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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Book Signing Update Hastings and Auntie's


BOOK SIGNING FOLLOW-UP at Auntie's Bookstore


Although Black Friday at Auntie's wasn't as black as I would have liked to have been (the traffic was steady but not crowded), I still signed a lot of copies of THE SIGN OF THE EAGLE, so, I have no complaints. I spoke to a lot of friendly people and passed out a lot of fliers. Many of them complimented the portrait of Macha that I had on display, which was painted by my niece, Katrina Hughes Brennan, who is a professional artist. That in itself stimulated a few sales.


I want to thank Events Coordinator, Lois Hughes (no relation), Auntie's associates Kathy and Jonathan and rest of the staff for being so helpful and accommodating, making this a successful event. Auntie's staff is very support of local authors.

New fan Andrea at Aunties
New fan Andrea at Auntie's Bookstore




This particular signing of copies of my historical, THE SIGN OF THE EAGLE at Hastings Books, Music & Videos, Shadle Park, which is in North Spokane, Washington, went beyond all expectations. I won't say how many, but I broke this store's record for the number of copies signed by a local author. The words I kept hearing from the staff were: awesome, no way and fantastic!


I did my usual meet and great welcome rendition of the old-time Wal-Mart greeter and I did put in additional hours as well (I never do the usual two hours, that doesn't get it, I do four and love it). The people were friendly and interested in my book. Again it helped by having the portrait of Macha, that was painted by my niece Katrina Hughes Brennan, on display as well. The fact that I am a local author clinched it for several customers.


The book associates definitely want me back for an encore signing in the Spring.

I want to thank Book manger, John Clapp, for scheduling for this event and a huge thanks to associates Kathy, Donn and Nicole for their assistance in making this the most successful event to date.

New fan VladimirNew fan Amanda, Vladimir's Girlfriend
        New fan Vladimir                               New fan Amanda, Vladimir's Girlfriend


Spokane Valley Writers Group


The Spokane Valley Writers Group met at Starbucks Coffee House, inside of the Spokane Valley (Eastside) Barnes & Noble bookstore, Sunday afternoon, November 25th. I read chapters 39 and 40 from my historical, The Broken Lance, the story about a Spanish Centurion in the Roman army who is the personal retainer for the historical character, Titus Flavius Sabinus. He was the brother of the future emperor, Vespasian. In these chapters, Marcellus marries Eleyne, the daughter of a Celtic British chieftain of the Regni tribe. During the reading of entrails during wedding ceremony, Marcellus is the only who seems to notice that the priest hesitates if only for a split second. Marcellus realizes the omens are bad, but the ceremony continues and he and Eleyne are married. In the next chapter two assassins make an attempt on Marcellus's life. He kills one and the other is kept alive when he recognizes him as one of his slaves. This had been seen by the entrail reader the wedding ceremony. Marcellus learns who is behind the botched assassination attempt.


The group found only minor problems with the chapters and I immediately made the changes. However, since my priority at this time is to finish the rewrite of The Wolf of Britannia, I have limited my writing time to The Broken Lance for the time being.


Roman Cavalryman Broken Lance


The Wolf of Britannia (ongoing)


After having my last draft of chapter 50 heavily trashed by my mentor, Patricia DeMars Pfeiffer, I have completed a major rewrite. She found that I had not used the five senses as effectively as I could have. I needed to show more reaction and responses by the characters, and the dialog consisted primarily of talking heads with little movement/motions. I knew it needed a major revision, but I had to have an outsider point out the problems and Patricia did this very effectively. She has published eight historical novels and has been a tremendous help to me. The next draft will be much cleaner and more effective. This is a chapter in which Caratacus is preparing to fight the Romans in what is now Wales. He didn't know it at the time, but it was his last battle against the Romans.

Celtic Warrior


Book Signing


My next book signing will be at Hastings Books, Music and Videos--Lincoln Heights, 2512 E. 29th Ave., Spokane, WA, Saturday, Dec. 8th, 1- 5 p.m. Check my website for details.

That's for now. Thank you for your support. Salve et Vale! Hail and Farewell!


-Jess Steven Hughes

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