I’m excited to announce the publication of the The Towers of Tuscany with New Arcadia Publishing. The novel is available for purchase online as either an e-book on Amazon Kindle or a print book from this website or from Amazon.
Reviews are coming in (read some at The Towers of Tuscany) and I’m particularly excited to include “blurbs” from three well-known historical fiction authors on the cover of the print version.
Roberta Rich, bestselling author of The Midwife of Venice and The Harem Midwife, very kindly provided the blurb “The clever dialogue and fast pace make the novel zing” for the front cover of the novel.
“The Towers of Tuscany is a delightful escape to the Siena we all love. Carol Cram has crafted a delicious story about a strong woman torn between her secret past, her love of painting and the forbidden charms of her rich patron. Hard to resist and highly recommended!” – Anne Fortier, Author of The Lost Sisterhood and the New York Times bestseller, Juliet
“Carol Cram’s lush descriptions and intriguing characters bring this dramatic tale of medieval Tuscany to life. If you love Italian art, a feisty heroine, and a page-turning plot, you will adore this novel.” – Deborah Swift, Author of A Divided Inheritance
And finally, I’m over the moon to receive a lovely review from from awesome Sci Fi writer Spider Robinson (and fellow Bowen Islander).
“This is a startlingly first-rate piece of historical fiction, featuring one of the most endearing protagonists in years: an orphaned young girl who wants nothing on earth but the one thing that her society forbids her: the power to make art. Her struggle to realize her visions in the face of almost-universal disapproval of feminine creativity sets the stage for a superb story, so well told that it just seems to occur rather than being composed. Ms. Cram and I both live on a tiny island, so I was careful to buy a discreet Kindle copy of this book, so that if I didn’t care for it, I could pretend I hadn’t seen it yet. I should have saved my subterfuge: Ms. Cram is a distinguished colleague I am honoured to know however slightly, and I look forward eagerly to any future stories she chooses to tell.”
In the month of November, 2013, I completed my first NaNoWriMo–National November Writing Month. I wrote 50,000 words of a brand new novel which will be the first in a series of novels about Isabette Gruber, a concert pianist who launches her career in Vienna on the day Beethoven is buried (March 29, 1827). Stay tuned! Isabette’s adventures during one of classical music’s most turbulent and exciting eras (the so-called “Romantic” era) are just beginning.
I’m also writing a lot of short stories, flash fiction, and other forms of short fiction. Recently, one of my stories “Old Friends” was included in a new online magazine – The 3Elements Review. You can read the story online. Another story “The Company Picnic” was published this year in This Island We Love, an anthology of stories and poems by Bowen Island writers. The book is available for sale from the Bowen Island Arts Council.
Pastel and Pen
Pastel and Pen: Two Ways of Seeing is a collaboration with artist Gregg Simpson that will be published in the next few months. Pastel and Pen chronicles our travels from the point of view of my writing and a selection of the pastels and small paintings Gregg completed on the road.
In addition, I am the author of over fifty textbooks on computers and business communications, primarily for Course Technology-Cengage Learning in Boston. Check out the list of my titles on my companion business Web site: Carol Cram Consulting.