Book Launch-Signing Follow-Up
Jennifer at B&N Spokane Valley, Victor
at B&N Kennewick, WA, The Peacekeeper
The book launch of my latest historical, The Peacekeeper, started at Barnes & Noble-Booksellers, Spokane Valley, Washington, August 4th, and
continued at two other B&N's at Kennewick and Spokane - Northtown Mall, Washington, August 11th and 18th. Sales of this
particular book were moderately successful, but as a whole, across the board, all five of my books did well as these events.
Unfortunately, for whatever reason, the Northtown Mall store did not receive copies of The Peacekeeper in time for
the August 18th signing. Assistant store manager, Bryan, is looking into the reason for the delay. Regardless, my other four
novels, did well, sales wise. All in all, the three events were successful, and I will return for encores at each store (see
book signing page).
Britannia Romanus Series Book Covers
the month of July, 2018, all five novels in the Britannia Romanus series
were in the top 20 in sales for Sunbury Press' Milford House imprint. They
were as follows: (3) The Peacekeeper; (6) The Wolf of Britannia, Part II; (10) The Broken Lance; (12) The Wolf of Britannia, Part III; (17) The Sign
of the Eagle.
The Emperor's Hand - Continuation of a new
novel in progress
Roman London Overview
The work on this novel continues at a slow pace. I have gone
back to the beginning to rewrite. Only a few changes made to chapter one. Chapter two required major changes and a lot of
rewriting. I will probably return to it for more, but now I am focusing on chapter three. I made what I call a couple of "left
turns," and that is why I returned to the beginning. My publisher was hoping I would complete this novel in less than
two years, but this is doubtful. I could, but it would be a piece of junk. That is not me.
How The Ancient Romans Made Better Concrete Than
We do Now
If you've ever wondered why the ancient structures of Rome have
endured for millennia, when our own modern concrete is susceptible to cracks and crumbles, well, now you have your answer.
Researchers recreated the Roman recipe and discovered that the formation of a certain kind of crystal in the concrete is the
reason for the durability.
Image: The Pantheon by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
"Mechanical resilience and cementitious processes in Imperial Roman architectural mortar" published in PNAS, researchers, led by Marie D. Jackson of the University of California at Berkeley, detail their work
and the results. The team reproduced the Roman concrete recipe, allowed it to harden for 180 days, and then examined it using
The Roman recipe used by the team involves
adding volcanic rocks to a liquid mortar. To make the mortar, ancient Romans — and the modern research team —
started by heating limestone into quicklime, and then added water and volcanic ash. The key ratio for this mixture is three
parts ash to one part lime. Rome had no shortage of volcanic ash to use, since volcanoes lay to north and south of Rome. But
the ancient Romans settled on the Pozzolane Rosse ash from the Alban Hills volcano
to the south. For additional information see link below. Roman Concrete
On a Personal Note
Chatty introduces himself
Chatty and Lionel become friends
A new cat has become part
of our family. His name is, Chatty, a Siamese-tabby mixture who is probably no more than a year and one-half. He wandered
into our yard from our pasture, we don't where he came from. We made inquiries, but no one claimed him. He is very friendly,
apparently, he had been around people, but our veterinarian believes he might have been abandoned. He seemed to be more
of a feral cat, but now he is getting use to coming into the house, but for now he still sleeps in the barn. We hope to have
him fully use to being in the house by winter, as we want to protect him from the elements. We get nearly fifty inches of
snow each winter and experience several arctic freezes as well. Fortunately, he and our other cat, Lionel, get along very
For now, that's all there is until next time, Salve Atque Vale! Hail