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From the Ashes by Melissa Addey

Genre: Historical fiction

Tour Dates: 9th - 15th April 2023

Publication Date: February 2021

Standalone First book in The Colosseum Series

Formats available: Epub, PDF and Very Limited UK Paperbacks

Estimated Page Count: 316

Types of post available: Reviews (preferred) and basic promo / spotlight posts

Author Content Warning: There is mention of rape as part of the gladiatorial Games, very briefly and with the lead character making it clear she does not condone it.

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They called it the Flavian Amphitheatre. We call it the Colosseum. Let the Games begin. 

Rome, 80AD. A gigantic new amphitheatre is being built. The Emperor has plans for gladiatorial Games on a scale no-one has ever seen before. But the Games don’t just happen by themselves. They must be made. And Marcus, the man in charge of creating them, has just lost everything he held dear when Pompeii disappeared under the searing wrath of Vesuvius.

Now it will fall to Althea, the slave woman who serves as his scribe, to ensure the Colosseum is inaugurated on time – and that Marcus makes his way out of the darkness that calls to him.

Can a motley crew comprising a retired centurion, slaves, a prostitute and an ex Vestal Virgin pull off the greatest gladiatorial Games ever seen? Or will they fail and find themselves in the arena as punishment? Time is running out to deliver an unforgettable spectacle.

From the Ashes is the first, fast-paced novel in the gripping new Colosseum series. Follow the quick-witted and fiercely loyal backstage team of the Colosseum through the devastation of Pompeii, plague and fire. This is historical fiction at its most captivating: both action-packed and tender.

Take a front row seat at the Colosseum’s inaugural gladiatorial Games. 

About Melissa Addey

Melissa Addey writes historical fiction set in Ancient Rome, medieval Morocco and 18th century China. She is a fulltime self-published author and runs workshops for authors wanting to be entrepreneurial. Her books have been selected for Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society and won the inaugural Novel London award. She has been the Leverhulme Trust Writer in Residence at the British Library, has a PhD in Creative Writing and works with the Alliance of Independent Authors on their campaigns.

If you’d like to try her writing, visit to pick up a free novella, The Cup.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Maximum 3 stops per day.  Confirmed blogs will appear here. 

9th April


  2. calmstitchread

  3. Tizi's Book Review

10th April

  1. @candygirl73reads

  2. Celticlady's Reviews

  3. Sharon Beyond The Books  

11th April

  1. Staceywh_17

  2. Avoiding Reality With Books

  3.  Pickled Thoughts and Pinot

12th April

  1. Chez Maximka

  2. The Magic of Wor(l)ds

  3. Book Vue

13th April

  1. The Bookish Hermit

  2. Bookworm86

  3. Jess Bookish Life

14th April

  1. Autumnal_reading

  2. C L Tustin -Author


15th April

  1. @MiriamSmith45 - A Mother’s Musings

  2.  Pen and Paper

  3. Heather Adores Books

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