Okay, first of all, sorry, it’s been a while since I’ve put a newsletter together. I have no excuse apart from that I’ve been desperately trying to finish the sequel to The German Half-Bloods whilst not rushing the work. The book, The Vogels, On All Fronts, is going on pre-order very soon, and I’ll keep you updated.
As I mentioned before, the Half-Bloods will be a trilogy, with book three, entitled, Before The Brightest Dawn being released in 2019. I intended the first book to be a stand-alone but got into trouble halfway through it when I found myself mired in 1940 … oh, dear, I thought … or words to that effect. Book two, although with a handful of pages less, will be even bigger than the German Half-Bloods in size, and although I’ve managed to reach mid 1942, I still have a long way to go. One thing I’m certain about, however, is that I have a fast-paced story that will, hopefully, please you, my dear readers.
In other news, The German Half-Bloods has a new cover. Unfortunately, the original cover was banned from Amazon after a fellow author complained about the Swastikas. As you historical Fiction buffs might have noticed, there are hundreds of books with that symbol on them, but hey, ho, said I, the book has just been awarded a Bronze medal at the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Awards, and is coming up to its three month anniversary as a #1 Bestseller. Take that, little creepy fellow author, whoever you are (Amazon refused to give me the name of the lttle weasel) Please note, Indie authors rock, and are the most helpful and friendly of people.
Now, I’ve had a lot of readers asking me when the sequel to Swearing Allegiance is coming out. I’d like to say that it will be soon, but I have to say that I’ll start writing it in mid 2019 and try my best to get it out at the end of next year.
Good news, The Flock Trilogy will be available in audio books by the end of the year. The Errant Flock is already out in Amazon and the other two are almost ready. Swearing Allegiance, the Mercy Carver Series, and The German Half-Bloods are also in production with Dark Shadows, The Mercy Carver Series, already available.
It’s great to speak to you all again, and it’s also good to have a little break from writing whilst the Vogels is in editing. I’m going down the coast to a resort called, Calpe, for a wee holiday. I hope to read some really good books that I’ve been seeing on Amazon, take some long walks and relax.
Please get in touch if you have any questions about any of my books, or upcoming books.
And most importantly, here is Marnina, now 7 months old and having great fun.
Take care, and talk soon
Updated with new book cover xxx
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.”