|For Book Clubs:
delighted to chat with book clubs anywhere in English or en
español by previous appointment via telephone or Skype.
If your book club has access to a speaker phone or Skype, simply
click on the envelope to send your request. Please be sure to
tell me about your book group and any questions you might have.
If I know you personally or we have a mutual acquaintance, I may be available to visit your book group in person. I don't ask for payment as long as I don't have to travel out of my way and most of the members buy the book.
My books are all in-print and available in paperback editions. Some are also available in Kindle.
I'm happy to talk about any of my books but especially the most recent: Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual. It is available in paperback, Kindle and also in Spanish as Odisea metafísica hacia la Revolución Mexicana: Francisco I. Madero y su libro secreto, Manual espírita.
Some fun things for book groups:
Haunted Historical Fiction: The Curious Coincidences Concerning Senator Claiborne Pell's Mansion
How thin is the veil between our world and the next? I have no doubt that sometimes, if only for a whisper of a moment, it lifts enough that we can hear, smell, glimpse, even touch those on the other side. . . READ MORE Or... listen to the podcast, available free on iTunes.
The Top 5 of the Tussie-Mussie
A "tussie-mussie" is a bouquet of flowers and herbs (and just the thing for a Washington DC belle to press to her nose as she walks through the markets of 19th century Mexico City ) READ MORE
What Connects You to the 1860s?
My novel is based on the true, strange, and heart-breaking story of, as the title says, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire. If youve never heard of Mexicos little half-American prince, not to worry: even many beautifully educated Mexicans have not. Mexicos 19th-century history is, to make an understatement, labyrinthically labyrinthical. (I like to say, if youve heard of Santa Anna and you know that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexicos Independence Day, youre doing OK.) . . . READ MORE
A Book Group Meeting Menu
Apart from controversy, there's nothing better than some yummy cake and jolt of coffee to get a book group going. For The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, my novel based on the true story of 19th century Mexico, I beg you, skip those gloppy nachos and so very twentieth-century-American-tourist "margaritas"; they would not only put everyone to sleep, but they would be no more appropriate than, say, hamburgers and Pepsi for Gone with the Wind. May I suggest some café de olla and Mrs. Yorke's raisin cakes? Recipes follow. Who is Mrs. Yorke, and what is she doing in a novel about Mexico? . . . READ MORE..
Reading Group Guide
From the publisher, Unbridled Books. Includes background and discussion about the book, as well as an author interview and suggested reading list.
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