ROMA NOVA EXTRA singles are out!

 Realising that not everybody wants a whole book of short stories, I’ve sent four of them out to the world as single short reads on Kindle. New readers might like to dip into Roma Nova this way, just to see what it’s about…

Originally published in the ROMA NOVA EXTRA collection, the individual stories reflect different aspects of Roma Nova.

Conrad & Carina’s Roman Holiday features the two most popular characters from the series. What seems like a simple errand for Imperatrix Silva in the old Roman capital in Italy plunges the pair into a threat from an ancient mystery.

A Roman in 1066 sees eleventh century Galla Mitela trying to stop the Norman invasion of England, with a possible alternative outcome…

The other pair of stories are more romantic, although one more so than the other.

In The Girl from the Market, young Roman tribune Apulius get much more than he bargained for when he meets Julia Bacausa, the fiery daughter of the ruling prince in Roman Noricum. But apart from the story of Roma Nova’s founding family, we also see the Roman Empire in AD370 as its nature is changing radically and its power fading.

Allegra – An Unusual Love Story is just that. Carina and Conrad’s eldest daughter is highly intelligent, efficient and dedicated to her career in the military, but her introverted character prevents her from acknowledging her feelings for a man she has known all her life, let alone doing anything about it. Macrinus has grown up in the Mitela household. His mother was a comrade-in-arms of the legendary Aurelia Mitela during the Great Rebellion and tells him Allegra is out of his reach. Will the unhappy non-lovers ever work it out?


Perhaps after dipping into one or more of the stories, readers might like to read the whole collection or investigate the series. Whatever you do, enjoy!

 

Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers –  INCEPTIO,  PERFIDITAS,  SUCCESSIO,  AURELIA,  INSURRECTIO  and RETALIO.  CARINA, a novella, and ROMA NOVA EXTRA, a collection of short stories, are now available.  Audiobooks are available for four of the series.

Download INCEPTIO, the series starter, FREE as a thank you gift when you sign up to Alison’s monthly email newsletter. You’ll also be first to know about Roma Nova news and book progress before everybody else, and take part in giveaways.

RUBICON – 10 acclaimed authors, 10 Roman stories

A few months ago, I was invited to join a writing project organised jointly by the Historical Writers Association and Sharpe Books. Yesterday the result, a collection of ten fabulous stories of Ancient Rome, was published!

Now, a number of my fellow authors are old friends and their books are already on my bookshelves or my Kindle; total joy to read their familiar characters’ mini adventures. But through this new collection, I have discovered new authors and thus new windows into different aspects of the Roman world. I can’t wait to read more of their stuff!

So what’s in Rubicon?
Soldiers, statesmen and spies, not to mention pioneers, palace shenanigans, politics in Britannia, pirates, battles, faith, greed, sacrifice and the lives of ordinary – and extraordinary – Romans, such as Ovid, Marcus Agrippa and a young Julius Caesar, and imaginary ones like Roma Nova’s founders Apulius and Mitelus.

Plus, an exclusive interview with each author – why write and why Rome?

Ancient Rome from the Republic through to the dusk of Empire, but as ever, it’s all about the people who were so different, yet so like us.

Authors & Stories Featured in Rubicon:
Nick Brown – Maker of Gold
Gordon Doherty – Eagles in the Desert
Ruth Downie – Alter Ego
Richard Foreman – A Brief Affair
Alison Morton – Mystery of Victory
Anthony Riches – The Invitation
Antonia Senior – Exiles
Peter Tonkin – The Roman
L.J. Trafford – The Wedding
S.J. Turney – The Praetorian

Where can you buy Rubicon?
As at 6 July 2019, it’s available as an ebook from Amazon UK    Amazon US
For £2.99/$3.99, you can’t really go wrong! 😉
(The paperback will be out in the next few weeks.)

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Praise for Rubicon
Rubicon is a declaration of intent to intrigue, inspire and entertain. For me, this collection of stories extols the camaraderie that exists amongst the historical fiction bother and sisterhood. It perfectly encapsulates a shared passion for the subject of Rome in all its abundance and varied manifestations, taking the reader on a guided tour through the familiar and the strange. Leading us wide-eyed through a genre which has never lost its lustre.

This is the fiction equivalent of a box of chocolates, a celebration of diverse Rome stories drawing upon all the riches of that most extraordinary and enduring of civilisations. It is a treasure trove of tales, showcasing a wealth of talent.

I have been entertained by authors whose work I know and love, and I’ve discovered new voices too, writers whom I look forward to getting to know better. Indeed, if the purpose of this collection is to delight, distract and to whet the reader’s appetite, leaving us eager for more, it is a resounding success.

Rubicon is a rare treat which I thoroughly enjoyed. I don’t know what the official collective noun for Roman short stories is, but in this case I think it’s a triumph.” Giles Kristian.

So you know what to do…

 

Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers –  INCEPTIO,  PERFIDITAS,  SUCCESSIO,  AURELIA,  INSURRECTIO  and RETALIO.  CARINA, a novella, and ROMA NOVA EXTRA, a collection of short stories, are now available.  Audiobooks are available for four of the series.

Download INCEPTIO, the series starter, FREE as a thank you gift when you sign up to Alison’s monthly email newsletter. You’ll also be first to know about Roma Nova news and book progress before everybody else, and take part in giveaways.

How to look like a Roma Novan Praetorian

Egged on (albeit genteely) by fellow authors going to the Eboracum Roman Festival, I decided to try and put together the kind of uniform worn by Carina and Aurelia during their service in the Praetorian Guard Special Forces in Roma Nova. The others were wearing Roman dress of the period of their books so for me it was 20th/21st century Roma Nova.

I refer enough to the PGSF ‘beige-and-black’ indoor uniform – barrack dress in British terms or service dress for US friends – in all eight books, so I thought I’d better put up or shut up.

Where to start? 
My own ‘stored-in-a box-somewhere-in-the-basement’ uniform was completely wrong – olive green, so that was a non-no, even if I could still get into it (which I couldn’t). On to the Internet. The previous US navy service dress looked promising, but was very difficult to get  the right sizing and one supplier wanted $57 shipping for trousers and shirt with 28 day delivery. Er, no.

Laurence Mousseron and her shop, Surplus Militaire Armurie et Cotellerie, Thouars

Laurence Mousseron and her shop, Surplus Militaire Armurerie et Coutellerie, Thouars

So I went to the local military surplus shop which was more of a hunting supplies outlet. I wasn’t optimistic, but the owner, a charming woman called Laurence Mousseron was helpfulness personified. She didn’t have the shirt in, but she would get it, she said.

Two problems, D-Day anniversary approaching when demand from re-enactors was strong, and my own three-week deadline before Eboracum. Not optimistic again. But talking to Laurence, I discovered that her emporium was well known outside the town, the region and even internationally. I had no idea it was such a well-known and respected supplier!  She came up trumps.

Basic uniform
The shirt and trousers are very slightly different shades of beige – I had no idea beige varied so much! But with a black belt separating them, it was scarcely noticeable. The BDU (Battle Dress Uniform) trousers had drawstrings at the bottom leg edges hem to form cuffs to go over para boots, but out came my needle and some beige thread to transform them into standard hems.

The black round neck T-shirt Not just any T-shirt – these are M&S T-shirts. 😉 A quick pop in to the store when I was in the UK for CrimeFest and the most helpful assistant I’ve ever met who dug me a second one out from the storeroom.

The black belt with quick release catch came from Laurence. I also bought a black ‘woolly pulley’ from her just in case York turned out to be cold; this is not unknown… But the weather was glorious!

Then I hit a real obstacle – the cap. Apart from Nazi SS ones (which would have given me the creeps to wear), I couldn’t find black anywhere; neither could Laurence. Time pressed. Back on the fabulous Internet and by accident I found a sewing pattern for a side cap on Pinterest. Burrowing in my material box, I hoicked out some black trouser material, and found  some spare plastic flyscreen netting for stiffener. (Don’t laugh!) I have a large-ish head (no impolite comments, please) so I expanded the pattern, cut out the pieces and sewed it. It was a demon with the double sides, but I got there. And yes, I did sew my name inside. Old habits like old soldiers die hard.

The insignia
I had tackled this first; if I couldn’t find a crowned eagle badge for the shirt pocket the whole project was stuffed. Yes, I had been on the Internet, Etsy to be precise. There were loads of double headed crowned eagles, but few single ones. At last I tracked one down to Bulgaria for 4.50 euros! A central shield was missing, probably an enamel plaque, but that was fixable. Several layers of mixed gold nail polish later to cover the grey metal and the empty space had disappeared.

The gold oak leaves on the shirt collar points  and on the hat  –  a PGSF major’s rank badges – came from an Etsy supplier in the US.
The purple leather wrist band with the gold stud – a bit of military affectation. 😉

My very sincere thanks go to Laurence Mousseron – she went beyond standard customer service and smiled all the way through.

Oh, and did it work? I think so…

Alison with Laurence Mousseron in the Surplus Militaire Armurie et Cotellerie, Thouars

Alison with Laurence Mousseron in the Surplus Militaire Armurerie et Coutellerie, Thouars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers –  INCEPTIO,  PERFIDITAS,  SUCCESSIO,  AURELIA,  INSURRECTIO  and RETALIO.  CARINA, a novella, and ROMA NOVA EXTRA, a collection of short stories, are now available.  Audiobooks are available for four of the series.

Download INCEPTIO, the series starter, FREE as a thank you gift when you sign up to Alison’s monthly email newsletter. You’ll also be first to know about Roma Nova news and book progress before everybody else, and take part in giveaways.