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Simon Turney Author aka SJATurney
Simon Turney Author aka SJATurney2 days ago
I just can't wait for you to see what I've written!

Commodus coming April next Year
Templar: The Last Emir coming this winter
Praetorian: Lions of Rome coming this winter
The Constantine|Maxentius project with Gordon Doherty coming... err.... sometime...

:-)
Simon Turney Author aka SJATurney
Simon Turney Author aka SJATurney shared History 360: The Historical Fiction Collective's post.2 days ago
#OnThisDay in 1793, Queen Marie Antoinette was executed during the Reign of Terror that saw 40,000 French men and women put to death by guillotine. We're bringing this story--and so much more--to life in our upcoming History 360 novel, RIBBONS OF SCARLET. October 2019.
Simon Turney Author aka SJATurney
History 360: The Historical Fiction Collective
#OnThisDay in 1793, Queen Marie Antoinette was executed during the Reign of Terror that saw 40,000 French men and women put to death by guillotine. We're bringing this story--and so much more--to life in our upcoming History 360 novel, RIBBONS OF SCARLET. October 2019.
Simon Turney Author aka SJATurney
Simon Turney Author aka SJATurney3 days ago
Of course, even the ancient sources don't actually quite say this happened, but it's still a nice meme anyway...

Did you know the paperback of Caligula is out next month? ;-)
Simon Turney Author aka SJATurney
Simon Turney Author aka SJATurney shared History 360: The Historical Fiction Collective's post.4 days ago
Halloween looms, and in that spirit, here's a short story to chill and thrill. :-)

https://sjat.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/lemures-a-short-story-for-the-halloween-season/
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Simon Turney Author aka SJATurney added 3 new photos.4 days ago
Two months ago I packed up the office and moved out. Today, finally, USS Office NCC 1702-A is complete and I'm in. Time to make Rufinus' life a misery again....
Simon Turney Author aka SJATurney
Simon Turney Author aka SJATurney1 week ago
As you probably know, I'm busy writing Praetorian IV at the moment. And today something struck me. While writing my fantasy novels, or Marius' Mules, or the Ottoman stuff etc, my characters are all fully matured humans at the start of the series, or by the time the story gets going, and the focus is more on events surrounding the character and their reactions than the nature of the character himself.

Rufinus in Praetorian is different. In The Great Game, Rufinus is an idealistic and clumsy young man. He is put through hell over the course of that book, and while he remains idealistic and honourable, he begins to change, seeing and understanding the bitter and dark side of the world.

In the Price of Treason, Rufinus confronts his personal demons. He battles addictions and the encroaching darkness of the soul. He is no longer the bright young man who won renown in Marcomannia and Rome.

In Eagles of Dacia, he is growing and changing, his mind opening to new ideas. He is also becoming reliant upon others.

And now, in Lions of Rome, some eight years after his first battle in Marcomannia, without really having planned it, and without deliberately trying, Rufinus has grown up. He is now a fully formed, mature character. Oh, he still has his clumsy moments, and still blushes where Senova is concerned and so on. But he is a grown character now, and I think has become that for which he was destined.

Interesting to realise this as I write him.
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Trying to decide whether the bloke at the next table who described Northallerton as an 'effluent area' was being dry and cutting or just thick....
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Based on the visible evidence if the Zombie apocalypse happens in Northallerton on a Wednesday the whole place is screwed. This lot couldn't outrun a church pew....
2 days ago
I just can't wait for you to see what I've written!

Commodus coming April next Year
Templar: The Last Emir coming this winter
Praetorian: Lions of Rome coming this winter
The Constantine|Maxentius project with Gordon Doherty coming... err.... sometime...

:-)
4 days ago
Two months ago I packed up the office and moved out. Today, finally, USS Office NCC 1702-A is complete and I'm in. Time to make Rufinus' life a misery again....
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