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"This is a story about passion, bloodshed, desire, and death: everything, in fact, that makes life worth living." --Irma la Douce

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The Cavalier of the Apocalypse is FREE at Barnes & Noble for Nook and at! (Download in all e-reader formats including Kindle)

Romans Were Known For Their Aquaducks, the latest offering from my Spyderwort Press, is a hilarious collection of genuine student bloopers that cover Western civilization from Roman aquaducks and the ancient Egyptian Shinx to Carol Marx, the inventor of socialism. (No, it's not by me, though I edited/​published it on behalf of the long-suffering college professor who compiled it.) A great giggle or gift for the history fan. FREE for a limited time at Smashwords and Barnes & Noble. Available for Kindle (99 cents) or in paperback from Amazon and other online retailers worldwide. (Scroll down to see the cover in the left-hand column.)

Buy the paperback edition of Aquaducks at and get the Kindle version FREE with the paperback via Amazon's Kindle MatchBook program. This offer is retroactive—if you already bought the paperback new at Amazon, you can still get the free eBook for your Kindle. Or buy the paperback as a gift for a friend and keep the eBook for yourself.

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Selected Works

The Aristide Ravel Mysteries:
Stand-alone Historical Novels:
Biographical fiction about Charles-Henri Sanson, Paris's public executioner
A reimagining of Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities
A Writer’s (and Editor’s) Guide to Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, and Myths
An annotated edition of Charles Dickens's classic novel.

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