It’s SPRING AT LAST!!!! And time for springtime refresh on my book trailer.🌷🌷🌷 Voila! ENJOY . . . If you are looking for a spring-time-afternoon-in-the-garden read and female-centered historical fiction … Continue reading Discover My Novels with My 2021 Spring Book Trailer!
It is cover Celebration Day for my good friend and Scarlet Sister Kate Quinn’s upcoming novel, THE ROSE CODE. LOOK at this beauty!!!! And let me tell you WHAT IS … Continue reading Cover Reveal Day: Kate Quinn’s THE ROSE CODE
If you’ve been to Florence you’ve seen Michelangelo’s David. If you haven’t been to Florence you’ve seen countless images of him. The David is a cultural icon and even 500 … Continue reading Interview with Laura Morelli, Author of THE GIANT
There are only 15 days left until CHRISTMAS! But don’t panic—GIVE BOOKS! With THREE NOVELS to choose from I have something for every historical fiction fan on your list!!! And … Continue reading All they want for CHRISTMAS is a Sophie Perinot Novel . . . THE 2019 HOLIDAY BOOK TRAILERS ARE HERE!!!
The weather is getting cooler—I like to call it “book weather.” Time to curl up in a favorite chair with a roaring fire, something nice to drink and, of course, … Continue reading Médicis Daughter Has a New Fall Trailer to Go With Its Stunning New Cover
Do you adore historical fiction about strong women? Are you a book club member (perhaps in a club full of strong women)? When making your fall and winter reading selections … Continue reading RIBBONS OF SCARLET Book-Club Bonus Materials Are Here!!!
⚜ At LAST the moment we’ve all (or many of us) have been waiting for . . . . The COCKTAIL RECIPES to accompany RIBBONS OF SCARLET are live!!! I … Continue reading Because Books, Book Clubs and Cocktails GO Together . . . .
Today, while on a short break from the mega-tour for my own latest novel Ribbons of Scarlet, it is my very great pleasure to host my good friend the insanely … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Anne Easter Smith Dishes on Her Upcoming Novel About Richard III
AT LAST THE DAY HAS ARRIVED!!!! So thrilled to announce the release of my latest novel Ribbons of Scarlet–an innovative and gripping novel about the French Revolution’s women. BUY LINKS: … Continue reading Release Day for Ribbons of Scarlet!
At last, at last!!! So many readers have been asking me: when will Médicis Daughter release in paperback? When will it be available in ebook format again? Well, the wait … Continue reading Médicis Daughter Out in PAPERBACK TODAY!!!
Dear Readers, It’s finally time to celebrate the release of our novel, Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution’s Women, releasing October 1. I and my Scarlet Sisters are … Continue reading RIBBONS OF SCARLET National Tour Announced!
RIBBONS OF SCARLET is getting some terrific notice. I and my fellow #ScarletSisters were delighted to get this fabulous quote from New York Times bestselling author Melanie Benjamin! To … Continue reading Praise for RIBBONS OF SCARLET . . .
Dear Readers, This fall I head out with my #ScarletSisters on a fabulous book tour, celebrating Ribbons of Scarlet and the extraordinary women at the heart of the novel and … Continue reading Voila! My Appearances in the Upcoming RIBBONS OF SCARLET Book Tour
Yes, it’s true, you CAN believe your eyes—a Goodreads Giveaway for Ribbons of Scarlet got underway this morning. There are 50 copies up for grabs. So head to Goodreads and enter … Continue reading 2nd Chance to WIN: If You Did Not Win My RIBBONS Giveaway . . .
Four months from today—that’s when Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution’s Women officially lands on bookshelves (and in the mailboxes of those who pre-order from Amazon or … Continue reading WIN Ribbons of Scarlet (an Advanced Reader Copy)
So you say you’d love to win a copy of RIBBONS OF SCARLET: A Novel of the French Revolution’s Women? GOOD NEWS a massive (think 100 copies mes amis) #GIVEAWAY … Continue reading Goodreads Giveaway for RIBBONS OF SCARLET
Did you wait until the last minute to do your Mothers’ Day shopping? Mom’s can be tough to please. Now imagine if your Mother was the power-hungry and often ruthless … Continue reading Mother’s Day is Coming . . . Imagine Shopping for Catherine de Médicis
Because sometimes it’s more fun to make a new video trailer than to edit 😉 Volia! The 2019 Spring trailer for MÉDICIS DAUGHTER! Enjoy, share, and celebrate the pleasures and … Continue reading 2019 Spring Trailer: Médicis Daughter
It’s that time of year again readers . . . time for my holiday gift-giving special! This year’s price for SIGNED COPIES of Médicis Daughter will be $11.00 per hardcover, … Continue reading Holiday Season SPECIAL PRICING on Medicis Daughter!!!
Because it is the time of year when “something wicked this way comes” and nobody does wicked like the royal Valois . . . Voila! my Halloween season book-trailer for … Continue reading Something Wicked This Way Comes . . .
So readers, what do you think? Feedback gratefully welcomed. And if you love it–or loved either of my novels, Médicis Daughter or The Sister Queens–please share this video with your friends … Continue reading Introducing My New Video: Discover the Novels of Sophie Perinot . . .
Greer Macallister, bestselling author of THE MAGICIAN’S LIE and GIRL IN DISGUISE. is doing a wonderful series of #womenshistoryreads interviews in honor of WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH. So far she has … Continue reading It’s Women’s History Month and I Sit Down With Greer Macallister to Talk About Intersections Between the Past and Women’s Presents
November is traditionally the season of THANKFULNESS. So just for fun I’ve done a little list of things you might be thankful for if you were trying to navigate (and … Continue reading Five Things for Members of the Valois Royal Court to Be Thankful for This Season
Do you know someone who is looking for a dark read this at this wicked-good time of year? Tell them that Médicis Daughter has cunning, cruelty, bloodshed, betrayal & plenty … Continue reading Because No One Does WICKED Like the Valois
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a vast majority of writers are rabid readers. We were the kids who used to sneak in from recess and curl up somewhere … Continue reading Sacred Spaces—One Writer’s Favorite Spots to Curl up with a Good Book
After the finale of CW’s Reign—which featured a cameo by the youngest Valois Princess, Marguerite—a number of the shows fans have reached out to me about who Margot was. Of … Continue reading Marguerite de Valois and Mary Queen of Scots
he main characters in THE SISTER QUEENS, Marguerite and Eleanor, may have been the daughters of the Count of Provence, but much of their real power and attraction as royal … Continue reading SCENES FROM THE WORLD OF THE SAVOYARDS: Chateau Chillon
The royal chateaux of France glitter in the summer sun. Glamorous courtiers stroll in the gardens. But at any court ruled by Catherine de Médicis and riven by on-going religious … Continue reading Summer 2017 Trailer for Médicis Daughter
Wondering if you should bother to open my AUTHOR NEWSLETTER when it pops up in your mailbox? Or whether you should SUBSCRIBE? Look at this Mini-View lineup! In just in … Continue reading Exciting Mini-View Lineup For 2017!!!
Think your Mom is hard to select a Mothers’ Day gift for? Here is my humorous take on poor Marguerite de Valois—youngest daughter of Catherine de Médicis and central character … Continue reading Mothers’ Day Shopping for Queen Catherine de Médicis
Hey New England Historical Fiction Fans! The weather will be GORGEOUS this weekend and you don’t really want to do that yard-work. Come out and see Heather Webb and me … Continue reading Come Out and See Me at Newburyport Literary Festival
Super excited to see MÉDICIS DAUGHTER on this list of “Books About Epic Rivalries,” especially alongside books by some authors I personally love. https://media.bookbub.com/blog/2017/03/27/historical-fiction-books-about-rivalries/
This is the four-hundred-and-second anniversary of the death of Marguerite de Valois, Princess and then Queen of France, and central character in my novel, MÉDICIS DAUGHTER. Marguerite was the 8th … Continue reading Rest In Peace, Marguerite de Valois
Ah, what a wonderful thing it is to be young and in love–unless you are a 16th century Valois Princess and your mother, Catherine de Médicis, disapproves of your entanglement. … Continue reading Spring! A Young Woman Thinks of Love
As many of my readers already know, I was a founding member of the “The H-Team” a collaborative group of award-winning and bestselling historical writers who produce novels jointly. … Continue reading Three Fantastic Novels, BUNDLED, for a Limited Time! (Can you Say “Deal”)
Here we are just a week away from Valentines Day. The perfect time for my 7 Reasons Books Make the Best Valentine’s Gifts: 1) a book is ALWAYS the right … Continue reading 7 Reasons Books Make the PERFECT Valentine’s Day Gift
Here we are, four days until Christmas. Personally, I am about to make one last run to pick up some missing gift items. How about you? Done for the season? … Continue reading Give the Gift of History and Adventure
I am downsizing our gift-giving around here this year but that does NOT mean I am not buying books! SEVEN arrived this weekend alone. Some for stocking-stuffers, some to give … Continue reading A Handy Holiday Catalog of My Books for Giving [2016 Edition]
Long before Marguerite de Valois walked the halls of the Louvre, another Marguerite was Queen of France. And her sister, Eleanor, was Queen of England. If you enjoyed Médicis Daughter, … Continue reading Book Trailer for THE SISTER QUEENS
Yes, it is true, I am dipping my toe into the wonderful world of video production and Youtube channels! Some of you have already visited my channel to watch my … Continue reading Introducing “Tales from the Valois Court” My New Video Series!
I am constantly reminded that quite often the strangest things that are included in my books–the ones that cause readers to send me notes saying “really Sophie? really?” are NOT details … Continue reading Because History is So Much Stranger Than Historical Fiction
One of the best things about being a historical novelist is connecting with other writers in the genre, getting to know their work and then introducing them to you–my readers and … Continue reading Forget the Summer of Love . . . How About the Summer of History [Lovers]
In mid-July of 1572 a French Huguenot nobleman, the Seigneur de Genlis, invaded Netherlands from France with 4,000 infantry and slightly less than 1,000 Calvary. It went badly. Don Frederic … Continue reading A Little Invasion and some Big Questions . . .
Part of being a writer is slipping into other skins. While the point-of-view character for my most recent novel, Médicis Daughter, is the youngest Valois Princess, Marguerite, her mother Catherine de … Continue reading An Interview with Catherine de Medicis: Spending Time as one of the 16th Century’s Most Powerful Queens
Season 3 of the CW’s Reign is a wrap, and fans are in mourning—and not just over the death of . . . no wait, no spoilers in case some … Continue reading 10 Books to Entertain and Enrapture Reign Fans Waiting for Season Four
Give me a line of men with halberds *swoon* Occasionally I read an article somewhere that I just HAVE to share with you all. Today’s treat comes from The Daily … Continue reading The Swiss–A Fighting Force Terrible to Behold
Today marks the 497th birthday of Catherine de Médicis, Queen of France and a woman with many detractors. Catherine did not begin her life with much to celebrate. Although she … Continue reading Happy Birthday Queen Catherine de Medicis
Today is Maundy Thursday. The final Thursday before Easter, Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper—the event which established the Holy Eucharist. Historically Maundy Thursday is associated with powerful figures washing … Continue reading Maundy Thursday in History and in my Books . . .
In her time, Catherine de Médicis, a central character in my latest novel, was considered a woman of science and the sciences encompassed not only astronomy but astrology . I am … Continue reading Astrology and Catherine de Médicis
Today is the six-week anniversary of the release of Médicis Daughter, and just look how the book has grown! It now has more than 50 reviews on Amazon, was both … Continue reading A 6-Week Birthday and the PRESENT is for YOU 😉
Want to know what I really think about Catherine de Médicis? Let me tell you folks when Erin Sweet-Al Mehairi at “Oh for the Hook of a Book” puts you … Continue reading Oh For the Hook of a Book Has Me In The Hotseat
The best presents of this recent holiday season were not wrapped beneath my tree. They came instead as enthusiastic endorsements from book bloggers and kind words from readers. Five weeks … Continue reading Reviews Update: A Thank You for all the Holiday Season Notice!
Twenty-two days. If you are a fan of Reign you know exactly what I mean. There may be only eight days until Christmas, but the gift that devoted watchers of … Continue reading 5 BOOKS REIGN FANS SHOULD BE READING RIGHT NOW
Wow. Pleased (and a tad astounded) to announce that Médicis Daughter made Barnes & Noble Read’s “December’s Top Picks in Fiction” list! Seeing myself listed in the company of household names like Dean Koontz … Continue reading Medicis Daughter a Barnes & Noble December Top Fiction Pick
Light is a frequent literary device. It can be an emblem of hope, a way to see what has been hidden, even a method of symbolically driving back demons. This … Continue reading Marguerite de Valois: Shinning a Light on a Much Maligned French Princess
In the last few days, as I gear up for all the pre-release madness for Médicis Daughter, some wonderful images representing the book have been created. Wanted to share them … Continue reading A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words . . .
Yesterday was Marguerite de Valois’ birthday. Born in 1553 the protagonist of Médicis Daughter, as you will discover in my novel, was much more than history gives her credit for. … Continue reading A Present for Me on Marguerite’s 462nd Birthday
It suddenly dawned on me, dear followers, that I have been negligent–I never announced the release date of my next novel here at the blog. Médicis Daughter: A Novel of … Continue reading Médicis Daughter: an official announcement and an illustrated sneak-peek
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 … Continue reading New Release– “A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii”
Win a necklace fit for a Roman patrician. This beautiful 18″ necklace and earring set was inspired by jewelry from the ancient world. Handcrafted of real carnelian, the most popular … Continue reading Win a Necklace Fit for a Pompeii Patrician
A number of you have been asking me “what’s next, Sophie?” With great pride and pleasure I announce that THIS is next: A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii … Continue reading Mark your Calendars for A Day of Fire
I’ve been so excited for publication of Kate Quinn’s “The Lion and the Rose,” which tells the story of the infamous Borgia family like you’ve never heard it before! And … Continue reading Kate Quinn’s Second Borgia Book Is In Stores!
My dear friend Stephanie Dray has a new book out today–the third and last in her brilliant trilogy all based on the true story of Cleopatra’s daughter. I’ve read the first … Continue reading Daughters of The Nile by Stephanie Dray is Out Today!
It is my very great pleasure today to welcome friend and fellow historical fiction writer Susan Spann to the blog. Susan’s debut historical mystery Claws of the Cat released in … Continue reading Interview with Susan Spann, Author of “Claws of the Cat”
But not forever! For a short time the Kindle version of The Sister Queens is bargain priced at $3.99. Now is the time to add the novel to your e-book … Continue reading The Sister Queens is an Amazon Kindle Deal
In less than a month I will be off to the 5th North American Historical Novel Society Conference in St. Petersburg Florida, where I will be sitting on two panels—“Location, … Continue reading Historical Novel Society Conference Teaser—Meet HNS Panelist Nancy Bilyeau
March 6th is a good day for debuts. One hundred and sixty years ago today (March 6, 1853) La Traviata premiered at the La Fenice opera house in Venice. … Continue reading What La Traviata and The Sister Queens Have in Common
I might rather be Eleanor with her faithful Henry, but when it comes to the sort of on-fire, head-over-heels love usually associated with Valentines Day, Marguerite and Jean carry the … Continue reading Happy Valentines Day Marguerite and Jean
While I was baking up a storm and wrapping gifts for friends and family I received a couple of very special year-end presents. The Sister Queens made several “best of” … Continue reading The Sister Queens Makes More “Best Of” Lists
Nine days until Christmas, have you finished shopping? Well, never mind that. Have you entered all these SUPER holiday book giveaways? There is no time to waste, many of these … Continue reading A “Wrap Up” of Places you Can Win Books (Including Mine) This Season
I am very pleased to announce that The Sister Queens is a TOP PICKS of 2012 for historical fiction at Let Them Read Books (and in the august company of … Continue reading The Sister Queens on a 2012 Top Picks List!
As I mentioned in my last post, the marvelous Genevieve Graham is running a “Books for Christmas” promotion all month to introduce you to ten author’s whose books would make … Continue reading A Sneak Peek Into THE SISTER QUEENS and a Chance to Have It for a Stocking Stuffer
Books are what I AM dreaming of for Christmas! Shown here from left to right: The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau on Kindle, Empress of the Seven Hills by Kate Quinn, … Continue reading Just a thought . . . books make GREAT stocking stuffers!
Saw this article today and thought many here might enjoy it. Researchers in western England have found the body of a 13th century knight who killed by a single sword … Continue reading A Murder Mystery from the Era of The Sister Queens
Today I am finishing up my very enjoyable “Lucky-7” anniversary blog tour with an interview at Enchanted by Josephine where I answer questions about my writing process and what I … Continue reading An Interview at Enchanted by Josephine
As my anniversary blog-tour continues I’ve dropped in at A Chick Who Reads to talk about a scratchy but fascinating subject—the hair-shirt and its place in medieval regimes of self-mortification. … Continue reading Three Ways to Win WITHOUT Wearing a Hairshirt
Stars and flowers—what better way to start The Sister Queens 7-month anniversary blog tour? The first two reviews are in and they are five stars and four flowers. A sparkly … Continue reading Anniversary Tour Off to a Sparkling Start
As many of you know I was a presenting author at the recent Baltimore Book Festival. This gave me a chance to participate in a number of compelling author panels, … Continue reading Couldn’t Make It to the Baltimore Book Festival—Never Fear, Post Festival Blogging Is Here
Can you believe it? I sure can’t. This week marks SEVEN months since The Sister Queens was published. To celebrate I am treating myself to a little exotic travel—virtual travel … Continue reading Lucky 7—Seven Months Since Launch That Is
It is my very great pleasure to welcome fellow NAL author Erika Robuck to the blog today for the second in my “Get to Know the Authors I Know” series. … Continue reading Interview with Erika Robuck Author of “Hemmingway’s Girl”
I’ve been tagged by the talented historical thriller writer Nancy Bilyeau (author of The Crown) in a blog game called The Next Big Thing. The game involves authors answering questions … Continue reading Tagged: The Next Big Thing – Find Out What I am Working on Now
It is my very great pleasure today to welcome friend and fellow historical fiction writer Nancy Bilyeau to the blog. Nancy’s riveting historical thriller The Crown released in paperback earlier … Continue reading Interview with Nancy Bilyeau, Author of The Crown
Today I am lucky enough to be the guest blogger over at the terrific What Women Write. I am talking about the measure of a man—or at least “H”istory’s measure—and … Continue reading I am a Guest at What Women Write (and I Choose to Write About Men—Go Figure)
I am pleased to announce that I will be a presenting author at this year’s Baltimore Book Festival. If you love books and live within driving distance of Charm City … Continue reading Meet Me at The Baltimore Book Festival!
Fall is in the air. Cool weather is around the corner and you know what that means—curling up in comfy chair with a good book. If you’re like me “good book” … Continue reading Happy to Be Part of the Historical Fiction Hop!
Yes, it has come to this. I am so exhausted from all this “summer vacation” that the lyrics from Porgy and Bess make me ornery. I could have told you … Continue reading Summer Time and the Livin is Easy? NOT
On the fence about The Sister Queens? Looking for a little persuasion—a reason to add it to your “To Be Read” pile? Well, I am about to give you fifteen. … Continue reading Forget Fifty Shades of a Certain Dark Color—How About Fifteen Reasons to Read The Sister Queens
I’ve been thinking about the power of clothing. I do this a lot because I am both a) rather strangely obsessed with historical clothing and b) profoundly dissatisfied with how … Continue reading Clothing Makes the Man (or Woman) – A Plea for a Return to A More Civilized Dress Code
Can a book have a Quinceanera? The Sister Queens has now been on sale for 15-weeks. I almost forgot because I am hard at work on a new, 16th century, … Continue reading Celebrating 15 Weeks on Sale with Another Excellent Review
Oh look . . . a fourteenth thing to be grateful for before the week is out! In celebration of BookExpo America, a number of book bloggers who couldn’t make … Continue reading The Sister Queens Makes Two “Best of 2012” Lists!
For the superstitious, thirteen is hardly an auspicious number. And, as those of you who’ve read my blog post at Book Pregnant know, a novel more than three months past … Continue reading Lucky Thirteen – Thirteen Things I am Grateful for on the Thirteen-Week Anniversary of The Sister Queen’s Release
Just in time for the 12-week anniversary of the novel’s debut, The Sister Queens has crossed the three-dozen-review mark. And just look what the kind folks at Fresh Fiction are … Continue reading Fresh Fiction Gives The Sister Queens a Fantastic Review
She ruled the British Empirefor more than fifty years and was half of one of the greatest royal love stories. Queen Victoria is a natural figure of interest for lovers … Continue reading Queen Victoria’s Diaries Available On-Line for History Lovers Everywhere
The Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers (RHFL) Book Club is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary, and the on-line bash just got underway! If, like me, you are a fan of historical fiction … Continue reading Chat LIve With Me As Part of the Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers Anniversary Bash!
I am very pleased to add another super review to The Sister Queens’ collection! With over thirty positive reviews now in, I am grateful for and humbled by this embarrassment … Continue reading The Onyx Book Chateau Gives The Sister Queens 4 1/2 Stars!
Today I am inaugurating a new type of post, Historical Resources I Love, giving me an opportunity to share some of the many volumes I keep close at hand while … Continue reading An Armchair Guide to Fashions of Medieval France and England
I have to admit, I would rather have been there in person. After all, those present in the Metro-Atlanta area living room belonging to my hostess had wine and dessert. … Continue reading Another First – My Maiden Voyage Into Virtual Author Visits
Mother’s Day is a “brunch holiday.” I detest brunch. There is something so very non-committal about it. Besides, all the best food (not to mention the alcohol to go with … Continue reading Why I Want Books For Mother’s Day
Put on your party hats! There is something to celebrate! The Sister Queens just received an extremely laudatory and exquisitely written review at Let Them Read Books. Lines like these had … Continue reading Celebrating a 5-Star Review from Let Them Read Books
I can’t believe it – today marks the 7-week anniversary since launch day for The Sister Queens. Never have weeks rolled by so quickly! Much of the time I’ll admit … Continue reading The Seventh Inning and No Time to Stretch
I don’t play fantasy sports (real sports either for the record), but as a reader and writer I participate in something similar—fantasy casting. I bet you do too. Certain novels … Continue reading Fantasy Casting—Sport of Arm Chair Readers and Writers Alike
I’ve been tagged by author, Erika Robuck, whose novel Hemingway’s Girl will be out this September with NAL (same imprint as The Sister Queens). To play the game, she instructed … Continue reading A Little Author Frivolity – Tag & Book Teasers
Today’s review of THE SISTER QUEENS comes from a fellow historical writer, Julianne Douglas of Writing the Renaissance. My favorite quote: Congratulations to the author for finding a little-explored moment … Continue reading The Sister Queens Spend a Day in the Renaissance
You’ve read my blog. You’ve read my book. Now I’d love to meet you. On April 21st I’ll be joining the fabulous and talented Kate Quinn (Mistress of Rome, Daughters … Continue reading My First Author Appearance! And in VERY Impressive Company!
By my count this lovely review of The Sister Queens from Kathy at Bags, Books & Bon Jovi marks the TWENTY-FIFTH on-line review received by the novel. Twenty-five is a … Continue reading Celebrating THE SISTER QUEENS Twenty-Fifth On-Line Review
The Sister Queens started their week at The Maiden’s Court where Heather enthused: The pages of this read absolutely flew by at a pace much faster than my recent reads … Continue reading To Read or Not to Read? For These Reviewers the Answer Seems to be an Emphatic “Read It”
What would the weekend be without a bit of crusade humor? In The Sister Queens, Marguerite accompanies her husband Louis IX of France on the first of his crusading expeditions … Continue reading The Crusades: A Laughing Matter?!
I am celebrating the three-week anniversary of my novel’s release with the help of Michelle at The True Book Addict. Michelle is hosting a birthday giveaway. A 500 page book … Continue reading Happy Three-Week Birthday to The Sister Queens!
Today I am chatting with the marvelous Erin at Oh for the Hook of a Book. She had some very unique questions for me, including whether the Christian undertones in … Continue reading I am “Hooked” for an Interview and Reviewed by Erin at Oh for the Hook of a Book
My map of the USA is filling up (and so is my collage) as kind friends and readers snap and send pictures of The Sister Queens from various locations around the … Continue reading Calling All New England Sister Queens Spotters
I won’t keep you in suspense; quotes from these authors embody guiding principals of my life. I share them (along with several other favorite quotes) in an interview at Layered Pages today. I … Continue reading What Do Jane Austen and Robert Munsch Have in Common?
The Sister Queens received another lovely review, this time from Kathleen at A CelticLady’s Reviews: Sophie Perinot tells a very compelling story of two very diverse but strong women. In … Continue reading Another Lovely Review for The Sister Queens
Can I just say I love the name of this blog – Peeking Between the Pages. Perhaps that’s because when I open a book I feel as if I am … Continue reading The Verdict from “Peeking Between the Pages”
Another double-dip day for me in blog-land my friends. First, I discuss how The Sister Queen’s focus on how sisters shape each other makes it very personal in an interview … Continue reading A Cozy Chat with a Celtic Lady and a Little Luxury
What better way to celebrate the one-week anniversary of The Sister Queens launch than with a trio of marvelous reviews for the novel! The first review comes from Jessie at … Continue reading A Happy One-Week Anniversary for The Sister Queens
The Sister Queens just received five apples from Debbie’s Book Bag! I am thrilled and feeling a bit of the teacher’s pet at the moment. Here are some highlights from … Continue reading 5 out of 5 Apples for The Sister Queens!
Today I am visiting fellow historical fiction writer Susan Spann’s blog. Turns out Susan and I have more than a passion for history in common—we share a disdain for socks. Stop … Continue reading Bet You Didn’t Know I was a Fair Queen
Today Holly at Bippity Boppity Book shares her thoughts on The Sister Queens in a marvelous and very favorable review. Holly says: In Marguerite and Eleanor Sophie Perinot manages to … Continue reading Fairytale Pre-Release Day — Bippity Boppity Book and a Visit to Tanzanite’s Castle
Generally I take a blogging break on weekends, but I just had to make an exception for a visit with Lisa Yarde at Unusual Historicals. Lisa and I met several … Continue reading Never on a Sunday – Well, Hardly Ever
Can you all see me blushing at my keyboard? Well I am. The Sister Queens received an enthusiastic thumbs-up from The Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner today. Here’s a sample: The … Continue reading The Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner calls The Sister Queens “an exciting and fabulous debut”
Today my blog tour makes a stop at A Bookish Affair (motto “sometimes reading a good book can be like a great love affair”) where I am pleased to say … Continue reading The Sister Queens Virtual Tour Pulls Into A Bookish Affair
Today my blog travels take me to Just One More Paragraph where I confess (oh heresy) that too much description in a historical novel (even of very lovely gowns) causes … Continue reading Confessions of a Closet “Description Minimalist
Today is my birthday and I can’t think of a better way to spend it than with Amy Bruno at her marvelous blog Passages to the Past. In the first … Continue reading A Birthday Interview with Yours Truly at Passages to the Past
I end this penultimate week before my launch with a pair of reviews in blog-land. The first at Dolce-Dolce and the second at Writer Writer Pants on Fire. It is, … Continue reading A Book Only a Mother Could Love? Apparently Not!
Two weeks until The Sister Queens’ publication date!!! Today I officially dip my toe into the blogosphere in support of the launch of my debut. Over the next weeks it … Continue reading The Shit Hits The Fan – What a Way to Start a Blog Tour
You know you LOVE historical fiction. And I know it too, or chances are you wouldn’t be hanging out at my website. If you live in the metro Washington DC … Continue reading An Open Invitation to Join the Historical Novel Society Chesapeake Bay Chapter for a Launch Day Lunch
A sister is a gift. Whether she is the mirror allowing us to see ourselves clearly when we’ve imagined we are somebody we are not, or whether she is a … Continue reading Gifts My Sister Gave Me – Part II: The Giveaway
I am very pleased that The Sister Queens is one of fifteen books featured by Sarah Johnson in a “visual preview” of historical fiction releases piquing her interest this spring. Sarah recently … Continue reading The Sister Queens Featured in “A Visual Preview of the Spring Season”
January 31, 1246 – On this day (and as a result of the earlier secret conclave at Cluny) Beatrice, Countess of Provence, marries Charles d’Anjou, brother of Louis IX at … Continue reading On This Day In Her Story #18: Marguerite and Eleanor’s Youngest Sister — Beatrice, Countess of Provence — Marries Into the French Royal Family
In the High Middle Ages the Occitan speaking world – of which Provence was a part – brought Europe a group of poet composers called troubadours. These musicians and their … Continue reading Women’s Work — Trobairitz, the First Female Composers of Western Secular Music
January 1255 – Eleanor and Henry return to England after spending Christmas at the French Royal Court (on route home from Gascony). Louis IX makes Henri III a present – … Continue reading On This Day In Her Story #17: Henry and Eleanor Return to England After Spending the Holidays with the French Royal Court
January 14, 1236 – Eleanor of Provence and Henry III of England marry. This is THE MOST significant single event of Eleanor’s life. Eleanor’s bridal train arrives in Canterbury before … Continue reading On This Day In Her Story #16: Eleanor of Provence and Henry III Are Married
Another image to share. This one still and far older than the video I posted yesterday. Here for your enjoyment is A drawing of London by the chronicler Matthew Paris … Continue reading A Glimpse of 13th Century London Through Matthew Paris’s Eyes
Do you know a writer with a book coming out via a traditional publisher? Even if you are a writer yourself there is something you many not know if you … Continue reading Not All Sales Are Created Equal – What Your Writer Friends Wish You Knew But Are Too Polite to Tell You
January 1234 – The papal dispensation necessary for Marguerite of Provence to marry Louis IX ofFrance(they were cousins) is granted.
In honor of the arrival of 2012 I am taking a look back at my very first year of blogging—2011. Here are the five blog posts—some written for “From the … Continue reading My Year In Blogging — A Personal Top 5
Writers are always looking for ways to get under their characters’ skins. Only fully realized characters have the ability to make books come to life and please readers. That means … Continue reading I am Game – Using My Son’s Christmas Gift to Get to Know My Characters Better
December 1251 – Eleanor and Henry’s oldest daughter, Margaret, marries Alexander III of Scotland at York. The bride is eleven years old and totally beloved of her parents. Few state … Continue reading On This Day In Her Story #14: Princess Margaret Marries Alexander III of Scotland
Last holiday season Santa outdid himself—I got my debut book deal for Christmas. The past year has been full of wonderful experiences, from working with my very astute and caring … Continue reading The Best Gift an Author Could Ask for — Marvelous Endorsements for The Sister Queens
December 1245 – A secret conclave at Cluny (attended by Pope Innocent IV and the French royals) arranges to bring Beatrice of Provence into the Capetian family. Beatrice, who had … Continue reading On This Day In Her Story #13: Conclave at Cluny Serves French Interests, Betrays English Interests
December 1240 – Eleanor’s uncle and most important political advisor, Peter of Savoy, arrives in England where Henry immediately both knights and fetes him. Peter, known for his valor, was … Continue reading On This Day in Her Story #12: Peter of Savoy, Master Politician
For all the “last minute” types out there, it’s down to the wire for the goodreads giveaway of The Sister Queens. So what are you waiting for? This is your … Continue reading Still a Few Hours Left to Enter to Win THE SISTER QUEENS
Once upon a time I was young. No, honestly. Then as now I was a history nerd—big time. In fact (trivia alert), I was the first member of my graduating … Continue reading How Belva Lockwood Got Me Thinking About Overlooked Women in History
November 27th1252: Louis IX of France’s beloved mother, Blanche of Castile, dies. On her deathbed she “takes the veil” wearing it over her crown. It will take months for the … Continue reading On This Day In Her Story #11: Marguerite’s Mother-In-Law, Blanche of Castile, Dies.
November 25th 1254: An older (and wiser) Eleanor of Provence gives birth to her last child—a daughter Katherine—while acting as regent of England. Henry is in Gascony.
November 23rd 1535: Young Eleanor of Provence takes a significant step on the road to becoming Queen of England when she exchanges verba de presenti with Henry of England’s representative, … Continue reading On This Day In Her Story #9: Eleanor of Provence Prepares to be Queen of England
Good news for fans (and you can number me among them) of Hilary Mantel’s historical novel Wolf Hall. According to today’s Guardian the BBC and HBO are developing a mini-series … Continue reading Historical Fiction News: Wolf Hall the Mini-Series?
You know what drives me crazy (currently)? How much of what passes for author interaction at social media sites these days resembles spam. I made the connection while clearing out … Continue reading When Authors Become Spammers They Waste Readers’ Social Media Time (and Their Own)
I am pleased to announce that my wonderful publisher (have I mentioned lately how much I love them?) is making twenty-five (yes! 25) copies of The Sister Queens available for … Continue reading For The First Time Ever You Can WIN a Copy of The Sister Queens
I am happy to be back at the Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner today as part of Kayla’s “10 Question” series. So, if you’ve ever had a pressing desire to know … Continue reading A Game of “10 Questions” with Kayla at the Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner
It’s NOT just Halloween today, it’s Reformation Day. In honor of Martin Luther’s actions in 1517 I’d like to share one of my all time favorite historical videos – The … Continue reading Happy Reformation Day — Martin Luther Costume Optional
Instead of something funny this Friday, I offer you something FABULOUS! I don’t know where I was when this piece originally aired on CBS’s 60 Minutes (oh yes, now I … Continue reading A Sneak Peek Inside the Vatican Library
Lovers of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts rejoice (I am certainly celebrating)! The University of Pennsylvania, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, has finished digitizing a significant number … Continue reading A Treasure Trove of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Goes Digital
This short film is a fascinating historical find in two senses. Made in 1932 it is itself a piece of history. And it portrays a range of hairstyles from earlier … Continue reading Historical Hairdos, a 1932 Look at Tresses Past
In October of 1254 Henry III and Eleanor of Provence receive permission from Louis IX of France to travel through his kingdom while making their way back to England from … Continue reading On This Day in Her Story #8: A Reunion of The Sister Queens
Have you ever walked into a bookstore, picked up a historical novel set in renaissance Italy and thought “my goodness WHAT is this headless woman on the cover wearing? Her … Continue reading They’ve Got Authors Covered – Design Departments Not Writers Create Book Covers
September 29th 1240 –King Henry III of England and his queen, Eleanor of Provence, celebrate the arrival of their second child, a daughter. This new princess is named Margaret after … Continue reading On This Day in Her Story #7: A Namesake for Marguerite of Provence
In September of 1939 you couldn’t find Steinbeck’s iconic The Grapes of Wrath on public library shelves in Kern County California (it had been banned by the county board of … Continue reading It’s Banned Book Week — Read a Banned Book Because You CAN
And to think, only this weekend my son asked me who invented the zipper. I am quite certain this is not this historically correct answer but it is funny as … Continue reading Period Costumes May Look Lovely. . .But I Like Zippers Myself
“Stone was all my old dad ever needed. . .” Don’t we all feel like this sometimes? I mean when my laptop was last in the shop for a couple … Continue reading The Bronze Age – Yes, Resistance to New Technology Goes Way Back 🙂
First a confession . . .I got the idea for this post while watching a movie—a movie I’ve seen before that always makes me cry. As I swallowed hard, trying … Continue reading When Bad Things Happen to Good People, In Books
Mid September 1248 – The French crusaders land in the Kingdom of Cyprus where they will winter before continuing on to the Holy Land. King Louis IX; his queen, Marguerite … Continue reading On This Day in Her Story #6: The French Royals In The Kingdom of Cyprus
I was thrilled to receive several full-color galleys for my novel, The Sister Queens, last week. For those of you not familiar with the term “galleys,” they are uncorrected proofs … Continue reading Exclusive Sneak Preview–Galleys for THE SISTER QUEENS
If cost were no object I would definitely make a book trailer. It would be just like a big-studio film trailer—atmospheric music, gorgeous settings, first-rate live actors, dramatic editing effects. … Continue reading To Trail or Not to Trail,That Is the Question (a book trailer, yes or no?)
Today I am delighted to be a guest at Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner. A special thank you to Kayla for inviting me to follow in the virtual footsteps of such … Continue reading Interview at the Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner
Here is a touch of historical humor as we head into the weekend. Those of us on the east coast in particular could use a little levity as Irene bears … Continue reading Mr. Darcy: Freestyle Disco Champion of All Derbyshire
August 25th 1248 – Almost four years after taking the cross, Louis IX of France sets sail for the Holy Land from a royal port with the inauspicious name of Aigues-Mortes … Continue reading On This Day In Her Story #5: Crusade!
The best writings, like the best men, tell the truth.” (Sophie Perinot, The Sister Queens) This past weekend I read this article in the New York Times about the increasingly … Continue reading Fake On-Line Reviews Hurt Readers and Writers Alike
August 19th 1245 – Marguerite and Eleanor’s father, Raymond Berenger, Count of Provence dies and their sister Beatrice inherits Provence. Because Raymond dies in the midst of a massive power … Continue reading On This Day In Her Story #4: The Death of Raymond Berenger
What we “know” for certain in history often changes. New studies, new information, new scholarship can challenge and change accepted facts, and undercut theories that have stood for decades or … Continue reading Black Rats, the Black Death, and the Changeability of History
They don’t make men like they used to – heck they don’t even dress em like they used to. Sigh. Here’s a video worth salivating over, gentlemen dressed to impress. … Continue reading For All the Other Ladies Out There Who Hate “Casual Friday”
Tomorrow would have been Georgette Heyer’s 109th Birthday. Ms. Heyer’s books introduced many readers to regency romances and she is considered by many to be the Queen of that genre. … Continue reading Celebrating Georgette Heyer’s Natal Day with Deals on Her Books for Fans
As some of you know, I contribute monthly to a very informative writers’ blog called From the Write Angle. Today is my day to post there, and I am blogging … Continue reading Write Angle Day: Don’t Want to be a One Book Wonder
Barnes and Noble is the latest addition to a growing list of vendors accepting pre-orders for The Sister Queens. So, those of you who are B&N members and have been … Continue reading The Sister Queens at Barnes and Noble (dot) com
This post inaugurates a new series—Literary Sisters—giving me a chance to reflect (rather randomly) upon some of the great sister pairings from literary classics. And what better way to start … Continue reading Literary Sisters, Installment One: Why CAN’T Sisters Be Friends (or, must every sister relationship be dysfunctional?)
Check out this marvelously comprehensive list of new historical fiction coming out during the rest of 2011 and start of 2012! Guess whose debut novel is listed in March 2012 (hint, … Continue reading Historical Fiction Coming Attractions
My dear friend historical romance author Miranda Neville wrote an interesting piece at The Ballroom blog. The gist of Miranda’s post is that writers have an incredible collection of historical … Continue reading Location, Location, Location — Thoughts on the Use of Genuine Locations in Historical Fiction
As those of you who follow me on twitter know, I learned a lot at 4th North American Historical Novel Society Conference in San Diego last month (see—I didn’t just … Continue reading Up Close and Personal (sorry for the coffee breath)
Just in case you live on Guernsey in the English Channel (or for that matter anywhere in the UK as they are the UK’s largest dedicated online bookseller with the … Continue reading The Sister Queens Now Available for Pre-Order at The Book Depository (UK)
There is nothing new about sex. Birds do it, bees do it, and our ancestors most certainly did it (to butcher Cole Porter’s lyrics inexcusably). What IS relatively new is … Continue reading Give Me A Little Kiss – Sex and the Historical Novelist
So, we are getting my son a puppy. My son is the shy type and likes constant companionship so a dog seems like a perfect fit. A boy and his … Continue reading Confessions of an Alpha Female – In Which My Sister Points Out What Should Have Been Obvious
Necessity may be the mother of invention, but invention is the midwife of good historical fiction. Invention and creativity are good things. But in historical fiction we (writers) sometimes lose … Continue reading Invention is the Midwife of Good Historical Fiction
Although the release of my novel, The Sister Queens, is still months away, I am delighted to say that several historical fiction book bloggers have already featured the book. Amy … Continue reading The Sister Queens’ Adventures in Blog-Land
Some things stick with you. Last fall I heard this piece on NPR about breakthroughs in sibling research. It has been with me ever since—rumbling around in my brain. This … Continue reading Why Our Sisters are NOT Ourselves
The discovery that my forthcoming historical novel, The Sister Queens, had appeared on Amazon for pre-order was magic – magic with a little “humbling experience” tacked on for good measure. … Continue reading Not THAT Sophie (Tales from the “Writer’s Life”)