Teaser: Empress of the Seven Hills!

I am so head down in a new book that my blog has been sadly neglected. I was planning on a post about the top ten books I’m looking forward to in 2012, or maybe a post filled with helpful advice for the spouses of writers (on the other hand, my husband could probably write this one, starting with “When they are writing a new book, it is totally normal for `How are you?’ to be answered with `Do you think anyone will notice if I move the siege of Sarmisegetusa up a year?'”)

So no blog post today, but I am offering a teaser line from my upcoming book “Empress of the Seven Hills” (titled “Empress of Rome” in the UK). This one comes from Chapter 1, and is spoken by the hero Vix, who some of you might remember as an obnoxious little boy in “Mistress of Rome.”

“If I’d known the trouble that small-breasted off-limits patrician girl would make for me, I might have choked her to death in the middle of that atrium rather than watch her walk away.”

Needless to say, he has a complicated relationship ahead of him.