"I trust it will not be giving away professional secrets to say that many readers would be surprised, perhaps shocked, at the questions which some newspaper editors will put to a defenseless woman under the guise of flattery."
"While teaching the Iliad, I kept wondering with my students how Briseis, the young captive woman who sparked the conflict between Achilles and Agamemnon, could possibly have loved Achilles—which is what Homer shows us. The half-immortal Greek killed her husband and brothers, destroyed her city and turned her from princess to slave—hardly a heartwarming courtship." —Judith Starkson
"I’m drawn to what the primary sources don’t say. Most authors depict the Saxons as brutes and treat war captives as booty. Historical fiction is a way to fill in the gaps and restore humanity to these people." —Kim Rendfeld
Fireship Press is pleased to announce the release of Hand of Fire by Judith Starkson. "In her portrayal of Briseis, Judith Starkston has cast a bright light on one of the Iliad's most intriguing subplots," says Priscilla Royal, author of Covenant with Hell. "With her fast-paced story, three-dimensional characters, and fascinating cultural details, Starkston has given historical fiction fans a tale to remember." Hand of Fire is currently available in ebook format on Amazon.com, and the paperback edition will be coming soon.
Hand of Fire tells the tale of Briseis, the captive woman Achilles and Agamemnon fought over in The Iliad. When Achilles, the half-immortal Greek warrior, takes Briseis captive in the midst of the Trojan War, he gets more than he bargained for: a healing priestess, a strong-willed princess—and a warrior. She raises a sword against Achilles and ignites a passion that seals his fate and changes her destiny.
Fireship Press is pleased to announce the release of The Ashes of Heaven's Pillar by Kim Rendfeld. The book is currently available in ebook format on Amazon.com, and the paperback edition will be coming soon. You can find early reviews here, here, and here, and you can follow the virtual book tour here.
In 772 AD, Charlemagne’s battles in Saxony have left Leova with nothing but her two children, Deorlaf and Sunwynn. Her beloved husband died in combat. Her faith lies shattered in the ashes of Irminsul, the Pillar of Heaven. The relatives obligated to defend her and her family sell them into slavery instead. Leova is resolved to protect her son and daughter, even if it means sacrificing her own honor. Yet Leova’s most difficult dilemma comes in the form of a Frankish friend, Hugh. He saves Deorlaf from a fanatical Saxon and is Sunwynn’s champion—but he is the warrior who slew Leova’s husband. This companion to Kim Rendfeld’s acclaimed The Cross and the Dragon tells the story of an ordinary family in extraordinary circumstances.
"I love historical fiction novels and I especially love historical fiction novels that take place in America or involve Americans in a historical capacity. When I saw, 'Two Americans, One German, Impossible Odds…' I was intrigued. I know this would be another war novel but I love the American perspective. From the first few words I was hooked on the novel and knew it was one with which I would fall deeply in love. I was right."
"Assassination in al Qahirah is, like the first 2 Talon books, a true tale of adventure and bravery. Talon's sense of fighting for good makes readers love him as a hero, and Boschert never writes a book without an intelligent, engrossing plot. ... Overall, Assassination in Al Qahirah is an achievement, combining a historical conspiracy in Egypt with an adventure that never lets up. The characters are crafted with careful precision, making for a truly one-of-a-kind novel series."
"There is no doubt in my mind, based upon my somewhat limited experience in reading American historical novels, that Doug Boren has a unique expertise in researching, studying, and creating stories that ring not only with authenticity but reveal his own patriotic love for his country. He doesn't hedge on the brutality of those who are involved with wars, but he also includes the very emotional and sexual tension of those families who are caught and either wait at home alone or sometimes go with their husbands into war zones ..." —Glenda Bixler
Fireship Press is pleased to announce the release of Lucy Lied by M. J. Daspit. "The characters are set up strongly and swiftly," says Dana Hand, coauthor of Deep Creek,and the plot is hard to beat!" Lucy Lied is now available in ebook format on Amazon.com, and the paperback edition will be coming soon.
In 1870s Monterey, California, religious tent camp meetings are held cheek by jowl with lynchings. At this intersection of the righteous and the profane, a triangle links Dr. Jason Garrett, would-be healer accustomed to putting the truth through a contortion or two, the mute Lucy Strang, and gunman Matt Clancy, eviction agent who forces settlers off railroad land while stalwartly defending Chinese immigrants. Under suspicion for the murder of her brutish common-law husband, Lucy is saved from the noose when Garrett falsifies medical testimony at trial. He plans to marry the maligned redhead and cure her muteness. But it's whispered that Lucy has been dallying with the reviled Clancy.
"As a writer, Heath was fantastic with her detail. She brought her historical figures to life with vigor and complexity that often made it difficult to choose a side. Each character was someone to love, to pity, and to hate, wrapped into a maelstrom of family pride. She made the conflict multi-dimensional and real, where the lines of morality and justice become so blurred that it is easy to be as lost as our Fool, inextricably entangled in inevitable events. Heath unravels her most tense moments with beautiful finesse and rich detail. Even though the death of Buondelmonte was such an infamous black stain on Florence’s history that it has been immortalized in painting ... the visual imagery provided in the book was as rich as the image, and with more feeling."