Alison Morton's Roma Nova

By Alison Morton | The home of the Roma Nova alternative history thrillers

Crossing cultures and 12 things to make it easier

<i></i><i>Disruptive didn’t begin to describe it. I would have a family there, I’d be comfortable materially, and I would be able to keep my father’s legacy.</i> …

Language

A tale of two trilogies

One day I decided to write a book of high adventure set in an alternative, modern Rome, including a hunky hero, but with the story driven by a young …

Literature

Carina, Aurelia and the Pompeii gladius

Twenty-first century Roma Nova military train with state of the art weaponry; their firepower and weapon handling are undoubted. But they also train …

Ancient Rome

Writing crime in Harrogate

“Harrogate” – that’s what the regulars call the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. After three days, I call it exhausting, energising, …

Authors

Alison Morton Roma Nova

The RETALIO publication date is fast approaching. Some very generous people are hosting us on their blogs with interviews, giveaways, guest posts and …

Roma

Snapshots of RNA2016

With Denise Barnes (left) and Jean Fullerton (right)<p>2010, I was a trembling newbie; 2016, I was teaching historical research and pontificating on a …

Publishing

INSURRECTIO – A political thriller

Book five of the Roma Nova thriller series, set in Roma Nova’s recent past – the continuation of the Aurelia Mitela’s adventures…<p><i>“The second fall of</i> …

AURELIA – Crime and Nemesis

<i>STOP PRESS! Now in available as an audiobook. Listen to a sample here.</i><p><i>Book four of the Roma Nova thriller series, set in Roma Nova’s recent past –</i> …

The Roman way

Roman road, Ambrussum, Via Domitia, FranceYes, this is a Roman road. And yes, it does eventually lead to Rome, the centre of the world at that time. …

Ancient Rome

Time and its alternative

Time, ah, that strange thing. Past time, which could be yesterday or fifty years ago, present time which we bumble through, and future time which …

Alison Morton Roma Nova

<i>Read about Carina and Aurelia – women who fight to keep their country safe and their loves burning.</i><p><i>Taste the first book free – download INCEPTIO and</i> …

Book trailers – a good idea?

If it doesn’t display properly (<i>sigh</i>) click https://youtu.be/eXGslRLjv6gYesterday, I released the book trailer for my new novel INSURRECTIO due out …

Publishing

New Romans for old?

Legate, senate, imperial secretaries, <i>centurion</i>, people’s tribunes, <i>praetor, vigiles</i>? All terms we may know from ancient Rome. What are they doing in …

Ancient Rome

Launching books

Last week, I had the enormous pleasure of attending book launches for two writing friends. On Saturday 23 January, I drank bubbly, ate scones and …

The 5 Biggest Social Media Challenges for Authors

<i>Today I’m delighted to welcome Anita Chapman, the genius behind neetsmarketing, an empathic and friendly business dedicated to help authors with</i> …

Isca Dumnoniorum, or Exeter to you and me

Isca Dumnoniorum c. AD 350I’ve been over in Devon staying with my writing friend Helen Hollick for a week and yesterday we visited Exeter, including …

Archaeology

AURELIA – Shortlisted for the 2016 Historical Novel Society Indie Award

Oh yes! 2016 has begun in a spectacular way and I’m not talking about fireworks. AURELIA, the fourth Roma Nova thriller, first in a new cycle of …

Books

America in the world of Roma Nova

In summer 2015, I visited the USA and part of Canada. It was seven weeks of hectic fun. In Washington, one of the highlights was a visit to the …

Maps

The colour of Roma Nova

It’s a well-worn statement, a cliché, even that a book cover is what sells the book. My own method of choosing a book cold is to be attracted by the …

Publishing

Developing Carina’s graphic

When I decided to put Praetorian Carina Mitela’s adventures together in a box set, I thought about the publicity materials to go with it. There are …

Books

AURELIA awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion!

You know when there’s a 90% chance against, but you <i>do</i> succeed?<br>Well, that.<br>Book 4 in the Roma Nova series, AURELIA, has just been awarded the B.R.A.G. …

What inspired Roma Nova?

I’m often asked this when I do interviews, talks or simply chatting to readers, but I don’t think I’ve ever put it all in one place on this my own …

Ancient Rome

Alternative history stories – historical fiction or not?

Historical fiction is a broad church; a re-telling real events, quasi-biographical fiction, romantic, adventure, fantastical and detective stories, …

History

History, mystery and derring-do – a reading selection

“A cracking tale” – an expression I often use. Stories that make your pulse hammer, your gut grip and your breath catch. You are chasing renegades, …

Books

The Historical Novel Society and Facebook

“Historical” and “Facebook” might sound like a conundrum, but they are intimately linked. Facebook launched its site in February 4, 2004. Historical …

Authors

Saturday Historical Novelist Interview: Alison Morton

<b>Today’s Saturday Interview guest is historical novelist Alison Morton. Welcome to my blog. Please tell us a little about yourself as writer and as</b> …

Charroux LitFest – total buzz

Charroux may be a tiny town in the middle of <i>la France profonde</i>, but these last few days it has been buzzing with local, national and international …

Rome and Washington DC

As I walked past the colonnaded white buildings around the Capitol, the National Mall and the Federal Triangle, I knew I couldn’t be the first …

Ancient Rome