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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?

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Win An Advance Copy of "The Lion and the Rose"

October 17, 2013

Tags: the lion and the rose, the serpent and the pearl, giveaway

It's about two and a half months until “The Lion and the Rose” is released—the second half of my Borgia duology about papal mistress Giulia Farnese and her two friends, the cynical dwarf bodyguard Leonello and the sharp-tongued female cook Carmelina. If you'd like to get your hands on an early copy of L&R, here's your chance, because I'm running a very special kind of giveaway.

Lots of readers have written to tell me how much they swooned over all the delicious food in “The Serpent and the Pearl” - I even set up a virtual potluck with food bloggers cooking dishes straight out of the book. I had such a blast seeing the food pics that came out of my own pages that I'm extending a challenge: any reader who cooks a dish out of “The Serpent and the Pearl” will be eligible to win an advance copy of “The Lion and the Rose.”

So, here are the rules:

1. Choose a dish out of “The Serpent and the Pearl” that hasn't been made yet.

2. Cook your chosen dish. Just be aware that some of the things my Renaissance heroines eat are illegal in the 21st century—don't get fined for trying to cook a swan!

3. Email a pic of you with your finished dish to katequinnauthor@hotmail.com, along with a few words on how you cooked it and how it turned out. (Even if it's a disaster. Because kitchen disasters can be hilarious!)

4. For every dish you cook, I'll enter your name into a random drawing. And if you attempt something truly awesome, I'll enter your name in twice. Because let's be fair—if someone makes a stab at spit-roasted peacock or whole truffled sea bass in champagne-caviar sauce, they deserve a double entry.

5. And that's it! On November 1, I'll pull two names out of the hat and mail my two winners an advance copy of "The Lion and the Rose."


So, who's ready to start cooking?


The Page 69 Test

October 4, 2013

Tags: blog tour, the serpent and the pearl, page 69 test

By the time this posts, I'll be in Bermuda on the first vacation out of the US that I've had in four years - to Bermuda, where I was four years ago on my honeymoon! But I've got a guest blog post scheduled on Campaign For The American Reader, this one "the Page 69 Test." Namely, what would any reader think, if they opened your book to page 69?

Anybody who did that that for "The Serpent and the Pearl" would probably think "Why's this chick talking to a severed hand?" Or maybe they'd think they wandered into an Addams Family spin-off. Who knows? But to read more, click here!