Book signing follow-up,
Traffic was very light for my first signing of the year at Hastings Books, Music & Videos, Lincoln
Heights, Spokane, Washington. Still did fairly well all things considering. I encountered a similar experience when I first
started signings for THE SIGN OF THE EAGLE a couple years back. Still had a nice turnout.
As suspected, I experienced
much better turnouts at the Hastings stores, March 20th in Lewiston, ID & March 21st, Moscow, ID, where I conducted
two successful signings. I sold all three volumes of what is now The Wolf Britannia trilogy, Part I & II and
The Sign of the Eagle at these stores. Several people bought all three books. Met lots of interesting people, passed out lots
of flyers and received lots of support from the stores associates. Several people complimented me on the portrait, which was
painted by FB friend, Tal Dibner, for the cover of Part I. I want to thank Book Managers Theresa, Lincoln Heights; Amber,
Lewiston; and Moscow store manager, Jolene and associate James, for their support in these three events.
Signing copies for reader, Debbie, in Lincoln Heights. She had previously purchased The Sign of the Eagle and was eager
to buy copies of The Wolf of Britannia, Part I & II. New readers, Sandra, from Lewiston, and Amber (not
the same person as above), an Associate Professor of Literature at the University of Idaho, Amber, in Moscow, bought the entire
Jess Steven Hughes Signs The Sign of the Eagle Trilogy
with Fans at Hastings
New Trilogy fans Debbie, Sandra & Amber
for next week are: (1) Hastings Books, Music & Videos, 315 Ninth St., Wenatchee, WA, Friday, March 27th, 3-8 p.m.
(2) Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 15310 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley, WA, Saturday, March 28th, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
I am already arranging for book signings next Fall. One of them will be at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Woodinville
(Seattle suburb) late next September. Book signings for Western Montana and Boise, ID area are also possibilities as well.
For additional book signings check my website http://www.jessstevenhughes.com/book_signings.html
Italy: Roman military fort in Trieste dating to 178BC is oldest ever discovered
The oldest ever Roman military fortification has been discovered
in Trieste – the only Roman fort ever to be found in Italy.
The military camp found consists of one large
fort with two minor ones to either side. It is believed to have served as the foundation for the first settlement of Tergeste.
Using Light Detection and Ranging, Ground Penetrating Radar and archaeological surveys, scientists from the Abdus Salam
International Centre for Theoretical Physics found the fort on Italy's north-east border with Slovenia. Findings are published
in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
For further information go to the below link.
Celtic Tomb Sheds Light on Iron Age Trade
LAVAU, FRANCE—A tomb dating to the fifth century B.C. has been discovered in eastern France. “It
is probably a local Celtic prince,” Dominique Garcia, president of France’s National Archaeological Research Institute
(INRAP), told The Connexion. Within the burial mound, his team has found a large cauldron decorated with the head of the horned Greek river god Acheleos
that may have been made by Etruscan or Greek craftsmen. A Greek wine pitcher trimmed with gold depicts Dionysos, the god of
wine, with a woman. Garcia says that the artifacts “are evidence of the exchanges that happened between the Mediterranean
and the Celts.” At the time, the Mediterranean city of Marseille, in southern France, was a Greek settlement. The burial
chamber, which also holds the remains of the deceased and his chariot, is one of the largest recorded for the period. To read
about Iron Age Celtic rituals, see "Celtic Sacrifice."
The Broken Lance
I am currently working on the last four chapters of The Broken Lance, but at a slower pace. Currently,
the book signings promotions have taken up most of my spare time. It probably won't be until mid-May, when I am done
with signings until the Fall, that I can bear down and complete the rewrites.
Maintaining the Public Safety of Ancient Rome
World Notes for my latest installment of Maintaining the Public Safety of Ancient Rome.
The movie, Pompeii, has
been out for several months on DVD, but only recently did I rent it. If you haven't yet, don't waste your money, it is one
of the worst so-called "sword and sandals" movies ever made. This is about a so-called noble gladiator, a captive
from Britannia, who falls in love with the daughter of a nobleman in Pompeii in the year 79 A.D. Of course she is being forced
to marry the evil commander of the Praetorian Guard, right? Naturally, they want to runaway (where does a gladiator/slave
and noblewoman go?), however Mt Vesuvius erupts and you know the rest. The acting was awful as well as the plot line. Yes,
Pompeii was covered in volcanic ash but there was no Sunamii as shown in the movie, nor massive earth quakes or fireballs
spilling into the city. Pompeii was covered in choking volcanic ash. Yes, over 2,200 people lost their lives, a terrible tragedy,
but the remaining nearly 38,000 people escaped. The movie gives the impression that nearly everyone was killed. Anyway, I
will get off my soap box.
That's all until next time, Ave Atque Vale! Hail and Farewell!