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Friday, October 13, 2017

Historical Cartography Prior to the United Nations

Hello!

My sixth historical novel, Meridian, launches around the world on Tuesday, October 17th. Its name is derived from the Prime Meridian. In 1884, the nations of the world united to decide upon a single Prime Meridian.

Today, it's something that we take for granted. The Prime Meridian runs through Greenwich, England and is the origin of zero from which longitude is counted on maps. Before there was a single meridian, though, different maps used different points as zero.

At times, this caused confusion and even shipping accidents. One of the characters in Meridian is a tea merchant. English by birth, he and his wife have moved to China to plant tea. He then commands the ships for his business dealings. The opening of Meridian sees him at sea, desperately lost, because of confusion surrounding a map. He is thus one of the characters immensely interested in the idea of a single meridian.

The International Meridian Conference was particularly interesting because it was a forerunner to the United Nations and it saw the United States become a global leader, since it was held in Washington D.C. Another component of the conference dealt with the unity of time zones. Already the United States and Canada had unified their time zones for the railroads. Now the conference extended that unification.

Prior to the advent of the telegraph, trains, and steamships, the individual times set by nations and even towns were not as important or noticeable. The distances between places were too far to really matter. As the world grew ever closer, though, there was a greater need, for convenience and safety, for unification in times and cartography.

This true conference provides the backdrop for Meridian. Whenever new growth is seen, there are some who hold it in contention. That division often runs deep and it courses through Meridian.

Pre-order your copy of Meridian as an ebook today.
It will also be available via hardcover and paperback.

My best to you all,
Megan

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Meridian Trailer



Hello! I am thrilled to announce that my sixth historical novel, MERIDIAN, launches around the world on October 17th! It's currently for pre-sale in ebook and will also launch in hardcover and paperback. 

About the Novel:
In 1884, the world unites but division runs deep...

Eliot Story, a journalist from San Francisco, thought that she was traveling to Washington D.C. to cover the International Meridian Conference. Instead, she becomes embroiled in a plot stickier than the humidity of the east. From Africa to France, New York City to secrets buried deep in the past, there is much that Eliot will have to uncover. 

The people that she meets, who have journeyed to Washington D.C. on family obligation, on business, or to participate in the world’s attempt to bring safety to cartography, will leave Eliot having to put together their intertwining pieces. 

How could a tea merchant be linked to a suffragette? What does a father’s Civil War legacy have to do with an eager architect’s work on the Statue of Liberty? What do working conditions of diamond miners in Africa have to do with the Prime Meridian? 

Journalism turns to investigation, as Eliot is up against the clock to save both her new friends and a city itself. Amidst the gathering hopes for cooperation, division and deception threaten the capital. Sometimes knowing where to go and just what to do requires a lot more than a map.



My best to you all,
Megan

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Talk Like a Pirate

Hello!

Did you know that it's Talk Like a Pirate Day?

For Rebecca, in Across the River, she must not only talk the talk but walk the walk. That's right, as a pirate! Just why does the daughter of a lord, more accustomed to silk dancing slippers and sneaking out of her home to visit her beloved Caleb end up on the high seas and entangled with pirates? Rebecca finds herself at the center of a round-the-world adventure. It's 1774, both sides of the Atlantic are poised for Revolution, and anything can happen Across the River.



My best to you all,
Megan

Friday, September 15, 2017

Autumn Magic

Hello!

This week While Aurora Slept, my Sleeping Beauty retelling trilogy released in ebook. In case you missed it, the story is told in three parts: The Power of a Dream, Glass Slippers, and Beast Seeking Beauty. You can pick up your copy of The Power of a Dream for free.


Here is the trailer.


Autumn is beautiful, a time of new awakenings, and vibrant color. The chill in the air whispers with promise, the crackle of leaves tingle with magic. That, at least, is how it feels to me. It is why I find myself turning to fairy tales in September. I like to begin my autumn with a bit of magic, before turning to the classics of Halloween in October. (More about those and my novel Painted Faces here.). If you think about it, this time of the year provides the perfect context for familiar fairy tale allusions. Cinderella rides in a giant pumpkin. To find out why this is, read Glass Slippers (Book Two in While Aurora Slept). Harvest celebrates a bounty. While this is primarily thought of as food, learning naturally finds itself into this as well. Autumn, after all, is when school begins (at least in the northern hemisphere). With learning comes books. If you're anything like me, a beautiful harvest of books sounds just about perfect. Edora, new to the kingdom and to being human, discovers that magical wonder in Beast Seeking Beauty. Hint. There's a library. Hint. It's amazing. At least, she certainly thinks so! She's never seen anything like it before.

Wishing you an abundant beginning of autumn, full of all the best harvest, including books!

My best to you all,
Megan

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

While Aurora Slept debuts as a bestseller and launches around the world today!

It's launch day! While Aurora Slept, an exciting new Fairytale Relling trilogy launches in ebook around the world today! Even more exciting, it's already a bestseller in three categories! 

This trilogy retells Sleeping Beauty, but other favorite fairytales will also appear. 

About Book One:

Aurora and her sister are inseparable, until dreams divide them.
Literally.


“On the night of my sixteenth birthday, I fell asleep. When morning came, I didn’t wake up. It’s been a month and I’m still sleeping, but this isn’t the story that you think it is.”
—Aurora


“People think my name is Maleficent but that isn’t true. And as for crimes, all that I am guilty of is loving my sister. My sister is the dawn, Aurora.”
— Midnight

On Aurora’s sixteenth birthday, she makes a selfless wish to save her sister, Midnight, from a curse that began in their childhood. Aurora falls asleep, but she doesn’t wake up. Months later, she’s still asleep. Now the sisters must find their way back to each other. What good is sleeping peacefully, when Midnight’s days without her beloved sister have become a nightmare?




Why I wrote the books:

Sleeping Beauty was my favorite Disney movie when I was younger. I loved it mainly for two reasons: the dress that changed from pink to blue and the song about meeting once upon a dream. When I rewatched the movie as an adult, I realized that, sadly, Aurora had very little agency. In fact, she had very little to say at all. Did she dream while she slept? What really happened? These questions and more, including why Cinderella's slippers are made of glass, and what happens when a beast seeks beauty are answered in the trilogy. 

Have I mentioned the best part yet? Book One: The Power of a Dream is free and available here.

Even better, all three parts have released today, so you don't have to wait a moment to enjoy the journey and partake in the adventure. 

Another aspect of the stories is the heritage of Aurora and her sister. Their father's ancestors came from a starving land, while their mother's people were native to the lands. The story loosely combines a Native American heritage with European royalty in a high north setting. As I have previously written about in other posts, my own heritage often finds its way into my stories. Unlike my previously published novels, this is not historical fiction and so more fictional liberty is taken. Part of a fairytale's appeal is its sparkling magic. I do have centuries old royalty in me, though, and have been recently learning about some Native American ancestors. I hope that you will enjoy the story and discovering what happened While Aurora Slept.

My best to you all,
Megan


Friday, September 1, 2017

Exciting New Sleeping Beauty YA Fairytale Retelling Coming in Ebook Trilogy!

Hello!

I'm very excited to tell you about While Aurora Slept, an exciting new ebook trilogy that retells Sleeping Beauty in an entirely new way. All three books will release on September 12th, which means you don't have to wait to uncover the rest of the story! Once you begin reading, you can unlock all of its secrets.
Once upon a time just got a whole lot more interesting! Be sure to preorder your free copy of book one: The Power of a Dream!

My best to you all,
Megan


Monday, August 28, 2017

Have you heard the good news? Flight Before Dawn is now available as an audiobook!

Hello!


Have you heard the good news? Flight Before Dawn, my bestselling debut novel is now an audiobook! 
Narrator Paula Faye Leinweber did an amazing job of bringing Victoire, Leal, Rainier, Voleta, Father Pierre, and the others to life. Feel the suspense, uncover the mystery, and live through the occupation of France and the struggle for liberation, in the build up to D-Day, in an all new way.


The audiobooks are available at AudibleAmazon, and Itunes
If you prefer to read instead of listen, Flight Before Dawn is available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. For information about all of my books, including many retailers where they are available visit my website.

My best to you all,
Megan