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It’s been a while since I’ve updated–November was a crazy month! Now December has rolled in and we’re at the one week—well, 6-day—countdown to the release of the all-in-one version of The Knife of Narcissus. I hope the collected edition will entice a few new readers to try the story!

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The end of the serial is almost here . . .

There will be a guest post, review, and a giveaway of the entire seriesincluding the sequel novella Saturnalia—at Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews; plus, to go with the bonus novella, the cover reveal for Saturnalia. It’s my first “real” cover reveal. I’m all excited 🙂


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It’s about two days to the release of the seventh and final part of The Knife of Narcissus on Monday, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the readers and reviewers who have been following the saga feel about the whole thing—both about the resolution for our heroes, and about the experience of reading the story in installments. Boy Meets Boy Reviews has some thoughts already.

One thing a reader might wonder about here at the end of Lucius and Trio’s tale is: why send a story out into the world as a serial, if the entire thing will be available eventually in one volume? I go back to my thoughts about serials in the guest post on Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews way back in August when this all began:

Some tales can be limericks. Some can be the epic of Gilgamesh. Ebooks also make it easy to send installments to readers—no more hanging around on the docks waiting to grab the latest chapter of David Copperfield. Which is great for the way I write. When I saw other romance writers using the serial format, it was as if someone had unlocked a door and said it’s all right to step through too.

At a workshop an awfully long time ago, the main critique for the story I brought was that, instead of following a traditional three-act structure, readers counted four, five, six, seven acts…and the story wasn’t even finished. It wanted to be nine acts. Maybe eleven. It wasn’t sure. I stuck it in a trunk and shut the lid so I wouldn’t have to hear it complain anymore. It took years of struggling against my instincts to realise that what I was writing were episodes in a story of many parts that didn’t easily fit the classic structure….

In all, it’s been an interesting experience to publish a serial, and I’ll have much more to say about it after I’ve had a chance to absorb and reflect. The novel I’m working on now won’t, I suspect, be published in parts. It’s more compact, a more tidy narrative. It is, however, also set in ancient Rome, because I cannot get enough of the place. And there’s more to tell about Lucius’s world.

Did I say above that this the end of Lucius and Trio’s story? I misspoke.

Alas, there will be no gladiators.

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The Knife of Narcissus part 7 releases next Monday. It’s been a busy two weeks here at the imperial villa (well, the very small house with big aspirations), so there hasn’t been a chance for many updates here on the site. But look for more this weekend.

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The Knife of Narcissus part 6 releases next Monday and will be available at all the usual places. Once again there will be a guest post, review, and giveaway at Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews.

This installment’s guest post is on Roman Emperors—the crazy kind. (Yes, there were non-crazy ones, too, but it was hard to find them in the crowd of complete nutters.)

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Knife of Narcissus 65 days to the release of The Knife of Narcissus 6!

I’m pretty excited about this part of the serial and where it takes our heroes in their long summer journey (and let’s not forget the heroines).

Stand by for information about giveaways and guest posts!

An excerpt

(could be spoilery if you haven’t read through part 5):

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Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews reviews Book IIIKeep an eye out for a guest post and GIVEAWAY on the Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews site, appearing on September 8th! This guest post will be all about food…and how to make cookies real-old-school style. Weird but delish.

My writing challenge for the week after the book release: I’ll share some other tried-and-true (and untried-and-crazy) Roman recipes every day in 140 characters or less @carolynechand. When there’s time, I’ll actually make the recipe so I can post pics. No promises that I can get my hands on a dormouse, or that, if I do, the dormouse will be on board with being put in a stew pot.

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small cover 3 iconIt’s Labor Day in the US and also 7 days to the release of The Knife of Narcissus Book 3. There will be at least a couple of reviews on release day from some of my favourite bloggers, including 3 Chicks After Dark, and a guest post on Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews about Roman cookery. So pull up a plate for a helping of jellied turtle eggs, fermented fish sauce, and asafoetida (aka “devil’s dung”)…plus a recipe for grape-sweetened cookies 🙂

I’ve given myself a writing challenge for the week after the book release: I’ll share some of my other favourite Roman recipes every day in 140 characters or less @carolynechand. I have no idea if I can do this. Let’s find out!

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KoN3 coverStay tuned for info about guest posts, giveaways, and for links to reviewers’ reactions to the third part in the serial! There will be cookies.

(a little spoilery if you haven’t read the first two books yet)

Lucius Sentius had always assumed the debauched and corrupt days of Nero were over. He was wrong. Being celibate and sober may be good for the reputation, but it’s a dead-end path for an ambitious young Roman hoping to rise to wealth and power in the city.

His friendship with the man he loves has been broken by the flare of passion between them, his wife has a better command of his household than he does, and gossip around the city about his hedonistic lifestyle is growing faster than any actual wantonness. When his new brother-in-law hires him to take on a mysterious task for a powerful, unidentified patron that requires someone willing to set aside all scruples, Lucius throws himself into a chance to prove his worth.

It’s enough to make a man turn to the gods for help. The one goddess who seems to listen—to the right sort of worship—is Venus….

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Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews reviews Knife of Narcissus 1-2

I’m thrilled to announce an upcoming review, guest post, and GIVEAWAY on the Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews site on August 21! With each installment of the serial, I’ve been invited to talk about writing the story and to share some of the weirder facts about ancient life that I’ve discovered along the way—and also of course there will be giveaways of each book. Please join me there!

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