The Roman Massacre from The Smoke In Shadows

I like to use historical details as a background for the stories I write. In The Smoke in Shadows, a Roman ambush is a major plot element. It's based on an actual event that took place several centuries before Darius' ambush, and in Germany, not in Northern Italy. I found the account in an article …

Pollo Alle Melograne–Chicken with Pomegranates

I'm a big fan of creating atmosphere through the use of description and details--the experts tell you this is "adding context." Characters don't just stand around talking in a vacuum--they are someplace. As readers, we want to see, taste, hear, feel that someplace and have a similar emotional experience as our characters. That includes all …

Summer Reading: The Darkness in Dreams

Goodreads Review from Kristine for The Darkness In Dreams: This novel was phenomenal. I won a copy in a giveaway, and I couldn’t be happier. With realistic fun characters, a unique and interesting plot full of suspense, action, surprises, twists, and turns, and a vivid, fluid writing style, I felt like I was right there …