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Welcome to my website. I am Josanna Thompson and I am excited to announce the release of my first book, A Maiden's Honor. It is the first book of The Woman from Eden series. Are you curious about A Maiden's Honor? Continue reading..

I had a blast designing my website. I added LOTS of extras, including character interviews, and articles about my research. You can even also the first chapter. One of my favorite features is that readers can ask the characters from A Maiden's Honor questions. (And they will answer you! How cool is that?) These features are all listed under the Extras section.

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Goodreads Giveway

I took adventage of the Goodreads Giveaways before they started charging authors to run them. I also sweetened the deal by announcing that each winner would receive a single Tahitian Black pearl pendant necklace with a signed copy of A Maiden's Honor.   Over 500 people entered; two winners.  Congratulations to Lori D. and Kristin S!

New Features

                                                                     - Goodreads Giveaway - Results
                                                                      - Interview with Cora

A Maiden's Honor

Explain it in a way that she can understand,” Hassan shouted. “I want her to understand your treachery. Tell her now, or I will cut off your ears, your nose, and every part of your body until you confess your sin.” While several of his crewmen held Emile steady, Hassan pressed his saber against the doctor’s ear. “This is your last opportunity to confess,” he warned as he pushed his saber deep enough to draw blood.

Beads of sweat rolled down Emile’s forehead. “I deceived you, Sarah.” His voice quivered as he spoke in English. “We intended to murder your father when we decided to give you passage to France.”

"What murder? Sarah asked.

Sarah Campbell is a rarity among women in her time. Raised by her Scottish father and the natives on a remote island in the South Pacific, Sarah and her father embark on a perilous journey to Scotland. Their crew murders her father and attempts to sell Sarah into slavery on the voyage. An unlikely hero rescues her, Hassan Aziz, the most feared pirate on the Barbary Coast. Sarah discovers that she is unprepared for the complex world that is thrust upon her. She must find a way to survive in a world that intrigues and terrifies her.

The Woman from Eden Series

The Woman from Eden series chronicles Sarah Campbell's journey to the West. She really gets around too. Not only does she visit Barbary Coast and the Ottoman Empire, Sarah also journeys to England, the United States, and the Caribbean islands. Each place offers offers Sarah a new set of obsticles to overcome.

Where to buy
A Maiden's Honor

The ebook version is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The paperback version is coming soon (I promise.). The Kindle link is below..

What People are saying about 
A Maiden's Honor

This is an epic love story set on the Barbary Coast in the time of Pirates better known as Cosairs. If you love to be transported to another time and place, with all the needed detail supplied for you to feel like you are there - do not miss out on this.

A Maiden's Honor, Josanna Thompson's sweeping debut novel, carries the reader, along with her beguiling heroine, Sarah Campbell, from the South Seas, through the harems of Algiers, to the shores of England. Packed with daring tales of piracy, loyalty, and passion, A Maiden's Honor is an exciting new entry to the shelves of historical fiction and leaves readers wanting more.   

From Romance Reviews Magazine

Life in a Harem and the practices defined as part of life within a Sultan’s palace is unacceptable and sexist for 21st century thinking. Thus the era in which Josanna Thomson’s novel is set, it is nonetheless a safer place than most for those sold into slavery, and a strict hierarchy exists and woe betide anyone who breaks the rules. Strange as it may seem, women within Harems of the Ottoman Empire stretching to the Barbary Coast, had more rights and power than most European women had within marriages, so sayeth the renowned English aristocrat Lady Mary Wortley-Montague, who stated in one of her 18th century letters: “The Turks govern their country and their wives govern them. In no other country do women enjoy themselves as much.”

Be assured the author has researched her subject matter in depth, right down to names for individual items of clothing worn by women of the Harem, and of a south sea island maiden, though the true heritage of Sarah and the colour of her hair sets her apart from other women, just it had for another who arrived at the Harem and is thus presented to Naa’il Dhar. Throughout the beginning of the novel two stories of two women run parallel and finally merge as one, and yet neither woman meets the other. Whilst Naa’il is the central pin in their respective stories aside from the swashbuckling hero Hassan, Naa’il is a man of his time and his religion, wealthy and powerful, and yet his faith is tested, just as the hero’s faith and belief he can rescue the woman he loves is tested.

Hassan Aziz’s existence as a Barbary pirate is key to knowledge in how to achieve his aims, but the fact he is not what he seems is also reliant on betrayal of those closest to Naa’il. This is a fascinating novel of south sea island innocence, treachery, lust, and love, the kind of love that comes once in a lifetime if a man is lucky, and both Naa’il and Hassan are driven to acts that astound both in their own way because of two women. So alike is Sarah to Cora, an American captive; Naa’il’s conscience plagues him for his unjust treatment of both women who refuse to submit and embrace his religious dictate. Although I mention love and lust, this is a historical novel combined with romance, and the novel is not a steamy read in the vein of eroticism. The characters are well-rounded, their faults exposed, and the punishment of slaves and concubines, or favoured wives who deceive, can be realistically harsh. All told this is an enlightening read with hints at how one person’s religion can give cause for another to doubt their own.

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Happy New Year!  Now that Christmas is over, I'm am  getting more serious about writing Book 2. It's still slow going though. 

I'm also up to my ears in promotion Book 1. After struggling with my own efforts, I enlisted the help from professionals to promote my book on social media. I also joing a number of author websites. I now have author pages on Goodreads, All Author, Author Unlimited, Cold Coffee Cafe, and LIbrary Reviews.  I also signed up to do an ebook tour. After all the time I've spent on Facebook, I'm thinking more seriously about starting a blog in the next month or so.  Stay tuned for developments. 

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