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Monday, July 9, 2012

Update
 

Book Signing Reminder

 

As part of a joint authors event, called a "Book Buzz",  I will be signing copies of my novel, The Sign of the Eagle, Saturday, July 14, 1 - 3 p.m., at A Book For All Seasons, 703 Highway 2, Leavenworth, WA. This is a resort town snuggled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. The community is built around an Alpine Village theme. Most of the businesses, etc. look like Swiss Chalets, including the local McDonald's. The town is also famous for one of the region's best October Fests.

 

The next book signing after Leavenworth will be Saturday, August 25, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Fact and Fiction Bookstore, Missoula, MT.

 

Newspaper Interviews

 

 

I am scheduled to be interviewed by news reporter Rebecca Nappi, Spokane's Spokesman-Review in August for an article about older authors. This will be featured sometime in September in conjunction with my book signing at Aunties Bookstore, September 8th.

 

In addition, I will also be interviewed by a reporter from the Washington Farm Journal base in Moses Lake, WA, regarding my mini-farm but also regarding my novel. It turns out the reporter is also a published author.

 

Ongoing Projects

 


Wolf of Britannia
The Wolf of Britannia

 

Currently I am re-writing chapters 39 and 40. In these chapters Caratacus prepares and then fights the invading Romans at the Battle of the River Medway. Progress has been slow because I am attempting to make sure that I correctly depict how the Roman generals tactically deployed their troops against the British Celts and the response by Carataus and his warriors. History tells us that Caratacus and his allies were defeated, but the information is vague as to how the Romans actually beat him. We do know that the German cavalry, the Batavians, employed by the Romans, crossed the Medway upstream and surprised part of Caratacus's forces. However, little else is known. This is one of those situations where an author of historical fiction can take historical license and fill in the blanks. I am attempting to do this in a logical and plausible manner in order to make the battle and story believable.

Roman Cavalryman Broken Lance

The Broken Lance

 

So far I have rewritten the first forty-two chapters of The Broken Lance. I have read and have had the first twenty-eight chapters critiqued by the Spokane Novelist Group. They are a tough bunch, which is what I want, and have kept me honest. However, after reading chapter 28, which deals with a raid on a den of thieves in the caves beneath Rome, I decided to send this, along with chapters 29  and 30 to Editor Erin Brown. She is a highly regarded "book doctor" and former editor for Harper-Collins and St. Martins Press. She will conduct a line edit and give me a  thorough evaluation of the material and let me know her conclusions by July 10. I had disagreed with a couple of the writers on two major aspects of chapter 28 needed a professional opinion.

 

That's all this time around. Salve et Vale! Hail and Farewell!

 

 

Jess Hughes

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