The Three Ts of Ancient Rome: Time, Taverns, and Toilets

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

It’s a Dark and Dastardly Release Day for Domna, Part Four

Domna, Part Four: The Regent's Edict is here!! First off, as ever, a HUGE thank you to everyone who pre-ordered this latest installment of the Domna serial! The numbers weren’t earth-shattering, but there was a teensy tiny increase from the pre-order numbers for Part Three. So, thank you, thank you thank you.  And, of course, a … Continue reading It’s a Dark and Dastardly Release Day for Domna, Part Four

Another Round of Roman Culture…This Time with Gladiators

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

Arranged Marriages & Battles for Power: The History That Inspired Domna

Hello Bloglandia! I have a confession: I'm a bit of a history junkie especially when it comes to a few of my "darling" time periods, one of which is Ancient Rome. For those of you out there who HATED history in school, I know the very notion of enjoying anything historical is akin to enjoying … Continue reading Arranged Marriages & Battles for Power: The History That Inspired Domna

Travel Pic Thursday: Basilica of Maxentius (Roman Forum), Italy

The Romans liked to make a statement with their buildings. Although they are ruins today, many former structures from Ancient Rome scream, "We are here and we are mighty." You can't helped but be impressed at what those ancient builders could do with hunks of stone. And if you want big, if you want impressive, … Continue reading Travel Pic Thursday: Basilica of Maxentius (Roman Forum), Italy