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I'm a science geek and history junkie, which explains the slightly schizophrenic nature of my writing–my short stories are mostly SF and fantasy while my novels are all (so far) historical fiction. My most recent full-length novel is Selene of Alexandria a tale of ambition, power, love and redemption set in AD 412 Alexandria, Egypt.  Science and history also feed my passion for archaeology. My idea of a great vacation? "Cleaning dirt," hauling rocks and washing pottery. In the past I've worked as a lifeguard, paralegal, systems analyst, HR Executive, and college professor; but my hardest job, by far, is that of mother.

What will you find on this site?  


What's New: Updated September 20, 2014


September 2014


August 2014

  • 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.

July 2014

  • 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.


March 2014

  • 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.


November 2013

October 2013

  • 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!

August 2013

  • 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 tecnically use the appelation "Best Selling Author", but think I'll wait for more lists to catch up!


July  2013


April 2013

  • 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!


March 2013

  • 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.


December 2012

  • 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.

November 2012

  • Survived Sandy. We've got power and heat. The subways are now coming back. Thanks to eveyone who checked up on me and my family!


September 2012

  • 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!


August 2012

July 2012

  • 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!

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

  • 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]

March 2012

  • Published an 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 and enjoy!
  • 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/nortorious/interesting women on my blog. Check out biographies and essays about:


February 2012

  • 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.)


December 2011

  • 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.

November 2011

  • Finally got a new post up at my blog. Stop by and see if Hypatia was a "great" mathematician or "merely" a geometry teacher.

October 2011

  • Wonderful news! Selene 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!

September 2011

  • 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!

August 2011

  • 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!

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

  • 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.

March 2011

  • 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.

February 2011


January 2011 - Happy New Year, Everyone!

December 2010

  • The anniversry 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.


November 2010

  • 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!


October 2010

  • 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!


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Selene of Alexandria


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Finalist for the Global eBook Award

August, 2011


Global eBook Award medal


What others are saying about Selene of Alexandria:

"Readers will be captivated. Fans of Gillian Bradshaw’s classic The Beacon at Alexandria may especially enjoy Selene and find a promising new historical novelist who shares the same gift for wonderfully researched, vividly evoked, good old-fashioned storytelling." --Historical Novel Society

"Selene of Alexandria is pure fiction magic...I couldn't put this book down. I love the way Justice mixed historic facts with her fictional character's lives, dreams, loves, and aspirations...Selene of Alexandria made me laugh and cry, hope and despair." --Story Circle Book Review

"I am enthralled with the work of this author… [She writes] with beauty, brilliance, and brutal honesty. Run to the bookstore and buy this for yourself." --BookPleasures.com Review:

Selene of Alexandria has received high praise from a number of reviewers and deserves every word of it. This book is outstanding, not just for a first novel, but for any novel. --Lacuna: A Journal of Historical Fiction

Selene of Alexandria does what historical fiction does best—weave historical fact, real-life historical figures, and attention to detail with page-turning, plot-driven fiction...Justice gives you all the tools you need to follow the story, and she expertly brings you along for the ride. --The Copperfield Review

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Companion Non-fiction Book:

Hypatia: Her Life and Times


Hypatia of Alexandria. Who was she? A brilliant young mathematician and scientist, murdered by a religious mob? An aging academic taken out by a rival political party? A sorceress who kept the Prefect and people of Alexandria in thrall through satanic wiles? Did she discover that the earth circled the sun a thousand years before Copernicus or was she merely a gifted geometry teacher? Discover the answers to these questions and more through this collection of essays on the life and times of Hypatia, Lady Philosopher of Alexandria.

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