Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sneak a Peek at Captain Jose's Diary ~ On trip to Spice Islands ~ 1631 ~ I, James (The Eternity Series, Book 2) by Mike Hartner

Mike Hartner, author of I, James, gives a peek into the diary of Captain Jose:

Captain Jose
On trip to Spice Islands, 1631

We've been on the water now for a little over two weeks.

A surprise came yesterday when this man, this James Sheffington, wandered over to the barque before we left Madras and asked for a ride, proclaiming to want to work.

It was surprising.

My young life has been spent mostly on the water, and mostly working.

I've been working for Crofter shipping now for nearly twelve years.

Shorty hired me when he and Geoff were in charge of the people working there.

And while the founder, Walter Crofter, was not at the office, everyone knew of him. And a painting of him hung prominently on the office wall. I think that picture was made just after his wedding to Maria, the Spanish princess. Beautiful couple. Boy, did he get lucky.

Whether it was Shorty, or George Willingham two years later, it was ensured that everyone knew about Walter Crofter. And we studied his picture. The stories that I heard were of a man with great foresight, and character.

And a man who went beyond what everyone called fair.

And this man, this James Sheffington... hmm... he looks a lot like Walter. And I remember that Walter had a son named James. We've all heard about the kidnapping of the son. Wouldn't it be interesting if this was his son?

I checked with Junior and he also saw a likeness.

Today, though, my mind was made up. We hit a storm, and one of our sayles ripped in the middle. The only saylor willing to save the sayle was James. His quick actions and timing certainly reminded me of the stories that Shorty and George told me about Walter. And the fact that James resembles that painting of Walter convinces me even more that this must be the lost son.

And now, I’m even more convinced that I and everyone on this boat will do whatever we can to protect him, and deliver him back to the Company and his family safely. ​

About I, James:

James Crofter was ripped from his family at age 11.

Within a year the prince was a pauper in a foreign land.

Is nature stronger than nurture? And even if it is, can James find the happiness he so richly desires? 

Book Details:

Title: I, James
Author: Mike Hartner
Publisher: Eternity4Popsicle Publishing
Pages: 293
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Format: Kindle

Read a Brief Excerpt:

It required two days of marching to get to what I’d learned was a plantation, which was in the middle of nowhere. When we finally arrived at our destination, I considered how memorable my last 16 months had been since I was removed from a prince’s life. Yes, they were memorable. And even though I had a pouch full of coin hidden inside my drawers, I was now a slave on a plantation in Africa.

Amazon Purchase Link: I, James (The Eternity Series Book 2)

About the Author:

Mike Hartner was born in Miami in 1965. He's traveled much of the continental United States. He has several years post secondary education, and experience teaching and tutoring young adults. Hartner has owned and run a computer firm for more than twenty-five years. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and child. They share the neighborhood and their son with his maternal grandparents.

Mike won first place blue ribbon for the 2013 Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction and first place blue ribbon for the 2013 Dante Rosetti Award in the YA category for I, Walter.

His latest book is the historical fiction/romance, I, James.

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1 comment:

Bonny McDevitt said...

what helped you come up with the story line?