Press Release. Readers’ Favorite Awards 2016

For Immediate Release: 7th September 2016

Reader’s Favorite recognizes “The Errant Flock” and “Dark Shadows: Mercy Carver,” in its 2016 international book award contest.

The 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries.

Valencia, Spain. Readers’ Favorite has become the fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

In addition to reviewing for some of the biggest names in the literary industry, as well as the first time independent author, they host a respected award contest which features entries from new authors to NYT best-sellers, as well as celebrities like Jim Carrey and Henry Winkler.

25925567“Readers’ Favorite is proud to announce that “The Errant Flock” by Jana Petken is a Silver Medal Winner in the Fiction – Historical – Event/Era category in our 2016 International Book Award Contest.”






DS Banner2“Readers’ Favorite is proud to announce that “Dark Shadows: The Mercy Carver Series” is a silver medal winner in the Fiction – Historical – Personage category in our 2016 International Book Award Contest.”

The Errant Flock, a historical epic of greed, betrayal, and murder, set during the Spanish Inquisition.

Dark Shadows, A fast-paced, action-packed historical romance set during the last days of the Old South.

Jana Petken is a multi award winning author, and international bestselling author.  She is ex military, Scottish, and resides in Spain.

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A 2016 silver medallist, The IPPY Awards, 2015 Notable INdie Award, Shelf Unbound Magazine.

Dark Shadows, Readers’ Favorite review

“Ohhh, long sigh. That is what I did when I finished reading Dark Shadows, the first book in the Mercy Carver series by author Jana Petken. A stunning work of historical fiction, the book is heartbreaking and ultimately a story of redemption. Follow the story of Mercy Carver, a young woman whose mother dies in childbirth and whose father kills himself due to grief shortly thereafter. Mercy is raised in poverty by both sets of her grandparents, and is promised in marriage at the young age of fourteen to an unsavory, older and more prosperous man, and will be married off to him when she turns eighteen. But when she’s being fitted for her wedding dress, she convinces the women there to allow her to leave so that she enjoys one day of freedom. And that’s where the adventure really starts.

I enjoyed Dark Shadows to no end. Author Jana Petken has done a wonderful job at creating a lovely and sympathetic character in Mercy Carver; she’s a character that the reader will truly feel connected to, and will hope for the very best for her. Jana Petken has also written with an authenticity and real knowledge for the time period and that adds to the very realistic feeling of the book. Dark Shadows would be enjoyed by anyone who loves historical fiction, action, adventure, or just a great work of fiction. I am happy to highly recommend Dark Shadows.

The Errant Flock. Readers’ Favorite Review

Wow! That’s the first word that popped into my mind after I finished reading The Errant Flock, the newest book by author Jana Petken. In an absolute thrill ride of a piece of grand historical fiction, the story follows four unique men in Spain in 1491. David Sanz, a young Converso knight, the Duke of Sagrat, Luis Perato, the Lord Treasurer, Sergio Garcia and the Inquisitor, Gaspar De Amo who are attempting to survive the Inquisition. Young David, a convert from Judaism to Catholicism, has been stripped of his knighthood after being forced to do something against his very nature by Luis and Sergio, and was subsequently blackmailed. His family members were tortured, killed and imprisoned, and his parents forced to flee Spain. Jewish people in general were being forced to give up their belongings and tortured for the “crime” of being Jewish. Times are dark, and darker times appear to be on the horizon for these four men, and survival, for any of them, no matter what side they come down on, seems uncertain at best.

The Errant Flock was a fantastic book. Absolutely fantastic. I am a fan of historical fiction in general, but this book stands out even among my very favorites. Author Jana Petken is an extremely talented author who has done an amazing job at describing scenes so clearly that the reader will absolutely feel in the moment, even if the moment occurred more that 500 years ago. Her character development skills are second to none, and the four principals of the story truly seem like real people. Jana Petken has quite obviously done her research into the Inquisition, and this comes through quite plainly throughout the book. Any reader who enjoys historical fiction, action or just a good book will love The Errant Flock. In fact, the only piece of advice I have for any potential reader is to be sure that you have time set aside to read this book, because you absolutely will not want to set it down once you start it, it’s just that good. This is the first book that I’ve read by Author Jana Petken, but it certainly won’t be the last


Jana Petken
The Errant Flock and Dark Shadows
Phone Number 0034 652392140


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