September 4, 2021

Check out this selection of new historical fiction releases.  There is a little bit of everything here–romance, detective stories, fantasy, adventure, and history, lots and lots of compelling history.    

May 24, 2021

Check out this great sale of books for kids and teens! There is something for everyone on your list–read-aloud picture books, fun books, inspirational books, historical fiction, and fantasy, even entire series for your teen to get lost in.      

May 18, 2021

The time-slip historical fiction book The Amber Crane about Peter, a 17th century amber guild apprentice, was inspired by three central themes. Since my childhood I have loved amber, a gemstone full of mystery and power. Amber is inextricably linked to the history of Pomerania, having occupied center stage in trade and politics over centuries….

May 4, 2021

Introduction In the course of my research for my historical fiction book Alina: A Song for the Telling, I happened upon the poetry of Yehuda Halevi, a poet from the 11th century, and felt as if I had come upon a pot of gold. Halevi was a Renaissance man of his time—a renowned philosopher and…

April 2, 2021

Benjamin of Tudela Introduction “Jerusalem […] is a small city, fortified by three walls. It is full of people whom the Mohammedans call Jacobites, Syrians, Greeks, Georgians, and Franks, and people of all tongues. It contains a dying-house, for which the Jews pay a small rent annually to the king, on condition that besides the…

January 30, 2021

Whoever cleans himself in this bath Unites with God And cleanses in one bath His body and soul, as he should. Thomas Murner, Badenfahrt 1514 Whenever I return home from a long trip, one of my first pleasures is to take a shower, appreciative all over again of the luxury of a bathroom that is…

December 19, 2020

The following Christmas tale comes to you from a people who know what it is to live through hard times—and who have managed to retain their dignity and their love and generosity throughout it all. Traditionally in Ukraine the house is cleaned from top to bottom for Christmas, but any spider discovered in the house…

November 8, 2020

Have you ever stumbled over a historical figure and were overcome with the urge to bring that figure to life? That was the case for me when I first encountered Stephen de Sancerre, more properly known Stephen I, the first Count de Sancerre (1133–1190). He became one of the principal characters in my historical fiction…

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