WITH ROSE PAYNE FROM BREAKING TIES
Where do you dream of traveling and why?
Sigh…right now I am content at Penhurst Manor. [Checks timepiece] Pray forgive my distraction. I have an appointment to keep.
Who is your favorite author?
We have an upcoming playwright in London whose work sounds promising. Perhaps ye’ve heard of him? William Shakespeare.
Tell us about your family.
My Mum and Da are the hardest working, kindest, and most loving parents in the world, but they can never seem to get ahead…what with seven boys to feed. Six now that Donnen set out to find a job in London. I send them my earnings from clerking, but ‘tis not near enough. There simply must be something more I can do!
What was the scariest moment of your life?
One lean winter on the tenant farm, we came near to starving. Poor Da spent hours with us gathered about his knees, spinning the grandest tales. I knew he was just trying to distract the wee lads from their hunger pains.
What is your favorite meal?
Mum makes the most divine bean and pea pottage with maslin bread.
Do you have a beau?
Do you have a beau?
Aye, but ‘tis a secret arrangement for now. Alas, my Phillip is the duke’s son.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I often slip away from the servant’s quarters at night to stroll the orchards of Penhurst manor. It soothes my mind after a long day of stooping over my ledgers. ‘Tis how I met Phillip. Indeed, I am heading there now. He asked me to meet him in the most urgent manner when we passed in the Hall earlier. I cannot imagine what has him so distressed, but I mean to find out.
Portsmouth, England - April 26, 1587
One hundred and fifteen colonists embark on a trans-Atlantic journey to build the glorious City Raleigh. Unaware of the troubles already brewing, a young woman flies up the gangway at the last possible minute to join their ranks.
Was it fate?
Intelligent and well ahead of her times, ROSE PAYNE'S world is shattered after a secret betrothal to the duke’s son costs her job as a clerk in his father's household. Without a letter of recommendation, she 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, vowing never again fall for a wealthy gentleman.
Returning from a diplomatic tour in London, CHIEF MANTEO is bewitched by the elusive, fiery-haired ship clerk and determined to overcome her distrust. He contrives a daring plan to win her heart – 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.
BREAKING TIES is the never-before-told rest of the story of the Lost Colony. It's a story of hope and sacrifice, love and betrayal, despair and tremendous courage of a group of pioneers who refused to quit when their lofty plans began to unravel...on day one.
Jo is mega reader of all genres and an award-winning author at Astraea Press who loves to indulge in marathon showings of CSI, NCIS, and Castle. From St. Louis, Missouri, she holds an M.B.A. and has served as a banker, college finance instructor, and 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.
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