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A free novella in the Togas, Daggers, and Magic series is waiting for you at Aquae et Ignis.

I have always been fascinated by ancient Rome, from the time I was in primary school and first got my hands on Asterix. This exacerbated when my parents took me on a trip to Rome and Italy – I whinged horribly when they dragged me to “yet another church with baby angels on the ceiling”, yet was happy to skip all day around ancient ruins and museums for Etruscan art.

A few years ago I randomly picked a copy of a Lindsay Davis’ Marcus Didius Falco novel in a used book fair. I fell in love with Rome all over again, this time from the view-point of a cynical adult. When I decided to sit down and write a novel, the setting was clear in my mind.

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Assaph Mehr Second (and third, and forth) books for Felix the Fox.
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Second (and third, and forth) books for Felix the Fox.
I wrote Murder In Absentia from start to finish, knowing the end but not sure how to get there (over-plotting kills the fun for me). As I was writing I constantly had more ideas for future novels. So I wrote them down, and now it's time to write the novels.

I have some pretty exciting directions to exploring the various aspects of the fantasy-Roman culture at Egretia. I've since published In Numina, and am working of the next books in order.

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Both are hard, but for different reasons.

Being an author is the ultimate introverted activity. You sit for hours struggling to keep putting works on paper, often afflicted by self-doubt about their worth.

Marketing is a very extroverted activity - putting yourself out there, reaching out to people. No wonder then that a lot of authors struggle with the required marketing after publishing.

Each author, each person, have their own unique composition, strengths and weaknesses. So play to your strengths, and excel at what you do best. Then learn just enough to get by with other aspects, and use (pay) other people to do the bulk of work in areas where you struggle. (You need to learn the basics, to be able to recognise what works and what doesn't, even if you aren't capable of coming up with it or executing it yourself).(less)
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Book Review: Peace Talks, by Jim Butcher





I enjoyed the Dresden Files in the past, so was looking forward to the new installment after a few years’ gap. If you’ve never read them before this is not the place to start, but if you are a fan then this book delivers.





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Peace Talks picks up where the series previously finished (some 6 years ago), and continues on the main story arc. Harry had been fighting the Fomor, which came

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Francesca Thanks. :)


Assaph Mehr Graeme Rodaughan wrote: "Hi Assaph, thanks for accepting the friend invite."

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