The Sign of the Eagle Best Seller!
After placing number eight on Sunbury Press's best-selling list of fifty, for the month of January, The Sign of the Eagle rose to number one on the publisher's list. This was my first
published novel and ever since it was released in 2012 it remains my best-selling novel. Besides that, the novel just received
another five-star review from Amazon. See below.
A rollicking first-century detective story..., February
This review is from: The Sign of the Eagle (Paperback)
The Sign of the Eagle by Jess Steven Hughes is a gripping murder mystery set in the Roman Empire. The strong-willed
heroine undertakes a quest to save her husband, a Centurion arrested on the charge of plotting against the Emperor. The characters
are finely drawn, the era richly detailed, and the plot fast-paced. Hughes’s story is an adventurous read and a rollicking
first-century detective story.
The Broken Lance - Update
The release for this novel has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, July 11, 2017
(That also coincides with the 36th wedding anniversary for my wife, Liz, and I). I have made arrangement with Barnes &
Noble stores in Spokane (Northtown Mall), Spokane Valley and Woodinville, Washington for "book launch" signings
during the month of August. Check my website's book signing page for specific dates and times. The Peacekeeper is still scheduled for release in November.
Although I have written this
once, I believe it is worth repeating the story's summary: These stories are seen through the eyes of a Spanish cavalryman
who becomes a centurion. He goes to Rome, after campaigning in Britannia, as the retainer for a real historical character,
Titus Flavius Sabinus, older brother of future Emperor, Vespasian. The period covered runs from 44 - 69 A.D.
Book Signing Successes Continue
New Reader Jesse, Northtown
Successful book signing weekend at Yoke's Fresh Market, Liberty Lake, Washington,
and Barnes and Noble North Town Mall, Spokane, Washington (February 17th, Yoke's; Feb. 18th/19th B&N). Despite rainy weather,
both stores were busy, and I met lots of interesting people. B & N was a near sell out. I want to thank Yoke's assistant
manager, John-Michael; B&N manager, Kelly, and B&N associate, Danni for their assistance in making these successful
In addition to the above, I have added more book signing dates for The
Sign of the Eagle Trilogy. Check my book signing page for the updates.
New Novel in
Progress-Return to Britannia (Working title)
Recently, I read chapter one to the
Red Ink Fictioneers (formerly The Spokane Novelist Group) writers support group for the first time. Although they liked
it very much, I still have work to do. There were several small things which needed change to make this a better first chapter.
I have already made most of the changes suggested. On to chapter two.
In this novel, Macha, the main
character in The Sign of the Eagle journey's to Britain with her husband, Titus, who has been dispatched
by Emperor Vespasian, to investigate the murders of three imperial bureaucrats. Macha, who is originally from Britannia, and
daughter of the legendary King, Caratacus, wants to learn if he still alive or dead. He had escaped from Italy at the outset
of the Boudiccan revolt and she never from him again.
Vatican library plans to digitize 82,000 of its most valuable manuscripts
A 1,600-year-old manuscript featuring the
poems of Virgil is among the collection being digitized by the Vatican Apostolic Library with the help of a Japanese IT firm
A rare Roman manuscript featuring the poems of Virgil dating
back to 400AD is among thousands of historic items the Vatican’s library plans to publish online.
Apostolic Library, founded in 1451 and considered one of the world’s most important research libraries, is hoping in
the next four years to archive its entire collection of 82,000 manuscripts, comprising more than 41 million pages.
The €8 million (£7 million) project will mean that
the Roman Catholic Church’s most precious documents will be available to the public for the first time.
For addition information go to: Vatican Digitizes Holy Writings
This is my Writers Block
Lionel the Railroad
In my last entry I showed a picture of a cat with a caption about removing writer's
block. Here is a picture of my writer who is sitting on my lap. His name is Lionel, "the railroad cat," who always
wants to help with my writing. He is called the railroad cat because he is always hanging around my outdoor model railroad
when I am running trains. He weighs nearly fifteen pounds, a big boy.
That's all for now. Until next time, Salve Atque Vale! Hail and Farewell!
Jess Steven Hughes