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  1. Hi Sarah I just listened to your podcast review of St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America's Hippest Street
    by Ada Calhoun. First of all it was great to hear your lovely voice and accent. Second I'd never heard of St Marks Place or Ada Calhoun. So both were a revelation to me. It was obvious from your presentation that you really enjoyed this book. As a listener I found your enthusiasm for the book made me curious to know more about both St Marks Place and the author. Would you say this book falls in the genre of a "biography" of a place? Or is it more of a memoir of the author's experiences of St Marks Place? Or maybe both? Congratulations and best wishes for your future podcasts! John

  2. Thank you for your comment John! This is definitely a biography of St Marks Place. Ms. Calhoun does share her own experiences, but they are not central to the book. I highly recommend it and am glad you are interested!

  3. Hi Sarah,
    I'm so pleased to see 1066 Turned Upside Down on your Top Ten Tuesday today. As one of the creators, I'm delighted you enjoyed it. I was also wondering if, as an anglo-saxon fan, you would like to read one of the novels in my Queens of the Conquest series? If you are a Hardrada fan then you might like The Constant Queen about his wife, Elizaveta of Kiev? I could ask my publisher to send one to you if you are interested? All the best, Joanna Courtney

  4. Hi Joanna, thank you! I really loved the 1066 collection, that year is one of my favorites to play the "what-if" game with and it did not disappoint. I'd love to read one of those novels, I do not know much about Elizaveta at all. I am definitely interested and would be happy to read it, thank you! I have a Kindle, and my email address is

  5. As delighted as Joanna that you included 1066 Turned Upside Down among your Top Ten Tuesday today! Mine was the Roman story; alternate history is my writing genre, so the creators of the anthology invited me to contribute. I see you incline towards Romans and non-fiction. Have you read Augustus by Adrian Goldsworthy? Highly recommended!
    Anyway, if you would like to read more about alternate Roman heroines, I'd be delighted to send you any book from the Roma Nova thriller series.

    1. I LOVED that one! It was such a unique perspective and I did not expect it at all. It was a fabulous addition to the collection.

      I would be happy to read any you would like to share. Though, I will admit that my knowledge of Roman history is no where near what it is for the Plantagenets and Tudors. But I would always like to learn more and alternative history is increasingly interesting to me. I will take a look at the series and let you know, or is there one in particular you would like me to read?

    2. The first three books are one trilogy more or less in the present, the second, AURELIA, INSURRECTIO and RETALIO, take place over a period late 1960s to early 1980s. RETALIO will be out on 27 April. I would suggest starting with AURELIA. Would you like me to send you a copy (ebook or paperback)?

    3. Sure, that would be great. I'd love a paperback copy if you don't mind (I really like to show off books I receive from authors and publishers and it is easier to do with physical copies!) Will it come directly from you or a publisher? We can communicate through my blog on Facebook for me to get you my address and such. Thank you for this opportunity!