Launch parties; Roman baths in York; Spartacus

Apologies for not posting for a week or so – I’ve been mentally busy finishing off Spartacus: The Gladiator, which is the first of two books about the man himself. My editor will be readying her red pen, and while she’s busy, I am tonight going to the launch of Harry Sidebottom’s new book, The Caspian Gates. The timing couldn’t have been better. Cheers, Harry! I can drink beer and forget about my book for a while. If you haven’t already ordered The Caspian Gates, or worse still, if you haven’t read the first three books in the series, please remedy that situation now! They’re great reads.

Excavations in York have revealed evidence of Roman baths. Sadly, I didn’t get this post up in time for anyone who’s interested to take the tour of the dig that went on, but there’s an interesting article about the baths here.

Once Spartacus: The Gladiator is re-edited (there’ll always be some homework from my editor), re-edited again, copy-edited, and proof-read, a process which could take a few weeks, I’ll have a little break, and then get straight down to starting Spartacus: Rebellion. That I can’t wait for!

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  1. Posted 7 July 2011 at 15:17 | Permalink

    Have fun at the launch! I have a few pages to go in the new book… but have loved it. I sent my Interview questions off to the publishers last night… so Harry will be wondering who this idiot at Parmenion books is soon enough. (i get to bug you all eventually). Mia has seriously cut into my reading… never know it to be so slow… but of on holiday next week, so i hope to have a bit more reading itme… (or ami being silly… because i will have more Mia time…mmmmm)

    The real big question is what book i read next.. i have so many in my to read pile its insane.
    and im terrible for Cherry picking the new stuff.

    I have 2 books that im really looking forward too at present … more so that my other favs.. I mean im still looking forward to the next Macro and Cato Praetorian.. but the two that i really want to read are : Spartacus and also Chris Camerons God of War due in Jan (oh the wait!!)

    It was great to hear Tony is pushing himself to 2 books a year now… if only all authors were this nice to their readers…LOL

  2. benkane
    Posted 7 July 2011 at 15:33 | Permalink

    @Parmenion: oh yes, babies sure eat into the time one has to do even the most basic things…

    Spartacus! Glad that you’re excited about it. Me too. The cover’s being shot next week…

  3. Posted 7 July 2011 at 15:49 | Permalink

    Ben wrote: Spartacus! Glad that you’re excited about it. Me too. The cover’s being shot next week

    @ Ben: really… i have some armour… the hair is nice shaggy… !! Hint!! .I’ m spartacus LOL.

    Hope it goes well.

  4. Bonovox
    Posted 8 July 2011 at 03:46 | Permalink

    Hello Ben! I just finished reading Hannibal, it was great! Even though we all know what eventually happens, I can’t wait to read your take on the specific details etc!! When will the next in the series be avail? Also, were the scorpion, and other balistae, (I think they were called) not used in this time period? I didn’t see them anywhere in the book? Congrats on the progress of Spartacus!! I will certainly be one of the first “Yanks” to get my hands on those as well!

  5. benkane
    Posted 8 July 2011 at 17:12 | Permalink

    @Bonovox: Thanks for posting – I’m delighted that you enjoyed Hannibal so much! Because of Spartacus, the next one won’t be out until 2013, I’m afraid. Sorry about that! As far as catapults – I don’t think that the Romans were using them much if all then, no. Must do some more research on that, but if I haven’t put them in, that must be the reason.

    I thought of you the other week when U2 headlined at Glastonbury, a hige music festival that takes place near where I live. They played in the pouring rain, doing an incredible ‘Greatest Hits’ session. I wasn’t there, but it was live on TV, and it was storming!

  6. Bonovox
    Posted 8 July 2011 at 18:38 | Permalink

    Hey, no need to apologize! I’m just thankful for the hours reading pleasure that you do privide! (Suck up!) ha ha! No really, I’m sooo picky about the books that I read, it’s great to find an author that I can depend on to always deliver the goods! (suck up, part deaux!) Funny that you mentioned U2, some friends and I are going to see this U2 cover band called The Unforgettable Fire tonight. Hopefully they do them justice! If not, I’ll just have a few cocktails until they do!

  7. benkane
    Posted 8 July 2011 at 20:45 | Permalink

    @Bonovox: Have a great time!

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