Smashwords Does It Again

A Queens Revenge smIt’s another piece of good news (and countless hours of programming) from Mark Coker and the team at Smashwords. Readers and writers alike can now take advantage of pre-orders on great new releases at Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Apple’s iBooks, and of course Smashwords.

A Queen’s Revenge is up and running with pre-orders now, with huge thanks to Mark and the team for making this feature available.

Lions and Emperors

Lion_waiting_in_NamibiaIn ancient Rome, the emperor Elagabalus loved to play pranks on people. He hid wild lions in his guests’ bedrooms, catapulted snakes into the crowds at the arena, and even invented an early type of whoopee cushion.

But then, that’s what you get when you put a 15-year-old in charge of the Roman empire!

Chalk and Cheese

Various bread 1024White bread was still a luxury in the Georgian era (1714-1837) but some of its ingredients weren’t too appetizing. That’s because bakers would often add chalk to make the bread look even whiter.

The Victorians had their share of odd (and sometimes dangerous) ingredients too. Beer often contained strychnine, Venetian lead was found in chocolate, and copper was sometimes added to butter to give it a richer colour.