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#ADayOfFire Release Day! Get Your Copy Now. - Tue, 04 Nov 2014
At long last, this riveting story about the final days of Pompeii is available in e-book and print!     “This truly is the finest book I have read this year, an emotional roller-coaster that educates while it entertains. Its impact will stay with me for quite some time.” ~Parmenion Books “Despite knowing what happens in Pompeii and to [...]

Cut Scene from #AmericasFirstDaughter - Tue, 30 Sep 2014
Now that we have a complete manuscript, the time has come to hack and slash at it to make it a mean-lean-fiction machine. But some of the cuts are painful. I’m bleeding a little inside to ditch this scene, because it’s one of the only opportunities we have in the book for our heroine to [...]

Cover Reveal for #ADayOfFire! - Wed, 17 Sep 2014
I’m so excited. Isn’t it beautiful? Pre-Order it Now! Pompeii was a lively resort flourishing in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius at the height of the Roman Empire. When Vesuvius erupted in an explosion of flame and ash, the entire town would be destroyed. Some of its citizens died in the chaos, some escaped the mountain’s wrath [...]

Plot Your Book In A Month…with @ScrivenerApp - Wed, 17 Sep 2014
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Join Historical Authors at the Baltimore Book Festival #BBF2014 - Tue, 16 Sep 2014
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Historygasm: Letter to Martha Jefferson Randolph from Marie Jacinthe de Botidoux - Mon, 17 Mar 2014
The wonderful Megan Brett did me and my co-author a solid last weekend and went to UVA to help us find a letter in which one of Patsy Jefferson’s suitors is mentioned. One William Short. I started to get excited when I saw this. Then the hairs on my nape started to rise when I saw [...]

Why I Write What I Do - Mon, 17 Mar 2014
I usually shy away from talking about my writing process (except on Facebook or when I’m teaching a class) because it seems self-indulgent. But many thanks to the bright and shiny Christy English for reminding me that readers want to know, and for asking me a few questions about my writing. 1) What am I [...]

Would Cleopatra Selene Really Have Considered Herself Egyptian? - Mon, 03 Mar 2014
One of the criticisms most often leveled at my Nile series is that because the Ptolemaic Dynasty considered itself Macedonian Greek, the emphasis I place on Egyptian culture–and Cleopatra Selene’s awareness of it–is somehow historically inaccurate or anachronistic. I believe this criticism is made primarily by people who correctly understand that Cleopatra the Great, Selene’s mother, [...]