Silk and Song

Silk and Song is the novel I’ve wanted to write for years, about Marco Polo’s granddaughter traveling the Silk Road west from 1322 to 1327, China to England. Some of you may remember Paula working on it in The Singing of the Dead. I figured I might as well use it somewhere while I waited for a publisher to realize what they were missing.

They never did, so I published it myself. And so…


Everything Under the Heavens

This, as astute readers will notice, is Book I. Book II, also known as By the Shores of the Middle Sea, comes out in the fall of 2014, and the third, The Land Beyond, in spring 2015. For now, get your first taste right here:

In audio:

  • on Amazon
  • on Audible
  • on iTunes.

  • In e:

  • Amazon.US
  • Amazon.UK
  • Amazon.AU
  • Apple iBooks
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Kobo

  • In trade paperback.

  • When all three volumes are published, we will be publishing a single, signed with-as-many-curlicues-as-I-can-manage collector’s edition, an eye-popper with a leather slipcase and maps and illustrated letters and gilt edges and silk bookmarks. Or some iteration thereof. Just for the fun of it.

    And you absolutely will have to read it with white gloves on.

    It’s an adventure. Wish me luck!

    Indoor plumbing, Silk Road style

    With Persian bandits marauding this far east, the sooner they were behind caravanserai walls, the better. In Turkey, I saw my first caravanserai. It was built in the time of the Seljuks, but the caravanserais in Johanna’s time would have … Continue reading


    Next to Ahmed’s stall green-glazed earthenware jars of olive oil, big enough to hold both Johanna and Jaufre with room to spare, were stacked against bales of hay. The vendor had set up a crude wooden table with a bowl … Continue reading

    One of the best things my writing life has ever given me.

    That would be the Danamaniacs, best described as non-fan fans. By which I mean they aren’t so boring that they only read me. (And Sandy named them, so don’t start with me over the name.) There are five managers, Sandy, … Continue reading