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SUCCESSIO Goodreads Giveaway

I’m giving away two signed copies of SUCCESSIO!

An intelligent, well-constructed thriller with gutsy characters”- Sue Cook, writer and broadcaster

Goodreads Book Giveaway

SUCCESSIO by Alison Morton


by Alison Morton

Giveaway ends December 01, 2014.

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Roma Nova – the last remnant of the Roman Empire that has survived into the 21st century – is at peace. Carina Mitela, the heir of a leading family, but choosing the life of an officer in the Praetorian Guard Special Forces, is not so sure. When a blackmailing letter arrives from a woman claiming to be her husband Conrad’s lost daughter and Conrad tries to shut Carina out, she senses danger crawling towards her.

Trying to resolve a young man’s indiscretion twenty-five years ago turns into a nightmare that attacks the imperial family itself. With her enemy holding a gun to the head of the heir to the imperial throne, Carina has to make the hardest decision of her life…


Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers, INCEPTIO, and PERFIDITAS. Third in series, SUCCESSIO, is now out.

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Meet Alison Morton - the video!

Yes, I have succumbed. It’s all the fault of my new smartphone; I love exploring the features and I’ve just discovered the superb quality video facility.  So here you have a few thoughts about my writing, my heroines, writing in general, and what I think of reviews and interacting with readers.

For the techies among you, we used an iPhone6 and a tripod with a clamp to keep it steady. I typed up a few bullet points which we pasted into a teleprompter programme (so I didn’t waffle) called Best Prompter, which I then ran on an iPad. Thanks to my husband, Steve Morton, for being ‘technical support’.

I think there may be more…

Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers, INCEPTIO, and PERFIDITAS. Third in series, SUCCESSIO, is now out.

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What's an ethical author?

ALLiEthicalAuthor_smYou may have spotted a new green badge in the righthand column of widgets …… An author program facilitated by the Alliance of Independent Authors but open to any writer who has published a long-form work of fiction or non-fiction, either via a trade publisher or self-publishing platform.

About its origins

So here’s the code itself – mostly common sense, really.

Ethical Author Code

Guiding principle: Putting the reader first
When I market my books, I put my readers first. This means that I don’t engage in any practices that have the effect of misleading the readers/buyers of my books. I behave professionally online and offline when it comes to the following practices in my writing life:

I behave with courtesy and respect toward readers, other authors, reviewers and industry professionals such as agents and publishers. If I find myself in disagreement, I focus on issues rather than airing grievances or complaints in the press or online, or engaging in personal attacks of any kind.

I do not hide behind an alias to boost my own sales or damage the sales or reputation of another person. If I adopt a pen name for legitimate reasons, I use it consistently and carefully.

Reviewing and rating books
I do not review or rate my own or another author’s books in any way that misleads or deceives the reader. I am transparent about my relationships with other authors when reviewing their books.

I am transparent about any reciprocal reviewing arrangements, and avoid any practices that result in the reader being deceived.

Reacting to reviews
I do not react to any book review by harassing the reviewer, getting a third party to harass the reviewer, or making any form of intrusive contact with the reviewer. If I’ve been the subject of a personal attack in a review, I respond in a way that is consistent with professional behaviour.

Book Promotions
I do not promote my books by making false statements about, for example, their position on bestseller lists, or consent to anyone else promoting them for me in a misleading manner.

I know that plagiarism is a serious matter, and I don’t intentionally try to pass off another writer’s words as my own.

Financial ethics
In my business dealings as an author, I make every effort to be accurate and prompt with payments and financial calculations. If I make a financial error, I remedy it as soon as it’s brought to my notice.

I take responsibility for how my books are sold and marketed. If I realise anyone is acting against the spirit or letter of this Code on my behalf, I will refer them to this Code and ask them to modify their behaviour.

This is an entirely voluntary code and open to all authors, however published. It’s a mark in the sand and not only impacts on authors; it tells reviewers, bloggers and most importantly, readers  that they are dealing with somebody who knows how to behave in a decent and professional way. Perhaps it could be extended to all arms of publishing. ;-)

STOP PRESS: Read this extremely interesting article from publishing commentator and influencer Porter Anderson.


Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers, INCEPTIO, and PERFIDITAS. Third in series, SUCCESSIO, is now out.

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Saturnalia/Christmas/Yule present solutions

Yep, it’s that time of year again, and books are a 100% satisfying way to solve those gift problems – easy to give and wonderful to receive. In Roma Nova, we celebrate Saturnalia  during which presents are exchanged.  Here are my seasonal offers for you:
(All prices include postage (second class/economy) and packing.  Please ask for rates for the rest of world.)

Offer 1: Individual paperback gift service
SUCCESSIO at Saturnalia
A seasonal greetings card with personalised message from me, the author, with especially designed bookmark, and gift wrapped and sent to the person of the buyer’s choice:
UK  –  £13.50,
Europe  –  16.50€
US – US$ 21.60

Offer 2Two-book bundle
signed paperback copy, with especially designed bookmarks, of any two of INCEPTIO, PERFIDITAS and SUCCESSIO
(Can be gift-wrapped and sent with greetings card for additional £1/€1.50/$2 per book)
UK –  £18.50
Europe  –  23.50€
US  –  US$ 29.50

Offer 3 :Three book bundle
RomaNova cards_smsigned paperback copy, with especially designed bookmarks, of each of of INCEPTIO, PERFIDITAS and SUCCESSIO
(Can be gift-wrapped and sent with greetings card for additional £1/€1.50/$2 per book)
UK –  £27.00
Europe  –  33.50€
US  –  US$ 43.25

Contact me to order using the simple form below. I will send you a confirmatory email asking you for full details. Payment by PayPal/credit/debit card.

Last date for orders 6 December. After that, I can’t guarantee you’ll receive it in time…

Io Saturnalia!






Ben Kane and A Day of Fire

A Day of FireToday, I don’t have one special guest but six! My writing friend Ben Kane has been working with a group of other historical authors to write a collaborative novel in six stories. This venture could have been as risky as the eruption of Vesuvius, the volcano at the centre of their story, A Day of Fire

Pompeii was a lively resort flourishing in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius at the height of the Roman Empire. When Vesuvius erupted in an explosion of flame and ash, the entire town would be destroyed. Some of its citizens died in the chaos, some escaped the mountain’s wrath . . . and these are their stories:

A boy loses his innocence in Pompeii’s flourishing streets.

An heiress dreads her wedding day, not knowing it will be swallowed by fire.

An ex-legionary stakes his entire future on a gladiator bout destined never to be finished.

A crippled senator welcomes death, until a tomboy on horseback comes to his rescue.

A young mother faces an impossible choice for her unborn child as the ash falls.

A priestess and a whore seek redemption and resurrection as the town is buried.

Six authors bring to life overlapping stories of patricians and slaves, warriors and politicians, villains and heroes who cross each others’ path during Pompeii’s fiery end. But who will escape, and who will be buried for eternity?

I asked Ben to explain…

Why does Pompeii have an enduring attraction and why did you choose it as the focus for this book?
Pompeii  street (c) Alison Morton
I think that its terrible history – a busy town that was destroyed by a volcanic eruption, with terrible loss of life – says it all – and the fact that it has been so well excavated. It’s the most amazing place to visit, because so much of it remains. In most ancient ruins, it’s hard to get a sense of what life might have been like. In Pompeii, with its citizens in their houses, bread still in ovens, guard dogs in their places, it is impossible not to get a feeling of Roman life. We chose it as a focus for the book because of its appeal – there are relatively few events in Roman history as recognisable as the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Were the group of authors self-selected or chosen? And how did you find working together?
The authors were chosen by the three people whose idea it had been in the first place, that is, Kate Quinn, Stephanie Dray and Sophie Perinot. I had never collaborated with anyone else before, so I approached the whole thing with enthusiasm but a little trepidation. However, my concerns soon vanished. It was a real pleasure from beginning to end – and I would have no hesitation in working with the group again.

What do you think is in it for the reader having such a diversity of author styles?
One thing stands out for me – the cross-section of society that’s covered, which is from soldiers to politicians to tradespeople, gladiators and prostitutes. And because the focus of the eruption is so vital to the storyline, I think that any quibbles the reader might have will be smoothed out by the impending tragedy that unfolds through the book.

Will there be another book focusing on a different event?
An interesting question, and one I’ve been asking myself since we finished. I’d be open to the idea, certainly!

Thank you, Ben.
Well, I enjoyed A Day of Fire immensely – the six different voices were distinct but the whole thing melded together seamlessly. The intimate stories of real people trying to accept then survive the terrifying cataclysm seem so real in a way that we can understand today. You know people like these. Recommended.


The authors:

Stephanie DraySTEPHANIE DRAY is a multi-published, award-winning author of historical women’s fiction and fantasy set in the ancient world. Her critically acclaimed historical Nile series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into more than six different languages, was nominated for a RITA Award and won the Golden Leaf. Her focus on Ptolemaic Egypt and Augustan Age Rome has given her a unique perspective on the consequences of Egypt’s ancient clash with Rome, both in terms of the still-extant tensions between East and West as well as the worldwide decline of female-oriented religion. Before she wrote novels, Stephanie was a lawyer, a game designer, and a teacher. Learn more at:

Ben KaneBEN KANE worked as a veterinarian for sixteen years, but his love of ancient history and historical fiction drew him to write fast-paced novels about Roman soldiers, generals and gladiators. Irish by nationality but UK-based, he is the author of seven books, the last five of which have been Sunday Times top ten bestsellers. Ben’s books have been translated into ten languages. In 2013, Ben walked the length of Hadrian’s Wall with two other authors, for charity; he did so in full Roman military kit, including hobnailed boots. He repeated the madness in 2014, over 130 miles in Italy. Over $50,000 has been raised with these two efforts. Learn more at

E KnightE. KNIGHT is an award-winning, indie national best-selling author of historical fiction. Under the name, Eliza Knight she writes historical romance and time-travel. Her debut historical fiction novel, My Lady Viper, has received critical acclaim and was nominated for the Historical Novel Society 2015 Annual Indie Award. She regularly presents on writing panels and was named Romance Writer’s of America’s 2013 PRO Mentor of the Year. Eliza lives in Maryland atop a small mountain with a knight, three princesses and a very naughty puppy. For more information, visit Eliza at

Sophie PerinotSOPHIE PERINOT is the author of the acclaimed debut, The Sister Queens, which weaves the story of medieval sisters Marguerite and Eleanor of Provence who became queens of France and England respectively. Perinot has both a BA in History and a law degree. A long-time member of the Historical Novel Society, she has attended all of the group’s North American Conferences, serving as a panelist at the most recent. When she is not visiting corners of the past, Sophie lives in Great Falls, VA. Learn more at:

Kate QuinnKATE QUINN is the national bestselling author of the Empress of Rome novels, which have been variously translated into thirteen different languages. She first got hooked on Roman history while watching “I, Claudius” at the age of seven, and wrote her first book during her freshman year in college, retreating from a Boston winter into ancient Rome. She and her husband now live in Maryland with an imperious black dog named Caesar. Learn more at

Vicky Alvear ShecterVICKY ALVEAR SHECTER is the award-winning author of the young adult novel, Cleopatra’s Moon (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 2011), based on the life of Cleopatra’s only daughter. She is also the author of two biographies for kids on Alexander the Great and Cleopatra. The LA Times called Cleopatra’s Moon – set in Rome and Egypt –”magical” and “impressive.” Publisher’s Weekly said it was “fascinating” and “highly memorable.” Her young adult novel of Pompeii, Curses and Smoke (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic), released in June 2014. She has two other upcoming books for younger readers, Anubis Speaks! and Hades Speaks! Vicky is a docent at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Antiquities at Emory University in Atlanta. Learn more at


Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers, INCEPTIO, and PERFIDITAS. Third in series, SUCCESSIO, is now out.

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