Congratulations! You win THE SHARP HOOK OF LOVE!!!

Wouldn’t you love to see this message in your inbox? If you love the story of Abelard and Heloise, or historical fiction, or a great romance, or even poetry and philosophy, you’ll want to read THE SHARP HOOK OF LOVE. It debuts Oct. 6, but my publisher, Simon & Schuster/Gallery, has generously offered a limited number […]

A Contest! Win an ARC of THE SHARP HOOK OF LOVE!

Psst! Don’t want to wait until November to read THE SHARP HOOK OF LOVE? Great news!! I’ll give away 10 Advance Reading Copies in July to people who pre-order my new novel TODAY. Here’s how to qualify: Pre-order your copy of this sweeping romantic, historical novel from your favorite retailer TODAY (Friday, July 27), send me […]

Redeeming Josephine: Heather Webb Gets Personal

Come on over and read my provocative interview with Heather Webb, author of BECOMING JOSEPHINE, about the first Empress of France’s fascinating life and many loves. Are all the stories of orgiastic decadence true? Webb gets to the heart of the seductive Rose de Beauharnais, daughter of a Martinique plantation owner who lived by her […]

Optimistic about 2014? You bet!

The headlines say that we Americans are feeling optimistic about 2014. I know I am. I’m ready for the New Year to cut in on the twisted dance I’ve been doing with 2013, a terrible partner who keeps stepping on my toes. It’s time for merriment and joy. It’s time for 2014 to take me […]

Censored! The Banning of My Books

It’s Banned Books Week! Did you know my first novel, THE JEWEL OF MEDINA, has been banned in several countries including Malaysia and, when I went there in 2011, Egypt? Why? Because I wrote about the Prophet Muhammad and his youngest wife, A’isha. Before it was even released, the book spurred an angry demonstration in […]

Writer in the Kitchen: Bratwurst and Sauerkraut to Die For

  The best part about fall: The food I’m always a little sad when summer ends, but nothing chases those blues away like a good, hearty autumn meal. Oktoberfest being right around the corner, I got a hankering last night for some German cuisine – and found on Epicurious a recipe for Bratwurst with  Sauerkraut […]

5 Things Literary Agents Do For Authors

In these times when anyone can publish a book with the click of a mouse, finding a literary agent is too often an afterthought, or no thought at all. Just as most of us wouldn’t go to court without a lawyer, however, we shouldn’t enter into publishing without an agent. Because, in an industry where […]