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Thursday, February 1, 2018


Book Signing Update B&N Book Signing Display The Broken Lance Reader Heather at B&N

                               Book Signing Display at Northtown B&N      New The Broken Lance Reader Heather at B&N 



It's the beginning of a new year, and I have already conducted signings @ Yoke's Fresh Market, Liberty Lake, Washington (Jan. 19th), and Barnes & Noble, North Town Mall, Spokane, Washington (Jan. 27th). See the book signing page for a list of future dates. I have made event arrangements through June, but more to fill in during April and May. So far B&N Spokane, WA, North Town Mall; B&N, Spokane Valley, WA, B&N, Columbia Center, Kennewick, WA and B&N, Blossom Hill, San Jose, CA, are on board. More B&N stores have shown an interest (Montana and Washington) but won't start working on their event calendars until February. 


January and February are usually the slowest months for signings, people are taking a "deep breath" after heavy spending during the Christmas/New Year holidays. That was reflected in my first two signings. The numbers were low, but Yoke's store manager, Dan Dicicco, and B&N store manager, Hilde, both want me to return for additional signings (see book signing page). 


Book Sales Update The Broken Lance Final Book Cover SOEMilfordHouse.jpg

                                            Milford House Publishing: The Broken Lance and The Sign of the Eagle


Once again sales for the The Broken Lance and The Sign of the Eagle were very good for the month of December. They were number three and number seven respectively in sales for Sunbury Press (www.sunburypress.com) Milford House Imprint.


The Peace Keeper Update Peacekeeper Roman Soldier Painting Final Draft

                                   The Peace Keeper Roman Soldier Painting Final Draft


I completed the first edit and rewrite sent to me by my editor from Sunbury Press. The only thing major was adding an extra scene describing the status of one of the characters in the story. The rest of the changes were very minor. Now, I am waiting for her to complete another review and send it back to me again. This may take a while as she is bogged down with several other projects. I told her to take her time as I prefer to still promote The Broken Lance.




Return to Britannia Update Roman London Street Scene

                                              Roman London Street Scene


Work is progressing at a slow rate. I have made additional changes. There two parallel stories in this novel. Number one is the triple homicide being investigate by Macha's husband, Titus. I have decided each victim was killed by different means rather than all by poison. One is murdered by poison, but one is killed by stabbing and other by strangulation. The story deals with Macha's kidnapping by Celtic rebels who want to make her queen of the tribe that use to be ruled by her father, Caratacus. They want her as the symbolic head of their revolt against the Romans, but she wants no part of this. They don't give her any choice. I have to do more development of characters and events before I can move forward.



Article: A Search for a Lost Hammer Led to the Largest Cache of Roman Treasure Ever Found in Britain


Today, archaeologists are still debating just how old the hoard is—and what it tells us about the end of the Roman Empire in Britain


When Eric Lawes set off for a field in Hoxne village, Suffolk on November 16, 1992, it wasn’t on a treasure hunt. The metal detector he’d received as a retirement gift was meant to find a hammer lost on the farmland. But the detector picked up a strong signal in the earth, leading Lawes to start digging, and it quickly became apparent that he had indeed found treasure.


After bringing up only a few shovel-fulls of silverspoons and gold coins, Lawes quickly retreated and called the police and the local archaeological society. The very next day, as covertly as possible, the archaeologists excavated a chunk of earth with the treasure still contained within. This way, they could remove the objects under laboratory conditions, which would help determine the age and storage method of the cache. By the time everything had been removed from the dirt, the archaeologists had nearly 60 pounds of gold and silver objects, including 15,234 Roman coins, dozens of silver spoons and 200 gold objects.


Read more on the Smithsonian Magazine:Lost Hammer Finds Large Roman Cache 




On a Personal Note Ziggyfillingout.jpg

                                       Rescue Horse Ziggy filling out



Our rescue horse, Ziggy, is really coming along. He has filled out in his haunches and neck. Not the bony horse that he was back in December when got him. He has settled in and is a healthy, happy horse.



That's all for now. Until next time, Salve Atque Vale! Hail and Farewell!





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