Untold Tales of Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling-The Request.

Untold Tales of Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling

The Request

by Ronovan Hester

“Court-martial?”

“It would seem so, Miles.” I held the parchment in my hand, somehow not surprised by its words.

“Gabriel, they can’t mean it. The hand of his own first lieutenant killed Admiral Hawthorne. That dagger you pulled from the Admiral’s chest belonged to the man and we all know it.” The big Scotsman paced before what was once my father’s desk.

I scanned the message again. “The court seems to hold a belief the Admiral would be alive today if I not for my restraining him from murdering young Lieutenant Carbonale.”

My best friend and first lieutenant stopped his pacing. “So you are to be tried for stopping a murder?” Hands flew in the air in exasperation. “That’s the Admiralty for you. How this nation remains in control of the seas with that lot of idiots in command is beyond me.”

The firm knocks at the study door kept Miles from further expounding upon his thoughts of England’s lack of leadership. “Yes, Mildred?”

The housekeeper entered with paper in hand. “Another?” I asked.

“Yes, sir, only just now delivered.” A delicate hand passed the message over. “The young man would not say from where he came, but he had an air of polish about him unlike the previous.”

I saw her hands ring with anxiety. “Mildred, all is well. There is no need to—”

“All is well? Gab—”

“Miles, there is nothing to become upset about. The Admiral’s murder took place in a sailors pub frequented by less than reputable sorts. It is only natural for there to be some sort of inquest made.” I turned to my housekeeper. “Mildred, will you make certain Adam stays away from the study for the next hour? I don’t want those highly tuned ears of his overhearing just enough to become worried himself.” I smiled and squeezed one small hand with a reassuring firmness.

A deep breath escaped the housekeeper that had worked for my father before me. A smile returned to her face and she nodded. “Yes, sir, I’ll make certain the boy is busy elsewhere.”

I sat behind the polished mahogany as the door clicked shut behind her. I broke the seal and opened the message.

“Is it another accusation?”

I looked up at Miles, his fists pressed onto the desk. “No, only a simple message. It would seem the Admiralty does not have a monopoly on my life.” I folded the letter and replaced it in its envelope.

“What do we do now?” Miles stood straight, prepared for battle.

“We are to do nothing. You are to return home or find a barmaid about who hasn’t heard of your reputation and may be able to calm that rising blood in you.”

The broad smile stretched across the sea-tanned face as if a reflex. “That sounds like a good idea. Why don’t you come along?”

“No. I have other things to do. At some point we need to gather the crew and explain to them what is occurring.” I rose and turned to the window behind me. “I have no fear of their doubting my honor in the matter. Enough were there that night and they know me as man and captain. They need to hear from our mouths what is afoot.”

“Agreed, I’ll spread the word to gather two days’ time aboard the Majesty’s Venture. And now, I’m off to find a cure for what ails me.” The big laugh infected me and my spirits rose. There was nothing like a happy Scotsman to chase away a dark cloud.

My fingers rubbed the envelope in my hand.

I returned to my seat and opened the letter again. With Miles now gone, I could read for better understanding.

Come to the site of the King’s fall at one past noon.

Your father’s friend.

The clock showed it was nearing noon now. The invitation was not a request as much a command, a command not to ignore. I exited the study with purpose. “Mildred! I will be out for a time. Make certain Adam completes his studies. I expect a report from his tutors left for me to examine later today.”

“Yes, Lord Wallace.”

Jerome would need to run strong to make the meeting. I smiled. The big roan loved given his head, or at least given a direction and allowed his own speed.

What would he of all people want to meet with me at a time like this?


 

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A Beta-Reader and Author Correspondence. Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling.

With Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling out for almost a month now, with reviews coming in from continents all over the place, the majority of which are 5 Stars, I thought I would share some correspondence I had with one of my beta-readers, author Annette Rochelle Aben. Not every beta-reader is asked to give the same feed back. Knowing Annette’s affinity was not for the Pirate genre, I asked for feedback with that in mind.

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Guess what???

I have finished reading your novel. Congratulations, this is really good. Considering I had second thoughts after I said yes, simply because this is NOT a genre I would normally read, I was pleasantly surprised. So, what’s my next step, how can I help you with this?  

Annette

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Mainly your opinions, likes, dislikes. Anything that didn’t work for you.

I wrote with believable characters in mind, not super heroic or over the top, except for Wallace’s resolve about character/beliefs/behavior/loyalty and the like.

Ron

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I must say that I did find the characters to be believable, and if this makes any sense, very human. I was expecting the story to be violent and crude, and that would turn me off completely. However, in your story, I felt like I was simply experiencing men who would have been pirates around the time of Errol Flynn. You had a part where this was pretty much spelled out when you wrote that a good captain would take care of his men, feed them properly, etc. and they would want to stay and work with him. That, of course, comes closer to the end of the book, yet I felt that way all the way through.

There was a lot of feeling of YOU, a Southern gentleman, all the way through. I felt as though I were reading a story about people I wanted to know more about, which again, was very surprising to me.

This gave the entire story a rather romantic feel. Can’t believe I just said that because I am NOT a romantic and that is a genre I avoid at all costs…

So, what didn’t work for me.. gee whiz. I got the impression that the “down with the establishment” or “getting some of my own back” motivation was present but I’m not certain the differences were spelled out. Like here is one chapter of what life was like IN the Navy and the next chapter telling the story of what life was like as a pirate. If this was done for each character, the back and forth thing, it might have brought a different level of contrast to the story. Not that one needs to legitimize the role of a pirate, almost pointing out that they were driven to that life. Did that make any sense?

Thought that treatment of the girl was almost more “missionary” than pirate. Not that I am complaining[…]

If I come across anything else, floating through my head, I will be happy to share

So happy for you, Ron. This is quite the endeavor and you seem to have a firm grasp on how to make it happen. Oh, and the ending? Left the door open and peaked the curiosity!

Cheers,

Annette


As with all the beta-readers involved, the information was considered and applied to the manuscript where did appropriate for our purposes. There really wasn’t much we could do about the line between pirate and Navy life as there is a blurring of the lines in the book because of the situation Captain Wallace and his crew are in. Once you read the book you’ll understand what I mean.

The one part edited about the girl in the story was done so due to a spoiler of sorts.

Annette is correct in that I did put a lot of me into the creation of Gabriel Wallace. In the future, Wallace becomes someone else, and that character changes over time because of life and situations that warrant that change. At the core, he’s the same man in both this book and the future, just the exterior is different. A obvious captain in the Royal Navy would not fair well in the later adventures that have been written about Wallace.

Part of my mission was to give a history and foundation for a character who could be that future character that now exists in other books in the series. He had to be a man who could lead, teach, and love. The love aspect is not as prevalent in the book because it is not a romance, but there are hints of the romantic in him because of certain conversations had, and Wallace’s views about women and being a man.

With the correspondence and the reviews coming in so far, I think PS Bartlett and I achieved our goal. The ending was changed from the original manuscript to meet future plans, and that ‘peaked the curiosity’ is thanks to PS Bartlett. My original had more of a closure but open to further adventure because we weren’t sure if there would be a second book or not at the time.  I think PS Bartlett has some plans you may be interested in. She also made more sense in the location of a Naval battle I wrote. Where I had Wallace doing what might have made sense in some historical sense, she gave it a better flow with how the story was going and headed. As well, I think the location of the battle might come in handy in future stories. A very smart change on her part.

Annette did give the book 5 Stars on Amazon and Goodreads, but she didn’t gush about it. She gave a straight forward reader review rather than an Author Reader Review. I know all of you can tell the difference.

Much Respect

Ronovan


 

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Amber Wake – Gabriel Falling by @PSBartlett and @RonovanWrites – a #book review

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Have you ever enjoyed book so much –you absolutely needed to tell everyone about it? This is one of those books. Stating the obvious: I enjoyed reading this Historical Adventure by authors PS Barlettand Ronovan Hester. Amber Wake – Gabriel Falling, follows the journey of Gabriel Wallace a Royal Navy Captain. Betrayal and corruption led this dishonored captain on a journey to piracy and revenge – all in the name of the crown, queen and county – set in 1705.

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The story itself could easily be turned into a movie. The authors give you an action packed scene after the next. You can hardly wait to turn the page. This story tied in well with the other books in this series, all, which I’ve also read – and think, are highly recommendable.  The difference between this book and the other’s being that this one is set in a man’s…

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Hello everyone! I have a treat for you today. I’m an avid reader and self proclaimed bookworm and to me as well as others like me it is always fun when a new, intriguing book is released. Do you enjoy fascinating stories about pirates? Well then you’ll love The Razor’s Adventures Pirate Tales by P.S. Bartlett. I have featured P.S. Bartlett and her books on this blog and you can check out that post here.

Today’s focus will be on the wonderful and talented Ronovan Hester since P.S. Bartlett’s recent installment in The Razor’s Adventure series, Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling is co-authored by him. This is not your typical pirate story since Ronovan puts his love of History and his 20+ years of writing experience to use in his debut Historical Adventure set in 1705 England, American Colonies, and Caribbean.

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Excerpt from Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling by @PSBartlett & @RonovanWrites

Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling

The autumn of 1705 brings Royal Navy Captain Gabriel Wallace to face off against an enemy within the ranks of the Admiralty itself that threatens his career, his reputation, his family, and something even more far-reaching in its plot.

Court-martialed and with Admiral Chambers, the mastermind fearfully known as the Chambers of Hell, out for his destruction, Wallace finds he has allies willing to face the might of the mightiest power on earth, with some allies in the most unlikely of places. The crew of his former command, the Majesty’s Venture, mutinies from the Royal Navy. With capture by his enemies close behind, Wallace agrees to become captain once again.

With a ship at his command, Captain Gabriel Wallace sets out to fulfill his mission, the completeness of which only he knows.

Now a pirate by situation, Wallace sets out for the Colonies and the Caribbean. Will his crew remain loyal as they leave a life the rule of the Royal Navy behind? Will  his lifelong friend Miles Jacobs follow Wallace’s lead without knowing the whole story? Finally, will  the young Lieutenant Maddox Carbonale remain a follower or try to become captain himself?

With these questions in his thoughts, Gabriel Wallace wages war on Chambers and goes after the largest haul in the history of the Spanish Main. Whom does Wallace meet along the way? To whom are his loyalties to: vengeance or something more powerful?

If you love tales of adventure, of the sea, of the struggles of men, and nods to history, this is your book. Read Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling and you’ll have a new appreciation for all of The Razor’s Adventures Pirate Tales.

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The smell of smoke began to fill my nostrils as I watched Miles race down the hallway towards the kitchen. I leapt to my feet and followed, finding it completely engulfed in flames.

The bastards!” Miles shouted.

“I suppose they may have meant to kill me after all! Unfortunately for them, they’ll have to burn London to the ground to kill me!”

“It’s too late, Gabriel! We must go!” Miles insisted.

The choking smoke began filling the house within seconds. I watched my family home being eaten swiftly by the spreading flames, as the three of us ran back towards the library.

“Wait here!” I shouted as I bounded up the stairs and returned with my and Adam’s belongings swung over my shoulder.

“Shall we, gentlemen?” Maddox moved to the front window and pulled back the curtains for a quick peek. Being unfamiliar with the man other than his prowess at the seduction of married women and his skills as a sleuth, I wondered if he was looking for those who’d set upon me this night to reduce my life to ashes, or for some more personal reason. With the house seconds from burning down around us, I no longer cared. I wanted only to stay alive and lay eyes on Adam.

“Might I be informed as to where we are going?” I shouted as we burst from the house into the darkness.

“The Majesty’s Venture!” Miles shouted back.

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