I’ve been absent, both on holiday and down with a nasty cold. (Don’t feel too sorry for me: I’m in Buenos Aires, after all.) I’m just going to post some blog links.


First, I’m honored that Mistress of the Sun was included in Margaret Donsbach’s top historical fiction of 2009 list: click here. Margaret is both a demanding reader and perceptive reviewer.


I’ve been enjoying reading Margaret Atwood’s blog. Her “Fifteen Book Tour Packing Tips” has excellent advice—not surprising considering that she spends most of her life traveling. (How does she do it?) I’ll be reviewing her post on “Ten Editing Tips, for Your Fiction Mss.” on my return to Normal Life. Early in January, I plan to read/edit the first draft of the novel I finished at the end of October. (Am I nervous? You bet.)

My New Year’s resolution for 2010: finish drafts two and three (without going crazy).

Happy New Year, everyone. Twenty-ten has a nice round sound and bodes well.

First blog tour reviews


I “met” Margaret Donsbach on, where she is host of the group Books Compared. I was struck by the depth and intelligence of her posts. A passionate reader of historical fiction (as well as a writer), she’d launched a wonderful website Historical Novels Info, where, I’m pleased to report, she has just reviewed Mistress of the Sun. I love this:

“Mistress of the Sun portrays both the brittle, artificial pleasures of the Sun King‘s extravagant court and the human—indeed, animal—nature of those who lived there. Diamonds turn out to be paste; lakes that glitter magnificently under fireworks prove to be choked with algae by day; friends become betrayers.”

If you love historical fiction, be sure to check out Historical Novels. The depth and breath of Margaret’s listings is amazing. Here, alone, is the listing for novels set in 17th century Europe: I learned a lot.

As I was posting this blog, another review was posted, this one to Scandalous Women: “I found it hard to put Mistress of the Sun down.” Just what I love to hear.

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