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Suppose a part of Ancient Rome survived? - Tue, 10 Nov 2015
Suppose a part of Ancient Rome survived? My writing friend Alison Morton explores just this. In her alternate thriller world, her 21st century Praetorian heroines survive kidnapping, betrayal and a vicious nemesis while using their Roman toughness and determination to save their beloved country. Too bad their love lives don’t run so smoothly… How did [...]

10 More Tips for Historical Fiction Authors - Sat, 19 Sep 2015
Last year I threw together a list of 10 Tips for Aspiring Historical Fiction Authors. But to some extent or other, we’re all always aspiring, as I’ve never really known a writer who was satisfied. Now I’m back with ten more tips that might be helpful to you, or at least make you chuckle. Here we [...]

Cover Reveal: ILLUSION by Lea Nolan - Mon, 14 Sep 2015
I don’t often post about YA/MG or fantasy on this blog, but in this case I’m doing both because I’ve read these books and they’re excellent. It’s cover reveal day for Illusion by Lea Nolan. This is the third book in The Hoodoo Apprentice Trilogy, and I am so excited because all three books are [...]

New Historical Book of the Month Club - Tue, 01 Sep 2015
Announcing a New Historical Book a Month Club! Good news, readers! I’ve decided to start a book of the month club exclusively for my newsletter subscribers. Now, I’m not Oprah. I can’t promise glittering commentary on every book. I can’t promise a publicity bump to every author I feature. I can’t give away free cars. But I [...]

Ancient Rome: A City of Firsts - Sun, 23 Aug 2015
I haven’t personally verified all the facts in this infographic, but it’s so amazing that I hope it’s all true. Ancient Rome: A City of Firsts [Infographic] | Daily Infographic.

America’s First Daughter Cover Reveal! - Fri, 14 Aug 2015
Tasty Book Tours is Pleased to Present… AMERICA’S FIRST DAUGHTER Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie Releasing March 1st, 2016 William Morrow Historical Fiction In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets [...]

Anniversary of Cleopatra’s Death - Wed, 12 Aug 2015
One of the most difficult choices I faced in writing LILY OF THE NILE: A Novel of Cleopatra’s Daughter, was in deciding how to portray the death of Cleopatra The Great. Though the exact cause of her death is in some dispute, I ultimately decided to go with the consensus of ancient sources: Serpenticide. It’s hard [...]

Women and the Revolutionary War | Museum of the American Revolution - Tue, 11 Aug 2015
This sticks out to me. Just imagine: “Abigail Adams was separated from her husband for all but about twelve months during the decade between 1774 and 1784.” This and more in this excellent article. Women and the War | Museum of the American Revolution.