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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

10 Tips For Living With A Writer

January 31, 2014

Tags: guest blog, blog tour, writerspace, the lion and the rose

I really cackled when I wrote this guest post for Writerspace. I am sad to say that every single one of these examples is drawn from life, either mine or one of my writer pals'. Including Tip #1:

"Do not get freaked by your spouse’s Google search his­tory when it pops up things like “tes­ti­cle ampu­ta­tion tech­niques” or “how to kill a child and get away with it.” It’s all just research."

To read the rest, click here!



7 Authors To Wreck Your Diet

September 5, 2013

Tags: blog tour, the serpent and the pearl, writerspace

If there's a constant I keep hearing in the reviews for "The Serpent and the Pearl," it's "This book made me so hungry!"

And I'm delighted. Because bibliophiles do things differently - it's authors who ruin our diets, not fast food commercials. And over on Writerspace today, I'm guest blogging about a list of authors whose books can be counted on to ruin your diet, my diet, anybody's diet. First on the list? George R.R. Martin:

"The guy known by embit­tered fans as `the fat bas­tard' cer­tainly knows his food. Maybe he’s prepar­ing to slaugh­ter a fic­tional bride­groom at his own wed­ding feast, but Mar­tin is always happy to slow down first and tell you what’s on the table: roast herons, sweet­corn frit­ters, swan poached in saf­fron and peaches, soup with mush­rooms and but­tered snails, and pigeon pie with lemon cream. At least the poor bride­groom died well fed. (Want the cook book? There’s an offi­cial ver­sion fea­tur­ing a for­ward from Mar­tin him­self: The Feast of Ice and Fire.)"

If that's not enough to get you to click here to read the rest, how about this? Most of the authors listed come with companion cookbooks if you feel like tackling some fabulous fictional food in your own kitchen!

5 Reasons We Read Historical Fiction

May 2, 2012

Tags: empress of the seven hills, writerspace

Over at Writerspace, I'm giving my best five guesses at the reasons we read historical fiction. Reason #2:

"The clothes! Forget trying to squeeze into the skinny jeans and stiletto heels of 2012; let's go back to an era where you could swish around in a gorgeous gown and be considered the ideal beauty at size 16."

Want to hear the rest?

Hop on over to Writerspace and find out!