Hello, everyone

I hope you’re all enjoying the summer so far. It’s been hot, hot, hot here in Spain, and I have been staying indoors, pulling down the blinds, putting on the air conditioning, and getting stuck into my new novel. How did we ever survive intense heat without fans and cooling units? Of course we survived, and do survive. My favourite trick to keep cool in summers past was to shower myself with the garden hosepipe at full blast. I’ve also been keeping the dog cool during the day this year. I take her out at 0700 in the mornng and about 2100 at night. Here’s a recent photo of her on the mountain. She’s got so big.


Meanwhile, back to me. Before The Brightest Dawn was released on 14 June and, so far, the baby book is doing well. I’ll admit to you, the three books about WWII took it out of me, emotionally as well as physically. Still, the hard work has paid off. All three books are international Bestsellers in numerous countries, and seem to be going down well with those who have read them. An author cannot ask for more than that. I am eternally grateful to you all, my dear readers.

Still on the German Half-Bloods Trilogy; I’m delighted to announce that Cherry Hill Publishing and I have just signed the contracts for The Vogels and Before The Brightest Dawn for the audio book versions. The German Half-Bloods, book 1, will be released in audio any day now.



Now onto my other news. After a great deal of thought … no, to be honest, I didn’t spend that much time thinking about what I would write next. I guessed that whatever period I went to, people would say, “Oh, that’s nothing like The German Half-Bloods.” And they have. My new project is going to the 11th century, and into the lives of William the Conquerer and two other kings. These three men will fight each other for the English Throne. Who will win? Will it be William, Duke of Normandy? King Harold Godwinson of England? Or Harald Hardrader, the Viking king of Norway?

Most of you will already know who eventually won, but the book will not be a non fiction affair. It is going to have a big cast of characters and, hopefully, it will be an entertaining read for you all. I’d love to know your opinion about my choice, as yet, an untitled work.

And now, I’ll leave you until next month with a couple of cute photos taken last night with friends at my favourite Indian resturant, Hawelli. We are not the stars of the pictures, it is The German Half-Bloods, with the trilogy of paperbacks together for the first time.

Take care, everyone. Remember, you can get in touch with me here, email, or on FB. If you want to keep up with my news, please folllow me on my website.

All the best to you all

Jana x



HI, everyone

It’s been a while, I know, but I’ve been writing my wee socks off trying to get this book 3 of the German Half-Bloods Trilogy ready. Well, I have finished, not only that, but I have submitted the book for Pre-Order on All Amazon on-line stores.

It is a big story, and one never knows how much – how little to include in the book description. I can tell you that what’s not in the description are my feelings and emotions about this story. Whilst researching, I was both shocked and dismayed at the horrors and crimes perpetrated during the Second World War.

I have been asked by a few people if I am going to write a new WWII story after the German Half-Bloods. My answer was a simple one; no. After more than 1,800 pages, I have decided to move on to a new period in history and leave behind modern warfare, with guns, planes, bullets and exercises in genocide and racial cleansing.

“Where are you going now,” a close friend asked me, talking about the new historical period. She knows I love to skip from war to war, from historical period to historical period, and that I am always up for a challenge. Well, my dear readers, this new project will be a huge challenge, and I am going to tell you about it in my June newsletter.

BeforeTheBrightestDawn.KindleToday, however, is all about “Before The Brightest Dawn.”

Jana Petken’s extraordinary historical epic, The German Half-Bloods Trilogy, reaches its sweeping, heart-wrenching conclusion.

In The German Half-Bloods and The Vogels, Jana Petken followed the turbulent lives of an Anglo-German family as they forged their paths through the Second World War. Now, the conflict intensifies in the Soviet States, the boiling Western Desert of North Africa, and the growing resistance movement in Poland.


Will Max, Paul, and Wilmot Vogel survive the most ruthless phase of the war to date?

Max takes a path to momentous events in North Africa where he balances undercover games of espionage in decadent Cairo with dangerous missions behind the German Afrika Korps’ lines.

Paul’s loyalty to the Third Reich continues to wane as Germany’s extermination programmes in Poland expand, and he is stalked by the new Kriminalinspektor, Manfred Krüger. Can he stay one step ahead of a man who has been ordered to destroy him?

Wilmot faces new challenges in the Afrika Korps, but is he mentally and physically prepared to lead his men into Libya’s fiery desert and against the British 8th Army?

Before the Brightest Dawn, the long-awaited Book 3 of the Half-Bloods Trilogy, concludes the story of the inextricably entangled fates of three brothers … through a war that becomes increasingly brutal and cruel.

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Hi everyone.
It’s my pleasure this month to introduce you to a very special lady, Uvi Poznansky. She is talented, inventive, entertaining, and the author of  books one cannot put down.
I managed to break into her valuable time to bring you her insights into writing and to hear a few titbits about her life. Read her bio; you will be impressed!
Uvi writes across a variety of genres: Literary fiction, historical fiction, romance, romantic suspense, spy thrillers, techno-thrillers, biblical fiction, poetry, horror, and children’s books.
Thank you, Uvi, it has been a pleasure talking to you. Now, over to you.
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Fooling Nazi intelligence may cost Lenny the trust of the girl who captured his heart back home. Will Natasha discover his secret reports, disguised as love letters to another woman, in which he gives the enemy misleading information about allied plans for D-Day?
“The writing of this intense story of love and heartbreak is what makes it a classic. You’ll go through the wringer with this one, but you’ll never forget it.”
 ~J.A. Schneider, author
Uvi Poznansky is a USA TODAY bestselling, award-winning author, poet and an artist. “I paint with my pen,” she says, “and write with my paintbrush.” Her romance boxed set, A Touch of Passion, was the 2016 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards. Her romantic suspense boxed set, Love Under Fire, reached #44 on the USA TODAY bestselling list.
She received a Fellowship grant and a Teaching Assistantship from the Architecture department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she earned her M.A. in Architecture. Then, taking a sharp turn in her education, she earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.
Uvi writes across a variety of genres: Literary fiction, historical fiction, romance, romantic suspense, spy thrillers, techno-thrillers, biblical fiction, poetry, horror, and children’s books.
Tell us about your WWII romantic suspense story, Dancing with Air.
Dancing with Air is volume IV of Still Life with Memories, but you can easily read it as a standalone book. As a love story, it is unusual. Do not expect a traditional romance, one that is neatly sealed with a happy end. Life is more layered than that, and so is this story.
In 1970, Lenny prepares to take his wife to the hospital for an examination. It is then that he reflects on the months leading to D-Day. Back then, Natasha did the unimaginable. She came to his help when he was caught in an underground explosion, nearly sacrificing herself for him. He will forever see her in his mind, not the way she is now, but the way she was, riding the Harley, coming towards him out of a cloud of smoke, debris swirling all around her. He will remember her hand as she pulled him up to his feet, saving his life.
In the face of war, misery, illness, described in the past and framed by the present, Lenny and Natasha strive not for what is, but for what could be. Such is the power of their love. Such is hope.
How did you write the story, set in WWII England, with such authentic historical detail?
I went though meticulous research into many aspects of the WWII era– the garb and hairstyle of the time, the furniture and appliances, and of course, the timeline of events. But beyond all that, I was inspired by popular music of the time, to compose lyrics that will resonate not only with your memories but also with the mood of the characters. The lyrics add another dimension to the romantic feel of this book.
Here is an example:
Do I want you to stay
And be here by my side?
Only forever
Be my joy and pride
Would I let you leave me
If you say that you must?
Take my heart with you
‘Cause its you that I trust
Would I be counting the days
Till you’re back in my arms?
Only always
Enchanted by your charms
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“The writing of this intense story of love and heartbreak is what makes it a classic. You’ll go through the wringer with this one, but you’ll never forget it.”
 ~J.A. Schneider, author

1024px-flag_of_europe.svgI’m thinking about the Brexit vote today.

People of Britain who voted to leave Europe, you can view my thoughts with distain, tell me I’m a scaremonger, block me on FB …. ooh, I’m scared, or you can laugh at this and tell me I’m not a prophet and I don’t know what I’m talking about; up to you.

Your government might soon have three trading blocks to go to with cap in hand…China..USA…Europe. Choose China and you deal with a government who kills and imprisons anyone with the balls to have free speech. Watch them manipulate their currency, making our goods more expensive for us to sell to them and there’s cheaper to buy. And good luck bidding against them for deals in the African countries that were once in Britain’s Empire; that ship left port long ago. You are not at the front of the queue for trade deals in African countries, get it?

Go to America and deal with Loony tunes Trump. Watch your trade deals with that country be cancelled at the last minute because Trump is in a tiff and stabs you in the back. Do America’s bidding, go to war with them, pick up their slack in the UN when they blindly veto everything that doesn’t self-serve the Trumpster and his buddies. Watch Trump walk out on Allies, go back on deals with his own government, and talk to you like you were a junior in his boardroom. Wait until he does it to you.

Or, you could maybe trade with India, as May is trying to do. Did you know she promised easier visa access to Indians coming to the UK? No. You probably weren’t told that she might kick out the Europeans to make way for citizens of mutual trade countries. European workers are not classy enough, you see. Watch visa rates rise for Africans, too; after all, no one get anything for nothing, not even proud, arrogant Britain who once ruled the world.

Or, maybe trade with Europe, but of course without the fringe benefits. Forget about open borders, opportunities to work and study for young people in Euro states, a common European, not Nato, defence strategy against Trump’s friend, Putin, and all the nice goodies we like to eat. Ignore the fact that factories are leaving British soil and relocating to Europe, financial boardrooms are going back across the channel, too, and European workers who serve you in restaurants and hotels, hospitals and factories are being told they’re not good enough, they earn too little and must make way for people from other far away countries – good luck to them living in Britain where prices will go up, salaries will go down…never mind, they can live off Government benefits. And forget about having a voice in Europe, any say in how it deals with external and internal issues that might one day affect us. This is a new world, not an Empire world, but a dangerous world, but hey, we can become an island that shuts its eyes to the rise in anti-Semitism and far right creatures working the Hitler Playbook. We will worry only when the shit hits our shores.

I am sitting here wracking my brain, wondering how it is possible for older people in Britain to believe that, as they lived for forty years before Europe, they can do it again, that Europe needs us more than we need them, that we should just get out and be done with it. No, Britain, we will not be done with it. Our troubles will just be beginning.

Today, I am praying for a miracle; that the British government will swallow its pride and realise that getting out means getting nowhere. Whatever happens, I will continue to live in Europe, face the changes, and perhaps change my passport to the one with the stars of Europe. Everyone has had their say, this is mine without the facts and figures I had ready to throw at you. For those of you who agree with me, you will not need to see the research I have done, for those of you who don’t want to listen, you will not believe the facts if I shoved them down your throat. You think think this divorce has been semi-amicable; wait until the bitterness sinks in.

Hi Everyone!
I have the honour this month of introducing what could be one of the best Historical Fiction Anthologies on the market. I can say this with confidence because I know how these authors write. Most of the talent involved in this collection of ten WWII Resistance stories, specialise in this period. Their individual tales bring to life a terrible period in history with both realism and courage.
49814820_1916384981817567_5668387263327764480_nLest we not forget, please support the authors of these amazing works of historical fiction. Available now to Pre-Order.


WW2. When the world falls to terror and tyranny reigns…

…how far would you go to resist?

Would you risk your own life or the lives of the ones you love?

From a young Jewish woman in love fighting her way out of the Warsaw ghetto, to a Czech assassin rising above his fears for an attempt on a Nazi Hangman’s life, to a daughter who vows to avenge her family by taking down a Japanese commander, and a French boy’s touching act of defiance no matter how small.

Come and get a glimpse of the invisible side of WWII – the Resistance, those who refuse to bow down to brutality.

Hold your breath and hope for the best in the darkest of times, when our heroes and heroines risk all to defy evil so the light of freedom will shine over their countries again.

This collection includes ten never before published novellas by ten of today’s bestselling WWII historical fiction authors.

Foreword by Terry Lynn Thomas, author of The Silent Woman, the USA Today Bestseller.

49505608_2368332773239151_3890750919997915136_nI would have loved to have shown you all the covers, but here’s a glimpse of three of them.

Featured Stories:

Bubbe’s Nightingale by Roberta Kagan
Catriona’s War by Jean Grainger
Reluctant Informer by Marion Kummerow
Killing the Hangman by Ellie Midwood
The Moon Chaser by Alexa Kang
Enemy at the Gate by Mary D. Brooks49467893_2336268556594018_7466217937293017088_n
The Occupation by Deborah Swift
Code Name Camille by Kathryn Gauci
V for Victory by John R McKay
Sound of Resistance by Ryan Armstrong

* All proceeds will be donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum In Washington DC *

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