Review for The Broken Lance
The following is what one reviewer and author has written about my next historical novel, THE BROKEN LANCE:
"I'm nearly done with my review copy and
I assure you, if you like historical novels that are actually novels -- with elements of mystery, suspense, drama and romance,
this is not only the book, but the series for you. So well written that you can start anywhere, so compelling that you won't
stop reading. Grab "The Broken Lance" and its precursors in the Sign of the Eagle series, then turn off the news,
let in the cat and lock the door, because you're in for one terrific ride." -- Janet Morris, Author, I, THE SUN
and THE SACRED BAND
Update on The Broken Lance
I finished reviewing and making all the necessary changes to the galleys of my historical, THE BROKEN LANCE, I had received
from editor at Sunbury Press (www.sunburypress.com). This included adding three new chapters and splitting in half another one (chapter 31). Fortunately, these were three chapters
I had originally cut from the story during the first draft sometime back, I had deleted the electronic copies but kept hard
copies, a good thing. When I am writing, I don't throw anything away. Although I had to manually add them back to the story
with some changes, at least I didn't have to start from scratch. After I had emailed the galleys to the editor, my mind felt
like jelly, and I took the rest of the day off. I will be finished with editing this novel until I receive another revised
copy from her, hopefully, the last one. Sunbury Press want to get my manuscript out to book reviewers by May.
Book Signing Update - The Successes Continues
New Reader Christine at
B&N Spokane Valley
I conducted a total of six book signings between March 5th and
April 9th at Barnes & Noble, Spokane Valley, Washington, Barnes and Noble, Blossom Hill, San Jose, California, and Yoke's
Fresh Market, Liberty Lake, Washington. I am now in the habit of conducting Saturday and Sunday events when I sign books at
Barnes and Noble stores, e.g. March 18th and 19th at the Blossom Hill store. Management loves it, and that way I sell more
books. All these events were a success. Not only was Ally, the weekend manager at the Blossom Hill store pleased, but she
also invited me to conduct a signing in the future at the B & N store in Gilroy, California, which is south of San Jose.
She worked there for several years before coming to Blossom Hill. She said if she recommended me to the store for an event,
which she will, then I will sign at that store. I will have to consider that, but my time is limited in San Jose as I always
fly down there to visit my son, Chris, and his family which takes priority over any signings. However, I am flattered that
Ally things that highly of me.
The Sign of the Eagle - Update
Once again, The Sign of the Eagle, is a best-seller for Sunbury Press (www.sunburypress.com) for March, 2017. This time it came in at number nine out of their top fifty. After nearly four years the novel is still
one of the publisher's top selling historical novels.
Update - Writing Latest Novel, Return to Britannia (working title)
Now that I have made the latest changes in The Broken Lance for my editor and sent them back, I
can get back to writing my next novel. Although I completed chapter one, I am still debating in which direction I will take
the novel, still figuring out what the theme will be. Regardless, Macha, from The Sign
of the Eagle, will remain my main protagonist. Her husband, Titus, will be the secondary one. He will play a greater
role in this story than he did in the first.
The Pompeii Exhibition in Seattle Re-visited
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015, I had the pleasure of visiting the Pompeii Exhibit, inside the Pacific Science Center,
Seattle, Washington. Despite having to deal with bumper to bumper traffic, detours, etc., I made to the center and the visit
was worth the wait. It seems as if all the pictures I ever saw of Pompeii (besides my visit there over 30 years ago) came
to life. Nearly two years ago when I first wrote about the exhibit, I promised to show more pictures from that site. Finally,
below are three more examples of what I saw at this impressive display. L to R: the cast of a pregnant woman found in the
ashes; kitchen utensils; and gladiator equipment. I promise to display more pictures in a future blog much sooner than the
Hadrian's Wall - The Wall at the End of the Empire
This is a very interesting article
found in Archaeology Magazine:
the emperor Hadrian visited the province of Britannia in A.D. 122, he was in full command of the entire Roman Empire,
which stretched some 2,500 miles east from northern Great Britain to modern-day Iraq, and 1,500 miles south to the Sahara
For further information on to how and why the wall was built,
check out the following link: Archaeology Magazine
a Personal Note
Kit & Annie
It has been a long wet, snow-covered winter where we live. Our horses, L to R,
Kit and Annie have had to spend most of their time in there stables and adjacent paddock as the pasture and the center paddock,
between the house and barn (pictured here) were covered in deep snow. Finally, it has melted and grass is growing again. Now,
we are getting a lot of rain, but the horses are now getting out and they particularly like the grass in the center paddock.
Eat hardy girls.
That's all for this time
around. I would sure appreciate your constructive comments on my blog or anything related to my writing, please don't be bashful.
Until next time, Salve Atque Vale! Hail and Farewell!
-Jess Steven Hughes