WILMINGTON, NC, September 23, 2021 / 24-7PressRelease / – Award-winning author Donna Fletcher Crow has announced the release of Celtic Cross series one part one, The Struggle for a Nation. The Celtic Cross series is a great saga in Scottish history. All four books in the series are adapted from her best-selling epic historical fiction novel, “The Fields of Bannockburn,” which was named Best Historical Novel 1996 by the American Federation of Women’s Press. The four books (or Epochs) of the series are:
Epoch 1 The guardian of stone, of saints and rulers
1993: Three modern young people listen to the Scottish storyteller tell his stories of adventure, romance and intrigue. As candles twinkle and a Celtic harp sings its accompaniment, the question grabs them: can they find the answer to Scotland’s oldest secret?
563: Young Corban, tending to his father’s sheep – stupid creatures that they are – on the back of the island, has no idea how much his life is about to change when he sees the holy men arriving on the beach below him. Columba led his small group of monks from Ireland, seeking atonement for his great sin. Can he find peace on beautiful Iona, or are other souls yet to die?
Epoch 2 The forger of a nation, kings and kingdoms
Mary, Gareth and Brad continue their journey to an ancient ritual valley in the Scottish Highlands, in search of the answer to Scotland’s oldest secret.
847: Kenneth mac Alpin has set foot in the deep hollow of the ancient rock enking in Dunadd. A tumultuous blow of horns and the triumphant beating of the drums tear the sonorous chants of the monks. But Kenneth knew his job had barely started. Fierce Viking warriors threatened from the west. The Picts, former enemies of the Scots, threatened from the east. Litigious leaders would sever the ties of his own people. And yet somehow Kenneth has to forge a nation.
Epoch 3 The refiner of the kingdom, queens and clerics
Mary, Gareth, and Brad’s quest to uncover the truth about Scone’s Stone takes them to Edinburgh Castle, high on its windy hill.
1068: Margaret struggles as the rest of the English royal family, fleeing William the Conqueror, are thrown onto the rugged and rocky shore of Scotland. Can the beautiful and gentle Margaret, who has sworn to become a nun, accept the hand of the uncivilized King Malcolm? Can she really carve out a haven of civility for herself among these harsh and barbaric people?
Epoch 4 The conquerors of tyranny, priests and patriots
Mary, Brand, and Gareth’s quest comes to a surprising conclusion as they uncover the truth about the price of freedom.
1314: Larger than life, perhaps the greatest patriot who ever breathed, William Wallace gives his life’s blood for the freedom of Scotland. A glorious victory at Stirling Bridge leads to a heartbreaking defeat at Falkirk and the payment of the ultimate sacrifice at the Tower of London. And the young and loyal Jamie Maclnnes experiences it all, even paying a great personal price for himself.
Although marked, like Scotland, Jamie is undefeated. He rallies behind the dynamic Robert the Bruce and continues the arduous odyssey of defeat, exile and humiliation until it ultimately culminates in a glorious victory over the fields of Bannockburn.
700 years later, three young adventurers follow this haunting story, seeking answers for their own lives and the solution to Scotland’s oldest riddle.
Announcing the release of his Celtic Cross series, Crow said: “I am delighted to be able to offer readers my Scottish epic for the very first time in ebook format. And I’m thrilled with this brand new edition that delivers every segment of Scotland’s magnificent history in convenient, self-contained eras.
“I hope that a whole new generation of readers can find inspiration to stand up for truth and freedom as these saints and patriots of long ago did. Each age faces new challenges, just like ours, but the demands of courage, intelligence and faith remain the same to meet and overcome every obstacle our world faces. And Scotland remains the same fiercely beautiful country that it has been throughout history. “
Readers and reviewers have praised Crow’s work:
“When it comes to historical fiction set in Scotland based on real events, no one does it better than Donna Fletcher Crow. Familiar names from the story come to life on the page. If you love Scotland, love history and love the Lord, this one is for you! ~ Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times bestselling author of Mine Is the Night
“A masterpiece of fiction. Creatively connects the present and the past. Exceptional book for serious readers looking to get involved in an exceptional story of substance. ~ Journal of the BH bookstore
“A well-told story is a cracker. Well written and well researched with credible people. A magical storyteller’s book. A difficult book to let go. If you have a love for good, well-told stories and a mind that can be awakened, I recommend this book to you. ~ Richard Walker, Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Journal of the Arts Center Group, UK
“You never thought opening a book could be so wonderful and closing it so difficult.” Best Seller and Top 5 Picks, Christian Book Distributors
Donna Fletcher Crow is the author of 50 books, mostly British history novels. She has won several top industry awards for her work. In addition, several of his books were bestsellers in their categories.
“Glastonbury” is her best-known book, which has received the prestigious First Place Historical Novel Award from the National Federation of Press Women. Readers and reviewers alike have praised “Glastonbury” as “the best of its kind”, “richly fascinating”, “beautifully documented”, “gloriously evocative” and “panoramic”. An Amazon reader said, “WHAT work! Every reader can be enveloped in pure breadth and quality, every historian constantly nodding to fine detail and accuracy, and every Christian can rejoice in the fulness of the scriptures. To me, it’s simply beyond descriptive praise. I urge all who appreciate the truth to treat themselves to a feast.
The Elizabeth & Richard Mysteries is a thriller literary series using literary characters as a background: Rudyard Kipling in ‘The Flame Ignites’, Dorothy L Sayers in ‘The Shadow of Reality’, Shakespeare in ‘A Midsummer Eve’s Nightmare’, and Jane Austen in both “A Meeting with Jane Austen” and “A Most Unique Company”. Watch for ‘A Prodigious Sum of Corpses: Seeking Sanditon at Jane Austen’s Seashore’, which will take readers to all of Austen’s favorite seaside resorts. Reviews of Crow’s visits to these sites are available on their blog under the heading “Jane Austen Seashore Tour”.
The series of murders of monasteries presents atmospheric contemporary crimes whose roots are buried deep in the Middle Ages. Books in the series include “A Very Private Grave”, “A Darkly Hidden Truth”, “An Unholy Communion”, “A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary”, “An All-Consuming Fire” and the all-new “Against All Fierce Hostility” . ‘
The Daughters of Courage, ‘Kathryn’, ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Stephanie’ is a pioneering family saga based on the stories of Crow’s own family and other Idaho pioneers in the Kuna, Nampa and Boise area. A short story on his blog titled “A Nostalgic Fourth of July” is based on a scene from “Kathryn: Days of Loss and Hope”.
Where There is Love is a 6-book series on the lasting legacy of love and faith, all based on historical people and events. The titles are: “where love begins”, “where love illuminates”, “where love triumphs”, “where love restores”, “where love shines” and “where love calls “.
The Lord Danvers Victorian True Crime series is an Amazon bestseller in the British Detectives category. Books in the series include “A Lethal Specter”, “A Most Inconvenient Death”, “Grave Matters”, “To Dust You Shall Return” and “A Teinture of Murder”. Donna offers a free download of “A Teinture of Murder” for those who sign up to her newsletter. More information is available on its website.
Donna Fletcher Crow’s prizes include:
Where Love Begins, Best Historical Romance, Pinnacle Awards 2019
A Lethal Specter, Best Mystery, Pinnacle Awards, 2019
Glastonbury, First Place, Historical Fiction, Merit Award from the National Federation of Women of the Press
The Banks of the Boyne, Silver Angel; First Place Historical Fiction, National Federation Press Women
The Fields of Bannockburn, First Place Historical Fiction, National Federation Press Women
Professional Excellence Award, Northwestern Nazarene College
Juvenile Books Award of Merit, Idaho Press Women
Best Idaho Author
Pacesetter Award, Mt. Hermon Writers Conference
Outstanding historical fiction, Idaho Press Women, National Federation of Women in the Press,
Idaho Writer of the Year
Best Inspirational Novel, Romance Writers of America Finalist
Writer of the Year, Mt. Hermon Writers Conference
Donna is available for media interviews and can be reached by email at [email protected]. All of his books are available from online bookstores. More information, including a free download of “A Tincture of Murder”, is available on its website at https://www.donnafletchercrow.com.
About Donna Fletcher Crow:
Donna and her husband live in Boise, Idaho. They have 4 adult children and 15 grandchildren living on 3 continents. Donna is a longtime former professor of English literature and Anglophile. Idahoans with long memories will remember her as a former Snake River Stampede Queen, Miss Rodeo Idaho and Miss Rodeo America finalist. She is a passionate gardener.
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