Giveaway: A Spartan Love + an ARe Gift Certificate, Kayla Jameth
Alone, Andreas toils on a remote farmstead for a Spartan overlord. When a kryptes enters his world, Andreas fears for his life. The dread warriors stalk and kill helots—like Andreas’ father—as part of their training.
Andreas sees only one way to save himself: he must tame the fearsome warrior.
But what began as self-preservation develops into attraction. Yearning for the company of someone other than his ferret Ictis, Andreas decides to trust the Spartan warrior and risk the fate that claimed his father.
Born to rule by the sword, Theron sees the world as his and acts accordingly, taking everything Andreas offers and reaching for more. However, love between men in Sparta is considered shameful and requires either exile or suicide to redeem Sparta’s honor. Now, only the gods can save them from the terrible price Sparta extracts from men who desire other men.
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About A Spartan Love:
My latest novel, A Spartan Love is set in Sparta during the early 5th century BC, approximately two decades before the events depicted in the movie The 300. The world Andreas and Theron live in is exactly as they believe it to be, that is, the gods and all their lesser brethren are real. Not unlike Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.
A Spartan Love has been both a pleasure and a challenge to write. I love research, especially ferretting out all the really interesting and unexpected facts about the ancient world. But at the same time there are large and very frustrating gaps in our knowledge. Wherever possible, I’ve stuck to verifiable facts. However, that has left a lot to speculation. If I needed to fill in some gaps, I chose to follow the practices common in the rest of the Greek world unless contemporary sources called these customs into question.
This era and locale have been difficult to flesh out. The Spartans were laconic by definition. They only wrote down the really important stuff. They didn’t waste time on anything they felt was common knowledge, such as the details of their everyday lives.
And of course, I chose to write about the everyday lives of two very different men.
Andreas is a helot, a special kind of slave only found in Sparta. Unlike slaves in the rest of the ancient world, he is not a belonging and cannot be bought or sold. He serves an absentee Spartan landlord, not unlike the serfs of the middle ages. Helots vastly outnumber their Spartan masters, but the Spartans declare war on them every year to keep them cowed and their numbers down.
He lives alone on an isolated farmstead. While Andreas has a couple of neighbors within walking distance, his ferret Ictis and a goat named Pan are his only real companions. Sadly, Andreas wasn’t feeling very creative on the day he named Ictis. The word roughly translates as… ferret.
Theron is in the final two years of his training. He is an elite Spartan warrior known as a kryptes. Think Marine or SEAL. He is expected to live off the land with nothing more than the chiton on his back, a cloak and a knife. His task? Keep the helots under surveillance and prevent the possibility of a slave revolt, by any means necessary.
Helots and kryptes mix about as well as oil and water. Usually their interactions are limited to brief life-or-death struggles.
About the only thing Theron and Andreas have in common, is the fact they are both alone. One night, Theron steals Andreas’ dinner and develops a taste for his cooking and the rest, as they say, is history.
I just turned in the final round of edits for A Spartan Love before I wrote this post. Even though the official edits are now complete, my novel won’t be available until December 8th. So keep A Spartan Love in mind for the history lovers on your shopping list as Christmas draws closer.
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Now for the fun stuff. Comment below by Midnight October 19th US Eastern Standard Time for a chance to win a $15 ARe Gift Certificate. Be sure to leave your email address as that is how ARe distributes them.
Thank you to Kayla Jameth for joining us today as part of our 2 year blog anniversary, and for allowing us to preview her new book and its beautiful cover.