Brook Allen – Antonius: Son of Rome

Recently I had the joy of interviewing Margaret George about her fascinating book Nero: Splendor Before the Dark. The dramatic opening of that book — the great fire of Rome — has had me thinking a great deal about Rome. So I was thrilled when she recommended Brook Allen’s new book about the early years of Marc Antony: Antonius, Son …

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Granville Burgess – Fork in the Crick

It was a JOY to chat with Granville Wyche Burgess about the 2nd book in his series: Rebecca Zook’s Amish Romance. Granville is such an amazing talent. Not only has he written two beautiful books about the life of a young woman in Amish country, he is also a talented playwright who has written some fascinating plays about American history. …

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Rosie Walsh – Ghosted

This is an example of an author who is clever and talented. I love her author photos. So much personality. I would want to read her books just because she is so interesting. For all you writers out there — learn! You should have more than one — you never know which one might  touch the right chord.   She …

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Kelli Clare – Hidden

Oh, wow. When a summer read starts off with: “shoulders so broad…taut biceps…faded indigo t-shirt…tucked into close-fitting jeans….” Well, what the heck. Just sit back and enjoy it. That’s what a summer read is for — to send your mind into another world and one populated by a character as appealing as Will Hastings, a seductive Englishman* with an alluring …

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Leslie Carroll – American Princess

Leslie Carroll was one of the first guests on Joy on Paper. As every listener knows I love history — and Leslie’s historical novels are among the best. Her Marie Antoinette Trilogy is on the shelf behind my desk and I enjoy picking it up occasionally and re-reading passages. I was so thrilled to discover that she was asked to …

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