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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.

Interview with the author at New Books in Historical Fiction. One for the time-travel romance fans, but with several interesting twists. I really enjoyed the book, but the interview was even more fun!


The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli - Alyssa Palombo

Interview with the author on my blog this week.

Normally I don't share links to blog posts about writing/publishing here, but all of you who can't finish books because they go into print without proper editing, typesetting, and proofing may appreciate this one from last Friday: “Catching Fleas.” And yes, I haven’t actually vanished from the planet, but I'm off work and in heavy-duty writing mode at present, plus I am in various stages of that editing, typesetting, and proofing for no fewer than four Five Directions Press titles due out in the next six months—including The Falcon Strikes, book 2 in Gabrielle Mathieu’s historical fantasy series, shown here.


Finding Billy Battles: An Account of Peril, Transgression and Redemption - Ronald E Yates

Interview with the author at New Books in Historical Fiction. He's a journalist by training and inclination, as well as a former radio host, so lots of fun to listen to even if the book is not your usual cup of tea.

Their Finest Hour and a Half - Lissa Evans

Q&A with the author, Lissa Evans, on my blog this week. The book has been renamed Their Finest for its US release, which took place last month, and as the new cover shows, it’s on its way to becoming a film—which seems appropriate for a book about screenwriting in World War II.


A Certain Age: A Novel - Beatriz Williams The Wicked City - Beatriz Williams

Book post at “The Roaring Twenties.”

More Winter Reading

And for those still looking for books to go under that Christmas tree (or whatever other winter holiday symbol you care to adopt), here are my suggestions of “Books for the Fireside,” including this one, published just today.


The Bookseller's Tale - Ann Swinfen

It's the winter holidays. The first snow has just appeared outside my window. What's better than a blazing fire, hot cocoa, a snuggly cat or two, and a good book? For some suggestions for titles along those roads less traveled, including Ann Swinfen's new Oxford Medieval Mystery series, see the December 2016 "Books We Loved" post from Five Directions Press.

The Invasion of the Tearling - Erika Johansen The Fate of the Tearling - Erika Johansen

This week's post, "Future Past, and Past Future," looks at the Tearling series as a whole.

The Devious Debutante (Love In New Orleans Series Book 3) - Ursula LeCoeur

This week's blog post explores themes from my New Books in Historical Fiction interview with Ursula LeCoeur, about this book and its predecessors.

The Past: A Novel - Tessa Hadley

More recommendations for that bulging TBR list: Five Directions Press's monthly roundup of "Books We Loved."

The Pearl and the Carnelian - Annabel Fielding

Interview with Annabel Fielding is this week's blog post. A maid and her mistress find each other amid the swirling right-wing politics of Britain between the wars. A new and different—if not always perfectly edited—take on the Mosley scandal and the rise of fascism in Europe.

New holiday romance

Just realized how long it's been since I posted to this site. Sorry about that!


Five Directions Press, the publishing coop that I co-founded, has just released a sparkling new contemporary romance, A Holiday Wish, first in the Silver Bells series. You can find out all about it on my blog post this week, including endorsements and links to excerpts. But here's just a taste. If you love a funny, ultimately lighthearted romance that focuses more on character than on bodies, this one's for you.


All True Not a Lie in It - Alix Hawley

On point of view, present/past, and why historical novelists may want to shake it up a bit: "History in Present Tense."

More summer reading recommendations from me and my fellow authors at Five Directions Press: Books We Loved, Aug. 2016. One example pasted in below.


Black Run - Antonio Manzini Adam's Rib: A Rocco Schiavone Mystery (Rocco Schiavone Mysteries) - Antonio Manzini

Tired of those 98-degree days? Take a literary trip to the Italian Alps in the company of the hard-boiled, not to say truculent detective Rocco Schiavone in this week's blog post.