“Elisabeth Storrs does a fantastic job in this book, bringing the ancient spiritual beliefs and emotional lives of her characters sharply into focus.” Susan McDuffie’s review of Call to Juno has been chosen as an Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society. Absolutely thrilled it’s featured on the cover! Read the review on the Historical Novel Society’s webpage.. Read more… read more
My latest post on the History Girls blog features the story of the vicious last queen of Rome – Tullia Minor. Her conniving ruthlessness to place her husband, Tarquinius Supberbus, on the throne led to a string of murders culminating in the desecration of her father’s corpse. Definitely one of Rome’s legendary but lesser known psychopaths! Read more on the… read more
The highlight of my visit to Italy has been both thrilling and humbling due to the thoughtfulness and support of my Italian publisher, Marco Paganini from AltreVoci Edizioni, and Iefke Van Kampen, esteemed director of the Museo dell’Agro Veientano at Formello. The presentation of Il Velo Nuziale – the Italian edition of The Wedding Shroud. I think the cover is… read more
My latest post on the History Girls is about the legend of Queen Tanaquil, an Etruscan prophetess, who was the power behind the throne of two of the early kings of Rome. Tanaquil’s first prophecy was based on observing the flight of an eagle which is an example of the art of auspication ie divining the future from the flight… read more
Paulette Kennedy kindly interviewed me about A Tale of Ancient Rome series together with Treasured, my current work in progress. Many thanks, Paulette! You can read the author spotlight here. I also interviewed Paulette recently on her sources of inspiration for her debut novel, Parting the Veil, on Triclinium.
My latest post on the History Girls: The Legend of Tarpeia – a Roman Morality Tale explores how the legends of Roman women in the Foundation stories of the city are morality tales depicting a women as either paragons of virtue or the epitome of disgrace. They are victims who become the catalysts for revolution but never lead rebellion. Read… read more
This month I was asked to provide a guest post on the Discover The Best Books site. This site has been set up to create an experience like wandering around your favorite bookstore with little notes from authors pointing out their favorite books. Each author nominates their topic which range from the specific to general. It’s worth taking a look…. read more
My latest post on The History Girls explores the world of the Greek courtesan including one of history’s most famous – Aspasia, companion to Pericles.
I’m proud to be Chair of the HNSA’s prize committee for the 2021 ARA Historical Novel Prize which is due to open on 14 April. HNSA’s generous patron, Edward Federman of the ARA Group, has increased the prize money to $100,000 making the contest the richest genre prize in Australasia. The prize has been expanded to include a category for… read more
My recent post on the History Girls blog features the story behind a lost Etruscan tomb and a Scottish Jacobite artist, James Byres in The Lost Tomb: Etruscan a la Baroque.
My big news of which I’m immensely proud is that the Historical Novel Society Australasia has announced the ARA Historical Novel Prize, the richest genre prize in Australia and News Zealand. Thanks to the ARA Group, in association with New England Writers’ Centre, historical novelists will have a chance to be recognised in a class of their own. In my… read more