Tues. May 18th: Book news

Well, I’ve finally reached the stage of editing Soldier of Carthage, which is a time I really enjoy: tinkering with scenes and characters’ thoughts, all (I hope!) to make the book better. I’ll post up a section soon, and you can comment on it if you wish.

The Silver Eagle has been selling very well in paperback. My publishers tell me that it reached no. 28 in the bestseller lists last week. Hurrah!

Looking forward to this weekend at Dorchester too, hoping the weather will stay nice. Maybe an offering to the gods will help…

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  1. lesicuscaesar
    Posted 20 May 2010 at 14:49 | Permalink

    If Soldier of Carthage lives up to the first two books then it has been worth the wait! Seen The Silver Eagle in paperback in Waterstones, but I couldn’t wait so got the hardback.

  2. benkane
    Posted 20 May 2010 at 18:20 | Permalink

    Before you can sink your teeth into Soldier of Carthage, you’ll hopefully be kept happy with The Road to Rome, which comes out on August 19th. Thanks for posting!

  3. lesicuscaesar
    Posted 21 May 2010 at 20:02 | Permalink

    Why I wrote Soldier of Carthage instead of The Road to Rome is beyond me. With that mistake out of the way I learnt that I still have a few more years of reading your books. Advised US author Eldon Thompson to check your books out.

  4. benkane
    Posted 21 May 2010 at 21:57 | Permalink

    Hopefully, many many years! I have lots more ideas up my sleeve. I’d not heard of Eldon Thompson before, but his books look good. I used to be a real fantasy fan (Lord of the Rings etc. etc.) until military history took over. You’re a fan of his, I take it?

  5. lesicuscaesar
    Posted 22 May 2010 at 03:18 | Permalink

    I read mostly about history and fantasy. That’s why your books interested me with a fantasy within an historical context. Yes I do like Eldon’s style and also one Drew Bowling. Both have Facebook accounts which you should think about as another avenue to spread the word….

  6. Parmenion
    Posted 25 May 2010 at 18:52 | Permalink

    Great to hear you are so far along with SoC, im eagerly waiting for R2Rome, i have a fair few books on my review pile and some that im proofing and beta reading, but there are some books you just put it all down for in the reading list and yours are on the list.
    Great to hear SE reached 28, fingers crossed the next one gets higher, and if i can do anything to help via my web site just shout.

    If you have any cover blurb or Art for for Soldier of Carthage then i could add it to your author page on my site?

  7. benkane
    Posted 25 May 2010 at 20:34 | Permalink

    Thanks, Parmenion – knowing how many books you read, that’s a recommendation and a half!
    No blurb for SoC yet – I haven’t yet submitted it to my editor – still editing furiously….but thank you for the offer. Will get in touch when the artwork’s in.
    By the way, the problem you mentioned to me about not being able to reset your password as a current member should now be sorted. Let me know if you have any problems.

  8. Tash2206
    Posted 26 May 2010 at 21:14 | Permalink

    Love your books, Ben, probably my favourite historical novels so much so that my friends are all reading them now! Can’t wait for the Road to Rome.

  9. benkane
    Posted 26 May 2010 at 22:09 | Permalink

    Thanks – high praise indeed. Thanks for spreading the word too! I hope the wait for The Road to Rome isn’t too long for you!

  10. melrosado
    Posted 1 June 2010 at 21:35 | Permalink

    You’re writing is amazing. I’ve always loved reading, but The Forgotten Legion Chronicles is by far my favorite series of books. You’re an inspiration to all young writers. Can’t wait for the the Road to Rome- I know it will be great!

  11. benkane
    Posted 1 June 2010 at 21:58 | Permalink

    Thanks, melrosado! I’ve the proud owner of a few real copies of it since last week, and although I’m biased, I have to say that it looks great. Hopefully you’ll think so once you’ve read it too! Keep an eye out for a competition to win a signed copy. Best wishes!

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