Merry Olde England? Not So Much…

A couple hundred years ago, England was really changing. What was once a land of green pastoral countryside was fast becoming a land of dirty, sooty air from too many factories arising in the new Industrial Age. What’s striking is the dramatic change the country folk had to endure. Artists had made things by hand at a much slower pace but with the advent of mechanization, artists, crafts people and farmers were put out of work and forced to join thousands in these new factories. Survival forced whole families away from the countryside, including children, to work for pay so low, they could barely meet their basic needs. It was not a merry time. Some women were working in dirty, filthy mines, crawling around on their hands and knees all day. To make matters worse, a trend began that was very greedy. Pay the worker low, sell the goods high. This all came at the expense of the environment. Factories dumped their waste in the rivers and their smoke polluted the air. If all this sounds familiar, that’s because it also happened in America and still does today. Although China is the world’s leading investor in renewable energy, air-monitoring stations in the Sierra Mountain Range are detecting China’s increasing smog. Maybe the pre-Industrial era wasn’t the good old days, and England is still a green and beautiful land, but when I see dirty air and families suffering because they can’t meet their basic needs, it leads me to believe… we need to back track. Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

The Guild (Book 2)

The Last Quadroon (Book 3)

eBooks and computer downloads available through Smashwords:

The Lies ot he Lion    NewCoverTheGuild    TheLastQuadroonFrontCover


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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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