I will be conducting seventeen book signings between September 11th and November 28th. As a result the blogs
I write between now and then will concentrate on the activities at those events. The following describes the first four events:
Book signing follow-up
Boom & Bust
The Bust first. Friday afternoon, September 11, I drove down to Moscow, Idaho
(home of the University of Idaho) to conduct a book signing @ Hastings Books, Music & Videos, 2230 W. Pullman Road. As
soon as I approached the main driveway, I knew there would be problems. Two words: under construction. The driveway was blocked,
the parking lot filled with construction materials and two buildings adjacent to Hastings were a hive of building activity.
As a result, traffic to the store near dead. The store manager apologized. "You have done so well for us in the past,
I hope you will return next Spring when this is all cleaned up." I hope so, because this store has always been a good
one for signings.
The book signing on Saturday, September
12, at Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley, Washington (10 minutes from home) made up for the loss at
Moscow. Traffic was heavy, met lots of interesting people, gave out lots of fliers and signed copies of all three of my novels
for THE SIGN OF EAGLE TRILOGY. Once again, management wants me to return, sometime during the holiday season, I will probably
lock in a date sometime this week (November 28th, 2-6 pm).
I want to thank store manager, Leslie; weekend
manager, Kasey and Assistant manager, Adam for all their assistance in making this a successful event.
new reader Mary standing by while I sign a copy of The Sign of the Eagle.
The follow weekend brought more positive results which I called, The Better and Best! I conducted two book signings
the following weekend, Friday, September 18 @ Hastings, 2512 E. 29th Ave. (South Hill), Spokane, Washington, and Saturday,
September 19 @ Barnes & Noble, 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick, Washington,
First the better. Compared
with the signing @ Hastings, Moscow, ID, last Friday, the Hastings this weekend was a success. There was lots of traffic,
handed out fliers, talked to many people and signed many copies of my three novels. Management was pleased.
Now the Best. Two words: Sold Out! This was my experience at
Barnes Noble. I no more than sat down, then I signed two books, and it went from there the rest of the afternoon. This included
handing out more than fifty fliers and talking to more than that number of people as well. To say the least management and
associates were pleased. I will be returning for an encore in the Spring.
I want to thank Book Manager, Theresa,
and weekend manager, Alex, at Hastings, and Community Relations Manager, Wendy, and Weekend Manager, Jamie, at Barnes &
Noble for contributing to these successful signings. Wendy said, "You are welcome back, anytime!"
copy of The Sign of the Eagle for new reader and fellow author, Niki Tschirgi (Growing Up Alaska)
Signing copy of The Wolf of Britannia, Part I, for new reader, Donna, at Barnes & Noble.
Stonehenge researchers 'may have found largest Neolithic site'
Stone monoliths found buried near Stonehenge could have been part of the largest Neolithic monument built in Britain,
The 4,500-year-old stones, some measuring
15ft (4.5m) in length, were discovered under 3ft of earth at Durrington Walls "superhenge".
The monument was on "an extraordinary scale" and unique, researchers
The Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes team has been creating an underground map of the area in a five-year project.
Remote sensing and geophysical imaging technology has been used
to reveal evidence of nearly 100 stones without the need for excavation.
The monument is just under two miles (3km) from Stonehenge, Wiltshire, and is thought to have been a Neolithic ritual site.
For more information see the link below.
The Broken Lance - Work in Progress
I continue to work on my historical novel/duo-logy,
THE BROKEN LANCE. Although I have only five more chapters to review and rewrite (before the Spokane Novelist Group sees them),
I have had to go back to the earlier chapters to re-write, especially, chapter 15 which describes the Battle of Maiden Castle
during the Roman invasion of Britain. Because of some recent discoveries made on the ancient site, I have had to do some revision
of what might have actually occurred during the battle. I have already rewritten it four more times. I am still using my imagination
as to what might have happened, but want to use facts where they are definitely known. More work to be done.
Maintaining the Public Safety of Ancient Rome
Check out the Ancient World Notes
page for Part XX of the latest installment Maintaining the Public Safety of Ancient Rome. In this segment we see
if Nero really fiddled while Rome burned or if it was only a myth.
That's about all for now. Until next time, Ave
Atque Vale! Hail and Farewell!