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Author Q&A with Ellen W. Martin | SONS OF CUBA Series Book Tour and $25 Amazon/BN GC #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Promotion Presents #HistoricalFiction

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for the SONS OF CUBA Series by Ellen W. Martin. The tour stops at Readeropolis...


Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for the SONS OF CUBA Series by Ellen W. Martin. The tour stops at Readeropolis with an author interview. The historical fiction is available now from Booklocker.com.

Martin will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner below.




Sons of Cuba Series
by Ellen W. Martin

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GENRE:   Historical Fiction

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BLURB FOR BOOK I AND BOOK II – SONS OF CUBA

Relentless political turmoil streams through the veins of Cuba like lava coursing down the side of a volcano holding the Cuban people hostage to tyranny since Christopher Columbus discovered the Caribbean Island.  One wonders if the country’s destiny can ever change.

In BOOK I – SONS OF CUBA – PRELUDE TO REVOLUTION Felipe Cardena, the rebel, endures lost love, the exhilaration of victory, demoralizing disappoints, imprisonment, exile, and an assassination attempt.  Nothing will stop Felipe Cardena until he achieves his ultimate goal — free Cuba from tyranny.

In BOOK II – SONS OF CUBA – HOMECOMING after victory is declared by the Cuban rebels, the plot shifts away from the revolution and centers on Tangi Montolio, a fiery redheaded activist who once was one of the rebel leader’s most passionate supporters.  Tangi and her family become a victim and suffers under the hands of Felipe Cardena’s new leadership.  The rebel now turned dictator will discover that his brief interaction with Tangi will lead to the destruction of his legacy.


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EXCERPT:


BOOK II – SONS OF CUBA – HOMECOMING

TANGI rushed over and picked up the now hysterical Andrés.  Her eyes widened.  Standing at the front door was that same disgusting soldier that had harassed her at the plaza; three others were behind him, rifles in hand.  Once again, he leered at her.  She looked down; her blouse was still open.  She buttoned the top button and held Andrés close.


Ramon Miguel stepped between Tangi, Fernando, and the soldier.  “What can we do for you?”  He asked.

“I told you, I’m looking for Fernando Reyes.  Are you he?”

Ramon stared at the soldier; his eyes narrowed.  “Maybe, but tell me first why you’re here.”

The soldier waved a piece of paper in front of Ramon’s face.  “This is about you turning your farm over to the government.”

Fernando pushed Ramon aside and snapped, “I’ll do no such thing.  That land has been in my family for generations.  Besides, what would the government want with a few meager acres?”

The soldier looked first at Ramon, and then at Fernando.  “Okay, which one of you is Reyes?

Fernando yanked the papers from the soldier’s hands.  “I told you I am.  What is this?”  He asked, shaking the papers in the soldier’s face.

“It’s the deed to your land.  Sign it; sign it now without argument.  If you don’t, we have a prison cell waiting for you.”

Ramon Miguel took the papers from Fernando’s trembling hands, and glanced over the legal document.  He turned his back on the soldiers and pulled the old man aside.  “I’m afraid you have no choice,” he whispered.  “You wouldn’t survive a week in jail, and I can’t go to prison for you.  Who’d take care of Tangi and the baby?”


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AUTHOR Interview:



Tell us a little bit about your cover art.  Who designed it?  Why did you go with that particular image?


The cover for the series SONS OF CUBA – PRELUDE TO REVOLUTION and SONS OF CUBA – HOMECOMING were designed by Todd Engel an associate of Booklocker.com 
For the two book series we chose a birds-eye view of the city of Havana, but used two different color effects.  BOOK I - PRELUDE TO REVOLUTION was tinged with a light blue and sunset yellow.  These colors (supposedly) represent peace of mind — peace of mind was the ultimate goal the young rebel sought for the people of Cuba.

The skyline photo of Havana was once again used for Book II – HOMECOMING, but this time the cover was tinged with a pale orange that bled into a light yellow.  The intention was to give a subliminal message that Cuba now lived beneath a cloud of Communism.


Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Rafaela Zamá, the Santería priestess (Oloricha) is my favorite character.  This mysterious woman pops in and out of Felipe Cardena’s life throughout both books.  Sometimes she is his savior — sometimes a thorn in his side.  But Rafaela is always free with her words of wisdom in an effort to control his destiny. 


Who is your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?

Luis Cardena, Felipe’s younger brother is my least favorite character.

This character constantly caused dissention between Felipe and his devoted followers whose initial intentions to free Cuba were honorable.  Luis was less appealing than the others because as my story unfolded, I found myself cheering for the young rebel, Felipe, to finally save Cuba from years of tyranny.  Because Luis leaned toward the left and socialism, as the writer, I blamed the younger brother for knocking his brother off track and encouraging him to abuse his newfound powers.  With that said, Luis was one of the necessary evils to move the plot forward.


What can we expect from you in the future?

I abandon the historical fiction genre and open the door of my imagination to write suspense/thriller novels.  This genre is what I’ve read most of my life, and coincidentally, that was how I lived my life in my twenties – always seeking the thrill of adventure and intrigue and always finding it.

As I write this Q & A, I’m in the process of publishing my first suspense/ thriller entitled INTO THE DEVIL’S DEN – SNARED BY THEIR OWN LIES.  This is a tangled tale of a father caught in a twenty-year old lie he told his daughter when she was a child. Snared in his own lie, Sam Steele could lose her trust forever.  Before he can seek forgiveness, he finds himself racing against time to save her from a jihadist’s sleeper cell – leaving a trail of murder in his wake.  This book is on track to be released by the end of October 2020.

Also, this spring while most of the country was hanging closer to home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, I completed the first draft of my second suspense/thriller – SHATTERED LOYALTIES. 

SHATTERED LOYALTIES is a suspense/thriller about a young female journalist, Penelope “Pepper” Mills who blew up a promising career in Washington D.C.  Instead of interviewing heads of state, she is now living in New Orleans writing obituaries for a local newspaper. 
When the President of the United States makes a campaign stop in the Crescent City, her newspaper editor gives this ambitious journalist a second chance to redeem herself.  

Unprepared to face the man responsible for derailing her career, the inner demons that have tormented her soul are awakened.  Pepper struggles to restrain the urge for revenge, but the ashes of her past are too strong and trigger a maelstrom of events — leading to betrayal, suspense, political intrigue, murder, but most of all, Shattered Loyalties. 


Do you have tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

The one piece of advice I might offer writers trying to get published is don’t give up if you believe in your work.  I researched and wrote the first drafts of SONS OF CUBA from 2000-2003.  After multiple attempts to get this historical fiction published and failing in my endeavors to get my foot in the publishing door, I walked away from my computer and writing and threw all my energy into playing tennis and traveling.  My muse remained dormant for over twenty years.  In the fall 2019 with the encouragement of my husband and friends, I dusted off my SONS OF CUBA series and it was finally published.  Holding my published book in my hands after all those years and after all that research, I rediscovered my love for writing and now it is paying off – creative wise.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


After a lifetime of personal adventures, travel and escapades (a lot of risky escapades), author Ellen Martin, is living her sunset years bouncing around a tennis court or clicking away on her keyboard.
Outrage at social injustices, the thrill for suspense, and unraveling a good mystery are triggers that motivate Ellen to write memorable stories and colorful characters.

Over 30 years as a military wife, she has resided both in the Orient and in Europe where she became no stranger to social injustice and poverty.  She and her family have lived in the Philippines, Japan, Italy, and the Netherlands — not to mention both U.S. coasts and Kansas in the winter.  She is fascinated by real-life, colorful personalities.

On a more personal note Ellen was a flight attendant for the Charter Airline Saturn in the 1960’s.  Her job was escorting United States troops in and out of Viet Nam.  Her adventures in the war zone continued until she was swept away by her fighter pilot husband.

After retirement the couple’s travels included Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungry, Spain, Scotland, and Ireland and topped off with a visit to Cuba.

God gifted Ellen with one “perfect” son and three grandchildren.

You wrap all this in a package and Ellen has been rewarded with an endless supply of fodder for her fiction.

In her historical fiction Book-I SONS OF CUBA–PRELUDE TO REVOLUTION she weaves an embellished tale of the most notorious and charismatic Cuban rebel in modern history.  There’s a chance you might find him charming, intriguing and actually root for him in his early endeavors to free his beloved Cuba from tyranny.

However, in Book II - SONS OF CUBA – HOMECOMING, the story takes the reader from the rebel’s exile in Mexico to preparation for the revolution from the Mountains of the Sierra Maestra.  This is where you will meet the fiery redheaded peasant girl, Tangi.  The narrative shifts its focus from the revolution and centers around the fictional character, Tangi, and her family’s struggles, fears and disappointments in the new regime.

How the story in real life ends is no secret.  But, in Book II – SONS OF CUBA – HOMECOMING, the characters and the author may just get the last word.

In 2020 Ellen’s new book INTO THE DEVIL’S DEN turns from historical events to present day reality – Terrorism — terrorism in our own backyard.

Check out her website for excerpts from her books: https://www.booksbyellen.com

Amazon Buy Links:

Prelude to Revolution
https://www.amazon.com/SONS-CUBA-BOOK-Prelude-Revolution-ebook/dp/B081LMXDHK/
Homecoming
https://www.amazon.com/SONS-CUBA-BOOK-II-HOMECOMING-ebook/dp/B082WSVJT6/


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GIVEAWAY:


Ellen W. Martin will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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14 comments

  1. Good Morning

    Thank you for hosting today. I hope your followers will enjoy and if they have any questions to please ask away. I'll try my best to have an answer.

    Ellen

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  2. Great post and I appreciate getting to find out about another great book. Thanks for all you do and for the hard work you put into this. Greatly appreciated!

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  3. This sounds like a great series.

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  4. Enjoyed reading the excerpt, sounds like a thrilling series! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I enjoyed the excerpt, this sounds really interesting

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  6. Wow!!! Thank you all for sharing your comments. Truly appreciate the time you took to take a look the posting for my books.

    Readeropolis - Thank you for hosting. It means a lot.

    Ellen

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  7. Sounds interesting and the cover looks really good.

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  8. The excerpt looks very interesting.

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