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


September 27, 2012

Tags: baltimore book festival

Baltimore Book Festival, here I come! My panel speeches are prepped, my gift baskets are ready for three lucky winners, and most importantly my hair is smoothed and spiffy. So if I crash and burn on my public speaking, I will at least crash and burn with great hair.

I'll be speaking on three terrific panels with the likes of Stephanie Dray, Sophie Perinot, Eliza Knight and many other fabulous writers on subjects as diverse as historical accuracy, women's fiction, and all those sex scenes in historical fiction. If that's not enough of a draw, my husband in a moment of lunacy agreed to dress up as a gladiator to stand guard on our tent. I give it ten minutes before he lifts his sword to the heavens and shouts, "ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?"

Can't wait to see you all there!

Meet Me At The Baltimore Book Festival!

September 16, 2012

Tags: baltimore book festival

I am pleased to announce that I will be a presenting author at this year’s Baltimore Book Festival! If you love books and live within driving distance of Baltimore, come on down to meet your favorite authors, improve your craft as a writer, and of course spend your week's grocery money on books. During the course of three days more than 200 authors will appear on eight stages.

The When and Where:

Dates: September 28, 29 and 30, 2012

Hours: Friday and Saturday, 12-8pm and Sunday, 12-7pm

Location: Baltimore, Maryland, in historic Mount Vernon Place (the closest landmark is The Walters Art Museum, located at 600 North Charles Street, 21201)

Admission: free! (except that you WILL blow your grocery money on books)

I will be speaking on three panels. If you are interested in meeting me, hearing me speak, and/or getting your copy of one of my books signed, here's where you can find me:

Friday September 28th:

I will be attending the “Author Meet and Greet” in the Maryland Romance Writer’s tent at NOON (12:00 p.m.)

At 4:00 p.m. I will be on the Maryland Romance Writers Stage discussing "Historical Accuracy in Historical Romance." Come watch me and my fellow panelists discuss the head-banging that comes with fact-checking, and come prepared with questions!

Saturday September 29th

I will be participating in 2 panels on Saturday (again, all at the Maryland Romance Writers Stage)

At 1:00 p.m., I’ll be sharing the stage with a collection of fantastic authors for the following discussion: "What defines women’s fiction and how does it differ from romance?" Readings and prize giveaways galore!

Finally, at 5:45 p.m. I'm closing out my first festival with two buddies. Come watch me debate with Sophie Perinot (The Sister Queens) and Stephanie Dray (Lily of the Nile, Song of the Nile) about "Sex and Historical Fiction Novelists." Is there a trend towards more sex in straight historical fiction these days? What role can sex scenes play effectively in historical novels? We rocked the house with this panel in the Reston, Virginia Barnes & Noble in April. If you missed it then you will not want to miss it now.

Mark your calendar! I can't wait to see you there.

Coming Soon: The Duchess of Richmond

September 9, 2012

Tags: marci jefferson, frances stewart

Last year's Historical Novel Society Conference in San Diego was a riot of fun in all kinds of ways – for my recap of all the madness, read here. And undoubtedly the best thing I gained from that conference was friends, most notably a group of six or seven ladies who kicked off shoes and inhibitions in a hotel lobby until two in the morning one Saturday night, dishing on industry secrets, novel-in-progress woes, ex-boyfriends, current husbands, and how much we all hate those chop-the-top-of-the-head-off covers on historical novels. By the time we all staggered off to bed we were the Lobby Posse – and I have not lost touch with one of those ladies since, though we hail from all corners of the US.

This past year has been good to the Lobby Posse when it comes to our work. Some members, like Sophie Perinot, debuted their first historical novel to rave reviews. Some, like Michelle Moran, added yet another bestseller to an already glowing resume. And today the Lobby Posse proudly congratulates our newest success story: Marci Jefferson, who has just sold her first novel, and for whom I confidently predict a glowing career in the world of historical fiction.

How can I predict this? I've had the privilege of a sneak peek at her Restoration novel, currently titled “The Duchess of Richmond.”

Marci first approached me at the beginning of this year, shyly asking if I would consider reading her novel which was making the rounds of publishing houses, and giving it a blurb if I liked it. And let this be a disclaimer: I blurbed Marci's book not because she is my friend, but because her book is good. I don't blurb books I don't like; had I felt I couldn't recommend “The Duchess of Richmond” I would have pleaded deadlines and declined to blurb it. What a relief it was when I began turning pages and realized that not only does Marci have style, humor, and the kind of sensational white-blond hair I can only give to my book heroines, but she can write.

Restoration England and King Charles II are enjoying a boom right now in the world of HF, and it seems like his various mistresses are all getting their own books – see Gillian Bagwell with Nell Gwynn, and Anthony Capella with Louise de Keroualle. But Marci's heroine is Frances Stewart, one of Charles's lesser known lady loves who you might find more familiar than you think: she's the model for that gorgeous female figure of Britannia Herself!

Here's my blurb:

"Beauty is not always a blessing, as young Frances Stewart finds out when her lovely face pits her between the desires and politics of rival kings Louis XIV and Charles II. Frances makes an appealing heroine, by turns wary and passionate, sophisticated and innocent, as she matures from destitute young pawn to the majestic duchess whose figure would grace Britain's coins for centuries. Her struggles to support her loved ones, uncover her family secrets, and somehow find a life of her own amid the snake-pit courts of the Sun King and the Merry Monarch make for lively, entertaining reading in this lush Restoration novel by debut author Marci Jefferson."

Mark your calendars for “The Duchess of Richmond,” set for release by St. Martin's Press next fall. This is a read worth the wait.