New Reader Shelley
experiencing temps in the mid-30's in Spokane Valley, the trip to Lewiston, Idaho, Friday, March 8, for my latest book signing,
just for the weather itself was almost worth it--mid 60 temps! The book signing at Hastings Books, Music & Videos went
very well. Met lots of good people, gave out flyers and several people complimented the portrait of Macha, the book cover,
painted by my Niece Katrina Hughes Brennan. Best of all I sold more copies of The Sign of
the Eagle than I expected. Several Hastings Associates summed it up in one word, awesome. In the accompanying photo
I signed a copy for a new follower/reader and now FB friend, Shelley. Hope you enjoy it, Shelley!
I want to thank
associates Austin and Donal (he's Irish) for there assistance which ensure a successful signing.
Next week will
be a book signing double-header: Friday, March 15 at Hastings in Moses Lake, WA and Saturday, March 16 at All Things
Irish in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for St. Patrick's Day Saturday. The owner of All Things Irish, Ilene Downey Moss, says this
is the store's busiest day of the year, surpassing Christmas. The Coeur d'Alene St. Patrick's Day Parade, which is also coordinated
Ilene Downey Moss, starts at 3 p.m. and passes right by the store. I will be watching with everyone else.
a guest blogger on Author, Maggie Secara's site in which I discuss how I built up my private library of classical history
books and used to write my historical novels, e.g. THE SIGN OF THE EAGLE. See below link for full blog/interview.
Hooray! I just completed the final rewrite of chapter 57,
the last chapter of The Wolf of Britannia. My mentor, Patricia DeMars Pfeiffer (author
of eight historical novels) conducted another review and found only minor errors in which I fixed. Now I can set it aside
until I send it to my book doctor/editor (she worked for Harper-Collins for eight years) for a second and final review during
the week following May 24th. After I make the changes she suggests, it goes to my publisher, Sunbury Press, who will consider
formatting it as a duo-logy. Now, I can turn my attention to my other historical, The Broken
Sunday, March 10, I met with the Spokane Valley Writers Group at Starbucks, inside Spokane Valley Barnes & Noble for another
writers critique/workshop session. Since I have finished The Wolf of Britannia (at
least for now), I have continued the rewriting and now reading from my next historical, The
I read from chapter 43 in which my protagonist, Marcellus, who is a Spanish Centurion in the Roman
Army and personal retainer for Titus Flavius Sabinus (historical character) and brother of future Emperor, Vespasian. He witnesses
a major spectacle, the Naval Games in the great Augustan Naval Arena which is a huge artificial lake in the area now occupied
by the Vatican City. A gladiator from India, who used to be a slave of Sabinus, is killed despite the crowd asking the Emperor
Claudius for mercy. As a result a massive ensues and Marcellus is caught in the middle of it. More to follow.
future, April 16, I will have Author, Maria Grace, as guest blogger. Will include more details as they become available.
I am Author Patty Wiseman's Fan of the Week on her fan page for the rest of the week (March 11-17). Check out her page,
That is all for now. Thank you for your support.
Jess Steven Hughes