Alison Morton's Roma Nova

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

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 …

Martial Arts

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, …

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Alison Morton Roma Nova

When I typed the last word of the first draft of INCEPTIO in 2009 I didn’t have a clue what to do with it. After advice, professional assessment, and …

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 …

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</i><p><i>Book four of the Roma Nova thriller series, set in Roma Nova’s recent past – the start of the young</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 …

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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 …

Roma

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 …

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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> …

Social Media Marketing

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 …

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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 …

Library of Congress

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 …

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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 …

Roma

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 …

Ewan McGregor

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, 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, …

History

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

History

Quebec – a hub of history

Samuel de Champlain overlooking the St Lawrence River<p>I’m delighted to have visited Québec, a city at a pivotal geographic and historic place. I’m …

Rossiter Books – an evening of writing alternatively and fun!

Liesel Schwarz and I had such a fun evening last Thursday in Ross-on-Wye enthusing with a great audience about steampunk and alternative history that …

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