Book Signing Update
Book Signing Display at Northtown B&N
New The Broken Lance Reader Heather at B&N
It's the beginning of a new year, and I have already conducted signings @ Yoke's Fresh
Market, Liberty Lake, Washington (Jan. 19th), and Barnes & Noble, North Town Mall, Spokane, Washington (Jan. 27th). See
the book signing page for a list of future dates. I have made event arrangements through June, but more to fill in during
April and May. So far B&N Spokane, WA, North Town Mall; B&N, Spokane Valley, WA, B&N, Columbia Center, Kennewick,
WA and B&N, Blossom Hill, San Jose, CA, are on board. More B&N stores have shown an interest (Montana and Washington)
but won't start working on their event calendars until February.
January and February are usually the slowest
months for signings, people are taking a "deep breath" after heavy spending during the Christmas/New Year holidays.
That was reflected in my first two signings. The numbers were low, but Yoke's store manager, Dan Dicicco, and B&N store
manager, Hilde, both want me to return for additional signings (see book signing page).
Book Sales Update
Milford House Publishing: The Broken Lance and
The Sign of the Eagle
Once again sales
for the The Broken Lance and The Sign
of the Eagle were very good for the month of December. They were number three and number seven respectively
in sales for Sunbury Press (www.sunburypress.com) Milford House Imprint.
The Peace Keeper Update
The Peace Keeper Roman Soldier Painting
I completed the first edit and rewrite sent to me by my editor from Sunbury Press.
The only thing major was adding an extra scene describing the status of one of the characters in the story. The rest of the
changes were very minor. Now, I am waiting for her to complete another review and send it back to me again. This may take
a while as she is bogged down with several other projects. I told her to take her time as I prefer to still promote The Broken Lance.
Return to Britannia
Roman London Street Scene
Work is progressing at a slow rate. I have made additional
changes. There two parallel stories in this novel. Number one is the triple homicide being investigate by Macha's husband,
Titus. I have decided each victim was killed by different means rather than all by poison. One is murdered by poison, but
one is killed by stabbing and other by strangulation. The story deals with Macha's kidnapping by Celtic rebels who want to
make her queen of the tribe that use to be ruled by her father, Caratacus. They want her as the symbolic head of their revolt
against the Romans, but she wants no part of this. They don't give her any choice. I have to do more development of characters
and events before I can move forward.
A Search for a Lost Hammer Led to the Largest Cache of Roman Treasure
Ever Found in Britain
Today, archaeologists are still debating just how old the hoard is—and what
it tells us about the end of the Roman Empire in Britain
When Eric Lawes set off for a field in Hoxne village, Suffolk
on November 16, 1992, it wasn’t on a treasure hunt. The metal detector he’d received as a retirement gift was
meant to find a hammer lost on the farmland. But the detector picked up a strong signal in the earth, leading Lawes to start
digging, and it quickly became apparent that he had indeed found treasure.
After bringing up only a few shovel-fulls
of silverspoons and gold coins, Lawes quickly retreated and called the police and the local archaeological society. The very
next day, as covertly as possible, the archaeologists excavated a chunk of earth with the treasure still contained within.
This way, they could remove the objects under laboratory conditions, which would help determine the age and storage method
of the cache. By the time everything had been removed from the dirt, the archaeologists had nearly 60 pounds of gold and silver
objects, including 15,234 Roman coins, dozens of silver spoons and 200 gold objects.
Read more on the Smithsonian
Magazine:Lost Hammer Finds Large Roman Cache
On a Personal Note
Rescue Horse Ziggy filling out
Our rescue horse, Ziggy, is really coming along. He has filled out in his haunches and neck. Not
the bony horse that he was back in December when got him. He has settled in and is a healthy, happy horse.
That's all for now. Until next time, Salve Atque Vale! Hail