Grapes of Rome – Legacy

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Old Roman Republic Music – Legacy Grapes of Rome

As the son of a Roman General and Statesman, he was destined to become an officer in his father’s army, learn to run the family business, and marry. This was Rome at the beginning of the Republic and right after the last of the kings. It was a deadly time of corruption, traitors, and assassins. This was a time when ten year olds died in battle and when twelve-year-olds led the troops, a time when twenty to thirty-year-olds ruled a Republic and those older yet, ruled the senate.

Young Dante couldn’t have foreseen what would happen to him and his childhood friends, but then, it was expected of them. Follow Dante in his journey into manhood in this passionate tale about an unlikely hero, the brutality of war, and survival.

Grapes of Rome is a story about young ten-year-old Dante who has everything including a life of luxury. He is sent to war in the time of ancient Rome’s battle to establish its republic. He endures the pain of losing friends as he and his childhood friends grow from boys to young men, as they build the Roman Republic. It is a terrifying time and no one knows who his true friends are. Friendship, love, war, and treachery find their way into every crevice of the Roman way of life for these boys. It was a time when clothes were rarely worn, when a uniform consisted of a blanket, a spear and sometimes a sword.

Author’s note: In ancient Greece and Rome, the very young were drafted as soldiers. Over fifty percent of the statues that exist today depict young boys and a few young men as heroes. Except for those of noble birth, all boys were conscripted or sold to the army.

Now available in Kindle and Paperback Order from Amazon Global

Book History:

I began writing Grapes of Rome in 2012, the original title was Grapes of Italy. The title changed because obviously in 501 B.C. there was no Italy

There were two major revisions to Grapes of Rome

Paul Myers was the first editor of Grapes of Rome

Mel Leach was the one that convinced me to publish Grapes of Rome.

Mel Leach was the final editor

Published Oct 12, 2015

There are three autographed copies of the book in two countries

The Kindle sales are decent, but the paperback sales sell more than three times my e-book sales

Watch this video to see how the real Romans fought

25 Thoughts on “Grapes of Rome – Legacy

  1. Remmy2013 on September 28, 2015 at 2:01 pm said:

    Mel is the greatest editor in this day and age and so modest.

  2. Yay, it will finally be out after all of the hard work 🙂

  3. Mel Leach on October 13, 2015 at 4:36 am said:

    Congratulations, Remmy!! I can’t wait to see how the paperback looks. There’s just something about holding the actual book in your hands.

  4. Yay!
    Wonder how long it will take to get a signed one 😉

  5. Mel Leach on October 14, 2015 at 3:08 pm said:

    Yay!! Congratulations, Remmy. Time to conquer the world.

  6. CreateSpace notified me today that my copy was shipped out today.

  7. My Amazon pre-order was still showing available date of December 31st. I ended up cancelling the pre-order and went and ordered it again. I almost immediately got an email order confirmation and web page told me was available for download. I am not sure what type of keywords are associated with the book, but the email also recommended “The Spice Lab’s – Himalayan Crystal Salt”.

    Some times the targeted advertising is right on and other times it is not even close. The thing that gets me is when they show me ads for women’s underwear. Do they think that all gay people cross dress? I sure would like to see their formula for what ads get presented.

  8. Remmy2013 on October 17, 2015 at 9:13 pm said:

    I have no idea why you got women’s underwear ads… based on your previous shopping maybe? The Genre of my book is not M/M so that isn’t it. As far as showing Dec 31st, maybe you need to clear your cache because it shows correct for me. Regardless James, thank you for ordering Grapes of Rome!

  9. Mel Leach on January 26, 2016 at 4:27 am said:

    Told ya it was good. 🙂
    I think this officially makes you an international man of mystery.

  10. Steven Fritchie on January 26, 2016 at 8:12 am said:

    Congratulations! Your book deserves all the praise that it receives.

  11. pauly10 on January 26, 2016 at 10:40 am said:

    Yay, an international super author!
    Now you need to write more to keep your fans happy 🙂

  12. Anna Lund on January 26, 2016 at 4:16 pm said:

    Wow! I am so happy for you! Way to go! <3

  13. Remmy2013 on January 26, 2016 at 11:42 pm said:

    Thank you, all of you. I just thought of something, a television commercial. Paul sitting in an over stuffed chair with a smoking jacket on. Looking at the camera and saying, “I don’t always read, but when I do, I read Grapes of Rome so Remmy doesn’t beat on me.” I think that is SO PAUL and it is something he would say!

  14. I have read it for the second time! It was just as good this time around. Very enjoyable. Congratulation for going double international. (UK AND Japan)

  15. Steven Fritchie on February 15, 2016 at 8:58 pm said:

    Rems, you know, I hope, that I will always be honest with you in life and about your books. In fact, you are the one who got me to read YA novels in the first place. Granted, they were the unedited versions, but they caught my interest. You were one of the better writers on that site (I forgot who the others were :-)). Write what you feel and know that Mel, Pauly, and I will help you in whatever way that we can.

  16. Mel Leach on February 16, 2016 at 4:43 pm said:

    I can’t wait for Book 2. There are so many interesting prospects for continuing this story.

  17. Mel Leach on February 17, 2016 at 8:58 am said:

    Cool!! BTW, I think a full feature-length film would be an awesome idea.

  18. Awesome trailer it looks very professional 🙂

  19. pauly10 on April 14, 2016 at 11:11 am said:


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