The Broken Lance (Update)
Just received word from Sunbury Press (www.sunburypress.com), the tentative release for my historical novel, The Broken Lance, should be the first Tuesday, July, 2017. The Peacekeeper is scheduled
for release the first Tuesday, November, 2017. These stories are seen through the eyes of a Spanish cavalryman who becomes
a centurion. He goes to Rome, after campaigning in Britannia, as the retainer for a real historical character. The period
covered runs from 44 - 69 A.D. Additionally, copies of my novels will be sent to Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly two
months before publication for review. This is a major step taken by Sunbury Press to get the word out not only on my novels
but other books published by them. I will keep my fingers crossed those dates will hold up, and keep all of you informed as
Above is the book cover which that of an auxiliary cavalryman, attached to a Spanish unit, in the Roman army.
I have received many compliments, including several from managers and associates at Barnes & Noble Booksellers stores.
Book Signing Schedule
For those who are interested, my book signing schedule for late winter, spring and summer is now available
on my website. The Broken Lance will make its debut for signing at Barnes & Noble, Woodinville, Washington (Seattle/Puget
Sound area), Saturday, August 5th. More details available at a later date. I will be adding more dates to the schedule.
Return to Britannia (working title) Update
This novel is still in the early stages of writing. Much more research needs to be done. In this novel, Macha,
the main character in The Sign of the Eagle journey's to Britain with her husband, Titus, who has been dispatched
by Emperor Vespasian, to investigate the murders of three imperial bureaucrats. Macha, who is originally from Britannia, and
daughter of the legendary King, Caratacus, wants to learn if he still alive or dead. He had escaped from Italy at the outset
of the Boudiccan revolt and she never from him again. I have written chapter one and will read have it critiqued by the Red
Ink Fictioneers (formerly known as The Spokane Novelist Group). It still needs a lot of work. I am giving myself two years
to complete the novel. I am a slow written, but I hope it doesn't take any longer than that to complete.
The Wolf of Britannia, Part II, Receives Another 5 Star Review
I expected a great tale! I got it!, January 26, 2017
By Amazon Customer
review is from: The Wolf of Britannia Part II (Paperback)
Steven Hughes is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Having read The Sign of the Eagle and The Wolf of Britannia Part
I, I anxiously awaited The Wolf of Britannia Part II. Set in ancient Britain, we find King Caratacus and his Celtic warriors
about to wage war with the indomitable Roman army. What transpires is a vivid account of the battle in which the King is trying
to maintain the freedom of his people. The author portrays Caratacus in both a fierce and vulnerable way. His wife, Rhian,
is also a part of the battle, the leader of her band of women. War is waged and consequences are met. Throughout the story,
we are introduced to vibrant characters, both friend and foe. Based on the author's research, we have a glimpse of life as
it was when the Romans ruled. A seductive female cousin, Cartimandua, Queen of Brigantes has her own agenda against the king,
adding another layer to the story. A fascinating story that uses all the essential elements in its telling.
4th Century Roman Cavalry Helmets
Two gold-plated beautifully decorated Roman helmets, with gems, pearls and glass paste ornaments and Latin
and Greek inscriptions on the edges, 4th century AD.
They were discovered in 1955 by a woman in the field in Berkasovo,
Srem region, northern Serbia.
One at the right has Greek
inscription, and the one at the left Latin inscriptions at the edges saying - "VICIT (LIC)INIANA".
probably belonged to cavalry officers of emperor Licinius, who was defeated in Battle of Cibalae, against emperor Constantine
I in 314 or 316 AD.
These pieces are considered to be amongst the most beautiful Roman helmets ever found.
Collection of Museum of Vojvodina in Novi Sad.
To Remove Writer's Block
My wife, Liz, and I love cats. This picture as a write says it all because ours does this all the time.
That's all for now, I wish you all the very best. Salve Atque Vale! Hail and Farewell!
Jess Steven Hughes