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Before I Wake (Travels Across Time, Book 1) by [Mary Ellen Johnson]

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Her passion for Medieval England sparked Mary Ellen Johnson’s writing career. Her first medieval historical, The Lion and the Leopard, was followed by The Landlord’s Black-Eyed Daughter, a historical novel based on the Alfred Noyes poem, “The Highwayman.” (Published under the pseudonym, Mary Ellen Dennis.) Landlord was chosen as one of the top 100 historical romances of 2013.After taking a twenty-year detour in a quixotic quest to change the world―rather like Arthurian knights’ quests to find the holy grail, which ended in similar failure―Mary Ellen has happily returned to historical fiction writing and her favorite time period, the tumultuous fourteenth century. Her six-book series, Knights of England, follows the fortunes of the characters (and their progeny) introduced in The Lion and the Leopard through the Black Death, the reign of that most gloriously medieval of monarchs, Edward III, the 1381 Peasants’ Revolt, and ends with the deposition and murder of Richard II in 1399.There is nothing Mary Ellen loves more than bringing Medieval England alive for the reader. She particularly enjoys researching battles, campaigns, the daily lives of both lord and peasant, and trying to figure out our ancestors’ thought processes, particularly how they viewed their world. Oh, and did she mention the castles and cathedrals? Mary Ellen likes to say her favorite place in the world is standing before the tomb of the Black Prince in Canterbury Cathedral. (Hyperbole, of course, since Mary Ellen is not that well-traveled and her favorite places are probably wherever her kids and grandkids reside.)However―and the very recounting gives her chills―a distant cousin recently shared the results of her years-long genealogical research on the family tree. When flipping back through the centuries, Mary Ellen began finding hauntingly familiar names―John of Gaunt, Edward the Black Prince, Edward II, Edward III, even Richard the Lionheart! All the historical characters she’s spent a lifetime reading and writing about! How can that be? Genetic memory? Reincarnation? She has no idea, but you can bet she’ll be exploring the possibilities in future novels! --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BCX76R38
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ ePublishing Works! (September 20, 2022)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 20, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2168 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 349 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 17 ratings

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Mary Ellen Johnson’s writing career was sparked by her passion for Medieval England. Her first novel, THE LION AND THE LEOPARD, which took place during the doomed reign of Edward II, was followed by THE LANDLORD'S BLACK-EYED DAUGHTER, a historical novel based on the Alfred Noyes poem, “The Highwayman.” (Published under the pseudonym, Mary Ellen Dennis.) LANDLORD was chosen as one of the top 100 historical romances of 2007.

After taking a way-too-long detour advocating for social justice issues, Mary Ellen happily returned to her first passion, novel writing, and her favorite time period. Mary Ellen's six-part series, THE KNIGHTS OF ENGLAND, follows the fortunes of the characters (and their progeny) introduced in THE LION AND THE LEOPARD through the Black Death, the reign of that most gloriously medieval of monarchs, Edward III, the Peasants Revolt of 1381 (with issues of class and inequality that remain relevant) and ending in 1403, with the Battle of Shrewsbury, when Henry IV cements his claim to the throne and lays the groundwork for the Wars of the Roses. A KNIGHT THERE WAS, WITHIN A FOREST DARK, A CHILD UPON THE THRONE, LORDS AMONG THE RUINS and FlLAMES OF REBELLION completed her series.

Mary Ellen is currently working on a time travel series. She likes to say that her first effort, BEFORE I WAKE, is her autobiography--if she'd been married five times and had been transported back to thirteenth-century Tintagel where she hopes to resolve her tumultuous relationship with a black-haired, black-eyed knight named Ranulf Navarre. BEFORE I WAKE has made the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller list (Time Travel).

The second in Mary Ellen's Travels Across Time Series, ETERNAL BELOVED, should be completed by spring. The successful head of a romance publishing company, Clarabel Lucy, (Like the cow. Moooooooo!) finds herself in early fourteenth century Ireland, which I am enjoying because I get to play with historical characters such as Isabella of France and Roger Mortimer before they became the cartoon villains of recent generations. Oh, yeah, and it's also kind of a ghost story....which is why it's taking me so long to get it right.

In my third, and final time travel, I will leave medieval England, first for turn-of-the-twentieth-century Colorado labor wars and finally, a haunted roadhouse. This will be a homage to my grandad's business, which was neither haunted nor a roadhouse, but that's why I'm a fiction writer rather than a historian!

When not writing, Mary Ellen enjoys spending time with her kids and grandkids and taking occasional trips across the pond to revisit her beloved castles, cathedrals, and battlefields.

If you are interested in learning more about Mary Ellen, check out and/or contact her at

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