The release of this novel snuck right past us during Thanksgiving Week, but A Song of War: A Novel of Troy is finally out! Like our other collaborative novel, A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii, we joined with authors who love ancient history and wrote the novel together, each of us taking a specific character from the Homeric epic and weaving them in and out of each other's … [Read more...] about Re-Issue of Song of War Out Now!
At first I was beguiled by the sweet intensity and realness of the girl in this image from The Met Collection . Then I saw the artist's title for the photograph: CIRCE. I immediately went into mama-lionness mode: This is a CHILD! Why would the photographer name her after the wily, sexual witch who turned men into pigs and kept Odysseus in her bed?! Sexualizing … [Read more...] about Wait, This is a CHILD, not Circe!
If you follow me on social media, then you know that I have a new pup named Ody (for Odysseus). He's a lovable wild man. I just got him groomed and you can see the startling change in my intrepid adventurer: ODYSSEUS BEFORE: ODYSSEUS AFTER: Long live Odysseus! If you want to keep up with Ody's adventures, he has his own instagram. In the meantime, I'll try not to let … [Read more...] about Odysseus Before and After
The author of the dark and delicious, #1 New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns series was kind enough to blurb my upcoming nonfiction book, Warrior Queens. I still can't get over the awesomeness! Here's what she said: "Vicky Alvear Shecter's Warrior Queens is a wonderful profile of irrepressible women, some of whom history has overlooked. The snappy narrative … [Read more...] about When Kendare Blake Blurbs Your Book!
Publisher's Weekly listed my latest nonfiction--Warrior Queens--in its Fall 2019 Children's Sneak Preview issue, so it seemed the right time to show you the cover. TA-DA! Warrior Queens, true stories of six ancient queens who took up arms against invaders and enemies, has been a labor of love long in the making. Thank you Boyds Mills Press for believing in it! The … [Read more...] about Check Out My New Book Coming this Fall!