The Mercy Carver Series

Mercy Carver, cursed from birth to suffer, but destined to triumph against insurmountable odds. The story of a woman’s epic adventures from her poverty stricken beginnings in South East London to the battlefields of Virginia. She has escaped sadistic criminals and has survived the Virginia snow and ice encrusted wilderness. Can she strive for the future she dreams of or will her obstinacy destroy all chance of happiness with the man she loves.

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When unimaginable calamities strike, Mercy Carver, a poor London woman, wonders what she has done to deserve such immeasurable suffering. It is only when she faces imminent death in the snow and ice-encrusted Virginia wilderness that she finally understands the power of destiny.

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The New Mercy Carver book

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The unthinkable has happened. America is embroiled in a Civil War and Virginia has been invaded by a Union army. Mercy Carver ignores the dangers that surround her and treads a precarious road, using only her youthful passion and guile to guide her, and the runaway slaves she continues to aid.

Her love for Jacob Stone a slave owner, has grown, but even he does not have the power to stop her from fighting this war, her way.

Jacob, now an officer in the Confederate Cavalry, fights his demons and his growing mistrust of the woman he loves, whilst his old friend, Isaac Bernstein, a surgeon in the Union Army, refuses to give up on his pursuit of Mercy’s affections.

Where will Mercy meet her destiny? Will it be in the Confederate camp or will her journey lead her to the Union cause.




The Guardian of Secrets

Guardian 3DA historical family saga spanning four generations, from 1912, Kent, England, to Spain and its 1936–39 civil war. Celia and Ernesto’s two sons march under opposing banners, whilst their daughters take different paths, one to the Catholic Church and the other to the battlefields.

In exile, Celia and Ernesto can only wait and pray for their children and their safe return home, ignorant of the re-emergence of an old foe, more dangerous than the bloody war that has engulfed their children.

images-150x150Jana Petken is an author. Not just an author of any old kind of fiction– an author of high quality historically accurate writings that will entertain, interest and provide you with something a little… special for your reading pleasure. “The Guardian of Secrets” is the first Jana Petken novel and it’s one you will read and read and… read again! Enjoy this interview!

How would describe “The Guardian of Secrets?” The Guardian of Secrets is a dark, fast paced saga and adventure. It is a fictional account of a family’s struggles, which are often heartbreaking, yet heartwarming and uplifting at times. It is historical fiction, a genre that fascinates me and one I feel comfortable in, as far as writing is concerned.  My new, upcoming novel is also historical fiction, and I guess the following ones will be too, although I do have a completed factual manuscript on spirituality based on my own personal experiences. I believe that any reader who has read The Guardian of Secrets can expect the same style of storytelling from me but with a completely different subject, of course. Read More

NavyI would like to tell you about a little adventure I had on the 23rd February, 1981 when there was an attempted coup d’état in Spain. I was, at that time, in the British Royal Navy and my parents, sister, and brother lived in Dénia, Alicante.  I had not seen them for over a year. I missed them and thought it was high time I paid Spain, and the family, a surprise visit. Read More