Month: July 2015

Roman Mask give away! Free Roman Masks up for grabs!

To celebrate the release of my novel ‘Roman Mask’ this week, I have decided to give away three Roman masks of my own!  You can see what they look like in the picture below.  Ok, they don’t look exactly like the mask found at Kalkriese (which is the image shown on the front cover of my book) but they are close enough and are suitably dramatic, so I thought they would make a nice prize.  They are all made from paper-mache and are hand painted.  If you would like one, simply enter the words ‘Roman Mask’ in the comment field.  Next week, I will put all the names in the hat and pull three out and ask the winners to send me their address so I can send them their mask.  The offer is open to anywhere in the world providing you have a postal address I can send it to. Incidentally, if anyone is interested in seeing the original Kalkriese mask it can be viewed at the Kalkriese museum  alongside other archaeological findings from the …

‘Lion of Macedon’ and ‘Dark Prince’ by David Gemmell

Where Fantasy and History blend. For those of you looking for a comprehensive and detailed history of Ancient Greece followed by Alexander the Great’s invasion of the Persian Empire you might find this series not exactly what you were expecting.   I think when Alexander starts fighting alongside Centaurs in a parallel world, this would steer you off the path of generally accepted mainstream history taught in most universities and schools…well, at least in this world. However, that’s not the point of these novels, and as with a lot of books written by the sadly departed David Gemmell, he is fascinated by the concept of parallel lands similar to our own but imbued with magic.   This series focuses on the personalities of Alexander, his father Phillip, and in particular their General Parmenion.  It is the story of Parmenion that Gemmell’s tale is based, with him being brought up in Sparta in their fighting tradition under the harsh military regime of that land.  Any fans of the film 300 will love this part of the story as …