Is it already time to wish everyone a nice christmas? Maybe a good opportunity to ask: in the times of the „Emperor’s Men“ – after their trip – was there already something like christmas? It isn’t easy to discern in how far the celebration has had the same importance like it has now, but actually the 25th of December as a special holiday was already mentioned in the year 354, quite fitting into the timeframe where our cruiser appeared. In Constantinople, the capital of the East (our heroes will travel there soon!) the 25th is documented as a holiday in 380. So, in a way, the answer is yes: they celebrated christmas, although most probably without the tree.
Here we are – the cover blurb for „Betrayal“, the second installment in the series about the ‚“Emperor’s Men“:
Drunken from their triumph at Adrianople, the Goths set to the conquest of Eastern Rome and threaten the city of Thessaloniki. While the men of the German Cruiser Saarbrücken are still trying to prove their usefulness to the Roman Empire, the resistance against the time-travellers grows stronger. Mighty clergymen scheme against the growing influence of the Germans, and on the Saarbrücken itself the seeds of treason are planted … and not only there.
While I’m already working on the translation of the third „Emperor’s Men“-novel (and it is hard work, I can tell you), the second volume is in its final stages of technical preparation for both the ebook- as well as paperback-version. Plan is still to publish „Betrayal“ in January. Some obivously didn’t want to wait and scraped their German together and ordered the German version instead, otherwise increased sales of the „original“ through amazon.com is hard to explain. While on another front, I have finished the first sixth of „Emperor’s Men“ # 11, titled „Blutiger Mond“ (or „Bloody Moon“… hm, no, that’s maybe not the completely correct translation).
I recently had a long interview and it has been published on the website of phantastik-news.de in German. But I tried the Google translator and, actually, some sentences even make sense.
The second installment of the series, named „Betrayal“, has already been translated and edited and will most probably be published early next year. Have a look at the cover.
If you have a SF/F or AltHist-blog or review for a bigger website or other publication, I’m more than willing to provide you with a review copy of „Arrival“ either as ebook or paperback, according to your preferences. Just get in touch with me, please.
CreateSpace is a science in itself, especially for a publisher who normally doesn’t use this service. But now the paperback-version of „Arrival“ is also available via amazon.com, please click on this link.