This month as "Mistress of Rome" is released, I am abandoning my own blog and writing guest posts for others! First up are my contributions to "Dear Author," to Allie's blog "Hist-Fic Chick," Amy's blog "Passages To The Past," Kailana's blog "Historical Tapestry," Daphne's blog "Tanzanite's Shelf and Stuff," Darlene's blog "Peeking Between The Pages," Lizzie's blog "Historically Obsessed," Julie P's blog "Booking Mama," and Ms. Lucy's blog "Enchanted By Josephine." Click below to read my guest blogs: one a feature on book clubs and another on historical research; one a post on fun historical fashions and one on my progression as a writer through some very bad early work, one explaining my fascination with ancient Rome and another explaining my fascination with psychotic emperors; one discussing the state of women in ancient Rome and one linking my two passions of history and opera. Allie, Amy, Kailana, Daphne, Darlene, Lizzy, Julie, Ms. Lucy, and the ladies of "Dear Author" - thanks for having me!
Day 3 of my blog tour - so far I'm managing to keep everybody and their blogs straight. Today I'm over on Darlene's blog "Peeking Between the Pages" - one of my favorites! Darlene is hosting a giveaway for a free copy of "Daughters of Rome," so be sure to sign up, and has been kind enough to let me be her guest blogger for today. My topic: what happens when a modern 21st century girl takes a time machine back to 1st century Rome? A sneak peek . . .
"Miss 21st Century is pleased to look around her and realize that Roman women clearly don't hit the gym to stay beautiful. The desired look here is less Elena from `The Vampire Diaries' and more Joan from `Mad Men:' voluptuous, white-skinned, and muscle-free. And the men are even better: clean-shaven and short-haired is in for Roman men, so no moody goatee boys or wannabe musician-types who think a soul patch is the height of fashion."
TGIF, everybody, and for weekend reading, here's my last guest post of the week. I'm over at Darlene's wonderful blog Peeking Between the Pages today, talking about what a typical day in the life of a writer looks like, and why it's not as glamorous as Hollywood thinks:
"If there’s any TV show I get a kick out of, it’s `Castle' starring Nathan Fillion. He plays a bestselling crime novelist, and frankly, Hollywood’s idea of a writer’s daily schedule cracks me up every time. Nathan Fillion spends all his time running around solving crimes, attending red-carpet premieres of the movies made from his books, and playing poker with James Patterson, Dennis Lehane, and all his other New York Times bestseller buddies. Very rarely is he ever seen writing – just staring pensively at his laptop screen right before the murderer bursts in with a gun."
Daily life for a real writer is nothing like this!