Updated May 18, 2018
- Twilight Empress hits it big in Belgium. Thanks to Bookfever for the lovely review:
“It’s been a long time since I stayed up late to finish a book…I just couldn’t stop reading and had this intense need to know how it all would end.”
- Raggedy Moon Books put out a book trailer for Tokoyo. It looks gorgeous!
- A lovely review of Tokoyo at Three Show Saturday
“Tokoyo [comes] through as a strong, independent and courageous young woman…Overall an entertaining read that will impress readers ages 8 to 10.”
- A five-star review of Tokoyo, the Samurai’s Daughter at Bookish Delights
“It was outstanding! You are swept away not only by the beautiful storytelling, but also the wonderful illustrations. [It’s] a remarkable illustrated middle-grade book that is incredibly inspiring and touching. I highly recommend reading it!”
- a lovely review of Tokoyo at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
“There are dangers, trials, struggles, surprises, and a whole lot of heart… I enjoyed the tale told, the traditions shared, and the values celebrated.”
- Another great review for Tokoyo at Middle Grade Minded
“The story is a winner from the start…It is both thought-provoking and likely to encourage young readers to seek more knowledge and a greater understanding of the world around them.”
- The Kirkus Review for Twilight Empress came in a winner! Kirkus is tricky and many authors have been severely disappointed. So, I’m very happy with their review.
“…the prose is tight and clean throughout, and the characters’ missions are always clear despite the complexities of the situations. A fun, fast read…”
- Five-star review of Tokoyo, the Samurai’s Daughter at Robbie’s Inspiration blog. Thanks Robbie!
“My son, Michael, aged eleven years old…loved this book so much that he actually read on ahead by himself which is very unusual.”
- Lovely review of Tokoyo, the Samurai’s Daughter at Log Cabin Library. Thanks, Brenda!
“Tokoyo is both strong-willed and talented…Just by looking at the cover you can see the determination in her eyes. She is also quite brave and a lovely heroine…”
I’m on tour!
Follow me at these blogs for reviews, guest posts, interviews and giveaways:
“Overall, a breathtaking and immense journey through one inspirational and impactful woman’s life in Rome.”
“TWILIGHT EMPRESS by Faith L. Justice is exactly the type of book I mention when people ask me why I love Historical Fiction so much.”
“This is truly a sumptuous treat for bookworms and historical fiction lovers…I would recommend this to a friend. 100%!”
“Twilight Empress is an utterly captivating read…I’m excited to read more by this author.”
“…the author had a way of keeping my interest and want to keep reading.”
“I absolutely loved this book!…The author’s writing is superb, and she did a wonderful job of bringing Placida to life for her readers.”
“In three words: Intriguing, dramatic, well-researched”
“There was enough action so there was no dull moment…I can’t wait to read the next one.”
“Twilight Empress is a fast-paced historical novel that is filled with romance, political and courtly intrigue, and drama that it will keep you turning the pages…”
Tuesday, October 3
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Wednesday, October 4
Interview & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
“… a fascinating story of a powerful woman… a promising start to a new series!”
- All my books (eBooks) are on sale or free at Smashwords.com through July 31 through their annual “Summer Winter Sale.” Get all three of my novels for less than a Starbucks coffee. Sample all my short fiction collections and my newest children’s book for FREE! Details here.
- Presented “How Far Can a Horse Travel in a Day and Other Questions of Historical Travel” with Mary Ann Trail (author of Uniting Enemies: A Historical Novel of 1801) at the 2017 Historical Novel Society Convention in Portland, Oregon. At 8:00 am Saturday against the annual “State of Historical Fiction” by editors and agents. We didn’t expect more than a handful of people to show up, but quit counting at 80! Our presentation was very well received. You can access PDF’s of the Portland Powerpoint Presentation 6-20-17 and the handout The Devil is in the Historical Details.
- My middle-grade illustrated chapter book, Tokoyo, the Samurai’s Daughter is now out in print and ebook! The illustrations by Kayla Gilliam are spectacular.
- Over a decade in the making. Twilight Empress: A Novel of Imperial Rome is finally out in print and pixels from Raggedy Moon Books. Check out that gorgeous cover by Jenny Quinlin.
- May ended up a banner month. The Reluctant Groom and Other Historical Stories is finally out in audio book. We had a devil of a time getting it through the byzantine maze at ACX. Don’t know why–the other audio books went through fine.
- I participated in a great panel on “Getting Into Print” at the NYC chapter of the Historical Novel Society on January 24. All the panelists had interesting journeys. The audience was attentive and asked great questions. Kudos for the folks who braved the monsoon to attend.
- Hate the sound of your own voice? I’m getting used to mine. Go listen to me read a chapter from Sword of the Gladiatrix and let me know how mine sounds to you at The Lesbian Talk Show Book Clips.
- Time Again and Other Fantastic Stories is now out in audio book at iTunes and Audible. Working now on The Reluctant Groom!
- Tara and Brooklyn from the Lesbian Review podcast Les Do Books: 3 Historic Novels We Loved rave about Sword of the Gladiatrix! Thanks ladies.
- “My Hair!” — A Birthday Adventure. Every year I try to celebrate my birthday with something special. This year was a surprise in more ways than one. Check it out at my blog.
- Published third collection: The Reluctant Groom and Other Historical Stories. Love the cover. Available in print and ebook. Audio coming soon!
- New post on my blog: A Day at the Pompeii Arena. What would it be like to sit in the stands during a day of gladiator games? Check it out!
- New post on my blog: Busting Gladiator Myths. I have to do something with all that research on gladiators. Here’s what surprised me.
- Lovely review of Sword of the Gladiatrix at The Writing Desk. “…hardly put it down until the end.” Thanks!
- New post on my blog: “Women Gladiators? Really?” Art, literature, and law–all prove there were female gladiators. How’s come we didn’t know that?
- Great review of Sword of the Gladiatrix at the Historical Novel Society, “Fans of Roman historical fiction should not miss this title.” Woohoo!
- Selene of Alexandria is on sale! Print $17.99 reduced to $14.99 and ebooks $5.99 reduced to $3.99.
- “Women Gladiators? Really?” Guest post at Relevant History
I’m on tour!
Follow me at these HF blogs for reviews, guest posts, and interviews:
- June 29 – guest post “Writing Sword of the Gladiatrix: An Exercise in Frustration and Creative Breakthrough” at The Writing Desk
- June 30 – spotlight at What Is That Book About
- July 1 – spotlight & giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More
- July 2 – spotlight & giveaway at Unusual Historicals
- July 2 – review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
- July 3 – spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
- July 5 – interview & giveaway at Unusual Historicals
- July 6 – review at Book Nerd
- July 7 – interview & giveaway at Passages to the Past
- July 8 – guest post & giveaway at Let Them Read Books
- July 8 – spotlight at A Literary Vacation
- July 9 – guest post & giveaway at Unshelfish
- July 9 – review at Book Babe
- July 10 – review at Bookramblings
- July 10 – review & giveaway at Broken Teepee
- July 10 – review at Boom Baby Reviews
- July 10 – review at Genre Queen
I’m on tour! Follow me at these LGBT blogs for guest posts and interviews:
- June 15 – interview at The Hat Party
- June 16 – guest post “A Day at the Arena or How I Die a Dozen Deaths” at Hearts on Fire
- June 17 – interview at All I Want and More Books
- June 17 – interview at Love Bytes
- June 18 – interview at Amanda Stone
- June 19 – interview at Bayou Book Junkie
- June 22 – interview at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
- June 23 – interview at Bike Book Reviews
- June 24 – guest post “A Foodie Time Travel to the First Century” at Prism Book Alliance
- June 25 – interview at Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews
- June 26 – review and interview at Inked Rainbow Reads (The review is a good one!)
June 26-28 Historical Novel Society convention at Denver. See you there!
- I’m running a giveaway of Sword of the Gladiatrix on my blog. Stop by and leave a comment for your chance to win a copy!
- It’s finally here: Sword of the Gladiatrix is now available in print and ebook! It was supposed to be out last month, but there were some problems with the cover. Well worth the wait though–it’s gorgeous! Blog tours coming soon.
- “Boudica, Queen of the Iceni: Two Books” is up at my blog. Check out my review of two great books about the iconic Warrior Queen.
- I was interviewed by Distinguished Lives for a podcast on Hypatia. I’ll post again when the podcast goes live.
- Think you know the truth about Boudica, the warrior queen of the Iceni? There’s a lot of myth making out there. Check out my blog post “Boudica: Warrior Queen” and find out what’s known and what’s not.
- I took the plunge and Slow Death and Other Dark Tales is now available in audiobook form. Considering it’s less expensive than the print version, I’ll be interested to see how it does. Available in all the usual places including Audible.com and iTunes.
- New book review and a giveaway up at my blog. Hand of Fire by Judith Starkston is an engaging novel of the Trojan War. Stop by to win a copy!
- Joined a writing process blog tour which was lots of fun. Check out my responses to four questions to writers that have been circling the globe on my blog.
- Major news! I started my own imprint. Raggedy Moon Books is now open for business. Check out the new website. I’d love to have your feedback. I’ll also be renovating this site soon, switching from HTML to a WordPress theme.
- My second collection of short fiction is now available in ebook form at all the usual outlets: Slow Death and Other Dark Tales. Looking for sparkly vampires or heroic werewolves? Sorry, you won’t find them here. Humans–and the occasional ghost–are featured in these dark tales. Meet a grieving mother witnessing a death-row execution, a wronged bureaucrat condemned to a future drug rehabilitation center, an Alzheimer’s patient trapped in his own deteriorating mind, a ghost with a mission of justice, and more in this collection of my best dark fiction.
- Hannah has her second book in the Twitter Who series out in both ebook and paper. If you like Doctor Who and Mystery Science Theater 3000, you’ll love these books, as a New Whovian tackles the classic canon, 140 characters at a time. Twitter Who Volume 2: The Second Doctor by Hannah J. Rothman.
- My annual Women’s History Month article is about “The Other Lady Philosophers.” Nine remarkable women who studied and taught philosophy before and after Hypatia.
- Posted a new book review: “Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History without the Fairy-Tale Endings” by Linda Rodriquez. Check out this fun book on forgotten (not so lady-like) ladies.
- My interview with “Science for the People” (a science radio show) on Hypatia: Her Life and Times is now up for your listening pleasure at: http://www.scienceforthepeople.ca/episodes/hypatia-and-women-in-stem
- A bit of Halloween fun: I posted my short story Samhain on my my blog for your holiday entertainment—for those who like their Halloween a bit on the dark side.
- Wonderful news! Hypatia: Her Life and Times ranked #20 in the “most popular, best selling ebooks on ancient history” at the iBook Store. My little collection of essays is in good company with Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire coming in #19. I could technically use the appellation “Best Selling Author”, but think I’ll wait for more lists to catch up.
- Posted a review of Daughters of Copper Woman by Anne Cameron on my blog. Fascinating book from the 1970’s. Check it out.
- It’s here! Over a year ago, I put out an ebook Hypatia: Her Life and Times which has been downloaded over 1100 times. The print version is now available here (or order through any online or private bookstore).Thanks to everyone who checked out the book. I hope you enjoyed it. With the print version, I”ve added a modest price to the ebook, but anyone who can’t afford it, can contact me through this website and I’ll send you a free PDF copy. Enjoy.
- Two posts this month to celebrate women: Where Are All the Strong Women? where I discuss the perception that capable women in historical fiction appear too “modern.”
- It’s Women’s History Month! To celebrate, I’ve posted a review of a great book about two remarkable women journalists on my blog. Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland traveled around the world by themselves going in opposite directions in 1898. Check out their exciting story in Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman.
- Happy Holidays! It’s the 1st Annual Historical Blog Hop. Over 30+ blogs are sponsoring giveaways of fiction, non-fiction, gift cards and more. Passages to the Past blog is sponsoring the blog hop and has four grand prize packages of 15+ books. Stop by my own blog to participate in a give away of three books: The Twelve Rooms of the Nile by Enid Shomer, The Seven Wonders by Steven Saylor and The Raven’s Seal by Andrei Baltakmens. Enjoy and good luck.
- As a holiday gift to my readers, check out the half-off coupon for Selene of Alexandria ebook at Smashwords only. Use coupon code VC53R until January 3. Enjoy.
- Back from a wonderful trip to New Zealand and—totally by coincidence—have a guest post and giveaway by a New Zealand author. If like Dickens you’ll like The Raven’s Seal. Check out the post here.
- Survived Sandy. We’ve got power and heat. The subways are now coming back. Thanks to everyone who checked up on me and my family.
- Guest post by Enid Shomer on her new novel The Twelve Rooms of the Nile on my blog. Stop by and comment for a chance to win one of two copies.
- Proud Mama here! My daughter published her first ebook Twitter Who Volume 1: The First Doctor, a New Whovian’s journey through Classic territory, 140 characters at a time. Available at Smashwords in all formats (pays the larger royalty); also at Amazon.
- The Copperfield Review published my short story “The Reluctant Groom” in their summer edition. The first in a series based on my actual family stories. Enjoy.
- Newest blog post is a tribute to Dr. Sally Ride, fist American women in space, who died of pancreatic cancer. Another hero fallen.
- Smashwords is running a summer sale. Half off Selene and Hypatia is free.
- Book review and giveaway of Steven Saylor’s The Seven Wonders posted on my blog. Check out this fun book and maybe win a copy.
- Published a collection of five short stories: Time Again and Other Fantastic Stories is now available at Smashwords in all ebook formats. Award-winning fiction at an affordable price.
- Posted a review of The King’s Mistresses: The Liberated Lives of Marie Mancini, Princess Colonna, and her Sister Hortense, Duchess Mazarin by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith. Stop by and read about these liberated ladies of the 17th Century.
- The Copperfield Review published my review of Charles Dickens’ Little Dorritt. You can read it here.
- Another wonderful review for Selene from The Atheist’s Quill. I’ve pleased both Christians and atheists with my book, so I must have done something right.
- Did a stupid thing while on vacation—fell and broke my wrist. In a cast till the end of May, so typing is restricted. [sigh]
- Published a free ebook Hypatia: Her Life and Times. A labor of love: a collection of all my Hypatia material. Available in all digital formats at Smashwords.com. Check it out and enjoy.
- Posted a new piece on Hypatia in honor or Women’s History Month: “Hypatia of Alexandria: The Primary Sources.” Stop by and find out who’s talking trash about our favorite Lady Philosopher.
- I had a good response to the ebook special last week, so I’m extending the 50% off coupon through the end of March. Please use coupon code YL63B at checkout at Smashwords.com.
- It’s “Read an eBook Week” March 3-10 and there are lots of specials on several sites. Selene is half off at Smashwords.com (all ereader formats.) Stop by and use promotion code REW50 by March 10.
- It’s Women’s History Month! Lots of great/notorious/interesting women on my blog. Check out biographies and essays about:
- Hypatia, Lady Philosopher of Alexandria
- Marie and Hortense Mancini, runaway brides of the 17th Century.
- Jeanne Baret, botanist, explorer, and first woman to circumnavigate the world
- Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia
- Cleopatra of Egypt
- Catherine de Medici, Queen of France
- Norma Wallace, The Last Madam of New Orleans
- A guest post by Glynis Ridley and giveaway of her book The Discovery of Jeanne Baret on my blog. Stop by and read about the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, a remarkable and little known botanist/explorer. Comment on the post and earn a chance to win a copy of the book (open through March.)
- New post on my blog: a review of Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie. Check out this book about a powerful woman.
- Finally got a new post up at my blog. Stop by and see if Hypatia was a “great” mathematician or “merely” a geometry teacher.
- Wonderful news! Selene of Alexandria was selected at the “Featured Author” pick by the Historical Fictionistas reading group on Goodreads.com. Members will be reading and discussing the book from October 15 – November 15. Thanks everyone!
- Another great review of Selene at Col Reads. Thanks so much, Colleen!
- Sorry about the slump in September. I’ve been working on a rewrite and took a vacation, so slim pickins this month.
- Finished a first draft of my WIP–first century Roman with fictional characters this time: war, love, earthquakes and gladiators! Now for more research and rewriting.
- Posted a review of Noah’s Wife by T. K. Thorne on my blog. Not your traditional Bible story.
- Selene earned a Finalist in the Global eBook Awards! I couldn’t make it to the awards in California but was there in spirit. Congrats to the winners.
- SusieBookworm also gave Selene a great review. Thanks!
- Posted a new “History in the News” report on my blog. Check out the Bible stories, recovered artifacts, archaeological tech and much more.
- The Book Garden blog gave Selene another great review. Thanks!
- Back in March, I spoke at our local library about Hypatia for Women’s History Month and taped the presentation. My crack video editor Hannah Rothman cut it down into three short Youtube videos which I’ve posted. Check them out and feel free to leave me comments. Thanks and please remember the camera adds ten pounds…and there was only one camera.
- Selene of Alexandria cover is featured in this post about “What’s Great About This Ebook Cover?” at Bookcover Coaching and Business Branding. What a nice surprise! A much deserved shout out to Todd Engle who designed my beautiful cover. You can contact him at www.engelcreative.com.
- Giveaway of Empire: The Novel of Imperial Rome by Steven Saylor. Drop by my blog and win a free book (closes June 30.)
- Off to the Historical Novel Society Conference in San Diego to pitch Twilight Empress. (Update: both an agent and an editor are interested!)
- Giveaway of Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor on my blog. Drop by and win a free book (closes June 22.)
- In honor of Women’s History Month in March, I talked at my local library about Hypatia and my book. I’ve posted three short videos from that talk where I discuss the plot, the inspiration, and the main themes of Selene.
- The Owl Bookmark Blog also interviewed me about the inspiration for the Selene and my writing process.
- Another great review for Selene on the Owl Bookmark Blog. Thanks, Siobian!
- A book review of Alexandria (Marcus Didius Falco #19) by Lindsey Davis and giveaway up on my blog. Good luck!
- I seem to be on a Cleopatra kick lately. Check out my review of Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough on my blog.
- Posted a review of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff‘s Cleopatra: A Life on my blog.
- What’s happening to Libya’s archaeological treasures during the conflict, pickled bog brain, Agatha Christie and much more in my latest “History in the News” post.
- Book review and giveaway on my blog: Outlaw by Angus Donald, a dark Robin Hood. Giveaway open in the US only (sorry!) until April 6.
- Another good review for Selene. This one from Catholic Fiction. Thanks!
- EVENT: Cortelyou Library asked me to read from Selene to celebrate Women’s History Month, Saturday, March 26. Details here.
- Melanie McDonald interview and giveaway up on my blog. See what she has to say about her new book Eromenos.
- In honor of the “leap ahead” to daylight savings time, take a look at my short story “Time Again” about an old man who tries to get his hour back. What would you do with the extra time?
- Posted a review of two books on Hypatia at my blog:
- Took a trip to Washington D. C. to meet Professor Maria Dzielska, author of Hypatia of Alexandria, one of my most important sources for Selene. Lovely lady and most gratifying trip. Read my review of her book on my blog.
- Posted an update on Egypt’s endangered archaeological sites on my blog.
- Posted a book review of Latro in the Mist by Gene Wolfe on my blog. A literary historical fantasy.
- Special update on my “History in the News” blog posts: What’s Happening to Egypt’s Treasures during the current unrest.
January 2011 – Happy New Year, Everyone!
- Posted a book review of Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda on my blog. Recommended biography. Pssst…she didn’t poison her children!
- Posted a new “History in the News: Cleopatra’s Needle, New Human Cousins and Bog Bodies” on my blog. Plus a follow up on Turkey’s troubles and Italy’s woes from earlier posts.
- Posted a book review of Khan: Empire of Silver by Conn Iggulden on my blog. Fourth in a series on the Great Khans Genghis and Kublai. Recommended for those who love adventure, battles and blood.
- The anniversary give away is closed. Congratulations to the winners!
- One year anniversary give away! I’m giving away five copies of Selene in an international giveaway. Drop by my blog and enter.
- Posted a new “History in the News: Italy’s Woes, Roman Recycling and Forensic Genetics” on my blog. Find out how Pompeii is faring (not so good), how glass was recycled 1700 years ago, and if the “lost legion” wound up in China.
- The book trailer is finally done and published. Thanks to Hannah Rothman for producing the trailer and Morgan Stehr for the gorgeous original music. Check it out here and leave a comment.
- I’m back with a brand new computer and all the headaches of reinstalling software, transferring files and learning a new operating system. Oh, and I have another cat to add to the menagerie. Ever try to type one-handed with a cat in your arms?
- Posted a new review/analysis on Little Dorritt, a classic by Charles Dickens, on my blog. A must read for all Dickens fans or anyone who wants a meaty story with surprisingly modern themes. So little has changed in 150 years.
- A “highly recommended review” of Selene came in from The Copperfield Review, a journal of history and fiction. Thanks!
- Another great review and a give away of Selene from Historical Tapestry. What a great roll.
- Things were a bit slow for me in October due to family issues. I’m afraid I’m in the “sandwich” generation and got squeezed by both my parent and offspring this month. On top of which, I was computerless for the entire month. November should pick up.
- A wonderful five-star review for Selene from Lacuna: A Journal of Historical Fiction. Thanks so much!
- My third round up of “History in the News: Turkey’s Troubles, Looted Artifacts, and Climate Change is up on my blog.
- Posted a review of Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor on my blog. I liked it better than Empire: The Novel of Imperial Rome its sequel, but both are fine books.
- Just Jennifer Reading gave Selene a great review.
- The Kindle edition of Selene is now available at Amazon.com.
- Posted a review of Imperium by Robert Harris at my blog–thumbs up for the first installment in the Harris’ trilogy on the life and times of Marcus Tullius Circero, one of Republican Rome’s greatest politicians and orators.
- “History in the News: Pyrocalstic Clouds, Dead Dogs and Ads on the Coliseum” is my second round up of history in the news on my blog.
- .Posted a review of Empire: The Novel of Imperial Rome by Steven Saylor at my blog.
- Ninth great review of Selene at Editing TLC. Any agents or publishers out there?
- “Why I Love Strong Women” – guest blog at Historical Tapestry, drop by and leave a comment.
- “History in the News: Bones, Poison and Treasure” inaugurates my monthly round up of history and archaeology in the news. Check out ten great stories and links back to the original articles.
- Agora: the “Reel” vs. the “Real” Hypatia – a three-part series on the history behind the movie starring Rachel Weisz as Hypatia, on my blog Historian’s Notebook.
- “Move Over Tudor Women – the Theodosians are Here!” – guest blog post on Just Jennifer Reading explores my fascination with the 5th Century.
- Another good review of Selene at History and Women.
- And they just keep coming…good review at Scandalous Books.
- Selene give away at Just Jennifer Reading until 6/30/10 – one paperback and one PDF copy.
- Historical Novel Review gave Selene another thumbs up. June seems to be the month.
- Posted Part II of my article on doing historical research, “The Devil’s in the Historical Details” at my blog.
- Selene of Alexandria ebook edition is now available in all formats, including Kindle, Nook and Epub for the iPad.
- The Historical Novel Society review of Selene came in – it’s a winner!
- New post on Historian’s Notebook: “Burning Books: What Really Happened to the Great Library of Alexandria”.
- Guest blog post on Scandalous Women about Hypatia, Lady Philosopher of Alexandria.
- Posted Part I of my article on doing historical research: “The Devil’s in the Historical Details” at my blog.
- Another good review of Selene at Novel Addictions.