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 Auntie's Bookstore
BOOK SIGNING FOLLOW-UP
at HASTINGS-SHADLE PARK SETS STORE RECORD
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
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 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.
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
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