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Well, here we are in May already, straddling the summer and coming up to one the biggest book-buying and reading seasons of the year.
In Spain, we’re seeing great weather, so good in fact, I managed to get my baby, Marnina to the beach for the very first time. How is she? you might be asking. Well folks, she is biting me to death, chewing my hair, destroying the wooden furniture with her razor-sharp teeth, and being what she’s supposed to be; a Labrador puppy who’s naughty but adorable.
Back to Business. I wanted to let you all know that the sequel to The German Half-Bloods is coming along nicely. I thought I’d be around 40,000 words at this point, but I’ve reached 60,000 and am getting the book cover together as we speak.
In Book 2, The Vogels: On All Fronts, I’ll be in Poland, Britain, France…
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Hi everyone. Many of you asked me to let you know when The German Half-Bloods was being released…well, I’m delighted to say that the book has just gone on Pre-Order from all Amazon worldwide platforms. Your support would mean a great deal to me, so, if you are planning on reading it, please pre-order now to give it a good boost on release day. To say that would be much appreciated would be an understatement. xxxx
“A powerful, heart-wrenching story of an Anglo-German family struggling to survive Hitler’s Germany and the perilous world of WWII spies. Petken’s characters bleed from the pages, making The German Half-Bloods an unputdownable read.”
Germany, September 1939. At the outbreak of War, Dieter Vogel and his family face catastrophic events and separation as each member embarks on their deadly paths towards survival, love, and freedom.
Dieter Vogel, a German industrialist, believes in protecting his family at all costs, but in a bid to keep his English wife and children safe, he is plunged into a well of deceit that tears the family apart. With no escape from the Nazi Party, Dieter risks everything to launch a daring attack on the SS extermination programme knowing that the price of failure might be fatal.
Doctor Paul Vogel is coerced into working in the Nazi eugenics programme, and soon discovers that sterilising handicapped and mentally-ill Germans is just a prelude to a more lethal plan against those the Reich deem unworthy of life. Paul, trapped by the SS, seeks help from the unlikeliest of people and is plunged into a world of espionage and murder.
British Army Major, Max Vogel, is attached to The British Intelligence Services and Winston Churchill’s Special Operations Executive. His missions in occupied Europe are fraught with danger, and his adulterous affair with a woman he cannot give up and whose husband is his closest friend, lead him deeper into the quagmire of treachery and lies.
Wilmot Vogel dreams of winning the Iron Cross, but when he confronts a mass killing of Jews in Poland, his idolatry of Hitler is shaken to its roots, and he finds himself imprisoned in the infamous Dachau concentration camp with no release date in sight.
Hannah Vogel has no ambition other than to marry her English fiancé, Frank, before the lines of war are drawn. Against her father’s wishes, she leaves Berlin on the eve of the German invasion of Poland, but when she arrives in England, she learns that Frank is not the civilian engineer he claims to be.
“A historical novel steeped in horror, danger and suspense; a true page-turner.”
Hello, everyone. I have left this newsletter to the very last minute, so that I can wish you all a happy New Year. I hope it brings you happiness and good health. This year has been busy with one book published and my manuscript, The German Half-Bloods coming to the end of its first draft. Read More
Hi everyone, it’s been a whirlwind November. Many of you are aware that I’m just back from Miami for the Readers’ Favorite Awards where Swearing Allegiance, The Scattered Flock, and Blood Moon, Mercy Carver Book Two won awards. Here’s a few photos for you.
Once again, the seminar and ceremony was wonderful but the best events of the long weekend were the moments I met other award-winning authors, previously known to me on FB and Twitter. Read More
Hello, dear readers
I’ve got a few updates for you. Firstly, Swearing Allegiance has just won the 2017 Outstanding Historical Book of The Year at the IAN Awards! I’m delighted and surprised as I won the same title last year with The Guardian of Secrets…big celebration tomorrow!
Secondly, I’ve booked my flights to the big USA in November for the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Awards and Miami International Book Fair. I’ll post photos when I get back. I’m looking forward to meeting other authors, and to be honest, eating hot and spicy buffalo wings and red velvet cake. Read More
Hi everyone, I want to introduce you all to thriller author, Nigel Seed. Nigel is an exciting find in today’s book market, and has been lauded for his notable series, revolving around the enigmatic, Jim Wilson.
Here’s a bit about Nigel and his first book in the series. Buckle up!
Nigel Seed was born in Morecambe, England, into a military family. His father was a serving officer and both his grandfathers served in the First World War. He grew up hearing his father’s tales of adventure during the Second World War, and this kindled his interest in both military history and storytelling.
He received a patchy education, as he and his family inevitably followed service postings from one base to another. Perhaps the need to constantly change schools contributed to his odd ability to link apparently unconnected facts and events in order to weave his stories.
Following formal education, he not surprisingly joined the Army, serving with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in many parts of the world, including several tours in Northern Ireland, Germany, Canada, Zimbabwe, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands.
Upon leaving after a full engagement, he joined the Ministry of Defence as a Quality Assurance Officer, and also lectured part-time at a University whilst taking a Master’s degree in Information Technology. During his time with the Ministry of Defence he formed strong links with overseas armed forces, including the USAF, and cooperated with them, particularly in support of the AWACS aircraft.
Within his civil service career he also held senior managerial posts in the British Home Office, and the Department of Justice, including a period making himself distinctly unpopular as one of the directors of the now defunct UK ID Card programme.
V4 – Vengeance
Hitler’s Last Vengeance Weapons Are Going To War
Major Jim Wilson, late of the Royal Engineers, has been obliged to leave the rapidly shrinking British Army. He needs a job but they are thin on the ground even for a highly capable Army Officer. Then he is offered the chance to go to Northern Germany to search for the last great secret of World War 2, a hidden U Boat base. Once he unravels the mystery he is asked to help to spirit two submarines away from under the noses of the German government, to be the central exhibits in a Russian museum. But then the betrayal begins and a seventy year old horror unfolds.
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I’m just popping in to tell you about my progress on The German Half Bloods. I’ve just hit 100,000 words, which means I’m about two thirds of the way there. This is going to be a relatively big book with multiple characters and plots set against the backdrops of Berlin and London during WW2. Read More
On the eve of Flock The Gathering of The Damned being released, I thought I would share a few more photos, taken when I went on my research trip. I really am fortunate to be able to find medieval treasures on my doorstep and being able to use what I saw in my stories.
Sagrat Castle on the left. (Sagunto)
The Flock was a real roller-coaster ride for me. It was emotional to write in places and sickening to note that I could draw parallels to certain evils going on today, as though torture, persecution and religious bigotry has been recycled to the modern age.
I thought it was important to end the Trilogy with a couple of new locations, which were not overly used but mentioned to give a new flavour to the tale. I’d like to share a couple of these locations with you, so that when you read the book, you too can see what the characters are seeing.
Valencia Cathedral was a wonderful eye opener from its 1,500 year-old Christian graveyard with corpses visible in the rocks underneath the building, to the chalace defended as the Holy Grail. I was also blown away by letters in a glass case, written by Alexander V1, the Borgia/Borja Spanish Pope, to his son, the Duke of Gandia.
The Gandia Borja Palace was owned by the Borja family and used by the Borgia sons, born in Rome to Alexander VI. It remains untouched with the same ceramic floor and wall tiles, some furniture, chapel, and bed chamber of Saint Francisco de Borja who died there in the 16th century. His death mask is original, the cast placed on his face on the day of his death. The Palace is now owned by Jesuit Brothers who teach orphaned children.
Finally, the town of Sagrat was based on the town of Sagunto, full of treasures and artifacts, walls dating back to over 2,000 years ago when the Romans lived there.
The Flock was both difficult and rewarding to write. I’m sorry it’s over in a way because I enjoyed going back to a period in history, which was corrupt, cruel, yet wonderfully colourful in terms of characters who lived, loved and survived those lawless days of assassinations and power struggles.
Last day on Pre-Order today, and released tomorrow 15th. Go to your Amazon platform and see all three books in the Flock Trilogy.
Release date 15th of June. The beauty of pre-ordering is that you can wake up on the 15th and it will be on your kindle. Good, innit! xxxxxxxx
Flock, The Gathering of The Damned is now available for pre-order.
You can find it on all Amazon platforms worldwide.
“Petken’s storytelling is masterfully visceral, driving, and terrifying.”
Flock, The Gathering of The Damned, from the bestselling and multi award winning author of The Errant Flock, The Guardian of Secrets, Dark Shadows: Mercy Carver, and Swearing Allegiance.
The Sagrat militiamen suspend their hunt for Alejandro and return to Valencia to discover that they have become the prey.
When Rafael Perato is abducted at the Inquisitor’s funeral, he finds himself facing a new and dangerous enemy. What his captor wants with him is unclear, but as the days turn to weeks Rafael is plunged deeper and deeper into a web of deceit and betrayal.
David Sanz is marked for death after he uncovers a deadly secret and must choose between his duty to find Rafael Perato and his need to evade capture.
“Brilliant characters and riveting plots make The Gathering of The Damned an epic conclusion to The Flock Trilogy.