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A SEA OF SORROW

"Odysseus, 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 their stories…"
 

Joining amazing authors Amalia Carosella, Libbie Hawker, Scott Oden, Vicky Alvear Shecter, and Russel Whitfield, It was my delight to be asked to join this H-Team's project, a retelling of the Odyssey from the point of view of those Odysseus meets! My tale reflect his time with the goddess Calypso, a story that has always broken my heart - and hers.

WE ALL FALL DOWN

STORIES OF PLAGUE AND RESILIENCE

Plague has no favorites.

In this anthology, nine authors imagine a world where anyone—rich, poor, young, old—might be well in the morning and dead by sundown. Readers will follow in the footsteps of those who fought to rebuild shattered lives as the plague left desolation in its wake.

* An Irish woman tends her dying father while the Normans threaten her life and property * A Hispano-Muslim doctor fights the authorities to stem the spread of the deadly pestilence at great personal cost * A Tuscan street hawker and a fresco painter watch citizens perish all around them even as they paint a better future * A Spanish noblewoman lives at the mercy of a jealous queen after plague kills the king * The Black Death leaves an uncertain legacy to Dante's son * In Venice, the artist Titian agonizes over a death in obscurity * A Scottish thief loses everything to plague and repents in the hope of preventing more losses * Two teenagers from 2020 time-travel to plague-stricken London and are forever changed * And when death rules in Ottoman-occupied Greece, a Turk decides his own fate. 

Nine tales bound together by humanity's fortitude in the face of despair: a powerful collection of stories for our own time.

In dark and deadly times, love and courage shine bright.

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