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

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…)

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…)

Those Trendy Tudors

July 25, 2009

Tags: Tudor dynasty, england, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Lady Jane Grey, Mary I, Mary Queen of Scots, Henry VII, Anne Boleyn

Philippa Gregory made it big with "The Other Boleyn Girl" and followed it with "The Virgin’s Lover," "The Queen's Fool," and "The Boleyn Inheritance." Now there are approximately 2,500 books about Anne Boleyn, Cate Blanchett garnered an Oscar nomination or two playing Elizabeth I, a major television show called “The Tudors” is racking up (more…)