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

The Heaven Tree

November 30, 2009

Tags: The Heaven Tree, Edith Pargeter

Every so often a book comes along that does more than stop you in its tracks. It yanks you in, envelops you, makes the rest of the world dim and cloudy. While in thrall to such a book, everything outside its covers is unimportant. Housework, homework, any other kind of work goes to the wayside. Family and friends will be baffled, possibly irritated, hopefully understanding. And after the book is done, you wander about for a week in a cloud of irritation, expelled from the world that held you so completely. (more…)

Ladies of History

November 19, 2009

Tags: Elizabeth I, Boudicca, Pauline Gedge, Eagle and the Raven, Judith Merkle Riley, The Oracle Glass, Katie Nolan, Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Edith Pargeter, Heaven Tree, Livia, Robert Graves, I Claudius, Scarlett O' Hara, Margaret Mitchell, Gone With The Wind, Susan Isaacs, Shining Through, George R.R. Martin, Song of Fire and Ice, Arya Stark, Brienne of Tarth

Last time around, I made a list of the hunks of historical fiction who have warmed my heart. I’d hate to be accused of being unfair to the boys out there, so here’s a list of the female heroines of historical fiction who make the hearts of men go pitter-pat, and had me vowing as a child to grow up more like them: (more…)

Historical Hunks

October 24, 2009

Tags: Aragorn, Lord of the Rings, Robert the Bruce, Nigel Tranter, Ralf Isambard, Edith Pargeter, Rhett Butler, Gone With The Wind, Mr. Rochester, Jane Eyre, Derfel Cadarn, Bernard Cornwell, Xavier March, Fatherland, Sam Damon, Anton Myrer, Emperor Claudius, I Claudius, Arius, Mistress of Rome

Greetings all, and thanks for putting up with a month’s absence as I went on my honeymoon. In keeping with the theme of honeymoon bliss, this week’s blog post will center around favorite heroes of romantic fiction: the men I fell in love with on the page long before I ever met my husband. (more…)