DARK DESTINY: The road home

Cat 243 Doverby Mary Jo, aka M. J. Putney

This time, it’s personal!

Tomorrow, Dark Destiny, my third YA novel as M. J. Putney, will be released by St. Martin’s Griffin.  Twice I’ve sent my YA heroine, Lady Victoria Mansfield, and her friends from Regency England to World War II so they could use their magical abilities to aid their country, which is fighting for its life against Hitler’s forces. 

For book 3, my storyteller instincts said that it was time to turn the tables:  this DarkDestiny_revised2time, it’s Tory’s world that is threatened by invasion. 

I’ve always been intrigued by the similarities between the Napoleonic wars and WWII.  In each case, Britain stood alone against an overwhelming continental conqueror, protected by the English Channel and the nation’s stubborn refusal to surrender. 

The Regency technically began in 1811, when the Prince Regent assumed power on behalf of his father, mad King George III, but I set the Dark Mirror series a few years earlier, in 1803 – 1804.  I chose that period precisely so I could do a Napoleonic invasion story. 

The French were seriously interested in a British invasion in the late 1790s, and they made some small scale attempts.  Those plans were put aside while Napoleon concentrated on Egypt and Austria

Napoleon at BoulogneBut after the end of the Peace of Amiens in May, 1803, Napoleon set his sights on Britain again.  The Army of the Ocean Coasts (also called the Army of England), was over 200,000 strong.  Troops were stationed and trained along the coast of the English Channel, with headquarters at Boulogne.  A vast flotilla of barges was constructed to carry troops across the Narrow Sea. 

There are two quotes I love that sum up the French and British attitudes, and which became the epigraph for Dark Destiny:

“Let us be masters of the Channel for six hours and we are masters of the world.”
 Napoleon Bonaparte while contemplating an invasion of Britain

“I do not say, my Lords, that the French will not come. I say only they will not come by sea.”
 Admiral Lord John Jervis, Earl of St Vincent, when he was Admiral of the Channel Fleet during the Napoleonic Wars

History records that the French barges worked badly, along with other problems and in 1805 the emperor decided against invading Britain and he turned his attention to the east.  But in an alternate history where magic exists—well, anything can happen!

A hugely useful piece of research toward this book came from a blog by Wench Nicola Cornick, who wrote a wonderful post called The Last Invasion of Britain. I’d never heard of this successful invasion of Wales.  It was tied in with French attempts to destabilize Ireland since the Irish were always willing to be stirred up against the English. 

I didn’t use the actual 1797 invasion of Fishguard because it was too early for Dark Destiny, but the incident provided inspiration and details for my fictional invasion of Carmarthen, on the Welsh coast.  (A town I’ve visited several times.)

But even if Merlin’s Irregulars, my students from Lackland Abbey, can help foil an invasion of Wales, what about the larger threaet?  Not only are there a couple of hundred thousand French soldiers slavering to cross the Channel, but in this time period, magic is acknowledged. 

Darkpassage-newcolorFor the first time, Tory and her friends will have to go against experienced French mages.  They send a cry for help to their friends in 1940 because maybe, just maybe, a girl they rescued from occupied France in Dark Passage might be able to help. 

Rebecca Weiss has only just discovered that magic exists and that she has power.  Now she’s being called on to pay her debt to Merlin’s Irregulars, who saved her and her family.  Can she do it?  She’ll certainly try, even at the risk of her life.  And her friend Nick Rainford will be right at her side to help her.  Handsome Nick, who would like to be more than a friend despite the unbreachable religious divide between them…

Here’s a brief excerpt from Dark Destiny

    “I will not have a black market operation run from my house,” Mrs.  Rainford said firmly.  She handed another plate of cake to Rebecca Weiss, who was staying with the Rainfords to study magic.  “But some sugar now and then would be nice.”
    “We can arrange that,” Allarde said as he clasped Tory’s hand under the table.  She could feel his amusement.  
    She bit her lip, thinking how much she would miss this freedom to be together when they returned to Lackland Abbey.  Male and female students were strictly separated in the abbey.  Only in the Labyrinth, the maze of tunnels below the abbey buildings, could they work together as they secretly studied magic.  And only there could she and Allarde have the privacy they craved.
    “What is a black market?” Tory asked as she cut more slices.
    “Illegally selling rationed goods, and Nick would dive right in if I let him.” Mrs. Rainford said with a laugh.  
    She laid her hand on Tory’s, but before she could continue, magic blazed from Mrs. Rainford through Tory to Allarde, kindling another blaze of magic from him.  Allarde’s hand clamped hard on Tory’s and he exclaimed, “No!” 
    “Justin?” Tory said dizzily, shaking as she channeled power and shock between Allarde and her hostess.  “What…what just happened?”
    His gaze was unfocused.  “I…I saw Napoleon invade England.  Barges landing, soldiers pouring off.   French soldiers marching past Westminster Abbey.”
The Irregulars gasped with horror.  The threat of invasion had been hanging over their heads for months as Napoleon Bonaparte assembled an army just across the English Channel from Lackland Abbey.  Jack asked, “What makes you say that?”
    Tory felt Allarde’s effort to collect himself.  “Mrs. Rainford and I both have foreteller talent, and Tory’s ability to enhance magic seems to have triggered a vision of the future when the three of us were touching.”  He glanced at their hostess.  “Did you see images of invasion?”
    “I…I saw Napoleon in Westminster Abbey,” Mrs. Rainford said unevenly. “But that was fear, not foretelling!  We know from history that Napoleon never invaded.”
    Allarde shook his head.  He was still gripping Tory’s hand with bruising force.  “I don’t know about your history books.  What I saw was an event that may well happen if we don’t act.  We need to return home immediately.  If and when the invasion takes place, Lackland will be a major landing site.”  He swallowed again.  “I saw French barges landing in Lackland harbor and soldiers pouring off.  The village was burning.”
    Jack Rainford rose from his chair.  “My family!”  
    “The French are not going to invade!” Mrs. Rainford repeated.  “I’ll get a history book and show you.”  She left the room, her steps quick.  
    Tory took a swallow of tea for her dry throat.  Mrs. Rainford was a schoolteacher and well educated, but Allarde’s magic was powerful.  “Foretelling is what might happen, not necessarily what will happen, isn’t it?”
    Allarde eased his grip, though he still held her hand.  “This felt very, very likely.”
    Mrs. Rainford returned with a textbook.  As she thumbed through the pages, she said, “There’s a chapter about how close Napoleon came to invading, but he didn’t.”  She found the chapter she was looking for and caught her breath, her face turning white.
    Tory peered at the book and saw that the letters on the page were twisting and flickering like live things.  The words couldn’t be read.  
    Mrs. Rainford said in a choked voice, “I remember what this chapter said, but…it doesn’t say that anymore.”

Of course there's more, as the characters grow, make choices, and learn to accept the consequences.  And maybe to face unexpected destiny. 

Here in Maryland, we were been hit by the ferocious storm system that crashed through the eastern states on Friday.  Luckily, I have power, but no broadband, so this is going to require some juggling to post for Monday morning! 

Assuming the blog goes up on time, Happy Canada Day to our Canadian readers!  And stop by on Friday for a delicious interview with Karen Harper as she tells us about her new book, Mistress of Mourning.

Darkmirror-newtype-2I’ll wrap up by saying I’ll give a copy of one of my M. J. Putney YAs to someone who comments between now and midnight Tuesday.  And if you were also hit by the storms—I hope you have your power back on!

Mary Jo

 

135 thoughts on “DARK DESTINY: The road home”

  1. Lovely, Mary Jo — I’ve been really enjoying this series and I have this one on order, so it should arrive any day.
    I hope YAs lap them up — this is how I fell in love with history — not because of history classes in school or history books, but by reading cracking good historical novels that I read just for the story. I didn’t even know I was absorbing history.
    Love the excerpt.

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  2. Lovely, Mary Jo — I’ve been really enjoying this series and I have this one on order, so it should arrive any day.
    I hope YAs lap them up — this is how I fell in love with history — not because of history classes in school or history books, but by reading cracking good historical novels that I read just for the story. I didn’t even know I was absorbing history.
    Love the excerpt.

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  3. Lovely, Mary Jo — I’ve been really enjoying this series and I have this one on order, so it should arrive any day.
    I hope YAs lap them up — this is how I fell in love with history — not because of history classes in school or history books, but by reading cracking good historical novels that I read just for the story. I didn’t even know I was absorbing history.
    Love the excerpt.

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  4. Lovely, Mary Jo — I’ve been really enjoying this series and I have this one on order, so it should arrive any day.
    I hope YAs lap them up — this is how I fell in love with history — not because of history classes in school or history books, but by reading cracking good historical novels that I read just for the story. I didn’t even know I was absorbing history.
    Love the excerpt.

    Reply
  5. Lovely, Mary Jo — I’ve been really enjoying this series and I have this one on order, so it should arrive any day.
    I hope YAs lap them up — this is how I fell in love with history — not because of history classes in school or history books, but by reading cracking good historical novels that I read just for the story. I didn’t even know I was absorbing history.
    Love the excerpt.

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  6. This series sounds so fantastic, I don’t know why I didn’t know about it before. I’ll definitely be picking up the books now, I know I’m going to love them.

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  7. This series sounds so fantastic, I don’t know why I didn’t know about it before. I’ll definitely be picking up the books now, I know I’m going to love them.

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  8. This series sounds so fantastic, I don’t know why I didn’t know about it before. I’ll definitely be picking up the books now, I know I’m going to love them.

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  9. This series sounds so fantastic, I don’t know why I didn’t know about it before. I’ll definitely be picking up the books now, I know I’m going to love them.

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  10. This series sounds so fantastic, I don’t know why I didn’t know about it before. I’ll definitely be picking up the books now, I know I’m going to love them.

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  11. I hope you enjoy the Dark Mirror series, Barbara! I don’t know of anything out there that is similar. I’d suggest that you start with the first book, Dark Mirror, since there are continuing characters. If you like that, you’ll have two more books to look forward to!

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  12. I hope you enjoy the Dark Mirror series, Barbara! I don’t know of anything out there that is similar. I’d suggest that you start with the first book, Dark Mirror, since there are continuing characters. If you like that, you’ll have two more books to look forward to!

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  13. I hope you enjoy the Dark Mirror series, Barbara! I don’t know of anything out there that is similar. I’d suggest that you start with the first book, Dark Mirror, since there are continuing characters. If you like that, you’ll have two more books to look forward to!

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  14. I hope you enjoy the Dark Mirror series, Barbara! I don’t know of anything out there that is similar. I’d suggest that you start with the first book, Dark Mirror, since there are continuing characters. If you like that, you’ll have two more books to look forward to!

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  15. I hope you enjoy the Dark Mirror series, Barbara! I don’t know of anything out there that is similar. I’d suggest that you start with the first book, Dark Mirror, since there are continuing characters. If you like that, you’ll have two more books to look forward to!

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  16. Time travel paradoxes have always fascinated me. If you have contact with people from the past/future, are you changing history? Or was that how it was always meant to happen? Interesting, and rather creepy to think about.
    I will try to get ahold of this series now! (And then pass them on to my sister.)

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  17. Time travel paradoxes have always fascinated me. If you have contact with people from the past/future, are you changing history? Or was that how it was always meant to happen? Interesting, and rather creepy to think about.
    I will try to get ahold of this series now! (And then pass them on to my sister.)

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  18. Time travel paradoxes have always fascinated me. If you have contact with people from the past/future, are you changing history? Or was that how it was always meant to happen? Interesting, and rather creepy to think about.
    I will try to get ahold of this series now! (And then pass them on to my sister.)

    Reply
  19. Time travel paradoxes have always fascinated me. If you have contact with people from the past/future, are you changing history? Or was that how it was always meant to happen? Interesting, and rather creepy to think about.
    I will try to get ahold of this series now! (And then pass them on to my sister.)

    Reply
  20. Time travel paradoxes have always fascinated me. If you have contact with people from the past/future, are you changing history? Or was that how it was always meant to happen? Interesting, and rather creepy to think about.
    I will try to get ahold of this series now! (And then pass them on to my sister.)

    Reply
  21. I can’t wait for this book, I bought the first two for my niece & landed up buying two more copies for myself! I love both periods of history addressed in this series, as both eras brought great change.
    Any more Guardian books in the pipeline dearest, sweetest MJP ???

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  22. I can’t wait for this book, I bought the first two for my niece & landed up buying two more copies for myself! I love both periods of history addressed in this series, as both eras brought great change.
    Any more Guardian books in the pipeline dearest, sweetest MJP ???

    Reply
  23. I can’t wait for this book, I bought the first two for my niece & landed up buying two more copies for myself! I love both periods of history addressed in this series, as both eras brought great change.
    Any more Guardian books in the pipeline dearest, sweetest MJP ???

    Reply
  24. I can’t wait for this book, I bought the first two for my niece & landed up buying two more copies for myself! I love both periods of history addressed in this series, as both eras brought great change.
    Any more Guardian books in the pipeline dearest, sweetest MJP ???

    Reply
  25. I can’t wait for this book, I bought the first two for my niece & landed up buying two more copies for myself! I love both periods of history addressed in this series, as both eras brought great change.
    Any more Guardian books in the pipeline dearest, sweetest MJP ???

    Reply
  26. i’ve been looking for this series, Mary Jo, but the book is quite expensive at the book depository so i have to delay to buy this book 🙁
    btw.. congrats on the new release 🙂

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  27. i’ve been looking for this series, Mary Jo, but the book is quite expensive at the book depository so i have to delay to buy this book 🙁
    btw.. congrats on the new release 🙂

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  28. i’ve been looking for this series, Mary Jo, but the book is quite expensive at the book depository so i have to delay to buy this book 🙁
    btw.. congrats on the new release 🙂

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  29. i’ve been looking for this series, Mary Jo, but the book is quite expensive at the book depository so i have to delay to buy this book 🙁
    btw.. congrats on the new release 🙂

    Reply
  30. i’ve been looking for this series, Mary Jo, but the book is quite expensive at the book depository so i have to delay to buy this book 🙁
    btw.. congrats on the new release 🙂

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  31. Margot, so true about the time travel paradoxes! Just thinking about them can twist the mind into a pretzel When my characters think about it, they generally end by throwing up their hands and saying that no one understands. *g*

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  32. Margot, so true about the time travel paradoxes! Just thinking about them can twist the mind into a pretzel When my characters think about it, they generally end by throwing up their hands and saying that no one understands. *g*

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  33. Margot, so true about the time travel paradoxes! Just thinking about them can twist the mind into a pretzel When my characters think about it, they generally end by throwing up their hands and saying that no one understands. *g*

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  34. Margot, so true about the time travel paradoxes! Just thinking about them can twist the mind into a pretzel When my characters think about it, they generally end by throwing up their hands and saying that no one understands. *g*

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  35. Margot, so true about the time travel paradoxes! Just thinking about them can twist the mind into a pretzel When my characters think about it, they generally end by throwing up their hands and saying that no one understands. *g*

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  36. This series sounds very interesting and has caught my attention. I’m going to have to get the first book, so I can start reading it.

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  37. This series sounds very interesting and has caught my attention. I’m going to have to get the first book, so I can start reading it.

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  38. This series sounds very interesting and has caught my attention. I’m going to have to get the first book, so I can start reading it.

    Reply
  39. This series sounds very interesting and has caught my attention. I’m going to have to get the first book, so I can start reading it.

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  40. This series sounds very interesting and has caught my attention. I’m going to have to get the first book, so I can start reading it.

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  41. I got my niece and my dogsitter’s daughter hooked on this series from the start. I got them both copies of Dark Mirror at Nationals and they devoured it in less than a week. (Which amounts to speed reading for a teenager!) They’ll be so excited to know a new one is available! And that cover is amazing, Mary Jo! I’d never really thought about the parallels between WWII and the Napoleonic wars! Just proves the British are some tough nuts to crack!

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  42. I got my niece and my dogsitter’s daughter hooked on this series from the start. I got them both copies of Dark Mirror at Nationals and they devoured it in less than a week. (Which amounts to speed reading for a teenager!) They’ll be so excited to know a new one is available! And that cover is amazing, Mary Jo! I’d never really thought about the parallels between WWII and the Napoleonic wars! Just proves the British are some tough nuts to crack!

    Reply
  43. I got my niece and my dogsitter’s daughter hooked on this series from the start. I got them both copies of Dark Mirror at Nationals and they devoured it in less than a week. (Which amounts to speed reading for a teenager!) They’ll be so excited to know a new one is available! And that cover is amazing, Mary Jo! I’d never really thought about the parallels between WWII and the Napoleonic wars! Just proves the British are some tough nuts to crack!

    Reply
  44. I got my niece and my dogsitter’s daughter hooked on this series from the start. I got them both copies of Dark Mirror at Nationals and they devoured it in less than a week. (Which amounts to speed reading for a teenager!) They’ll be so excited to know a new one is available! And that cover is amazing, Mary Jo! I’d never really thought about the parallels between WWII and the Napoleonic wars! Just proves the British are some tough nuts to crack!

    Reply
  45. I got my niece and my dogsitter’s daughter hooked on this series from the start. I got them both copies of Dark Mirror at Nationals and they devoured it in less than a week. (Which amounts to speed reading for a teenager!) They’ll be so excited to know a new one is available! And that cover is amazing, Mary Jo! I’d never really thought about the parallels between WWII and the Napoleonic wars! Just proves the British are some tough nuts to crack!

    Reply
  46. ** can’t wait for this book, I bought the first two for my niece & landed up buying two more copies for myself! I love both periods of history addressed in this series, as both eras brought great change. Any more Guardian books in the pipeline dearest, sweetest MJP ??? **
    LOL! Honeyed words won’t produce new Guardian books, Laura. I’m glad you and your niece are enjoying the Dark Mirror series, but it’s as close to the Guardians as I’m likely to get. I’m not a fast enough writer to do Guardians as well as Lost Lords and Merlin’s Irregulars.
    I do love combining history, romance, and fantasy, though!

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  47. ** can’t wait for this book, I bought the first two for my niece & landed up buying two more copies for myself! I love both periods of history addressed in this series, as both eras brought great change. Any more Guardian books in the pipeline dearest, sweetest MJP ??? **
    LOL! Honeyed words won’t produce new Guardian books, Laura. I’m glad you and your niece are enjoying the Dark Mirror series, but it’s as close to the Guardians as I’m likely to get. I’m not a fast enough writer to do Guardians as well as Lost Lords and Merlin’s Irregulars.
    I do love combining history, romance, and fantasy, though!

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  48. ** can’t wait for this book, I bought the first two for my niece & landed up buying two more copies for myself! I love both periods of history addressed in this series, as both eras brought great change. Any more Guardian books in the pipeline dearest, sweetest MJP ??? **
    LOL! Honeyed words won’t produce new Guardian books, Laura. I’m glad you and your niece are enjoying the Dark Mirror series, but it’s as close to the Guardians as I’m likely to get. I’m not a fast enough writer to do Guardians as well as Lost Lords and Merlin’s Irregulars.
    I do love combining history, romance, and fantasy, though!

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  49. ** can’t wait for this book, I bought the first two for my niece & landed up buying two more copies for myself! I love both periods of history addressed in this series, as both eras brought great change. Any more Guardian books in the pipeline dearest, sweetest MJP ??? **
    LOL! Honeyed words won’t produce new Guardian books, Laura. I’m glad you and your niece are enjoying the Dark Mirror series, but it’s as close to the Guardians as I’m likely to get. I’m not a fast enough writer to do Guardians as well as Lost Lords and Merlin’s Irregulars.
    I do love combining history, romance, and fantasy, though!

    Reply
  50. ** can’t wait for this book, I bought the first two for my niece & landed up buying two more copies for myself! I love both periods of history addressed in this series, as both eras brought great change. Any more Guardian books in the pipeline dearest, sweetest MJP ??? **
    LOL! Honeyed words won’t produce new Guardian books, Laura. I’m glad you and your niece are enjoying the Dark Mirror series, but it’s as close to the Guardians as I’m likely to get. I’m not a fast enough writer to do Guardians as well as Lost Lords and Merlin’s Irregulars.
    I do love combining history, romance, and fantasy, though!

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  51. Eli Yanti–
    Young adult books are generally priced lower than adult books of the same size, but sadly, that also means they’re less likely to be discounted much. Talk your local library into buying the series! You can be the first reader. Tell the librarians the books are educational as well as fun–that might do it. *G*

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  52. Eli Yanti–
    Young adult books are generally priced lower than adult books of the same size, but sadly, that also means they’re less likely to be discounted much. Talk your local library into buying the series! You can be the first reader. Tell the librarians the books are educational as well as fun–that might do it. *G*

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  53. Eli Yanti–
    Young adult books are generally priced lower than adult books of the same size, but sadly, that also means they’re less likely to be discounted much. Talk your local library into buying the series! You can be the first reader. Tell the librarians the books are educational as well as fun–that might do it. *G*

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  54. Eli Yanti–
    Young adult books are generally priced lower than adult books of the same size, but sadly, that also means they’re less likely to be discounted much. Talk your local library into buying the series! You can be the first reader. Tell the librarians the books are educational as well as fun–that might do it. *G*

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  55. Eli Yanti–
    Young adult books are generally priced lower than adult books of the same size, but sadly, that also means they’re less likely to be discounted much. Talk your local library into buying the series! You can be the first reader. Tell the librarians the books are educational as well as fun–that might do it. *G*

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  56. Kate–
    I hope your library gets Dark Destiny in soon, too! Some libraries wait a month or so. to give publishers the chance to sell the books new, I think. But if your library bought the first two, they should buy the third, I’d think. (You can prod them. Librarians are great–they really enjoy serving their readers.)

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  57. Kate–
    I hope your library gets Dark Destiny in soon, too! Some libraries wait a month or so. to give publishers the chance to sell the books new, I think. But if your library bought the first two, they should buy the third, I’d think. (You can prod them. Librarians are great–they really enjoy serving their readers.)

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  58. Kate–
    I hope your library gets Dark Destiny in soon, too! Some libraries wait a month or so. to give publishers the chance to sell the books new, I think. But if your library bought the first two, they should buy the third, I’d think. (You can prod them. Librarians are great–they really enjoy serving their readers.)

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  59. Kate–
    I hope your library gets Dark Destiny in soon, too! Some libraries wait a month or so. to give publishers the chance to sell the books new, I think. But if your library bought the first two, they should buy the third, I’d think. (You can prod them. Librarians are great–they really enjoy serving their readers.)

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  60. Kate–
    I hope your library gets Dark Destiny in soon, too! Some libraries wait a month or so. to give publishers the chance to sell the books new, I think. But if your library bought the first two, they should buy the third, I’d think. (You can prod them. Librarians are great–they really enjoy serving their readers.)

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  61. **Fascinating post, Mary Jo! Thank you. I especially love your dueling quotes. … and the books 😀 **
    Thanks, Laura! Aren’t those quotes great? I particularly love the contrast of the bombastic conqueror and the low key British admiral. *G* (Napoleon did consider invasion by hot air balloon, but the female French balloonist he consulted told him the winds wouldn’t permit it.)

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  62. **Fascinating post, Mary Jo! Thank you. I especially love your dueling quotes. … and the books 😀 **
    Thanks, Laura! Aren’t those quotes great? I particularly love the contrast of the bombastic conqueror and the low key British admiral. *G* (Napoleon did consider invasion by hot air balloon, but the female French balloonist he consulted told him the winds wouldn’t permit it.)

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  63. **Fascinating post, Mary Jo! Thank you. I especially love your dueling quotes. … and the books 😀 **
    Thanks, Laura! Aren’t those quotes great? I particularly love the contrast of the bombastic conqueror and the low key British admiral. *G* (Napoleon did consider invasion by hot air balloon, but the female French balloonist he consulted told him the winds wouldn’t permit it.)

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  64. **Fascinating post, Mary Jo! Thank you. I especially love your dueling quotes. … and the books 😀 **
    Thanks, Laura! Aren’t those quotes great? I particularly love the contrast of the bombastic conqueror and the low key British admiral. *G* (Napoleon did consider invasion by hot air balloon, but the female French balloonist he consulted told him the winds wouldn’t permit it.)

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  65. **Fascinating post, Mary Jo! Thank you. I especially love your dueling quotes. … and the books 😀 **
    Thanks, Laura! Aren’t those quotes great? I particularly love the contrast of the bombastic conqueror and the low key British admiral. *G* (Napoleon did consider invasion by hot air balloon, but the female French balloonist he consulted told him the winds wouldn’t permit it.)

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  66. ** got my niece and my dogsitter’s daughter hooked on this series from the start.**
    Well done, Louisa! The more readers we can catch young, the better!
    ***I’d never really thought about the parallels between WWII and the Napoleonic wars! Just proves the British are some tough nuts to crack!<** Greatly aided by the English Channel! When the Channel Tunnel was built, I thought it was sort of sad that the British were losing their natural island safety. But I suspect that the British military engineers know exactly where to place explosive charges if they ever need to close the Chunnell to prevent invastion. *g*

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  67. ** got my niece and my dogsitter’s daughter hooked on this series from the start.**
    Well done, Louisa! The more readers we can catch young, the better!
    ***I’d never really thought about the parallels between WWII and the Napoleonic wars! Just proves the British are some tough nuts to crack!<** Greatly aided by the English Channel! When the Channel Tunnel was built, I thought it was sort of sad that the British were losing their natural island safety. But I suspect that the British military engineers know exactly where to place explosive charges if they ever need to close the Chunnell to prevent invastion. *g*

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  68. ** got my niece and my dogsitter’s daughter hooked on this series from the start.**
    Well done, Louisa! The more readers we can catch young, the better!
    ***I’d never really thought about the parallels between WWII and the Napoleonic wars! Just proves the British are some tough nuts to crack!<** Greatly aided by the English Channel! When the Channel Tunnel was built, I thought it was sort of sad that the British were losing their natural island safety. But I suspect that the British military engineers know exactly where to place explosive charges if they ever need to close the Chunnell to prevent invastion. *g*

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  69. ** got my niece and my dogsitter’s daughter hooked on this series from the start.**
    Well done, Louisa! The more readers we can catch young, the better!
    ***I’d never really thought about the parallels between WWII and the Napoleonic wars! Just proves the British are some tough nuts to crack!<** Greatly aided by the English Channel! When the Channel Tunnel was built, I thought it was sort of sad that the British were losing their natural island safety. But I suspect that the British military engineers know exactly where to place explosive charges if they ever need to close the Chunnell to prevent invastion. *g*

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  70. ** got my niece and my dogsitter’s daughter hooked on this series from the start.**
    Well done, Louisa! The more readers we can catch young, the better!
    ***I’d never really thought about the parallels between WWII and the Napoleonic wars! Just proves the British are some tough nuts to crack!<** Greatly aided by the English Channel! When the Channel Tunnel was built, I thought it was sort of sad that the British were losing their natural island safety. But I suspect that the British military engineers know exactly where to place explosive charges if they ever need to close the Chunnell to prevent invastion. *g*

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  71. Love the premise, Mary Jo! I’ve read a little about Napoleon’s invasion plans, and he really did have a huge force massed and ready, but simply couldn’t figure out how to be master of the Channel for six hours. (In my research on early ballooning, I discovered that he considered plans to land a force of 10,000 soldiers by balloons (Benjamin Franklin let the cat out of the bag . .or balloon) But it was rejected because the balloons weren’t considered reliable enough in terms of steering.)
    Anyway, congrats on what sounds to be a marvelous addition to a great series. Can’t wait to read it!

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  72. Love the premise, Mary Jo! I’ve read a little about Napoleon’s invasion plans, and he really did have a huge force massed and ready, but simply couldn’t figure out how to be master of the Channel for six hours. (In my research on early ballooning, I discovered that he considered plans to land a force of 10,000 soldiers by balloons (Benjamin Franklin let the cat out of the bag . .or balloon) But it was rejected because the balloons weren’t considered reliable enough in terms of steering.)
    Anyway, congrats on what sounds to be a marvelous addition to a great series. Can’t wait to read it!

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  73. Love the premise, Mary Jo! I’ve read a little about Napoleon’s invasion plans, and he really did have a huge force massed and ready, but simply couldn’t figure out how to be master of the Channel for six hours. (In my research on early ballooning, I discovered that he considered plans to land a force of 10,000 soldiers by balloons (Benjamin Franklin let the cat out of the bag . .or balloon) But it was rejected because the balloons weren’t considered reliable enough in terms of steering.)
    Anyway, congrats on what sounds to be a marvelous addition to a great series. Can’t wait to read it!

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  74. Love the premise, Mary Jo! I’ve read a little about Napoleon’s invasion plans, and he really did have a huge force massed and ready, but simply couldn’t figure out how to be master of the Channel for six hours. (In my research on early ballooning, I discovered that he considered plans to land a force of 10,000 soldiers by balloons (Benjamin Franklin let the cat out of the bag . .or balloon) But it was rejected because the balloons weren’t considered reliable enough in terms of steering.)
    Anyway, congrats on what sounds to be a marvelous addition to a great series. Can’t wait to read it!

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  75. Love the premise, Mary Jo! I’ve read a little about Napoleon’s invasion plans, and he really did have a huge force massed and ready, but simply couldn’t figure out how to be master of the Channel for six hours. (In my research on early ballooning, I discovered that he considered plans to land a force of 10,000 soldiers by balloons (Benjamin Franklin let the cat out of the bag . .or balloon) But it was rejected because the balloons weren’t considered reliable enough in terms of steering.)
    Anyway, congrats on what sounds to be a marvelous addition to a great series. Can’t wait to read it!

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  76. Thanks, Cara/Andrea! As I recall, you did a cool blot about ballooning. The bottom line is that one pretty much goes where the wind dictates. Which is probably not going to allow 10,000 men to travel over the Channel from France to Britain. *g*

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  77. Thanks, Cara/Andrea! As I recall, you did a cool blot about ballooning. The bottom line is that one pretty much goes where the wind dictates. Which is probably not going to allow 10,000 men to travel over the Channel from France to Britain. *g*

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  78. Thanks, Cara/Andrea! As I recall, you did a cool blot about ballooning. The bottom line is that one pretty much goes where the wind dictates. Which is probably not going to allow 10,000 men to travel over the Channel from France to Britain. *g*

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  79. Thanks, Cara/Andrea! As I recall, you did a cool blot about ballooning. The bottom line is that one pretty much goes where the wind dictates. Which is probably not going to allow 10,000 men to travel over the Channel from France to Britain. *g*

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  80. Thanks, Cara/Andrea! As I recall, you did a cool blot about ballooning. The bottom line is that one pretty much goes where the wind dictates. Which is probably not going to allow 10,000 men to travel over the Channel from France to Britain. *g*

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  81. Mary Jo, I’ve loved this series so far and can’t wait to read Dark Destiny. The parallels between Napoleon’s invasion plans and WWII fascinate me. I’m glad that the Last Invasion episode was so helpful to you. It’s a little known but very interesting episode of British history – and great inspiration for a story!

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  82. Mary Jo, I’ve loved this series so far and can’t wait to read Dark Destiny. The parallels between Napoleon’s invasion plans and WWII fascinate me. I’m glad that the Last Invasion episode was so helpful to you. It’s a little known but very interesting episode of British history – and great inspiration for a story!

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  83. Mary Jo, I’ve loved this series so far and can’t wait to read Dark Destiny. The parallels between Napoleon’s invasion plans and WWII fascinate me. I’m glad that the Last Invasion episode was so helpful to you. It’s a little known but very interesting episode of British history – and great inspiration for a story!

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  84. Mary Jo, I’ve loved this series so far and can’t wait to read Dark Destiny. The parallels between Napoleon’s invasion plans and WWII fascinate me. I’m glad that the Last Invasion episode was so helpful to you. It’s a little known but very interesting episode of British history – and great inspiration for a story!

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  85. Mary Jo, I’ve loved this series so far and can’t wait to read Dark Destiny. The parallels between Napoleon’s invasion plans and WWII fascinate me. I’m glad that the Last Invasion episode was so helpful to you. It’s a little known but very interesting episode of British history – and great inspiration for a story!

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  86. I just LOVE the cover of this third book, Mary Jo. It has my tastebuds tingling especially as I have been hanging out for this one. I’m delighted that you have returned to Tory’s time, too and that she will have to face the very real threat of a Napoleonic invasion. Oooh, just the thing for my weekend away – especially as it’s been cold and raining for days. Now I can curl up with a good book!
    Yay Mary Jo
    Cheers Jen Kloester

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  87. I just LOVE the cover of this third book, Mary Jo. It has my tastebuds tingling especially as I have been hanging out for this one. I’m delighted that you have returned to Tory’s time, too and that she will have to face the very real threat of a Napoleonic invasion. Oooh, just the thing for my weekend away – especially as it’s been cold and raining for days. Now I can curl up with a good book!
    Yay Mary Jo
    Cheers Jen Kloester

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  88. I just LOVE the cover of this third book, Mary Jo. It has my tastebuds tingling especially as I have been hanging out for this one. I’m delighted that you have returned to Tory’s time, too and that she will have to face the very real threat of a Napoleonic invasion. Oooh, just the thing for my weekend away – especially as it’s been cold and raining for days. Now I can curl up with a good book!
    Yay Mary Jo
    Cheers Jen Kloester

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  89. I just LOVE the cover of this third book, Mary Jo. It has my tastebuds tingling especially as I have been hanging out for this one. I’m delighted that you have returned to Tory’s time, too and that she will have to face the very real threat of a Napoleonic invasion. Oooh, just the thing for my weekend away – especially as it’s been cold and raining for days. Now I can curl up with a good book!
    Yay Mary Jo
    Cheers Jen Kloester

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  90. I just LOVE the cover of this third book, Mary Jo. It has my tastebuds tingling especially as I have been hanging out for this one. I’m delighted that you have returned to Tory’s time, too and that she will have to face the very real threat of a Napoleonic invasion. Oooh, just the thing for my weekend away – especially as it’s been cold and raining for days. Now I can curl up with a good book!
    Yay Mary Jo
    Cheers Jen Kloester

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  91. Jennifer–
    I hope you like the book as much as the cover! Working in their own time gives my kids a whole new set of problems. *G*
    I must say I envy you your ‘cold and rainy!’ It’s roastingly hot her. Thank heaven for a/c. *G*

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  92. Jennifer–
    I hope you like the book as much as the cover! Working in their own time gives my kids a whole new set of problems. *G*
    I must say I envy you your ‘cold and rainy!’ It’s roastingly hot her. Thank heaven for a/c. *G*

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  93. Jennifer–
    I hope you like the book as much as the cover! Working in their own time gives my kids a whole new set of problems. *G*
    I must say I envy you your ‘cold and rainy!’ It’s roastingly hot her. Thank heaven for a/c. *G*

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  94. Jennifer–
    I hope you like the book as much as the cover! Working in their own time gives my kids a whole new set of problems. *G*
    I must say I envy you your ‘cold and rainy!’ It’s roastingly hot her. Thank heaven for a/c. *G*

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  95. Jennifer–
    I hope you like the book as much as the cover! Working in their own time gives my kids a whole new set of problems. *G*
    I must say I envy you your ‘cold and rainy!’ It’s roastingly hot her. Thank heaven for a/c. *G*

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  96. The covers on these books are very nice. I have the first book in the series, but i haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

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  97. The covers on these books are very nice. I have the first book in the series, but i haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

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  98. The covers on these books are very nice. I have the first book in the series, but i haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

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  99. The covers on these books are very nice. I have the first book in the series, but i haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

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  100. The covers on these books are very nice. I have the first book in the series, but i haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

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  101. Kim–
    Hasn’t St. Martin’s done a great job with the covers? I understand “not enough reading” time. *g* It’s good that when you start, you have the first book, since it’s fun to see the characters grow.

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  102. Kim–
    Hasn’t St. Martin’s done a great job with the covers? I understand “not enough reading” time. *g* It’s good that when you start, you have the first book, since it’s fun to see the characters grow.

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  103. Kim–
    Hasn’t St. Martin’s done a great job with the covers? I understand “not enough reading” time. *g* It’s good that when you start, you have the first book, since it’s fun to see the characters grow.

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  104. Kim–
    Hasn’t St. Martin’s done a great job with the covers? I understand “not enough reading” time. *g* It’s good that when you start, you have the first book, since it’s fun to see the characters grow.

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  105. Kim–
    Hasn’t St. Martin’s done a great job with the covers? I understand “not enough reading” time. *g* It’s good that when you start, you have the first book, since it’s fun to see the characters grow.

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