New fan, Lanaya and daughter Kaylie
Book signing follow-up.
Although the traffic was slow, it was steady at Hastings in Spokane
Valley, WA where I signed copies of my historical, THE SIGN OF THE EAGLE. I sold a lot more copies than I expected for a January
which is usually slow for signings. I talked to a lot of friendly people and they appreciated the fact that I was a local
author. Book manager, Holly, said, "You were awesome!" I won't complain. She wants me back in May for another signing.
A big thanks to Holly and all the Hastings Associates who for assisting me and making this another successful signing. I will
be on a two-month hiatus from signing (have to finish my next novel, THE WOLF OF BRITANNIA) and then in the middle of March
I will undergo a two month signing run culminating Mother's Day weekend.
The Wolf of Britannia (working title)
last entry I explained that although I had completed the rewrite as far as chapter 52, I realized that I had left out some
vital information needed for the story in chapters 50 and 51. I went back and did significant rewrites. The most important
one is a scene in which Caratacus spends the last evening with his wife Dana and daughter Macha. He does this before he sends
them and the rest of the warrior families to safety, before battling the Romans, at the hill fortress of Caesws, in what is
now Wales. I ran both chapters past my mentor and author of historical fiction, Patricia DeMars Pfeiffer, for her review.
She found several flaws in chapter 51, dealing with battle preparations, which I corrected, but very little in chapter 52.
She said I wrote a very poignant and moving scene of the family together. Now I can concentrate of chapter 52. I need to get
this novel wrapped up and ready for my book doctor/editor. As it is, the novel has grown too long at 144,000 words and will
need to be cut to around 120,000. I am hoping the book doctor will advise me of specific areas to edit.
The Broken Lance
Even though my main emphasis is completing "Wolf" I rewrote another
chapter (43) for The Broken Lance. In this one chapter Marcellus witnesses a great
mock naval battle between 3,000 gladiators in the Augustan Naval arena which was located on the westside of the River Tiber.
A very popular gladiator, Candra, who was Flavius Sabinus's (Marcellus's patron) ex-slave was slain during the games, despite
the crowd asking Emperor Claudius for mercy. A bloody riot ensues involving Marcellus who is commander of the forces assigned
to preventing just such a fiasco.
I guess it was inevitable
that my novel received a negative book review. One reader (see below link) gave it a two star rating and wrote that it was
amateurish. Fortunately, many readers did not agree. Next to the question, "Was this review helpful (yes or no), nine
out eleven people clicked the "no" button, obviously saying it was not. I know that people's tastes in book varies
and what appeals to one may not appeal to others. This particular review I found to be very snarky in what it had to say.
Fortunately, out the the eleven reviews that have been written about The Sign of the Eagle,
this is the only one I consider to be very negative. Below is the link which will take you to the reviews, I leave to you,
the reader, to make up your minds if you agree or not with this review.
Book Review link
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That's it for now. Thank you for your support.
Jess Steven Hughes