Wednesday Spotlight: Samantha Gentry

SOME OF HISTORY’S GREATEST ROMANTICS

History is filled with the names of great romantic couples, Romeo and Juliet certainly being among the most famous. But who else qualifies to be on that list? Here’s a small sampling.

Vatsyayana, author of the Kama Sutra: a celibate scholar who lived in classical India approximately the fifth century A.D. is certainly an unlikely type of person to have written history’s best known book on erotic love. The book has become famous for its sections on sexual instruction, but deals much more with the pursuit of fulfilling relationships and provided a blueprint for courtship and marriage in upper-class Indian society at that time.

Shah Jahan: Emperor of India from 1628 to 1658, he is famous for one of history’s most spectacular buildings, the Taj Mahal. He had it constructed as a tribute to his beloved wife. Legend says that with her dying breath she asked her husband to promise to build the world’s most beautiful mausoleum for her.

Giacomo Casanova: his last name long associated with a romantic image of libertine and seducer. He was born in Venice in 1725, expelled from a seminary for scandalous conduct and embarked on a varied career which included working for a cardinal in Rome, a violinist, and a magician. He published a number of literary works including his autobiography. He proclaimed that a woman’s conversation was at least as captivating as her body.

King Edward VIII: was introduced to Wallis Simpson in 1931 while he was still Prince of Wales and she was married to her second husband. Their subsequent relationship rocked Britain’s Parliament, the monarchy, and the Church of England. Shortly after being crowned king in January 1936, he proposed to her causing a huge scandal. Unwilling to give her up, he abdicated the throne for “the woman I love.”

STEAMY ENCOUNTER by Samantha Gentry is available at The Wilder Roses (www.thewilderroses.com), the Scarlet Rose line of erotic romances from The Wild Rose Press.

Event planner Afton Pendleton is quite pleased with the arrangements she’s made for the grand opening of a new luxury ski resort. When she learns the resort’s dynamic owner, Gage Brennan, has been making arbitrary last minute changes to her meticulous preparations, angry sparks fly fast and furious between them. But before she can regain control of the project, a blizzard strands the two adversaries in an empty lodge and sparks of a different kind begin to fly. Is this a case of cabin fever or will the steamy encounter lead to something more lasting?

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