Great news! I am pleased
to announce that my historical novel, The
Wolf of Britannia, Volume I & II (duo-logy), the prequel to The Sign of the Eagle, has been accepted for publication
by Sunbury Press and a contract has been sent to me. In the words of the publisher, Lawrence Knorr, "We can't wait to
get this started!"
The Wolf of Britannia
The Wolf of Britannia is the story of Macha's (The Sign
of the Eagle) father the Celtic King, Caratacus. It is about his struggle to for power
in Britannia (Vol. I) and his battle against the Romans (Vol. II) when they invaded Britain in 43 A.D.
Just a reminder Sunbury Press is not a vanity
press. It is a traditional small press. The tentative release date will be sometime in September. I have already arranged
three book signing dates this Fall and more will follow. More details will follow as they are received.
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Book Signing Follow-up
Book signing follow-up. Back from trip to California where I visited my son and his family down
in San Jose. This also included a book signing of my historical novel at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, San Mateo. The city
is about 20 miles south of San Francisco (San Jose is 48 miles) and sits next to the bay. Nice area. Because I am originally
from the Bay Area, have family in San Jose and San Francisco and am a retired Long Beach Police Sergeant, the store promoted
me as a local author.
The signing was a complete sell-out. Handed out lots of flyers and book markers, met lots
of interesting people (this is a very multicultural area) and signed lots of books. I want to thank Community Relations Manager,
Liz, and Associates Christina and Frank for their assistance in making this a successful event. Liz wants me to return for
another signing when my next novel, The Wolf of Britannia, is published.
The Broken Lance
The Wolf of Britannia has
been accepted for publication, I am turning my attention to writing my next historical novel, The Broken Lance. I have been working on this off and
on for the last couple of years between my first two novels. The
Broken Lance is an epic historical novel set in Britain and Rome between 44 -
69 A.D. It is the story of Marcellus, a Spanish Centurion in the Roman Army who becomes the personal retainer of the historical
character, Titus Flavius Sabinus, the older brother of future Emperor, Vespasian. Through his eyes we see the corruption,
intrigue and turmoil that occurs in Rome during this tumultuous period that takes us from the Roman invasion of Britain, the
burning of Rome, persecution of Christians, and ending with the great anarchy of 69 A.D. known as the Year of the Four Emperors.
June 14th I read another chapter from The Broken Lance to the Spokane Novelist Group. Surprisingly, the members only found minor problems. This group
has been around for nearly fifty years and its membership consists of several established authors. One of the members, who
recently signed a three book contract for her mystery series with Harper-Collins and probably my toughest critic (in a very
positive way) found only a couple of minor problems, easily fixed. I considered it a compliment that she found so little wrong.
Ancient World Notes
Check out the latest installment of Maintaining the Public Safety of Ancient Rome Part VII in
which we learn about the political ruin of Gauis Marius who was famous for professionalizing the Roman Army.
That's about all for now. Until next Salve et Vale! Hale and Farewell!