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All six full-length novels have received the BRAG Medallion. SUCCESSIO, AURELIA and INSURRECTIO were selected as Historical Novel Society's Indie Editor's Choices. AURELIA was a finalist in the 2016 HNS Indie Award. SUCCESSIO featured as Editor's Choice in The Bookseller.
A 'Roman nut' since age 11, Alison has misspent decades clambering over Roman sites throughout Europe. She holds aa masters' in history, blogs about Romans, social media and writing. Oh, and she gives talks.
She continues writing thrillers, cultivates a Roman herb garden and drinks wine in France with her husband.
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"Greater than the sum of its parts... Rubicon has something for everyone: action, humour and historical insight." Michael Arnold
Ten acclaimed authors. Ten gripping stories.
Immerse yourself in Ancient Rome through a collection of thrilling narratives, featuring soldiers, statesmen and spies.
Read about some of your favourite characters from established series, or be introduced to new writers in the genre.
The stories in Rubicon are, like Rome, diverse and intriguing - involving savage battles, espionage, political intrigue and the lives of ordinary - and extraordinary - Romans, such as Ovid, Marcus Agrippa and a young Julius Caesar.
This brand new collection, brought to you by the Historical Writers' Association, also includes interviews with each author.
Find out more about their writing processes and what attracts them to the Roman world.
View Ancient Rome through fresh eyes.
Rubicon is a feast of moreish tales and a must read for all fans of historical fiction.
Authors & Stories Featured in Rubicon:
Nick Brown - Maker of Gold
Gordon Doherty - Eagles in the Desert
Ruth Downie - Alter Ego
Richard Foreman - A Brief Affair
Alison Morton - Mystery of Victory
Anthony Riches - The Invitation
Antonia Senior - Exiles
Peter Tonkin - The Roman
L.J. Trafford - The Wedding
S.J. Turney - The Praetorian
Praise for Rubicon:
"Rubicon is a declaration of intent to intrigue, inspire and entertain. For me, this collection of stories extols the camaraderie that exists amongst the historical fiction bother and sisterhood. It perfectly encapsulates a shared passion for the subject of Rome in all its abundance and varied manifestations, taking the reader on a guided tour through the familiar and the strange. Leading us wide-eyed through a genre which has never lost its lustre.
This is the fiction equivalent of a box of chocolates, a celebration of diverse Rome stories drawing upon all the riches of that most extraordinary and enduring of civilisations. It is a treasure trove of tales, showcasing a wealth of talent.
I have been entertained by authors whose work I know and love, and I’ve discovered new voices too, writers whom I look forward to getting to know better. Indeed, if the purpose of this collection is to delight, distract and to whet the reader’s appetite, leaving us eager for more, it is a resounding success.
Rubicon is a rare treat which I thoroughly enjoyed. I don’t know what the official collective noun for Roman short stories is, but in this case I think it’s a triumph." Giles Kristian.
New Yorker Karen Brown is running for her life. She makes a snap decision to flee to Roma Nova – her dead mother’s homeland, and last remnant of the Roman Empire in the 21st century. But can Karen tough it out in such an alien culture? And with a crazy killer determined to terminate her for a very personal reason?
Stifled by the protective cocoon of her Roma Novan family, deceived by her new lover, she propels herself into a dangerous mission. But then the killer sets a trap – she must sacrifice herself for another – and she sees no escape.
A thriller laced with romance and coming of age, this is Roman fiction brought into the 21st century through the lens of alternative history and driven by a female protagonist with heart and courage.
"Eve Dallas meets Lindsey Davis’s Roman detective Falco meets The Hunger Games."
– B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree
– Shortlisted for the International Rubery Book Award
– Finalist in Writing Magazine Self-Published Book of the Year
"Grips like a vice – a writer to watch out for" – Adrian Magson
Written by nine well-known authors to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, the stories will take you on a journey through the wonderful ‘what ifs’ of England’s most famous year in history.
20th century Roma Nova – powered by the Roman mindset, ruled by women
Aurelia Mitela is courageous, loyal and passionate, but the shadow of her life-long nemesis Caius Tellus hovers over her. Whether as Praetorian soldier, spy, diplomat or imperial councillor, Aurelia must keep him at bay personally and professionally. But Caius stalks her, intent on destroying her personal strength which stands between him and ultimate power in Roma Nova. And if her unorthodox lover or her child can be used against her, he will not hesitate.
A thousand pages of courage, passion and resistance in three books with over 100 five-star reviews on Amazon between them.
“What if the Roman Empire hadn't fallen? Alison Morton handles this intriguing premise with her customary panache in AURELIA.” - Ruth Downie
Retrained as an undercover agent in the late 1960s, ex-Praetorian officer Aurelia Mitela is sent to Berlin to investigate silver smuggling, but barely escapes a near-lethal trap. When Aurelia is closing in on her lifelong nemesis, Caius Tellus, he strikes at her most vulnerable point – her young daughter.
“INSURRECTIO - a taut, fast-paced thriller and I enjoyed it enormously. Rome, guns and rebellion. Darkly gripping stuff.” – Conn Iggulden
Roma Nova in the early 1980s. Imperial councillor Aurelia is frustrated by a ruler is afraid to rule, old laws choking reform and a nationalist movement surging under a charismatic leader who wants to destroy Aurelia on his way to power.
Horrified when her daughter is brutally attacked in a riot, Aurelia rallies resistance to the growing fear and instability. But is it too late to save Roma Nova from meltdown and herself from death at the hand of her lifelong enemy?
“A classic tale of resistance and resilience – the only regret is when the action stops.” – Douglas Jackson
Recovering from a near fatal shooting, Aurelia chafes at her enforced exile. Her duty and passion fire her determination to take back her homeland and liberate its people despite her lover Miklós's desire to protect her. Will she ever see her beloved Roma Nova again?
Plus a bonus ‘Silvia’s Story’ which follows RETALIO
Roman fiction brought up to the 20th century, these stories guarantee noble ideals, passionate love, desperate choices, sacrifice, constant twists and turns and snappy dialogue with a dash of humour in a timeline not so different from our own...
Multi-award winning stories, all BRAG Medallion winners
21st century Roma Nova – powered by the Roman mindset, ruled by women
Praetorian Carina Mitela is courageous, fallible and sassy. She hefts a gladius or assault rifle as required. But can she defeat treachery, conspiracy and a dark nemesis and still keep an enduring love burning?
"My ancestors fought to hold this land sixteen hundred years ago. I'm not letting some throwback destroy it."
Nearly a thousand pages of action adventure and alternative history thrills in three books with over 160 five star reviews on Amazon between them.
Transformation, deception, rebels, vengeance takers, comradeship and an epic love story bind these three adventures in a new Rome founded sixteen hundred years ago by dissidents from the Roman Empire, and ruled by women.
INCEPTIO – the beginning
“Grips like a vice – a writer to watch out for.” – Adrian Magson
Terrified after a kidnap attempt, New Yorker Karen Brown, has a harsh choice - being eliminated by EUS government enforcer Renschman or fleeing to mysterious Roma Nova, her dead mother's homeland in Europe. In Roma Nova Karen finds safety – at a price – but the enforcer pursues her and sets a trap knowing she has no choice but to spring it...
B.R.A.G. Medallion, finalist, 2013 International Rubery Book Award
PERFIDITAS – betrayal
“Alison Morton has built a fascinating, exotic world! Carina’s a bright, sassy detective with a winning dry sense of humour.” – Simon Scarrow
Captain Carina Mitela of the Praetorian Guard Special Forces is in trouble – one colleague attacks her with a knife and another sets a trap to incriminate her in a conspiracy to topple the government of Roma Nova.
Once proscribed and operating illegally, she risks being terminated by both security services and conspirators. Seeking help from a not quite legal old friend could wreck her marriage to the enigmatic Conrad. As she struggles to save her beloved Roma Nova and her own life, she faces the ultimate betrayal…
B.R.A.G. Medallion, finalist, 2014 Writing Magazine Self-Published Book of the Year
SUCCESSIO – the next generation
“I thoroughly enjoyed this classy thriller, the third in Morton’s epic series set in Roma Nova.” – Caroline Sanderson in The Bookseller
Roma Nova seems at peace. But senior Praetorian Guard Special Forces officer Carina Mitela is soon plunged into a nightmare of drugs, blackmail and breakdown.
Faced with a gifted and vicious enemy, Carina may have met an adversary she cannot overcome. In this part historical thriller, part alternate history, but always Roman thriller, Carina has moments in which to make the hardest decision of her life…
B.R.A.G. Medallion, Historical Novel Society’s indie Editor’s Choice Autumn 2014, Editor’s choice, The Bookseller’s inaugural Indie Preview, December 2014, longlisted for the 2015 HNS Indie prize
1960s Roma Nova where a tiny part of the Roman Empire has survived into the 20th century. Ex-Praetorian officer Aurelia Mitela must discover who is manipulating the silver smuggling destroying the economy of her beloved Roma Nova. Who set a lethal trap for her in Berlin? One person fits the bill perfectly, but can she catch him before he kills her?
A former military commander, Aurelia is one of her country's strong women, but she doubts in her heart and mind that she can overcome her clever and implacable enemy, Caius Tellus. Or should she arrest the mysterious and attractive Miklós – a smuggler who knows too much?
First in the Aurelia Mitela adventures, where Roman fiction is brought into the 20th century through an alternative history lens. INSURRECTIO, NEXUS (novella) and RETALIO follow on.
"A racing climax and a fully satisfying ending" – Kate Quinn
– Historical Novel Society’s indie Editor’s Choice for Autumn 2015
– B.R.A.G. Medallion
– Finalist, 2016 HNS Indie Award
Frustrated at his demotion, Apulius is still arrogant and, as a Roman, entitled to take what he wants from the native population including the services of a girl in the market.
But when he makes a formal visit to the ruling Celtic prince, Apulius is horrified when he discovers who the girl is.
Fearing excruciating punishment is the least of his worries. When she tells him exactly what she thinks of him, he knows the only solution is to find a quiet mountainside and thrust his dagger into his heart. But she has other plans...
Originally published in ROMA NOVA EXTRA (ASIN: B07HH6R9HX), a collection of eight stories spanning two millennia from AD 370 to 2029, this short story recounts one of Roma Nova's foundation myths. But it's not only a prequel to the Roma Nova series, but also a story of humbling, love, passion and persistence.
Roma Nova fought its way from the dying empire through the centuries. It's seen them all: the brave, the noble, the traitors, the chancers, the duty-bound, the grasping, the happy but above all pursuing their lives faithful to the Roman way. Except... they're ruled by women.
Intrigued? Download the official guide to stories about the people of Roma Nova now.
This free guide not only provides an introduction to the Roma Nova series by Alison Morton but contains a list of the books in the series, cover images, when they were published, links to stores, short synopses, and why Alison wrote each book.
You’ll also find a suggested reading order, plus first chapters from each book. And at the end a short version of the story of Roma Nova and a few words about Alison and how to connect with her through social media and her newsletter.
INCEPTIO, CARINA (novella), PERFIDITAS and SUCCESSIO feature Carina Mitela.
AURELIA, NEXUS (novella), INSURRECTIO and RETALIO are the adventures of Aurelia Mitela in a earlier generation.
As for ROMA NOVA EXTRA… Some loose ends tied up and secrets revealed.
You can keep this guide on your device or app and use it to help track your reading.
Recovering from a near fatal shooting, Aurelia Mitela, former foreign minister of Roma Nova, rages at her enforced exile. She barely escaped from Caius Tellus, who grabbed power in her beloved homeland. Aurelia’s duty and passion fire her determination to liberate its people despite her lover Miklós's desire to protect her. Then Caius sends a hit squad to murder her...
Caius's manipulations isolated her from her fellow exiles, leaving her ostracised and powerless . But without their trust and support Aurelia knows she will never see her beloved Roma Nova again.
Part political thriller, part deadly personal rivalry, part military adventure, this is Roman fiction brought up to the 20th century and delivers noble ideals, passionate love, desperate choices, sacrifice, constant twists and turns and dialogue with a dash of humour in a timeline not so different from our own...
“A classic tale of resistance and resilience – the only regret is when the action stops.” – Douglas Jackson
– B.R.A.G. Medallion
– Discovered Diamond, Discovering Diamonds Historical Fiction Reviews
– Bookmuse Recommended Read
– Historical Novel Society reviewed
Bringing back a traitor to face trial seems an easy job for young Roma Novan officer Carina Mitela, until she is catapulted into confrontation with the powerful head of the Praetorian Guard. Will she collapse in face of corruption at high level or risk disgrace and destruction in standing up for her principles?
Carina is still a young inexperienced officer in the Praetorian Guard Special Forces of Roma Nova when she is sent on her first overseas mission. North America isn't the continent we know in our timeline, but all she and her comrade-in-arms, Flavius, have to do is bring back a traitor from the Republic of Quebec.
Under no circumstances must she risk entering the Eastern United States where she is still wanted under her old name Karen Brown.
But when she investigates further she discovers a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of Roma Nova. What price is personal danger against fulfilling the mission?
This part mystery, part detective novella is Roman fiction brought up to the 21st century through alternate history. Set in the time after INCEPTIO but before PERFIDITAS in the Roma Nova thriller series, this short military adventure reveals hidden parts of Carina's early life in Roma Nova.
A 'Discovered Diamond', Discovering Diamonds Historical Fiction Reviews
Suppose a last remnant of the old Roman Empire had struggled through to the 21st century – a tough little country surviving through history because of its tough, resourceful people?
Roma Nova has seen them all: the brave, the noble, the traitors, the chancers, the duty-bound, the grasping, the happy but above all pursuing their lives faithful to the Roman way.
Except... they're ruled by women.
Eight stories – four historical and four present day, and a little beyond – but they're all about the people of Roma Nova.
Apulius, a young tribune sent to a backwater in 370 AD for having the wrong religion, encounters the fiery Julia.
What does his lonely descendant, Silvia, labouring in the 1980s to rebuild her country, make of the Italian architect supervising the reconstruction?
Can imperial councillor Galla stop the Norman invasion of England in 1066?
And will Allegra, her 21st century Praetorian descendant fighting her emotions, find her way to her own happy ending?
Readers of INCEPTIO, PERFIDITAS, SUCCESSIO, AURELIA, INSURRECTIO, RETALIO, CARINA and NEXUS will be familiar with many of the characters in these short stories. But if you are new to Roma Nova, enjoy these eight ‘behind the scenes’ short stories and perhaps feel curious about exploring the longer novels…
Carina Mitela of the 21st century Praetorian Guard is in trouble. Falsely incriminated in a conspiracy, she must choose between being a great criminal or a great counterspy, and between two men. And can she save her beloved Roma Nova and her own life at the same time?
Proscribed and operating illegally, separated from her family and children, Carina risks being terminated by both security services and conspirators. Seeking help from a friend immersed in the world of crime could wreck her marriage to the enigmatic Conrad. As an intelligence agent, she's no mean detective, but betrayal mounts on betrayal.
Set in Roma Nova, the last Roman outpost in 21st century Europe, this part conspiracy thriller, part military fiction, part a story of love and personal betrayal is Roman fiction brought up to the 21st century. And a strong female protagonist with heart and courage leads the action.
"Sassy, intriguing, page-turning" – Simon Scarrow
“Surely I'm not the only one to think that these stories would make thrilling movie material?” – Amazon Top 500 reviewer
– B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree
– finalist in 2014 Writing Magazine Self-Published Book of the Year