Monday, August 22, 2016

Matilde of Ringelheim - The Prophetic Queen - Book Launch Special $2.99

"I WAS BORN with the ability to prophesize thefuture. The destinies I dream about are impossible toalter, despite my many attempts to do so. With vibrant clarity, nightly visions forewarn me of good fortune, butalsoof despair, discord, and death--always death."

To celebrate the launch of my 6th novel, The Prophetic Queen, the ebook is on sale until August 31st for $2.99.


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Matilde of Ringelheim, a paragon of virtue and achievement, a legendary woman of passion, beloved 10th-century queen, and saint of the Germanic states, was one of the most influential and charitable women in medieval history. Her story of love, family discord, betrayal, prophetic dreams, and political intrigue is an epic account of her history. 

As the virtuous daughter of a noble family educated in an abbey, young Matilde faces a promising future, but she keeps a secret. Through her dreams, she can predict the future. When Duke Heinrich of Thuringia arrives unannounced at the abbey and wishes to marry Matilde, her childhood is over. At fourteen, she weds the young, enigmatic duke. She must leave everything behind and learn to navigate the intricacies and intrigues of her new life as a duchess, and later as queen. 

Beset by great political intrigues, a ravaged people, fraught relationships, and yet inspired to a greater calling, Matilde sees what her future could hold if she could seize the moment—if her husband will believe in and act upon her prophetic dreams.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

THE PROPHETIC QUEEN - BOOK LAUNCH

I am excited to announce the release of my latest novel, THE PROPHETIC QUEEN: The Tumultuous Life of Matilde of Ringelheim. 

Matilde of Ringelheim, a paragon of virtue and achievement, a legendary woman of passion, beloved 10th-century queen, and saint of the Germanic states, was one of the most influential and charitable women in medieval history. Her story of love, family discord, betrayal, prophetic dreams, and political intrigue is an epic account of her history. 

As the virtuous daughter of a noble family educated in an abbey, young Matilde faces a promising future, but she keeps a secret. Through her dreams, she can predict the future. When Duke Heinrich of Thuringia arrives unannounced at the abbey and wishes to marry Matilde, her childhood is over. At fourteen, she weds the young, enigmatic duke. She must leave everything behind and learn to navigate the intricacies and intrigues of her new life as a duchess, and later as queen. 

Beset by great political intrigues, a ravaged people, fraught relationships, and yet inspired to a greater calling, Matilde sees what her future could hold if she could seize the moment—if her husband will believe in and act upon her prophetic dreams. 

Available now! 




Tuesday, July 19, 2016

THE BOOT - My new favourite ITALIAN TRATTORIA!



Being first generation Italian Canadian, I am passionate about Italian cuisine. Never would I have imagined that I would have an authentic Italian Trattoria right here in my home town of Cochrane, Alberta. THE BOOT is Cochrane's newest restaurant and I'm so excited that I have to rave about it!

THE BOOT is a new Italian Trattoria that is 100% authentic Italian located on 1st right across the street from Holy Spirit School. I'm Italian, so I know real Italian food when I see and taste it. And THE BOOT produces the best! The new restaurant has only been open for a few days, but it won't be long before you'll have to line up to dine there. The chefs are from Milano Italy and the Roman owner has an extensive background in Italian cuisine.

The menu is full of authentic Italian recipes. The pizza dough is from an ancient Roman recipe combing rice, soy, and wheat flour that is cured for 10 days before ready to make into a pizza and eat. I ordered the Pizza Capricciosa and my husband ordered his with pepperoni. The crust is thin with an incredibly chewy interior. We topped off our lunch with espresso and an incredibly delicious tiramisu.

This is my new favourite restaurant and I plan on attending often. Finally! Cochrane has an outstanding Trattoria that will rival those in the homeland! Love the friendly staff, meticulous preparation, and pride the staff has in everything they serve. Go there! Go there now! It's my new favourite!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Medieval Toilets - How they Pooed in Medieval Times


The reason I love writing historical fiction so much is the challenge and process of researching. I thoroughly enjoy digging into the past to learn how people survived during times of adversity or how they managed their day to day lives. To write a historical novel means you must immerse yourself completely in all the details that pertain to that period, from clothing to food, from marriage and death practices, and even how they managed their human waste. 

My novels (Orphan of the Olive Tree, The Novice, and The Pendant) all take place during the medieval period. Here's a piece of research that helps explain a little bit about toilets during these early centuries. It's a bit on the funny side, but pretty accurate. Enjoy....



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Daughters of the King - Filles du Roi


While I was researching my novel, The Betrothal, which is set in early 18th century New France, I learned about the daughters of the King, or Filles du Roi. You see, in the new world, especially New France, there were many more men than women. So the King of France at the time, especially chose daughters of good moral character to travel to New France and marry in order to populate the territory. The women were treated extremely well, and when they arrived, they had their choice of potential husbands among a huge number of eligible men.   Good records were kept of these brave young women who did their duty by marrying and producing children. This brief video describes this fascinating 18th century program.