is Available, Now.
The Peacekeeper, the fifth historical novel in what has been now designated as the Britannia Romanus series, was officially released by Sunbury Press. Followed by Amazon in paperback and Kindle.
It is also available through Amazon's
international outlets including Great Britain (.uk), Canada (.ca) and Australia (.au).
book launch, where I will conducting the first signing of my new novel, will take place at Barnes & Noble,
Eastside, 15310 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley, Washington, Saturday, August 4th, 11 a.m./5 p.m. I will also be signing copies
of the other four novels in the series. For additional signing events, please check the book signing page.
Book Signing Successes
Jennifer and Dyes Inlet from Silverdale, WA New Reader Jennifer at Siverdale B&N
I continue to do well at Barnes & Noble, Spokane Valley, Washington,
where I conducted a signing, Saturday, June 9th. I live only about ten minutes from the store and am considered the unofficial
resident writer. Once again management was pleased with the large number of sales and the store will be the site of
my book launch for The Peacekeeper.
The book signing at Barnes
& Noble, Silverdale, Washington (next to Bremerton US Naval Base), Saturday, June 23rd, located near Dyes Inlet,
on Puget Sound, was successful beyond my expectations. I met a lot of interesting people, passed out many flyers and signed
many copies of The Broken Lance and The Sign of the Eagle Trilogy. To say the least, management was pleased.
"This is the best book signing the store has seen in a long time," store manger, Martha, said. "I'm pleased
you made arrangements with Amy (events coordinator) to return in September 8th."
I want to thank store
manager, Martha, events coordinator, Amy, assistant manager, Sarah, associate, Jordan, and the rest of the Barnes & Noble
staff who contributed to the success of this event.
The Sign of the Eagle Success
Once again, my first historical novel, The Sign of the Eagle, placed in the top fifteen in sales for the Milford
House imprint, in position number two. This novel has been one of Sunbury Press' best-sellers in fiction since
it was first released in 2012. I believe part of the popularity comes not only from the story's time period and suspense,
but also because of the number of strong female characters within the novel.
Discovery from Turkey
Two Emperors 290 A.D.
Recently a major discovery was made of the statues of two emperors
(a Diarch), Diocletian and Maximian, embracing one another. This comes from Nicomedia (Turkey), dated approximately 290 AD.
What is so remarkable is that it can be seen in its painted (albeit fading) form. Usually, most statues from the classical
world have been bleached white of all paint by modern times.
Restoration of an ancient
fountain from Pompeii
Fountain from Pompeii
Members of the the Marco Aurelio Project have done an wonderful
job of restoring this fountain to an incredible level of color.
On a Personal Note - Confession of a Writer
at Starbucks B&N in Spokane Valley, WA
Many of you know me on FaceBook as a writer of historical novels.
You may also know I am one who likes model railroading, Roman history, horses, weight lifting, etc.
many years my first passion has been writing. I realize a lot of you have no interest in that or any other literary activities.
I respect that, we all have different interests. But at age seventy-six, like my other activities, it gives me reason to live
and keep going on, I'm not one to sit around doing nothing.
I have a confession to make. I am not a natural-born writer.
Every page I write is a struggle of creation. Every page means re-writing and more re-writing. And I am not the most eloquent
writer. I am slow; a plodder. It takes me a long time to produce a compelling (I hope), readable work. It is why for many
years I attended the writers support group, Red Ink Fictioneers. This group of established authors kept me honest; learning
about writing fiction.
Over the years I have observed many perspective writers who were endowed with far greater
talent than mine, who gave up before completing what would have been great books. Why? Because they were quitters, they lacked
self-discipline and persistence.
In the meantime, I kept
plugging away, continuing to learn from my mistakes, despite one set-back and rejection after another.
grateful to have found a publisher, Sunbury Press , a traditional press, who believed in me, and gave me a chance to succeed. Even then, the editors assigned to my novels,
made sure to get the best out of me. In each one of my four published novels, I did major rewrites of chapters, added new
chapters and changed endings. The goal was not a good novel but a great novel.
Whether or not I have succeeded,
I am not sure. However, I will continue to promote my novels (some of you FB friends find it boring) and will to continue
to write. This is my passion, and this with the support of my wife, Liz, an my other interests keeps an old guy like me going.
I hope I haven't bored you too much. I know the writers out there will understand, if no one else does.
Another Personal Note - Wedding Anniversary
Liz & Steve's Wedding Day
As of Wednesday, July 11th, Liz and I will have been married thirty-seven
years. This was my second (and last) and Liz's first marriage. We have had our ups and downs and in most marriages, but it
has passed the trials of time; this one is a keeper. I love you, honey, you truly are my soul mate.
That's all for now. I wish everyone a great Summer! Salve Atque Vale! Hail and Farewell!