Monday, November 13, 2017

Five Secrets From Jo Grafford and Her Latest Release ~ Into The Mainland

A little bit about Jo before she shares her secrets:
I love to write at night! Add in the growl of distant thunder and a few slices of lightning and I’m like a surfer riding the perfect wave. :)

Hi, Jo, please tell us Five Secrets we may not know about Into The Mainland or you, but will after today!

1) Into The Mainland is based on the story of a real group of colonists who’ve been missing for over 400 years. They’re often referred to as the Lost Colonists of Roanoke Island.

2) Although I invented their personalities, conversations, and (in some cases) love interests, the colonists I write about really sailed to the New World in 1587. I even used their real names!

3) The hottie Agnes eventually falls in love with is so, well…hot…you might fantasize yourself into a few scenes with him before you finish the story! Just saying…

4) Not — in your wildest imagination — will you guess what actually happened to the Lost Colonists. Like real life so often is, the truth is messy, complicated, and full of twists and turns, which is why it’s taken me three full-length novels so far to unravel it.

5) I know, I know. The Lost Colony Series was supposed to be a trilogy, but... **drum roll** …I’ve had readers asking for more about this lord or that renegade, so there may be a fourth book coming in 2018. Shh…it’s a secret. I haven’t told my own husband yet.

One accidental crime changed my life forever. Horribly and tragically. But that was just the beginning of my bad fortune. Every time I swore things couldn’t possibly get worse, they did.

Here I was, preparing to face one of the region’s most terrifying enemies with a single tribeswoman as my witness if I failed.

A woman who’d hated me from the moment I’d joined the Croatoans because of the English blood running through my veins.

The only common ground we shared was our plan to sacrifice ourselves so everyone we loved could finally be free.


An unusually lovely apothecary apprentice, Agnes Wood is forced from her country parish to the social whirl of London when her aunt and uncle negotiate her betrothal to an older nobleman to satisfy her uncle's gaming debts. While attempting to make the most of a bad situation, she accidentally commits a crime that will lead her to the other side of the world and into the crosshairs of a far more dangerous game. The layers of a terrifying conspiracy unfold, and two powerful men fight over her heart in the winner-take-all rugged wilderness of the New World.

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An award-winning author from St. Louis, Missouri, Jo has worked a lot of exciting jobs — from corporate trainer to junior college instructor to high school business teacher. Along the way, she discovered the only thing she enjoys as much as teaching is writing. Especially writing romance!

In her stories, the stakes are always high and there's nothing her heroes won't risk for the brilliant, sassy women they love.

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me today! :) —JO

  2. Hi Jo, it's a pleasure having you here today. I'm intrigued that you used real names in your book. Why?

    1. Awesome question! After nearly 5 years of research (to include reading sailing journals, ship manifests, and church registries), I fell in love with the real heroes of this story.