I've been musing on Parkinson's Law. Not the famous one ("work expands to fill the time available") but another from the same book: Parkinson's Law of Triviality. "The time spent on any item on the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved." (If you're wondering what this has to do with high … Continue reading Of high heels and trivia
I’m delighted to welcome a guest writer to the blog on this special day - G Petrieus Ruso, Medicus. When I first asked him to say a few words about Saturnalia, he was characteristically reticent and referred me to his friend Valens, claiming that “He knows more about parties than I do.” Indeed, Valens thought … Continue reading Io Saturnalia! – Ruso speaks.
Apologies for the blog silence. I've been travelling beyond the farthest reaches of the Empire. At least, that's what I thought, but one of the displays in the Hong Kong Maritime Museum (which is well worth a visit if you're passing that way) was eerily familiar. "That," I cried to Longsuffering Husband, who thought he'd … Continue reading A long way from Rome
The new novel from seven talented members of the H-team is published today - and as ever, they've been weaving old stories together in new ways. I wasn't involved this time (deadlines!) and I can't wait to find out what the team have done with the story we all 'think' we know. Meanwhile, they've been … Continue reading The Trojans are back!
Many thanks to For Winter Nights, the final host on the Blog Tour! If you haven't yet discovered this excellent book blog, now is a good time to nip across there - not only for the chance to win a copy of Vita Brevis, but also to browse a splendid collection of reviews and articles, … Continue reading Saturday, final stop on the Blog Tour – For Winter Nights
Day 7, and the last-but-one stop on the tour today! Across the water to Detroit and Hoover Book Reviews, which is a splendid place to browse if you're on the hunt for contemporary fiction based in the ancient world - and more. (Nip across there and scroll down to where it says 'categories' on the … Continue reading Friday on the Blog Tour – Hoover Book Reviews
Blog tour day 6, and thanks to the splendid Alison Morton for the invitation to join her love-me*-love-my-character series for a chat about Ruso. (*this part, as an Italian driver once said to my husband when discussing traffic lights, is 'merely a suggestion'.) Alison is the creator not only of thrillers but of a whole … Continue reading Thursday on the blog tour – Roma Nova
Many thanks to Colleen for hosting the first chapter of 'Vita Brevis' today, alongside a whole heap of other bookish goodies - if you're looking for something new to read, "A Literary Vacation" is a great place to explore.
Many thanks to the excellent Robin Carter over at Parmenion Books for hosting today - a VITA BREVIS giveaway and some medical remedies you very probably haven't tried before. Or even considered.
Today I'm honoured to join Mieneke van der Salm, the award-nominated Fantastical Librarian. Check out her web pages for a wide selection of reviews and author interviews, and this link for a chance to win a copy of VITA BREVIS wherever you live. If I'd realised Mieneke was also a real librarian, I'd have tidied … Continue reading Monday on the blog tour – A Fantastical Librarian