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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Peacekeeper Update




The Publication of the Peacekeeper Draws Closer The Peacekeeper


As the picture says, The Peacekeeper is coming soon, either June or July. I finished the review of the formatted PDF copy (this will be used to format the actual book), finding very few errors, and emailed it back to the editor for her final review. From there it will go to the production manager and the publisher of Sunbury Press, url:Sunbury Press, Lawrence Knorr, for final approval and publication. It has been a long process, but worth the wait.


The following is a partial review by a person who prefers to be called, Convoke. This person is author of several excellent historical and fantasy novels and whose review should not be ignored.


"If you haven't read this fourth book in the Sign of the Eagle series, better read the Broken Lance next, because #5 is coming soon. Everything you want in an historical novel of quality: mystery, adventure, romance, and command of the period that makes your read so real you'll think you've been to Roman Britain yourself! Few can equal Jess Steven Hughes. So come spend some time in Roman Britain with characters you'll never forget."


I will keep you updated when the novel is about to be released.


Book Signing Successes  Broken Lance Reader Gunnar Bozeman   Broken Lance Reader Dave B&N Northtown Mall


                                              New Reader Gunnar at Bozeman B&N,              New Reader Dave at B&N Northtown Mall

I conducted several more book signings since the last blog entry, including: EntertainMART, Coeur d'Alene, ID; Yoke's Fresh Market, Liberty Lake, WA; and Barnes & Noble stores: Northtown Mall, Spokane, WA, Spokane Valley, WA and Bozeman, MT. The events at B&N outlets were far the most successful. I will be returning to all five stores in the future (see book signing schedule) plus encores at several other venues.


Exhibition - Julius Caesar - Museum of the Rockies Roman Armor Museum of the Rockies.jpg Roman Machines Museum of the Rockies  Julius Caesar Armor

                                                                                         Roman Armor Display Museum of the Rockies, Roman Machines, Julius Caesar Armor


When I was in Bozeman, Montana, for my book signing (April 28th), I had the opportunity, the day before to visit the Museum of the Rockies (it's just across the street from Montana State University) to visit the phenomenal exhibition: Julius Caesar: Military Genius and Mighty Machines. Presented by The Niccolai Group, Artisans of Florence PTY Ltd, Italy, showcases over 50 interactive machines, reconstructed scaled models, recreated artwork and frescoes.


The exhibition covers four themes: 


Military Genius:The machines are interactive, reconstructed to scale by the Niccolai Teknoart Artisans, using only materials available in Roman times. Follow the exploits of Gaius Julius Caesar, reformer (inventor), military and political leader, and who played a crucial role in the transition from a republican system of government to an imperial one. Through the conquest of Gaul, Caesar expanded the Roman “res publica” from Egypt to the Atlantic Ocean and led the Roman armies to the first invasions in the written history of Britain and Germany.


All Roads Lead To Rome:The Romans understood physics and excelled at controlling natural resources (the aqueduct), and used the abacus to manage their finances. To communicate with and better administrate (control) their multi-ethnic populations in such a vast Empire, they adopted a sophisticated strategy of propaganda images, which we now refer to as Public Relations or even “Spin”.


Building Rome:The Roman Empire was in a state of constant expansion. Engaging in large-scale construction projects, from roads and bridges to baths houses and majestic monuments such as the Roman Arch that was symbolic of the Empire’s greatness. What made these feats of construction engineering so remarkable and durable was the sophisticated Roman use of construction materials. Inventions like cement, glass windows and large-scale production of an incredible variety of brick and marble products are examples of such.


Entertainment and Lifestyle:They built amphitheaters (the Oval Arena is their invention) to host gladiatorial games, their favorite sporting event. The Colosseum is one of the world’s most famous monuments. This stadium, technologically advanced even by today’s standards, was fitted with features such as the velarium, the vomitoria, lifts, turning platforms, and turnstiles. The skilled Teknoart artisans have meticulously reconstructed these features to scale, and have even recreated the gladiators in their dramatic final act. Other forms of entertainment and lifestyle are examined (gambling with dice, playing with dolls and fast foods). In fact, Roman citizens enjoyed a busy calendar of religious rites and social events aided by gadgets such as pocket sundials and personal “notebooks."


You have to see this exhibition to truly appreciate the work that went into putting it together. Unfortunately, the exhibition closes May 13th. However, if you go to the link, you will find many pictures displaying the exhibition in all its glory, go to the following link  Museum of the Rockies: Caesar Exhibit


CaesarJust to go along with this, I am currently reading: Caesar: Life of a Colossus, by Adrian Goldsworthy. This is a very readable biography about Caesar which I would recommend to anyone who wants to read about this extraordinary Roman. 


Monthly Best-Sellers


For the month of March, all four novels were listed among the top fifteen best-sellers for the Milford House Imprint. They were as follows: The Sign of the Eagle, No. 2; The Broken Lance, No. 8; The Wolf of Britannia, Part I, No. 12; The Wolf of Britannia, Part II, No. 13. 


Dozens of Roman graves found under York Hotel Swimming pool  (Insert picture Roman graves, etc. here)


MORE than 70 Roman skeletons were discovered on the site of a former hotel in York.


The grade two listed building, formerly the Newington Hotel in Mount Vale Drive, overlooks Knavesmire and has been stripped back by developers to create seven new family houses.

During the renovation of the Georgian building, developers were surprised to find human remains, and the York Archaeological Trust were called in to assist with the recovery. For further information see enclosed link: Graves Found under York Hotel Swimming Pool.


Personal Notes


Once again, I am cleaning my outdoor model railroad to run this Spring and Summer. A lot is involved, but is worth the effort. The first picture is me weeding around the tracks and second picture of what the area will look like when I start running trains. 



   Steve Weeding Rail Road Tracks  Roman Graves Found Under York Hotel  Daylight train passing under trussel bridge

         Steve Gardening the Rail Road Tracks            Roman graves found under York Hotel                  SP Daylight passing under trussel bridge




I am pleased to announce that my granddaughter, Veronica Hughes, will be graduating from Presentation High School, San Jose, California, June 2nd (I will be attending) and has been accepted for admission at the University of Alabama this Fall. Liz and I couldn't be more proud.


Granddaughter Veronica Happy BD  University of Alabama GrandMOMUniversity of Alabama Grand Dad

Happy Birthday Veronica and Congratulations!                          Ready to proudly wear our University of Alabama Shirts




That's all until next time. Salve Atque Vale! Hail and Farewell!




Jess Steven Hughes



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