Proposed Book Cover for "The Sign of the Eagle"
Book Publishing Update
time I am still waiting to receive the galleys/proofs of The Sign of the Eagle from Sunbury Press. Currently
the novel is ninth in the queue, which means it will probably be another four to six weeks before I receive the materials.
When they arrive, they should be accompanied by several advance review copies (ARC's) of the book, including the proposed
book cover. These in turn I will send to bookstores who have asked to see them before deciding on hosting a book signing event.
To date I have contacted more than fifty stores in the Pacific Northwest and San Francisco Bay Area
for prospective signing events. Most are waiting for the release date and ISBN number to be available before committing themselves.
However, more than twenty have informed me they will definitely consider hosting an event. If this holds true, I will probably
sign at stores in the following states: California (2 locations+); Idaho (1 location); Montana (2 locations); Oregon (2 locations)
and Washington State (13+ events). However, these still have to be finalized.
First Century Roman Cavalryman
The Broken Lance
I will read chapter 21 from the historical, The Broken Lance, to the Spokane Novelist Group, Saturday, March 10th. We
meet in the conference room of the Otis Orchards Branch of the Spokane County Library. This is a tough group who keeps me
honest. They always find the flaws.
In this chapter,
the main character, Marcellus, a Spanish cavalryman in the Roman Army receives the Corona Civica, one of Rome's highest honors,
for saving the life of a Roman citizen in battle. It happens to be his commanding officer, Sextus Rufius.This also results
in Marcellus's promotion to centurion by General Flavius Sabinus who has kept tabs on his activities. Sabinus informs Marcellus
that he will become his personal retainer and will be leaving within a few days to accompany the general to Rome.
Wolf of Britannia
Wolf of Britannia (working title)
I continue with the rewrites and new chapters of this historical novel. Currently,
I am working on chapter 34, another new chapter. Caratacus accuses his older brother, Adminios, of plotting with the Romans
(based on historical rumors) and the Emperor Caligula, to invade Britannia. Adminios is subsequently expelled and driven from
Britannia (historical fact).
Pets and Hobbies
the Bio section for new winter pictures of my horses and one of my garden railroad. The railroad picture is featured in the
July segment of the 2012 Garden Trains Calendar.
That is all for now.