๐Ÿฅ‚๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—•๐—ฌ ๐—™๐—œ๐—ฅ๐—˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜!!!

As of today, And by Fire is on shelves everywhere! Thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered (with a special shout out to my Pyros and First Sparks)! If you havenโ€™t already purchased your copy of And by Fire, I hope I can tempt you to do so today, on launch day. I am dying (well…

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The Early Reviews for AND BY FIRE Are in And I am Thrilled!

Less than a week to launch day crime-readers! And by Fire will be on shelves everywhere May 10th and I canโ€™t wait to start getting pictures of it โ€œvisitingโ€ readers across states and continents. Seriously, if you spot And by Fire in the wild (say at your local bookstore) or it arrives at your door,…

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Announcing the FRIENDS OF FIRE Reader Promotion

Sometimes early birds donโ€™t get worms . . . they get FABULOUS, fiery, BOOK SWAG ๐Ÿ˜‰ Today I am launching my ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ Friends of Fire Reader Incentive ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ a swag extravaganza designed to celebrate reader enthusiasm for And by Fire. The Friends of Fire Incentive will reward up to fifty [yes, 50] readers who pre-order…

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No Tea No Shade . . . King Charles IIโ€™s Queen Did NOT Introduce Tea to England, But She Made It Fashionable

So, hereโ€™s the skinny: Catherine of Braganza (wife of Englandโ€™s King Charles II) loved tea, but she cannot be credited for introducing tea to the British. Catherine did, however, almost single-handedly turn tea into widely consumed and very fashionable beverage. Where did Catherineโ€™s penchant for tea come from? Portugal. After all she was a Portuguese…

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Point of Ignition: Where the Great Fire of London REALLY Started

For precisely 350 years, everyone in England believed that Pudding Lane was THE London hotspotโ€”the place, on the property of Thomas Farrinerโ€™s bakery, that the Great Fire of London sparked. Then a historian and House of Commons Clerk said nope, not so. Yes, the Great Fire beganโ€”as generations of British school children had learnedโ€”on the…

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And By Fire Book Trailer Reveal

Thrilled to share the book trailer for my upcoming novel, And by Fire! I have goosebumps! How about you? And by Fire releases inย  less than 2 months (May 10, 2022), but you can pre-order your copy now wherever books are soldโ€”including SIGNED copies from my exclusive source, Bards Alley (a women owned Indie bookstore).…

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A Flat with a View: Niโ€™s place in Bankside

In And by Fire DI Nigella Parker enjoys a posh lifestyle. Not, to be clear, on her salary from the City Police of London (I am writing fiction, not fantasy), but because she comes from a wealthy, Oxbridge educated family. Central to her daily life is a flat in Bankside purchased with money inherited from…

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Pre-Order a SIGNED Copy of AND BY FIRE

โœ๏ธI like my books like I like my checksโ€”SIGNED.โœ๏ธ Seriously, there is something extra special about a signed copy of a book, and my signed copies have pride of place in my personal library. If, like me, you get a thrill when you flip open the copy of a novel and see the authorโ€™s signature…

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Kirkus Reviews AND BY FIRE, and a DISCOUNT on Pre-Orders!!!

Iโ€™ve always had MAD RESPECT for folks who Bookstagramโ€”you know the ones, with the gorgeous, staged pictures of books with props. Itโ€™s an art-form truly. And I assumed it took a heck of a lot of work. SO GUESS WHAT I DECIDED TO DO FOR FUN LAST WEEKEND? That’s right–take some glamour shots of my…

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