Alison Morton's Roma Nova

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

Guns n’ things in Roma Nova

This could be a tricky subject, but if your stories have spies, special forces, military and special police units with a robust Roman attitude, you …

Self Defense

INSURRECTIO – a powerful thriller speaks to our times

I was thrilled to receive a very thoughtful review of INSURRECTIO this week.BookBabe blog headed the review as “Meeting the challenge of keeping a …

Reconciling ‘real’ Romans and Roma Novans

Family of Drusus, Museum of Roman Civilisation, Rome (Author photo)I’ve been fascinated by all things Roman since I walked on my first mosaic in …

The world of CARINA

CARINA launched two weeks ago amid lovely comments, tweets and posts and reviews are starting to accumulate (<i>Exciting!</i>).Carina visits a number of …

Women as heroines – speculation?

Diana, goddess of the hunt, Capitoline MuseumAll fictional characters are, er, fictional. We borrow, mine, or lift characteristics from Real Life, …

CARINA – a Roma Nova novella

<b>HOT NEWS: CARINA will be available in print from 31 March 2018!</b><p>Carina Mitela is still a young inexperienced officer in the Praetorian Guard Special …

Slaves, damnati and freedmen in ancient Rome

In 161 BC, the Roman jurist Gaius wrote:<br>“<i>Slavery is a human invention and not found in nature. Indeed, it was that other human invention, war, which</i> …

Our friends(?) the Praetorians

Inventing a military unit like the 21st century Praetorian Guard Special Forces in my Roma Nova books was an interesting challenge!I chose to use the …

Ancient History

Why is CARINA (just) a novella?

Good question! I’ll try and explain…We’re still in Roma Nova, the remnant of the Roman Empire that has toughed it out into the modern age. It’s an …

Writing

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> …

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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 …

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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 …

Self Defense

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's Roma Nova

This could be a tricky subject, but if your stories have spies, special forces, military and special police units with a robust Roman attitude, you …

Ancient History

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 …

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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> …

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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> …

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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 History

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 …

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Alison Morton's Roma Nova

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

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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 …

Writing

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 History

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

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 …

Ancient History

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 …

New Mexico

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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