An Anniversary Of The Worst Kind

Black Kettle QuoteToday is an anniversary. A terrible one. On this day one-hundred-fifty-four years ago, Colonel John Chivington led an army force of 700 men through the night to surround a peaceful encampment of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians. Only weeks before, this very same colonel had promised Black Kettle and other chiefs of these tribes a peace treaty. They’d been instructed to fly the American flag and a white flag over Chief Black Kettle’s tent, and as long as those flags remained in place, the tribes would be at peace with the Army and Colorado’s territorial government.

But on November 29, 1864, just moments before dawn, Colonel Chivington’s men were instructed to fire on the sleeping encampment. Within the tents, there were mostly women, children, and the elderly. The fighting-aged men had gone to their hunting grounds to lay in food for the winter as they awaited the peace treaty. 

If you’re interested in reading more of the true history of what led to this horrendous attack and what happened during and after, please see my blog post on the Heroes, Heroines, and History Blog. And keep watching there for more information about the historical players involved in this attack (my blogging day is the 25th of each month–though I won’t be blogging about the massacre on Christmas day. LOL). In upcoming posts, I will be delving more deeply into who the historical players were and why they acted as they did.

Speaking of…if you love history, follow Heroes, Heroines, and History. Thirty historical fiction authors have banded together to write a posts on historical topics every day of the month–a new post and new topic every day. Also, if you want to be kept in the loop of what’s upcoming with me, please be sure to follow my website for updates!

 

 

My First Novel’s Cover!

It's Here--CoverOh my goodness, oh my goodness! It’s finally here! After having the honor of publishing seven novellas in seven different collections with Barbour (with more to come next year), I am finally getting the chance to see my name on a cover all by itself. Sand Creek Serenade, my first novel-length fiction, is coming out on March 14, 2019, and I am over the moon excited!

This story was a bit scary to write. I’ve never written about a well-known historical event like The Sand Creek Massacre. I’ve shied away from those because they are so heavily researched and written about, it’s been daunting to think about getting all the history correct.

However, from the moment this story came to me, I knew it was one that needed to be told. In fact, it was originally meant to be a novella-length piece in a collection of four stories. But as the plot came to me, I quickly knew I wouldn’t be happy writing just 20,000-30,000 words for this tale. It needed a full novel to do the story justice. Not to mention that I already had sequel ideas forming. So I made the decision to turn it into a novel, and to my wonderful surprise, Smitten Historical Romance was interested in it!

For those who haven’t heard about this story yet, here’s the back cover blurb:

Dr. Sadie Hoppner is no stranger to adversity. She’s fought to be taken seriously since childhood when her father began training her in the healing arts. Finding acceptance and respect proves especially difficult at Fort Lyon, where she’s come to practice medicine under her brother’s watchful eye.

Cheyenne brave Five Kills wouldn’t knowingly jeopardize the peace treaty recently negotiated between his people and the Army. But a chance encounter with the female doctor ignites memories of his upbringing among the whites. Too intrigued to stay away, tension erupts with the soldiers, and Five Kills is injured.

As he recuperates under the tender care of the pretty healer, an unlikely bond forms. However, their fledgling love is put to the test when each realizes that a much greater danger awaits—a danger they are wholly unable to stop and one which neither may survive.

And without wasting any more time, scroll down to see the beautiful cover that artist Elaina Lee did for this story.

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Sand Creek Serenade

I love this cover! And I would love to hear what you think as well. Thanks for sharing in my excitement.

Cover Reveal Coming Monday

Coming Soon--Book CoverThe cover for Sand Creek Serenade is done–and it’s GORGEOUS. I couldn’t be more excited about it. Can’t wait to share it with you all. I hope you’ll watch here for the big reveal on Monday, November 26!

In case you haven’t heard about Sand Creek Serenade, here’s the back cover blurb:

Dr. Sadie Hoppner is no stranger to adversity. She’s fought to be taken seriously since childhood when her father began training her in the healing arts. Finding acceptance and respect proves especially difficult at Fort Lyon, where she’s come to practice medicine under her brother’s watchful eye.

Cheyenne brave Five Kills wouldn’t knowingly jeopardize the peace treaty recently negotiated between his people and the Army. But a chance encounter with the female doctor ignites memories of his upbringing among the whites. Too intrigued to stay away, tension erupts with the soldiers, and Five Kills is injured.

As he recuperates under the tender care of the pretty healer, an unlikely bond forms. However, their fledgling love is put to the test when each realizes that a much greater danger awaits—a danger they are wholly unable to stop and one which neither may survive.

What coming in 2019

Coming in 2019

It’s been a while since I’ve updated you all on what’s going on. So let me do that.

I’ll actually have four releases next year. Three new titles and one re-releasing in a second print run. They are:

Sand Creek Serenade–coming March 14. After releasing seven novellas in the last several years, this one is my first novel-length title. That makes me a very happy woman!  It is a historical romance set against the backdrop of the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864 Colorado and features a romance between a female doctor and a Cheyenne brave. It was a load of fun to write, and we’ve been working with the art department to finalize the cover these last couple of weeks. It’s beautiful–so keep watch. I’ll do a cover reveal sometime soon!

Cameo Courtships–coming June 1. Another novella collection, this time a 4-in-1 collection with Susie Dietze, Deb Marvin, and Kathleen Y’Barbo. In this collection, an heirloom cameo is given to a young woman by Queen Victoria, and it is passed from one family member to another. As each woman wears the precious piece, she discovers love. This is the first collection I’ve been in where we had a family connection between the stories, so it was a load of fun working with the other authors to be sure we weaved in hints of foreshadowing for the upcoming stories or little touches to reflect back on previous ones. I’m so excited to see it all together. My story is Taming Petra and is the second story in the collection. Can’t wait for you all to read it.

The Cowboys–coming August 15. This is another 4-in-1 collection, this time from Smitten Historical Romance. The other authors are Cindy Huff, Sandra Merville Hart, and Linda Yezak. When we brainstormed ideas for what collection we wanted to write, each of us agreed on Cowboys first. My story, Becoming Brave, is about a group of cowboys driving a herd north. It’s the first time I’ve written about a cattle drive, so it was much fun to try something new!

The Oregon Trail Romance Collection–second print run coming in November. This was the very first collection I participated in, and it was a real thrill. While the e-book version has been available all along, the print run ran out long ago. It’ll be nice to have new copies in circulation again.

I’m feeling hopeful there will be further contracts coming soon, though maybe not before  January. Stay tuned for more news as it breaks. For now, I’m going to start on the sequel to Sand Creek Serenade.

 

Cameo Courtships Collection

I have some exciting news! As of a few weeks ago, I signed my tenth contract!

Cameo Courtships Contract

The Cameo Courtships Collection will feature four historical romance novellas set between 1852 and 1895, with two stories taking place in Pennsylvania, one in Colorado, and one in Louisiana. The idea behind the collection is that an heirloom cameo, once owned by Queen Victoria herself, is passed between various memebers of a family, and while in possession of the piece, each heroine will find her love of a lifetime.

Cameo

My story, titled Taming Petra, is about an unladylike, buckskin-clad frontierswoman who falls for a straight-laced preacher. The two team up to retrieve the heirloom cameo she loses to a cheating brothel owner during a high-stakes poker game in 1875 Colorado.

I’ll begin writing this story in the next week or so, and the collection will release on June 1, 2019. Hope you’ll look for the Cameo Courtships Collection, as well as my two other 2019 releases–my first novel, Sand Creek Serenade (coming in March) and another 4-in-1 historical romance collection, Smitten Presents: The Cowboys (coming in August). And as always, thank you for your support!

 

And The Winner Is…

2018 Selah Finalist StickerIt was a pins and needles kind of week for me. Wednesday, May 23, was the date that the Selah Awards were to be announced, and all day, I was anxious for 7 PM ET to arrive. Of course, I couldn’t be at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference this year (drat! I missed everyone!!!), but they were kind enough to try and set up a live feed for those like me who couldn’t attend. The live feed wasn’t without its issues, but the word did trickle out. Slowly…very, very slowly! LOL

I was stunned to learn that my novella, The Outcast’s Redemption (part of the Secret The Secret Admirer Romance CollectionAdmirer Romance Collection) WON for the best western title in 2018! I say stunned because it was facing very stiff competition–two wonderful novel-length entries, one by Jayme Mansfield and the other by Donna L. H. Smith. I thought for sure that my 20,000-word novella didn’t have much chance, since novels provide so much more opportunity to develop characters and plotlines. But Lucky and Maisie’s story won! I’m very humbled and honored!

But there are so many wonderful 2018 Selah Winners to celebrate, so here they are:

Children’s Picture Books
 
My First Day of School by Michelle Medlock Adams
Worthy Kids/Ideal
Melinda Rumbaugh and Peggy Schaefer, editors
Steve Laube, Agent
 
Middle Grade Novel
 
Stranded on Thin Ice by Sharon CassanoLochman
Ontario Shore Publishing
 
YA Fiction
 
Escape to Vindor by Emily Golus
Taberah Press
Mary Beth Dahl & Vie Herlocker, Editors
 
Contemporary Romance
The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner
Revell / Baker Publishing Group
Kelsey Bowen, Editor
Jessica Kirkland, Agent

Contemporary Women’s Fiction
 
A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti
Abington Press
Ramona Richards, Jamie Clarke Chavez, Editor
Wendy Lawton
 
First Novel
 
Still Waters by Lindsey P. Brackett
Firefly Southern Fiction/Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Jennifer Slattery, Eva Marie Everson, Editors
 
 
Historical/Biblical
 
With This Peace by Karen Campbell Prough
Firefly Southern Fiction/Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Amberlyn Dwinnell, Eva Marie Everson, Editors
Linda Glaz, Agent
 
Historical Romance
 
My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca’s Plight by Suzanne Dietze
Barbour Publishing
Rebecca Germany, Editor
Tamela Hancock Murray, Agent
 
Mystery/Suspense
 
The Faithful One by Michele Chynoweth
Morgan James Publishing
 
Novella
 
Keara’s Escape by Anne Greene
Forget Me Not Romances
Cynthia Hickey, Editor
 
Romantic Suspense
Unintended Consequences by Dan Walsh
Bainbridge Press
Cindi Walsh, Editor
 
Speculative Fiction
 
The Revisionary by Kristen Hogrefe
Write Integrity Press
Marji Laine Clubine, Editor
 
Western
 
The Outcast’s Redemption (The Secret Admirer Romance Collection) by Jennifer Uhlarik
Barbour Publishing
Rebecca Germany, Editor
Julie Gwinn, Agent
 
NONFICTION BOOKS
 
Bible Study
 
The Unexplainable Church: Reigniting the Mission of the Early Believers, by Erica Wiggenhorn
Moody Publishers
Pam Pugh, Editor
 
Christian Life
 
7 Steps to Get Off Sugar & Carbohydrates by Susan Neal
Christian Yoga
Janis Whipple, Editor
Cyle Young, Agent
 
General Nonfiction
 
Spiritual Prepper by Jake McCandless
WND Books
Geoff Stone, Editor
Cyle Young, Agent
 
Inspiration & Gift
 
Loved Baby: 31 Devotions Helping You Grieve & Cherish Your Baby After Pregnancy Loss by Sarah Philpott, PhD
Broadstreet Publishing
David Sluka, Editor
Blythe Daniel, Agent
 
Memoir
Forgiveness in the First Degree by Randol Hammer & Phillip Robinson (with Margot Starbuck)
FaithHappenings Publishers
Kelly Boeving, Editor
Greg Johnson, Agent
 
 
2018 Selah Books of the Year
(This year, only two books—one fiction, one nonfiction—received two perfect scores. And so, this year we are awarding the Selah Book of the Year award to both genres.)
 
Nonfiction:
 
Under Inspiration & Gift
Loved Baby: 31 Devotions Helping You Grieve & Cherish Your Baby After Pregnancy Loss by Sarah Philpott, PhD
Broadstreet Publishing
David Sluka, Editor
Blythe Daniel, Agent
Fiction
Still Waters by Lindsey P. Brackett
Firefly Southern Fiction/Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Jennifer Slattery, Eva Marie Everson, Editors

Congrats to all! The Selahs had over 200 entries this year, and the competition was steep! I’m so honored to be a part!