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Valerie Roosa was educated in England with a Royal Society of Arts degree in English, and worked for several years in London, England. Valerie believes that her talent to write is a gift from God, and encourages everyone she meets that desires to enter into the "art" of fiction, to be prepared to make the sacrifice of time and study to achieve their dream.

Valerie was a successful freelance writer for many years before turning to nautical fiction. She mainly specialized in magazine articles relating to sailing and wildlife. True Colors is the first of Valerie's books, revealing the author's passion for history. The sequel Shadow On The Water is close on its heels, and should be available during 2008. Valerie believes she is one of the few women writing in this genre today, and is more than enthusiastic about a whole series in this type of novel.

Valerie is a lifelong sailor and learned to sail as a teenager on the Norfolk Broads in England. She is married to artist Frank Roosa who paints nautical scenes, boats and lighthouses. He is the cover artist for True Colors and also loves "messing about in boats." The couple owns the Day Star Art Studios and spends their "free" time sailing on the Great Lakes.

Shadow on the Water

In Shadow on the Water, a mysterious turn of events during the war of 1812 sends Henry Stapleton, a victim of the British press gangs at the beginning of the war, into dangerous circumstances in Boston. His loyalties are pushed to the limits as he risks a daring escape on a privateering schooner, and ends up dueling with her captain. Who are his friends, and who are his enemies within the political and naval maelstrom of war? The adventure continues . . .

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Shadow on the water


True Colors

True Colors by Valerie Roosa, is historical nautical fiction at its finest. In this book Valerie has achieved an intriguing blend of history and fiction.

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The main character Henry Stapleton has been press-ganged into the British Navy at the onset of the war of 1812. He is torn away from his wife and family in opposition to British law. As a Methodist minister he is supposed to be exempt from such outrageous practice. But it is too late! Being in the wrong place at the wrong time Henry finds himself on board a British frigate, and forced to serve his country by participating in war at sea, along with twelve other men who have also been captured.

Britain is at war with France during the Napoleonic wars, and all of Europe is ablaze with war. Life for Henry soon becomes one of hardship and suffering along with the rigid discipline that accompanies war at sea during the nineteenth century.

Henry makes numerous friends amongst his shipmates, but also encounters some vicious enemies along the way. Within days on board, his ship is engaged in action, and the stark reality of sudden death and destruction around him brings him into a full awareness of what his life will be like from now on.

True Colors will fill every reader's desire to step back into history and be part of Henry Stapleton's life on the cruel seas. Share his dreams, his disappointments, his personal grief and his courage as he faces the possibility of death on a daily basis. Will he survive this war? Get out your telescope; hoist your mainsail, and find out as you sail through the pages of this book.

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