Mary Calmes on Romanus ~ Retro Reads Author Spotlight Interview Local Giveaway

Prism Book Alliance® would like to thank Mary Calmes for taking the time to talk with us today about their retro title from Dreamspinner Press Romanus. Prism Book Alliance® recently reviewed Romanus. You can find the review here.


We are here today to talk about Romanus. What can you tell us about it?

First, thank you so much for having me.

Romanus is a story about gargoyles and how one night a fireman, Mason James, learns of their existence.

Tell us more about our main characters?

There is Mason James, whose name is a shout out to the author who made me an author, SE Hinton. Mason is after the older brother in her book Tex and James after Rusty James in Rumblefish. But Mace is a down-to-earth fireman who’s kind and who doesn’t understand why he seems to be a freak magnet and then there’s Luc Toussaint who is his big, hunky love interest who happens to be a leon, or lion, a guardian gargoyle.

What about Romanus makes you the most proud?

It was written for the Dreamspinner’s Daily Dose and I was proud that even though it was short, that it all made sense. It was the first novella I ever wrote and at the time I was terrified about the story having a logical arc.

If you could change one thing in Romanus what would it be and why?

I honestly can’t think of anything and not because it’s perfect, nothing I write is. But I had an idea in my head of what the story would be from the dark, deserted road at the beginning to the warm bedroom at the end and it matched what I envisioned more than many others.

What is next for our main characters?

The sequel, Chevalier, will be out in May and in that novella Mason finds out about his birth parents and how he came to be adopted and what the role of a Romanus truly is.

If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?

To be nice to everyone you meet and talk to and correspond with. Always.

What is the nicest thing a reader has said in a review or via email/social media?

A reader sent me an email saying that after reading my AMOT series that if her son told her that he was gay, she wouldn’t think that he couldn’t get married or have a family of his own. I was very happy with that one.

Tell us about some of your other titles.

Let’s see there is Heart of the Race which I wrote after seeing a report on Real Sports on HBO about the Isle of Man TT. It’s this amazing race where the participants ride motorcycles at like 200 miles an hour over regular roads, around hedges, behind pubs, its nuts. So I wanted to know who rode in that race and my research lead to writing a novella. There’s also Still which is written in a series of vignettes so you get the story in pieces instead of a normal progression of time. I enjoyed writing from separation to reconciliation.

What are you reading? What is next on your TBR?

I just finished reading The Lighting-Struck Heart by TJ Klune, and am now reading Save of the Game by Avon Gale. After that I’m going to read Taking the Long Way by Max MacGowan when it comes out on the 12th. .

Rapid Fire Time

  • Favorite Color? Maroon
  • Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi. New generation and all that.
  • Australia or England? England. It’s all that coursework in college. Gotta see where Shakespeare lived.
  • Vodka or Tequila? Honestly, neither. Really not much of a drinker. But when I do, it’s Amaretto or Midori. It can’t taste like alcohol at all.
  • Tea of Coffee? Yes, please. Both. In quantities that really can’t be healthy.
  • Vanilla or Chocolate? Vanilla is the greatest flavor ever. You can make it into anything. And a venti quad vanilla latte is a wonderful thing.
  • Music or TV/Movies? If I’m writing, it’s music. I can’t write with distractions. If I’m vegging, then TV and Steve and Danno. It streams on Netflix now.
  • Alone or At a Party? A party where you’re surrounded with friends and you all stand in the kitchen and chat and then eat and play board games and tell stories. That’s the best.

What are you working on? What is next?

Right now I’m working on Conrad’s book from Mine and after that it’s onto the 3rd marshals book with more Miro and Ian.


Title: Romanus

Author: Mary Calmes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Rating: of 5 Stars

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal


Stopping to offer help one sultry summer night, Mason James is unprepared for the change that this simple act of kindness will bring. After giving an old man a ride home, Mason discovers a new, magical, and even dangerous world he cannot hope to understand. But he also finds Luc Toussaint and is intoxicated at first sight… and even the secret Luc protects won’t be enough to keep Mason away from the truth of his heritage and their love.


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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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7 thoughts on “Mary Calmes on Romanus ~ Retro Reads Author Spotlight Interview Local Giveaway

  1. Love the interview! Mary is one of my favorite authors. Can’t wait to read this book. So excited for more Miro and Ian😄👏😍

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