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?

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Blog Tour Week 2: Women In Ancient Rome Had It Better Than You Think

April 9, 2012

Tags: blog tour, empress of the seven hills, the maiden's court

Happy Easter everybody! Grab a chocolate bunny and come to court with me - that's not traffic court, but The Maiden's Court, another of my favorite book blogs, run by the delightful Heather who I was lucky enough to meet at last year's Historical Novel Society Conference. I'm Heather's guest blogger today - the topic? Perception vs. Reality about what it meant to be a woman in ancient Rome:

"A Roman woman's marriage vows gave her considerable flexibility. If a 19th century woman wanted to escape a bad marriage to a cheating husband, she was out of luck unless she could prove her husband had not only cheated on her but compounded his offense by beating her, abandoning her, or going insane. All a 1st century Roman wife had to do to get rid of the jerk she married was move out of his house."

Come on over to the Maiden's Court to read the rest and enter the giveaway. And thanks for having me to court, Heather!

Blog Tour: Did they have "Vogue" in ancient Rome?

April 15, 2011

Tags: daughters of rome, blog tour, the maiden's court

A brand new blog for me today: I'm over at "The Maiden's Court" where Heather asked me all about Roman fashion. I say, let's bring it back:

"The Roman ideal of female beauty is something I wouldn't mind seeing brought back on modern magazine covers. Thin, tan, and toned? You'd be told to eat some more stuffed dormice, stay out of the sun, and for Jupiter's sake get rid of those leg muscles before people mistake you for a slave girl. Soft, tan-free, and voluptuous was the ideal Roman look and speaking as a girl who's always looked more Joan from 'Mad Men' than Blair from 'Gossip Girl,' the Roman way is a look I can get behind."

For more, click here. And thanks to Heather for having me.