Hello Bloglandia!! Just a quick message to let you know about a terrific deal on my latest release and to offer up some excuses for my recent lack of bloginess (yes, that's a word now). First Up: The Excuses Loyal readers may have noticed lack of pizazz on the blog recently...and a lack of Finn … Continue reading Blogging Excuses & Book Bargains
urban hiking and outdoor activities await at Tryon Creek State Park in Portland, Oregon. Article includes the history of the park and photos of the hiking trails and bridges.
A glimpse at how the wedding traditions of Ancient Rome compare to those in my fantasy world of Osteria. From the age of marriage to the knot of hercules.
We've Made It!!! I don’t know about you, but I am a thousand miles beyond THRILLED to make it to this final release party for Domna. There’ll be more on how this experiment went as well as my own feelings about it sometime on the blog next month, but for now let’s get to this! … Continue reading Domna Weaves Her Final Plot Twists
As you’ve seen in previous blogs, my world of Osteria was heavily influenced by my crazy obsession with Ancient Rome (and Greece, to a lesser extent). And while I may not be a fashion maven myself, I have taken a few style tips from those historical Roman men and women and applied them to my … Continue reading It’s What All the Osterians Are Wearing These Days
As I’ve mentioned once or twice (okay, maybe closer to a thousand) times before, my fantasy world of Osteria didn’t just pop into my head. It was heavily based on life in Ancient Rome and, to a lesser extent, Ancient Greece. In previous posts you learned about some of the major influences of Roman culture … Continue reading The Three Ts of Ancient Rome: Time, Taverns, and Toilets
Centaurs! These half man half horse beasts of mythology have long been a source of fodder for the imagination. The origins of these imaginary creatures are a matter of speculation but the best guess (meaning this was the idea presented by the scholar who bought the most rounds of beer for his colleagues) is that … Continue reading Centaurs: The Good, The Bad, and The Big Debate
This week (and the next, and even the next) we have a break in the crazy book release schedule I've created for Domna (A Serialized Novel of Osteria), which means I can finally share with you another aspect of the influence of Roman culture on Domna. And this week's influential aspect is....drum roll, please...religion. No groaning, please. … Continue reading Holy Moly: Domna Takes on Roman Religion
A couple weeks ago I introduced you to one aspect of Roman culture that I completely stole adapted for my serialized historical fantasy novel Domna. Then last week we were held up by that pesky break to announce Domna's paperback release, but now I'm back in the cultural swing of things with two more items … Continue reading Another Round of Roman Culture…This Time with Gladiators