Book Signing Update
New Readers for The Broken Lance: Yokes-Amy and Barnes and
Noble-Brandon, Kyria and Stephanie in Spokane Valley
After my book signings in January/February, got off to a slow start, sales for the first four book signings
(Yoke's Fresh Market, Liberty Lake, Washington, March 2nd; and Barnes & Noble, Spokane Valley, WA, March 3rd/4th and Kennewick,
WA, March 10th) in March picked up significantly, far exceeding my expectations. To say the least, management was very pleased.
E.g. Kennewick B&N manager, Rob, who is new to the store manager, had this to say, "I heard you were a "real
go getter. Now, that I have seen you in action, I believe it! Most authors just sit at the table looking at their cell phones
or the desk, never speaking to anyone." In addition to signings at these stores, I will also be conducting signings @
B&N stores in San Jose (Blossom Hill), California; Bozeman, Montana,; Silverdale, WA, and returning for encores @ the
previous store which I have already signed this year. Check the book signing page for dates and times.
Book Sales Update
The Sign of the Eagle was number three in sales for fiction for the Milford House imprint for
the month of January, 2018. The Broken Lance dropped off the top 15 chart, but should return by March.
I sold a lot of copies during the first book signings for the month. More should follow.
Peace Keeper Update
The second edit of the novel is well underway by my editor at Sunbury Press (www.sunburypress.com). I also submitted a description of the book for the back cover. The editor said it was too long, and she will she will shorten
it. I told her to make whatever changes she deemed necessary. I have worked with her on three previous novels, and I trust
Return to Britannia Update and Name Change
Roman London Street Scene
I have changed the name of my current work in progress from, Return to Britannia (this was a working
title only) to The Emperor's Hand. I may change it again, but for now, this will do. It is much closer
to what I want in way of a title because in the story, Macha's husband, Titus, represents Emperor Vespasian in Britannia.
The writing continues at a slow pace, a lot of research left to do. I emailed a letter to Lawrence Knorr, publisher
of Sunbury Press, informing him that I should complete the novel in approximately two years. He has added me to the list of
books in progress by his stable of authors.
In the meantime, I have submitted chapter three to a
literary publication, Conceit Magazine, as a short story, titled, Roman London is a Dangerous Place.
It will be published in the June, 2018 issue.
Rare Roman Gloves Found at Hadrian's
"They are among the latest discoveries at a pre-Hadrianic Roman cavalry
barrack, which was found last year beneath the fourth-century stone fort of Vindolanda, south of Hadrian’s Wall near
Hexham, Northumberland."--The Guardian
Unearthed near Hadrian’s Wall: lost secrets
of first Roman soldiers to fight the barbarians
Read more: Rare Roman Boxing Gloves Found at Hadrians Wall
On a Personal Note
Slim Princess Sourthern Pacific
As some of you know besides writing historical novels, my other passion is running
outdoor model trains. A few months ago, Garden Railways Magazine accepted for publication a picture of one
of my model trains. This is a replica of real train known as the "Slim Princess," that ran on the Southern Pacific's
narrow-gauge line, in Northern California, from 1911 to 1960. It is now on permanent display, at the Law Railroad Museum,
outside of the town of Bishop, California. The picture was published in the April, 2018 issue. The publication retains all
rights to this picture. Do not reproduce or transfer with the Garden Railways permission.
That is all for now. I wish you all best. Salve Atque Vale! Hail and Farewell!
Jess Steven Hughes