Coming Soon: Reflections of Brass Print Anthology & Cover Teaser!

I’m pleased to announce the coming publication of Reflection of Brass, my print anthology composing the novellas Antioch Burns, Roma Aeronautica, and the Last Gladiator, along with a sneak peek at my forthcoming novella, tentatively titled A Brief History of New Caesaria. I’ll be doing some cover teases all this week and next, along with a blog blitz to share writing new and old! Here’s today’s first piece of artwork!

Character Interview now up on Assaph Mehr’s Blog!


Want to learn more about Lucia Rhodanus Fortem’s background now that you’ve had a chance to sink your teeth into the Last Gladiator? Go check out her character interview over on Assaph Mehr’s Blog – The Protagonist Speaks.

Haven’t gotten your ebook copy yet? Rush over to Smashwords, (Kindle) Amazon, or (Nook) Barnes and Noble to get your copy! While you’re over at Smashwords, get a copy of my first novel – Brass Legionnaire – for free! That sale ends in a week, so you’re running out of time!

World Building for the Steam Empire Chronicles – Blog Tour Posting!

Hi all!

The Steam Empire Chronicles features a complex world where the Roman Empire never fell. Now in its second millennia, the culture, religions, and backgrounds of many of the characters directly connect to this extension of the empire. Check out more about this over at Phoebe Darqueling’s Blog today!

The Last Gladiator Winners & Publishing Day!

Hi all! Congrats to the winner of my Last Gladiator and Roma Aeronautica giveaway! Today is the day you can get The Last Gladiator live on Kindle, Nook, and for all other e-readers through Smashwords!

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The Last Gladiator – A Preview of What’s to Come!

Here’s a sneak preview of the first page of The Last Gladiator! Remember you can get your copy by preordering today and getting it at midnight tonight! Be the first to read it and share what you think! I’ll announce the winner of our giveaway tomorrow morning and they’ll have both Roma Aeronautica and The Last Gladiator to enjoy!

Available on Kindle, Nook, and for all other e-readers through Smashwords!

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Record Month: Thanks for a Great April

Thanks to you, readers and fellow writers, for making this month one of my best ever. The blog’s viewership/readership is expanding massively, and I am so excited to share the Last Gladiator with all of you this Saturday!

Act now to preorder your copy of my latest novella – The Last Gladiator!

Available on Kindle, Nook, and for all other e-readers through Smashwords!

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Blog Tour Day One!


Hi all! Today I’d love for you to join me on another platform – Heart Ally’s Book Blog!

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As a reminder – Make sure you get your copy of the Last Gladiator on pre-order now on Nook, Kindle, and all other platforms (including epub and mobi) on Smashwords. My first novel – Brass Legionnaire – is still FREE on Smashwords!

Year Of Accountability – Happy Easter! 4/12-4/19

Hi all,

This week has been a busy week for me, even safe at home during this social distancing and Stay-At-Home orders. If you haven’t heard already, The Last Gladiator is now available on Pre-Order!

A clash of tradition versus invention drives Daniel Ottalini’s latest work – The Last Gladiator, a prequel novella in the Steam Empire Chronicles.

Lucia Rhodanus Fortem is an endangered species – one of the last graduates of the ludi, gladiator academies renowned throughout the Empire. When the Emperor orders a demonstration of his new mechanical toys – Mechagladiators – he knows just whom to fight. Fans of Gladiator and Pacific Rim alike will enjoy this prequel to the Steam Empire Chronicles – The Last Gladiator.

The Last Gladiator is due to be released May 2, 2020. Available on Kindle, Nook, and for all other e-readers through Smashwords!

I’m super pumped to share this with you all! Help out your small author pals (like me!) and pre order your copy today. Remember that my first novel – Brass Legionnaire – is still available FOR FREE on Smashwords!

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The Last Gladiator Now Up for Presale!

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It’s live!

You can now preorder your own copy of my prequel novella – The Last Gladiator!

Available on Kindle, Nook, and for all other e-readers through Smashwords!

What makes a gladiator? Brawn? Showmanship? Skill? Heart?

For Lucia Rhodanus Fortem, the arena is a ticket to fame, fortune, and belonging. 

But the long familiar arena is changing, and gladiators are, quite literally, a dying breed. Their replacements – Mechagladiators – piloted constructs made of the best Roman technology, stand ready to take their place on the hard packed dirt of the Coliseum.

What humans can stand against the tide of progress? Who dares face down a mechanical beast? How can the power of human connection forge a bond stronger than steel?

The last gladiator in Rome faces the toughest challenge of all in this prequel novella for the Steam Empire Chronicles, Daniel Ottalini’s Roman Alternate History World.

Readers who enjoy

  • Gladiator Combat
  • Class struggle
  • Roman History
  • Alternate History
  • Love in a time of conflict

will thoroughly enjoy this novella!

Readers of the Steam Empire Chronicles will discover connections to old characters, meet new characters, and uncover revelations that may shake the entire Roman Empire to its core.

Not sure where to start? Check here! For only two more weeks, my first novel – Brass Legionnaire – is still free on Smashwords! Download it for free, then place your pre-order for The Last Gladiator!

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The Blog Tour Is Coming

Hey, hey YOU! Want to be part of a blog tour for the release of the Last Gladiator? Want pre-release access to a review copy? Want me to write a blog story for your blog? It is your lucky month, because this month is The Last Gladiator Release tour!

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Sign up HERE —> It’s a google form that will let you get access to me super fast! The more the merrier, and the more participants the bigger this tour can be!

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