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I am a novelist and book reviewer. I set my historical fiction and mysteries during the period of the Trojan War and Hittite Empire.

As enjoyable background for the interested reader, I have posted history pieces about the life of this fascinating place and time—everything from the roles of women, mythology, recipes, and books for further research to who the Hittites were and whether there really was a Trojan War.



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Weekly Roundup of History, Archaeology and Writing Wisdom April 5-10

A newly discovered sarcophagus and gold seal ring that could be right out of my manuscript and two reviewers’ reading advice on great books from Heather Webb and Gabrielle Zevin.

Arizona Historical Novel Society News

Next AZ Historical Novel Society Meeting will be May 3, 1-4 pm. Fred Ramsay will be our speaker, author of an historical mystery series set in Jerusalem around 28 CE.

Weekly Roundup of History, Archaeology and Writing Wisdom March 29-April 4

Medieval nuns & prostitutes, Feminists fr. preRevolutionary NY & Mesopotamia, telling history fr the pagan peasant point of view, and translating an Egyptian stela changes the chronology of the Near East, starring some of my favorite writers, bloggers and historians: Nancy Bilyeau, Bruce Holsinger, Kim Rendfeld, Shirley Graetz, Sarah Johnson, Nassem Al-Mehairi, and University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute.

Review of The Promise by Ann Weisgarber

Set in Galveston in 1900, The Promise brings us inside two utterly different women’s voices and experiences as they cope with upheaval, loss and love. A masterful book.

Official Publication Date for Hand of Fire

Announcing the publication date for my novel, Hand of Fire : September 10, 2014.