Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, "Loyalty’s Web" (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).
When she’s not writing, Joyce loves to read, play the piano, and spend time with her sister and friends. A highlight of her year is attending the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival .
Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in sweet medieval romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.
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The Lady and the Minstrel
Invited to play at a banquet, Robert the minstrel is stunned to come face to face with the girl he’s never forgotten—now Lady Marguerite of Winbourne, betrothed to a notorious earl. Her status as a noblewoman puts her completely out of Robert’s reach, but he knows they are meant to be together. He vows to make her his wife no matter what the cost. Can their love truly conquer all?
Loving Lucianna: A Hearts in Autumn Romance
Lucianna thinks herself too old to love again until Sir Balduin persuades her otherwise. But Lucianna’s brother appears without warning, threatening to revive a secret that will destroy Lucianna’s second chance at love.
"Loving Lucianna" is a the first in my “Hearts in Autumn” medieval romance series. Because you're never too old to fall in love!
Illuminations of the Heart
Siri is a medieval illuminator who bears an uncanny resemblance to Triston de Brielle's late wife. Or does she? Her merry laughter and twinkling eyes are very different from his late wife's shy smiles and quiet ways. She has illuminated many a priceless book with pen and paint, but can her own vibrant spirit illuminate the darkness in Triston’s soul and make his heart beat for her alone?
Heléne de Laurant has not forgotten how the Earl of Gunthar destroyed her father’s castle during the king’s war with his sons. When someone tries to murder Gunthar and suspicion falls on her family and friends, she races against time, and dark secrets of the past, to unmask the would-be killer. But can she reveal the truth before it claims the life of the man she has unexpectedly learned to love?
Name Your Medieval Character: Medieval Christian Names (12th-13th Centuries)
Medieval author Joyce DiPastena is always on the lookout for authentic medieval names for her characters. This book is a compilation of her 30-plus years of research into medieval Christian names. Here you will find over 800 female names and over 1500 male names. This book will prove a treasure trove for historical fiction writers, fantasy writers, gamers, or anyone who just enjoys names!
A Candlelight Courting: A Short Christmas Romance
When Burthred comes courting on Christmas Eve, Meg makes him swear on her box of holy relics that he will not pursue her. But her reliquary box holds a secret, one that will either join their hearts together or tear them apart. "Her stories will transport you through time." ~ Aimee Brown, "Getting Your Read On"
An Epiphany Gift for Robin
Award winning medieval romance author Joyce DiPastena brings you a touching Christmas tale of love and sacrifice set in the Middle Ages. While the Yule log roars in the great castle hearth and lords and ladies feast on Christmas goose, a serf family shivers in the cold. On the gift giving day of Epiphany, what can one poor peasant father do to bring light and hope to his wife and children?
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Smashwords book reviews by Joyce DiPastena
- Constant Hearts, Inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion
on June 13, 2011
Donna Hatch has done it again! "Constant Hearts" is a beautifully written Regency romance novelette. Donna is a master of clean romances that are nevertheless filled with heart-pulling emotion and passion. A wonderful read!
- Surviving Denmark on a bag of peach rings, and tips for enjoying travel to the oldest kingdom in the world
on May 23, 2012
Tina Scott shared with me a few of her experiences visiting Denmark during a writers retreat and writers conference that we attended together, so when I heard that she had published a travel guide, I was eager to read “the full story.” Her book did not disappoint. Reading Surviving Denmark on a bag of peach rings brought back memories and comparisons with a trip to Italy I took with my sister, and I can testify that the travel tips Tina threads throughout her book will be highly helpful to anyone contemplating not only a trip to Denmark, but to any of the countries of Europe. I’ve already highlighted many places in Denmark that I am eager to visit for myself someday…some Viking museums, some Danish castles, and of course, the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, to name only a few! Whether you are an armchair traveler or lucky enough to be planning a trip of your own to Denmark, Surviving Denmark on a bag of peach rings will be well worth your time to study and enjoy!