Sudetenland: Excerpt From George Chronis’ New Book

 

Today I am proud to have an excerpt of George Chronis’ new novel Sudetenland. This exciting snippet is just a taste of this historical novel set around the Munich Conference in 1938. Now, enjoy! 

Excerpt: 

“The Germans are very keen to have news of the conference broadcast live across the world. They are very confident of the outcome. Godesberg is a great victory for them,” Shirer felt a tad uncomfortable at helping them promote their success.

“Yeah, that’s what I have been reading in the local rags,” Endicott found the towing of the government’s pitch lines to be remarkably uniform.

“Don’t be too hard on us, my friend,” an overly cheery German broke into the conversation to sit down at the table without waiting for an invitation. “Godesberg is one of those rare occasions where everything we print is actually true.”

Shirer laughed and slapped the tabletop. “Eavesdropping again, Manfred?”

“Of course! And so do you. I am just better at snooping than you are,” the German boasted, although he ranked Shirer’s attention to detail as amazingly high.

“Charles,” Shirer turned to Endicott. “Meet Herr Culemann, one of Germany’s leading editors.”

“Pleased to meet you. Charles Endicott, Hearst International News Service,” Endicott reached over the table to offer his hand.

“I just read your story. Great work there: Kidnapped By the Sudeten Freikorps. I am glad you survived unscathed. Many of their number are severely undisciplined,” Culemann was sincerely pleased no harm had come to the American.

“Thanks on both counts. Sometimes I get lucky,” Endicott hoped the roll lasted for a while longer. “Say, you look like a man in the know. When does Herr Hitler arrive?”

“Oh, the chancellor is already in Godesberg… upstairs as we speak,” Culemann informed them.

“Now you’re talking,” Endicott perked up. “When do you think we will get a chance to see him?”

“Any time really. One never knows. He could stroll through the lobby in five minutes on the way to his river yacht. The vessel is tied up at the water’s edge,” Culemann located the vessel through the window and showed them.

“Somehow I expected something more formal,” Endicott sounded let down.

“Do not despair, the Teppichfresser will not disappoint,” Culemann lowered his voice as he teased the Americans.

“The what?” Endicott did not understand the term.

“Carpet eater?” Shirer’s translation did little to ease his own confusion.

“You two have obviously not been paying attention to the discussion at the next table,” Culemann nodded in the direction of two party hacks nearby.

“I imagine not,” Shirer had been ignoring their boorish neighbors on purpose.

“Perhaps you have heard… the chancellor often has strong reactions to bad news,” Culemann continued in a whisper. “Chamberlain promised him that he could deliver the Sudetenland on a platter and all of the news from Prague says Beneš is obstinately refusing to go along. Those two over there were just mentioning how this continued stubbornness by the Czech president has brought on one of Hitler’s rages causing the leader of the great German Empire to fling himself on the floor where he chews on the edge of the carpet.”

“You have to be kidding,” Endicott found such a tale difficult to believe.

“Trust me, on such matters, I never kid,” Culemann wagged his forefinger at the Americans.


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Sudetenland is the premiere novel by author George T. Chronis. The book delivers suspenseful and sweeping historical fiction set against Central European intrigue during the late 1930s leading up to 1938’s Munich Conference. Having swallowed up Austria, Adolph Hitler now covets Czechoslovakian territory. Only France has the power to stand beside the government in Prague against Germany… but will she? The characters are the smart and sometimes wise-cracking men and women of this era – the foreign correspondents, intelligence officers, diplomats and career military – who are on the front lines of that decade’s most dangerous political crisis. If Czechoslovak president Edvard Beneš ignores the advice of French premier Édouard Daladier and refuses to give up Bohemian territory willingly, then Hitler orders that it be taken by force. The novel takes readers behind the scenes into the deliberations and high drama taking place within major European capitals such as Prague, Paris, Berlin, Vienna and London as the continent hurtles toward the crucible of a shooting war.

Praise for Sudetenland

“Chronis impresses with such a challenging and intriguing debut effort, well written, impeccably researched.” — Melinda, Unshelfish

“Anyone that is looking for a thorough and rewarding read will enjoy Sudetenland.” — Diana, BookNerd

“The plot moves quickly along keeping you intrigued with well defined characters and great imagery to help immerse yourself in the story… I adored the way George managed to weave together the tragedy of war, depression and politics with romance, love and hope.” — Jennifer, pirategrl1014

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About the Author

  

After years as a journalist and magazine editor, George T. Chronis decided to return to his lifelong passion, storytelling. A lover of both 1930s cinema and world history, Chronis is now devoted to bringing life to the mid-20th Century fictional narratives that have been in his thoughts for years. Sudetenland© is his first novel. Taking place during turbulent times in Central Europe during the 1930s, the book took eight years to research and write. The author is already hard at work on his second novel.

Chronis is married with two daughters, and lives with his wife in a Southern California mountain community.

For more information please visit the Sudetenland website or George T. Chronis’s website, or follow him on Tumblr. Subscribe to George T. Chronis’s newsletter.

Sudetenland Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 16
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, March 17
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Monday, March 23
Spotlight & Excerpt at 100 Pages a Day

Tuesday, March 24
Spotlight & Excerpt at The Maiden’s Court
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Wednesday, March 26
Spotlight at Mythical Books
Spotlight & Excerpt at Kinx’s Book Nook

Thursday, March 26
Review at A Virtual Hobby Store and Coffee Haus
Spotlight & Excerpt at Griperang’s Bookmarks

Friday, March 27
Review at Genre Queen
Spotlight & Excerpt at A Book Geek.                                          Spotlight & Excerpt at Seize The Moment


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Hand Of Fire By Judith Starkston Finally Places Achilles’ Love Briseis In Her Place In History

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“Patroklos, far most pleasing to my heart in its sorrows, I left you here alive when I went away from the shelter, but now I come back, lord of the people, to find you have fallen. So evil in my life takes over from evil forever. The husband on whom my father and honored mother bestowed me I saw before my city lying torn with the sharp bronze, and my three brothers, whom a single mother bore with me and who were close to me, all went on one day to destruction. And yet you would not let me, when swift Achilles had cut down my husband, and sacked the city of godlike Mynes, you would not let me sorrow, but said you would make me godlike Achilles’ wedded lawful wife, that you would take me back in the ships to Pythia, and formalize my marriage among the Myrmidons. Therefore I weep your death without ceasing. You were kind always.”

In Homer’s The Iliad, these are the only lines spoken by Briseis, Achilles’ love, and considered his wife. As you can clearly see, Homer left out a lot about a woman who changed the course of human civilization. Judith Starkston has corrected that mistake.

With the publication of Hand of Fire, Starkston has finally placed Briseis in her rightful place in history. Beginning as a healing priestess, our heroine soon finds herself in peril when she is taken captive after her family is killed in an attack. A woman who should have every reason to hate Achilles finds a way to love him, and those feelings become mutual.

We see Achilles and Patroklos’ close friendship, and how Patroklos was the only one who truly knew Achilles for who he truly was. When Patroklos was killed in battle, Achilles is inconsolable. This is the point when Briseis and Achilles begin to love each other, and she is able to peek through the veil of the immortal hero to see how human Achilles really is.

Throughout Hand of Fire, we see the progression of the romance between our heroes. The conclusion of the novel hits the reader very hard, when Achilles comes to realize that his fate is sealed and he is taken from this world so devastatingly. By this point, they consider each other spouses, and their love is cut down at its apex.

Hand of Fire is a truly amazing novel. Starkston executes the romance between Briseis and Achilles without letting it get too sappy or lose real, human emotion. Starkston interprets the Iliad the same way I do, with Achilles being a truly kind man with human emotions and flaws, rather than being a selfish, violent man like some believe. No matter what, though, Starkston has created two protagonists that all readers can relate to, with cares and emotions, love and betrayal. These two characters are shown so human-like, it allows us to peer behind the curtain of heroism to see how they really were, just like Briseis did when she found love with Achilles.

Judith Starkston has created a world full of historical accuracy to rival any other, and has crafted characters that we can all find similar to ourselves. I consider Hand of Fire to be one of the most powerful and well-written tales set in the Late Bronze-Age, and one of the best books of 2014. I look forward with great fervor to future works by Judith Starkston, which, if written on the caliber of Hand of Fire, will become classics themselves.

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Judith Starkston: Author Biography~

Judith Starkston writes historical fiction and mysteries set in Troy and the Hittite Empire. Ms. Starkston is a classicist (B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz, M.A. Cornell University) who taught high school English, Latin and humanities. She and her husband have two grown children and live in Arizona with their golden retriever Socrates. Hand of Fire is her debut novel.

Praise For Hand of Fire

“In Hand of Fire, Starkston’s careful research brings ancient Greece and Troy to life with passion and grace. This haunting and insightful novel makes you ache for a mortal woman, Briseis, in love with a half-god, Achilles, as she fights to make her own destiny in a world of capricious gods and warriors. I devoured this page-turning escape from the modern world!” — Rebecca Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author of The World Beneath

“Suspenseful, tragic, surprising and sexy” –Nancy Bilyeau, author of The Crown and The Chalice

“In Hand of Fire, Judith Starkston frees Briseis from the actions of Achilles and Agamemnon and gives her the power to become the heroine of her own story. … Starkston does a lovely job of bringing the characters to life, and her descriptions of the religious rites, the scenery of Mount Ida, and life as a woman of privilege in the ancient world put me firmly in the story. The love story between Briseis and Achilles is well-rendered, as are Briseis’ relationships with her father and brothers, her nurse, and the other women in the city and in the camp. A wonderful new take on a timeless story.” –Historical Novels Review

“Briseis steps out from the handful of lines she gets in Homer’s epic, and fearlessly tells her own story as healer, war prize, and partner to the famous Achilles–here a godlike hero who manages to be all too human. Recommended!”–Kate Quinn, author of Empress of the Seven Hills

“In her portrayal of Briseis, Judith Starkston has cast a bright light on one of the Iliad’s most intriguing sub-plots. With her fast-paced story, three-dimensional characters, and fascinating cultural details, Starkston has given historical fiction fans a tale to remember.” –Priscilla Royal, author of Covenant with Hell and 9 other Prioress Eleanor mysteries

“Starkston breathes new life into an age-old tale in this masterful retelling of the Iliad. The reader experiences the terror, bravery and heartbreak of Briseis who now takes center stage in one of the most famous love triangles of all time.” Elisabeth Storrs, author of The Wedding Shroud and The Golden Dice

“Absolutely loved the book. Couldn’t put it down. Wonderful writing. And, I see no errors whatsoever as regards the history.” –Professor Eric Cline, Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, George Washington University

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Ukrainian Crisis: The Bosphorus

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News coverage of the Ukrainian Crisis has dropped dramatically, and many may believe it is over. Well, no, if anything, it has gotten worse.

Russia took the Crimean Peninsula. It is the part of Ukraine that juts out into the Black Sea. Now, the Black Sea enters into something, right?

The Mediterranean Sea. Yes, the Black Sea and The Mediterranean are connected by a strait of water called the Bosphorus. The Mediterranean is the sea that allows for access to Europe, The Americas, Africa, and Asia.

A little history: The Bosphorus has been fought over for thousands of years. Beginning in the 5th Century BC, Ancient Greece, Persia and Rome all fought for the Bosphorus. In the 1400’s, the Ottomans conquered it from the Byzantines, and it became the most important part of the Ottoman Empire. It is so important because it controls all trade between the Mediterranean and the Black Seas.

The strait matters now because, if Crimea votes on the 16th of March to join Russia, it will give Russia access to the rest of the world. We are trying to curb Russia’s bad behavior by isolating them; we cannot let them have access to the Mediterranean.

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Russia wants to continue to help the corrupt Assad regime in Syria: Can do with Bosphorus.
Influence Egypt? Can do with Bosphorus.
Access to UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Iran through the Strait of Hormuz: Can do with Bosphorus.

Russia wants Crimea because it is a warm water port. It would be Russia’s sole one. If Russia would be able to influence the Middle East, the corruption we see now would get even worse. Russia would be a threat to Europe too, if warships have access to the Mediterranean.

The US needs to work with Turkey to help restrict the Bosphorus. It may sound outlandish, but it is what needs to happen if we are going to contain Russia. It would be the perfect opportunity to show our strength in this crisis, and that we will not cower toward Putin.

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Does this sound familiar? The US putting missiles in Turkey to isolate the Soviet Union in the 60s? It will not be with missiles, but we would be working with Turkey to contain Russia. Not militarily, but keeping a step ahead.

This quote still is true, even today:

“Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder.” -President John F. Kennedy

Note: In a previous article on the Ukrainian Crisis, I talked about how NATO needs to defend the Polish-Russian Border. On March 10th, NATO jets began doing that, and still are. Thank you to the people who lead that.

The Age Of Ice Is A Spellbinding Tale of History, Love, and Immortality

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The Age Of Ice by J.M. Sidorova, I am going to say upfront, is now one of my favorite books ever read. For a person who reads about a book a day, and has for many years, this is a major compliment.

The story of Prince Alexander Velitzyn is a fascinating one. A man conceived in the (real-life) ice palace constructed by Empress Anna Ioannovna, he was born to a disgraced nobleman and a disformed jester. As he grows alongside his twin brother, Andrei, he starts to realize that passion for him becomes cold.

Alexander, in his pursuit to find the answer to why he is immortal and his coldness, begins to live throughout many major events of the last 300 years. He participates in an expedition to find the Northwest Passage, defends Russia from Napoleon, and becomes a spy for multiple parties. Alexander, throughout it all, loved and lost so much. Some mocked him, some ran to him, and some betrayed him, but he had to march on. By the end, in modern times, he comes to realize the truth that he has waited for his entire life: He Is Ice.

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One Of The Beautiful Maps In The Endpapers Of The Age Of Ice

The Age Of Ice captivated me. The imagery was presented beautifully, and the span over centuries worked well due to Alexander’s immortality. It was never answered in the text, but in the inference I took from the book, Alexander is immortal because of the particles slowing down in ice, and that makes it viable. It is not really science-fiction, but has hints of it, and is much more than a historical fiction. It is a masterpiece of a debut, and asks us to ponder the question of humanity itself. The Age Of Ice has the plot and theme to be a modern classic, and I believe will stand the test of time to become one of the great works of our era.

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J.M. Sidorova-Author

J.M. Sidorova was born in Moscow, when it was the capital of the USSR, to the family of an official of the Ministry of Foreign Trade. She attended Moscow State University and the graduate school of the Russian Academy of Sciences. She moved to Seattle, Washington, in 1990 and works as a research professor at the University Of Washington, where she studies aging and carcinogenesis.

An Interview With Author D.W. Bradbridge About His Book The Winter Siege, Cheshire Cheese, and The English Civil War

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I am conducting an interview with author D.W. Bradbridge, who wrote the book The Winter Siege, which I recently reviewed on this blog. How have you been, Mr. Bradbridge?

Fantastic, thank you, and very busy.  I’m very appreciative of the interest shown in The Winter Siege.

1. I understand that you are very familiar with the actual town of Nantwich in England. Is it this relation to the city that fueled the passion you used to write The Winter Siege?

Partly. I live near Nantwich and became involved in learning about the town’s history due to an interest in genealogy. But I’ve always had an interest in the English Civil War. I think awareness of that period in history is ingrained in the mentality of most Englishmen. Most of us instinctively know which side we would have been on in that particular conflict. It was an interest in this, which made me realise what a fascinating story the events surrounding the Battle of Nantwich provided.


2. The research into the English Civil War and this time period must have been extensive for you. Can you tell us some of the resources you used to write the book?

Fortunately there’s a couple of excellent local history books on the history of Nantwich and there are several contemporary accounts of the siege, all of which I used to some degree. However, I also read extensively about the Cheshire cheese industry and the salt making industry as well as researching how local government functioned in the 17th century and the role of a constable at that time.

3. Was the town of Nantwich during the English Civil War truly primarily on the side of Parliament?

Most of the inhabitants were on the side of Parliament and this became more so as the garrison became established. This was because the town became a haven for puritans and Parliament supporters from surrounding towns that were under royalist control – particularly Chester. However, as I indicated in the book, support for one side or the other was never black or white. There was a sizable minority of townsfolk who supported the King and who were later heavily sequestered because of that support.

4. Some of the characters in The Winter Siege were real. Could you tell us a few of the people who really lived that make an appearance in the book?

The main military protagonists – Fairfax, Byron, Brereton and Booth, were of course all real people but so were James Lothian, Thomas Sandford and the bloodthirsty Irishman, Connaught. Many of the prominent townsfolk such as Thomas Maisterson, Randle Church, Lady Norton and the two Roger Wilbrahams were also real historical figures. What I wanted to do though was to go a little deeper than that so I named several of the other characters in the book after real townsfolk – so that Davenport family were real, as was Alexander Clowes, who really was the town bellman during the Civil War.

5. The mystery part of The Winter Siege was excellently written and kept me until the very end wanting to know who the murderer was. Where did you learn to write such a good mystery?

To be honest, as this was my first novel, I wasn’t really sure whether the mystery aspect of the book had succeeded until I started receiving reviews. In retrospect, I think planning is vital in writing a good mystery. I’ve spent the last 25 years writing articles for business magazines as well as marketing analyses and business reports. They also require meticulous planning, so I guess I used 25 years experience to make sure that everything fitted together. I’ve spoken to a number of authors about their creative process since I wrote The Winter Siege. Many say they don’t really plan and just let their story flow. However, for me, I found it much easier to have a firm structure and let the character and plot grow within that structure.

6. Can you tell us some about your next writings that you are working on? Are we going to see anymore with Constable Daniel Cheswis?

Yes, I’m already working on the sequel to The Winter Siege, which will continue to follow the fortunes of Daniel Cheswis and Alexander Clowes. The sequel will be called A Soldier of Substance  and will see Daniel dealing with events in Chester, Lathom House in Lancashire and Bolton. The sequel should be available around October 2014.

Thank you for allowing me to do this interview with you, Mr. Bradbridge, and I look forward to any future books you are working on. I look forward to reviewing those when they come out, too!

DW Bradbridge

DW Bradbridge was born in 1960 and grew up in Bolton. He has lived in Crewe, Cheshire since 2000, where he and his wife run a small magazine publishing business for the automotive industry.

“The inspiration for The Winter Siege came from a long-standing interest in genealogy and local history. My research led me to the realisation that the experience endured by the people of Nantwich during December and January 1643-44 was a story worth telling. I also realised that the closed, tension-filled environment of the month-long siege provided the ideal setting for a crime novel.

“History is a fascinating tool for the novelist. It consists only of what is remembered and written down, and contemporary accounts are often written by those who have their own stories to tell. But what about those stories which were forgotten and became lost in the mists of time?

“In writing The Winter Siege, my aim was to take the framework of real history and fill in the gaps with a story of what could, or might have happened. Is it history or fiction? It’s for the reader to decide.”

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A Mystery Entwined With The English Civil War And The Divisive Royalists And Parliamentarians

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The Winter Siege by D.W. Bradbridge takes place in 1643, during the English Civil War. As the town of Nantwich waits for the War to reach them, people in Nantwich begin to die, with red sashes around their necks when murdered.

The town must turn to Constable Daniel Cheswis to figure out the murders. But as the War rages, and little evidence of anything, the task is almost impossible. And when Daniel’s past love comes back and she and her husband begin to accompany themselves with Daniel, his detective vision is sometimes blurried. Will Daniel be able to solve the mystery before the town falls apart, or will they all become traitors to each other and themselves?

I thoroughly enjoyed The Winter Siege. The author did a great job of presenting the murders and then distracting us for a short time with the war, and then bring us back to the mystery, making it all work together. The setting is phenomenal, with the cold of winter representing the feeling of the War and of the townsfolk, and the clash between the King and Parliament where everyone is a turncoat. Love, Law, and War encompass this novel, and you never know who you can trust. I look forward to the future installments of the Daniel Cheswis series!

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(D.W Bradbridge-Author of The Winter Siege)

D.W. Bradbridge was born in 1960 and grew up in Bolton. He has lived in Crewe, Cheshire since 2000, where he and his wife run a small magazine publishing business for the automotive industry.

“The inspiration for The Winter Siege came from a long-standing interest in genealogy and local history. My research led me to the realisation that the experience endured by the people of Nantwich during December and January 1643-44 was a story worth telling. I also realised that the closed, tension-filled environment of the month-long siege provided the ideal setting for a crime novel.

“History is a fascinating tool for the novelist. It consists only of what is remembered and written down, and contemporary accounts are often written by those who have their own stories to tell. But what about those stories which were forgotten and became lost in the mists of time?

“In writing The Winter Siege, my aim was to take the framework of real history and fill in the gaps with a story of what could, or might have happened. Is it history or fiction? It’s for the reader to decide.”

For more information please visit D.W. Bradbridge’s website. You can also find him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

An Interview With Author Elaine Cougler About Writing, The American Revolution, and Heroic Women In History

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I have conducted an interview with Elaine Cougler, author of The Loyalist’s Wife, which I reviewed recently.

1- Your author bio on the back of your book tells readers that you have family roots connected to the Loyalists. Has family history always fascinated you?

I’d have to say no, Nassem. While my family has always been paramount, the history part of it didn’t really interest me unless one of my great aunts was telling a story. Then I was mesmerized imagining the story in my mind as they told it. My interest in family history has grown as I’ve had more time to give to it now that I’ve retired from teaching.

2- Where did writing this book give you a chance to travel to?

What a good question! The Loyalist’s Wife talks about places in New York State not that far from where I live in southern Ontario. We traveled to Fort Niagara on several occasions, and east along Lake Ontario’s southern shore. Fort Saratoga is magnificent for showing a living history and the French Castle at Fort Niagara is absolutely stunning. It was built by the French long before the Revolutionary War. Since The Loyalist’s Wife has scenes in the French Castle I was enchanted that I was walking where my characters might have walked. And, of course, Ontario’s Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to two forts, Butler’s Barracks, and a host of other historical sites all of which we visited quite often.

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A British Uniformed Soldier At Fort Niagara

3- Your book exposes that both sides of the Revolutionary War committed horrid acts. Do you wish people would write more about the hypocrisy found in the patriots rather than only the King’s men?

Another great question! I wanted to show an evenly balanced look at the American Revolutionary War without the selective reporting that histories written at the behest of countries often have. There was and is good and bad in all of the factions: Loyalists, Patriots, and Natives or as we now call them in Canada, First Nations people. I particularly wanted to show that we little people are powerless against the might of countries; John and Lucy are driven by circumstances way beyond their control.

4- In The Loyalist’s Wife, you have a strong female protagonist. Why do the women left to take charge of the hard work of the homesteads during the War not get the credit they deserve?

Again this goes back to those writing the history, doesn’t it? There are stories of heroic women in history but they are few and far between. This could be for two reasons: their roles were not in the forefront usually and most often men are writing the histories. We tend to write about what we know. I think in many ways being left behind is every bit as dangerous and terrifying as going off to war. Lucy’s situation certainly shows that.

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French Castle At Fort Niagara

5- Will you spill any details about the second book in The Loyalist’s Trilogy, The Loyalist’s Luck?

I am having such a good time writing the second book because John and Lucy’s story is far from over at the end of The Loyalist’s Wife. SPOILER ALERT! Here is the teaser I added on the very last page of the first book, although I must warn those who haven’t read the first that this is a bit of a spoiler so you might want to skip this just now:

John and Lucy escape the Revolutionary War to the unsettled British territory across the Niagara River with almost nothing. In the untamed wilderness they must fight to survive, he, off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she, left behind with her young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy–her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip , and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy. With John’s reputation besmirched, she must walk a thin line depending as she does on the British army, and Sergeant Crawford, for her family’s very survival.

Nassem, I am so thrilled to have been asked to do this interview with you about my writing. Thank you very much. Your enthusiasm for your work and your intriguing questions have made this a joy for me. I look forward to seeing what else you put on your blog.

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A native of Southern Ontario, Elaine taught high school and with her husband raised 2 children until she finally had time to pursue her writing career. She loves to research both family history and history in general for the stories of real people that emanate from the dusty pages. These days writing is Elaine’s pleasure and her obsession. Telling the stories of Loyalists caught in the American Revolutionary War is very natural as her personal roots are thoroughly enmeshed in that struggle, out of which arose both Canada and the United States.

Visit Elaine At: http://www.elainecougler.com
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