Gardens, New Books, and Coffee

My bookshelf is growing this week! Starting Wednesday The Price of Glory will be go on sale, and also be available on Kindle Unlimited. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B095GR7F96/ One consequence of a book launch, is chatting it up hither and yon. Consequently I’ve had a few visits and “takeovers” in Facebook groups. You’ll see me this week in […]

Did you know England obsessed on the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire throughout the nineteenth century? They called it “The Eastern Question.” The empire begin to decline after they lost the Battle of Vienna in 1683. By 1800, the empire was greatly weakened. Imperial Russia stood to benefit from that decline. England deemed the survival […]

A WIP: She will not marry

For WiP Wednesday, a bit from The Price of Glory. While sketching damage to ancient ruins in order to document it, an rather intimate conversation on marriage ensues. I thought I’d share my inspiration/image of the characters too. ***** “Your parents’ marriage must have been unhappy,” he said, surprising her with his perceptive insight. She […]

Khartoum is Not Ancient

Did you know that Khartoum is not ancient though important ancient sites are nearby. It was founded in 1821 by Ibraham Ali Pasha on behalf of Muhammad Ali Pasha, his father, the khedive or viceroy of Egypt when Egypt annexed what is now northern Sudan. It was largely a military outpost. 1830 it became the […]

Because It Is Impossible

An excerpt: I’ve had moonlight on my mind lately. ***** “We’re still weeks from Khartoum, Sekhmet. Bashkim—” Use of the nickname made her lips curl up into a smile. “Neither Bashkim nor Khartoum has anything to do with it. You have your work, your goals.” “And you have yours.” He shifted and tried to cradle […]

Cruising Speed?

We’ve been home for a few days and caught up with the Hanukkah folks in our life. I’ve been writing over 1000 words a day on Book one of the new series. If I can maintain it, I may have a draft by mid-February and plans for book two in place. There are speed bumps. […]

A Head Full of Ideas

I’ve come back from HRR19 with a suitcase full of rumpled costumes and books to read, a heart full of good memories, and a head full of ideas—too many ideas! (I #amwriting !) It occurs to me that many of you followed along on Facebook where dozens of pictures were posted. Some of you probably […]

The Work Rushes Forward

My carriage is careening down the road this week. I would call it a runaway, but no, I have the reins and it is all under control. Really. The Price of Glory progresses daily. I just passed midpoint, mysterious doings have ensued in Khartoum, and I have come up with a tag line. “A splash […]