"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."
What would have happened to Gavroche of Les Miserables if he hadn't died young? In an article for Reading the Past, Fireship author Marina Julia Neary speculates on what a grown version of the Victorian child hero might look like.
"When I started writing the first draft of what became Wynfield's Kingdom at the age of fifteen, I did not realize I was trying to create a Neo-Victorian child hero or resurrect an archetype that was so prominent in 19th-century literature. That term was not familiar to me at the time I read a lot of literature but not a lot of literary criticism. I just knew what type of character I gravitated towards, and it was never the romantic brooding leading man. It was the spunky, street-smart, barricade-climbing child who navigates between social classes without belonging to either one of them and yet sympathizing with everyone, even his enemies."
Melody Groves has written a short but highly complimentary review of Marksman's Trinity for the October 2014 edition of Roundup Magazine.
"Marksman's Trinity does a terrific job describing military tactics and strategies during battle. Loyd Uglow's main characters depict military life and chain of command so well that those of us with limited prior knowledge can 'get it.'"
The Silas Bronson Library is hosting a book signing for Plagued by Mary Sharnick. The event, which includes a discussion of the book, will be held today from 6:30–7:45 p.m. at 267 Grand Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.
The Providence Journal gave a great, thoughtful review to Harriette C. Rinaldi's Four Faces of Truth.
"Fluent in the culture and immersed in the dawn of its direst hour, Rinaldi states in her preface a need to impart Cambodia’s recent “parallels and lessons … that apply to what is happening in the world today.” Her intentions, then, are noble, her artistry subtle and deft, but with everything from drones to daisy-cutters to beheadings to mass executions to suicide bombings to chemical weapons to nuclear bombast roiling the earth, we fear her efficacy may fall short. Heeding the past, after all, along with our scarcely veiled, ecumenical savagery, seems beyond humanity’s otherwise astonishing skill set." —Mike Freeman
"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."