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Blog Tour ~ A Sea of Sorrow: A Novel of Odysseus #HistFic @hfvbt
Blog Tour ~ Historical
Virtual Book Tour Presents....
A Sea of
A Novel of Odysseus
By David Blixt,
Amalia Carosella, Libbie Hawker, Scott Oden, Vicky Alvear Shecter, and Russell
infamous trickster of Troy, vaunted hero of the Greeks, left behind a wake of
chaos and despair during his decade long journey home to Ithaca. Lovers and
enemies, witches and monsters–no one who tangled with Odysseus emerged
unscathed. Some prayed for his return, others, for his destruction. These are
beleaguered queen’s gambit for maintaining power unravels as a son plots
tormented siren battles a goddess’s curse and the forces of nature to survive.
exiled sorceress defies a lustful captain and his greedy crew.
blinded shepherd swears revenge on the pirate-king who mutilated him.
beautiful empress binds a shipwrecked sailor to servitude, only to wonder who
is serving whom.
young suitor dreams of love while a returned king conceives a savage
authors bring to life the epic tale of The Odyssey seen through the eyes of its
shattered victims—the monsters, witches, lovers, and warriors whose lives were
upended by the antics of the “man of many faces.” You may never look upon this
timeless epic—and its iconic ancient hero—in quite the same way again.
Amalia Carosella graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelors degree
in Classical Studies and English. An avid reader and former bookseller, she
writes about old heroes and older gods. She lives with her husband in upstate
New York and dreams of the day she will own goats (and maybe even a horse,
too). Amalia’s novels include Tamer of Horses, Helen of Sparta, By Helen’s Hand,
and Daughter of a Thousand Years.
David Blixt‘s work is consistently described as “intricate,” “taut,” and
“breathtaking.” A writer of Historical Fiction, his novels span the early Roman
Empire (the COLOSSUS series, his play EVE OF IDES) to early Renaissance Italy
(the STAR-CROSS’D series) up through the Elizabethan era (his delightful
espionage comedy HER MAJESTY’S WILL, starring Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe
as inept spies). His novels combine a love of the theatre with a deep respect
for the quirks and passions of history.
Living in Chicago with his wife and two children, he
describes himself as “actor, author, father, husband. In reverse order.”
Libbie Hawker writes historical and literary fiction featuring complex characters and
rich details of time and place. Libbie’s recent novels include Daughter of Sand
and Stone, Mercer Girls, A Song of War, White Lotus and Persian Rose.
She lives in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.
Russell Whitfield was born in Shepherds Bush in 1971. An only child, he was raised in
Hounslow, West London, but has since escaped to Ham in Surrey.
Gladiatrix was Russ’s first novel, published in 2008
by Myrmidon Books. The sequel, Roma Victrix, continues the adventures Lysandra,
the Spartan gladiatrix, and a third book, Imperatrix, sees Lysandra stepping
out of the arena and onto the field of battle.
Scott Oden was born in Indiana, but has spent most of his life shuffling between
his home in rural North Alabama, a Hobbit hole in Middle-earth, and some
sketchy tavern in the Hyborian Age. He is an avid reader of fantasy and ancient
history, a collector of swords, and a player of tabletop role-playing games.
When not writing, he can be found walking his two dogs or doting over his
lovely wife, Shannon.
Oden’s previous works include the historical fantasy,
The Lion of Cairo, and two historical novels, Men of Bronze and Memnon. He is
currently working on his next novel.
Vicky Alvear Shecter is the author of multiple books set in the ancient world, including the
YA novels, CLEOPATRA’S MOON, based on the life of Cleopatra’s only daughter,
and CURSES AND SMOKE: A NOVEL OF POMPEII and the adult historical
collaborations, A SONG OF WAR, A YEAR OF RAVENS, and A DAY OF FIRE. She has
written a mid-grade series on mythology (ANUBIS SPEAKS, HADES SPEAKS, and THOR
SPEAKS) as well as two award-winning biographies for kids. She a She is a
docent at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Antiquities at Emory University in