Jana Petken


Hello fellow Indie authors and readers As I approach my third anniversary in the publishing industry, I have to admit that I’m surprised to still be here. Three years ago, I published The Guardian of Secrets, had a very small book signing, went to the beach, had a fancy cocktail, and then got on with my life. When no royalties arrived after the first, second, third, and sixth month, I started wondering about… Read More

Okay, so I am almost ready to send my new manuscript to my editor. The Scattered Flock is set in the year, 1492, in Spain, which was in my humble opinion, the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of Spain’s golden age. However, this blog has nothing to do with books or what I’m writing. Instead, I’m bringing you a wonderful, miraculous story from my town, Denia. I grew up on the… Read More

For Immediate Release: October, 2015 Reader’s Favorite recognizes “The Guardian of Secrets” in its 2015 international book award contest. The 2015 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries. Readers’ Favorite has become the fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received… Read More

My novels, The Errant Flock and The Scattered Flock are purely fictional, and set against the backdrop of The Spanish Inquisition. I found the subject fascinating and disturbing, so much so, I was in danger of wanting to cram factual data into the stories. I didn’t. Instead, I allowed the fiction to overshadow historical facts and figures, but at the same time I incorporated various situations for my characters, some, which I believe could have taken… Read More

Following on from my pick for Joseph Dobbs, this week I would like to share my thoughts on my picks for Celia Merrill and Ernesto Martinez. The two actors I have chosen are well known, but their A list status is not the reason I believe they would be great in my fantasy movie of The Guardian of Secrets.