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Friday, April 15, 2016

Book Signings and Virtual Tour

Book Signings 


I have to be honest, with the exception of signings at Hastings, Moscow, ID (March 12) and Barnes & Noble, Spokane Valley, WA (April 9 & 10), the other signings were mediocre at best. That is why I am looking forward to the virtual book tour (see below) that is taking place in May. I am keeping my fingers cross that will be successful. In the meantime, I still will conduct signings at Hastings in Helena and Billings, Montana (April 15 and 16), Barnes & Noble, Woodinville, Washington (April 23) and Barnes & Noble, Blossom Hill, San Jose, California (April 30). My most successful signings have been at Barnes & Noble stores this year.



Virtual Book Tour - The Wolf of Britannia, Part I 


Wolf of Britannia, Part I Starting May 5th, my historical novel, The Wolf of Britannia, will be on a virtual book tour sponsored by Pump Up Your Book: Virtual Book Publicity Tours. Pumpupyourbook This group was recommended to me by my publisher, Sunbury Press. 


"Pump Up Your Book is an award-winning publicity company placing first in the P&E Readers Poll for Best Book Promotion Company in 2014, 2013 and 2012."

They handle all of the aspects of virtual book touring from pre-buzzing my book before the tour starts to making sure buyers will find out about my book long after my tour is over. They take care of everything so a writer doesn’t have to.  They set the tour up with book bloggers who will advertise my book by way of interviews, guest posts and reviews.  They act as the go between so I can write. All of their tour hosts’ blogs have passed  crucial tests so my book won’t end up on blogs that aren’t worth my time.  Not only do they advertise my “stops,” but the book bloggers do, too.  It’s a win-win situation for them as they get more hits and a win-win situation for the author as well.


A virtual book tour  is all about getting your book information to as many people as they can and minimizing the bruises along the way. One of their company’s secrets is that I don’t need to pay thousands of dollars to get the same top-of-the-line performance I can get from us by paying less. Pump Up Your Book has quite a few authors whose books have become Amazon bestsellers and we’re happy with the results.  


They will be promoting my book to their over 8,000 genuine Twitter followers and  over 6,000 genuine Facebook followers (which means these are genuine likes and not bought) and they will be sending my book information to their email list with over 800 bloggers with high standards in virtual book tour policies. 


I am looking forward to seeing the end results. Wish me good luck!



Sons of Zeus  Book Review - The Sons of Zeus 


In my last blog, I had mention I was reading the historical novel, set in ancient Greece, The Sons of the Zeus. Below is my review which can also be found on Amazon.  Amazon Review of the Sons of Zeus


Review - The Sons of Zeus


"If you like action, suspense, political intrigue and romance, set during an actual historical event in Ancient Greece, this novel is for you.


The author took a little known but important event that started the Peloponnesian War in 431 B.C., marking the bloody war between the democracy of Athens and the tyranny of Sparta which lasted more than twenty-five years. This was the sneak attack by Thebes, aligned with Sparta, against Athens ally, Plataea. Caught between these superpowers, the independent city-state became the arena where their battle for control of all of Greece began.


In this mix we find the young Greek Nikias, who dreams of glory in the Olympic games as he trains for the pankration―the no-holds-barred ultimate fighting of the era (much like today's cage fighting but far brutal). Unfortunately, he accused of raping the woman he loves by her family and killing one of her brothers. He is arrested and imprisoned. While in jail, a traitor opens the city gates to a surprise attack force of Thebans.


As the Plataeans fight for their lives, Nikias makes a daring escape from prison and flees to the countryside. He gathers the city's border guards and a hodge-podge of volunteers and leads them into a suicidal battle at the gates of the citadel.


I will not tell you the story's ending. However, it is obvious the author has conducted a masterful job of research, not only about the political events, but everyday life in ancient Greece. He brings his characters, historical and fictional, to life. You either love or hate them. He uses the five senses of sight, smell, feel, taste and touch to maximum effect.


But above all else, Noble Smith tells a masterful story. Again I say, STORY, not HISTORY. Keep this in mind when reading the novel. If you want to read a history of the Peloponnesian War, I suggest you look elsewhere, e.g. The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides or a book by a more contemporary author."


This novel rates a genuine five stars.




hannibal How ancient horse-dung bacteria is helping determine where Hannibal crossed the Alps



"But now it looks like we may just have cracked it – all thanks to modern science and a bit of ancient horse poo. As a microbiologist, I was part of the team that carried out the research.


Hannibal was the leader of the Carthaginian army during the Second Punic War with Rome (218-201BC). He famously led his 30,000 assorted troops (including 37 elephants and over 15,000 horses) across the Alps to invade Italy – bringing the Roman war machine to its knees. While the great general was ultimately defeated after 16 years of bloody conflict, this campaign is now regarded as one of the finest military endeavours of antiquity. We can say, in retrospect, that these events ultimately shaped the later Roman Empire and therefore the European civilization as we know it.


For more than 2,000 years historians, statesmen and academics have argued about the route he took. Even Napoleon is known to have shown an interest. But until now, there’s not been any solid archaeological evidence. For further reading see the following link." -excerpt from author Chris Allen, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Microbiology, Queen's University Belfast  Heritagedaily.com



brokenlance The Broken Lance - Update 


On March 30th, I emailed the manuscript of The Broken Lance/The Peacekeeper to my "book doctor" for review. She is a former editor who was with St. Martins Press for eight years, and I used her for The Sign of the Eagle Trilogy. She will take one month to review it. However, less than a week after sending the project to her, I received a message from her. She said this was "...the best you have written so far and has been a real pleasure to read."  I will keep my fingers cross that will continue to be the case as she works her way through the script. It will be divided into two stories. I have asked for her advice on where I should make the break. I will have to write an new opening chapter for the second one, The Peacekeeper. 



New Project - Return to Britannia (Working title only)


The research for new novel is progressing slowly. Unfortunately projects around our four acre home have gotten in the way of my writing. I have written a crude draft of chapter one but must complete a better draft before reading it to the Spokane Novelist Group. The story is about Macha returning to Britannia with her husband who is investing the murders of government officials. There is more to the investigation than meets the eye. 


Mo, Kit, and Annie grazing  On a Personal Note


You have probably seen the pictures in my bio section of my Liz and my horses. Those were taken last winter. Enclosed is the latest picture of (L to R) Mo, Kit and Annie grazing in the paddock between the house and barn, taken April 11, 2016. 


That is about it for now. Hope you can make to one of the remaining book signings or will at least purchase one of my novels. In the meantime, Ave At Que Vale! Hail and Farewell!





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