Granada Gold is based on the true story of young Juana Trastamara. During the Granada War, she befriends Lord Edmund Sales, commander of the English longbow archers fighting for Christian Spain. In 1492, Juana's parents - Queen Isabel and King Fernando - defeat the Moors, expel the Jews, and send Columbus sailing across the Atlantic. These events shatter her tight-knit family.
Rich with Moorish gold, the Trastamaras confront their deadly rivals, the Habsburgs. Juana's arranged marriage to the womanising Habsburg duke, `Phillipe the Handsome', is a personal disaster. Trapped in an increasingly abusive marriage, Juana has only one place to turn: England. Through Lord Sales, Juana meets Tudor King Henry VII, who falls deeply in love with her. The stage is set for international royal passion, betrayal, and death.
Based on real historical characters, Granada Gold takes readers inside the world of the legendary Alhambra palace. SA Carney - an investigative historian - reveals newly-discovered twists in the Trastamara-Tudor-Habsburg family saga.
This book will appeal to readers captivated by the Tudor era, fans of historical fiction, and lovers of adventure stories in exotic places. SA Carney wrote Granada Gold `on location', personally exploring the places where the novel is set. She is inspired by the works of Philippa Gregory, Wilbur Smith and Hilary Mantel.
SA Carney lives and writes in England and Spain. While previously working in the US, she wrote, produced and presented over 80 television documentaries. In the UK, she has made guest appearances on BBC TV and radio, and written for international magazines. SA Carney was born in Panama, spent her early childhood in Turkey, was educated in Spain, and worked as an investigative TV journalist in Hawaii. She is now married and based in Kent.