Thursday, September 25, 2014

Guest Blog and Giveaway: The Lost Colony Series by Jo Grafford

I am excited to visit the Fang-tastic readers today. J I’m a historical romance writer with a twist of paranormal. The Lost Colony Series I am spotlighting today has tiny sparks of paranormal here and there – hinting at the unknown and (occasionally) the miraculous. (Coming in October is the start of a Viking Series, which is swimming in magic and mayhem from page one. Watch for publication announcements.)

The Lost Colony Series is based on a 426-year-old missing persons report. You’ve probably heard of the Lost Colonists from Roanoke Island? Well, these novels are what I like to call the rest of the story. The untold parts. It’s what happened after the last time they were seen, after the last entry in their sailing journals, after their governor gave up looking for them. Fun fact: My stories are also based on the latest archeological findings, which finally point to survivors. Actually, I never doubted there were survivors, which is why I started writing this series before that announcement hit the presses. How cool is that?

Today, the Fang-tastic Book readers get to be the first takers of the Name That  Lost Colony Character Quiz. There are three prizes up for grabs. Make sure you leave your email address, Twitter handle, or FB name in the comments section below, so I can reach you if you win. OR you may email me directly at

Here’s how to play:

1.     Put your historical romance booklovers hat on, because this quiz spotlights the Lost Colony Series books one and two: BREAKING TIES and TRAIL OF CROSSES.

2.     I give you ten quotes. You match the character to the quote.

3.     Helpful hints for finding correct answers: Check out the excerpts at under the Books Tab. Also, check out the first chapter “peeks” at

4.     You have 30 seconds to complete the quiz, so you might want to browse the excerpts BEFORE the quiz. J

5.     Second and third prizes are signed Lost Colony bookmarks. Grand prize is a Lost Colony bracelet.
6.     Any more questions? Email me at I love to hear from readers!

7.     Ready…set…GO!!!

Breaking Ties
Lost Colony Series
Book One
Jo Grafford

Genre: historical romance

Publisher: Astraea Press

Date of Publication: October 16, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-62135-219-8

Number of pages: 404
Word Count: 121,390
Cover Artist: Mande Matthews

Book Description:

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.

Special Note: BREAKING TIES is the never-before-told rest of the story of the Lost Colony.

Available at Amazon  BN  Smashwords  Kobo  Astraea Press  iTunes

Trail of Crosses
Lost Colony Series
Book Two
Jo Grafford

Genre: historical romance

Publisher: Astraea Press

Word Count: 112,300

Cover Artist: Mande Matthews

Book Description:

Jane Mannering can shoot a rifle and handle a knife as well as any Englishman. However, she is no match for the red-painted warriors who ambush her section of a Colonial caravan the moment she and her comrades reach the shores of Virginia.

Jane plots their escape during a forced march inland, leaving a trail of maltese crosses carved on the trees – their pre-agreed upon signal of distress. All the while, she fumes over what interest their captors could possibly have in a twenty-three-year-old spinster and a rugged band of brick masons, sawyers, and farmers.
When the ruthless Chief Wanchese intercepts them at the crossroads of the Great Trading Path, Jane is shaken to discover their greatest enemy plans to keep her for himself. It’s a pity he’s the only man on two continents who’s ever stirred her heart. Alas, she has an entire colony to save, and capturing his attentions is not part of their escape plan.

Special Note: The Lost Colony Seires is the never-before-told rest of the story of the Lost Colony on Roanoke Island.

Available at  Amazon   BN   Smashwords   iTunes

About the Author:

Jo is a mega reader of all genres and loves to indulge in marathon showings of Big Bang Theory, NCIS, and Castle. Her favorite books are rich in Colonial and Elizabethan history, romance, strong women, alpha males, Native Americans, and creatures from the paranormal - an occasional dragon, vampire, or time traveler.

From St. Louis, Missouri, Jo moves a lot with her soldier husband. She has lived in the Midwest, the deep South, and now resides in Bavaria. Jo holds an M.B.A. and has served as a banker, college finance instructor, and high school business teacher. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, From the Heart Romance Writers RWA Chapter, and the Writers Group of Ansbach/Katterbach/Illesheim.

Twitter: @jografford

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1 comment:

Jo Grafford said...

Thank you for hosting me today at Fang-tastic Books!
All best,