Ides of March: Et tu Brute?

Today is the Ides of March. In the Roman calendar, it was a religious time, given that March was considered the roman New year. However, it became more famouse for the death of the republic of Rome.

2062 years ago Julius Caesar was stabbed in the back. 23 Times, by those he thought were friends, and colleges. His wife and his doctor warned him not to visit the senate house on the Ides, but Caesar felt he was untouchable.. a kings weakness, no.   article-2190324-1499307c000005dc-596_634x499

But Should we feel sorry for him?

Well, no.. Maybe

You see, Rome at the time prided itself on the idea that their justice system of senators and consuls was just, and Ceaser declared himself: Pontifex Maximus.  Tyranny at its finest.

People felt that Laurel Wreath was starting to look way too much like a crown.. and people got a little stabby..

They got rid of the Problem?

Nope. Julius Caesar’s Heir Octavian, his nephew, fought and won the ‘throne’ of Rome becoming the first Emperor Augustus… and thus Rome becomes an Empire… with one ruler. For hundred of years, Rome bent to the wims of a sole ruler. Men who were flawed, degrading, violet psychopaths.

by the way Et Tu Brute.. totally made up by Shakespeare

Further Reading:

Non-Fiction: SPQR by Mary Beard

Fiction: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

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Review: Warrior or Wife by Lyn Randal

IMG_20180226_211056_475.jpgIn the heat and dust of the Roman arena, a woman stands alone. The crowd cheers for Leda, the famed gladiatrix. Watching is the man who loved then left her– Marcus Flavius Donatus.

“You will give it to me,” he said “For I’d have to slay any man who’d try to take you from me”

Leda used to be Lelia, beloved daughter of a Roman senator. Exiled from the riches of her birth, she sold herself into gladiatorial slavery. Donatus is determined to right the wrong he did her and reclaim his bride!

Now Leda faces the ultimate choice– independence and the danger of the arena, or an uncertain future with the man she once adored…


If you ever EVER think that Mills and Boon Books are about damsels in distress, you are WRONG. Female Gladiators, misunderstandings and captivating historical references make for a spell binding story.

Love’s not something one simply chooses to do. It’s just there, like the wind. You can no more control it than you could an errant breeze.

5 Stars

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Review: Blood & Sand by C V Wyk

Page Count: 310

Genre: YA, Historical


The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus…

For teens who love strong female protagonists in their fantasy and historical fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, yet poignant tale of two slaves who dared take on an empire by talented debut author C. V. Wyk.

Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire―an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end―and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus…

5/5 Roses

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Cat Lady or Slut?

I love to read Romance. I love HOT STEAMY EROTIC Romances. I also love Romance stories, that are all heart and barely any sex.

The point is I love reading about Love.

I am not ashamed of that. BUT I am sick of how people try to make me feel ashamed of it.

I took a Creative Writing course a few years back, and I was told, by a fellow student that writing Romance wasn’t actually really writing… WHAT?! Seriously?!


Not only that, but when I showed the cover to a book I was reading to a work colleague I got THAT look… the ‘she’s gonna be a Cat Lady’ look..


And then finally.. I get an invite to Mills & Boon Launch party at the IVY, and this is the reaction I get..


Right. cue the eye roll..

So because I want to read and write Romance, I am either.. Cat Lady in Waiting, not a very good writer, or I’m a Slut..


Being a Romance Junkie is for life. I love Pink, wine, men, romance, flowers – My Archetype is Barbara Cartland.



The Best EVER Hot Chocolate Recipe


  • Milkimg_4460
  • Your Favorite Chocolate Spread
  • Whipped Cream (oh yeah!)
  • Marshmallows
  • Sprinkles


  • Saucepan
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Mug


  1.  Fill your choice of mug with cold milk
  2.  Add to saucepan, with one tablespoon of Chocolate Spread
  3.  Heat slowly, until the chocolate melts
  4.  Once at the desired temp, carefully add to the mug
  5. Top with Whipped cream, marshmallows and sprinkles

BookOut: A Review

I found an awesome reading app called Bookout.

It has some great features that too a book geek like me is just awesome.

  • You can set Monthly/Yearly goals.
  • Set reminders daily to get some reading in.
  • Achievement badges
  • you can view stats which include:
    • Pages read so far
    • time reading so far
    • reading speed
    • Books read so far

My Literary Goals for 2018

Bookstagram: My new Mantra next year is Be different! I’m starting off in January with a Harley Quinn Theme. I’m also going to try to be really proactive, and plan my Themes for the year. I have done 4 months so far, and I am really looking forward to them. 

Writing: I have been really bad at writing lately, and a I need a confidence boost. I have a book of 365 affirmations that I will be using daily to stir creative juices. I have a few ideas and the plan is to really focus on finishing a book. 

Read List: My plan is to read 130 books this year. In a few hours Goodreads will upload 2018 reading challenge, which I can’t wait for the blank slate! I’ve created a Goodreads Shelf for 2018.. so check it out! This will help me to keep on track and get some of the older book titles I’ve yet to read checked off my TBR list!! 


Book Buying Budget: I buy a lot of books. I need to curb it slightly. So I am giving myself a budget of £100 a month ( seems like a lot, but I spend a lot more!) 

A Literary Romance: I am fully committing myself to this blog next year. I am gonna post more reviews and lifestyle tips. My aim, is to post at least 100 posts next year! This will help with my writing confidence, and give me a chance to go psycho for the books I love!! 

Setting Book Goals for 2018

4.JPG2018 is a few hours away. I always get super excited this time of year, because I adore the new opportunities. It’s like you can truly start again.

I’m turning 30 next year, so I have a lot of personal goals I wanna get done, but also my literary goals.

Here’s my guide to making literary goals.

  1. Figure out where you need to make goals: Bookstagram, number of books, Book Buying Budgets & Book Organisation. I’m also going to create goals for Writing.  Which Include; Story Outlines, Word Goals, Brainstorm,  & Research.
  2. Under each section begin to describe or bullet point where you want to be in 365 days. be specific. For example. I want to read 130 books in 2018.
  3. Begin to specify what actions you need to take to complete each goal. For example: to read 130 books, I will need to first Sign up for the challenge on Goodreads. Then, find 100 or so books that I know I cannot wait to read. Then, Create a shelf to house them.
  4. Find which tools will help. Time, organisation, apps, calendars… you name it you can use it.
  5.  Write it down, plan it out. Start adding the actions to your calendar, or timetable. This way you can make time for your plans, but also have an idea of what you need to do. In some cases this will help with writer’s block and lower stress about the goals.
  6. Keep a tracker: journal, tick boxes, goal sheets: Make sure you keep an eye on your goals, tick off what you have done and when you have achieved them. This will give you purpose to continue.
  7. Celebrate the little goals. Buy your self that book you wanted for a while, only after you have done the action. Use it as motivation to keep going… doesn’t have to be one book either.. how about an entire series.
  8. Know that you can do this: when you find yourself struggling, remember the goals that you have already achieved. The books you already read, and found amazing, or when you surprised yourself with an awesome Novel Idea.

So here some Idea’s for your Goal planning. I hope you have an amazing new year full of loads of books.. Happy New Year!!


What is a Bookstagram?

It’s an Instagram account that is solely to show passion for books, using lights, props, candles etc

I’ve learned a lot over the past few months, about how to join this fabulous community. I’ve rounded up a few essential tips you need to know..


  1. Light–> Probably one of the most important things about posting photo. Natural light is best. So try and take your photos in a light room or on a window sill.
  2. Props –> use anything!! They don’t need to cost the earth. Pick up tea cups in a charity shop, buy fake flowers, find pine cones, leaves from the forest floor.. etc
  3. Hashtags –> these are awesome ways to be connected on Instagram. my favourites are #Bookstagram, #bookchallenge & #bookphoto.
  4. Book Challenges –>  These are set by other Bookstagrammers, who post a prompt for each day of the month. for example; Book & Mug, OTP, starts with, YA fantasy etc..

So now that I’ve given you a few tips, I would love to see your pictures. my Instagram account is @Literary_Romance.. Follow me and I will ALWAYS follow back..

Felt Bow Tutorial

5img_4076It’s that time of the year again… Christmas is coming.

With under a month to go, I thought I’d post a simple tutorial for Sparkle Bows…

These are great for adding to gift wrapping, stringing them up and popping them on bookcases, or adding them to the tree.

So here’s what you are gonna need:

  • Needle
  • Matching Colour Thread
  • Glitter Felt sheets
  • Bow Pattern
  • Quilting clips
  • Scissors

Print and Cut out the Pattern below bow

Attach to the Glitter Felt, and cut out


Insert a needle through the middle of the Bow Top


Fold one of bow corners on the Bow top inwards.


Insert the needle into the corner of the bow top and pull thread taunt.


Push needle into the corner of the opposite bow, and pull thread. Secure with thread.


Using the Bow Bottom, Insert the needle & Thread through the middle of the bow top and the bow bottom. Secure.