“She died within seconds of falling. She could see the shadows that went with the echoes of screams from up above, but the patterns of light and the fading sounds were nothing more than that. There was not time to think about them, to name them or to say, ‘There’s lovely’, but that is how she felt in those last moments of her life.”Rosie’s Umbrella is about love and loss, forgetting and remembering, losing one’s self and becoming someone you never knew or imagined being.We meet 14-year-old Rosie Llywelyn in Boston in 1995 at the moment her life is changed forever by a tragedy that occurred in a coalmining village in Wales in 1955.From the very first page the reader experiences the emotional turmoil Rosie feels as she tries to find out what has happened to her Aunt Sarah and why her parents won’t tell her why they have had Sarah committed to a psychiatric unit in a nearby hospital.As Taylor engages the reader in Rosie’s tragic family story of guilt and forgiveness, she falls into her own family history, and the reader falls with her – as she exposes the cruelty of governments, the wounds of being lumpen, the exploitation of poor families and children, and the trauma of the forced migration of hundreds of thousands of miners and their families from the Welsh coal mining valleys in the first half of the twentieth century.As Rosie struggles to find her own truth with the support of her teacher and friends in school, she realizes another family tragedy is about to happen. Falling faster now through the pages, Taylor makes sure readers stay on the page with Rosie and her friends through their political awakening to the devastation that power and privilege has on poor people, and to their own vision for the future. Until, filled with love, laughter, and the will to survive, they are ready for the struggle that they know lies ahead.
Who’s trying to kill the champion for peace? The USA and China are on the verge of a nuclear slugfest, and the world chooses an unorthodox political activist with the unusual name of Che Bonaparte to save the day. She has the instincts of a fighter, the wisdom of Nelson Mandela, and the boldness of a Napoleon. And because of this, she must be killed.THE STORY: Don’t mess with this millennial as she’s busy saving our world. The year is 2018. A North Korean stupidity triggers a chain of out-of-control events resulting in two nuclear explosions; the first in China, soon followed by a blast on American soil. Many innocent people die. The two most powerful nations on the planet blame each other and are now hell-bent on getting revenge—or “justice” in their views—while the rest of the world can only watch helplessly from the sidelines.There is a glimmer of hope. The two sparring superpowers request a negotiator to represent the Rest of the World. In a bizarre closed-door session at the United Nations and to everyone’s surprise, Che Bonaparte is chosen. She is the youngest among 158 candidates and the most unorthodox. While possessing some international experience, she is considered a maverick and the confidence level of the world’s political elite is low.After days of frustrating and fruitless negotiations, Bonaparte goes for a game changer. She decides to ditch the traditional approach and propose an unprecedented get-together—the three leaders alone—declaring, “It’s what people want from their leaders, to save the day. Seven billion pairs of eyes on three people. And, quite conveniently, this is how leaders want history to remember them.”Her proposed location is peculiar: the rumoured site of the Garden of Eden—where Adam and Eve tasted the forbidden fruit. She intends to face off with the two most powerful people in the world: the President of the United States, Evelyn Lee-Grant, a God-fearing Republican whose international experience is untested; and the President of the People’s Republic of China, Jian Chang, a relative unknown whose quick ascension to power has made many enemies. Both presidents are advised by their teams not to show up.Che Bonaparte’s mission is obvious: prevent humanity from plummeting into a radioactive hell. Can she pull it off?THE CHE BONAPARTE SERIES “Che Bonaparte Must Die” is the third of a four-part narrative that spans twelve years in the life of a very singular person. In the first, “Che Bonaparte as Barbarian,” we saw how bizarre circumstances gave the world its first glimpse of this young woman with a big name, bigger ideas, and a future which hints the extraordinary. This third story picks up seven years after the first when she is now a mother of two. It can easily be read on its own. The series in order:1 – CHE BONAPARTE AS BARBARIAN2 – CHE BONAPARTE AS HERO3 – CHE BONAPARTE MUST DIE4 – CHE BONAPARTE MUST LIVE (coming 2018)WHO IS CHE BONAPARTE?She is a woman in her twenties and a contradiction in every way; she has a fighter’s instinct but preaches peace. Che was introduced to politics as a child by her father with political rallies and street demonstrations as her playgrounds. Her heroes ranged from peace icons Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi, to boxers Muhammad Ali and Rocky Balboa.Now, as an adult, Che is considered by those who know her as wise beyond her years; well versed in the lessons of history and driven by a contagious optimism for the future of humanity. Simplistic labels like right-wing or left-wing do not apply—she does things her way. And while sometimes Che can take chances that make others cringe, over time she develops a presence. People, who meet her, warm up to her; trust her. They sense something unusual and extraordinary, as if her current life is just preparation for something big and important. Then North Korea fires a missile at Japan and the world desperately seeks a saviour. Ready or not, Che Bonaparte is called.
When bi-athlete turned hired gun, Anna Nakashian, finds herself 6000 miles from home and in the arms of the FBI she’s faced with two decisions, cooperate and threaten her father’s safety or remain silent and take the fall for the murder of Congresswoman Joan Alexander. Patrick Conner finds himself looking for answers after witnessing his Godmother, Joan Alexander’s, murder. As he enlists the aid of his old Marine buddies in a newly formed branch of the FBI, Patrick’s forced to team up with the most unlikely of allies. As the team searches for answers to the congresswoman’s murder, it soon leads to Patrick’s family history he never knew existed.