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Sunday update and book giveaway!


I hope you have enjoyed the Lord of the Rings season on this site, which was concluded on Friday with my final post of the series, with the search for the next Tolkien to grab the fantasy world’s attention.  I will return to other fantasy works soon, but I think on my next post I should come up with a post more centred on historical works…after all, this site does cover both genres.  It can be quite difficult to get the balance right, but as I’ve stated many times in the past, I think the two genres have more in common than they have differences.

I try to be quite open to new ideas for this site, therefore in an endeavour to help involve my readers in the running of this site, I have come up with a new giveaway competition.  I will be giving away three copies of the paperback version of my book Roman Mask.  Possibly you haven’t purchased it yet, and even if you have you may only have read it on the kindle, so it might be nice to have something you can put on the bookcase.   All you need to do to enter is leave a comment to this post, suggesting things you may like to see on the site.  For example, “more ancient history” ,“more about new novels”, “more stuff about castles” anything you like really – as long as they can fit into the fantasy or historical novel genres.  I can’t promise to act on all of the ideas, but I promise to bear them in mind when I write future posts.   I will then pick out three names out of a hat next Sunday to pick the winners, and contact you to ask where you would like me to send the book.  This competition is open to anyone, wherever you live in the world, as long as you have a postal address I can send the book to.

If you are not aware of what the novel Roman Mask is about, there is a separate page specifically on the book on this site.  The latest review on the book which came out last week on the site Genre Queen says this about the book…

“I love books on Roman history, and let me tell you Thomas Brooke’s Roman Mask delivers!!!  This book was amazing!  Augustus Caesar is Emperor and Rome is at the height of its power, Cassius is our main character, to Rome he is a hero but he knows that is not the case.  I really liked Cassius, he was very flawed but there was just something about him that kept drawing me in.  When he gets summoned by the Emperor’s wife his worst nightmare comes true, he is going back to the battlefield.  Will Cassius redeem himself in battle or will he fall to the sword? I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction!  You won’t be able to put it down!”



  1. More about ancient history, please! You know, very little is ever written, (probably because little is known), of/about Princess Arsinoe, Queen Cleopatra’s sister who was assassinated on the temple steps on Ephesus. There is so much intrigue with all the key characters of the time, it begs for a twist in the tale! Was Arsinoe really a viper or an underdog…? Hmmm?

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    • Wow! That sounds like a great concept for a novel right there! What a great story…and if history is a little patchy about the details, all the more artistic licence that gives the author.


      • Thanks! Yes it does! And, yes, please! ;0)

        What a tragic family, though! The only one known to “survive” was Queen Cleopatra’s daughter by Marc Antony: Cleopatra Selene – ultimately, married off to King Juba II by Emperor Augustus.

        Cleopatra Selene’s twin brother, Alexander Helios, disappeared from history some time after being brought to Rome for Emperor Augustus’ triumph.


  2. ‘Disappeared’ potential challengers to power happen all the time in history. Funny that isn’t it.

    Again an interesting plot could easily be put together to explain what happened to him.


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