RELEASE BLITZ: “Servants of the Crown” by Garrick Jones

RELEASE BLITZ

Book Title: Servants of the Crown: The Turkish Pretender

Author: Garrick
Jones

Publisher: MoshPit
Publications

Cover Artist: Garrick
Jones

Release Date: 24 March,
2022

Genre: Gay Historical Fiction; Spy Thriller.

Tropes: Circle of Friends; Master and Servant.

Themes: Betrayal, treason, the strength of friendships and the ultimate
connection.

Heat Rating: 2 flames

Length: 124 891 words/389
pages

It is a standalone story and
d
oes not end on a cliffhanger

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Intelligencers: men and

women from all walks of life and from all sections of society, servants of the Crown who
work for the Home Office gathering information vital to the security of the
nation.

Blurb

Intelligencers: men and women from all walks of life and
from all sections of society, servants of the Crown who work for the Home Office gathering
information vital to the security of the nation.

London, 1855. While Great Britain is at war with the
Russians in the Crimea, a cadre of disaffected seditionists and insurrectionists, made up of
members of the aristocracy and wealthy industrialists, have set a plan into action that’s
been decades in the making—a plan that aims to overthrow the Queen and to install a
puppet king on the throne in her place. With the war raging and disquiet in the industrial
north and in Ireland, their perfidious plot, unless stopped, threatens to bring about anarchy
and revolution.

Aware of the imminent danger, Sir George Grey, the Home
Secretary, has tasked The Brothers, a band of four men, friends of over twenty years, to root
out the source of the infection, destroy the clique, and track down and eradicate its foreign
pretender by any means necessary. From molly houses to state banquets, from hospitals to
steam baths, from aristocratic households to the meanest of slums, the friends find
themselves in a succession of increasingly perilous situations.

Like the mighty Thames, undercurrents flow swift and deep
as they uncover plot after plot and treachery and treason in abundance.

Excerpt

“Fetch Christopher, if you please, Elam,” Lennard
said.

“What? Are you going to have me manhandled out the
door?”

“No, Terrence. Christopher is waiting for me with my riding
equipage. I was about to exercise my horse and I shall do so once I’ve seen to Miles. You’ve
paid me for the destruction of my window and given me a promise for the carpet, but surely
you realise you owe me for the mistreatment of my butler?”

“You can’t be serious, Lennard. We’re talking about chattel
here. Servants are no different from your carpet or your
priceless window.
He’ll recover. A quick slash across the chops is a lesser thing than one of my own servants
might have received had one of them tried to grapple with me. How dare he touch a person
of—”

Lennard strode quickly to Astley and grabbed the fronts of
his jacket.

“Let me tell you this. Although I said I’ve changed, my hate
for you still burns in my chest. How dare you stride into my house, abuse my servants, and
feel free to do whatever you like. Remember this before you leave. One word from me to
the right person and you’ll find yourself gasping for air as you descend to the depths of the
Thames, your arms bound behind your back, and your feet chained to an anchor. You’d just
disappear. Like that!” Lennard snapped his fingers next to Astley’s ear.

“Have care to whom you make threats, Lennard. I’m too
valuable to the Prime Minister. I still hold a seat and a loyal group of Irish lords who keep
him in power.”

“Threats against other men interest me not, sir. I wish to
have nothing ever to do with you from this day henceforth … not ever. Do you
understand?”

“You’re making a big mistake.”

“Not so big a one as you made by appearing at my door
and forcing your way into my house.”

“I shall take my leave of you. But don’t think this is over. I’ll
put it about that you dishonoured your uncle’s word.”

“Do what you feel best, sir. But, by now, my coachman will
have arrived with my riding gear and is waiting outside the door. If I were you, I’d leave this
very moment before I grab my whip and thrash the living daylights out of you. You can
apologise to Elam on your way out for injuring his brother.”

“Apologise? Why, I—”

“Oh, and Astley?” Lennard added, interrupting the man by
violently releasing his jacket and pushing him backward, his knees hitting the edge of the
Chesterfield. “Putting it about that I dishonoured your agreement with my uncle? Well, two
can play at that game. It would not be hard to start a rumour that you’ve dealt with your
ward, Neasa, inappropriately, and that’s the reason you’re so reluctant to allow her to marry
into one of the most noble families in the land.”

“No one would believe that for one moment.”

“People have been wondering about your reluctance these
past four or five years, ever since Sir George’s son first approached you. However, now, with
my new title, I will have the ears of not only the leading members of society, but also those
close to the throne. An innuendo is as good as an oath, don’t you think? Even Irish baronets
who hold some sway in parliament are not immune to gossip. You’d not be invited
anywhere, whether the slander is proved or not. Everyone knows Sir Hugh was not a
businessman, and although the sum you offered would make you out to be a villain at the
best, the premature plucking of a tender blossom before its time … why, Her Majesty would
send someone banging at your door.”

About the Author

After a thirty year career as a
professional opera singer, performing as a soloist in opera houses and in concert halls all
over the world, I took up a position as lecturer in music in Australia in 1999, at the Central
Queensland Conservatorium of Music, which is now part of CQUniversity.


Brought up in Australia, between the bush and the
beaches of the Eastern suburbs, I retired in 2015 and now live in the tropics, writing,
gardening, and finally finding time to enjoy life and to re-establish a connection with who I
am after a very busy career on the stage and as an academic.


I write mostly historical gay fiction. The stories are
always about relationships and the inner workings of men; sometimes my fellas get down to
the nitty-gritty, sometimes it’s up to you, the reader, to fill in the blanks.


Every book is story driven; spies, detectives,
murders, epic dramas, there’s something for everyone. I also love to write about my country
and the things that make us Aussies and our history different from the rest of the
world.


I’m research driven. I always try to do my best to
give the reader a sense of what life was like for my main characters in the world they live
in.

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