All Good Things…

Monday, August 28, 2017

…must come to an end. This week the 2017 Debs say goodbye and welcome in the 2018 class! It’s crazy to think an entire year has gone by. FEAST OF SORROW landed in bookstores on April 25th, jumpstarting what I hope will be a real future career for me. It took me nearly a decade to get this book in the world, when all was said and done, but hopefully, book…

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Wow, What a Whirlwind Debut Year!

Monday, August 21, 2017

This week the Debs are recalling their debut years.  This year has been one of the most amazing and craziest of my entire life. It’s been a dream come true in so many ways. Let me count them out. The writing/editing/publishing process –  WOW what an eye opener this has been. Everything from learning the mechanisms of how it all works, to edits and copy edits and more edits and…

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My 2017 in Books – What I’ve Read, What I’ve Loved

Monday, August 14, 2017

I read really fast–about 800 words a minute. It means that I devour books. I can easily read a 250 page book in a couple of hours. When I fly to Italy I usually read 1.5-2 books one way on the flight. For someone like me the Kindle is one of the best inventions ever, and my husband is grateful for the slightly smaller piles of actual books in our…

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The Second Time Around

Monday, August 7, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about what’s ahead–second books.  A few days ago I wrote the last word on the first draft of a book called THE SECRET CHEF, about Bartolomeo Scappi, the cuoco segreto (literally secret chef but meaning private chef) to several Renaissance cardinals and a few Popes. It’s a different era than FEAST OF SORROW, which is set in ancient Rome, so it meant that I…

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Can You Guess How To Pronounce Apicius?

Monday, July 31, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about their character names.  Writing a book set in Ancient Rome means that I have to work with a lot of names that are probably unfamiliar to people, such as Thrasius, Sotas, and Ruan. And, ironically, when I included ancient Roman names that have survived the centuries, such as the name Melissa, my readers told me that the name felt too out of place….

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In the Summer

Monday, July 24, 2017

Calling Debut Authors! Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Debutante Ball! Read this post to learn more. Hurry! The deadline is July 28! This week the Debutantes are talking all about summer! My writing is peppered with images of summer, starting back when I was five and I wrote a poem titled June. For me, June is a month full of memories, emotion, friends and sunshine. And in recent years, it’s…

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75 Crazy Things

Monday, July 17, 2017

Calling Debut Authors! Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Debutante Ball! Read this post to learn more. Hurry! The deadline is July 28! This week the Debs are sharing things about themselves that might be weird, strange or that most people might not know. I’ve been blogging for a long time, nearly since blogging was a thing. In 2005 I was especially prolific and my “About Me” page was a crazy list…

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If Only I Had Known

Monday, July 10, 2017

Calling Debut Authors! Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Debutante Ball! Read this post to learn more. Hurry! THE DEADLINE IS JULY 28! This week the Debs are discussing how hindsight is 20/20. “To paraphrase Oedipus, Hamlet, Lear, and all those guys, “I wish I had known this some time ago.” ― Roger Zelazny, Sign of the Unicorn This last year has been a crazy one in the world of…

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Interview with Lindsey Davis + #DebBallGiveaway of THE THIRD NERO

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Today on the Debutante Ball, I’m excited to welcome Lindsey Davis, the author of over thirty novels. Her latest, THE THIRD NERO, is out on St. Martin’s Press. I have been a huge Lindsey Davis fan for many years, long before I embarked upon my own foray into the world of ancient Rome. Some of her most loved novels are those about Marcus Didius Falco, an ancient Roman “private-eye.” She…

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New Year’s Resolution Check-in – ROCKING IT

Monday, July 3, 2017

This week the Debs are checking in to see where we are with those resolutions we set forth during the first week of January. Ok, here is what I resolved. Read 75+ books this year. Finish THE SECRET CHEF. Spit out a bunch of bylines about the world of ancient Rome and Apicius. That book promotion thing. Promote the hell out of FEAST OF SORROW. I can safely say that…

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