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!

    “Concubines had been a feature of life in Cambaluc, too.”

    One Talikan, Spring, 1323 Concubines had been a feature of life in Cambaluc, too. Johanna’s own grandmother had been concubine to the great Kublai Khan before being given in marriage to her grandfather, the honored Marco Polo. It was natural … Continue reading

    “Johanna had never been so bored.”

    One Talikan, Spring, 1323 Johanna had never been so bored. There was no lack of comfort in the harem, that was true enough. The blue-tiled floors had been built over a hypocaust, and were warm both winter and summer. So … Continue reading

    Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love ya! Tomorrow!

    In Everything Under the Heavens, 16-year old Johanna and her companions fled Cambaluc and her murderous stepmother to join her uncle’s westbound caravan on the Silk Road. At Terak Pass, where Mongol China ends and the scattered sheikdoms of the … Continue reading