Book Signing Reminder
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.
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
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.
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!