Friday, August 5, 2016

#SweetRomance #FridayReads Guest: Josie Riviera

Please meet today's guest, Josie Riviera, who has an exciting new book out this week!

Exploring the fascinating culture of the Romany (Gypsies)

“Gadje Gadjensa, Rom Romensa.”

This is a Romany (Gypsy) saying that means “Gadje with Gadje, Rom with Rom.”

So what is a gadje? A gadje in the Romany language means “not one of us.” Many Rom prefer to not allow outsiders (us) into their lives. It’s no coincidence that in my hours, days, and months of researching the Romany for Seeking Patience, little information was available. Odd, because the Rom have lived in many places throughout the world for centuries. They’re a widely-traveled people. Yet there is little written history regarding their origins, although recent evidence points to an emigration from India 1500 years ago.

I believe the reason there is little information available is because the Rom simply prefer it that way.

They are a proud people who keep to themselves. And they are nomads, forever on the move, traveling by horse and wagon in caravans.

It is no secret that the Rom have suffered persecution, prejudice, exclusion, and discrimination for centuries. The “Gypsy” stereotype includes a criminal, fortune-teller, blacksmith, thief, and musician, a dark-complexioned, shadowy figure. But why do so many of us harbor this unfair prejudice?

Perhaps because of the Rom’s nomadic existence, lack of a solid religious belief, and exotic clothes and lifestyle. Their dialect is distinct and related to Sanskrit. Their tradition is oral, for they didn’t have the luxury of building libraries.

One belief shared by all Rom is cleanliness. Mahrime means unclean or polluted. To avoid mahrime, clothes covering the top half of their body are washed separately from clothes on the bottom. Certain parts of the female body are considered unclean, and doctors are sometimes avoided because they deal with illness. And, a Rom can become polluted by being too close to a gadje.

Here are the buy links for SEEKING PATIENCE:   Amazon ~ iTunes/Apple ~ Nook ~ Kobo

Book Blurb:

Do people prove their worth by strength, or by character?

Half-Romany, half-English lord, he lives a perilous Gypsy life … until a sweet English rose saves his life, and perhaps his soul. Widowed by a cruel husband, she's given up all hope of love. Brought together in peril, they dare to reach for a brighter future together.

Luca Boldor, Romany leader, lives a nomad’s life in Regency England with his Gypsy caravan. Believing his noble father abandoned him at birth, he refuses to acknowledge his English blood, or live a settled life. But when a vicious attack by a rival leaves him bleeding on an English lady's doorstep, he has no choice but to accept her help. Her gentle faith stirs his heart in a way he has long denied.

Lady Patience Blakwell, widowed countess, lives in near poverty. Her husband's heir uses threats to keep her from demanding her rightful inheritance. With a few faithful servants, she exists quietly in the country, only her faith keeping her strong … until the day a bold, handsome Gypsy collapses in her hall. He's unlike any man she's ever known, and she'll confront any subterfuge to keep him safe.

But when a secret from Lady Patience's past emerges, Luca must face his own past, or lose her and all hope of love. Will this strong man humble himself to open his heart for his lady?

Travel back to Regency England for this sweet, inspirational romance—get your copy of Seeking Patience today!

Author bio and links:

 Best-selling author Josie Riviera writes Historical, Inspirational, and Sweet Romances. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband.They share their empty nest with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations.

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog, today, Magdalena!

    Seeking Patience explores prejudices and how the English viewed the Romany (Gypsies,) in Regency England,

    For a chance to win a FREE copy of Seeking Patience, please leave your comment below to the following question:

    Do you think men or women are more likely to be prejudiced?

    Winner will be announced here on Friday. In the meantime, subscribe to my newsletter and receive a FREE, HISTORICAL ROMANCE EBOOK NOVELLA, Seeking Catherine! Happy reading!

  2. Fascinating post, Josie. I'm enamored of the history surrounding the Romany people and your new title sounds like an exceptional read. Must go pick up a copy for myself immediately.
    Best wishes,

    1. Thanks for your kind comments, Kristin. The research for Seeking Patience took over a year. Hope you enjoy the read!

  3. Many thanks for hosting me on your blog, Magdalena! It was so much fun and your blog is beautiful!

    1. You're welcome, Josie. It was fun to have you here during release week for "Seeking Patience."

    2. I think women are judged on so many more things especially appearance than a man is.

  4. Carla, Thanks so much for your comment. You've won a copy of my Inspirational Regency romance, Seeking Patience! Please email me at

    In the meantime, everyone is welcome to subscribe to my newsletter and receive a FREE sweet romance novella, Seeking Catherine. Details at:

    Thanks again for all your comments!