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Monday, July 28, 2014

Duology Update

The Wolf of Britannia


Below is the picture that will be used for the book cover for Volume I of the novel. It is a picture of the main character, Caratacus, when he was a young man. He is wearing his hair in spikes as a prelude to going into battle. At this age he is trying to prove himself worthy of his father as a man and warrior. There will be a different book cover for Volume II which is expected to be published six months after Volume I. The first volume is expected to be released in late Autumn or early Winter.


I recently received an email from Lawrence Knorr, publisher of Sunbury Press. He said, "We are looking forward to the two "Wolf" (The Wolf of Britannia) volumes -- after which we will pitch the series to B&N."

The Wolf of Britannia is up next Sunbury Press Books to be reviewed by an editor, who will work with me, to make an revisions/changes. I worked with an editor on The Sign of the Eagle for five weeks. We'll see how long this book (it's two volumes) will take. I look forward to the process.


The Broken Lance (Update)The Broken Lance


The rewrite of The Broken Lance continues slowly. Although I am up to chapter 56, I decided to split this into two chapters because it was too long. We are reaching the climax of the story which takes place in 69 A.D., during the great civil war. The time was called the Year of the Four Emperors. Three Emperors: Galba, Otho, and Vitellius were proclaimed emperor but died in the ensuing civil war before Titus Flavius Vespasianus (Vespasian) came to power and restored order to the Roman Empire. You will see the main character, Marcellus, part in all of this. 


In the meantime, the writer's support group, The Spokane Novelist Group, to which I belong is only up to chapter 42 in the review/critique of the novel. I could bypass them, but there help and suggestions have been invaluable in making this a stronger novel, as they did with The Sign of the Eagle and The Wolf of Britannia.


Ancient Roman Shipwreck Found in the Ligurian Sea Shipwreck


I found the below article to be very interesting.


An ancient Roman shipwreck has been discovered in the Ligurian Sea, 20 miles southwest of the island of Tino, at the western end of the Gulf of La Spezia.


The discovery was made by sonar engineer Guido Gay, who has located the ship at 500 meters deep. Renamed Dedalus 21, the vessel is estimated to be dating to the second century B.C. It is 15 meters long and has preserved many precious objects, including hundreds of amphorae of the Republican era, proof,

says Gay, of the flourishing maritime trade between France, Spain and Rome, which imported wine, fish and other goods from those areas.


To protect the findings, the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Liguria has issued an order prohibiting fishing and diving activities in the area.


In 2012, again in the area of the island of Tino, Gay had found another Roman shipwreck dated between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC, containing numerous amphoraes as well. "Many of the amphoraes from that previous find were unfortunately reduced to fragments. This time, luckily, the site is better preserved."


- See more at:  Ancient Shipwreck


Earnest Hemingway: Some Advice for Writers


"When people talk, listen completely. Don't be thinking what you're going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a room and when you come out know everything you saw there and not only that. If that room gave you any feeling you should know exactly what it was that gave you that feeling. Try that for practice."


Ancient World Notes


Check this page for my latest installment, Maintaining the Public Safety of Ancient Rome, Part VIII. Read about Julius Caesar who tried to enforce impractical sumptuary laws and the rise of Augustus.



That's all for now. Until next time Salve et Vale! Hail and Farewell!





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