Friday, April 30, 2021
Salute! Farewell My Friends
10:55 am pdt
Author Jess Steven Hughes
To my friends. After a lengthy bout of soul searching, I
have decided to take a hiatus from my writing of at least six months, maybe more. Years ago, my goal was to write a historical
novel about ancient Rome and Britain; I wrote five. I did not expect to go beyond the first novel, which became part of the
Britannia Romanus Series, published by Sunbury Press (www.sunburypress.com).
Although I am in the middle of book six, I cannot go on at this point. I need a break
and will be pursuing other interests for the time being. Many of you know that I have a passion for outdoor model railroading
and have for the last thirty years. With few interruptions, I have been in model railroading since I was five years old.
Along with photography and traveling, I will continue to pursue my first hobby. I will continue
to follow my fellow Authors/Writers and my intense interest in Roman history and other historical aspects. This is not farewell
as I will stay on FB. Still, I am pursuing another road for want of a better word.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Thank you Authors!
8:45 pm pst
February Blog 2021
is time for another personal blog. I want to thank the following authors I interviewed for my monthly blogs during the past
seven months. They are Patty Wiseman, Timothy Donald Pilmaier, Andrew Boyce, Linda Hughes, Judith Arnopp, Matthew Olney, and
Kate Braithwaite. The interviews have been informative, revealing several different techniques used by these authors to write
and publish their novels. I wish them all the most tremendous success. I will conduct additional author interviews in the
The Emperor's Hand
Creating the sixth historical novel in the
Britannia Romanus series, The Emperor's Hand moves along slowly. I have had to rewrite the first twelve chapters several times.
Usually, after I have written a chapter draft, I will leave it alone anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. When I return
to review the pages, I have a fresh perspective. It allows me to see the flaws, and sometimes there are many, making the necessary
After I underwent left knee replacement surgery, I did not look at my new work for nearly two months.
When I returned to the writing, I discovered so many glaring errors that I almost gave up. Fortunately, I changed my mind.
I recently emailed the chief editor of Sunbury Press, informing her that I have continued writing. It is my goal to complete
the novel by late Summer or early Autumn. Wish me well.
Amphitheater in Nimes, France
Ampitheatre in Nimes, France
"Circa 27 B.C.,
the emperor Augustus resettled the veterans of his Egyptian campaign on a fertile plain at the Cevennes Mountains foot in
present-day France. The colony was given the name of Nemausus and is now known as Nîmes. There are several examples
of Roman architecture in Nîmes. Constructed about the same period as the Colosseum in Rome (A.D.70), the amphitheater,
or Arena, was built in the town center. 24,000 spectators gathered here to witness games and gladiatorial contests. It has
been preserved nearly intact. Today it is a venue for rock concerts and bullfights." www.chi-rhogroup.com
Pont du Gard Aqueduct
Pont du Gard aqueduct
"A beautiful example of the Romans' architectural and engineering skills lies about 32 km to
the northwest of Arles. It is the world-famous Pont du Gard, which was a part of an aqueduct system supplying water to the
city of Nemausus (present-day Nîmes). The source of the water was a group of freshwater springs near Ucetia (present-day
Uzés). The water was carried more than 50 km through tunnels and channels along a curving route dictated by the land's
lay. At the canyon carved by the Gardon River, it was necessary to bridge the gap with an aqueduct 456 meters (1,496 feet)
long and 48.8 meters (160 feet) high at its highest point. The triple-tiered archways of the Pont du Gard were completed circa
A.D. 60 and have withstood several floods which would have swept away lesser structures. It is recognized as a UNESCO World
Heritage Site." www.chi-rhogroup.com
Roman QVORVM (Quorum)
QVORVM (Quorum) is a Latin word that originated in ancient Rome. It was first
coined by Senator MARCVS PAIVS MVTILVS (Marco Paio Mutilo). Its meaning is "Of which," then it is passed to indicate
"the minimum number of participants or voters necessary for a vote to be valid. In an assembly which is needed to deliberate
The term is borrowed from the Latin QVORVM (quorum) (of which), implying the suffixal sentence a
presence or favorable vote is required.
Personal Thoughts and Comments
Because of COVID19, all book signings are still on hold. The earliest dates for
any events would probably be in the Fall, and that is still tentative. I have kept in contact with the Barnes and Noble Booksellers
stores, who have become my regulars. Unfortunately, despite the sending of several emails, there are a couple from whom I
have not heard. I will have to play the situation by the proverbial "ear."
Some good news, my wife,
Liz, and I received our first vaccination, Moderna, for COVID19. We will get our second shot in March. It's a relief, but
we plan to keep wearing our face masks indefinitely.
After six months, the remodeling of our home is finished.
Back on November 4th, 2020, I had a left knee replacement surgery. Fortunately, I experienced only
a minimum of pain and discomfort. After that, I went to physical therapy every other week. In between, I did daily exercises
given to me by my physical therapist. Thursday, February 25th, 2021, was my last session. I have had no problems walking and
can bend my knee in the usual manner. The final movement to return was kneeling on the floor. That came back faster than I
had expected, thank goodness! Now, I can resume my physical fitness training twice a week, which I had been doing for three
years before surgery. It was because of the exercising that made me fit enough to have the procedure.
That's all for now. Until next time, Salve Atque Vale! Hail and farewell!
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
10:57 am pst
I am happy to have Patty Wiseman as my guest today. Thank you, Patty, for joining me on my website.
Author Patty Wiseman
Patty, can you tell us about yourself and your
background? What do you currently do outside of writing?
Thank you for having me, Jess. I’m really excited to be here. We’ve been friends for
a long time and navigated this journey together. Look how far we’ve come! I’m retired from a 25-year career with
an investment company. I enjoy traveling, attending festivals with my husband, Ron, who creates beautiful animals out of Freon
tanks. We love selling my books and his art together at the many festivals around Texas. We have a crème lab. His name
is Cutter, and I actually wrote a children’s book about him. Between us, we have 3 children, 11 grandchildren, and 3
great-grandchildren. My upbringing was in Seattle, Washington. I went to college in Bartlesville, Okla., and moved to Texas
40 years ago. Love the weather in Texas!
What books have you written, and what are their genres? What audience
are they aimed at?
An Unlikely Arrangement – Historical Romantic Suspense
(Book one of series)
An Unlikely Beginning – Historical Romantic Suspense
(Book two of series)
An Unlikely Conclusion – Historical Romantic Suspense
(Book three of series)
An Unlikely Deception – Historical Romantic Suspense
(Book four of series)
That One Moment – Stand-a-lone Contemporary Romantic
Somewhere Between – Stand-a-lone Historical Suspense
Rescue at Wiseman’s
Pond – Children’s Book – true story –
for 0-10 years old (It rhymes!)
Silver’s Redemption – Stand-a-lone
– Contemporary Romantic Suspense – targeting women over 40.
The Velvet Collection
That One Moment
Rescue at Wiseman's Pond
Links to view Trailers:
The Velvet Shoe Collection - https://youtu.be/ZMyYkK49yKI
One Moment - https://youtu.be/qMUfVl2BZKE
What prompted you to write what you did? [or Where do you get your writing inspiration?] What message(s)
do you want readers to take away?
I was very young when the writing bug bit. But life got in the way—college, marriage, children. Finally, when
I retired, I was free to pursue my passion, and I haven’t looked back. My grandmother told stories about her days as
a flapper in the 1920s, and those stories stayed with me and inspired the historical romances of my 1st four books. From there,
I just wrote what was on my heart at the time. I write about strong women who face tough odds but manage to pull through.
My children’s book was inspired by our dog, Cutter, who was instrumental in saving two baby foxes who almost drowned
in our pond. I’m waiting for him to do something else so I can continue the stories he inspired! My books all have happy
endings and show what women can do once they put their minds to it. I hope my readers will see how strong women really are!
Do you write short stories, articles, or have a blog? Where can we find them?
I have written short stories, and I
have a blog. You can find them on www.pattywiseman.com
I also have a podcast where I
tell short stories. You can find that on https://anchor.fm/patty-wiseman
What do you find the hardest about writing? The easiest?
The hardest thing for me is research.
I love it, but it is time-consuming. I try to make sure the settings are correct, so they don’t throw the reader off—especially
historical books. The easiest thing is sitting in my office and letting the story flow. I tend to get it down on the computer
and do my editing later. I love those sessions where the words come easy.
What’s next for you after An Unlikely Elegance?
This book is the fifth book in my series. I want to go back and try to write another children’s
book next. I have so many other stories I want to write, as well. So many ideas. They come faster as time goes on.
What special thing about yourself would you like to share with readers?
Special thing? Well, I love to mentor
new writers. I’ve been the President of the East Texas Writer’s Association for the past three years. I love to
answer questions about writing, how to get started, etc. To watch them publish their first book is a great reward for me!
How can we follow or contact you?
Where can readers buy your
Amazon, Barnes &
Noble, Draft2Digital, my website: www.pattywiseman.com
Awards & Recognition
AN UNLIKELY ARRANGEMENT 2011
Great Writers You Should be Reading 2013
AN UNLIKELY BEGINNING – 2013
AN UNLIKELY CONCLUSION -2014
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN AND THAT ONE MOMENT -2018
RESCUE AT WISEMAN’S POND AND THAT
ONE MOMENT 2018
Salve Atque Vale! Hail and Farewell!
Friday, December 18, 2020
Guest Author: Timothy Donald Pilmaier
9:54 pm pst
I am happy to have Timothy Donald Pilmaier as my guest today. Thank you, Tim,
for joining me on my website.
Guest Author Timothy Donald Pilmaier
Timothy, can you tell us about yourself and your background? What do you
currently do outside of writing?
I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. After joining the United States Navy at
19, I spent six years in the Naval Nuclear Power Program. I served aboard the ballistic missile submarine, USS Tecumseh SSBN-628.
After leaving the Navy, I had a 32-year career in the domestic and international commercial nuclear power industries.
During that time, I completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Bellevue University.
My wife of 36
years, Joni, and I have raised two beautiful kids. Samantha and Joseph are both in the medical field. My
daughter is a physician, and my son is a nurse. We have one grandson, Jack, who is a year old.
now retired and write full time. When I am not writing, I enjoy hunting, fishing, golfing, and cooking.
I am the cook in our house and truly enjoy making a meal for friends and family. A perfect day starts
with a cup of coffee and the smell of homemade tomato sauce simmering on the stove. Beyond that, I enjoy
reading, specifically, WWII history and historical fiction.
What books have you written, and what are their genres?
What audience are they aimed at?
My first novel, titled "Flight of the U-463," is the first in a series of historical fiction adventures.
The book was a finalist for the 2019 Forward INDIES (Fiction-War & Military) and the 2020 Next Generation INDIE (Historical
Fiction) book awards. The book also reached #1 on Amazon for Military Thrillers. The story chronicles the
daring escape of a young American, Peter Teufel, from Nazi Germany.
The book "Flight of the U-463"
is a coming of age story and an escape story. Against his parents' wishes, Peter stays in Germany to finish
college as the European war breaks out. He meets a beautiful female Associated Press photographer, Marilyn Miller, and their
relationship grows. Unfortunately, he is mistakenly identified as a German, detained by the German Army, and conscripted into
the Kriegsmarine. Stationed aboard a U-boat, he must find a way to escape back home to the woman he loves
before his true nationality is discovered.
I am currently working on the second, third, and fourth books in the
series. The series follows Peter as he enters the Office of Strategic Services and takes on hazardous missions for the United
States during WWII. The entire four-book series interweaves the fictional Peter with real events and real
people during the second world war.
The book is intended for those who love WWII history, those who enjoy fictional thrillers,
and those who like well-developed characters. It is much more than "just a war novel." I have
received tremendously positive feedback from women and men concerning the book.
Book Cover to" Flight of the U-463
Here is a description of the book:
In the dark days before World War II, a young American named Peter Teufel makes the fateful decision to remain
in Europe as the clouds of war descend. Steamrolled by the Nazi onslaught and mistaken for a German citizen, he finds himself
conscripted into the vaunted German Navy. Forced to serve on a U-boat, his odds of escaping back to America are slim. If his
true identity is discovered, he would be executed as a spy.
find a way to escape, yet he is thwarted at every turn. Hounded by a brutal Nazi, Klaus Lübeck, who suspects that Peter
is not what he appears to be, the American avoids detection at all costs. A chance meeting with the head of German Military
Intelligence, Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, may just be the key to his deliverance. With the odds of escaping stacked against him,
the young American devises a bold and daring plan. Once in motion, there is no turning back.
What prompted you to write what
you did? [or Where do you get your writing inspiration?] What message(s) do you want readers to take away?
I have long been interested in WWII history, especially submarine
history. As a former submariner, it seemed logical to write about something that I am very familiar with.
I knew that I wanted to write a book that involved submarine operations, but a storyline didn't materialize until a
random discussion with my Father.
was inspired to write "Flight of the U-463" after discussing it with my Father over coffee.
We routinely have coffee together every Saturday and talk about the books we have read. On one of those Saturdays,
Dad recounted the story of Yang Kyoungjong.
In June of 1944, during the invasion of Normandy, an oriental man wearing a German uniform was captured by the Americans.
First thought to be Japanese, it turned out that the man, Yang Kyoungjong, was a Korean conscripted into the Wehrmacht.
During the war, he was captured in Manchuria by the Japanese and forced to fight for the Imperial Japanese Army.
He was subsequently captured by the Russian Army and then the German Army. After each capture, he
was conscripted into the Army of his captors. As such, he unwillingly wound up defending the Normandy beaches
This story got me to
consider a "what if" scenario. If a Korean could wind up in the Wehrmacht, could that also happen to an American?
That is how the book's main character, Peter Teufel, the son of an American diplomat who gets caught up in WWII, came
his parents return to the United States, Peter is attending college in Germany. He elects to stay behind. Defying
his parent's wishes, Peter remains to finish college and, as a result, is caught up in the outbreak of the war.
Mistaken as a German citizen, he is eventually conscripted into the Kriegsmarine and forced to serve onboard U-boats.
After realizing that he has made an error in judgment, he secretly tries to find a way to return to the United States.
The story of Peter Teufel is a coming
of age story and a harrowing escape story. My intent as a writer was to intertwine real historical people
and events into a fictional account of a plausible outcome that differs slightly from recorded history. I want the reader
to believe that the story is possible and that the places, people, and equipment are accurate. I believe
that it is a fun and exciting story.
you write short stories, articles, or have a blog? Where can we find them?
While I have dabbled in writing most of my life, "Flight of
the U-463" is my first and only published work so far. I have a web page, Twitter account, and
Facebook presence. They can be accessed at:
Facebook: Timothy Donald Pilmaier, Author @timothypilmaier
Timothy Donald Pilmaier @timothypilmaier
do you find the hardest about writing? The easiest?
The hardest part of writing a novel is the editing process.
For me, every word that I wrote was perfect in my mind. I knew exactly what I intended to convey
to the reader, and once I had written it, I didn't want to go back. My editor read the draft that I considered
"finished" …she had a different opinion.
She carved up my draft pretty good.
I will admit that I had a few hurt feelings, yet I could not fault her comments when I cooled down. As
painful as it was, I revised and rewrote many sections of the book. It was ultimately a tremendous learning
experience. She basically had me rewrite the main character throughout the book to clarify its involvement
with the escape. I had a fundamental plot element that was weak. She helped me with
The most natural part was research. I love reading and learning about WWII, so conducting the
research to make the book accurate was a complete joy. I pulled information from books, naval archives,
a WWII U-boat web page, the internet, and of course, my Father. I even used submarine video games as a
source of information. All of that was just a blast to do.
I tried extremely hard to make the historical
places and military hardware correct. For example, not many people know that the Nazis conducted flights
during the war from Petsamo Finland to Japan. This was a too-long flight, but it was accomplished with
an FW-200 Condor variant fitted with extra fuel storage. It took me hours to find this information and
only minutes to write about it. The effort was worth it to make the book historically accurate in a fictional
next for you after [Your Book]?
Great question! The "Flight of the U-463" is
the first in a series of books about Peter Teufel. I currently have plans for three additional books in
the series. I have started writing books 2 and 3, tentatively titled "The Valkyrie Variant" and "Flight
from Flossenburg." As yet untitled, the fourth book has been mapped out in a timeline, but I
have not started writing it. The four books take Peter through WWII. After those four
books, I intend to have Peter involved in the cold war, but I have not developed any storylines for subsequent novels.
two, "The Valkyrie Variant," has Peter, now an OSS agent, interceding with the July 20th, 1944 bombing
plot to assassinate Hitler. The villain from book one, Klaus Lubeck, and several fictional and historical
figures, return for this book.
Book three has Peter entering the Flossenburg concentration camp
as the European war comes to an end to rescue a high-ranking Nazi intelligence figure about to be put to death. Again, Lubeck,
with eyes on revenge, seeks to foil Peter's mission.
Book four sees Peter returning to Japan's boyhood home to rescue
an American nuclear scientist being held at the infamous Ofuna prisoner of war camp.
That is the plan…after
that, we shall see.
What special thing about yourself would you like to share
Wow, a rare moment to reflect on my life. Let's see, I am a proud Navy veteran, serving six years, one
month, and 24 days on submarines. I am quite pleased that I served my country and feel that my government
owes me anything. In fact, my military experience was a crucial part of my education. I
earned two years of college credit in the Navy. I took those credits, completed a BS in Marketing, matriculated
onto an MBA, and was the Graduate Student Speaker at commencement for my MBA. My two children were there
to witness that. To this day, one of my prouder moments.
I have been lucky enough to travel the world
for work and fun: South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Far East, and the Middle East. My wife and
I lived in the United Arab Emirates for 18 months. It was a unique cultural learning experience for me.
that I would want readers to know that I am a lucky guy. I have been fortunate in my life so far, and I
believe that it has been a combination of hard work and a bit of luck.
Finally, I am thankful for my relationship
with my Father. At 84, he is a tremendous source of information and inspiration. We
play golf together every week and coffee together on the weekends. He always asks me, "how is the
next book coming"? A real motivation for me.
How can we follow
or contact you?
Facebook: Timothy Donald Pilmaier, Author @timothypilmaier
Timothy Donald Pilmaier @timothypilmaier
can readers buy your books?
The "Flight of the U-463" can be purchased on Amazon in Hardback,
Paperback, or Kindle form. You can find a link on my webpage at https://www.pingerpublishing.com
Awards / Recognition
I am proud to announce that my first novel has been named a finalist
for two independent book publishing awards. "Flight of the U-463" is a finalist for the following:
2019 Foreword INDIES War & Military (Adult Fiction)
The 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Award (Historical Fiction)
Photo from an
event or other
I have attached a couple of photos from recent book signings. The first is from an Omaha neighborhood book
club who enjoyed the discussion of the book. The second is from a presentation that I conducted at the
Waterloo, Nebraska Public Library. I am always honored and humbled to speak about my novel.
Omaha Book Club
Waterloo Book Presentation
Thank you for joining me to meet Guest Author
Timothy Donald Pilmier, until next time.
and Salve Atque Vale! Hail and Farewell!
Monday, November 23, 2020
11:25 pm pst
Guest Author Interview
am happy to have Andrew Boyce as my guest today. Thank you, Andrew, for
joining me on my website.
Andrew, can you tell us about yourself and your background? What do you currently do outside of writing?
I am from Glasgow, Scotland. I work
in a bookshop and enjoy reading, and so it looks as if it was inevitable that I would write the book I had always wanted to
write! I have always been interested in the Romans, and slowly my book idea came together.
have you written, and what are their genres? What audience are they aimed at?
I started off with "The
Antonine Romans, and The Golden Torque" and self-published it on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Amazon. Being
around 18,000 words, this seemed a nice short size and gave me the idea of making a series of these Antonine books.
Set in AD144 in the Antonine Wall area
of Western Scotland, the books follow the Romans and the Natives. It is historical fiction, and I put age 18 on it as battles
and sword fights!
What prompted you to write what you did? What message(s) do you want readers to take away?
I have always been interested in the Romans invading Scotland. The Antonine Wall ran
across central Scotland, and there are remains of ditches, roads, forts, bathhouses, and numerous museum exhibits. As they
say, you should begin writing about what you know or what interests you. The Antonine stories are the result.
In terms of what message I would like readers to take away,
I simply want the readers to enjoy my books. If someone is interested in the Romans, then my books provide another author
they can read.
Do you write short stories, articles, or have a blog? Where can we find them?
Yes. I started a blog on my page at goodreads.com. On any site
I am on, I try to write a bit about myself.
My main writing is the Antonine series, but I can imagine other projects developing as I enjoy writing so much.
What do you find the hardest about
writing? The easiest?
I enjoy writing! I have these characters
and stories that come into my head, and then it is a case of writing it down, a little at a time. The next part then comes
into my mind, and then I write that down and so on. I don't try to rush it.
The hardest part for me is after the story is complete! I started out by self-publishing
using KDP Amazon, then promoting it by joining Facebook groups, Goodreads, and anything else I could google! A tip for aspiring
authors with a completed book is to watch not to spend too much on sites promising you miracles!
next for you after The Antonine Romans and The Golden Torque?
For me, it's all about building a little series of Antonine
books, and then we will see what happens after that.
I never thought I would ever manage to write an actual book, and so the next goal was to write a series of
What particular thing about yourself would you like to share with readers?
Accidentally, I left a clue in a previous answer when I said, "I don't try to rush it." I have
always enjoyed the music of Rush, rock music, and music in general.
Maybe I shouldn't have admitted the "I don't like to rush it." clue was accidental, and
everyone would have thought that was really smart, but I think this answer shows the magic of writing, where you can write
something down, and it leads to something else.
How can we follow or contact you?
For the following,
you can follow me on Amazon and Goodreads.com.
To contact me, my email address
Where can readers buy your books?
Keeping it simple, you can buy my ebooks and paperbacks on Amazon.
is incredible for me to see people buy from around the world! Please purchase and enjoy, just as I enjoy Jess Steven Hughes's