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 …

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 …

Knives

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, …

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 …

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 …

Books

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. …

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/eXGslRLjv6g<p>Last week, 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 …

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 …

Harper Collins

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 …

Rome

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 …

Roma

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, …

Popular Fiction

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 …

Books

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 …

Rome