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…

Ta-dah!

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!


    “Well, and about time, too!”

    A scene from By the Shores of the Middle Sea, aka Silk and Song II, just for you: North Wind slid in front of the other horse as if he were not even there, and by the second turn his … Continue reading

    The silk in the Silk Road.

    Those are silk cocoons, spun by silk worms who have fed long and well on mulberry leaves. There is a fire beneath the caldron, and this lady is boiling them in water to make the very end of the strands … Continue reading

    Where Shasha shops.

    So this would be the spice market in Yarkand, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, in October 2005. One of our group had a horrible cold, so we went inside and visited an elderly gentleman who had his shingle out as … Continue reading