|Joan, Checotah (aka Jonathan), Nancy, Lacy (aka Nessa), and ME!|
Let me just say something and get it off my chest, 'kay? Jonathan is not here simply because Nancy is his author, and this is her blog. I hope that Nancy and I have proven by now that no hero ends up featured unless they have earned it. Rarely do we find a hero who just owns a place here. Most go through a process of earning it. I am here to tell you Jonathan owns it. Even more rare for me is finding a hero who draws me in and literally does not let go until the last page. Jonathan didn't just own this blog- he owned me. And I have to be honest- I intentionally didn't share much in this feature because I really want you to fully experience this book for yourselves. I'm inviting you to join me, and Jonathan, and step into the arena. But beware- it's a dangerous place, and you won't return the same.
Excerpt from Chasing the Lion:
Nessa shot Tao a dark look as she made her way to assist Quintus.
Jonathan smiled though it increased the pain in his nose. Nessa cleaned
Tao’s face and applied a salve to it before he left without saying another
word. Still a man of little speech.
Jonathan thought nothing could ever be more painful than having an
arm put back in joint, until Quintus set his nose. He had a new
appreciation for how often Seppios endured having it done.
Maybe it was the opium, or Nessa’s nearness, or the concern in her clear
brown eyes while she helped Quintus clean and dress the spear wound
again, but Jonathan ached to touch her. Quintus sat at his back, so
Jonathan let the fingertips of his burned hand come to rest on the smooth
skin of her elbow. She trembled, and he almost drew back, until he saw her
There was no fear in them.
Like a whetstone caresses the edge of a blade it sharpens, he traced the
silk of her skin to her wrist. Once there, he allowed his fingertips to play in
circles on the back of her hand while he watched her face. The blush he
loved appeared with a vengeance, and when her mouth parted, he wanted
nothing more than to taste it.
Still not convinced this is a must-read? Watch the trailer HERE.
Jonathan was raised to be a "gentleman." In spite of the hand he is dealt, some things remain intact- namely his sense of right and wrong. And Jonathan does his best to stay out of compromising situations, and not give in to temptations placed in his path. He is Nessa's champion, and if his care for and towards her was all we judged on, he easily scores a five.
It's hard to convey the depth of Jonathan's wounds, (mental and physical) without giving away important plot points. Jonathan is not a stranger to wounds of any kind. In fact, one might say that his time in the arena gives us a clearer picture of the ugly damage caused by wounds. How thankful I am that it also shows us the need for a Healer.
There really is no place for "soft" in the Roman Colosseum, unless you are making a casual reference to the fur of the lion which is about to devour you. Jonathan is tough because he literally has no choice. His options are to kill, or be killed. Having said that, there is no shortage of tenderness towards Nessa.
Jonathan is a man of action- but none of his actions are strike-worthy.
Ya'll caught the photo in the last post, right? So I really don't need to explain myself on this one, other than to clarify again that the real score comes from who Jonathan is inside. Add up all the qualities we judge for here, and you still don't get the whole picture of who Jonathan is. Not even close. He's everything that we hero girls hope for when we pick up a new book, wrapped up in one intense, muscular, gladiator-shaped package.
Nancy hardly needs an author introduction around here. :) But I would encourage all of you to head over to her Official Author Webpage (if you haven't already) and see what's happening there. (Do take the time to read her story about Finding Jonathan- it will blow your mind!)
Here's the deal, ladies! We are giving away one paperback copy of Chasing the Lion & 3 COPIES of the e-book to 4 randomly drawn commenters. Make sure you tell us if you want in the book drawing and leave an email address in a spam fighting format like: green-eyedgladiator (at) lion dot com
If you have already enjoyed Chasing the Lion, a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card can be yours- but we're changing up the rules a little bit. Instead of giving a character name to be entered, we want you to share your favorite line from the book with us.
Drawing and winners will be announced June 14th! =)