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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?

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

Summer of History Giveaway!

July 21, 2016

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A couple of things I love to do is introduce my readers to other great books in the genre. So what's better than having a chance at winning one of my books this summer? How about a chance to win books and prizes from 18 other top writers of historical fiction today? Best of all, it's just in time for you to kick back, put your feet up, and enjoy the warm weather with a great book.

Not to mention the fact that we are giving away a $100 gift card to either Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes--winner's choice which one! That's a lot of new books right there . . .

Pick five books that you'd like to win!

"The Serpent and the Pearl" On Sale For Less Than 1 Cent Per Page!

January 17, 2014

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

I've got a surprise for you--the book that started my Borgia series is now on sale for less than a penny a page! The Serpent and the Pearl is now, for a limited time only, on sale for all e-readers for only $2.99.

This first book in the series is on sale in support of sequel The Lion and the Rose, just released and probably still sitting near the front at your local bookstore, so if you start reading now, you can swing by and pick up your copy of the sequel with no delays (and no howling at me for any cliffhangers, ahem.)

Buy The Serpent and the Pearl
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Synopsis:

Rome, 1492. The Holy City is drenched with blood and teeming with secrets. A pope lies dying and the throne of God is left vacant, a prize awarded only to the most virtuous—or the most ruthless. The Borgia family begins its legendary rise, chronicled by an innocent girl who finds herself drawn into their dangerous web…

Vivacious Giulia Farnese has floor-length golden hair and the world at her feet: beauty, wealth, and a handsome young husband. But she is stunned to discover that her glittering marriage is a sham, and she is to be given as a concubine to the ruthless, charismatic Cardinal Borgia: Spaniard, sensualist, candidate for Pope—and passionately in love with her.

Two trusted companions will follow her into the Pope's shadowy harem: Leonello, a cynical bodyguard bent on bloody revenge against a mysterious killer, and Carmelina, a fiery cook with a past full of secrets. But as corruption thickens in the Vatican and the enemies begin to circle, Giulia and her friends will need all their wits to survive in the world of the Borgias.



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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?


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!