Today I’m hosting Jo Grafford, author of Breaking Ties. Jo’s historical romance is set in my favorite place, the Outer Banks, namely Roanoke Island. During November, 50% of all her book sales will be contributed to the upcoming Lost Colony dig at Scotch Hall Preserve as part of a fundraiser she’s calling A Thanksgiving Wish.
BLURB: Rose Payne’s world is left in tatters after a disastrous betrothal, making her an easy target for recruiters to the Colonies. Using every cent she has, Rose sails for the New World and a fresh start, vowing to never again fall for a wealthy man.
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.
Portsmouth, England, April 26, 1587
“Yer bum’s hanging out the window!” My brother banged his empty mug on the inn table. He ran both hands through his hair, as red as my own, standing each flaming lock on end.
My lips turned up despite the heaviness in my chest. It felt good to hear him lapse into the Gaelic brogue of our childhood. “Och, Donnen!” I reached across the table to clasp his large hands and grimaced at the stench of salmon and sweat hanging in the air. “I dinna bring ye here to quarrel. ‘Tis my first job offer in weeks.”
I dared not share my other reason for leaving.
“Nay, ye can stay with me till ye find a different job. Crossing the Atlantic unwed is bad enough, but these—” He shook my upraised palms, “are ink stains. Blast it all! Ye’re a clerk, not a sailor.”
“Indeed?” Saints alive, he acted as if I was still twelve instead of nineteen. “Well, good news. I shall be accompanied by other women – whole families of people, for that matter – and ‘tis a clerk they need.”
“Only because—“ Donnen glanced around the room and lowered his voice. “The last one left in a frightful hurry along with half the crew all in the same night.” His glare was fierce. “Rumor has it the entire fleet is bound straight for Jonah’s watery vault. I don’t suppose that came up during the bloomin’ interview?”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 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. She is a mother of three and wife of a soldier. Links to Breaking Ties: Amazon Barnes & Noble Astraea
Jo is also pleased to announce “A Thanksgiving Wish” campaign. Each copy of Breaking Ties sold in November will help fund an archeological dig of what is hoped to be the Lost Colony fort site at Scotch Hall Preserve in Windsor, NC. Jo is also hosting a Rafflecopter contest to reward her guests and readers with the opportunity to win $50, $25, and $15 gift cards to Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.com. All winners will be announced Thanksgiving Day at www.JoGrafford.com.