Alternative Historical Fiction: Roma Nova

BRAG_INCEPTIOINCEPTIO -New York, present day, alternate reality. Karen Brown, angry and frightened after surviving a kidnap attempt, has a harsh choice – being eliminated by government enforcer Jeffery Renschman or fleeing to mysterious Roma Nova, her dead mother’s homeland in Europe.

Founded sixteen centuries ago by Roman exiles and ruled by women, Roma Nova gives Karen safety, at a price, and a ready-made family in a strange culture she often struggles with. Just as she’s finding her feet, a shocking discovery about her new lover, special forces officer Conrad Tellus, isolates her.

And the enforcer is stalking her in her new home and nearly kills her. Recovering, she is desperate to find out why this Renschman is hunting her so viciously. Unable to rely on anybody else, she undergoes intensive training, develops fighting skills and becomes an undercover cop. But crazy with bitterness at his past failures, Renschman sets a trap for her, knowing she has no choice but to spring it…


PERFIDITAS – The second in the Roma Nova series of thrillers
Captain Carina Mitela of the Praetorian Guard Special Forces is in trouble – one colleague has tried to kill her and another has set a trap to incriminate her in a conspiracy to topple the government of Roma Nova. Founded sixteen hundred years ago by Roman dissidents and ruled by women, Roma Nova barely survived a devastating coup d’état thirty years ago. Carina swears to prevent a repeat and not merely for love of country.

Perfiditas - Front Cover_med Seeking help from a not quite legal old friend could wreck her marriage to the enigmatic Conrad. Once proscribed and operating illegally, she risks being terminated by both security services and conspirators. As she struggles to overcome the desperate odds and save her beloved Roma Nova and her own life, she faces the ultimate betrayal…
PERFIDITAS is the sequel to INCEPTIO which was shortlisted for the International Rubery Book award and is the holder of the B.R.A.G. MedallionTM



Author bio
IMG_3173_med_smAlison Morton grew up in West Kent. She completed a BA in French, German and Economics and thirty years later a MA in History. She now lives in France with her husband.

A ‘Roman nut’ since age 11, she has visited sites throughout Europe including the alma mater, Rome. But it was walking on the mosaics at Ampurias (Spain) that triggered her wondering what a modern Roman society would be like if run by women…

Playing around with words much of her life, particularly as a local magazine editor and professional translator, she came to novel writing in reaction to a dire film:

‘I could do better that that,’ she whispered in the darkened cinema.
‘So why don’t you?’ replied her other half.

Three months later, she had completed the first draft of INCEPTIO which was published in March 2013.

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“Alison Morton has built a fascinating, exotic world! Carina’s a bright, sassy detective with a winning dry sense of humour. I warmed to her quickly and wanted to find out how she dealt with the problems thrown in her path. The plot is pretty snappy too and gets off to a quick start which made it easy to keep turning the pages.

There are a fair number of alternative historical fictions where Rome never disappeared, but for my money this is one of the better ones.”
Simon Scarrow, author of the Eagle (Macro and Cato) series of Roman novels

“I hugely enjoyed this second thriller in Alison Morton’s trilogy. I find I’ve become quite attached to the beautiful, tough and resourceful Carina. Alison Morton has constructed a beguilingly convincing fictional empire. Roma Nova is a matriarchal dynasty where the women who hold sway are strong, intelligent – and anything but soft and fluffy.

The plot is complex and clever; the scenes and characterisations so vividly described that I almost felt I was watching a movie in my mind at times. Come to think of it, Carina’s adventures would make a very good movie – film industry take note! This compelling tale rendered me inseparable from my copy right up to the last turn of the page. I was bereft when it ended. Always a good sign. Roll on the next one!”
Sue Cook, writer and broadcaster

“I can’t resist an alternative history and Alison Morton writes one of the best. Powerful storytelling, vivid characters and a page-turning plot makes Alison Morton’s PERFIDITAS a must read.”
Jean Fullerton, author of the historical East London novels



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