Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Blog Tour Guest Post: The Tory & The Traitor by T.J. London

Please join me in welcoming T.J. London to Let Them Read Books! T.J. is touring the blogosphere with the first two books in the Rebels and Redcoats Saga, and I'm thrilled to have her here today with a guest post about why we need more Revolutionary War fiction. And let me tell you she is a girl after my own heart. I continue to be amazed at what our ancestors achieved (including my fifth great-grandfather, John Payne, 2nd Virginia), and I'll take a man in a tricorn and breeches any day! Read on and enter for your shot at a set of books or an Amazon gift card!

Publication Date: April 11, 2018
Peperback & eBook; 517 Pages

Series: The Rebels and Redcoats Saga, Book #1
Genre: Historical Fiction

It is the winter of 1776, and Captain John Carlisle, one of His Majesty’s not-so-finest, has gone back to the scene of the crime to right a wrong so dark it left a permanent stain on what was once an illustrious career and left a man broken, defeated, in search of justice…

In an effort to win back his commission, he must discover the true nature of the relationship between the Six Nations of the Iroquois and the Colonial Army. Undercover as a war profiteer, John travels to the treacherous Mohawk River Valley and infiltrates local society, making friends with those he’s come to betray.

But a chance meeting with a beautiful half Oneida innkeeper, whose tragic history is integrally linked to his own, will provide him with the intelligence he needs to complete his mission—and devastate her people.

Now, as the flames of war threaten to consume the Mohawk Valley, John has the chance to not only serve King and country, but to clear his name. When the truth he uncovers ties his own secrets to those in the highest positions of the British military and threatens the very life of the woman he’s come to love, he will be forced to make a choice…

“The pages fly as you immerse yourself in this fantastic adventure.” – RT Book Reviews


Publication Date: October 26, 2018
eBook; 574 pages

Series: The Rebels and Redcoats Saga, Book #2
Genre: Historical Fiction

Spy. Liar. Scoundrel. Redcoat.

Provocateur and spy for His Majesty, Captain John Carlisle returns to Fort Niagara with the secrets he stole in the arms of the beautiful Oneida innkeeper, Dellis McKesson. Determined to complete his mission and clear his name, he’ll see justice done—and damn the consequences. Now, he finds himself drawn into political intrigue as the British prepare to launch a three-pronged attack that will bring the Rebels and the Mohawk River Valley to its knees.

A dangerous revelation finds Dellis as whispers of intrigue insinuate her beloved is not all that he seems. Unwilling to wait for her lover’s return, she sets out in search of the truth as the Onieda begin negotiations with the Rebels, breaking the neutrality agreement with the crown. A bold move that will stoke a fire between the brother tribes and lead to a bloody inter-confederacy war—one Dellis predicted, and one John incited.

While war between the colonies and the King smolders, the punishing winter of 1777 allows the perfect opportunity for old enemies to settle scores, lying in wait, ready to exploit John’s one weakness—his heart. John is not an innocent man. The truth he’s long tried to hide from can no longer be ignored, the ghosts of the past seeking justice, and karma wanting payment for sins so dark they cannot be forgiven.

Why the American Revolutionary War?
by T.J. London

People always ask me, “Why the American Revolutionary War? It’s so boring. Isn’t it just the British against the Americans? Yeah, we know how that war ended. Move on. Can we just talk Regency or Victorian now? Please? Even World War II is more interesting.”

Well, I’m about to offer up bit of shut the heck up and tell you why the Revolutionary War is awesome! The roots of our great nation come from the brave, witty band of founding fathers who dared to dream big and fight for what they believed in. Spies, Rebels, Redcoats, heroes, and the roots of women’s equality are all represented in this time period. The Revolutionary War and I have had an ongoing love affair since I read John Jakes’s The Bastard when I was twelve. *Love me some Phillip Kent and Judson Fletcher. Author swoons here!* With the well-deserved Hamilton craze, I was hoping we’d see more fiction from the time period, but sadly, that has not come to fruition. *Sigh.* So, I decided I’d take up the mantle and show everyone that Colonial America is exciting, dangerous, and romantic, and that the world needs to get on board with my way of thinking. Also, what’s not sexy about long hair, breeches, and red coats, right? Yum, waistcoat porn…

All three of the Rebels and Redcoats Saga books take place on the Northern Frontier in upstate New York. This is the home of the much feared Six Nations of the Iroquois, and the location of three infamous, yet not famous, battles: the battle of Oriskany, the battle of Fort Stanwix, and the battle of Saratoga. During my research, I realized this was a part of the Revolutionary War I knew nothing about, and the more I read, the more intrigued I got. Why didn’t I know about the involvement of the Oneida Nation? My eighth grade history teacher never mentioned any of it.  My college professors obviously failed to tell us about how both the Americans and British tried to leverage the Six Nations to join the fight. After I learned all this great history, I felt this was a story that needed to be told.

So, why American history? Why love it when so many people are gaga over English history? Well, now that’s a good question, to which I have an answer as bold and brave as our Sons of Liberty: Our national history is short but full of hubris, bravado, and brave men and women fighting the world powers to stand on their own. Our nation was dangerous from the beginning, a republic of free people not led by a monarch; that alone was revolutionary, and so many times it could’ve failed, yet it didn’t. Just think about all these amazing revolutionary people that were American: Ben Franklin, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Amelia Earhart, and Harriet Tubman.  Only America can boast such amazing, risk-taking revolutionaries. That’s it! Revolutionary! That word keeps showing up in this discussion because it all comes back to the spirit of our nation and the years of its birth that set the high bar for our future. Also, I like the fact that the rules of society were often pushed, and there was room to rise and fall amongst the classes. It allows for that rebel spirit to shine through no matter what time period you write.

If you’re ready for action, adventure, love, and a historic rebel ride though the past, then join me and John Carlisle as we brave the untamed frontier in The Rebels and Redcoats Saga. But in the end, which will you be: Rebel or Redcoat?

Rock the Revolution!

About the Author:

T.J. London is a rebel, liberal, lover, fighter, diehard punk, and pharmacist-turned-author who loves history. As an author her goal is to fill in the gaps, writing stories about missing history, those little places that are so interesting yet sadly forgotten. Her favorite time periods to write in are first and foremost the American Revolutionary War, the French Revolution, the French and Indian War, the Russian Revolution and the Victorian Era. Her passions are traveling, writing, reading, barre, and sharing a glass of wine with her friends, while she collects experiences in this drama called life. She is a native of Metropolitan Detroit (but secretly dreams of being a Londoner) and resides there with her husband Fred and her beloved cat and writing partner Mickey.



During the Blog Tour we will be giving away 3 sets of both books in Paperback, 3 sets of both books in eBook, and a $50 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please see the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules:

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on November 16th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to readers in the US & Canada only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.
TJ London

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