“The Deep and Timeless Sea” A lifelong obsession with the ocean and all things to do with it. 

*Spoilers*

Obviously 

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While writing The King’s Secret Daughter I debated heavily on the role of the ocean and Jack Smith. At first, I thought to do the two as two separate stories but then Part Two was born. I wanted my readers to understand that the American Revolution was fought on both land and sea and that the battles on the water were just as important and strategically rough as those on land. The role that Jack Smith and the Century plays is one similar to John Paul Jones. A famous revolutionary war captain.

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To understand why I chose the sea as part two I suppose we have to go back to the beginning and where my obsession for the ocean first stemmed from: I was raised the daughter of a man who was in the Navy and so the sea was already within my blood. All my life I was positioned close to the water and within proximity of nautical history. Both the Navy base and the mystic seaport provided me with valuable information which would stick with me for a lifetime. My young brain absorbed the information about vessels in and on the ocean, eventually graduating to an obsession with sharks and other creatures of the deep.

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My shark obsession was short but sweet. I got made fun of a lot as I poured over books of different type of sharks. My favorite was learning about shark attacks and then finding sharks in sunken ships. It was at this point my interest took a turn elsewhere…

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When Titanic came out I wanted to see it badly. When I did, my obsession for ocean liners grew to an all-time high. I became obsessed with the study of these magnificent floating palaces, devoting every Robert Ballard book in my school’s library. I was fascinated by how they were made down to many of their intimate endings on the ocean floor and how their mass capacity caused great loss of life.

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From ocean liners came the world of tall ships. Around this time I recall the local seaport doing a special on the Amistad. While visiting, I re-entered the world of whaling upon the Charles W Morgan and from there came curiosity on tall ships. I began to dig into whaling ships to war ships and finally… pirate ships.

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I cannot give all credit to Pirates of the Caribbean but my mind  waundered to new and mysterious ways while watching and researching the film. I fell in love with life at sea and, possibly Jack Sparrow, but that the girl in me always loving those bad boys. This led right into my adult career when I began working for Real Pirates.

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I suppose my enthusiasm and love for the subject is that got me the manager position, but this job was honestly my favorite and it brought me from Connecticut to Texas. I so loved being around the cannons and artifacts. It was a dream come true and to this day I wished it had been permanent.

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After the pirate exhibition ended I did a number of other jobs including the librarian. It was then that the idea for The King’s Secret Daughter came to light. I began the novel back in 2008 but dropped it entirely, leaving notes and scrambled papers. I began some more notes in 2014 but dropped the project again when my daughter was born. She’s Only Seventeen took the main road and was published in 2016.

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In January of 2017, I sat down and reviewed the notes to The King’s Secret Daughter. It was then a lightbulb went off in my head and I began writing only to stop six weeks later after 340 pages and 70,000 words were born. A cover was created and my novel was finished.

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The characters on board The Century are based on a number of historical and fictional sea characters. I studied relentlessly the parts of a war ship from the 1780s down to names and features. I researched roles and finally found my footing on who and what part two would consist of. The contrast which part two brings to the novel is striking. We have land and sea.  Anna comments on the beauty of the sea but misses land. Jack lives and breathes the sea which is strongly evident in his excitement during battle and needs to get off the island as soon as possible.

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Anna’s life upon the ship is marked by tragedy. The loss of life within battles and storms was common. The scene where Jack does a burial service for the fallen is taken straight from real life. The prayer he serves was a common one. I changed a few words to make it more understandable for readers. The way the dead were buried is taken straight from an eye wilt was account. The last stitch through the nose was actually a common procedure and can be found in both our history books and movies.

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I’ve begun a sequel to this novel but sadly no more sea scenes. That’s not to say we won’t see anyone from the Century again but that’s for me to know only. When I am done with this, the prequel to she’s only seventeen will be released and then possibly I will work on my time travel romance.

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I have debated a pirate story since my love of the ocean has reached their but so much has been done on the subject already. I have ways of placing my own marking and twists in the story but it’s so overdone.

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If anyone of my readers actually read this I’d love some input. A pirate story, yea or nay? Would y’all like more ocean themed books?

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I guess we will see what the future holds but one matter will forever remain unchanging. My love for the sea and all things to do with it.

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The Women of “The King’s Secret Daughter”

*Spoilers*

Obviously 

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Women’s roles have changed greatly since the time of Anna and the American Revolution. No longer in the United States nor Great Britain is a woman ruled by her husband. Here we explore the prominent women featured within The King’s Secret Daughter

 

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Our first and foremost character is of course Anna. She’s a rebel at heart who, although tries to remain faithful at first to king and country, follows her heart. She takes her life into her own hands, something quite rare in that time period. Her marriage to John Seymour marks the first time she is given away against her will and married off. She finds some happiness with Thomas Miller briefly. Thomas is a choice for her. She chooses freely to love him and in that action, she discovers the joys of relationships and intimacy without the restraints of marriage. When Thomas dies she is deeply saddened and cannot stomach John. Because of this, she saves the Miller Family and consummates her passion with Nathan. Her relationship with Nathan differs from everyone else in the fact that she loves him but is torn between her duty and heart.

When Anna leaves Nathan and returns to England she experiences the same trappings she did before. This time she is married to Jack Smith. Their relationship is stormy and passionate and Anna finds herself content with it for a while. She fears to return to England for the feeling of entrapment to come back.

Anna, however, takes her life into her own hands and returns to Nathan in South Carolina. Her return marks the end of her struggle between king and country. She chooses to live as Nathan Miller’s wife on Miller plantation where her role has differed greatly. Nathan never tries to suppress her and allows her to be herself.

This is important for Anna because her two arranged marriages ended terribly and she felt surprised.

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Next, we have the strong figure of Jane Miller. Jane is the mother of Nathan, Thomas, and Charlotte. She serves also as a mother figure to Anna in the novel for Anna has never had a positive one before.

Jane advises Anna many times and is also the first to forgive her upon the discovery that Anna is the daughter of the English king. She welcomes Anna both times as a prospective daughter in law with first Thomas and finally Nathan. She does not blame Anna for Thomas death although Anna blames herself, something which will plague her the rest of her life.

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Bea is Anna’s lady-in-waiting the first part of the novel. She is bold and brazen. Bea speaks her mind and Anna loves her for it. Bea is also a sort of mother/older sister figure to Anna. She explains to Anna about the secrets of the bedroom to which Anna is shocked that Bea knows these things as an unmarried woman. Bea has had many love affairs but at the time of the novel is unmarried. It is unknown whether she takes a husband once separated from Anna or not.

The loss of Bea affects Anna greatly as she has lost her best friend and confident.

 

 

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Finally, we have Charlotte Miller. Charlotte is the sister of Nathan and Thomas and the daughter of James and Jane Miller. She is quiet the first half of the book but when Anna meets her again in part three we see a different older Charlotte who is about to be married. Charlotte’s upcoming wedding is the main event of part three and we see the events leading up to it as her husband to be is introduced.

Charlotte serves as a Bea like confident to Anna and the two become fast friends. It is Charlotte who urges Anna to be with Nathan again. Anna does so at charlottes reception when Charlotte tells Nathan to go after Anna which results in Anna and Nathan reuniting and agreeing to marry.
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Honorable mentions include Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III and Hannah Lightfoot, his supposed mistress. Queen Charlotte does not favor Anna and is constantly pregnant. She eventually births fifteen children to her husband. Two who will become king.

Hannah is the supposed mistress of George III and mother of Anna. She is only spoken of and has no voice in the novel. Anna does not speak of her and acts as if she hardly exists.

 

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Each woman of The King’s Secret Daughter carries a unique view towards women of the day. Some are powerless while others hold titles.   Each holds their strength differently and has a story to tell.

The Men of “The King’s Secret Daughter”

*Spoilers*

Obviously 

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Within my novel, The King’s Secret Daughter, Anna is married three times to all very different men. She is also in relationships with two others which contrast greatly towards her marital partners.

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The first, Colonel John Seymour, is an officer in the British Army. Not much is offered on him for a back story other than he’s never been married. (John’s backstory contains his move from England to South Carolina where he meets a woman who he falls in love with but cannot marry. This is the main reason why he is so reserved towards Anna and does not want to marry her. This previous relationship is not mentioned in the book and may be subject to a spin-off prequel eventually so stay tuned) John married Anna at the insistence of George III. He does not want to marry her and keeps his distance. When she is lost, he does not inform the king of her status. Fortunately, Anna is found but at a cost. John kills Thomas Miller, marking the end of any peace which could ever become of John and Anna’s relationship. They both put on a show for Cornwallis sake yet feelings never develop between the two and when John dies in battle, Anna is “relieved”.

John is described as ruthless in battle and he shows little emotion towards Anna or anyone for that matter. He gains some earth towards Anna but it is quickly extinguished. His murder of Thomas Miller is one example of his hardness.

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Thomas Miller never married Anna, but they become engaged and physically intimate without the knowledge that John Seymour is still alive. Thomas and Anna have an instant attraction although his brother Nathan tried to come between them. Thomas and Anna both lose their virginity to each other and are engaged before his ultimate death. Thomas is the softest of Anna’s relationships. He is a simple man with small wishes. He is heir to the Miller Plantation and was raised in preparation for the task. When he does, his brother Nathan becomes the heir. Thomas’s death is needed for the revelation which takes place within Anna’s heart and how she makes her choices to side with the colonists rather than her own father.

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Captain Jack Smith serves as Anna’s second husband. Anna does not want to marry him but because of the events of the American Revolution and John Seymour, she obeys. He proves to be extremely different than John and is rough with her on their wedding night before ignoring her on board the Century. She ends up becoming friends with Will Wilson and Joe Pierce. Her relationship with joe sparks Jack to nearly assault her. He saves her life when she goes overboard and after that, the two share awkward encounters. Anna and Jack soon begin to interact on a different level and eventually develop a sexual relationship. He falls in love with Anna but after discovering that she has spoken to Joe Pierce, he becomes angry. Jack kills Joe in battle which results on Anna’s betrayal of the crew. Jack is insinuated to be killed at the end of the novel.

Jack’s character is quite complex. He has to put on a certain apprehended for the crew yet his true self comes out to Anna. We learn more of his backstory than we do with John. Jack had been married to a woman named Sophie who had died in childbirth. He also has been part of the British Royal Navy for many years. His scar is from a pirate who he stood up to. He eventually sought revenge on said pirate and killed him. Jack is also described as almost childish in many scenes. His friendship with Arthur Greene goes far back and Arthur is one of the only he trusts with his wife alone. Anna’s remorse for jacks death shows she did truly care for him, but her determination to get back to South Carolina after Joe’s death trumps all.

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Joe Pierce is the carpenter on the century. He is a young man who Anna has little interest in the beginning. After the death of his best friend, Will, who was interested in Anna, the pair finds comfort within each other. They begin a relationship behind Jack’s back and eventually Are found out. Joe is whipped and not allowed to speak to Anna. It hurts him when he finds out Anna and Jack have reconciled. Anna speaks to him on a whim which angers Jack and firing the last battle he is killed by Jack.

Joe is naive with women and falls easily under Anna’s spell. He is willing to risk all just to speak with her and when he does, it costs him more than he expects.

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Nathan Miller is Anna’s constant through the novel. She does not know it at first but he is her soulmate. Anna initially refuses Nathan but falls under his spell when he kisses her against her will. After Thomas dies, Anna meets with Nathan and they make love. Their feelings for each other are clear, yet Anna ends leaving for England. Nathan is never far from her mind and when she is finally given the choice, she returns to him. Nathan has moved on to Anna’s disappointment but they quickly reunite and their passion is once again restored. Anna married Nathan at the end of the novel.

Nathan is moody most of the first half of the novel. He is opposite his brother and is described as lazy and dreamy. He enjoys riding horses but has trouble focusing on tasks on the plantation. Eventually, after his brother’s death, he is heir to the plantation and begins to take his responsibilities seriously.

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Arthur Greene is Anna’s friend and sometimes confident aboard the century. She is at first wary of him because he is Jacks best friend but he soon becomes her good friend in his own right. Their relationship is marked by Arthur urging her relationship with Jack and Anna revealing her secrets to Arthur. The climax of their relationship comes when Arthur confesses what he saw during battle to Anna. He does not realize that this will cause Anna to take action against the crew.

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Will Wilson and Anna are never intimate. He becomes her close friend and although his mixed feelings towards her are clouded when he tries to kiss her, their friendship prevails. His death saddens her greatly and she mourns the loss of her only true friend on board at the time solemnly until she unwisely chooses to socialize with the crew once more.

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Other honorable mentions include George III and George IV. Their actions towards Anna are always not in her best interest. She loves her father and half brother but is shunned because of her actions. Her brother is torn between his duty and his sister but chooses his duty which disappoints Anna greatly.

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Other members of the Century also deserve a mention. Robert Steele and Henry Willis serve as allies to Anna on more than one occasion. She conversates with them and Robert even defends her on many occasions.

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James Miller is also a key man in the novel. As the father of Nathan and Thomas, he is the sole figure who pushes Nathan to Anna. He regrets this after because he knows Anna must leave but he values his son’s happiness. James is the one who saves Anna and for that, she is eternally grateful. He is disappointed to learn she is the king’s daughter but none the fewer accepts her still as she has saved his family and become like a daughter to him.

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Anna’s world was very much a man’s world yet women also played a key role. Tomorrow I shall discuss the women of The King’s Secret Daughter and how important their roles were within the novel.

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Sex Through The Centuries. 

Sex.

Teens giggle while children look around in confusion as adults blush. How did such a natural act become so taboo? As a child, everything I learned about sex was from the school bus, my friends, or experimentation. My family never spoke of it. This proves true for many people, but why have we become so conservative towards the act of reproduction?

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To investigate this, we must go back to the beginning. Starting with the earliest humans, sex was purely animalistic. Our instincts simply kicked in and we mated. Simply. No shame.

As we came into the time of Egypt and Rome we still see sex as something which fills everyday life without shame. Pompeii was full of it. Murals and other scenes of pornography filled the city. In Egypt equally, scenes filled tombs and temples alike. The Egyptians were certainly not shy about sex and in fact, pharohs kept harems of women,  including their mothers, sisters, and daughters within them. (Disclaimer, totally not supporting incest, just using as an example ) Cleopatra was notoriously open with her sexuality first with Caesar then Antony. She married two of her brothers but it is unknown whether she had relations with them. Back to Rome… the emperors were notorious for their sexual escapades. They were open with them and men and women alike held lovers of all stations.

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This also brings me to the subject of homosexuality and how it is also considered taboo in today’s society. We have lightened up a bit on it but it is not fully accepted as it was during the days of the Romans or Egyptians. Personally, I think it should be!

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Moving forward, we get to England and it’s reign as master of the world. England shunned sex and kept it hush hush. Although it was common for men to have mistresses, women lost their power and if accused of adultery could be out to death. We see Henry VIII who put Anne Boleyn to death for rumors and Catherine Howard for the same crime with solid evidence.

Long before Henry, came Edward II who had big shoes to fill. He stands between his father and son, two great king’s of England, yet Edward was a weakling. He was easily overpowered by his scorned queen, Isabella. Edward was a homosexual and although fathered four children with his wife, eventually took another male lover, causing her to begin an affair with Roger Mortimer and cause and uprising. Eventually, Edward was killed and Mortimer was defeated and killed. Isabella was imprisoned by her son, Edward III for the remainder of her life.

Onto Mughal India where sex was… complicated….

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Kama Sutra… the book of love. A common book for those who studied the art or even married couples. Much was expected from a woman in the royal bedchamber and if you could catch the emperor then you would rise. Emperor Jahangir fell in love with Nur Jahan and made her the most powerful woman in India. Jahangir’s son would have to deal with her well into his reign but like his father also fell deeply for a woman. Shan Jahan fell in love with Mumtaz Mahal who was of relation to Nur Jahan. He was unable to marry her at first and took another wife but soon had his way. He quickly shunned his other wives after giving them a child each and focused all his attention on Mumtaz. Detailed court documents of their sexual passion are available and well exposed. It resulted in her giving birth to 14 children and unfortunately for Mumtaz, she died birthing their fourteenth. The Taj Mahal symbolizes their love where they have both been interred for eternity.

Don’t even get me started on China…

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As one of the largest empires, Chinese rulers would have concubines… a ton of them. Girls were selected from noble families because hey, only the best for the Emporer. These girls would sit in the halls of women and wait to be chosen. many would grow old and never get a night with their king. Once the emperor died, the women would have their heads shaved and be set to a nunnery equivalent. Some concubines like Ci-Xi and Wu Zhao rose up to become empress because they birthed the next emperor.

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England after the restoration exploded with sex. Charles II had many acknowledged mistresses and bastards. Although he had no legitimate children, he did not shun his wife Catherine. The king was described as lusty and highly sexual. Also during this time, many views of the woman changed. Women took lovers and were allowed on the stage, baring their legs as actresses. Nell Gwynn never married, yet she had lovers including Charles. Many families threw their daughters to the king with hopes of advancement and many would be educated on just how to please the king within the bedchamber.

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Moving forward to George III. It was said he had a mistress, Hannah Lightfoot and then fell in love with Sarah Lennox but once George Married Charlotte, we see a more conservative king. After his marriage, he proves to be a very devoted husband and father. His son, on the other hand, George IV disposed his wife and took many mistresses, even dubbing one his true wife. During this period, women were expected to be virgins and not take lovers.

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Victorian England explored the reign of courtesans and free love such as in France. Victoria’s son Edward was a great lover of women and did not shy around it.

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After Edward, we get more into the 20th century where marriage stayed between a man and woman and sex began to be hushed.

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When the 60s and 70s came the idea of free love came back and for a brief period, some people brought sex back into the spotlight. In the 80s we get pornography wisely distributed. Music videos with scantly clothed women. As we approach our century we see porn taking over everywhere. It’s highly distributed and has taken the place of many stable relationships. I was in a relationship with a porn addict once and trust me when I say this is one thing where it can ruin relationships.

Continuing on. Sex will probably never be as open and free as it was once yet we continue to live on. Babies are being constructed within Petrie dishes while parents pick out eye color rather than just do the act itself and get what you’re given. Society and technology have definitely changed the way we view sex and our sexuality.

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I have gotten mixed reviews about the sex within The King’s Secret Daughter. Anna sleeps with a man before marriage and develops a relationship. This could be normal for the time period but to know the whole story you’d have to read the book. She is at one point shunned by her second husband and finds comfort with another man and the man is punished.

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Within She’s Only Seventeen, we explore human sexuality at its finest. Kat loses her virginity at the tender age of fifteen and after that, she uses sex as a way to express herself and on some occasions, show or mask deep emotions. Kat commits adultery on more than one occasion but since the story takes places from 1980-2001, it is fealty with differently.

In conclusion, sexuality is suppressed in many ways in this society. I have vowed that my daughter will not be uneducated and I trust myself to remain calm when she comes to me with questions. I do not want her to see it as something to be ashamed of. I most certainly am not and I suppose my openness is one of the reasons for my happy marriage.

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This is definitely one of those subjects I could go on forever about so I will stop here. As always, I am welcome to discussions.

“The King’s Secret Daughter” Character Descriptions… 

…as promised…

 

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Name: Anna

Height: 5’7

Hair: blonde, thick, long and curly.

Eyes: dark brown almost black

Birthday: November 2nd, 1761

 

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Name: Nathan Miller

Height: 6’1

Hair: dark brown almost black shoulder length

Eyes: green

Birthday: March 12th, 1761

 

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Name: Thomas Miller

Height: 5’9

Hair: dark brown, shoulder length

Eyes: very dark blue

Birthday: June 25th, 1760

 

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Name: John Seymour

Height: 6’0

Hair: waist-length light brown hair

Eyes: light blue

Birthday: April 21st, 1746

 

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Name: Jack Smith

Height: 6’4

Hair: shoulder length dirty blonde

Eyes: deep blue

Birthday: December 28th, 1745

 

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Name: Arthur Greene

Height: 6’1″

Hair: chestnut. Long

Eyes: Hazel

Birthday; September 9th, 1754

 

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Name: Joe Piece

Height: 5’11”

Hair: shoulder length black

Eyes: Gray

Birthday: October -31st 1762

 

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Name: Will Wilson

Height: 6′

Hair: shaggy sandy blonde

Eyes: blue

Birthday: October 2nd, 1759

 

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Name: Charlotte Miller

Height: 5’6″

Hair: long dark brown almost black

Eyes: dark blue

Birthday: May 9th, 1764

 

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Name: Gregory Martin

Height; 5’11

Hair: Ebony

Eyes: Hazel

Birthday: February 13th, 1755

Who was Hannah Lightfoot? 

Within The King’s Secret Daughter, Hannah Lightfoot is the supposed mother of Anna and mistress, possible wife of George III. She is mentioned but never given her own voice with the exception of when George III describes her personality to being “similar to Anna’s”. 

The real Hannah is just as clouded within history. She is mention briefly through George III reign and after. It is known she was born in 1730 which made her eight years older than George who was born in 1738. This would have made him barely sixteen at the beginning of their relationship if it began in 1754. 

Hannah is said to have been married to Issac Axford. He remarried in 1759, declaring himself a widow, so Hannah must have passed by then… or did she?

Rumors surrounding her life include that she bore two children by the king and was sent to the colonies to live after he married. Supposed graves have been found of her descendants and pretenders have for years claimed to have the blood of the pair. 

No confirmed portrait of Hannah has ever been unveiled either. Although many possibilities have surfaced, no historian can truly say whether or not it is she. 

Hannah’s story has fascinated people for centuries since it surfaced in the early 1790’s. I am certain it will continue to for many more until the truth is unveiled.

Read more about Hannah, George and their supposed daughter, Anna in The King’s Secret Daughter. 



The King’s Secret Daughter 

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance


Description:

1779: Anna has grown into a woman within the heavily decorated walls of George III’s magnificent palaces. When offers of marriage arise in her favor, Anna seeks to escape her prison of tightly laced corsets and formal dinner parties.


Little does she know, marriage to the high ranking colonel chosen for her, will introduce her to a world so different beyond her wildest dreams. Thrown into the heat of the American Revolution during the final stages in the South, Anna must choose where her loyalties truly lie.


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The King’s Secret Daughter Sequel Preview!

SPOILERS AHEAD!!

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If you have not read The King’s Secret Daughter please do not scroll down.

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April 1783

Arthur Greene stood on the deck of the Century with his crewmates surrounded by Frenchman. He feared the worse as Captain La’Verge brought Jack Smith with him into the sunlight.

Earlier that day, Arthur had gotten a chance to speak with Jack:

 

“Where did she go?’ Jack asked as he inquired to Arthur about the whereabouts of his wife, Anna.

Arthur had watched helplessly as La’Verge had given Anna money and sent her on her way in a dingy towards a land mass off of the Colonies.

“The Colonies,” Arthur stated in a low voice as Jack’s eyes glanced up at him from his position on the ground.

Jack gave a small laugh, “She’s running away,” he said.

Arthur nodded, “Well she cannot return to England now,” as he informed jack of the obvious.

Jack sighed, “They mean to kill me, I’ve overheard it all.”

Arthur felt a pit form in his stomach at the thought of his old friend being put to death. “It’s her fault,” Arthur growled, “It’s all her fault.”

“I want you to find her,” Jack stated in a clear voice, “and when you do, I want you to make her pay for what she has done.”

Arthur thought for a moment on the proposition, make her pay? Did Jack want him to kill Anna?

“How?” Arthur asked Jack.

“You’ll think of something, I’m sure,” Jack answered as he went to shake a sandy strand out of his eyes.

 

Arthur gave a little sigh at the thought of Jack’s last words to him. He began to watch in horror as La’Verge barked at two men to hold Jack still. As the men did so, La’Verge pulled out a knife which he waved in front of Jack’s eyes.

Jack’s face fell with an emotion which Arthur could not describe.

It was over within second as a gurgling sound filled the sir, then silence. No one dared to protest.

La’Verge turned to Arthur and the rest of the crew as he smirked triumphantly towards them, his victory now complete

 

Due out the end of 2017!