Felix Annum! Happy New
Happy New Year to everyone! I hope 2015 will be even better for you than 2014!
Book Covers for The Wolf of Britannia Volumes I & II
The year 2014 was a successful year for The Sign of the Eagle. I conducted twenty book signings
at Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Hastings Entertainment Stores in Northern California, Idaho, Montana and Washington
State. Most of these events were sell-outs or near sell-outs. A couple months, during the year, the novel was number one in
sales for historical fiction for publisher Sunbury Press.
that 2015 has arrived, I expect this to be another great year for two new historical novels, The Wolf of Britannia, Part
1 and Part 2. They will be published by Sunbury Press: Part 1, February (tentatively) and Part 2, August/September (tentatively).
The Wolf of Britannia is the exciting historical prequel to The Sign of the Eagle. This is the story about
legendary British Celtic King, Caratacus, father of Macha, the central character in The Sign of the Eagle. Part
1 describes a very anti-Roman Caratacus as a young prince who battles his drunken, irresponsible, older brother, Adminios,
for control of the Celtic tribes of Southern Britain.
Part 2 deals with the Roman invasion of Britain in 43 A.D. Caratacus,
now a battle-harden warrior and King, defends his lands against a rampaging foe that is set on enslaving his people and destroying
their way of life.
As with The Sign of the Eagle, plans are in the works to conduct book signings for The
Wolf of Britannia, Parts 1 & 2. I have already received an email from the Barnes & Noble Booksellers community
relations manager in Kennewick, WA to conduct a book signing. She was so pleased with the two events I conducted for The
Sign of the Eagle, that she took it upon herself to ask me if my next novel was ready. I gave her the tentative date
of Part 1 and we agreed to a signing date of Saturday, May 2nd. By that time, the novel should be in the B&N system. I
hope so, because I plan to sign at several other B&N stores where the managers have asked me to return. And again I will
sign at several Hastings Books, Music & Video stores, a regional chain throughout the Northwest and the central USA.
Christmas Fun Fact
In Iceland, books are exchanged on Christmas
Eve, and you spend the rest of the night reading. People generally take their books to bed along with some chocolate. How
cozy and wonderful does that sound?
(More fun facts: Iceland
publishes more books per capita than any other country, and new books are typically published only during the Christmas season--the
frenzy is called Jolabokafloo, or the Christmas Book Flood).
The Broken Lance
I am currently reviewing the last ten chapters that I have written for The Broken Lance. Good move
on my part because I found several discrepancies, especially,
dealing with the story's chronology. I have also
extended scenes that introduce the main character, Marcellus' sons, Young Marcellus and Sabinus. This is important as they
have later rolls in the story. I'm just about to start the rewrite in which I describe the aftermath of the great
fire of Rome (64 A.D.) and the boys are now 14 & 15 years old. The city's devastation will have an impact on them.
Ancient World Notes
Check for the latest installment of Maintaining the Public Safety of Ancient Rome, Part XIV, to learn
how investigative procedures as we know them today were practically non-existent.
That's all for now. Again, I
wish all of you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year! Ave Atque Vale! Hail and Farewell!
Jess Steven Hughes