Wednesday, September 19, 2012


I grew up reading family sagas growing up. My favorites included The Kent Family Chronicles by John Jake, The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, The Mallens by Catherine Cookson, East of Eden by John Steinbeck…

Sagas draw us into the life and struggles of a family. We connect to their relationships with family and loves and the era the story is set. It is a glimpsean insight into the dynamics of a family structure.

What I enjoy about writing a family saga is there is no formula that you’re supposed to follow. It’s a life story. As we all know there are no formula’s in life. A sweeping story to become immersed within—one that would stay with you long after you have finished the book. Winds of Betrayal is such a series set in the turmoil of the American Revolution.

Patriot Secrets is set at the beginning of the conflict. Caught up in the fervor for liberty, the Corbetts soon learn there is a price to pay for their dream.


In the midst of the struggle for America's bid for independence, Hannah Corbett makes a fateful decision, descending into a world of deceit. Spurred by revenge, she heads to New York, setting in motion a dangerous game for which there is no return. Searching desperately for the man who betrayed her family, she faces the cold and brutal reality of the life of a spy. Caught in a web of lies, living with betrayal, she is trapped. She has nowhere to turn except to a man it would be treasonous to love, setting duty and desire at war. Her heart is ripped apart when she must choose between the man who risks his career and life to protect her and the only thing that has remained constant in her life...her belief in her cause.

One of the problems I had after Patriot Secrets was released—nobodyI mean nobodyseemed to understand that Patriot Secrets was a series. I think they thought they assumed it was a straight historical romance. I’ve always contended that Patriot Secrets is historical fiction. Oh, not that it doesn’t have romancebut the story itself doesn’t lend it to be a romance book. The story is bigger than just one hero and heroine.

Patriot Secrets was the first part of a book that I had called Before the Sun Sets. I split it in two. The second part Winds of Betrayal is already written. It just needs revisions, but when I picked the second part up to begin revisions, I came to the second chapter and set it down again. Something was missing. I needed a bridge book. So Ruse of Love, the second book in the Winds of Betrayal, came to life.


The tides of war have shifted. When all eyes turn south, Doctor Jonathan Corbett finds himself once more thrust into the war’s turmoil. On assignment from General Washington, the dashing doctor discovers his mission has taken him straight into a conflict where the British are not the only ones to be feared.

Rebekah Morse has no time to contemplate the exploding war around her. Caught up as a pawn in a deadly conspiracy, she finds her only hope lies with her old friend, but things have changed since they last saw each other.

Yet destiny has not intervened in their lives without cause. Rebekah’s strength, courage, and breathtaking sensuality sets within Jonathan a desire he swore never to feel again. When Rebekah’s life is threatened, Jonathan is determined to save the stubborn woman whether she wants to be saved or not. Now Jonathan and Rebekah must face the perilous threat together—only to discover a passion they never imagined...

The third and final chapterthe explosive end to this sagais set to be released in 2013—Winds of Betrayal.
Ruse of Love can be read as a stand alone. You don’t have to read Patriot Secrets to enjoy Ruse of Love.

Enjoy the whole series. Start at the beginning. I also have another book coming out, Another Night Falls with Whiskey Creek Press (Part III of the Tides of Charleston series) in October, which correlates to the Winds of Betrayal series. Another Night Falls is set in the same Charles Town (Charleston, South Carolina) as Ruse of Love. It also has a few cross-over characters.

Have a good one! Keep reading!


  1. I loved John Jakes' series. And I see your Patriot Secrets is Revolutionary War era, so I'm going to check that out! I hope to write my own 1776 historical fiction/time travel novel after I finish the 3 I'm working on. :) The one I hope to publish in December is a family saga, too, but it's a mainstream, modern day story.

  2. I love family sagas. Let me know when you publish yours. Hope you enjoy mine!

  3. Family sagas are my favorite sort of series, and I'd love to see more of them, especially within the romance genre. Following the lives and loves of one family through the years has a very special appeal. Bertrice Small's O'Malley saga goes from Elizabethan to Restoration times, two of my favorite eras.

    Going back even farther, Mary Canon's O'Hara saga, published in the early 80s is a huge favorite.

  4. I think that family saga adds a dimension to a story. Thanks for mentioning Mary Canon. I remember reading the series. It was a while ago. I’ll have to go look up her books again.