Another year is coming to a close and it’s been a busy one, although because of a mid-year move I wasn’t able to do quite as much promo for SHADOW OF THE LION as I’d like to have. I did a couple of readings in Vancouver and for some suburban writing groups but for next year I’m hoping to get more readings/workshops lined up.
The book promo highlight of the year was the trip I made to Athens in late September/October – a short trip this time but it gave me a chance to do some readings there which I always enjoy. Shortly after I arrived in Athens I went for a three-day trip to my favorite camp site on Naxos, and then on to Crete to visit the Minoan site of Knossos. While in Iraklion I had the pleasure of meeting one of my writing mentors for the first time in person. Dr. Jack Dempsey and I have been on-line friends for several years and as he has now moved to Iraklion from the US I was able to meet him. We spent a pleasant afternoon at a seafood restaurant by the Venetian Harbor talking about archaeology and our books.
The first reading was at the Canadian Institute to a good sized audience of interested people, many academics as well as some friends, and a nice reception afterwards. I read mainly from SHADOW OF THE LION: THE FIELDS OF HADES
The second reading I was at the Athens American School. I’ve visited there a couple of times in the past and always enjoy reading to the kids there. This time it was a class of 50 grade nine students and later a smaller class of older students where I presented a writer’s workshop which included readings from SHADOW OF THE LION (both volumes)
The following week I was invited to read at the Athens Centre. I titled this presentation “In Alexander’s Footsteps”. This was also a large audience with many academics attending and, as with the others, included a question/answer discussion and a reception later in the courtyard.
Once back home and settled into my cozy new bachelor suite I have been back at my writing, working on another novel titled DRAGONS IN THE SKY which I began long before writing SHADOW. In this novel, a Celtic tale in first person, I introduce Alexander as a youth.
My plan for 2018 is to focus on putting SHADOW OF THE LION into an ebook. I have hoped the publisher would reprint both volumes in soft cover for better marketing but that may not happen. Neither will the hoped-for translation. This means I’ll have to be diligent with my marketing and I have sent out requests to as many writer’s groups and organizations as I can find Province-wide to do readings and workshops. Hopefully this will up the sales. Remember, both volumes SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON and SHADOW OF THE LION: THE FIELDS OF HADES are available on Amazon.com and the Book Depository.