Book porn.

For me, anyway. You judge for yourself.

Head of Zeus (my British publisher) assistant editor Sophie writes

Attached is our final jacket for Silk and Song. The foil detail is going to look extraordinary!


HoZ Silk and Song cover-front

I’ll be signing it in person at the Poisoned Pen at 2pm on Saturday, December 2nd.

Click here to pre-order your copy now.


Silk and Song 1 for free!

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Today at the Poisoned Pen…

…why, that would be me, signing the trade paperback edition of the third and final novel in the Silk and Song Trilogy!

I’ll be in the house from 2-3:30pm today, December 5, talking about this story of my heart and how I came to write it (thus irritating all you Kate Shugak fans out there, yes, I know), and signing all three books. Which, she says modestly, would make a fine, fine Christmas gift for that reader in your family who likes their history romantic.

Click on the covers below to order the full set and I’ll sign ’em all and the Poisoned Pen will mail them out to whomever you say. Come! on! down! if you can. There will be door prizes.

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If you can’t make it in person, the Poisoned Pen has you covered:
Email or call toll free (888) 560-9919.

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The story so far: In Everything Under the Heavens, Johanna flees the murderous intentions of her evil step-mother in Cambaluc only to fall into the treacherous hands of Sheik Mohammed of Talikan’s lascivious son, the slimy Sabir. In By the Shores of the Middle Sea, the company is scattered across the vast reaches of the fracturing Mongol empire and must find their separate ways to Gaza and from there to Venice, where Johanna hopes to meet her grandfather, the legendary Marco Polo.

In The Land Beyond, the third and concluding novel, Johanna and Jaufre and their friends must find a new home in the West in the teeth of brutal barons and lady pirates and deposed kings.

Extra, extra, read all about it!

The Land Beyond, the third and final novel in the Silk and Song trilogy, is now available for downloading from all your finer e-book emporiums! Whoop!

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Johanna and Jaufre left Everything Under the Heavens in search of her grandfather. Tried by treachery, tested by war and challenged by the very Road itself, they have at last found their way to the shores of the Middle Sea and the storied streets of Venice itself, the gateway to the East, only to find Marco Polo on his deathbed. Where do they go from here?

Find your link of choice below:


I’ll be signing the trade paperback edition of The Land Beyond at the Poisoned Pen at 2pm Saturday, December 5th. Pre-order your copy here. Barbara is ordering extra copies of Everything Under the Heavens and By the Shores of the Middle Sea so you can buy all three at once and have me sign them for you.

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Marguerite Gavin says she is beginning the audio recording of Book II. Book I is already available in audio format right here.

Click here to read the latest edition of the Roadhouse Report and catch up on all the rest of the news, including the latest on Kate21.

In the meantime, check out the killer prices on the first two e-books by clicking on the images above. Nice.

And you should definitely click on the image below so you can watch people all over the world open the Roadhouse Report in real time. My favorite part of every newsletter. Hello, Poona, India! Hello, Auckland, New Zealand! Hello, Perth, Australia! Hello, Nottingham, England! Hello, Rockland, Maine! And hello there, Wasilla, Alaska!Roadhouse Report Worldview

Early morning message from Scott Gere down at GDP…

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Or you could just click on the cover below. She whispered enticingly.

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Silk and Song II, or let the buckling and swashing continue!

Here’s the livestream from the Poisoned Pen’s launch of By the Shores of the Middle Sea event on November 29th.

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“A horse’s whinny, imperious and insistent, was heard, and Johanna laughed.”


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Talikan, Spring, 1323

A horse’s whinny, imperious and insistent, was heard, and Johanna laughed. “Ihsan! Open the door before North Wind opens it for you!”

The door opened and Johanna shot through the opening as if she had been loosed from a bow. Still, North Wind was there before her.

Ihsan, the stable master, was the only man in Sheik Mohammed’s entire stables who could even marginally handle North Wind without injury. He was certainly the only one courageous enough to saddle and lead the stallion from his stall, and smart enough to flatten himself hastily against the stable wall as the great white stallion moved past him at a gait unsuitable for the relatively cramped quarters of the stable yard. She laughed again, caught a handful of mane and swung herself up on North Wind’s back. He didn’t stop as she settled into place, continuing on toward the double doors of the stable yard, his intent obvious. Either someone would open the doors or North Wind would go right through them.

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