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

My Life as a bodyguard

A bodyguard! You don’t look like a bodyguard.”People exclaim every time I tell them I was one.

Well, it’s like this. Sometimes a path in life opens up and you step onto it, allowing yourself to travel to a destiny you had never thought possible. My journey into this field of work came upon me quite suddenly and quite by accident and changed my life forever. Read More

kingThe Spanish King was born in Rome on the 5th of January, 1938. He is grandson of King AlfonsoX111 and eldest son of Don Juan de bourbon, Count of Barcelona and Doña Maria de Las Mercedes de Bourbon Orleans.

He studied in Switzerland as a young child and first set foot on Spanish soil at the tender age of ten on the, “Lusitania Express.” As the train rolled into Madrid, he remembered his father’s orders. “A, bourbon never cries except in bed.” Read More