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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

Older Men, Younger Women: The Historical Dilemma

August 13, 2013

Tags: blog tour, the serpent and the pearl, passages to the past

I'm guest blogging over at one of my favorite book blogs today - Passages to the Past. And the topic? The dilemma of how to write around age differences in historical fiction, or rather, how my teenage crush on Sean Connery helped me understand how a teenage Giulia Farnese could hop into bed with the 40 years older Rodrigo Borgia:

"For idle fantasy, men have it all over boys. When Sean Connery from “First Knight” picks you up for the evening, you know he won't show up driving his mother's mini-van littered with fast-food wrappers. When Colin Firth from “Pride and Prejudice” invites you out to eat, you know he doesn't mean a 99 cent Frosty and a small fries at Wendy's. If Liam Neeson from from “Rob Roy” gives you a present, it wouldn't be a mixed-tape of grunge bands you've never heard of. There's no awkward pauses in the conversation because Jeremy Irons from “The Man in the Iron Mask” knows how to carry on intelligent discussions and not just stare at your chest, and there's no fumbling on the doorstep because Sean Bean from the Richard Sharpe series most assuredly knows how to kiss you goodnight without getting saliva on your chin."

To read the rest, click here - and don't forget to enter the giveaway!


Blog Tour Day 2: Sexuality in Rome, and How It Would Give Mitt Romney A Heart Attack

April 4, 2012

Tags: blog tour, passages to the past, empress of the seven hills

Day 2 of my blog tour, and today I head over to Passages of the Past - one of my favorite book blogs, and Amy has been kind enough to let me be her guest blogger. My topic: sexuality in ancient Rome, and why the GOP would fall over in a dead faint. A sneak peek . . .

"With all the heated debate going on right now about gay marriage, there's been a great deal of revisionist history. Pundits and politicians cry out for a return to the ways of the past, when men only slept with women and marriage was sacred and inviolable. This might have held true for some eras of the past, but certainly not all . . . I can tell you now that if Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney were suddenly transported back to A.D. 102, as undivorced heterosexual men they would find themselves in the distinct minority. "

Click here to read more! Amy is also hosting a giveaway; two copies of Empress of the Seven Hills (titled Empress of Rome in the UK) to be given out!

Publication Day

April 5, 2011

Tags: blog tour, daughters of rome, passages to the past

My second book Daughters of Rome is finally out! Since this is my second trip around the block, I know a few more things now than I did last year, when I spent Mistress of Rome's pub date anxiously refreshing my Amazon page to catch that first review. This year I know enough to keep myself away from the computer (ok, almost), have another book on hand to read for distraction(thank you, Michael Grant, for publishing the fourth book in the "Gone" series today), and most important of all - drink lots of champagne.

It's also Day 2 of my blog tour, and the lovely Amy has been kind enough to have me over to her blog "Passages To The Past" for a guest interview. A sneak preview:

"The Year of Four Emperors - it’s an instantly fascinating combination of words to any bored history student looking desperately for passion and bloodshed between all the dry lists of dates and treaties."

Click here to read more! Amy is also hosting a giveaway, so be sure to enter to win a free copy of Daughters of Rome.