I’m delighted to introduce the gripping and alternate history thriller AURELIA by Alison Morton, which was published by Silverwood Books on 5th May 2015. AURELIA is available in paperback and ebook at Amazon (worldwide), Kobo, B&N Nook and iBooks.
Part crime thriller, part razor-edge personal feud and at all times a conflict between duty and family, AURELIA has been shortlisted for the 2016 Historical Novel Society’s Indie Award.
Alison’s first three acclaimed novels INCEPTIO, PERFIDITAS and SUCCESSIO in the Roma Nova series, are set in the present day, but AURELIA takes us late to the late 1960s. All the Roma Nova books are published by SilverWood Books.
Alison says she loved ratchetting up the conflict between Aurelia and her nemesis while exploring how the 1960s might have turned out a little differently. But Aurelia’s a complex personality and Alison found a unique way to build her character – you can find out more here.
Late 1960s Roma Nova, the last Roman colony that has survived into the 20th century. Aurelia Mitela is alone – 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 Nova’s 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. She pursues him back home to Roma Nova desperate now he has struck at her most vulnerable point – her young daughter.
Watch the exciting AURELIA book trailer here.
AURELIA is shortlisted for the 2016 Historical Novel Society Indie Award.
All four Roma Nova thrillers – INCEPTIO, PERFIDITAS, SUCCESSIO and AURELIA – have been honoured with the B.R.A.G. Medallion, an award for independent fiction that rejects 90% of its applicants. The first two were finalists in Writing Magazine’s 2014 Self-Published Book of the Year Award and the last two selected as Historical Novel Society’s indie Editor’s Choices and longlisted for the HNS Annual Indie Award in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Alison’s third book, SUCCESSIO, was featured as Editor’s Choice in The Bookseller’s inaugural Indie Preview, December 2014.
ABOUT ALISON MORTON
Alison Morton writes Roman-themed alternate history thrillers with strong heroines. A ‘Roman nut’ since age 11, she has clambered over sites throughout Europe including the alma mater, Rome. But the fabulous mosaics at Ampurias (Spain) started her wondering what a modern society based on Roman values would be like if run by women…
Six years in a Territorial Army special communications regiment allowed her to do all sorts of interesting and exciting things no civilian would ever experience and gave her a direct line into her heroine Aurelia’s mind.
Alison belongs the International Thriller Writers, Historical Novel Society, Alliance of Independent Authors, Society of Authors and the Romantic Novelists’ Association. She is represented by Blake Friedman Literary Agency for foreign and subsidiary rights.
Connect with Alison on her Roma Nova blog
Follow Alison on Twitter: @alison-morton