‘Dark Betrayal’ the second book in the Divided Empire series was published on Kindle by Endeavour Press on 1st December 2016. It is also available free on Kindle Unlimited.
The new book takes Flavius, Siward and Lucius on two dangerous missions. One is to Erin and the Court of the High King, whilst the other mission sees them escorting the daughter of the commander of Rome’s army in the North of Britain home to her father. Melania Vindiciania is the beautiful young widow of a man known to have had sympathies for the Pagan cause and is suspected that Melania might share these herself. Will she betray Flavius? Or will it be another widow, the Dowager Empress Elen who saw her husband Magnus Maximus, executed on Theodosius’ orders? Even friends can quickly become enemies and in the perilous times that lay ahead for them, Flavius and his friends find out that no-one can be trusted
I was very kindly invited me to do a guest post on Mary Anne Yarde’s Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots Blog. If you’d like to take a look at it use the following link https://t.co/v0i5wgW4TN
Work is progressing well on the second book in the Flavius Vitulasius series of historical fiction novels. I’d planned to have the book written and edited by the end of August and it looks like that will be accomplished. There are some twists and turns in this book as Flavius finds that someone he trusted has betrayed him and with Arbogastes power steadily growing, Britain becomes a very dangerous place for the young Romano-Briton.
Meantime ‘Divided empire’ continues to get good reviews, with 7 five star and I four star review at Amazon.uk and 3 five star reviews at Amazon.com in the USA. I have been very lucky also to have had my book reviewed by Jemahl Evans, author of ‘The Last Roundhead’. The review can be found on Jemahl’s website, address below:
US writer Berneta L. Haynes also interviewed me about my writing and that interview can be found on the Waking Writer website. A link to my interview with Berneta can be found below:
Author Interview: Brian Kitchen
For any debut writer like myself getting reviews for a first book are very difficult and I am therefore very grateful to all those who have taken time to write and post a review of ‘Divided Empire’ for me. As any author will tell you, if you want to help an author write a review for them. It doesn’t have to be long, a few sentences will do. So thank you again folks, it’s nice to get feedback.
Look out for my interview by Berneta Haynes which will be posted very shortly on her website: http://www.bernetahaynes.com/
Divided Empire now has four 5 star reviews at http://www.amazon.co.uk. thank you to all those who took the time to write and post them. It’s very much appreciated.
Divided Empire has had two 5 star reviews at Goodreads and thank you also to the people who wrote them, it’s again very much appreciated.
I’ve now written the first 55,000 words of the next Flavius Vitulasius novel and hopefully am still on target to get it finished by the end of the summer. I’m helping to care for an elderly relative at present, so I’ve not written as much lately, as I would have probably normally have done. Family always comes first however and with Burton Albion’s amazing season finishing in May, I won’t have the excuse not to write on Saturdays (well at least until the next season starts in August).
I have now signed the contract with Endeavour Press for a Printed Book version of Divided Empire and this should be available sometime April/May.
I think every writer likes to see what others think of their writing and reviews are a way for the reader to let them know. I’ve been fortunate to have Divided Empire reviewed twice on Amazon.co.uk and once on Goodreads so far and I’m very grateful to the people who took the time to do this. Thank you very much.
I did a recent blog post for the Historical Festival on the research I did on the Cornovii, one of the tribes of Roman Britain, which feature in my Flavius Vitulasius series of novels. if you want to see the post I’ve put the link below:
For the past few weeks I have spent most of the time promoting my first novel ‘Divided Empire’. As a newly published, first time author, I found like other authors that promoting your books takes time and effort. Problem is that the time you spend promoting your book, could be time used to write the next one. I’m not sure if I’ve found the right balance but it was good to get back to writing and I’m happy to say that my next novel which has a working title of ‘The Sword’s Dark Song’. The second in the Flavius Vitulasius series, the story picks up from where ‘Divided Empire’. I’ll keep you posted over the next few weeks, months probably, as to how progress on the novel is going.
On Monday 4/01/16, it was my privilege to a guest on the Afternoon Show on BBC Radio Derby, with Andy Potter. This was my first live interview on either radio, or television and I was very nervous. Andy soon put me at ease however and I found that what I’d expected would have been a very nerve wracking experience, turned out to be a pleasant and enjoyable one. Thanks also to Andy’s Producer Clare Cully.
If you’d like to listen to the interview it is available on the BBC iPlayer Radio and will be up and until 3/02/16. The link is below.