Breaking into the publishing industry in any way can be very difficult, and I am more than happy to help my fellow writers who have managed to do so and still slum around with us unpublished folk. Tom Williams was kind enough to link to this site from his blog, The White Rajah.
Here’s a blurb for The White Rajah:
Invalided out of the East India Company’s army, James Brooke looks for adventure in the South China Seas. When the Sultan of Borneo asks him to help suppress a rebellion, Brooke joins the war to support the Sultan and improve his chances of trading successfully in the area. Instead, he finds himself rewarded with his own country, Sarawak. Determined to be an enlightened ruler who brings peace and prosperity to his people, James settles with his lover, John Williamson, in their new Eden. But piracy, racial conflict, and court plotting conspire to destroy all he has achieved. Driven from his home and a fugitive in the land he ruled, James is forced to take extreme measures to drive out his enemies. The White Rajah is the story of a man, fighting for his life, who must choose between his beliefs and the chance of victory. Based on a true story, Brooke’s battle is a tale of adventure set against the background of a jungle world of extraordinary beauty and terrible savagery. Told through the eyes of the man who loves him and shares his dream, this is a tale of love and loss from a 19th century world that still speaks to us today.
This seems to be one of those fantastic “stranger than fiction” tales. You couldn’t get away with something like this unless it had really happened. It also sounds like an entertaining read. I can’t claim to have read either book, but having gotten to digitally know Tom, it seems a pretty good bet these will be worth your time.
Oh, and if you see his book in your library, Tom would like to know about it!
A little about the blog: Tom’s blog has a book reviews, talk about the literary world, and updates/information about the published books. I hope you will all mosey on over to THE WHITE RAJAH and stay for a spell.