Hand of Fire CoverMMBWelcome to Judith Starkston’s website. Her debut novel Hand of Fire, set during the Trojan War, will soon be followed by a mystery series featuring a Hittite Queen as “sleuth.” Hand of Fire is currently out of print except for a few remaining copies of the paperback on Amazon and at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore. Hand of Fire will appear in a new edition, but in the meantime, the paperback is also available directly from Judith Starkston. Just click here to buy it on Square.

On my website, enjoy reviews of Hand of Fire, book club questions, the event calendar and an excerpt. You’ll also find historical background about this fascinating place and time, book reviews of reads you don’t want to miss and other on-going information from the historical fiction community.MMB Emblem Semi-Finalist



What’s New:

Weekly Roundup of Archaeology, History and Historical Fiction Jan 7-13

Here’s my weekly roundup: Mycenaean shaft grave creates a new view of Mycenaean/Minoan relations, Hagia Sophia’s acoustics, Menorah carved into cave indicates a 2nd Temple hideout, Troy gets a museum, 2016 dig finds at Paphos Cyprus

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Arizona Historical Novel Society News

Click through to find the 2016-2017 Calendar of meetings of the Arizona Historical Novel Society. Everyone welcome–writers and readers. We’re an informal group with no dues just lots of great community and information sharing.
Our next meeting:
January 14, 2017, 2-4 pm

Speaker: Annmarie Banks, “Historical Fiction with a Mystical Twist,” Long time bookseller and author of The Hermetica of Elysium, The Necromancer’s Grimoire and Books of the Dead (among other titles)

Topic: The elements of good historical fantasy. What readers like, what raises eyebrows and how to keep the fantasy believable

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