Book Signing Follow-ups
The signings for the month of October (3rd - 24th) have been a mixture of hit and miss. The most successful one took
place at Barnes & Noble, Blossom Hill, San Jose, California (see enclosed photo). The rest (see book signing page for
the list) were either so-so or, unfortunately, duds. Helena, Montana, and Shadle Park, Spokane, Washington, were the best
ones of the so-so group (see enclosed photos). Despite the less than stellar turnouts, every book manager asked that I return
in 2016. I am looking at my options. I will return to some of the stores for sure (already made arrangements for the Hastings
South Hill and Shadle Park stores in Spokane, Washington). The Blossom Hill Barnes & Noble store I will return for a signing
May 7, 2016.
Jess Steven Hughes Book Signings
Alexandra, B&N Blossom Hill, San Jose, CA
Austin, Hastings, Helena, MT
Chris, Shadle Park, Hastings, Spokane, WA
Thank you Barnes &
Noble and Hastings Book Stores
Review - The Wolf of Britannia, Part I
For those of you
who still have not purchased or read a copy of The Wolf of Britannia, Part I, below is a review by renowned author
of historical fiction and fantasy, Janet Morris.
is from: The Wolf of Britannia Part I (Paperback)
First I should say that I previously read Jess Steven Hughes' "Sign
the Eagle," an loved
it -- for me it was a story told by a modern
Umberto Ecco, without the academic conceit that made that book slow and
creaky. So I approached The World of Britannia somewhat hesitantly:
I'd loved that one; would I like this
as well? Or was Sign of the Eagle
fluke? I am here to testify that Sign of the Eagle was no fluke. The
author is a natural story teller. His domain is the Celts at the dusk
of Roman rule. His story's are humanistic, full of mystery,
yes, and violence
where needed. There are so few good historical novels
written today that are not bodice rippers meant only for women that this
book is a breath of fresh air. I dare say women will like
this story as
much as men.
And although it is a "Part I, " Wolf a complete,
satisfying story -- another thing rare in a time of endless sagas with
no beginnings or endings.
Story about what, you ask? Wolf of Britannia, Part I, is a novel of
action and suspense, panoramic and thrilling, set in First
Britain where soon-to-be-legendary
Prince Caratacus, a young Celtic
struggles to unite disparate interests against an enemy that
has brought the world to its knees: Imperial Rome.
The prince and his warrior wife Rhian face not only Roman enemies, but a
treacherous brother who'll do anything to take the throne.
Jess Steven Hughes,
has a deep and learned understanding of human
failings and human heroism; in this story's dramatic depths, both are
crafted by a master hand.
Young and noble Prince Caratacus risks life and limb to save his country
and the world he knows and loves -- it never occurs to
him not to try,
the most fearsome odds. Your pulse will race as this
wonderful story brings you eye to eye with enemies born of internal
strife and home-grown treachery, and those who represent
the tyranny of
Despite the demands of research, the difficulty of writing about the
last days of Celtic Britain with a fresh
eye, Hughes succeeds in bringing us
new in his story of these misty times: an understanding of the
best and worst of humanity that feels as if it were gained firsthand.
This story is a great adventure, and those are few and far between. I
look forward to Part II, but found Part 1 of The wolf of
Britannia to be
in every way. Five well-deserved stars.
Ancient Roman Frescoes Worthy of Pompeii Found in France
Archaeologists have unearthed extremely rare ancient Roman frescoes, comparable to those
found in the Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii, in the southern city of Arles.
The unexpected discovery was made during a dig on the remains of a Roman villa near a car park in the
Trinquetaille district of the historic French city, which began last year.
For more details, click on the link below.
Ancient Roman Frescoes
Scholars Debunk Cleopatra's Death by Cobra
Archaeologists have unearthed
extremely rare ancient Roman frescoes, comparable to those found in the Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii, in the southern
city of Arles.
The unexpected discovery was made during a
dig on the remains of a Roman villa near a car park in the Trinquetaille district of the historic French city, which began
For further details click onto below link.
The Broken Lance - Update
I am in the
process of reviewing the entire novel. So far, I have reviewed the first thirty chapters, making several minor changes. The
most significant was to chapter 15 which describes the Battle of Maugh-Dun (Maiden) Castle. I did so based on the latest archaeological
discoveries made in the area, which changed my version of the Roman assault. I still have five chapters left to read to the
Spokane Novelist Group. Because the novel is more than 167,000 words, I will split it into a duo-logy, two books. Regardless
of where I am at in my review, I will email the entire manuscript to my book doctor, April 1, 2016, for her analysis and critique.
Public Safety of Ancient Rome
Click onto the Ancient World Notes box for the latest installment, Maintaining
the Public Safety of Ancient Rome, Part XXI. I describe the great civil war of 69 A.D. known as, The Year of the
Four Emperors, one of the bloodiest civil wars in Roman history.
That's it for now. Until next time, Ave
At Que Vale! Hail and farewell!
Jess Steven Hughes