Some kind readers have written to ask when we’re going to publish the next book. Well, as of this posting (December 2015) we can let you know that the rough draft of the next book has been written! Some of the chapters are really great! And, unfortunately, some others still need a lot of work. The project is especially ambitious but we are finally making good progress. When it’s finished we will be really happy to tell you about it.
Most recently published! Antigone & Creon: Guardians of Thebes, a sequel to Jocasta. Antigone & Creon is an exciting stand-off between the rebellious Antigone and the hard-hearted Creon as he bricks her in a cave to punish her for disobedience. It also covers the war and the rivalry between her brothers that leads up to it. You do not need to have read the other books in the series to appreciate its intensity. Click on the thumbnail to see it at Amazon:
Antigone & Creon, as well as Jocasta: The Mother-Wife of Oedipus, and the books in the Niobe trilogy – Children of Tantalus, The Road to Thebes, and Arrows of Artemis are now available for purchase at Amazon in both hard-copy and electronic formats. Click on the pictures of the covers to go visit them at Amazon. And, for those who prefer to do their reading on the Nook, you can go to them directly here: Jocasta, Children of Tantalus, The Road to Thebes, Arrows of Artemis and Antigone & Creon.
Are You Using Our Books in Your School?
We know that some schools have assigned Jocasta to their classes, and that some students have used the Niobe trilogy for papers. If so, we’d love to hear from you! Please shoot us an email at tapestryofbronze (at) yahoo (dot) com. In the meantime, we discovered that some of the students of one class at Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody, MA, have made Jocasta into a youtube video.
We have also added a new Teaching Mythology page to our website; we hope to update this frequently as we find new items to include. If you have lesson plans or other suggestions, please contact us at tapestryofbronze (at) yahoo (dot) com.
Are You in a Book Club?
Jocasta: The Mother-Wife of Oedipus makes for a lively discussion. On the page for the novel you’ll find questions. Moreover, if you’re having a meeting, we’re happy to participate either by phone or by chat. Just contact us below and let us know the details.
“Memory Delete,” a short story by Victoria, was published by Untied Shoelaces of the Mind. Reading it costs nothing in terms of money, and very little in terms of time, so go and enjoy!
Crafting Fabulous Fiction: Levels of Structure, Characters and More is a non-fiction work by Victoria about writing fiction, after years (and 60+ articles) on the subject. It’s available in the usual places.
The Highbury Murders will be the featured book at A Prairie Girl Reads on January 19, 2014, in honor of their time devoted to promoting cozy mysteries from indie publishers.
In the first December, 2013 newsletter of NS Gill’s “About Ancient History,” she wrote that she “thoroughly enjoyed” Antigone & Creon: Guardians of Thebes, and recommended it to mythology lovers.
Victoria wrote another mystery novel, Academic Assassination (A Zofia Martin Mystery). It’s a contemporary cozy in an academic setting – inevitable as her father, husband and daughter are all professors. Nice light reading! By the way, the cover was designed by Alice, who was the first beta reader.
Antigone & Creon: Guardians of Thebes received two great reviews which have been promoted at The New Book Review blogspot. One was by Steve Donoghue, who reviews regularly for Kirkus reviews and The Washington Post. The other was by Bob Mielke, a professor of English at Truman State University.
Victoria was interviewed by Hilary Green about the Tapestry of Bronze.
Antigone & Creon: Guardians of Thebes received an absolutely fabulous review from the Historical Novel Society. In fact, the review starts by describing the whole series as magnificent.
Victoria wrote a mystery novel, The Highbury Murders: A Mystery Set in the Village of Jane Austen's Emma, which has nothing to do with Greek mythology but is still a great read, especially if you have always wished to combine Jane Austen with Agatha Christie. She was also interviewed about writing The Highbury Murders by My Jane Austen Book Club in June 2013.
The Mystery of the Delphic Oracle, an article, was published in February, 2013.
The Ode to Hephaestus winners (Spring 2013 contest) can be found here.
Children of Tantalus: Niobe & Amphion was selected as the book for a face-to-face book club in Morgins, Switzerland.
“The Myth Behind the Olympics” was published at Unexplained Mysteries on July 27, 2012.
Victoria started as a columnist at Writing-World in July, 2012. Her column is called “Creating Fabulous Fiction.” Her columns have been so popular that the editor has been forced to write stern pieces on how wrong it is to use the articles without permission.
Victoria was blog-interviewed by Jennifer Brown Banks at Pen and Pro$per on June 13, 2012.
And speaking of book clubs, the on-line discussion group, “Historical Fictionistas” over at www.goodreads.com has chosen Jocasta: The Mother-Wife of Oedipus for its next “featured author group read.” The dates are March 15, 2012 (the ides of March! Hope we have better luck than Julius Caesar!) to April 14, 2012. The discussion thread will remain up indefinitely; you can read it here.
Victoria was blog-interviewed at Stephanie’s layered pages blog spot on March 12, 2012. Check it out!
Jocasta: The Mother-Wife of Oedipus was reviewed at the Women of History blog. Melisende d’Outremer writes: “not once was I tempted to put this book aside…” For the complete review, as well as a lot of other interesting information about women in history, go here.
NS Gill of About.com (Ancient/Classical History) has our Niobe trilogy as her recommendation for fiction for 2011! If you want to read it, go here.
Books n Stuff of Southport, NC, is the newest bookstore to stock Jocasta. Head over to 4961 Long Beach Road!
Victoria recently published an article examining some of the background of the Oedipus story, in a column titled: “Did Oedipus really marry his mother?” To read it over at Unexplained Mysteries go here.
There’s a review of our trilogy over at The New Book Review by Barry Brake; to read it go here.
Here are excerpts we want to share from a prestigious review of the trilogy (Children of Tantalus, The Road to Thebes, and Arrows of Artemis): … our authors have taken the often one-note moralizing of their ancient sources and fleshed it out in ways that initially strike the reader as fascinating and then become completely compelling. … The resulting books will draw inevitable comparisons to the work of both Robert Graves and Mary Renault, but throughout these books (an earlier volume, Jocasta, is also not to be missed), Grossack and Underwood consistently manage a wit and breadth all their own. Readers will find themselves flying through these volumes, gripped the whole time. Very strongly recommended. – Steve Donoghue, Historical Novels Review Online, August 2011.
Bob Mielke, an English professor at Truman State University, reviewed our trilogy for The Copperfield Review. Here are some of his words about The Road to Thebes and Arrows of Artemis: I was amazed to find how accurate their retelling is with regard to the details of the mythology / legend… It's all here in the Tapestry of Bronze series: romance, sex, suspense, violence, mystery, the machinations of the gods. After reading these books, you will want to visit rural Greece -- or at least go to your nearest Greek restaurant and enjoy some retsina and feta! To read the complete review, go here. Or if you prefer to read his review over at The Copperfield Review, go here.
Here’s Mielke compares Children of Tantalus to the works of larger-than-life writers JRR Tolkien and Robert Graves: “The result is a world we can fully inhabit, as compelling as Tolkien’s but more rooted in actual history. The end result is a spellbinding entertainment which nonetheless reminds us -- in the spirit of Robert Graves’s I, Claudius -- that lust for power, and desire, have complicated lives long before our time.” To read the entire review at our website, go here. Or if you prefer to read his review over at The Copperfield Review, go here.
On March 21, 2011, Victoria and Alice were the featured guests on a radio show at Adrenaline Living Network with Angelia Miller. In case you missed it, it’s available as a podcast, click on Apollo on Trial: Investigating Mass Murder in Ancient Greece.
Our Niobe trilogy - she refers to it as the Children of Tantalus trilogy - received thumbs-up and five stars from NS Gill, in charge of the Ancient History section of About.com (owned by the New York Times company). Some of her words: “The most amazing part of the series is how the authors retell the myths in such a way as to work for modern audiences… The series is definitely worth reading by fans of fiction and Greek mythology.” To read the entire review, click here.
In January, 2011, Victoria published an article on the deaths of the Niobids (the children of Niobe) over at the website Unexplained Mysteries; to read the piece, “Gods Falsely Accused,” go here.
The Tapestry of Bronze is a series of interlocking novels set in ancient Greece, starting several generations before the Trojan War. Archaeological evidence indicates that this “Golden Age of Heroes” aligns with Bronze Age dates. Our series forms a tapestry, because the books tie together, though each novel focuses on one strand of story. Jocasta, Children of Tantalus, The Road to Thebe, Arrows of Artemis and Antigone & Creon are available for purchase today. And more are in the works!
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