Friday, April 25, 2014

GAME ON! WINDS OF BETRAYAL SAGA!


Coming May 20th, The Heavens Shall Fall, Book Four Winds of Betrayal, will be released!

I've been trying to decide how to celebrate the event. There will be the standard book giveaways, but I wanted to do something a tad different. So, I thought besides giving away books, I would host a trivia game of sorts. Test your knowledge of the series—a recap of the story to this point.

Anyone up for some little fun! I decided to give away $5 giftcard to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble for each category. The grand prize is a $50 gift card given at the end of the event who can answer the GRAND PRIZE question—

What is the underlining symbolism in Winds of Betrayal Saga?


What a serious question! Reminds me of sitting in English Lit class...mind you it was one of my favorite courses...ever! It's really not that hard of a question. I will give clues during the week, too. I'll draw a one winner of the $50 gift card from the correct answers.

But during the week, I'll have lots of fun questions not only about Winds of Betrayal or the American Revolution. There will be an assortment of questions. What kind of questions? Entertainment, sports, geography, literature, and history. What's your best subject?

Winds of Betrayal has been a long journey to this point. It has gone through a transformation over the years. When I started writing the saga back in 2000, the title of the first book was called Before the Sun Set. It wasn't a series, but one book. The concept to the story has never changed, but it was revised many times before it was published as Patriot Secrets in 2010.

The series was put on the shelf a few times. In that time, I wrote a Dreamscape, Whispers of a Legend, and started the Secret Lives Series. But I always went back to Winds of Betrayal.

Patriot Secrets expanded with the more research I did. I have always been fascinated with the American Revolution, but I didn't know much about the Southern Campaign. That research lead to the Tides of Charleston series and Kiss of Deceit in Winds of Betrayal. I fell in love with Charleston and its history.

Winds of Betrayal saga is about life during a turbulent time in our nation's history. Courage comes in many shapes and forms. Some people are born seemingly without fear; others have to draw it from the depth of their soul. Courage is only discovered when fear is faced.

Be swept back in time to the American Revolution! Read a riveting historical—the Winds of Betrayal saga!

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I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~Nelson Mandela

Saturday, April 19, 2014

THE CULPER SPY RING

COMING SOON IN AUDIO!
I have enjoyed both episodes of TURN on AMC. I think it is about time that The Culper Spy Ring got their due!

The show as I've stated before is based on a book, Washington's Spies, by Alexander Rose.  What a brilliant writer Mr. Rose has proven himself to be. A historian, he has done a masterful job depicting the life that spies faced during the American Revolution.

His book deals directly with The Culper Spy ring. My series, Winds of Betrayal, is loosely based on the ring. I haven't read his book. It's on my TBRL as soon as I finish up my series, both Washington's Spies and Washington's Secret Six.

There are discrepancies in the show and the real ring. Subtle differences. Necessary to bring drama to the spy ring, I'm certain. Liberties are taken. We have to when writing historical fiction. I write what I think would have been a possible scenario because the information on the ring is limited at best...at least for me it was.

On TURN, there is a back story between Abe Woodhull and Anna Strong suggesting a love affair. According to the information I researched, Anna Strong was a loving wife to her boisterous husband, Judge Seliah Strong. Also, Anna was born in 1740.

Abraham Woodhull was born in 1750. His father, according to my research, had Patriot ties, not Loyalist ties. Woodhull was a key link in the ring. He was a nervous man with just cause. The danger of being a spy was real. There again, Woodhull wasn't married during the war. He didn't marry until after the war.

The tavern and general store was owned by Austin Roe, who served as courier after Woodhull became concerned that the British might suspect him because he had no reason to visit New York. Roe would have had a reason because he needed merchandise for his businesses. The New York connection was Robert Townsend. Caleb Brewster was the seafaring captain that didn't seem to be afraid of anything.

Now I am being nick-picky here. The show said it began after the British occupied New York. That would have been late 1776. The Culper Spy Ring began spying in 1778. I, also, caught the scene with Major John Andre in the second episode. Andre was a prisoner of war in 1775, exchanged in December 1776 with the rank of Captain. He wasn't a Major until 1778. Also, I don't believe the intelligent officer would have  proclaimed his rank as head of intelligence to one he was bedding. Andre was a shrewd and sly man, keenly observant. I have no doubt he would have used the actress as a spy, but Andre had a way about him that he could manipulate others to do his biding without demanding it of them because of his rank. 

Of course, I am not a historian, only a lover of history. I find the American Revolution fascinating.
Here's a couple of links I have used in my research on The Culper Spy Ring,   Anna Strong   Abraham Woodhull  John Andre

In my series, Winds of Betrayal, I myself have taken quite a few liberties. It is historical fiction. I have taken a different approach to the ring. My characters come from the outside and fall upon the Culper Spy Ring. I have tried to cover the whole of the war. It is one of the reasons the series is so long.

When I first started writing Winds of Betrayal, I had intended only to write up to Benedict Arnold's betrayal. The more research I unearthed, the more I realized I had to continue the story. I discovered Charleston and the Southern Campaign. I had to include in my series.


No matter the differences in the real story and the one portrayed on TURN, the dangers were immense. These Patriots deserve the honors bestowed upon them. I enjoy watching the series and will continue to do so. I hope it is a huge hit.

Coming next month, The Heavens Shall Fall! It is a long book...I have three storylines converging to one, but it is non-stop action.

I also have Winds of Betrayal I & II: The Cry For Freedom and Embrace of the Enemy combined for a book in print. Also the audio version is coming within the week. I will let you know. Until then, Winds of Betrayal I & II is on special for $.99. Enjoy!

WINDS OF BETRAYAL I & II




Monday, April 14, 2014

THE HEAVENS SHALL FALL, BOOK FOUR WINDS OF BETRAYAL

COMING MAY 20, 2014


The world of spies and traitors-love and betrayal converge on the path to the ultimate betrayal—the treachery of the American's most infamous turncoat, General Benedict Arnold!

The cry for Freedom is at its darkest hour!

After the devastating loss at Saratoga, the British respond with a vengeance, aiming at taking a strategic hold on the South. In New York, the American spy network is in turmoil, leaving Rupert Arnett to pick up the pieces. Never has it been more dangerous, but never has the stakes been higher.

Under siege by the RedCoats, Charles Town collapses, giving the Americans their most humiliating and worse defeat of the war. When Dr. Jonathan Corbett is taken prisoner, Rebekah faces her greatest personal challenge...for the only way to save her husband's life is to betray his trust. She turns to the one man Jonathan despises the most, General Marcus Durham.

On the return of Major John Andre to New York, Rupert recognizes something is amiss. The British intelligence seems to know Washington's every move. Pressure mounts on him to discover what the British have planned. Amid untold dangers, Rupert turns to his one operative that can uncover the truth.

Now, time is of the essence. The crucial hour of the revolution is upon the Americans. There is a traitor in their midst. Can the network determine who the traitor is before all is lost? At what cost? Who one will pay the ultimate price for the cry of freedom?

Be swept up within the Winds of Betrayal saga! Captivating!

Spies and Traitors; Love and Betrayal! 


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