I conducted four book signings since my last blog entry. Two of them (Hastings, South Hill, Spokane, WA and Hastings,
Spokane Valley, were moderately, successful. The most successful I conducted at Barnes and Noble, Kennewick, Washington,
Saturday, March 5th. I met lots of interesting people, gave out lots of fliers and signed many copies of my historical
novels from The Sign of the Eagle Trilogy, Several people complemented the portrait I displayed depicting
the book cover from The Wolf of Britannia, Part II, painted by
artist Tal Dibner.
I want to thank Community Relations Manager, Wendy Lilly and Merchandising Manager,
Jim, for their assistance in making this a
Signing copy of The Sign of the
Eagle for new reader, Heather
Ranked in the top ten of Book
My historical novel about pre-Roman
Britain, in the First Century A.D,, The Wolf Britannia, Part I, was ranked number 7 in sales out of the top 30 for Sunbury
Press (www.sunburypress.com) for the month of February. Sales at my book signings were a significant contributor to this number. Thank you, to everyone
who bought a copy.
New Project Continues to Move Forward (slowly)
research for my new historical novel is still in the earliest stages of planning and progressing slowly. This will be a sequel
to The Sign of the Eagle. The working title, Return to Britannia, remains in place. One of my major sources
of research is Roman Britain, by Peter Salway. It is by far the most thorough and in depth books I have found dealing
with Britain during this period. It deals not only with the political, but social and economic history as well. It gives an
in-depth look as to how the people of the period lived. What is even better is that it is very readable. Just as a reminder, Macha,
the novel's main character follows her husband, Titus, to Britannia when he has been assigned to investigate a series of murders
of petty government officials. During the investigation, he discovers that the victims had embezzled a large amount of money
from the provincial government treasury. What did they do with the money and where did it go?
Stunning 2200-Year-Old mosaics Discovered in Ancient Greek City
new mosaics were recently discovered in the ancient Greek city of Zeugma, which is located in the present-day province of
Gaziantep in southern Turkey. The incredibly well-preserved mosaics date back to 2nd century BC.
considered one of the most important centers of the Eastern Roman Empire and the ancient city has provided a treasure trove
of discoveries with 2000-3000 houses in remarkably good condition. Excavations at Zeugma started in 2007 and continue to this
For additional information go to below link.
Sons of Zeus - Historical Novel
I am currently in the process of reading the above novel which
is set in ancient Greece during the Peloponnesian War which took place 431-405 B.C. It is seen through the eyes of a young
warrior named, Nikias, who is from the city state of Plataea, which is caught between the war's two arch-rivals, Athens and
Sparta. This is what the book jacket says about the story:
In 431 B.C., Ancient Greece experienced its
own "Pearl Harbor"―a treacherous sneak attack that would mark the start of the bloody war between the democracy
of Athens and the tyranny of Sparta. Caught between these superpowers, the independent city-state of Plataea became the arena
where their battle for control of all of Greece would begin.
In Plataea, the young Greek warrior Nikias dreams of glory in the Olympic games as he trains for the pankration―the
no-holds-barred ultimate fighting of the era―until an act of violence in defense of his beloved threatens to send him
into exile. But before his trial can take place, a traitor opens the city gates to a surprise attack force.
Suddenly trapped inside their own fortress, the Plataeans are fighting for their
lives. As Nikias seeks to discover the identity of the man who betrayed the city, he makes a daring escape, gathers an army,
and leads this ragtag band into a suicidal battle at the gates of the citadel―a battle that will decide the fates of
his family, his friends, and the woman he loves.
In the vein of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, and Steven
Pressfield, Sons of Zeus marks the beginning of a richly detailed new action-adventure series.
I will write my on evaluation of the novel when I am finished. There don't seemed
to be that many historical novels about Greece on the book market, but this is one of them. So far, I am enjoying it.
The Broken Lance
My latest historical, The Broken Lance, will be evaluated
by a professional "book doctor", the same one I have used on my previous three novels in April. Once she completes
her evaluation, I will make the necessary changes she recommends. Depending on what will be involved, this could take anywhere
from one to six-seven months. My goal is to submitted to Sunbury Press by end of this year, and if they accept it for publication,
it will be available sometime in 2017. Wish me good luck that the rewrite will be completed sooner than later.
On a Personal Note
My granddaughter, Veronica, (lower left kneeling in picture)
is a member of the Presentation High school ( San Jose, California ) dance team. They won the national championship in their
categories (Medium Classification and Extra Small Classification) down in Florida this last weekend (March 5th/6th). Congratulations,
That's it for now. Until next time, Ave At Que Vale! Hail and Farewell!