hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on the blog tour for; The Walls of Rome by Robert M. Kidd. This book sounds brilliant, I can’t wait to share it with you all, not only that but I have a brilliant exclusive guest post and….yes, there is more a exclusive to the tour giveaway.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite.
About the Book
The Walls of Rome by Robert M. Kidd
Genre: Historical Fiction
218 BC. Sphax is seventeen and haunted by the brutal murder of his parents at the hands of Rome. After ten years of miserable slavery he will make his last bid for freedom and go in search of Hannibal’s army and his birthright. He will have his revenge on the stinking cesspit that is Rome!
Destiny will see him taken under the wing of Maharbal, Hannibal’s brilliant general, and groomed to lead the finest horsemen in the world – the feared Numidian cavalry that would become the scourge of Rome.
From the crossing of the great Rhodanus River, Sphax’s epic journey takes him through the lands of the Gaul to the highest pass in the Alps. This is the story of the most famous march in history. A march against impossible odds, against savage mountain Gauls, a brutal winter and Sphax’s own demons.
This is more than a struggle for empire. This is the last great war to save the beauty of the old world, the civilized world of Carthage, Greece and Gaul. The world of art and philosophy – before it is ground into dust by the upstart barbarity of Rome.
Writing in the Dark by Robert M. Kidd
I hate alarms. I think it’s something to do with school bells – I didn’t like school much either. Over the years I’ve experimented with waking to birdsong, waves crashing on a beach, and my favourite music – all miserable failures that made me snooze on – only the metallic cacophony of a bell seems to do the trick. It’s 10.30 am, the crack of dawn for me, and like Burlington Bertie, time to get up.
And yes, you’ve guessed it … I like to write late into the night. At two o’clock in the morning I’m sometimes charging around the room with buckets, collecting all the words falling from the heavens … and sometimes not!
My longsuffering partner is a lark. She’s usually done a long stint of work before my owlish entry ruins her day. All I’m fit for in the mornings is answering emails, checking my website, reading, and a little light Twitter and Facebook. For years I was a social media refusenik, but as every self-help book for indie writers tells you, social media is a must. My experience is that most writers find people who continually tweet and post about their own work a bit of a turnoff. OK if you have a new book out or a blog tour, but otherwise, I try to entertain.
I also read in the mornings. Virtually all my reading is non-fiction, mostly ancient history, but I would never describe this as research, simply what I’ve always been fascinated with. Leaving a good novel on my desk is like leaving a box of Belgium chocolates around for a registered chocaholic. Recently I devoured Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing in a day. But I didn’t do anything else that day. Novels are a complete binge-fest for me, so they’re strictly rationed!
There are two sacred times in the day for my partner and me. The first is 1.00 pm for lunch and brunch (the lark and the owl being out of sync), the second is 7.00 pm for supper. Both are timed for two essential radio events: The World at One, and The Archers. No surprise then that we’re both happily addicted to BBC Radio 4.
I do write a little in the afternoon, starting with re-reading a chapter or two and then revising (mostly deleting) what I’ve already written. At the moment I’m concerned for my hero, Sphax. Somehow I’ve put him in an impossible, life-threatening situation. He’s a Numidian horse whisperer, who escaped slavery to join Hannibal’s army marching on Rome.
My alter ego writes classical music – has done for forty years – orchestral music, string quartets, piano music, etc. But it’s so technical and intensely tied up with form, structure and formulaic principles. Six years ago I’d painted myself into a creative corner and needed a way out. I yearned for the inspiration of a blank page and the simplicity of a good story. Writing a novel was my escape, and I haven’t looked back since. That’s what I love about storytelling: even I don’t know what’s going to happen next! Sphax has a life of his own. Tonight I’ll hear his voice in my head. ‘Another fine mess you’ve got me into … but I know how you can get me out of it.’
After the news at ten the house falls silent. No longer can I hear the traffic on distant roads. Instead, on still summer nights I can hear the surf breaking on the beach a mile away, and the stars in their courses invite me to count them. Now I can write.
About the Author
When Cato the Censor demanded that ‘Carthage must be destroyed,’ Rome did just that. In 146 BC, after a three year siege, Carthage was raised to the ground, its surviving citizens sold into slavery and the fields where this once magnificent city had stood, ploughed by oxen. Carthage was erased from history.
That’s why I’m a novelist on a mission! I want to set the historical record straight. Our entire history of Hannibal’s wars with Rome is nothing short of propaganda, written by Greeks and Romans for their Roman clients. It intrigues me that Hannibal took two Greek scholars and historians with him on campaign, yet their histories of Rome’s deadliest war have never seen the light of day.
My hero, Sphax the Numidian, tells a different story!
When I’m not waging war with my pen, I like to indulge my passion for travel and hill walking, and like my hero, I too love horses. I live in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.
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