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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Big News: Thornton's "Princess" Settles in at Berkley!


Here's the huge announcement from Publisher's Weekly that I've been dying to spill for the last month!

"American Princess, about Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter Alice, was preempted, in a world rights acquisition, by Kate Seaver at Berkley. The author, Stephanie Thornton, who was represented by Kevan Lyon at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, sold two books in the deal. American Princess, Berkley said, tells a 'sweeping tale' of a first daughter 'whose wild antics in the White House made her America’s first media sensation.' The book, which will be published as a paperback original in early 2019, delves into how this politically connected woman went on to become a power broker 'as the wife of a debonair congressman and the mistress to a powerful senator.'"

I'm so excited that Alice Roosevelt's story found a wonderful home at Berkley, and that soon you'll all be able to read about her wild and crazy antics! 2019 is going to be a great year! 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sweet Deal on H Team Novels!

  The H-Team presents... Twelve bestselling historical authors bring to life to the glory of the ancient world in three novels spanning golden Greece to blood-soaked Rome: SONGS OF BLOOD AND GOLD
A DAY OF FIRE (Authored by: Stephanie Dray, Ben Kane, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot, Kate Quinn, Vicky Alvear Shecter) Pompeii: a lively resort flourishing in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius at the height of Rome's glory. When Vesuvius erupts in an explosion of flame and ash, the entire town struggles to flee the mountain's wrath: soldiers and politicians, villains and heroes, young and old. But who will escape, and who will be buried for eternity? A YEAR OF RAVENS (Authored by: Ruth Downie, Stephanie Dray, E. Knight, Kate Quinn, Vicky Alvear Shecter, SJA Turney, Russell Whitfield) Britannia: land of mist and magic clinging to the western edge of the Roman Empire. A red-haired queen named Boudica leads her people in a desperate rebellion against the might of Rome, an epic struggle destined to consume warriors and peacemakers, slaves and queens, Roman and Celt. But who will survive to see the dawn of a new Britannia, and who will fall to feed the ravens? A SONG OF WAR (Authored by: Christian Cameron, Libbie Hawker, Kate Quinn, Vicky Alvear Shecter, Stephanie Thornton, SJA Turney, Russell Whitfield) Troy: city of gold, gatekeeper of the east, a haven destined to last a thousand years. But the Fates have other planes--the Fates, and a woman named Helen. In the shadow of Troy's gates, all must be reborn in the greatest war of the ancient world: heroes and cowards, seers and kings, innocent and guilty. But who will lie forgotten in the embers, and who will rise to shape the dawn of a new age?

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Blog Tour for A SONG OF WAR Begins!


Troy: city of gold, gatekeeper of the east, haven of the god-born and the lucky, a city destined to last a thousand years. But the Fates have other plans—the Fates, and a woman named Helen. In the shadow of Troy’s gates, all must be reborn in the greatest war of the ancient world: slaves and queens, heroes and cowards, seers and kings . . . and these are their stories.
A young princess and an embittered prince join forces to prevent a fatal elopement.
A tormented seeress challenges the gods themselves to save her city from the impending disaster.
A tragedy-haunted king battles private demons and envious rivals as the siege grinds on.
A captured slave girl seizes the reins of her future as two mighty heroes meet in an epic duel.
A grizzled archer and a desperate Amazon risk their lives to avenge their dead.
A trickster conceives the greatest trick of all.
A goddess’ son battles to save the spirit of Troy even as the walls are breached in fire and blood.
Seven authors bring to life the epic tale of the Trojan War: its heroes, its villains, its survivors, its dead. Who will lie forgotten in the embers, and who will rise to shape the bloody dawn of a new age?

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About the Authors

CHRISTIAN CAMERON was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1962. He grew up in Rockport, Massachusetts, Iowa City, Iowa,Christian Cameron and Rochester, New York, where he attended McQuaid Jesuit High School and later graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in history. After the longest undergraduate degree on record (1980-87), he joined the United States Navy, where he served as an intelligence officer and as a backseater in S-3 Vikings in the First Gulf War, in Somalia, and elsewhere. After a dozen years of service, he became a full time writer in 2000. He lives in Toronto (that’s Ontario, in Canada) with his wife Sarah and their daughter Beatrice, currently age four. And a half.
LIBBIE HAWKER was born in Rexburg, Idaho and divided her childhood between Eastern Idaho’s rural environs and the greater Seattle area. She presently lives in Seattle, but has also been a resident of Salt Lake City, Utah; Bellingham, Washington; and Tacoma, Washington. She loves to write about character and place, and is inspired by the bleak natural beauty of the Rocky Mountain region and by the fascinating history of the Puget Sound. After three years of trying to break into the publishing industry with her various books under two different pen names, Libbie finally turned her back on the mainstream publishing industry and embraced independent publishing. She now writes her self-published fiction full-time, and enjoys the fact that the writing career she always dreamed of having is fully under her own control.
KATE QUINN is a native of southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have been translated into multiple languages. Kate has succumbed to the blogging bug, and keeps a blog filled with trivia, pet peeves, and interesting facts about historical fiction. She and her husband now live in Maryland with two black dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia, and her interests include opera, action movies, cooking, and the Boston Red Sox.
VICKY ALVEAR SHECTER is the author of the young adult novel, Cleopatra’s Moon (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 2011), based on the life of Cleopatra’s only daughter. She is also the author of two award-winning biographies for kids on Alexander the Great and Cleopatra. She is a docent at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Antiquities at Emory University in Atlanta. The LA Times calls Cleopatra’s Moon, “magical” and “impressive.” Publisher’s Weekly said it was “fascinating” and “highly memorable.” The Wall Street Journal called it “absorbing.”
STEPHANIE THORNTON is a writer and history teacher who has been obsessed with infamous women from ancient history since she was twelve. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alaska, where she is at work on her next novel. Her novels, The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora, Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt, The Tiger Queens: The Women of Genghis Khan, and The Conqueror’s Wife: A Novel of Alexander the Great, tell the stories of history’s forgotten women.
SJA TURNEY lives with his wife, son and daughter, and two (close approximations of) dogs in rural North Yorkshire. Marius’ Mules was his first full length novel. Being a fan of Roman history, SJA decided to combine his love of writing and love of the classical world. Marius’ Mules was followed two years later by Interregnum – an attempt to create a new fantasy story still with a heavy flavour of Rome.These have been followed by numerous sequels, with three books in the fantasy ‘Tales of the Empire’ series and five in the bestselling ‘Marius’ Mules’ one. 2013 has seen the first book in a 15th century trilogy – ‘The Thief’s Tale’ – and will also witness several side projects seeing the light of day.
RUSSELL WHITFIELD was born in Shepherds Bush in 1971. An only child, he was raised in Hounslow, West London, but has since escaped to Ham in Surrey. Gladiatrix was Russ’s first novel, published in 2008 by Myrmidon Books. The sequel, Roma Victrix, continues the adventures Lysandra, the Spartan gladiatrix, and a third book, Imperatrix, sees Lysandra stepping out of the arena and onto the field of battle.

Blog Tour Schedule

Saturday, October 15
Review at Just One More Chapter
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Sunday, October 16
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews
Monday, October 17
Review at Leeanna.me
Tuesday, October 18
Review at A Book Drunkard
Wednesday, October 19
Excerpt at A Literary Vacation
Thursday, October 20
Review at Peeking Between the Pages
Friday, October 21
Review & Excerpt at The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
Saturday, October 22
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Monday, October 24
Review at Unabridged Chick
Tuesday, October 25
Interview at Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, October 26
Review at The Maiden’s Court
Friday, October 28
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Monday, October 31
Review & Excerpt at Book Lovers Paradise
Tuesday, November 1
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Wednesday, November 2
Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Thursday, November 3
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Monday, November 7
Review at A Bookish Affair
Tuesday, November 8
Interview at Let Them Read Books
Wednesday, November 9
Review at Historical Readings & Reviews
Friday, November 11
Review at Broken Teepee
Spotlight at The Book Tree
Saturday, November 12
Excerpt at The Reading Queen
Review at The True Book Addict

Giveaway

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– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Cover Reveal: SONG OF WAR!



It's cover reveal time for SONG OF WAR! Isn't she a beauty?! 

The novel goes on sale October 18th, but it's available for pre-order at both Amazon and Kobo. You can also add it to your to-read shelf at Goodreads

I am thrilled to join Christian Cameron, Libbie Hawker, Kate Quinn, Vicky Alvear Shecter, S.J.A. Turney, and Russell Whitfield to help retell the story of the Trojan War. But this is Trojan War as you've never seen it before, seen through the eyes of characters you may not be as familiar with... 


Troy: city of gold, gatekeeper of the east, haven of the god-born and the lucky, a city destined to last a thousand years. But the Fates have other plans—the Fates, and a woman named Helen. In the shadow of Troy's gates, all must be reborn in the greatest war of the ancient world: slaves and queens, heroes and cowards, seers and kings . . . and these are their stories.

A young princess and an embittered prince join forces to prevent a fatal elopement.

A tormented seeress challenges the gods themselves to save her city from the impending disaster.

A tragedy-haunted king battles private demons and envious rivals as the siege grinds on.

A captured slave girl seizes the reins of her future as two mighty heroes meet in an epic duel.

A grizzled archer and a desperate Amazon risk their lives to avenge their dead.

A trickster conceives the greatest trick of all.

A goddess' son battles to save the spirit of Troy even as the walls are breached in fire and blood.

Seven authors bring to life the epic tale of the Trojan War: its heroes, its villains, its survivors, its dead. Who will lie forgotten in the embers, and who will rise to shape the bloody dawn of a new age?



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Epic Giveaway Contest: Summer of History!


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Summer is the time for hanging out on the deck or at the beach, a book in one hand and a cold drink in the other.

So what's better than having a chance at winning one of my books--The Conqueror's Wife: A Novel of Alexander the Great--this summer? How about a chance to win books and prizes from 18 other top writers of historical fiction today? Best of all, it's just in time for you to kick back, put your feet up, and enjoy the warm weather with a great book.


So, which five books would you like to win?

Monday, April 18, 2016

New Project Reveal: A Song of War- A Novel of Troy





I've been sitting on this news for a while so I'm thrilled to finally be able to announce that I've joined the H Team to help write SONG OF WAR: A NOVEL OF TROY! 

It's the Trojan War, but you've never heard it told like this before... 

Due out in October 2016, I'll be telling a portion of the story from the point of view of Cassandra, King Priam's unfortunate prophetess daughter. The poor gal's visions are never believed, even as she tries to stop the war from beginning. I'm not sure I've ever had such a tragic narrator before!

A novel told in seven parts by amazing authors Kate Quinn, Vicky Alvear Shecter, Christian Cameron, Libbie Hawker, Simon James Atkinson Turney, and Russell Whitfield, SONG OF WAR promises to be a wild ride! Check back here for the cover reveal, updates, and promotions! 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Join Me at a Historical Fiction Birthday Party!

https://www.facebook.com/events/242740929407248/
In honor of their latest release about Patsy Jefferson, histfic authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie are hosting an epic online party this Wednesday, April 13th, which also happens to be Thomas Jefferson's birthday!

There will be a whole slew of authors--including yours truly--with plenty of giveaways, historical trivia, and random mayhem so feel free to drop in and join the fun from 6PM-10PM Eastern time!