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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It's Launch Day!

In October 1884, the world united to decide on a single Prime Meridian. Twenty-six nations gathered in Washington D.C. in order to unify the map system and the time system.

As a student of historical International Relations, I was delighted to learn more about this period of history. A precursor to the United Nations and the League of Nations, this showed promise for international cooperation.

My sixth historical novel, Meridian, debuts around the world today. The International Meridian Conference serves as the backdrop for the story. Just as the conference brought together nations from around the world, Meridian unites characters from Africa, France, China, England, San Francisco, Germany, and New York City in intertwining stories in Washington D.C. Suffragettes, diamond miners, journalists, tea merchants, ship captains, and architects. It may seem as if they have little in common, but their lives will soon cross in unexpected ways.

Discover their stories at your favorite online retailer today!

My best to you all,

Friday, October 13, 2017

Historical Cartography Prior to the United Nations


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,

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,