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C. P. Lesley

Bookworm, writer, radio host—I blog about history, fiction, and publishing in the Internet Age. You can find the full blog on my website. This space is for books.

C. W. Gortner fans, you know who you are. He has a new book out, about the actress Sarah Bernhardt, and he answers questions about her and the novel on my blog today.


For those who can never enough Jane Austen (you know who you are!), today's blog post revisits my recent New Books in Historical Fiction interview with Janice Hadlow, former BBC producer and author of a nonfiction study of George III and his family, about her debut novel based on Pride and Prejudice.


Interview with Michelle Cox on my blog today. This, the latest of her mystery series set in 1930s Chicago, came out just this week.



In these troubled times, it's wonderful to take literary journeys, even if we can't make physical ones. Stefania Auci's new novel (bestseller in Italy, now in English translation) offers a family saga set in 19th-century Sicily, and in this week's blog post I include some snippets as well as a brief overview.


Never heard of the American artist Agnes Pelton, who painted from the 1910s through the 1950s? You're not alone. Find out more from this new historical novel, just out from She Writes Press. I have a podcast interview with the author, Mari Coates, just up on the Literary Hub as of April 17, and on the New Books Network earlier in the week. (You can hear the interview via the LitHub link.


A whole bunch of books in this week's bookshelf post. What's on your reading list for spring?




This week's blog post highlights my New Books in Historical Fiction interview with Maya Rodale and her Gilded Age Girls Club series, book 3 of which is due out at the end of March.


This week's blog post, "The Fifties Mystique," looks at two new novels from William Morrow, both centered on 1951–1952. Book covers below.


Anyone remember the time when you needed an operator just to place a call?



A quick look into the world of my own latest novel, Song of the Shaman. Its heroine faces a lot of questions like this. It happens when you travel in trance to other worlds. Very cute owl, though...


Revisiting my recent interview with Gabrielle Mathieu, host of New Books in Fantasy and Adventure, a podcast channel on the New Books Network, on my blog this week.


If you like innovative, exciting, historical fantasy, the Berona's Quest series is for you.


This week's blog post revisits my New Books in Historical Fiction interview with Joan Schweighardt, author of the Rivers Trilogy and many other novels.


And because I do write my own novels, too, here's a quick look at the scene where the heroine meets the hero (although of course, they don't know that yet).



This week's post is an interview with Philip Cioffari, whose latest novel is the perfect match for Valentine's Day.


Just what you guys need: more book recommendations, right? :-)


Anyhow, here's my quarterly short list of what's on my bookshelf right now.


Ushering in 2020

I make New Year's resolutions only for writing, but if you'd like to know what I'll be up to next year, you can find a short list in this week's blog post.


Interview with Molly Greeley, whose debut novel, The Clergyman's Wife, just came out with William Morrow. Pride & Prejudice fans, this one's for you!