The Bear and the Wolf A short story of love and danger on the Roman Empire’s most hostile frontier. It's always a delight to work with Simon Turney. He and I took opposite sides in the "Romans versus Britons" debate at the Alderney Literary Festival, (there are photos here) but we both knew it was … Continue reading The Bear and the Wolf
A visit to the island of Alderney has been on my bucket list ever since we saw our friends' holiday photos, so there was dancing and singing here at Downie Towers when an invitation to the Alderney Literary Festival arrived. Below are a few photos of my own, along with some random thoughts about the … Continue reading Small Island
A while back I was honoured to be asked to join the H-Team, a group of writers who combine their skills to produce gripping and original versions of famous tales from the ancient world. The team's three books are usually sold separately, but for a short while they're on offer as an ebook bundle called SONGS OF … Continue reading Songs of Blood and Gold – an Ancient World bargain bundle!
I've been musing on Parkinson's Law. Not the famous one ("work expands to fill the time available") but another from the same book: Parkinson's Law of Triviality. "The time spent on any item on the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved." (If you're wondering what this has to do with high … Continue reading Of high heels and trivia
I’m delighted to welcome a guest writer to the blog on this special day - G Petrieus Ruso, Medicus. When I first asked him to say a few words about Saturnalia, he was characteristically reticent and referred me to his friend Valens, claiming that “He knows more about parties than I do.” Indeed, Valens thought … Continue reading Io Saturnalia! – Ruso speaks.
Apologies for the blog silence. I've been travelling beyond the farthest reaches of the Empire. At least, that's what I thought, but one of the displays in the Hong Kong Maritime Museum (which is well worth a visit if you're passing that way) was eerily familiar. "That," I cried to Longsuffering Husband, who thought he'd … Continue reading A long way from Rome
The new novel from seven talented members of the H-team is published today - and as ever, they've been weaving old stories together in new ways. I wasn't involved this time (deadlines!) and I can't wait to find out what the team have done with the story we all 'think' we know. Meanwhile, they've been … Continue reading The Trojans are back!
Many thanks to For Winter Nights, the final host on the Blog Tour! If you haven't yet discovered this excellent book blog, now is a good time to nip across there - not only for the chance to win a copy of Vita Brevis, but also to browse a splendid collection of reviews and articles, … Continue reading Saturday, final stop on the Blog Tour – For Winter Nights
Day 7, and the last-but-one stop on the tour today! Across the water to Detroit and Hoover Book Reviews, which is a splendid place to browse if you're on the hunt for contemporary fiction based in the ancient world - and more. (Nip across there and scroll down to where it says 'categories' on the … Continue reading Friday on the Blog Tour – Hoover Book Reviews
Blog tour day 6, and thanks to the splendid Alison Morton for the invitation to join her love-me*-love-my-character series for a chat about Ruso. (*this part, as an Italian driver once said to my husband when discussing traffic lights, is 'merely a suggestion'.) Alison is the creator not only of thrillers but of a whole … Continue reading Thursday on the blog tour – Roma Nova