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Stephanie Dray writes historical fiction and fantasy. Using the transformative power of magic realism, she illuminates the stories of women in history so as to inspire the young women of today. She remains fascinated by all things Egyptian and has–to the consternation of her devoted husband–collected a house full of cats and ancient artifacts.


The wonderful Megan Brett did me and my co-author a solid last weekend and went to UVA to help us find a letter in which one of Patsy Jefferson’s suitors is mentioned. One William Short. I started to get excited when I saw this.



Then the hairs on my nape started to rise when I saw this. OMG, a real letter from 1789, the autumn after Patsy Jefferson and her family left Paris, at the start of th...

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Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
" I absolutely fell in love with this book. It was amazing. If you read Cleopatra;s moon and liked it, this one you will love. However the book still leaves the bitter-sweet feeling of selene's fate. Even though in these series Helios does not die a... " Read more of this review »
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I knew I would like this book because I know Ms. McMorris to be a talented and engaging writer. What surprised me was the staying power of this story about young people caught up in the nightmare of WWII and Japanese Internment camps. It's serious hi...more
Daughters of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
" Since Lily of the Nile, Selene's voice has grown stronger, more scheming, increasingly supsicious of everyone and exhausted psychologically, emotionally and physically. Wondering if this was how her mom Cleopatra relented to before her infamous de... " Read more of this review »
Daughters of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
" This review is posted at Musings of a Book Junkie.

In this thrilling conclusion of the trilogy from Stephanie Dray, Selene is now the powerful Queen of Mauretania. Juba and Selene have created an place where Selene intends to revive her dynasty and... " Read more of this review »
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So, if I wasn't a huge William Short lover, I'm not sure how I would have received this novel, since it's told primarily from his POV. And Jefferson, on the pages, as in life, remains the American Sphinx. We know only of him what he let us know, or w...more
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In honor of Stephanie Dray's debut novel, Lily of the Nile, coming from Berkley Books January 2011: Who is your favorite bad girl of ancient history?

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message 27: by Ana

Ana I'm missing your blog posts but I understand that work comes first. I've had a crazy couple of months at the office working with crazy deadlines too so I know the feeling. I'm sure all the hard work will pay off in your next book. I can't wait!

Take care!!!


Stephanie Dray Ana wrote: "Hi Stephanie! How have you been?"

Good, except for the crazy deadlines!


message 25: by Ana

Ana Hi Stephanie! How have you been?


Stephanie Dray Chrystal wrote: "I received "Song of the Nile" today and I'm very exited to read it! I glimpsed and glanced and peeked at it already and definitely intrigued. Can't wait to settle down with it."

Yay!


Chrystal Grcevich I received "Song of the Nile" today and I'm very exited to read it! I glimpsed and glanced and peeked at it already and definitely intrigued. Can't wait to settle down with it.


Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog) Hey Stephanie,Thanks for the friend-vite. =D


message 21: by Cheryl

Cheryl Hi Stephanie,

Thanks for friending me!


message 20: by Darynda

Darynda Jones Hey Stephanie! So nice to see you here! ~D~


Stephanie Dray Becca wrote: "Hi Stephanie :D Thanks for your friendvite...look forward to chatting books with ya!!"

Ditto!


message 18: by Becca

Becca Hi Stephanie :D Thanks for your friendvite...look forward to chatting books with ya!!


Stephanie Dray I definitely do not think she was a prostitute. I think she was tarnished because she was a woman.

I agree. And it makes me think of some events happening today :P My favorite Margaret George book was Memoirs of Cleopatra, but that can't be surprising :P


message 16: by Jenny

Jenny Howell My favorite book by Margaret George so far is Mary, Called Magdalene. It is funny, because I am not religious at all. It got me researching the Gnostic Gospels and anything about Mary I could get my hands on. I definitely do not think she was a prostitute. I think she was tarnished because she was a woman. I also loved Mary, Queen of Scotts. I really dislike Queen Elizabeth since I read that one. What about you? What's your favorite George book?


message 15: by Stephanie (last edited Mar 01, 2012 11:25AM)

Stephanie Dray Kristi-The Book Faery wrote: "Hi Stephanie! I started d reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series 15 years ago just as I finished nursing school! To this day it remains one of my dearest companion series! We have extremely good taste :o]

Yes, yes we do! ;) Last night I think I startled my husband awake by shouting, "Jack Randall, you bastard!"


message 14: by Kristi-The Book Faery (last edited Mar 01, 2012 11:16AM)

Kristi-The Book Faery Hi Stephanie!

Thanks so much for your friendship and your book recommendation!

I started reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series 15 years ago just as I finished nursing school! I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next installment fast enough! To this day it remains one of my dearest companion series!

We have extremely good taste :o]


Stephanie Dray Lindsey wrote: "Just found out you are going to be at Conbust, which I also JUST FOUND OUT EXISTED. Where has it been all my life?! Must.go."

I'm eager to see you there!


message 12: by Lindsey

Lindsey (Babies, Books, and Beyond) Just found out you are going to be at Conbust, which I also JUST FOUND OUT EXISTED. Where has it been all my life?! Must.go.


message 11: by Vicky

Vicky Stephanie Dray wrote:"I see we're both fans of Margaret George! Naturally, the Memoirs of Cleopatra are my favorite but I also have a soft spot for Mary Queen of Scots. I look forward to chatting books with you."

Yes! She is wonderful and she's coming out with a new one in March. I'm excited!

Thanks for the friendship!


Stephanie Dray Jessi(ca) wrote: "I am in LOVE with Lily of the Nile & Song of the Nile. Are you coming out with another or was that the end of the series? I'm currently reading any Egyptian historical fiction that I can find!"

I'm in love with you for loving them ;) Thanks so much for your kind remarks. I'm writing the third and final book in the trilogy right now. I hope you'll do me the additional kindness of reviewing my novels and telling friends about them! (Goodreads is fantastic, Amazon is even better, but really anywhere that's convenient for you and I'm grateful even if you don't have the chance.)


Stephanie Dray Gabrielle Carolina wrote: "Steph-

So many of my friends added Lily after I sent out a mass "book Rec!" I was so excited to see how many hadn't heard of it before, but now must read it! Because they must read it. *nods head,..."


Don't suppose you could do it again for Song? :P


Stephanie Dray Lindsey wrote: "I just finished reading the scene the night before Selene leaves Rome. !!!!! I was SHOCKED. And now my nook is dead and my charger is missing so I have no idea what happens next. Hopefully B&N gets..."

Lots of very shocking things happen in this book so I hope B&N fixes your Nook right away! ;)


Allison  Macias Merry Happy Late Release Day!!!


Lindsey (Babies, Books, and Beyond) I just finished reading the scene the night before Selene leaves Rome. !!!!! I was SHOCKED. And now my nook is dead and my charger is missing so I have no idea what happens next. Hopefully B&N gets me my new charger soon so I can finish it!


Stephanie Dray Hannah wrote: "Thanks for the add Stephanie! I love your work -- I practically devoured your first book in one sitting. And I'm eagerly awaiting 'Song of the Nile'.
Thank you for creating an exciting story to ste..."


How kind of you to let me know! I'm so nervous about what people will think of this sequel!


Hannah Thanks for the add Stephanie! I love your work -- I practically devoured your first book in one sitting. And I'm eagerly awaiting 'Song of the Nile'.
Thank you for creating an exciting story to step into :)


message 3: by Ana (last edited Jul 02, 2011 08:31AM)

Ana Hi Stephanie! I found an article about Cleopatra in the National Geographic Magazine website. Here's the link: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/201...

There's also a trivia. It's more about the movies than about the history, but I thought you'd be interested. Here's the link: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/201...


Gabrielle Carolina Steph-

So many of my friends added Lily after I sent out a mass "book Rec!" I was so excited to see how many hadn't heard of it before, but now must read it! Because they must read it. *nods head, nods head!*

So... any new news about that *thing* you showed me?

;)

G.C.

AKA Selephanie's biggest Cheerleader!


Harlequin Books Hello Stephanie, it is a pleasure to meet you.


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