Boudica, Queen of the Iceni: Two books

We authors—especially of historical fiction—cannot get along without our research books. (We also like to visit the places we write about, explore museum exhibits, and participate in archaeology and reenactments, but this post will talk about research of the armchair … Continue reading

Book Review: “Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History without the Fairy-Tale Endings” by Linda Rodriquez McRobbie

Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful princess who wasn’t afraid to cheat, deceive, seduce or murder anyone who got in her way. I like these kinds of books—collections of short bios of (mostly) unknown women who are remarkable for … Continue reading

Book Review – “The Kings’ Mistresses” by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith

I love a good story about women pushing the boundaries in times past, especially when they are based on real people. The Kings’ Mistresses is the true tale of two sisters: Marie Mancini and her younger sister Hortense, the nieces … Continue reading

Guest Post and Giveaway: Glynis Ridley on “The Discovery of Jeanne Baret”

I’ve been in rewrite mode lately and ignoring my blog. But just in time for Women’s History Month, Glynis Ridley has kindly stepped in with a guest post talking about her non-fiction adventure story The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A … Continue reading

Book Review: “Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman” by Robert K. Massie

From the book jacket: The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to … Continue reading

Book Review – “Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France” by Leonie Frieda

Long, long ago in a youth far, far away, I read a biography of Catherine de Medici; so I was already familiar with her story. I have to admit, the details were hazy: I remembered something about poison, religious wars … Continue reading

Unraveling Bordello Secrets: Christine Wiltz on Excavating The Last Madam

Sex, bootlegged booze, beautiful women, and powerful men set against the steamy backdrop of corruption in New Orleans in the roaring twenties.  This is the stuff of which exciting novels are made.  But, as in many cases, truth is more … Continue reading