Do you need a gift for the historical fiction fan in your life?  (Which might be you!) If you pre-order Band of Sisters from FoxTale Book Shoppe between now and the end of the month, your chosen recipient will receive a handwritten card from the author and a set of Band of Sisters coasters now…

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I’m a little late with the round-up today because there isn’t much to round up. I could blame it on working on the latest Team W chapter (did I mention that Team W is hard at work on our latest collaboration?), or on the kids going on bedtime strike, but it’s really less any of…

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Ring in the new month with a spirited discussion of the past!  I’ll be joining Fiona Davis, Jane Healey, Ariel Lawhon, and Joy Jordan-Lake tomorrow (Tuesday) night at seven o’clock to dish on historical inspiration, where we get our ideas, how we do our research, and pretty much anything else you’d like us to talk…

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Come join me tomorrow night at the Wilsons in Wanderland November book club meeting to discuss all things Summer Country! You can find scrumptious recipes for rum cake and cocktails and other fun things over on the Wilsons in Wanderland website.  Check out their website, and sign up for their newsletter or follow them on…

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Is it embarrassing to admit that I don’t remember what I’ve been reading this week? I know I read one of Margery Allingham’s Campion books, Dancers in Mourning, in which Campion is drawn into the tangled lives of a theatrical troupe, but beyond that it’s all rather a blur of Thanksgiving prep. Right now, I’ve…

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As I get out the rolling pin and the pumpkin puree to make the pie for a Thanksgiving dinner that’s going to be somewhat (read: very much) smaller than usual, I’ve been thinking of other unusual Thanksgivings in unusual times– like the Smith College Relief Unit’s Thanksgiving dinner in the Somme in 1917. By November…

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Please join me, Fiona Davis, Jane Healey, Joy Jordan-Lake, Ariel Lawhon, and Andrea Katz of Great Thoughts Great Readers next Tuesday night to talk historical fiction!  Specifically, those wonderful real life tidbits of random forgotten history that we just can’t resist spinning into books. The event is free and open to anyone anywhere.  Just click…

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Happy Friday, all! Right now in New York, the seasons seem as discombobulated as I am.  It went from a bitter cold that made me think I ought to start my annual holiday reading soon back to October Halloween-reading weather.  So I’m not really sure what time of year it is, whether it’s actually going…

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While we were in our long, long lockdown in New York this past spring, my toddler discovered an insatiable desire for muffins.  He didn’t just want muffins.  He NEEDED muffins, like Bismarck needed a united Germany.  It was not negotiable. I mashed bananas until the smell of overripe banana made me sick.  I searched in…

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It’s no secret that Diane’s Books of Greenwich is one of my favorite bookstores!  So I’m especially delighted to be partnering with Diane’s to bring you this scrumptious Winter Reading Basket complete with books, chocolate, cookies, and cocoa (and, yes, that might just be an advance copy of Band of Sisters tucked away in there!).…

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