Welcome Denise Agnew to kick off the New Year with interview & her generous gift of a give-away.

First, I want to start off by wishing you and your families a wonderful 2011, filled with good health, laughter and many joyous blessings.

Please give a warm blog welcome to the very talented, multi-published, award-winning author, Denise Agnew. Can you tell I’m a huge fan? I’m not singing her praises because she’s a wonderful person and friend, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed her books, even before I got to know her, meet her and have been blessed with her friendship.

I’ve had the honor and pleasure to critique her latest release, which she talks about in the interview, FOR A ROMAN’S HEART. I don’t usually read that time period and don’t watch movies with Gladiators in them. She made a CONVERT out of me, and my husband thanked her, because I then wanted to rent any and all movies with Gladiator hero’s. I HIGHLY recommend For A Roman’s Heart.

Denise has graciously offered to give away an autographed paperback copy of one of her titles for one lucky reader who comments on the blog or asks Denise a question. We’ll hold the draw on Friday, January 7th. Good luck and enjoy the interview, complete with a RECIPE from Denise.

Selena: What is the most unusual thing you did in the name of research?

Denise: Oh, Lordy. Let’s see. That’s a very good question. I’d say read through about fifteen books on Romans, Roman Soldiers, and Roman Britain for my January 4 release For A Roman’s Heart. I’ve read almost that many books for some of my other historicals, but I dipped my mind in a ton of Roman research.

Selena: Can you share something that your readers don’t know about you?

Denise:  That I’m the ultimate introvert given the right circumstances. Yes, I do like to socialize, but introversion is my true heart. I once spent four days alone at home in England without speaking to a soul. It was black ice and fog weather, so that kept me indoors, and my hubby was away on military training. It didn’t bother me at all that I didn’t see a single person for days. 🙂 Finally one of my neighbors (a dear older lady) came over and rang the doorbell and said, “Come over for a cup of coffee, love.”

Selena: I keep saying, we’re separated at birth, since I’m such an introvert as well. LOL (Okay, tongue was planted firmly in cheek on that one)

I know you are interested in paranormal activities such as ghost hunting, can you tell us what inspired these interests?

Denise:  I’ve been interested in the paranormal since I was a small child. I read spooky books, even ones that most kids my age weren’t allowed to read. I love old spooky movies and some new ones. I think it’s the mystery of the unknown that continuously drags me in. I can’t imagine not investigating the unknown and creating it in my novels, too. I’ve also had a few weird experiences since childhood that made me want to understand the paranormal.

Selena: If you could get into a time machine and flash back to the last year of high school, what advice would you give yourself?

Denise:  That half the angst I experienced while a teen was basically bollocks and not worth worrying about. I’d tell myself that my dreams would come true one day, so not to worry.

Selena: If we could ask your best friend, “What’s the funniest thing you could say about Denise?” What do you think she would say?

Denise:  That inside that sometimes reserved exterior is a real cut up.

Selena: Your choice. Sweet or spicy? A quick recipe you could share with our readers.

Denise:  Sweet and spicy. Best nachos ever. Your choice of a half pound/pound of ground beef or ground turkey browned in a skillet. Mix (in large bowl) one can of fat free refried beans, half cup low sugar barbecue sauce, a cup of shredded cheddar or other cheese of your choice with the browned meat. Spread in a baking dish. Bake at 325F for at least twenty minutes. Remove and garnish with chopped green onions, sliced black olives, chopped tomato and more sprinkle cheese. Enjoy with your choice of tortilla chips. I like blue chips. You can also spread Picante or salsa on top of this nacho dish but I find that sometimes makes it a little soupy. So use it sparingly. Actually, this isn’t much in the spicy department, which is okay with me.

Selena: Congratulations on your latest release, which you know I loved critiquing and reading. Tell our readers a little about FOR A ROMAN’S HEART.

Denise: For A Roman’s Heart is released with Samhain Publishing http://www.samhainpublishing on January 4th. It’s a true book of my heart.

For A Roman’s Heart is one of those stories I wanted to write a long time ago. I didn’t have the whole plot in mind (I never do), when I started writing it. I’d wanted to create something set in a Roman era, but it wasn’t until about five or six years ago that the real idea started to formulate in my mind. The story went through more than one rehash, and at one point it read more like a straight historical than a historical romance. But never fear romance lovers. This is definitely a hot historical romance. I wouldn’t classify it as erotic romance in the purest sense, but when the hero and heroine finally come together, I hope readers will find it explosive. Explosions aside, I love writing the gritty reality in my historical novels, so I don’t always pull punches.

Here’s a blurb to get you started, and you can pop over to my website at http://www.deniseagnew.com to read more.


His scarred soul knows no vulnerability—except her touch.

Trapped between cruel parents and the need to hide her gift of second sight from suspicious villagers, Adrenia Tertia Brigomalla walks a line as thin as the threads she weaves. The need for independence burns fierce in her heart, but not as hot as her unexpected attraction to a Roman soldier who comes to the village in search of a deserter.

Though hardened by war, Centurion Terentius Marius Atellus defies any man to harm an innocent. Nothing shakes his relentless determination to track down a murderous Legionnaire with a taste for young women. Yet Adrenia’s spirit and vulnerability spark a protective instinct stronger than duty…and temptation that could be his downfall.

Fragile trust built on stolen kisses and a premonition saves his life and drives his offer of the ultimate protection—marriage. While she revels in the feral passion he awakens within her, Adrenia would sooner brave the fires of Hades than trade one yoke for another.

It’s a decision that could leave them both dangling above a precipice they may not survive…

Thanks so much, Selena, for having me as a guest today.

Denise A. Agnew

51 responses to “Welcome Denise Agnew to kick off the New Year with interview & her generous gift of a give-away.”


  2. Oh I can’t wait to read this I love the cover!

    Did you find your research for this book enjoyable? I mean sometimes it takes forever and becomes kinda dull after awhile. Is this one of those subjects you just can’t get enough of?


  3. Happy New Year…Putting this book on the list

  4. Hi Drea! How are you doing these days? Thanks for stopping by. Isn’t that a great cover? It’s all Kanaxa’s fault. She’s the artist. 🙂 I love researching historical novels, so every bit of that experience is enjoyable. It’s the curious part of me, I guess, that bites into the research and I never ever get bored. I soak my head in the time period so that I become part of it and that translates later into my writing. I want the reader to feel like they’re there, too. Obviously I don’t give the reader so many details about the time period they’re going to snore, but by researching the heck of the time, I know I’ll feel more comfortable with what I’m writing and it all feels more authentic to me. I have to be interested in the time period or I won’t write the book.

    1. I am glad you enjoy it! I can’t wait to read it! I have been loving all the excerpts so far so its on my TBB list! I l think it would look really nice on Dirty Demon Boy {Kindle} he does so love the good books ;0)


      1. The Kindle is a great thing! Love mine. Happy writing to you in the New Year. 🙂

  5. Hello Denise,
    I didn’t know you lived in England. I’m an anglophile who would love to win and read one of your books. I am a ‘sensitive’ and have traveled to people’s home to help them with their ‘visitors’. I love paranormal! My hubby’s military and he’s an excellent cook. We frequently have his homemade nachos and they are the best ever! *g*
    Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year. CHEERS!

    1. Hey, Mel, do the people in England know what nachos are? LOL I’m teasing, sort of. My husband’s family are from England and a few years ago, his cousins came to visit and they had NEVER had pizza! I couldn’t get over it, they also never had pasta. They live in a small town and have never traveled, so that could be the reason.

      I used to tease my mother in law about the naughty dessert they have in England, namely, spotted dick. LOL

      Glad you dropped by today. Good luck in the contest!

  6. Hi Abigail, thanks so much for putting it on the list!

  7. Hi there Rita! Happy New Year to you, too!

  8. Hi Mel,
    We lived in England three years back in the 90’s and sometimes still miss it. 🙂 Sounds like we might have a lot in common. What branch of the military is your hubby in? Mine was army. I’ve been an anglophile since I was a kid. Also adore Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Scotland was our favorite destination when we lived in England. I hope we get to return there someday.

  9. Happy New Year to All.

    Congratulations on your new release, Denise. This book is right up my alley. I look forward in reading it.

  10. YAY! Historical and paranormal are two of my favorite reads, combine them both and I’m in heaven. I’ll look forward to reading it when I buy my copy. Congratulations on the great cover and the release of course. Keep them coming…

  11. Ihave read many of your books Denise. Can’t wait to add this one.

  12. I have enjoyed many of your books and this one looks like a great one (gorgeous cover) but even more important, it sounds like a great one!Gladiators is one of my favorite movies lol.

  13. Tracey,
    Thanks for stopping by, and thank you for the congrats. 🙂

  14. Thanks so much Jennifer. I’ll admit this book is a lot more historical romance suspense and the paranormal is a bit of a sidebar. But it’s woven in there. 🙂 Thanks so much for picking up a copy. I really appreciate it and hope you enjoy the story.

  15. Hi Debby,
    Thank you for reading so many of my stories. Do you have a favorite? 🙂

  16. Hey there Catslady!!! Yep, I adore Gladiator. One of my favorite movies ever!

  17. Great interview.

    I actually spent New Year’s Eve alone and loved it!!!

    After having 15 people over for thee days at Christmas, I really enjoyed being alone in an empty house, at least for one night.

    in Germany

  18. Happy New Year . the book sounds great 🙂


  19. I do love reading about Ancient Rome & Gladiators so thank you for this. The cover is glorious.

  20. Hey Selena & Denise!
    The nachos sound yummy! And the book sounds great!
    Happy New Year!!!

  21. Congrats on your new release, Denise!
    The nachoes sound like just the snack for the superbowl game.

  22. And a HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you:) another book to add to my to-read list

  23. Hi! Congrats on release day!

  24. Thank you all for dropping by today and leaving Denise a note. She’ll be available all week to answer any questions. As I said in my intro, I read FOR A ROMAN’S HEART and absolutely loved it!

  25. I’m not one to read anything about those in Roman’s time either. The book sounds fabulous though, you may make me a conver also! I like that you have a character who has a second sight! Thanks so much for allowing me to be enter the contest!

    dancealert at aol dot com

  26. Roman’s Heart sounds really great! I’m adding it to my TBR list!
    Thanks for the nacho recipe, it sounds like something I could
    use to fill baked potato shells. With a salad and rolls, it would
    make a nice light meal!

    Pat Cochran

  27. Hello Denise and Selena 😉

    I am very excited to read this book, we talked about lack of certain time periods books and have been waiting for this book to come out. Congrats!

  28. Selena what a great new book. When I 16 in the 70’s I visited Rome the last year they let visitors in the Coliseum and we saw underneath the rotted flooring where the animals & slaves were kept before coming upstairs to participate in the games. This unfortunately is never portrayed in movies to see. With Pompae this is another story how the city is preserved to this day with the tile mosaics with colors so vibrant and all the stores and wealth residences. Good luck again with the book!

  29. Hi Denise. Did you get to study Classics or any of the classical languages at school or college? I did five years of Latin, and still have fond memories of ‘The Millionaire’s Dinner Party’.

  30. Hi Valerie,

    Thanks for stopping by! I spent July 4th. alone once and it was great. 🙂

  31. Hi Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by.

  32. Hey Robin, I think I’m getting hungry from talking about nachos. Thanks for stopping by!

  33. Hi Mary,
    Thanks for the kudos on the cover. It is glorious!

  34. Hi Estella, you’re right about the Super Bowl. Woot! I haven’t watched the Super Bowl in quite a few years, now, but I might this year.

  35. Hi Estella! Thanks so much for stopping by and good idea on the Super Bowl.

  36. Thanks Barbara for putting this story on your TBR list! Appreciate it. 🙂

  37. Hi Dance Alert. 🙂 Hey, I’m all for converting you to reading about different time periods. 🙂

  38. Pat, I wish I could force myself to make a light meal out of the nachos. I usually end up eating too much of them. 🙂

  39. Gigi,
    I’ve lamented about a lack of certain time periods in historicals, so for the next several books I’m writing quiet a few historicals (with a modern book thrown into a trilogy) that are set in different periods than you normally see. 🙂

  40. Susan,
    Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy are two places I would love to see. I’ve been involved with archaeology for over thirty years, so it intrigues me no end.

  41. Hi Stevie,
    I studied a variety of things in college such as Humanities, Communications, Psychology, Business, Religion, Philosophy…a ton of things. I have one Associate Degree and two Bachelors degrees. 🙂 I studied Spanish and French in grade school and junior high. BUT, when I started research for FOR A ROMAN’S HEART, the amount of Latin I picked up from the research really surprised me. It reminded me how much of the English language can trace back to Latin. Fascinating stuff!

  42. Sorry there was such a lag in my responses until today, guys. I got slammed with quite a few more things this week than even I expected. WHEW. 🙂

  43. Congrats on this, Denise! I don’t think I’ve read too many stories set in this time period–looking forward to yours! Selena and Denise–lovely interview, too–I love that your external reserve hides such a wealth of fun 😉 Still waters and all that!

  44. Fedora,
    Thanks much for stopping by to say howdy. It’s always nice to hear from you! Glad I could tantalize you into reading about Roman Britain!

  45. Thank you, Denise for being an attentive, informative and wonderful guest author and a big thank you to all who stopped by say hello.

    We will hold the draw sometime tomorrow and I’ll contact the winner for one of Denise’s paperback books.

    Stay tuned for more draws, interviews, recipes and all around fun.

    Best wishes

  46. Thanks so much for having me on your blog Selena! I very much appreciate it. Thanks to everyone for all the comments and kudos! You guys are the best.

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