Faith L. Justice


Faith L. Justice writes in her historic land marked home “The Suffragette House” in Brooklyn, New York where she lives with her family and the required gaggle of cats. Her award-winning fiction has appeared in such publications as Circles in the Hair, The Copperfield Review, and Beyond Science Fiction and Fantasy. She’s published articles in such venues as, Writer's Digest, and The Writer. Faith is Chair of the Historical Novel Society--New York City chapter and Associate Editor for Space and Time Magazine. She co-founded a writer’s workshop many more years ago than she likes to admit. For fun, she digs in the dirt – her garden and various archaeological sites.


Dawn Empress: A Novel of Imperial Rome
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 112,240. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome, Fiction » Biographical
Ambitious men eye the Eastern Roman throne occupied by seven-year-old Theodosius II. His older sister Princess Pulcheria faces a stark choice: she must take control of the Eastern court or doom the imperial children to a life of obscurity—or worse! Pulcheria forges her own path to power but can she protect her brother from military coups, heretic bishops, scheming eunuchs and a beautiful bride?
The Reluctant Groom and Other Historical Stories
Series: A Raggedy Moon Books Collection. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,290. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » Colonial America
Dive into these stories of heroism, love and adventure. A panicked bachelor faces an arranged marriage. A Roman noblewoman trains to become a gladiatrix. A young Roman boy is torn between love for his ailing grandmother and duty to an empress. The award-winning author offers these stories and more as she brings to life men and women struggling to survive and thrive--the eternal human condition.
Twilight Empress: A Novel of Imperial Rome
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 109,800. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Roman princess, Gothic queen, Placidia does the unthinkable: she rules the failing Western Roman Empire—a life of ambition, power and intrigue she doesn’t seek, but can’t refuse. A woman as well as an Empress, Placidia suffers love, loss, and betrayal. Can her strength, tenacity and ambition help her survive and triumph over scheming generals, rebellious children, and Attila the Hun?
Tokoyo, the Samurai's Daughter
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,170. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / General
Tokoyo is an adventurous girl. The daughter of a samurai in 14C Japan, she trains in martial arts and works with the Ama—a society of women and girls who dive in the deep waters for food and treasure. But disaster strikes her family. Can Tokoyo save her father using the lessons she learned and the skills she mastered to overcome corrupt officials, her own doubts, and a nasty sea demon?
Circles in the Hair
Price: Free! Words: 76,010. Language: American English. Published: June 10, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
CIRCLES IN THE HAIR, an anthology by the members of CITH, edited by Faith L. Justice and Gordon Linzner, features stories set in times as distant as Bronze Age China and the far flung future; in places as strange as a Brooklyn courthouse and the edge of the universe. These stories and poems evoke laughter, tears, shivers, and thoughtfulness. Forward by Nancy Kress and Afterword by Terry Bisson.
Sword of the Gladiatrix
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,830. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian
An action-packed tale that brings to life unforgettable characters and exotic settings. From the edges of the Empire, two women battle on the sands of the arena in Nero's Rome. Forced to fight for their lives and the Romans' pleasure; they seek to replace lost friendship, love, and family in each other's arms. But the Roman arena offers only two futures: the Gate of Life and the Gate of Death.
Slow Death and Other Dark Tales
Series: A Raggedy Moon Books Collection. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,270. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Humans—and the occasional ghost—intent on murder, revenge, and righting wrongs take center stage in these tales. Meet a grieving mother witnessing a death-row execution, a wronged bureaucrat condemned to a future drug rehabilitation center, an Alzheimer’s patient trapped in his own deteriorating mind, a ghost on a mission of justice, and more in this collection of the author’s best dark fiction.
Time Again and Other Fantastic Stories
Series: A Raggedy Moon Books Collection. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,400. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Literary collections » Female authors
What would you do with an extra hour of life? Kiss your sweetheart? Graffiti your workplace? Find out how one man uses his bonus hour in "Time Again." Check out how a young woman deals with a "transforming" experience, Alice overhauls Wonderland, a mother takes on the devil who wants to marry her daughter, and more in this collection of five of the author's best fantasy stories.
Hypatia: Her Life and Times
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,740. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2012 . Categories: Nonfiction » History » Ancient » Egypt, Essay » Literature
(5.00 from 1 review)
Hypatia of Alexandria. Who was she? A brilliant 5C scientist murdered by a religious mob? An aging academic killed by a rival political force? A sorceress who kept Alexandria in thrall through satanic wiles? Innovative mathematician or a geometry teacher? Discover the answers to these questions and more through this collection of essays on the life and times of Hypatia, Lady Philosopher.
Selene of Alexandria
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 129,740. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome, Fiction » Biographical
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
This story of ambition, love and political intrigue brings to life colorful characters in an exotic time and place. In AD 412 Alexandria, in a city torn by religious and political strife, Selene struggles to become a physician. Hypatia, Lady Philosopher, and Prefect Orestes offer their patronage and protection. Will it be enough to save Selene from her own impulsive nature?

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  • Doctor Margaret's Sea Chest on June 15, 2010

    An epic adventure spanning generations and continents. Doctor Margaret's Sea Chest is the first book in a sprawling epic trilogy by Waheed Rabbani. The story in this debut novel spans over a hundred years and half the world; from mid-1960's India to pre-Civil War America. But the story always returns to the themes of freedom—national, personal, and gender. We have national struggles for independence, slaves being transported along the "Underground Railroad" from the U.S. to Canada, and the struggle of one young woman to fulfill her destiny and become a doctor. It starts with the story of Dr. Walidad Sharif, an American doctor living in Delhi for a year—"giving back" to his family's country for his good fortune. The reader gets a beautiful evocation of the city—its architecture, culture, history, poverty, and diversity—through Dr. Sharif's encounters with staff and his extended family. I loved the intimate details of different cultures: greetings, clothes, food. I could smell the curry and see the dancing girl at a family gathering. Dr Sharif learns of his own families' involvement in the famous Indian "Mutiny" of 1857 (also known as India's First War of Independence) through his grandfather's journal. But at the heart of this visit is a mystery: an unopened sea chest belonging to an American lady doctor (it's unknown whether she's from the US or Canada) who was a missionary in India during the rebellion. She disappeared and no one knows her fate. Dr. Sharif is tasked with finding her heirs (if they exist) and returning the sea chest to them when he returns home. But the existence of the artifact has caught the attention of the Soviet KGB who attempt to steal it. And when he accomplishes his mission, Dr. Sharif gets a visit from the CIA. The historical action then turns to the owner of the sea chest: Dr. Margaret Wallace. Through her diaries we follow her yearning as a girl and young woman to become a physician (against the wishes of her family and society), her romance with her handsome Canadian cousin (against the wishes of both their families), and her subsequent trip to India via the Crimea War and the Charge of the Light Brigade. By the end, some questions are answered, but not all, setting the reader up for the second book in the trilogy. Waheed Rabbani brings his own international experience to this sweeping story: born in India; educated in Pakistan, England and Canada; he grew up reading Victorian and Edwardian literature; drawn to the stories of the British Raj and India's struggle for independence. His take on this story from India's point of view is refreshing and entertaining. Reviewed by Faith L. Justice, author "Selene of Alexandria" available on Smashwords