If you pre-ordered The Alice Network, I have a present for you.
In between my bigger projects, I write short stories. They’re fun, they’re good writing exercises (I like to prove to myself See, you can write shorter than 150,000 words!) and they’re a way to dip my toe into historical eras I love but in which I can’t yet commit the time of writing anything full-length. Most of these stories sit unread on my hard drive…until now.
The Tumbril is a story I wrote during a passionate historical love affair with all things French Revolution. It’s a period of history I still adore, and I always wondered what to do the story I wrote set during the Reign of Terror. Now I know: I’m giving it away as a thank-you to anyone who pre-orders The Alice Network. Different time periods to be sure, but both are set in France during periods of dark historic turmoil.
If you have pre-ordered The Alice Network you are entitled to receive a free emailed copy of The Tumbril. Doesn’t matter if you pre-ordered already, or if you pre-order today, tomorrow, or at any point up through June 5. Just click here and enter your order number or a photo of your receipt. Easy-peasy…and I hope you enjoy both TAN and your bonus story!
The height of the Reign of Terror.
Six strangers meet in a tumbril cart rumbling through the city of light,
a journey destined to end at the guillotine…
or the vendor of your choice, and find out how it all ends!
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 . . .
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.)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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?