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Maria Gaetana Agnesi's 300th Birthday Giveaway!


     May 16, 2018 marks the 300th birthday of mathematician-turned-humanitarian Maria Gaetana Agnesi.  My research into her life led me to write Playing by Heart, with the novel's main character, Emilia, and her older sister, Maria, modeled on Maria Teresa Agnesi and Maria Gaetana Agnesi. I think it appropriate, then, to sponsor a giveaway of an autographed copy of the novel to celebrate Maria Gaetana's momentous birthday. See below for instructions on entering the giveaway. To read more about the Agnesi sisters, see this website I created in their honor.


Giveaway Instructions:

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter 1, 2, or all 3 ways:

  1. You must subscribe to my Creativity Newsletter to enter. (This option gives you 2 entries!)
    New subscribers: go to this page and subscribe to the newsletter BEFORE you enter your email address in the first option of the widget below. Then watch for an email confirming your subscription. After you click the link in that email, you'll have the opportunity to download a free thank you gift

    Current subscribers: simply enter your subscription email address in the first option of the widget below.

  2. Share a link to this blog post on your own blog or Facebook page and provide the URL of your post in the Rafflecopter widget below.

  3. Tweet about the giveaway using #PlayingbyHeart and tag @carmelamartino (my Twitter handle). Please provide the URL of your tweet in the Rafflecopter widget below.

If you have any problems entering, email me via the Contact page. Contest runs through May 31. Winners will be notified via email.


Open to those 18 years of age and over only. You must have a U.S. mailing address to receive the prize. Good luck!

P.S. If you've never entered a Rafflecopter giveaway, here's info on how to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway and the difference between signing in with Facebook vs. with an email address.


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The Pleasures and Perils of Writing Historical Fiction Presentation

I'll be discussing "The Pleasures and Perils of Writing Historical Fiction" at the Fountaindale Public Library this evening.

Below are the resources I'll be sharing, along with links to additional articles of interest. 



  • Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders: A Writer's (& Editor's) Guide to Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, & Myths by Susanne Alleyn
  • Writing Historical Fiction by Rhona Martin
  • Once Upon a Time It Was Now: The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction by James Alexander Thom
  • Turning Life into Fiction by Robin Hemley

Online Resources:

Additional articles of interest:

If you have a questions about my presentation, feel free to post it as a comment below or email me through my contact page.



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