Joy Reed is the author of 16 romance novels*, an award-winning master's thesis, and the Seraphina Fox mystery series. Her works have been published around the world and translated into four languages. She has dabbled in teaching and is a dilettante scientist, but chiefly devotes herself to her twin loves of history and literature. Ms. Reed lives in the Greater Little Rock area with her long-suffering husband and an undisclosed number of cats and tarantulas. You can read her musings about life and literature on her blog BookJoy: http: //bookjoy.livejournal.com/ *Her mother says 26.