Breaking News Adds Exciting Twist to Debut Novel
By Jo Grafford
After five years of poring through sailing journals and other ancient archives, I had a pretty strong suspicion about what happened to the Lost Colonists of Roanoke Island. Last seen on August 27, 1587, these brave men, women, and children paved the bridge to Jamestown and deserve (I think) so much more credit for their heroism than they have ever received until now.
While I was in the middle of writing Breaking Ties, British Museum experts announced the discovery of a new clue to the whereabouts of our Lost Colonists. Using laser technology, they uncovered a sketch of a previously unknown fort beneath a patch on one of the original Lost Colony maps. It was the first clue in over 400 years that offered conclusive proof of survivors. Imagine my excitement to learn that authentic research now supported the underlying premise of my debut novel – that there was a whole “rest of the story” to be told!
Breaking Ties is narrated by a fiery-haired lass with a head for numbers named Rose Payne. Desperate for work, she signs on as the ship’s clerk in a risky overseas investment venture to the Colonies. Initially she buries herself in her ledgers below deck, nursing a broken heart, but the discovery of an ugly conspiracy soon forces her above deck to mingle with her shipmates. There she catches the eye of Chief Manteo, a whiskey-eyed Native American diplomat who is anxious to leave behind the intrigues of Court and return to his beloved homeland in Virginia. The plot quickly escalates as Rose fights an unwanted attraction to Manteo while collaborating in a race against time to save themselves and their comrades from a set of enemies determined to make every one of the would-be colonists disappear – forever.
You may have already guessed it, but Breaking Ties is based on real people and real events. Though the conversations and many of the relationships in my novel are pure fiction, Rose and Manteo truly sailed to Roanoke Island together in 1587 on a journey that changed history. Their story is one of love, betrayal, hope, sacrifice, and tremendous faith.
And now a question for our guests to today’s blog: Many rumors, suspicions, and legends have arisen surrounding the fate of the Lost Colonists. What is it that you have you heard in your part of the country or world about these amazing pioneers?
Jo Grafford is from St. Louis, Missouri. An award-winning author at Astraea Press, Jo writes historical fiction to spotlight unsung heroes and unsolved mysteries. She published her first poem in junior high, edited her high school newspaper while typesetting for a local news journal, and has been writing ever since. She holds an M.B.A. and has served as a banker, a junior college finance instructor, and a high school business teacher. She is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America and From the Heart Romance Writers RWA Chapter. The mother of three children and the wife of a soldier, she serves as a literacy volunteer for elementary school students.
- Back Cover Blurb
A cursed island, a chilling conspiracy, and an unforgettable love story. The 115 colonists on Roanoke Island couldn’t GPS, skype or twitter their ultimate destination back to their families and friends in 16th Century England. But modern laser technology has finally uncovered a clue – hidden beneath a patch on an ancient map at the British museum – that leads us to their whereabouts. Considered “lost” for centuries, these brave pioneers finally reveal the rest of their story in…THE LOST COLONY SERIES.
Rose Payne’s world is shattered after a secret betrothal to the duke’s son gets her dismissed from her position as clerk in his father’s household. Without a letter of recommendation from her previous employer, Rose is virtually unhireable and becomes an easy target for recruiters to the Colonies. Desperate for work, she signs up for a risky overseas venture and sails for the New World, hoping for a fresh start and vowing to never again fall for a wealthy, titled gentleman.
Returning from a diplomatic tour in London, Chief Manteo is bewitched by the fiery-haired ship’s clerk and determined to overcome her distrust. He contrives a daring plan to win her heart – one that forces her, honor bound, to serve as a slave to his tribe – a plan he prays will protect her from a chilling conspiracy involving murder, blood money, and a betrayal of their fledgling colony so terrifying it can only be revealed in Breaking Ties.
- Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00FYIYM7A
- Barnes and Noble:
- Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/368485
- iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/breaking-ties/id734879755?mt=11
- Astraea Press: http://astraeapress.com/#!/~/product/category=662245&id=28863116
My Find-Me-Online Links
- Website: www.jografford.com
- FB: https://www.facebook.com/JoGraffordAuthor
- Twitter: @jografford
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7360736.Jo_Grafford
- Google+: https://plus.google.com/114780404475283292643/posts
- YouTube book trailer: http://youtu.be/nBB8_qcG-9I