S.J.A. Turney

Biography

I live with my wife, little boy, baby girl and two (theoretically) dogs in rural North Yorkshire, where I sit in an office and attempt to spin engrossing tales out of strands of imagination while my children drive toys across my desk between me and my work.

A born and bred Yorkshireman with a love of country, history and architecture, I spend most of my (rapdily diminishing) free time travelling around ancient sites, writing, researching the ancient world and playing with my children.

Having written a number of unpublished short stories in my early days, I decided back in 2003 to try and write a full length novel. That was the start of Marius' Mules. Being a fan of Roman history, I decided to combine my love of writing and my love of the classical world. Marius' Mules was followed two years later by Interregnum - my attempt to create a new fantasy story still with a heavy flavour of Rome.

These have been followed by numerous sequels, with three books in the fantasy 'Tales of the Empire' series and five in the bestselling 'Marius' Mules' one. 2013 has seen the first book in a 15th century trilogy - 'The Thief's Tale' - and will also witness several side projects seeing the light of day.

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Books

Deva Tales
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,910. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2017 by Park In The Past. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
A restive province, a troublesome official, a city on the brink of disaster. 89 AD. Britannia is peaceful under the protection of three legions and the rule of the emperor Domitian, but a plot is afoot to cause trouble at Deva, home of the Twentieth Legion. In eleven linked tales, each from the point of view of one of Deva's inhabitants, the story unfolds.
Marius' Mules X: Fields of Mars
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 156,560. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
The war in Gaul is over, but the fight for Rome is only just beginning. Facing a war against other Romans, with a new officer stirring up trouble, Pompey and the senate defying them, a father-in-law busily incriminating himself and powerful Roman generals consolidating positions against them, Fronto and Galronus are bound for that worst of all conflicts: Civil War.
Bear and the Wolf
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,310. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Senna, a native Briton married to a Roman auxiliary, accidentally uncovers a dreadful plan by the rebellious northern Maeatae tribe. Her husband Brigius, a Briton who now serves Rome, is torn when the imperial prince Caracalla arrives in northern Britannia with his unit of vicious, dangerous Numidian cavalry, causing trouble and endangering the couple's once peaceful life.
Marius' Mules IX: Pax Gallica
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 149,320. Language: British English. Published: September 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
It is 50BC and Caesar winters with his legions in the north, all Gaul conquered but a triumphant return to Rome denied him by the senate who seek his blood. Yet unrest stirs in unknown lands as the tribes of mountainous Aquitania rise under a terrifying new leader and drive out their Roman occupiers.
Marius' Mules VIII: Sons of Taranis
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 165,480. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
51 BC. In the aftermath of the dreadful siege of Alesia the tribes of Gaul lie broken and sparse, and yet the fires of rebellion still burn in the hearts of a few. As Caesar and his army continue to pacify the land wherever revolt can be found, a new conspiracy is rising. The final battle for Gaul is about to begin.
Marius' Mules VII: The Great Revolt
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 195,870. Language: British English. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
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The pieces are in place. After months of clandestine organisation, Vercingetorix, backed by the druids and leading an army of rebellious tribes, is ready to make his first moves towards independence for his people and the annihilation of Rome's presence in Gaul. Fronto and his friends are heading for a clash of armies the likes of which the north has never seen... at Alesia
Marius' Mules: Prelude to War
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 29,570. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
It is the winter of 53/52BC and while Caesar struggles with the chaos of a failing republic and recruits troops in Aquileia, Gaul's freedom fighters emerge, with a desire for Roman blood. This collection of three tales presents a sequence of events that takes place in the winter between Marius' Mules books six and seven.
Marius' Mules VI: Caesar's Vow
Series: Marius' Mules, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 161,980. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
It is the eve of destruction. Gaul seethes and bucks more than ever in revolt against the Roman invader just as Rome similarly begins to show its cracks. Caesar has made a vow to men and Gods alike to end the life of Ambiorix, and naught will stand in the way of that vow's completion - not Gaul, nor Roman, nor reason itself. Can Fronto halt the destruction of the Belgae and fulfill Caesar's vow?
Marius' Mules V: Hades' Gate
Series: Marius' Mules, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 171,610. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
54bc. As tensions build in Gaul and the druids manoeuvre the tribes towards general rebellion, Priscus and the diminishing senior staff of Caesar's army prepare to return to Britannia, this time with a vast army and a will to crush the tribes of that mysterious island.
Marius' Mules IV: Conspiracy of Eagles
Series: Marius' Mules, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 165,530. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
55BC and Caesar's army gathers in the north of Gaul, preparing to drive invading Germanic peoples from Gaul and to traverse the dangerous northern ocean bringing punishment to the tribes of Britannia for their assistance of Gaulish rebels.
Marius' Mules III: Gallia Invicta
Series: Marius' Mules, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 172,010. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Historical » General
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56bc. As Fronto and his friends winter in Rome, trouble is brewing in the north. The tribes of Armorica, driven to desperate action by the harsh rule of Crassus, raise their standards in defiance of the Roman eagle causing a chain reaction that threatens everything the legions of Caesar have achieved. Can the general's commanders stamp out the fires of rebellion before the whole of Gaul is ablaze?
Marius' Mules II: The Belgae
Series: Marius' Mules, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 147,310. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Historical » General
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57BC. The fearsome Belgae have gathered a great army to oppose Rome, and Fronto and the legions assemble once more to take Caesar's war against the most dangerous tribes in the northern world. While the legions battle the Celts in the fiercest war of Caesar's career, the plots and conspiracies against him, both at Rome and among his own army, become ever deeper and more dangerous.
Marius' Mules: The Invasion of Gaul
Series: Marius' Mules, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 169,820. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Historical » General
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It is 58BC, and the Tenth Legion under Marcus Falerius Fronto are encamped at Cremona awaiting the arrival of the great general Julius Caesar. Fronto is about to discover that politics can be as dangerous as battle, that old enemies can be trusted more than new friends, and that standing close to such a shining figure as Caesar, even the most ethical of men risk being burned.

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