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Sons of Cuba Series
by Ellen W. Martin
GENRE: Historical fiction
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.
BOOK I – SONS OF CUBA – PRELUDE TO REVOLUTION
“FELIPE… Felipe Cardena,” the old man whispered, shaking the young recruit. “Wake up, you must hurry.”
“Wha… what is it?”
“El Presidente is sending the Cuban Navy to intercept this ship. He canceled the invasion of Santo Domingo.”
Felipe yawned and rolled over “So what? Maybe he changed his plans.”
The man dug his fingernails deep into Felipe’s shoulder. “Yes, there’s been a change in plans. A revolution may start any day and you’re on the wrong side.”
Felipe rolled over on the hard steel deck of the frigate’s makeshift dormitory, fought the sleepiness lingering in his head. He grabbed his heavy boots and shoved them on his feet trying not to wake the nearby soldiers.
He looked over at the old man. “Who the hell are you?” he whispered, fumbling with his laces.
“That’s not important. What’s important is Salabarrìa’s police shot and killed Emilio Trò. Fires are burning in the streets of Havana; mobs are overturning cars and buses. The rumor is that the troops on this ship are heading back to Havana to overthrow the Cuban government instead of liberating Santo Domingo. No one on this frigate is to be trusted. That includes you, my young amígo.”
Felipe rolled his sleeping bag, picked up his machine gun and backpack. He waited a moment for his eyes to focus in the darkness. Sounds of snoring and the odor of week-old sweat saturated the stale air in the lower deck.
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:
Amazon buy links:
Prelude to Revolution
Ellen W. Martin will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
Q AND A FOR ELLEN W. MARTIN, AUTHOR SONS OF CUBA, a two book series
TELL US ABOUT YOU AS A PERSON.
I am a born optimist. Mr. Negativity sometimes sticks his toe in my door, but I push back. Eighty to ninety percent of the time my optimism wins. I’m a dreamer, am somewhat shy, and love playing tennis every chance I get (well, until Covid interrupted the scene and cramped my style). I am a “dyed in the wool” New Orleans Saints fan and have been since the “Bag Head Days”. Thank the Holy Saints for Drew Brees and Sean Peyton!
I love people watching, and not in a stalker kind of way. (Uh oh, cat out of the bag. Now all my friends and family are going to be wary of me when I’m sitting quietly in a corner and not saying anything, wondering if I’m sizing them up for my next villain and hoping they will be my next hero instead).
I love adventure and the opportunity to discover new worlds, whether it is through traveling to actual places or reading about them.
IF YOU COULD HANG OUT WITH ONE FAMOUS PERSON FOR ONE DAY, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Melissa McCarthy. I love her talent, sense of humor, and ability to make me laugh out loud. What a trip it would be to spend a day with her. What the world needs more of these days is laughter and a reason to laugh.
WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND YOUR LATEST BOOK?
In 1999 a five-year old Cuban boy caused a tug of war between the United States and the Cuban government. All the boy’s mother wanted to do was find a better life for her child, but instead drowned off the shores of Florida in her quest. This left an orphaned boy in a foreign country in the custody of a great-uncle.
Cubans have been making this dangerous Gulf of Mexico crossing since 1959, but for some unknown reason to me I became almost obsessed to try to understand the reasons WHY?
In my hunt to mollify my curiosity, I read everything I could get my hands on about Cuba, its history, the culture, the people, but most of all Fidel Castro.
What I discovered was not just a ruthless dictator threatening to drop a bomb on our country, but also a very charismatic, fascinating, multi-faceted man. After reading about Fidel as a young college student, my opinion of him made an ever so slight shift away from the negative. Maybe, just maybe when he first started his quest to free Cuba from dictatorships, he was doing it for the right reasons. Unfortunately somewhere along the way he lost sight of that younger man’s motives.
With my research behind me I was compelled to write a historical fiction using actual events, but did it with a cast of characters all figments of my imagination. I was determined to pin down why he changed. What still remains an enigma to me is why he became the very thing he hated the most.
As fascinating as Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolutionaries were, I still needed to know why Cubans bailed out of their beloved country in droves. Thus Book II – SONS OF CUBA – HOMECOMING was penned – a fictional account of what one family’s experience must have been under the rule of a dictator they once placed all their hopes.
WHAT IS YOUR WRITING PROCESS?
I don’t have a writing process per se. Until twenty years ago I didn’t even know I had a book in me, much less the desire to write. With two books published now, I’m happy to say the third one will be released at the end of October 2020. Also exciting is I’ve just completed the first draft of the fourth book – SHATTERED LOYALTIES!
As I’ve “matured” (that’s a nice way of saying gotten a lot older), I have discovered a new side of me. Occasionally, there is a social issue or a particular news story that digs its claws into me and won’t let go. When that happens, for some unknown reason, I’ll jump in with both feet trying to make some sense of the situation or my imagination will take over and I start playing the “What If” game.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR MAIN CHARACTER
The story I’ve written about my main character, Felipe Cardena, illustrates both his dreams and unveils his inner demons. He deeply loves the women in his life. And when they are no longer in his life, often a gaping wound is left behind. He is well liked by his friends and supporters, and he always listens with an opened mind and heart – even though he often is very stubborn at times. Felipe Cardena becomes a man both loved and despised – he becomes the very thing he hated the most.
IF YOUR BOOK WAS TO BE TURNED INTO A MOVIE, WHO WOULD PLAY THE LEAD ROLE AND WHY?
Jimmy Smits. This actor fits all the personality traits I tried to encompass in my character Felipe Cardena – likeable, easy to fall in love with, tough when needed.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NEXT?
I’ve moved away from historical fiction and entered into the world of my true passion, the suspense/thriller genre. My next project is entitled INTO THE DEVIL’S DEN – SNARED BY THEIR OWN LIES.
The story weaves a tangled tale of a father caught in a twenty-year lie he told his daughter when she was only a child. Now his greatest fear is losing her trust forever. Before he can seek forgiveness, he must race against time to save her from a jihadist’s sleeper cell – leaving a trail of murder in his wake.
The goal is to have this book released by the end of October 2020.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER WRITERS WHO WANT TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THEIR BOOK?
I’m new at this game myself, so giving advice is not in my wheelhouse of knowledge. The one thing I’ve come to realize is that in today’s world most authors are left to their own devices when it comes to promoting your work. Not many of us have the time or the money to travel around the country promoting your book, much less the contacts or opportunity to be interviewed on national television.
Advice: Seek out every published author you know and pick their brains on the ways they promote their book. Hopefully your publisher or agent is helpful with this process, too.
When I discovered the opportunity for a Virtual Book Tour, I jumped in with both feet. My fingers are crossed that this may help me build a fan base for my books. (Definitely the most challenging hurtle to clear.)
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK ON YOUR SHELF RIGHT NOW?
I cannot choose. My favorite is usually the most current suspense/thriller. For the last couple of years my favorite author has been Greg Iles. I’ve read almost every one of his books and loved each one equally, but I also like a good Steven King now and then, too. Don’t get me wrong I do not limit myself to a specific genre and am always open for a new experience and/or author when it comes to reading.
DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL/EXTRAORDINARY TALENTS?
Only in my dreams. Since I haven’t been blessed with a special/extraordinary talent, I have no idea what I would even choose.
YOU ARE GIVEN THE CHOICE OF ONE SUPER POWER. WHAT SUPER POWER WOULD YOU HAVE AND WHY?
If I had a super power it would the ability to fly and occasionally to be a fly on the wall. There is a world to be explored with so many diverse cultures, and inhabited by an endless supply of intriguing characters with fascinating stories to be told. What a treasure-trove for one’s imagination to sink their teeth into if given the opportunity.
LIST 5 THINGS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST:
At my age, I’ve completed most things on my bucket list. The five things left would probably be travel related:
- To see the Egyptian Pyramids
- Visit the Holy Land
- Take a boat trip down the Amazon
- Check out all the Scandinavian countries
- Have a second home in the mountains.
WHERE CAN READERS FIND YOU ON THE WEB?
Readers can find me at: http://www.booksbyellen.com
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