David Rollin’s writing process


I often get asked what my writing process is. The fact is, writing a novel is a pretty romantic notion for a lot of people. But is it? Most people envisage that they’ll be sitting in their study, soothing music playing, and otherwise undisturbed while the creative juices flow. Hmm…my reality is that I write at a desk in my bedroom, facing a brick wall. I used to listen to music, but for some reason I don’t any more. I …


Face to Face with Rasputin: by Sophie Masson


The long shadow of one of Russia’s most fascinating and enigmatic characters, Rasputin, hovers over Trinity: The False Prince, in several ways—which I won’t reveal for fear of spoilers! But I will tell you about a spooky visit I made to the scene of Rasputin’s murder, in St Petersburg: the basement room in the canal-side palace once owned by Prince Yusupov, the chief of the plotters against Rasputin. It’s in one of the grand gilded living rooms of the palace …


Cover reveal(s): The Bloody Quarrel by Duncan Lay


The prince is dead. Fooled by the treacherous King Aidan, Fallon has shot down the one man he trusted to save his beloved nation of Gaelland. And yet, when the King could grind Fallon underfoot, he draws the simple farmer and fighter closer, making a hero of him. Embroiled in plots beyond his comprehension and weighted with the guilt of the prince’s murder, Fallon must tread carefully if he is to accomplish the task that first brought him to the …


Well-Read TV


There’s this really great scene in Southland, a drama series about cops in Los Angeles, where one of the detectives fails. I know, I know, it’s not exactly an uplifting episode (then again, it’s not exactly an uplifting show), but a kid he knows off the streets – whip smart, an avid reader, cute as a button, finds himself in a gang before he hits adolescence. The scene where our detective finds out, and when the kid finds out that …


Cover reveal: Nations Divided by Steve P. Vincent


Peace has been decades in the making, but chaos is just the press of a button away. Jack Emery is happier than he has been in a long time. Nobody has shot at him or tried to blow him up for years, and he’s learned to love the job he thought he’d hate: Special Advisor to the President of the United States. But nothing can prepare Jack for the work to come. As America continues to heal from self-inflicted wounds, …


Excerpt: Hammer of God by Greig Beck


PROLOGUE Soran, Northern Iraq, late afternoon. Arki Bapir and Mohammed Faraj watched as the huge man lumbered down the road toward them. He was headed toward the city center. A thick shawl covered his head and body, but still could not hide his powerful frame. Strapped to the man’s back was a huge pack – oil drum size, and covered in an ancient script. And even though it looked to be of considerable weight, the man came on steadily, bowed …


The Last Quarrel – book tour!


To celebrate the release of The Last Quarrel in print, Duncan Lay will be touring around NSW, the ACT and Victoria in October, hitting up some book conventions as well as book stores. If you come along to one of those days then you could take part in a fun Twitter/Facebook giveaway that could see you win a book pack or maybe enjoy a discount for the eBook to go with your print edition … (This is Duncan, he’ll be the man near the …


#Pitchmentum is here – pitch us your novel over Twitter!


On Friday the 25th of September, we’ll be throwing open our Twitter and taking your 140 character pitches, for a chance to get published with Momentum! The contest will happen on Twitter under the hashtag (#pitchmentum). Authors with completed manuscripts who are keen to be published by Momentum can tweet a pitch for their books. Authors can tweet their pitch once per hour over the 24 hours of 25/09/2015. If Momentum is interested in your manuscript, we will favourite it. If your tweet is …


It’s the End of the World As We Know It (The best post-apocalyptic literature)


There’s something undeniably fascinating about a good end of the world, post-apocalyptic story. It’s a great lens to view humanity through, and it often shows us the good and bad of our own society. The only problem with this kind of dystopian fiction is that there is currently so much of it! Everywhere you turn someone is trying to get you to read or watch the latest version of The Hunger Games. Here are seven great examples of post-apocalyptic stories. …


Four Great Novels Adapted to Four Great Webseries (and the four that should happen next)


As the stories we consume move from page to screen and screen to, well, other screen, the way we can tell stories changes shape and format too. Webseries’ have exploded as a medium for narrative recently and, in particular, has seen a lot of young filmmakers mining classic stories for tales to tell.  But retelling classic stories across tens to hundreds of five minute episodes has been done with varying levels of success. So, what are some of the best old …


Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Buy Dad this Father’s Day!


You can buy this card (and some other awesome geeky cards!) from linchpinseo.com.   This weekend is Father’s Day, and you might be wondering what to buy your dad. A tie? A new hammer? Why don’t you get your dad the best gift of all and share your passion for science fiction and fantasy?   If your dad loves VINTAGE CARS…. Buy him Christine by Stephen King. It’s an oldie but a goodie about a possessed car that kills a …


We aren’t THAT different from the Ancient Romans


The Ancient Romans lived so long ago, sometimes it’s hard to think of them as more than some words in a history book. But they were real people, people who lived their day to day lives just like we do today. In many ways, the Ancient Romans were just like us…. Graffiti       Look on any modern city street, or any public bathroom, and you’re bound to find some graffiti. Declarations of love, declarations of hate, and plenty …


Cover Reveal – Field of Mars: Complete Edition by David Rollins


Marcus Licinius Crassus’s lust for gold and glory was legendary. What became of his army is myth. In Crassus the tyrant, Rufinius the soldier, Appias the historian, Mena the hag and Lucia the Golden Whore, David Rollins brings to life a mystery that has plagued historians for centuries. The only constant in this world is Mars, the god of war, and who he will favour is anyone’s guess. Desperate to write himself into the pages of history, proconsul Marcus Licinius …


6 of the Best Fictional Bookstores and Libraries


As readers, bookstores and libraries are undeniably some of our favorite places. Being surrounded by books is one of the most comforting and yet exciting things in a book-lover’s life.   It really isn’t any surprise that writers also love bookstores and libraries, and the best fiction is full of some of the coolest places to find a good book (or a magical adventure.) Here are some of the ones we most want to visit.   The Unseen University Library …


Guest Post: David Rollins

August 21, 2015 by

Change of pace – from Contemporary Thriller to Ancient Adventure Field of Mars is very different in many ways to my other nine novels, although I guess it too could be loosely classed as a political thriller. My last six books featured OSI Agent Vin Cooper and were more or less set in the here and now. After the dust had settled on Standoff, the last Cooper book published, it came time to begin on the next adventure. Trouble was, I had …


The Five Stages of Falling in Love with Ebooks


You never want to give up your beautiful, beautiful books. Stage One: Curiosity You get an e-reader and some e-books. Maybe you borrow one from a friend, maybe you already had a tablet, and you don’t want to carry a pile of books on a long trip. Maybe you are just curious, and want to see what all the fuss is about. But, you insist to yourself, your heart still lies with physical book. You’ll never want to give up …


5 Pitches for the Next Gritty Hollywood Remake


These days, Hollywood can’t seem to get enough of rebooting our favorite books into gritty dystopian movies and television shows. The latest beloved classic to suffer this fate is Little Women. The loving sisters are going to be uncovering conspiracies and trying not to kill each other in Philadelphia, while we watch and wonder how on Earth someone thought this was a good idea. Let’s take a look at how we could remake five other childhood favorites into ridiculous television …


Announcing our new Momentum bloggers!


After a truly epic amount of fantastic applications and spirited debate amongst the Momentum staff, I’m super chuffed to announce our three NEW Momentum bloggers!   Writing for the Momentum blog are: Sophie Overett Sophie Overett is a cultural producer and writer from Brisbane. Her short fiction has been published around the world. In 2015 she is a Queensland Literary Fellow and her YA manuscript, Agatha Abel Meets Her Maker was shortlisted for the Text Prize. She is one half …


Jack Emery on location

July 21, 2015 by

Momentum author Steve P Vincent was recently in New York City for Thrillerfest, the annual thriller writers convention of the International Thriller Writers Association. Steve has agreed to write a series of blogs for Momentum about his experience, but wanted to whet the appetite with a taste of some of the scenes from his books on location! The Wellington Hotel (The Foundation) Jack Emery woke with a groan, face down in a pool of vomit. The sickly soup had matted …


Cover reveal: Hammer of God (Alex Hunter 5.5) by Greig Beck

July 16, 2015 by

When the coalition of Allied Forces established an international zone in Iraq, they meant to bring peace to the region. They were succeeding – until the moment something hulked into the zone and detonated a nuclear bomb. The last images from the area prior to the blast are not of drones or the trail of an ICBM. Instead they show a solitary figure carrying the enormous weapon to the soon-to-be ground zero on its back. Consulting an ancient prophecy, scholars …



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