Welcome to the Time Travelling Gladiators and their creator, W.M. Kirkland! I have to admit that a story like this, which combines my loves of history and sci-fi/fantasy is very much up my street. Time travel stories are a great way to examine anew all the things we take for granted. And if the one doing the exploring is as far removed from our time as a Roman gladiator, then I’m looking forward to some hilarious moments. Because another aspect of time travel stories that I enjoy is being shown how very similar the characters’ lives are, even if they grew up millennia apart. So yes, I’m looking forward to a cold, wet weekend to binge my way through the whole series. First, though, W.M. Kirkland is going to tell us what got her into blending Romans and time travel. And then you can check out a bit of the first story for yourself. Roman Gladiators, swords and time travel…. weekend sorted!
I’ve always been fond of ancient Rome. Whether it’s a connection to the Pantheon, or my research into Epona, who was a Celtic horse goddess adopted by Roman cavalry, or my Roman Tufted Geese here on my homestead, the idea of Rome entices. Though history no doubt has portrayed it as far more glamorous and exciting an era than it really was, it’s a time and a place which has captured imaginations for generations.
And for this writer, it’s captured mine. Marius’s story in A Man’s Sword, came to me as a fluke, a paranormal story that answered a submission call for time travel stories. That he was Roman and came with his own weapon, well that became a bonus. Once I received the rights back to the story and published it on my own, I realized Marius had other men in his cohort, and even some Roman cavalry men (remember my love of Epona) who needed their stories told too.
Time travel is interesting. First, you need a reason. In my case, a plea to Janus, the God of doorways, transitions, and yes, time. An artifact helped bring my gladiators to the modern day, where they encountered such things as cars and movies for the very first time. But our time is very much like ancient Rome. We, too, have our spectacles, and our gladiators, though they go by other names and the past times aren’t as violent.
For me, my Gladiators Through Time series allowed me to research an era of history that I love and help bring it to life. Not just for my gladiators, but also for you.
A Man’s Sword
Length: short read
Genre: Fantasy / Time Travel Romance
Buy at: amazon
When Gabriel Woodweiss brought home an ancient sword to display as his latest antique treasure, he didn’t imagine that its original owner would show up in his basement to claim his property. One moment Marius was praying to his god to save him from servitude in the gladiator ring; the next he’s in a room where the only familiar object is his sword. The fact that a handsome man claims ownership of Marius’s beloved weapon—and knowledge of the strange and wonderful world in which he now finds himself—is proof to Marius’s mind that sometimes the gods do answer the faithful. Now Marius just has to convince Gabriel that keeping the sword is fair and just—as long as he keeps the man who comes with it.
Excerpt from One Man’s Sword by W.M. Kirkland
Gabriel picked up the blade and caressed its unadorned hilt. Definitely of Roman origin, though he’d have to do a bit of research to pinpoint the exact area. Still, it was a heckuva find, especially in a Wyoming antique shop. He’d dropped in thinking they would still have that Civil War sword he’d seen in the window a few weeks ago. They didn’t—it’d been sold only a few days earlier—but this piece, newly acquired, had caught his eye. A bit of haggling and the promise of a lead if he found anything interesting—it helped to know the shop’s owner—and he was in possession of a Roman gladiator’s sword. It’d round out his collection nicely.
How many swords does a guy need? The sarcastic and catty question from his last boyfriend still echoed in Gabriel’s mind. He surveyed the wall in his basement displaying several choice pieces. A man had to have hardware.
Lovingly, Gabriel caressed the hilt once more, then curled his fingers around the grip. He immediately took up a guarded stance, blade held at the ready. “For Caesar!” He lifted the sword and shook it above his head, imagining himself in the center of an arena, the crowd cheering his name. Thumbs down or thumbs up—which would it be?
For Rome. No one gave a fuck about Caesar. The voice, slightly rough, caressed his ears and sent a shiver down his spine. Gabriel’s cock tightened. For a moment, a hot sweaty body pressed against his back, arms like steel bands around him, and the heavy, thick cock of a gladiator surged against his buttocks. Gabriel bit back a groan at the too vivid image and lowered the sword.
Though you’d do well in the arena.
That voice again. Gabriel turned, though he knew he was alone. “It’s been too long since I’ve gotten laid,” he muttered as he turned toward the display rack and placed the Roman blade on its shelf. He’d had to move his rare estoc, a sword used by horseman where Austria and Hungary bordered the Ottoman Empire in the late 1500s. He’d found it for under seven thousand, a steal at that price, and knew he’d have to find a new place to display it soon. Still, this gladiator’s weapon had called to him. Not so much as a collector of rare and fine swords, but as a man admiring the skill and brute strength of another.
About W.M. Kirkland
A long time ago in a galaxy far away…oh wait, that’s a different saga. W.M. Kirkland began writing over twenty years ago, and all the stories, no matter the genre, featured handsome men. Although these men keep W.M. at the computer most of the day, there’s still time for enjoying the outdoors, great movies, and a good time.
W.M. Kirkland is the pen name of prolific erotic romance author Mary Winter, and as such, you can learn about W.M. and Mary’s other pen names at http://marywinter.com
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