Aurelia by Alison Morton – Spotlight HFVBT

02_Aurelia_CoverAurelia (Roma Nova, #4)
by Alison Morton

Publication Date: May 5, 2015
SilverWood Books
Paperback & eBook; 270 Pages

Genre: Alternative Historical Fiction

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B.R.A.G. Medallion Winner

Historical Novel Society Indie Editor’s Choice

Late 1960s Roma Nova, the last Roman colony that has survived into the 21st century. Aurelia Mitela is alone ñ her partner gone, her child sickly and her mother dead. Forced in her mid-twenties to give up her beloved career as a Praetorian officer, she is struggling to manage an extended family tribe, businesses and senatorial political life.

But her country needs her unique skills. Somebody is smuggling silver—Roma Novaís lifeblood—on an industrial scale. Sent to Berlin to investigate, she encounters the mysterious and attractive Miklós, a suspected smuggler, and Caius Tellus, a Roma Novan she has despised, and feared, since childhood.

Aurelia suspects that the silver smuggling hides a deeper conspiracy and follows a lead into the Berlin criminal underworld. Barely escaping a trap set by a gang boss intent on terminating her, she realises that her old enemy is at the heart of all her troubles and pursues him back home to Roma Nova…

PRAISE

“Morton raises the bar on her Roma Nova series with a thrilling and intriguing history of what might have been. Effortlessly weaving fact and speculative fiction, AURELIA explores a 1960s that is at once familiar and and utterly different—a brilliant page turner that will keep you gripped from first page to last. Highly recommended.” – Russell Whitfield, author of the Gladiatrix series

“What if the Roman Empire hadn’t fallen? Alison Morton handles this intriguing premise with her customary panache in AURELIA.” – Ruth Downie, author of the Ruso Medicus series

“Yet again, Ms. Morton delivers a fast-paced story set in a world slightly – but fundamentally – different from our own. Roma Nova as a country does not exist—not really—but Ms. Morton paints this alternate world of hers with such colours, such details, that by the time the book has ended it comes as a surprise to return to a world without Roma Nova, without strong, impressive women like Aurelia Mitela. I am already looking forward to the next instalment—in fact, I crave a next instalment!” – Anna Belfrage, author of The Graham Saga

“Meticulously researched. Wonderfully imagined. Alison Morton’s Roma Nova will stay with you long after you have closed the pages.” – Liesel Schwarz, author of Chronicles of Light and Shadow

“Brilliant! Alison Morton’s alternative world of Roma Nova – a feisty soldier heroine plunged into the depths of criminal conspiracy, and mind-blowing action all the way to the tense finale. Aurelia is a fabulous read.” – David Ebsworth, Historical Novel Society award-winning author

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR03_Alison Morton_Author

Even before she pulled on her first set of combats, Alison Morton was fascinated by the idea of women soldiers. Brought up by a feminist mother and an ex-military father, it never occurred to her that women couldnít serve their country in the armed forces. Everybody in her family had done time in uniform and in theatre—regular and reserve Army, RAF, WRNS, WRAF—all over the globe.

So busy in her day job, Alison joined the Territorial Army in a special communications regiment and left as a captain, having done all sorts of interesting and exciting things no civilian would ever know or see. Or that she can talk about, even now…

But something else fuels her writing….Fascinated by the mosaics at Ampurias (Spain), at their creation by the complex, power and value-driven Roman civilisation started her wondering what a modern Roman society would be like if run by strong women….Now, she lives in France and writes Roman-themed alternate history thrillers with tough heroines:

INCEPTIO, the first in the Roma Nova series

–shortlisted for the 2013 International Rubery Book Award
–B.R.A.G. Medallion
–finalist in 2014 Writing Magazine Self-Published Book of the Year

PERFIDITAS, second in series

–B.R.A.G. Medallion
–finalist in 2014 Writing Magazine Self-Published Book of the Year

SUCCESSIO, third in series

–Historical Novel Societyís indie Editorís Choice for Autumn 2014
–B.R.A.G. Medallion
–Editorís choice, The Booksellerís inaugural Indie Preview, December 2014

Fact file

Education: BA French, German & Economics, MA History
Memberships: International Thriller Writers, Historical Novel Society, Alliance of Independent Authors, Society of Authors
Represented by Annette Crossland of A for Authors Literary Agency for subsidiary and foreign rights.

WEBSITE | BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | GOODREADS | AMAZON UK AUTHOR PAGE | AMAZON US AUTHOR PAGE

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