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
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 March 24, 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.
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 tecnically use the appelation "Best Selling Author", but think I'll wait for more lists to catch up!
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
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
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!
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
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!
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.)
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
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!
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!
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!
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
- Another good review for Selene. This one from Catholic Fiction. Thanks!
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?
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
January 2011 - Happy New Year, Everyone!
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!
Thanks for stopping by.
Enjoy your stay and feel free to contact me.
Selene of Alexandria
Finalist for the Global eBook Award
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
Companion Non-fiction Book:
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.
New Collection of Shorts:
What would you do with an extra hour of life? Kiss a girl? Eat ice cream? Grafitti your workplace? Find out how one man uses his bonus hour in the award-winning story "Time Again." Then check out how a young woman deals with a "transforming" experience, business consultant Alice overhauls Wonderland, a fierce mother takes on the devil who wants to marry her daughter and more. Includes a bonus interview with acclaimed fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin.