Jana Petken is a multi award winning and #1 bestselling historical fiction author.
Hi, thanks so much for stopping by.
I live in, Dénia, a town on Spain’s eastern coastline.
img014 (1)I joined the (British) Royal Navy at the age of seventeen.  I was a leading Wren Regulator, with the equivalent rank to sergeant in the military police.
After the Navy I went to work for a travel company as an overseas representative and spent seasons in the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, and North Africa.
I spent twelve years as a bodyguard for a Saudi Princess.  I travelled extensively, met a lot of interesting people, and spent a lot of time just waiting for my Princess to get out of bed before long days of clothes shopping and cake eating! This was their life, not one I would have chosen for myself.
Later, I found a new career as a cabin-crew member for British Airways, Worldwide fleet.
img015 (1)Unfortunately, I had an accident on board a flight.  The aircraft, a Boeing 747, was flying at 39,000 feet above Africa when it was caught in clear-air turbulence.  As the plane dropped, my body flew upwards, and only stopped flying when my head hit the ceiling. The way I see it, it could have been worse. I could have gone through the ceiling. As a result of this accident I had to have three major operations on my spinal cord at the neck, and they heralded the end of my wandering days.
These are my titles: The Guardian of Secrets, was first published in 2013, and it also has a completed screenplay. It’s a #1 international bestseller and a multi award winning book. Dark Shadows : The Mercy Carver Series, and Blood Moon: The Mercy Carver Series were both published in 2014 and they are an Amazon #1 bestselling series and international award winners. The Errant Flock  (The Flock Trilogy Book 1) is a multi award winning historical thriller, and #1 bestselling book. The Scattered Flock is also an award winner and was followed by Flock, The Gathering of The Damned in June 2017. Swearing Allegiance,  a WWI family saga, was released in March 2016 and is a Bestseller and multi award winning book, including The Outstanding Historical Book of 2017 at the IAN Awards. The German Half-Bloods, March 2018 is a #1 Bestseller, The Vogels, On All Fronts, Before the Brightest Dawn.
The sequel to Swearing Allegiance will be available early 2020!
I have always believed that with one life to live, one should make the best of a bad situation, whatever that may be, but what I didn’t know when I hung up my uniform for the last time was that writing books would give me the greatest journey of all.
It is nice to meet you. Please take a look around and leave a comment. If you need any more information, come back again. You are always welcome here xxx

Recent Comments

  • Seamus Jeffs
    2nd December 2014 - 9:12 am ·

    A friend of mine, Simon Kernick, who is also an author of some renown, told me about this book (The Guardian of Secrets) as he knew I was a history buff and enjoyed fictional history books.
    He wrote the name of the book down some time ago but forgot about it. I saw him again yesterday and asked me if I had read it yet. I said I hadn’t but promised I would look it up today. This I did and nearly fell off my seat when I saw your picture. I have read the prologue and I am already hooked.
    I am so pleased for you that you have become a successful author and I am looking forward to getting my head stuck into this, your first book, over the Christmas break. Will leave some positive feedback no doubt. Great to see you are enjoying your life and hope you carry on doing so.
    We must meet up for a drink next time I am over.
    Seamus Jeffs

    • janapetkenauthor
      13th December 2014 - 6:31 am ·

      Hey, Seamus
      What a lovely surprise to hear from you. Let me know when you are next in Spain. I would love to meet up. I hope you enjoy I hope you are well.
      I hope you enjoy, The Guardian of Secrets, and if you do, spread the word xx

  • Sue panon
    24th November 2015 - 2:41 pm ·

    Just finished Guardian f Screts and loved every page. I admit some of the history was new to me and somewhat eye opening,was introduced to the book by fellow sailors Debs and Ian Burgess who have been in Denia and recommended the books to me after hearing of my interest in Spanish history.am looking forward to reading further books of yours asap

  • Angel
    19th August 2016 - 6:39 am ·

    Wow!!! I have read The Errant Flock and The Guardian of Secrets, both books
    Were amazing. Thank You for the great stories and details on both books. I will recommend these books to my friends. Xoxo

    • janapetkenauthor
      3rd September 2016 - 10:17 am ·

      Hi Jean. Thanks so much! You can get The Errant Flock on Amazon, ebook and in Paperback. The cover is actually being edited at the moment to show a recent award on the front. it should be available in a day or two.
      Thank you so much for stopping by. Please keep in touch x

  • Lee Tinneny
    7th September 2016 - 5:15 am ·

    Well, just finished, “The Guardian Of Secrets.” For some reason I do not remember studying the Spanish Civil War when in high school. At age 75 I felt deficient as I read your story. So, being as modern a woman as I can be at my age, I Googled it!!! It helped as I continued reading. What a horrible waste of life as are all wars, of course. We were in the Us Air Force but never had to be a part of anything like the depiction of war you wrote about.
    I have a question though. How in the world did Carlos ever believe the red headed child was his? What did Marie say to make him believe he was his child?
    Your portrait of Joseph Dobbs was excellent. I pray you have never known such a man but you nailed evil to the wall in him!
    The use of the ‘f-word’ always distresses me but I understand the why of using it. I am a bit conservative in that matter.
    The book was a real ‘page-turner,’ and thank you for that.

    • janapetkenauthor
      7th September 2016 - 8:14 am ·

      Hi Lee. Celia had blonde hair. Maria was auburn. I thought that blond/auburn could make red, from the English side of the family. xxx Joseph was really the only person to use the f word. He was not a nice man and it was widely used at the time, not by the upper classes but by men like him. Thanks so much for getting in touch. Please pop back anytime. xxx

  • Sandra Ellis
    7th September 2016 - 5:54 pm ·

    The Guardian of Secrets, What a fantastic book. I just could not put it down! I too live in Spain, I knew of the Spanish Civil War but didnt know all the ins and outs of the politics. I so loved your book

  • Lesley.Librizzi
    8th October 2016 - 12:38 am ·

    I just finished The Guardian of Secrets and want to thank you for such a great read….. right to the last paragraph! I cried and smiled through the book and learner history of Spain I never knew. Congratulations on being such a.wonderful author. I live in Perth Australia.and hope to.visit Spain in the next few years. Thank you.

  • Helen McClure aka Stewardess Gunn
    9th November 2018 - 12:07 pm ·

    Hi Jana, met you at the Parador Javea (where we live) Just finished the 2nd. Vogels book – do hope there will be a third. We talked about BA – I was on 707’s – but left to be an Inghams rep. in Austria in 1969. What we love about your books is every page is action packed, not waffle packed.
    Can imagine how satisfying the research must be.
    Loved Mercy Carver, think we have read everything Amazon has of yours now.
    We are fans for life – keep writing.
    Love Helen McClure.xx

  • janapetkenauthor
    9th November 2018 - 12:16 pm ·

    Hi Helen.
    Thank you for getting in touch. I’m glad you enjoyed the Vogels. I’m working on book 3, and hope to have it published by June 2019. It’s going to be a challenge to get three years into the last instalment. It’s a small world, meeting another cabin crew person – Good days. Take care, Helen, and keep reading xxxxxxxxx

  • DJ Long
    22nd February 2019 - 10:32 pm ·

    What a roller coaster of a story! I just finished Guardian and loved the interwoven history lesson (but so sad about the tragedies of war). Anyway, your story reminded me of being a 20-year-old visiting Spain for the first time, on my own in 1973. Within minutes, I had met a group of Spanish students who found me a place to stay with relatives, and was swept up into their world for a few days. I remember to this day we still had to WHISPER the name of Franco, they were fearful of being caught discussing him. I was glad at that point to be an American, though we surely have our rocky times. Thanks for such a gripping story, and reminding us all of a time that so many have forgotten or never knew.

    • janapetkenauthor
      23rd February 2019 - 6:49 am ·

      Hi DJ
      Thanks for getting in touch. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. I also wish more people knew about that war. I went to Valencia area in Spain with my parents when I was Five, and my family have been here ever since. I grew up under Franco and also remember fearing him. I lived in a very Republican stronghold that had not forgiven him…I don’t think they do, even now. People still spit on the ground when they say his name.
      Thanks again for your message

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