A Bookish Affair: Review: The Sharp Hook of Love by Sherry Jones

I’m delighted with this lovely review of  THE SHARP HOOK OF LOVE. The takeaway: 4.5 stars from Meg, and praise for all aspects of my book. “This,” she writes, “is definitely a book that I am going to be thinking about for a long, long time!” Thanks, Meg! A Bookish Affair: Review: The Sharp Hook […]

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 […]

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 […]

Actress Bonnie Somerville’s Top Historical Fiction Picks

How wonderful for any author to find her book listed as among anyone’s favorites! I’ve been dancing a jig ever since seeing the new issue of Dujour Magazine, in which actress Bonnie Somerville lists her favorite historical fiction books. Here’s the article, released on the same day as the debut of acclaimed author Nancy Bilyeau’s […]

“The Jewel of Medina”: Censorship, Islam, and the Historical Fiction Way

WHEN DO WE START BURNING BOOKS? Posted on March 2, 2013by colinfalconer Here’s a question for you: what kind of books should we burn? Mein Kampf? The Satanic Verses? Harry Potter? (Yes, it’s happened.) I have just finished reading The Jewel of Medina,  Sherry Jones’ best-selling novel about the Prophet Muhammad’s child bride Aisha. I thought Sherry courageous to take on […]

My “Next Big Thing”: Heloise and Abelard

I’ve been tagged in The Next Big Thing by fellow writer David Ebsworth (website: www.davidebsworth.com and main blog on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5780879.David_Ebsworth/blog) whose first novel, The Jacobites’ Apprentice, was nominated UK Indie Editor’s Choice for the Historical Novel Society Indie Review. Thanks to David for including me in this series of blog posts by authors answering […]

Courage, Islam, the West, and THE JEWEL OF MEDINA

I remember the moment I discovered A’isha bint Abi Bakr, the youngest wife of the Prophet Muhammad. I found her in a book on women in Islam that I read after 9/11, when many of us were learning for the first time of the terrible oppression of women in Afghanistan. Nine-year-old A’isha was playing on […]

Blog Hop: FOUR SISTERS, ALL QUEENS Giveaway!

I’m giving away a copy of FOUR SISTERS, ALL QUEENS to a randomly selected reader who leaves a post here! A tale of love, lust, women’s power, and sibling rivalry on a royal scale, FOUR SISTERS, ALL QUEENS is getting rave reviews. Publishers Weekly says: “Jones’s impeccable eye for detail and beautifully layered plot–each sister […]

Publishers Weekly: FOUR SISTERS ALL QUEENS is “Excellent”

“Jones’s excellent new historical…” That’s all I could see of the new Publishers Weekly review coming out Monday, Aug. 6., as displayed in my Google Alert. My pulse gave a little skip. Like a dog on point, as the cashier before me chatted very pleasantly about her former life in Bosnia, I focused only on […]