A. J. Osorio

Biography

Graduation from New York University led to a career in education. An M.A., supported by graduate work (Hofstra), and a doctoral program (CUNY), concluded my formal education. Old books, museums and musty libraries fascinated me. I wanted to bring my findings to life.

I discovered a path to the past through living history. While a 12-year member of the Brigade of the American Revolution (1975-1986), I recreated el Regimiento de la Luisiana, which became a practical basis for writing.

During the American Bicentennial, my group demonstrated from Canada to Florida. As reenactment-commander, I accepted the surrender of British colors at San Augustine. During my tenure, I participated in instructional exercises on the life and times of common Revolutionary War soldiers at the U.S. Military Academy. I received the prestigious Sons of the American Revolution medal. Research on the Bourbon Family’s role in the Americas triggered travels in Latin America, and Europe.

I joined the Kingdom of Spain’s cultural effort to publicize its role during the American Revolution; participated in PBS and; Hollywood films (Sweet Liberty); and worked successfully for the issuance of a Bernardo de Gálvez Stamp.

In Arizona, after horseback riding on the Gila River, where de Gálvez ventured, my ‘sketches’ twisted—nonfiction became historical fiction; then came the Journalist of the Magdalena Series, a saga of a family challenged with political upheavals, a border war, and drug expansion as they pioneer aviation.

Why fiction? “Fiction, when presented with well-defined characters and plots, best pulls another time from dormant dusty pages and drawings.”

Memberships included: Arizona Author’s, Company of Military Historians, Hispanic Society of America, NRA, Romance Writers of America, and Southwest Valley Writers.

Past-time: rainforest travels
Authors: Jeff Shaara, John Jakes, Thomas Fleming, Gary Jennings
Next novel: The Eagles of the Sierra Madre

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Books

Spain's Royal Corps of Engineers
Series: Military History, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,170. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military
Fifth title in the Field Military Series covers the history of this elite military body from its early days until the early 1800s. Numerous photos and historical references support the accomplishments of the Corps in the Americas. This is the first in a planned set of three e-books, authored by a living history writer.
Return to Torrey Pines
Series: The Journalist, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 182,450. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Historical » USA
A pre-World War 2 historical novel. 4th in the Journalist …Series has two Gomez brothers caught in global events. One is aboard the first U.S. aircraft carrier that cruises the Pacific. The other pursues the Luftwaffe in Spain’s lost cause. Both had peaceful lives—families, passionate lovers, but when Zeros attack, and dictators make bloody demands, who will return to Torrey Pines?
The Eagles of the Sierra Madre
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,230. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » War, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Esteban came to restore honor for his country. Kate came to help him fly the P-47 Thunderbolt. Within weeks, they became lovers. He would go to the Pacific War. She promised to wait his return, but there was Ana, and always Cecilia. This World War II war romance is based on events of the ‘Aztec Pilots’ – the 201st Fighter Air Squadron who chased the formidable Zero across the China Sea.
Wings Over the Amazon
Series: The Journalist, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 186,040. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » General
Book 3 of a series, is written against the backdrops of the Roaring Twenties and early aviation where drug lords, airline moguls, and a border war setback Gomez’ airline: Aéreo Oriente. None is more challenging than aviatrix Dee Braun. In the speakeasies and boudoirs of many men, she is the bold Flapper drawn to Vicente Gómez because of a connection to the rainforest of las Amazonas
El Regimiento de la Luisiana-Vol 4
Series: Military History, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,520. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War, Nonfiction » History » Military
This fourth of a four volume series contains the official manual of arms used by the regiment during the American Revolution. An English translation helps reenactors understand the steps used in military inspection drills and tactical maneuvers. Illustrated with vintage prints, several over 250 years old, clarify weapon commands. More Reenactors’ Notes useful in living history exhibitions.
El Regimiento de la Luisiana-Vol 3
Series: Military History, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,930. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military, Nonfiction » History » American
The third of a four volume series, designed as a continuation of a practical reenactors guide. More Reenactors’ Notes, not only useful in making uniforms and accruements, but for flag use. Illustrated; numerous pages of reference sources.
El Regimiento de la Luisiana-Vol 2
Series: Military History, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,070. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War, Nonfiction » History » Military
The second of a four volume series designed as a continued practical reenactors guide. Begins with highlights of the Siege of Pensacola; followed by a listing of American colonials who became associates of the regiment. Illustrated. Reenactors’ Notes give useful tips in making uniforms and accruements for living history displays.
El Regimiento de la Luisiana-Vol 1
Series: Military History, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,640. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War, Nonfiction » History » Military
The first of a four volume series, designed as a practical reenactors guide for recreating a regiment of the American Revolution. Written by a 12-year reenactor; descriptions of the origin of regiment’s region include the Bernardo de Gálvez Gulf campaigns. Essential reading for living history projects. Included is a chronology of events; numerous illustrations and locations for research.
The Emeralds of Santa Cristina
Series: The Journalist, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 138,450. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
In this Great War Era sequel to the Journalist of the Magdalena, Ricardo Gomez finds shameless women who resemble a first lover. His appalled mama expected a mother for his sons, but he returns from distant wars with someone who is married, and willing to be a mistress. Stolen emeralds tie his lover to treason. Hydroplanes fly them to Amazonia where plants are found of greater value than gems
The Journalist of the Magdalena
Series: The Journalist, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 151,180. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Historical » General
An heir of a family defiantly courts the daughter of a European. She is unconventional, mischievous and called a liberal. Tension builds with the family matriarch. Colombia begins another civil war. Influence secures him a position as a war correspondent. Heroics send him to the frontier where he meets someone new. He returns as America demands a Canal. Inspired by the War of the Thousand Days

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