“Beware the Ides of March.”
The soothsayers warning from Shakespeare’s play Julies Cesar. Many people know the phrase even if they don’t know what it means. Historically it was the day the Romans used for settling debts, falling on the 15th of March. More notably, it’s known as the day Caesar was assassinated. Hence the warning to Cesar in the play.
How do I know all this you may ask? I have the fortunate, or unfortunate depending on how you look at it, privilege of sharing a birthday with this infamous date. Now for most people that wouldn’t be such a big deal. 44BC was a long time ago, who would bring up the murder of a Roman ruler from so long ago?
Not many people…unless you’re a theater kid.
I’ve blogged before about how I was raised by a professional clown so my life was in the arts growing up (and continues to be to this day). So as a theatre kid, whenever my cast-mates found out about my notorious birthday, the jokes would begin. All in good fun, mind you. “Beware the Ides of March” soon became “Beware Mariah’s Birthday.”
Being born on the supposed worst day of the year turned into fun. I could tap into my inner villain and claim it was my birthright. Playing the villain is always more fun than the hero, IMHO. I would jokingly say, “I was born bad, it’s why I play it so well.” My high school theatre teacher even picked “The Bad Seed” my sophomore year because I play a very convincing murderous Rhoda (I swear I only kill people in my books).
But the Ides aren’t all bad. March 15th is also the start of American Chocolate Week. Yummy! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than with lots and lots of chocolate. Chocolate ice cream, chocolate candy bars, chocolate cupcakes, and even a chocolate martini made with the finest vodka in all of Kismet Colorado, Jack’s Vodka. Made by the sexiest bartender around…Delta Jackson.
So what historical event or national celebration happens on your birthday?
And if you like stories about fake engagements between two frenemies who end up falling for each other set in a small quirky town, then check out Crazy Little Thing Called Love.
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
March 24, 2020
Contemporary ~ Contemporary Small Town ~ Romantic Comedy
Cassandra Brown is desperate. Thanks to her grandmother’s last wishes, she has six months to nab a husband or she’ll lose Gran’s house, the only place she’s ever called home. But is she desperate enough to accept Delta Jackson’s offer of marriage? She can’t marry her best friend’s little brother...can she?
Del knows Cassie is in a pickle, but so is he. He wants to expand the family distillery and open a restaurant. It’s his one chance to prove he’s not the unambitious bartender his family believes he is. He just needs cash, a task that proves harder than he imagined.
Marriage could solve both their problems. Del will play the doting fiancé and husband, and Cassie will give him the startup money he needs. It’s a business agreement. A temporary ruse. Totally fake...
Until it isn’t.
After years of bickering and avoiding their true feelings, Cassie and Del find themselves facing a volcanic attraction that's poised to explode, taking their fake relationship into very real territory.
More About Mariah
RWA® Golden Heart® Nominated author Mariah Ankenman lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her two rambunctious daughters and loving husband who provides ample inspiration for her heart-stopping heroes. Whether she’s writing hometown heroes or sexy supernaturals, Mariah loves to lose herself in a world of words. Her favorite thing about writing is when she can make someone’s day a little brighter with one of her books.