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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Novel Completion Update
New reader James New Reader Judy at Moses Lake Signging
New Reader James at Moses Lake Hastings and Judy at All Things Irish Signing
 

Book Signing Follow-Up

 

(First of a double-header). Friday, March 15th, I conducted a book signing for my historical, The Sign of the Eagle, at Hastings Books, Music & Videos in Moses Lake, Washington, a major farm city in the heart of the Columbia River Basin. Met lots of good people... and past out fliers. Although the event started slowly, I finished with a flourish and broke all store records for the number of books sold by a local author (for management, you are considered local if you live within a 200 mile radius--it's a 2 hr. drive from where I live). Needless to say, the store manager and the book manager, Kathryn, said I could return anytime I wanted to. I plan to return next year when my next novel is published.

 

I want to thank book manager, Kathryn DaSilva for her assistance and the rest of the Hastings associates for making this event a resounding success.

 

In the enclosed picture is a new reader, 15 year old James.

(Second of a double-header). Saturday, March 16th, I was at All Things Irish in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. What a more appropriate place to celebrate and sign copies of my novel, The Sign of the Eagle, than at this wonderful store. Lots of green, Irish Music and blarney and great ...atmosphere. This full service variety store sell almost everything and anything Irish or Celtic related. If you observe the enclosed picture, you will get an idea of the place.

I had another great signing, met lots of people and sold lots of books, three at a time in one case. Received lots of compliments on my niece, Katrina Brennan Hughes' portrait of Macha, my story's main character. Even though Macha was a British Celt, she was still a Celt and that's what counted to these folks.

 

There was a parade later that afternoon, sponsored by All Things Irish, that passed in front of the store. Afterward, people poured back into the store for at least another hour. Enclosed is a picture of a new reader, Judy, who is looking on as I sign a copy for her.

I want to thank store owner, Ilene Downey Moss, and store associates Terry & Karlene for their assistance in making this a successful signing. The atmosphere could not have been better.

Next book signing double-header will be held Friday, April 5th at Hastings Books, Music & Videos, Shadle Park, 1704 W. Wellesley, Spokane, Washington and Saturday, April 6th, Hastings Books, Music & Videos, 2230 W. Pullman Road, Moscow, Idaho. See you there!

 

The Broken Lance - Historical Novel in Progress

 

Now that I have completed the rewrite of The Wolf of Britannia (I can't submit my book to the editor until May 24 for her evaluation), I have turned my full attention to the rewriting and completion of my historical, The Broken Lance. Because of its length of more than 150,000 words, this novel will probably become a trilogy. So far, I have completed the rewrite up to chapter 45. However, chapter 33 onward have yet to be reviewed by the Spokane Novelist Group. Since they meet only twice a month, it will take quite awhile for the review. However, my mentor, Patricia DeMars Pfeiffer, has completed a preliminary review of the completed chapters, so the one by the Spokane Group will most likely affirm the problems she found and agree with the changes I made as a result (I hope!).

 

 

-jsh

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