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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 August 20-26

Here are some posts I enjoyed this week: sensational Bronze Age finds at Hala Sultan Tekke on Cyprus, Roman mosaic of Poseidon in Turkey uncovered, Olympian not Olympic cycling, ancient synagogue in Galilee and the discovery of a secret tunnel at the venerable dig at Alacahöyük Turkey

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What’s New and Old and Read All Over? The state of fiction set in the ancient world

I recently conducted a series of interviews with many writers of fiction set in the ancient world and put together one of the cover articles for Historical Novels Review. Ordinarily you need to be a member (which I highly recommend you become!) to read the magazine, but I’m allowed to post it here as an enticement.

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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 is September 17, 2-4 pm at my house with Fernanda Santos as our speaker. She’s the author of The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and the Phoenix bureau chief for the New York Times. Her talk is “Reconstructing (recent) history: Transforming public records, academic studies, historical documents and live interviews into pieces of a giant puzzle to reveal the story behind of one of the deadliest days in American firefighting.”

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