Bioluminescent jellyfish and other creatures must look otherworldly from below, like a moving canopy of stars. Studying the natural world stirs the imagination! Visit the National Science Foundation site
Watch this episode of PBS’s Secrets of the Dead!
“Great book. Looking forward to starting part two!” Visit page
The lights out in the dark sky are holes in the celestial dome. No, they’re luminescent creatures. No, they’re balls of incandescent gas grouped by the billions into galaxies. The earth is the center of the universe. No, the sun is the center of the universe. No, the sun is the center of its solar system in a far-flung arm of a modest-sized galaxy in an ever-expanding universe full of billions of other galaxies…
Stand for science and the work scientists do to to refine, deepen, and broaden our understanding of the universe!
In my two “Trojan Peace” novels, my character Andromache spends years in a village near the modern Turkish village of Assos (Behramkale). I just discovered this site, which discusses the archaeological discoveries at Assos and includes many gorgeous photos! Visit site
“It was very easy to lose track of time while reading this book. I lost myself in the characters’ lives. The main character, although I still think she needs Prozac, is strong and slowly starts to come out of her shell. It’s interesting to watch her transform through the course of the book. I found myself laughing, worrying, and on the edge of my seat at times. The description of the surroundings makes me want to hop a flight to Turkey. It’s altogether a lovely story! I’m looking forward to reading the sequel.” Visit page
“I enjoyed this book even more than the first part. The storyline was just a little bit tighter than the first part, and it shows how Jill is already growing as an author. The characters and scenery are just so well written, and it took a story that seemed boring in English classes in high school and college just come alive and seem relevant today. The version of this epic tale that I’m familiar with is the Greek side, and it was really interesting to read it from the Trojan perspective. I really did enjoy these books, and I hope there’s more to come!” Visit page
“I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline for these books. The characters were incredibly well written, and I felt as if I knew them well. Knew what made them tick. For a first time author, I was surpised at how vivid and real the characters and their surroundings were developed throughout the story. It’s clear the author loves history, mythology, and legend. Any book that makes me google to learn more as I read is a good book as far as I’m concerned. I enjoyed the perspective of the story. I’m really looking forward to more works by Jill Bartelt in the future. I think they can only improve as she grows as a writer.” Visit page
“Through words, the author has created a vivid sensory world, filled with color and light, sounds and scents. I can clearly see Troy in my mind’s eye. The characters are well thought-out; smart and funny and entirely relatable. This story was a great read from a first-time author. I’m looking forward to reading the second book!” Visit page