographed print copy of THE PATRICIAN, your choice!

Let the festivities begin!

Mortals! (THUNDER) Do you DARE make the Goddess Sangria angry! Read!

Come back tomorrow, when we’ll give away more prizes, books and gifties leading up to a HUGE GRAND PRIZE of books and goodies on Christmas Day or as Sangria would say, Saturnalia!

 

Comments

110 thoughts on “Prepare to Unleash…..THE PATRICIAN!

  1. 1
    Helen says:

    Is he coming to my place ?

    Have Fun
    Helen

  2. 2
    Helen says:

    Whoo Hoo Joanie what a great party and what a great book I have read The Pratician and so loved it Bryna and Jared are two very determined people who have a real adventure filled with lots of passion to their HEA thank you again Joanie for hours of reading pleasure I can’t wait for Damon’s story. :)

    I think I will decorate with green and red sequins and lots of bling and how about I bring some of my Chrissy cake which will go down well with the honey mead.

    Huge congrats on the book Joanie

    I am going out to a Zumba Christmas party tonight (my daughter does Zumba) I am sure the GR will enjoy himself LOL

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • 2.1
      Joan Kayse says:

      Ummmm…Chrissy cake and mead….Um, thinking that will pack quite a wallop. You need a designated gladiator. Hmmm….who’s available? Marcus is oiling down Donna, Lucius is giving piggyback rides…I know! Sangria’s personal guard. Ho, Titus!!!! You’re to be my friend Helen’s bodyguard for the rest of the day…..

  3. 3
    Jane says:

    Congrats on your debut release, Joanie. I think I’ll go for a belted look with the toga and maybe a bordered hem. I think the Romans snacked on dormice, but I’ll bring some bruschetta.

    • 3.1
      Joan Kayse says:

      Brushetta sounds wonderful, Jane!

      And that belt is JUST the right touch for such a lovely toga.

      Now, here is your raffle ticket for the grand prize, one night’s stay in Sangria’s lair with the muscled man of your choice.

  4. 4
    Fedora says:

    I’m going for a WARM toga at this point–it’s quite chilly here, alas! Maybe Sven and some of the others can bring more of those lovely heat lamps… or build a fire!

    Hors d’oevres? I just bought some cute little mini quiches and tiny little egg rolls–could be yummy ;) I’ll bring a tray of each!

    Happy congratulations, Joan! Can’t wait to add to the TBR!

    • 4.1
      Joan Kayse says:

      Fedora, welcome friend of mine.

      The cabana boys are running behind, what with flexing their muscles repeatedly for Anna S. and feeding Susan “just the right” grapes so the firewood. Until they can pry themselves loose, I offer you Germanicus , one of the newer gladiators to wrap yourself in. He’s very toasty ;)

    • 4.2
      Susan Sey says:

      Oh I love those hors d’oeuvre sized quiches & mini egg rolls! I’ll admit it, I’m addicted to Costco appetizers. (I have no idea if you’re a fellow Costco nut but in my food-fantasy, Costco appetizers are standing in.) They make holidays so lovely & easy!

      And…now I want an egg roll. At 8 a.m. Hmmmm.

      • 4.2.1
        Jeanne Adams says:

        *raises hand* I am also a Costco Appetizer lover. Grins.

        BTW, Joan, sheild sledding is going well. Lots of fun and, if you’ve haven’t already heard the hooting and hollering and cat calling, it’s become a competition of sorts. We shoulda seen THAT coming.

        Had to skip the toga for now – too cold when it rides up as you fly down the hill! Grins.

  5. 5
    Lianne says:

    Congrats on the debut release. I’d decorate my toga with tinsel, and bring a plate of Christmas Mince pies!

  6. 6
    Barb says:

    Congrats on the book… i was given some Christmas green and red buttons yesterday so will sew them on the toga and I will bring some of my christmas cake

    • 6.1
      Joan Kayse says:

      We’ve saved you a place at the banquet table Barb! And buttons! Very clever, you can selectfully open or close parts of the toga…as situations demand.

      Here, have a dormouse…it’s the cheesy variety…

  7. 7
    Mary Preston says:

    I wore a toga to a costume party once & it threatened to disrobe me all night. No doubt some entity at play there. Forgive me if I stick to more modern apparel.

    Goddess Sangria hey? It’s been a very long time since I drank sangria – probably harkening back to the toga party. A clue as to why I was in a continual state of undress perhaps.

  8. 8
    Kaelee says:

    Congratulations Joan ~ It’s a bit chilly here for a toga so mine is fur lined. I love a glass or two of Sangria in the summertime . At the risk of offending the Roman Gods , I’m bringing Greek spanakopita , teropita and bowls of olives.

    • 8.1
      Joan Kayse says:

      Kaylee, fur lined……does it reverse into a pallet covering in case, yanno…..you need to lie down?

      I love Greek food! Just be careful…the Romans were notorious for assimilating other cultures and their food….

      THAT explains the dormice wrapped in feta and spinach! Doh!

    • 8.2
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Ohhhhhh spanikopita….LOVE me some spanikopita!

      Mind if I steal half the platter and go back out to the sheild sledding? I know folks out there will want some snacks.

      Seriously, I won’t eat them all myself.

      Okay, I’ll eat SOME, but not all….

  9. 9
    Heathercm2001 says:

    Loin cloth bedazzler and living cabana boy tables! Cool!!! :)

    I think I’ll wear a fur lined toga as well. At least until it gets warmer. Then I’ll go with a bedazzled one to match the loin cloths! Be sure to check out the assortment of yummy Christmas cookies I brought. I ledf them with one of the yummy cabana boy tables!

    Great party! Everything looks marvelous!

    • 9.1
      Joan Kayse says:

      Heather, welcome to my feast!

      Thanks for the cookies….but be careful…..the cabana boy tables get ticklish if crumbs get in their belly buttons ;)

  10. 10

    Congrats on the book, Joanie! I just love that cover, and I know I’ll love the book.

  11. 11
    Maureen says:

    Congratulations on the new book! It looks like a fascinating story and I do like stories set in times and places that I haven’t read very often.

  12. 12
    Deb Marlowe says:

    Congrats again, Joanie! So excited!

    I’ll embroider nutcrackers on my toga and bring potstickers.

    Now where’s Sven with the drinks? I’m toasting you and your Roman boys!

    • 12.1
      Joan Kayse says:

      Hi Deb! Oooooo nutcrackers…

      Is there a dual meaning to that?

      You’ll find Sven cowering behind the curtains as Suz calls “Come out, come out wherever you are” Enjoy!

  13. 13
    Beth Andrews says:

    Congrats, Joan! So excited about your debut release *g*

    I’ll just drop off this tray of pumpkin scones and grab myself a caramel latte before I head off to get my pages written :-)

  14. 14
    Susan Sey says:

    Congrats on your debut, Joanie! I just loved this book! Hope you have a marvelous holiday watching the sales rack up!

    I’m making spiced nuts today, so here’s a couple bowls for the party–one pumpkin pie candied pecans, one BBQ roasted almonds. Enjoy!

  15. 15
    Joan Kayse says:

    Hi Duckling! Thanks for your support, encouragement and insights that helped me make this story better.

    I love nuts….er, Christmas ones. And say…ya’ll have a lot of snow up there right now…may I send a couple of Cabana boys up to get some…Mt. Vesuvius is SO far away and the meltage factor is HIGH

    • 15.1
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Get Ermingarde to fly them up and back. She’s fast and I bet we can get her not to breathe fire for that short a trip.

      We need more snow in the back anyway!!

  16. 16
    Connie Fischer says:

    I think I will wear a white silk toga with a real gold belt. Of course, I mustn’t forget my heavy real gold crown.

    I’m bringing stuffed grapes leaves with a combination of lamb and beef (yes, beef, not horse!)

    Sounds like a fun party and cannot wait to get there!

    • 16.1
      Joan Kayse says:

      Connie, your attire sounds lovely…very patrician if you will.

      Um, be careful with the crown though (ducks Kate swinging by on a silken rope yelling “More mead!)

      Your appetizers sounds wonderful and very time period appropriate….garum anyone?

  17. 17
    pjpuppymom says:

    Congrats again on the release of THE PATRICIAN! I’m on my way out the door to work :( so no partying for me today but I’ll be here in spirit.

    Party on!

    • 17.1
      Joan Kayse says:

      PJ, this work of which you speak shall not be tolerated when Sangria gives a bash..

      THUNDER!

      Though the gift of turtles shall appease me somewhat. You! Gladiator…I have caramel on my….Beeep

  18. 18
    Minna says:

    I’m bringing chocolate filled Christmas pastries.

  19. 19
    Anna Sugden says:

    Congrats, Joanie! Decorating my toga with Christmas colours and bling and wearing a sexy pair of Louboutin ribbon sandals to complement the look … after all, you know it’s all about the shoes.

    The hockey hunks are making Christmas spice mojitos and I’ll bring some mincemeat filled cupcakes.

    • 19.1
      Joan Kayse says:

      Anna…lovely shoes….it is in the accessories isn’t it?

      Sangria likes them. No, she REALLY likes them ..

      Run!!!

      Whew, it’s ok…she’s spied the Hockey Hunks….

      Run!!!

  20. 20
    sandyg265 says:

    I’d bring pigs in blankets

    • 20.1
      Joan Kayse says:

      With cheese? Please say yes sandy, with cheese.

      Though Sangria wonders how one gets a whole pig wrapped in a blanket???

      Thanks for dropping by!

  21. 21

    Been trying to teach lute boy in the band to play some rock & roll for dance music. It’s not going well. They keep talking about seven veils. :-)

    Congratulations on the release of the book, Joanie! How cool is it to see your name on the cover? And just in time for Christmas stockings – clever you. Wishing you mega success!

  22. 22

    THE PATRICIAN is here!! YIPPEE!!

    And I’m enjoying reading it!!

    So, I’m leading Blind Man’d Bluff, huh? Y’all know that means all the men, Gladiators, cabana boys, Hockey Hunks, the occassional cowboy are all dressed in…loin cloths! SVEN is not so happy about being “it” at the moment, hehehe

    Toga? I think I’ll cut the shoulder off a scrub top and come in a toga scrub suit!

    Appetizer….. Can I bring CAESAR SALAD?

    • 22.1
      Joan Kayse says:

      Suz is here!!!!! (Loudspeaker annoucement)

      Run!!!!

      Oh, the cowboys…yes they are a scrumptious addition to the party. THEIR loincloths have FRINGE…that sways…when they…

      BEEEP

  23. 23
    May says:

    Congrats!

    And I love the cookie recipe! :)

    • 23.1
      Joan Kayse says:

      Welcome May!

      I like these cookies too. The secret is in the “smoosh”step. Not. To. Much.

      OMG!!! Sangria is chasing a cowboy with a lasso!!!!

  24. 24
    Cassondra says:

    Woooooot!

    Congrats Joanie!

    We’ve all waited a long time for this book, and what a great-looking cover! I know you’re all excited. And how nice of The Goddess Sangria to help us host your party!

    Can’t wait to read this! I think you’re going to make Ancient Rome the next big trend.

    • 24.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Cassondra, please don’t let Demetrius hear you say that! Didn’t you read the Overheard In the Lair from the newsletter?! You are fomenting unrest among the cabana boys!!

  25. 25
    Joan Kayse says:

    Hi Cassondra, here’s a goblet of Punch like you made in SF. Best. Ever.

    The cover IS beautiful, isn’t it. Designed by Lyndsey Lewellen of Lewellen Designs. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with for Damon’s story THE PATRICIAN’S FORTUNE

    • 25.1
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Oh, JOAN! You got her to make the PUNCH! OMGosh!! It’s just as fab as in SF.

      WOW. Love that stuff!!! That’s gonna warm up the shield sledding.

      (Better go see if Ermingarde’s back with the cabana boys and the MN snow!)

  26. 26
    Cassondra says:

    Oh….I forgot to answer the questions. I don’t actually have anything fitting to wear to this Roman party. Although it’s cold here. I wonder if I could get away with a long sweater and some leggings? NOT in the time period, but warm!

    I did see some AWESOME gladiator sandals on a friend of mine last weekend. I may call to see if I can borrow them.

    And I’m bringing Baklava. Also not appropriate, but yummy, and the holidays is the only time I get it, usually.

    Hmmm…I could tend bar later, make up some Roman Candles. It’s the only “party-appropriate” thing I can offer.

    Lame, I know. :0/

    • 26.1
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Oh, I don’t know. The punch is a fiiiiiine addition to the party.

      And in true Evil Twin fashion, I ADORE baklava. Greece and Rome are neighbors, so bringin baklava is neighborly, right?

    • 26.2
      Joan Kayse says:

      Baklava is never lame…but it’s a b*tch to make!

      Did once and swore I never would again unless a gladiator (or cowboy or hockey hunk) took me out.

  27. 27
    GovernessInRed says:

    Hey Joan,

    Great post! Love the cover.

    So glad I could wear a toga today. I’ve decided to bling it up a little ( a little gypsy of me, I know ) because I’m so used to dressing and feeling like June Cleaver.

    I’ve just finished up a batch of Knock-You-Naked Brownies and fixed us some drinks. ;)

    Thank you for the cookie recipe! Yum! Since you shared your recipe, here’s the brownie one:

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/knock-you-naked-brownies-recipe/index.html

    Have a fab weekend!

  28. 28
    CrystalGB says:

    The Patrician sounds good. I love the cover. Thank you for the recipe. :)

  29. 29
    Angie says:

    I love this book SO much – can’t wait for the next one! I think I still have a lovely peach toga in the back of the closet from my two years of Latin in high school – I’ll bring candied orange peel and sugared nuts :)

  30. 30
    Deb says:

    Yay, Joanie!! Congrats on your release!!! I really like the thought of an Ancient Rome romance with a Gladiator Hero. It’s different and it’s not a typical historical theme. I can’t wait to read it!

    I don’t do togas. But, dang, Sven looks good in one. OR, better yet, give him Gladiator attire, including the high-laced sandals. Let’s see, I can bring some sparkling grape juice or even wine and Maple Nutty Bars. After Tawny’s blog yesterday, I remembered this candy and will make it.

    CONGRATS!!!!! YAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!

    • 30.1
      Joan Kayse says:

      Maple Nutty Bars sound wonderful!

      This hero is not your typical Roman guy. He’s a merchant prince. Though there is a gladiator connection which weaves its way through to the 3rd book… But there are LOTS of loincloths or…not in all three ;)

  31. 31
    Louisa says:

    CONGRATS, JOANIE! So excited about THE PATRICIAN!! Been pimping it to everyone I know!

    It is a bit chilly here in the Deep South, so I think I’d better wear a nice flannel toga today! Perhaps a flannel plaid toga as an homage to the Celts! And definitely some fleece-lined sandals!

    I’ll bring my Mom’s divinity, fudge and her potato chip cookies!

    TOGA PARTY IN THE LAIR !!! Now THAT’S Christmas!!

  32. 32
    catslady says:

    Oh, your cookies sound wonderful. I no longer do a lot of baking since there is just the two of us at home now and I think I’ve gotten lazy lol. I am really looking forward to your story – sounds wonderful! I like to bring a simple dip made of cream cheese, either canned shrimp or crab. Mix it together (can add dried onions or sour cream) and top with cocktail sauce (can add green pepper for color). Serve with your favorite crackers.

    • 32.1
      Joan Kayse says:

      catslady, I hope you enjoy THE PATRICIAN!

      These cookies are good because they are so easy….You don’t even have to roll them, just scoop out with small ice cream scoop.

      And your dip sounds fantastic! What? Yes, Paolo….I think we can adapt them to dormice.
      (mutters under breath) You had to go to the Duchesse’s Costco and get the LARGE bag of dormice)

  33. 33
    Pat Cochran says:

    Great excerpt! I’ve never tried shield sledding
    but it sounds like fun! Save a turn for me, per-
    haps one of the the gladiators will share a
    shield ride with me! I’ll be wearing my best
    toga, the one covered with lots of bedazzled
    bling designs! I’m currently preparing a batch
    of a favorite appetizer, honey-roasted pecans.
    See you soon!

    Pat C.

  34. 34
    Cathy P says:

    Hi, Joanie! The Patrician sounds very good.

    I think I will wear my white fur lined toga with a gold belt, and will bring some banana bread and chocolate chip cookies.

  35. 35
    Jeanne Adams says:

    Hey Joanie! I’m headed back out to the Sheild Sledding! Taking some of the spanikopita, some of those chocolate chip cookies Cathy P brought, some candied orange peel…

    What? No! Of course I’m not going to eat all of it myself. Good Goddess, woman, I have to run five miles tomorrow morning at some unholy, not-to-be-mentioned hour!

    I am going to have SOME though. Carbs for the race, you know. Grins.

    Do you like my improvised attire? I took a page from Bryna’s decendants (and mine) and used a plaid over my more modern attire. Hey, it’s COLD on the hill back there! And as hostess out on the hill, I’m letting the guests ride with the gladiators, so no warm hunk at my back. Gotta have that Ferguson plaid! Grins.

    Wheeeeeee! There goes Deb! Niiiiice ride!!

  36. 36
    Janga says:

    Guests are arriving in an hour who would look askance at my toga. Maybe if I add wings and a halo, they’ll think it’s an angel’s robe. ;)

    I have smoked salmon crostini and stuffed mushrooms ready to serve. I’ll share with the banditas and the buddies, although I have to run.

    Congratulations on your debut, Joanie! May your readers multiply by the minute.

  37. 37
    Jeanne Adams says:

    Joan, forgot to say that I brought all those volcano-shaped sugar cookies with the red, orange and yellow iding so it looks like lava’s coming out. My sons were QUITE enthusiastic about taste-testing the ones that didn’t quite turn out so well. Grins. I think it looks quite like lava, don’t you? And they’re so GOOD, even if I did make them. Ha!

    And the dragon-shaped cookies are from me too. I think Paolo sneaked half the batch TO Ermingarde, however, as a bribe. She got all that snow back to the hill in record time, so he HAD to have bribed her with something…

    Oh, and the spicy molassas cookies came from me too….What can I say!? When I start baking cookies it’s hard to stop. Not to mention that I don’t NEED cookies in the house! ha!

  38. 38
    gamistress66 says:

    Congrats Joan! on both the book release & the fab party :) The gladiators all look especially sexy today. Think they did some extra toning so as to compare favorably with Jared, who may I say sounds wonderful. He had me ready to swoon at “I can’t argue with that” (don’t we all love to hear that from the guys in our lives) & then to top it with that last line — oh, baby ;)

    • 38.1
      Joan Kayse says:

      I know gamistress….he is too yummy….

      The gladiators spray tanned a little for today’s events….and did a “all dormice” diet regimen for the month of Nov.

      And having to do reps with the Goddess….LIFTING PEOPLE!

  39. 39

    Joan, congrats on your launch, and thanks for sharing your great recipe!

    My toga has various green leaves on it–not traditional Roman but my preference. I’ll bring artichoke dip and crackers. :-)

  40. 40

    Oh, yes–Terrific excerpt!

  41. 41

    Congratulations, Joanie!!!! I’ve already downloaded THE PATRICIAN and love what I’ve read so far. Whee-hoo!!!

    I’m wearing my flannel toga with footsies because I’m so cold today! It’s about to rain and I’m hunkered down, ready to spend the rest of the day reading. Mmm!

    Please help yourself to the five-gallon drum of fortified hot chocolate I left with the new cabana boy, Raoul. Uh-oh, he’s already started drinking. I wonder if he knows it’s spiked. ;-)

  42. 42
    Caren Crane says:

    My toga is wool woven from the sheep of Tarentum, dyed yellow using saffron to denote my status as a married woman. I am also wearing a stolla and a palla (pulled up as a hood for warmthj). To celebrate the festivity of the season, I have bordered my toga in red.

    To eat, I brought ambrosia, naturally. Also the homemade fudge (cooked!), with no nuts – just the way I like it. It’s here so everyone else will eat it. Hopefully this toga will still fit when the holidays are over!!

    • 42.1
      Joan Kayse says:

      Your attire sounds divine, Caren.

      (Oh, Sangria…let it go. Here …have some fudge)

      And I hear you on the fitting…I had a $25 gift card for Godiva. I spent it today. I will soon bathe in suds water, dress in comfy PJ’s and eat my face off.

  43. 43
    Alison says:

    “Because I am no longer a slave and I will not be put on display.”

    Love that moment! Congrats, Joan! I tried to find a proper Latin toast for you, but here’s the best I could do: Clamo, clamatis, omnes clamamus pro sangria!

    • 43.1
      Joan Kayse says:

      Oh, thanks Alison….um, since my Latin only extends to substituted words for a 1970’s song “Willie Go Round in Circles” I’ll need to guess it has something to do with drinking a lot of my favorite drink?

      Willie go round in ORBIS, Willie fly high like an Avis in the caelum :D 2 years of Latin…Mr. Powell would be so proud ;)

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    Joan Kayse says:

    Toooooot….no that was NOT Demetrius it was me with my party horn!

    Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate with me, Jared and Bryna. You may collect your togas from the pile by the door.

    Pile by the door???? :D

    Check back tomorrow night for the winner of a copy of THE PATRICIAN