Selected Works

Historical Fiction
Six authors bring to life overlapping stories of patricians and slaves, warriors and politicians, villains and heroes who cross each others' path during Pompeii's fiery end.
Caught in the deadly world of the Renaissance's most notorious family, three outsiders must decide if they will flee the dangerous dream of power.
The Borgia family begins its legendary rise, chronicled by an innocent girl who finds herself drawn into their dangerous web.
The lives of an ambitious soldier, a patrician heiress and a future emperor fatefully intersect.
The Year of Four Emperors - and four very different women struggling to survive
A brilliant and paranoid Emperor, a wary and passionate slave girl – who will survive?

Ave Historia: An irreverent look at historical fiction today: books trends, historical tidbits, and random tangents

For Memorial Day

May 28, 2010

Tags: Memorial Day, warriors, soldiers

Memorial Day is upon us in a few short days, letting us know that finally – finally! - it is okay to wear white shoes. Actually, I think white shoes are inexcusable year round, but so are many aspects about Memorial Day. It's a day everybody looks forward to, because we all get a three-day weekend and the weather is generally lovely, and it's a good excuse to eat barbecue and drink beer. All very well in itself – but few of us bother to think much anymore about why we get this day off. (more…)

Inspiration Or Compulsion?

May 21, 2010

Tags: writing, authors

My father was a jazz musician. When he wasn’t actively occupied by something else – eating dinner, mowing the lawn, reading out loud to me as a little girl – he wandered into his studio and started tinkering away on the piano or the saxophone. It was like a computer going to screen-saver if unused – music was his default mode. (more…)

Author Interview at "Over The Edge Book Reviews"

May 13, 2010

Tags: author interview, over the edge book reviews, giveaway

Hi everybody,

Christine at "Over The Edge Book Reviews" has been kind enough to have me on her blog today with an author interview. She has some great questions, such as whether it would better to go backwards or forwards in time, and what fictional character would be the most fun to hang out with. Click here to read!

I will also be answering questions on her blog, so if you'd like to drop a comment, ask a question, or just say hi, come on over to "Over The Edge Book Reviews." I'll be sure to answer.

Christine, thanks for having me!

Happy Mother's Day

May 7, 2010

Tags: mother's day, mothers, Anne Boleyn, Mary Tudor, Elizabeth I, Catherine de'Medici, Isabeau of Bavria, Vanora Bennett, The Queen's Lover, Katie Nolan, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Scarlett O'Hara, Gone With The Wind

In honor of Mother's Day, I thought I'd do a post on great historical mothers. Only I can't think of any great historical mothers – not because they didn't exist, but because the idea of motherhood changes so radically from era to era. What does constitute a good mother in times past? (more…)