We can’t believe it’s already 18 months since Ocelot Press went live. Over the next few weeks we’ll be celebrating with a series of blog posts and character interviews and there’ll be a chance to buy some of our e-books for discounted prices. So definitely watch this space.
For starters, this coming week, each of us will take over the Ocelot blog for a day to bring you information on the background, setting and salient facts of one of our books. You’ll get an insider’s view of the story behind the book – and each of them makes fascinating reading.
We’re excited that another historical fiction title from Nancy Jardine has joined Ocelot Press this autumn. This one has a time travel twist. The story of ‘The Taexali Game’ centres on an interactive computer game that takes the players back to the time of the Romans in Britain and their attempts to subdue the North of the island.
Here’s the blurb:
When the Rubidium Time-Leap flips Aran, Brian and Fianna
back to AD 210 the reality of the game is incredible. They have a task list to
fulfil, which includes solving a local mystery, but it’s petrifying when
Ancient Roman Legions heap death and destruction on the Taexali Celts of
Giving help to Taexali and Romans alike becomes a lethal
assignment—some Celtic chiefs are as foul as the Ancient Roman Emperor Severus
and his beastly son Caracalla. Dicing with death becomes the norm for the time
Will they complete the mission and return home unscathed?
The Taexali Game is available from all Amazon stories. The Kindle version is on pre-order until 30th September; buy now and pay nothing until the book downloads on publication day. The paperback is available now.
The Beltane Choice, Book 1 of Nancy Jardine’s Celtic Fervour Saga series is off on tour with Rachel’s Random Resources Blog Tours!
Rachel organises such wonderful opportunities for authors to have their novels featured at many different book bloggers and thus, hopefully, those blog posts are read by lots of that blogger’s followers who will be new readers of the series.
General Gnaeus Iulius Agricola had a thankless task trying to subdue the rebellious Caledonians and gain support from his indifferent Roman emperor. He tells us all about it today in the latest Historical Writers’ Forum “Interview my Character” blog hop.
Agricola is one of the main characters in Ocelot author Nancy Jardine’s Agricola’s Bane, the fourth in her exciting Celtic Fervour series.
And there’s a giveaway to go with the interview. Nancy is offering one ebook copy to a lucky winner. So go and have a look at this fascinating interview and leave a comment and you might be that winner!
Other Ocelot Press characters taking part
Marie-Thérèse Vernhes, the main character in Vanessa Couchman’s Overture, has already been interviewed in this blog hop series. You can read that interview here.
And coming up on Wednesday 17 July is the interview of Cathie Dunn’s character from Dark Deceit, Geoffrey de Mortagne. He’s a a man torn between an oath and his duty. Watch this space for the link to the interview.
An exciting couple of months are in store for Ocelot Press authors Vanessa Couchman, Cathie Dunn and Nancy Jardine. They’re taking part in a blog hop organised by the Historical Writers’ Forum on Facebook.
The theme is “Interview my Character”, so the authors are letting their characters loose on other authors’ blogs! Be prepared to read about some fascinating characters from a range of eras from Roman Britain up to the 20th century. Fans of historical fiction will also discover new authors and brilliant reads.
Saturday 29th June: Vanessa Couchman’s budding opera singer Marie-Thérèse from her recently-published novel, Overture, will be interviewed on Stephanie Churchill’s blog.
Saturday 6th July: Nicky Moxey interviews Nancy Jardine’s Roman General, Gnaeus Iulius Agricola, from Agricola’s Bane, the fourth in her exciting Celtic Fervour series.
Wednesday 10th July: Sarah Dahl interviews Geoffrey de Mortagne, a man torn between an oath and his duty, from Cathie Dunn’s, Dark Deceit, published by Crooked Cat Books.
You can follow the blog hop on its dedicated Facebook page. And we’ll post links to our Ocelot characters’ interviews on the blog here as and when they are published.
So you can find out more about some of our characters, and what they really think of their authors!
Book 1“…combines a very human and personal story with a very believable vision of Late Iron Age society in Northern Britain.”
Ocelot Press author Nancy
Jardine’s Celtic Fervour Series, set in 1st-century Roman Britain,
has also been called a historical saga by some reviewers. Across the 4-book
series, you can read of the adventures of Brigante warriors from the Hillfort
of Garrigill. The clan members sometimes take centre stage in one novel or
become background characters in another and allow new clan members to shine. As
the series progresses, Ancient Roman characters also take up prime slots.
Ocelot Press author Nancy Jardine is a mine of information about the Romans in the north of England and Scotland, knowledge that she’s put to good use in her Celtic Fervour series: four novels, soon to become five. The series concentrates on a particular clan and its struggles to oust the Romans. Each book focuses on a specific character. Continue reading “Look at the History on Your Doorstep, Advocates Nancy Jardine”