Happy New Year, everyone!
I hope you all had a great time over Christmas and new Year, and a great start to 2020
What did Santa Claus bring you? Me, I got a puppy, a little sister for Marnina. She’s a Bichon Maltese and is 12 weeks old today. What can I say, she’s adorable, affecionate, loves cuddles, and to play with her toys. I couldn’t be happier at this addition to my family.
In other news. I’ve been busy editing Oath of Allegiance, which will be a larger tome than Swearing Allegiance, book 1 of the Allegiance Series. This is the final part of the story, and I’m now getting ready to say goodbye to the Carmodys and hello to a completely different set of characters in a completely different historical period. This will also be the first time in a few years that I will work on a project outside of the 20th century. I’m excited about my new story, but I will keep it to myself for a wee while longer. Here’s a peek into Oath of Allegiance
Oath of Allegiance, to be released February 2020
Jana Petken presents the final instalment of the multi-award-winning, bestseller, Swearing Allegiance, chronicling the Great War, the Irish War of independence, and the Carmody family’s struggle to survive the momentous events that are tearing their beloved Ireland apart.
As the Great War enters its most deadly phase, Patrick, Jenny, and Danny Carmody must cast aside their personal desires in order to stand with Britain against Germany and her allies.
Danny, who is recovering from serious wounds, is devastated when he learns he must return to the Continent to fight at the front.
Patrick, traumatised by his experience on HMHS Britannic, prays for a shore posting, but the Royal Navy has something much more insidious in store for him.
Jenny and Kevin rekindle their love for one another, but their relationship is tested when the Irish people demand their independence from Britain and its king. Jenny must choose between her brothers and her new husband’s Protestant family.
“A gripping, monumental adventure that gives life to one of the most tumultuous periods in British history.”
In other news. I am putting the final touches to my new website.
I’m excited for you to see it, and use it.
You’ll find a lot more features and information on it,
and I hope you’ll follow me there for updates and news.
So, dear friends, I’ll leave you now, and get back to you next month.
Please keep in touch, and remember, you can now also find me on www.janapetken.com
I know it’s been a long time since I’ve written to you, but I’ve been working hard on “Oath of Allegiance,” the long awaited sequel to Swearing allegiance.
Here is the state of play: The draft is finished and the book is going to the editor now. It’s going to be a bigger book than Swearing Allegiance, but I did manage to cover the Great War and the Irish War of Independence.
I guess the big questions my readers have, are: Do Jenny and Kevin get together? Does Danny survive his wounds? Does Patrick recover his late father’s money from the College of Surgeons? And, the biggest question of all; do the men in the family survive the war?
Now, this is not the synopsis above. The book description continues to be my least enjoyable part of being an author. I struggle with condensing a 5 hundred page book into a couple of paragraphs whilst trying to do justice to the story, but there you go, every author must go through the dreaded description unless they have a large staff who can take that task on their shoulders. Personally, I’d rather paint in numbers.
Okay, so while I’m here, I should mention that I’ll be starting a new book in January, and I am determined to follow “The Guardian of Secrets” and write another ‘Stand Alone,’ even if it is 700 pages long.
In other news, I’m home for Christmas, what are you doing? Whatever it is, wherever you are, have a wonderful family time.
Lots of love