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Hi everyone!

My latest novel about the Romanovs has just been published! In "The Imperial Spy," Prince Vsevolod Ioannovich Romanov is a member of the Russian Imperial family, a Prince of the Imperial Blood... and a spy against the Nazis in World War II! From Warsaw to Rome, Budapest to Tsaritsyn, Vsevolod infiltrates the Nazis' front lines until he becomes the Germans' most wanted man.

"The Imperial Spy" is alternate history, where the Russian Revolution is averted and the Romanovs retain their throne. It is set in the same alternate historical universe as my novels Triumph of a Tsar (about Alexei) and Through the Fire (about Prince Konstantin Konstantonovich). It is available in both paperback and as an e-book (the links for the two formats are separate for now, but hopefully Amazon will merge them at some point). I've been working on this novel for awhile now, and it's great to finally see it in print.


The Imperial Family / Prince Vsevolod Ioannovich- letters and diaries?
« on: December 19, 2018, 07:09:08 PM »
Does anyone know whether Prince Vsevolod Ioannovich (son of Prince Ioann Konstantinovich and Princess Elena of Serbia) kept diaries and wrote the volume of letters for which the Romanovs are known? Have any of these letters and diaries been published? I'm interested in learning more about Vsevolod's life and would love to read anything that he wrote!


Oh, well. Thank you for the reply!

Sorry to be late to this party, but I just came across this thread recently. Does anyone know if Ioann's letters have been translated into English, and if so, where I might find them? I don't speak or read Russian, but I'm quite interested in reading these letters!

Thanks so much!

You bring up some interesting points. In my mind, though, Princess Pilar was heading to the church in a carriage from somewhere nearby, such as lodgings in which she and her parents had stayed, rather than having made the journey all the way from Bavaria in the carriage. Also, from all the research I've done, the Grand Duke Konstantin brought up his children to be as Russian as possible- making sure they spoke Russian at home, etc. I think that eating borscht and kasha could well be a part of that. Even Nicholas II was known for his simple eating preferences.

In addition, while the Grand Duke Konstantin's homoexuality (or bisexuality, depending on how you read his situation), may be well known now, he ordered that his diaries be sealed for several decades after his death. The research I've seen says that his family followed that order to the letter, so they would have been unaware of the diaries' discussion of KR's homosexuality. The evaluations of this that I've read suggest that KR's family would have been quite surprised by his homosexuality, given how he conducted himself in his family life. As a result, this novel doesn't really explore how his homosexuality could have impacted his relationship with his children. Also, given that Prince Konstantin had proposed to Princess Elizabeth of Romania, and was also said to have been interested in the Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaievna, I thought it unlikely that he would have been homosexual himself. One thing that I love about fiction, though, (and especially historical fiction) is that another writer could have written an alternate life of Prince Konstantin, and done it very differently. I agree with you about what KR might have been thinking to himself during the discussions about Prince Konstantin's potential choices for a bride, but since "Through the Fire" is from Prince Konstantin's point of view, we don't really see into KR's head at all. If I were writing a book about KR himself, though, I think his struggles with his sexuality would be front and center.

Thank you for taking the time to read my short story "Dark Night, Bright Sky." I think it's really kind of you to have sought out my other work. I disagree with your assessment of the short story and how it should have been written, but I'm not sure that this is the place for a discussion about it, since the story is completely separate from "Through the Fire" and has nothing to do with the Romanovs.

Hello everyone!

My new book, "Through the Fire: An Alternate Life of Prince Konstantin of Russia," has just been published! "Through the Fire" is a novel in short stories about Prince Konstantin Konstantinovich, son of the Grand Duke Konstantin (the famous poet KR). "Through the Fire," an alternate history, examines the life that Konstantin might have lived if the Russian Revolution had not happened. It is set in the same alternate historical universe as my last novel about the Romanovs, "Triumph of a Tsar." I have pasted a link with further information about the book below.

I have been a long time reader of this fabulous discussion board, even though I haven't posted much. The threads and discussions on this board have been so interesting and full of information, and I came here often while writing these novels. As such, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone on this board.


Just as an update to this, I will be holding a book launch party to celebrate the publishing of "Triumph of a Tsar," in the Washington, D.C. area. The party will be held at The Writer's Center in downtown Bethesda, Maryland, one metro stop outside of Washington, D.C. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

Here is a link to the event page for more information:

Also, here is a link to the book link for "Triumph of a Tsar" for more information about the book itself:

Hello everyone,

I am a long-time reader of this discussion board, and have been interested in Russian history for years. My first novel on the Romanovs was just published this past week. It is called "Triumph of a Tsar." This novel is a work of alternate history where the Communist Revolution of 1917 is averted, and Alexei becomes tsar. His reign begins in 1920, when Nicholas dies suddenly, and Alexei becomes the youngest tsar in nearly four centuries. The Great War is over, but Russia is still suffering from the devastation and poverty that it brought. Communists such as Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky view the political situation as ripe for revolution, but they realize that the popular Alexei stands in their way. To make matters worse, Alexeiís hemophilia constantly returns to haunt him. With his life in danger from internal threats, Alexei must also navigate the external threats of fascism and Adolph Hitler. Slowly, Hitlerís menace increases throughout Europe until he tries to kill Alexei. Only then does Alexei realize that another World War is the only way to stop his German enemy.

"Triumph of a Tsar" is available on Amazon. Thank you for your interest.

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