And… That’s a Wrap! (Well, a blurb, too)


Well folks, it’s done. Barring the illustrations and formatting. Everything, including a sneak peek at Steel Praetorian, is off to be formatted, cleaned up, and prepared for my legions (yuk yuk) of fans to jump on and read to their heart’s content. So what’s left for me?

1.) Work on Steel Praetorian.

2.) Get a back blurb done!

3.) That’s it!

Here’s two different blurbs I’ve been playing around with. Thoughts?

Option A!

Vengeance was delivered, and Rome was triumphant. At least, that’s what the men of the XIII Germania believe. But their commanding officer knows better. Constantine Tiberius Appius defeated the Nortlanders in their capital, but now faces a greater challenge: the overwhelming power of the Mongol Empire. While his allies in Rome struggle to gather support for the weakened Roman army, his enemies plot. In a surprise assault, the Mongols push through the eastern provinces, leaving death and destruction in their wake. Outnumbered and outmaneuvered, Constantine and his men forge new partnerships and undertake a risky gambit. Can they turn back the unending waves of Mongol men? Or will the east be lost? Find out in IRON TRIBUNE.

Option B!

Rome’s legions march ever onward in Daniel Ottalini’s Steam Empire Chronicles. Constantine Tiberius Appius leads his men back to Rome for a Triumph. But their respite is short lived, as they are soon sent east to face the ever-growing Mongol menace in Mesopotamia. With the Empire under attack from without, treachery and political maneuvering threaten to topple Rome from within. Constantine and his men have no choice. They must defeat the Mongols and their new weapons or die trying in IRON TRIBUNE.


First look at illustrations…


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Hi everyone,

The Kickstarter is now done and I can begin to present the first looks at the illustrations for Iron Tribune!IronTributeRoughSketches


As you can see, we’ve got some awesome ideas. You’ll just have to wait until you see more :-) As a reminder, if you haven’t already checked out my novellas – Antioch Burns and Roma Aeronautica, they’re great quick reads for less than $3 for both!

– Daniel

This is it….Just over 24 hours to go!



Alright People! We have just over 24 hours to go on my Iron Tribune Kickstarter! If you want to help me add beautiful illustrations like the ones below to my next novel, I need your help! We’re about $200 from our second stretch goal, which sees everyone getting my 2nd novella free! So tell your family, your friends, your coworkers, your reading buddies to help out! Even $10 helps!

If he had a watch, he'd be making sure to stay on schedule

If he had a watch, he’d be checking to see when the kickstarter ends…

The Descent

Update To Brass Legionnaire’s Page


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Hi everyone,

I’ve updated the information on Brass Legionnaire’s book page above. I’m planning on having a friend do some general clean up work on the book, which will be significantly revised in the next month. Backers of the kickstarter who pledge $25 or more or add some money for additional print copies of Brass Legionnaire will get the updated version. Already have a copy? No worries! I’m looking at cleaning up various problems and smoothing the story out, so your old version will not be ‘obsolete!’ and if I choose to add an additional chapter, I’ll make it available for free here on the website, as that’s fair for everyone. (Although I want you to buy my books, I don’t want you to buy a new copy of Brass Legionnaire just for another chapter, that’s silly!)

In essence, I’ve added character plots for Julius, Constantine and Corbus. See the overall design of their story plots in BL, and learn a bit more about the characters!

Also, there’s only EIGHT DAYS LEFT IN THE KICKSTARTER! Help us reach $1250 and everyone will get BOTH of my novellas for free! Woo! We’re only about $230 away, so every dollar helps!

9 Days… And Counting!


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Just Nine Days left people!

There’s just 9 days of Kickstarter joy left for Iron Tribune! We’ve reached our 1st stretch goal – $1000! If we can get to the second set at $1250, everyone will have gotten both copies of my novellas, plus their other rewards, for free!

As a reminder, I’ve also listened to the fans and will now offer additional discounted print copies of all my novels as Add-Ons. So you can get more wonderful Roman-Punky goodness for your enjoyment!

(On another note, happy birthday to my Brother (Who happens to be on the other side of the world right now, so it’s officially his birthday!) For those of you who don’t know, he does the voices for the Brass Legionnaire Audiobook, which he swears to me will be completed at some point in the near future (or edited and finished, or whatever) But when it does, I know it will be awesome!

The Border: Part 6


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Here is Part 6 of The Border for your enjoyment – the battle lines clash and our allies find themselves in a tough spot! If you like what you’ve read, please look into supporting my Kickstarter for Iron Tribune’s illustrations! You’ll be helping make my 3rd novel even better than it already is! Here’s the link for those looking to support me. $10 gets you the novel and our 1st stretch goal, which is a free copy of Antioch Burns!

Part 6

Screaming his rage and frustration, Odiscus battered his sword down onto the Quadi shieldwall. Once, twice, and the shield cracked, falling apart in his opponent’s hand. Speartips flashed past him, the murderous metal wet with blood and rain. Odiscus slammed his sword down one final time, burying it in his enemy’s shoulder. The man cried out, spinning away from him. Bastard! He thought as his sword tumbled away from him, still embedded in the barbarian’s shoulder.

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1st Stretch Goal Reached + Freebies + Add-ons!


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There’s just 12 days of Kickstarter joy left for Iron Tribune! We’ve reached our 1st stretch goal – $1000! – granting everyone a free copy of Antioch Burns to go with their rewards. Now let’s see if we can get to the second set at $1250! I’ve also listened to the fans and will now offer additional discounted print copies of all my novels as Add-Ons. Here are the prices below!

Brass Legionnaire – $8

Copper Centurion – $10

Iron Tribune – $12

This is a great chance to get them cheaper than you would online, especially as every pledge over $10 gets a free copy of Antioch Burns too!

So what are you waiting for? Join my legion and pledge today!

Kickstarter in Progress + Fun Facts about Iron Tribune




The kickstarter for Iron Tribune is in full progress now. With 22 days to go, we’re at 4739 out of $750 needed! As usual in most kickstarter campaigns, the funding amount jumps at the beginning and the end, but stays relatively flat in the middle. We’ve been on a slow, but steady, increase over the first few days, and if you haven’t joined in yet, now is a great time!

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Almost to our goal!


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Wow! It’s the end of day 1 of my kickstarter and we’re barely $100 away from my goal of $750! This is so exciting! Thanks to all my supporters, and if you haven’t thought of joining the effort, $10 gets you the novel, plus any digital only rewards! Click to check out the kickstarter here.

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And since every dollar raised goes to adding illustrations, you get the benefit of the ‘stretch’ goals regardless of pledge level. The cost of an illustration for the book is roughly $100-125 per illustration depending on various things, so the money will net me around 5-6 illustrations and maps with support for the formatting. Otherwise, it looks like we’ll reach our goal comfortably this go around!

In other news, they’ll be a new post for The Border on Monday for those interested :-) What do people think about the series so far? I’ve been tempted to turn it into a novella, but I’d love to hear some criteria on it beforehand. You can read part 1 here.

Kickstarter Launch Official!


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Salve! The launch of the Iron Tribune Kickstarter has begun! You can access the project here!

$30 gets you a signed print edition of the novel, plus all three of my novels in digital form! That’s four books! I’m really looking forward to sharing this with you. Go on and check out the page with the brand new cover art! This is the concept I went with! I hope you enjoy it! Please share and pass the word to all your friends. This looks to be a great kickstarter event!Iron Tribute Option 2


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