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Influencers Needed

SCS--Influencers NeededWho wants a FREE e-book copy of Sand Creek Serenade? I’m looking for people who are willing to read the novel and help me get the word out.

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 does an influencer do?

An influencer should be willing to do some or all of the following:

  • Leave honest reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, personal blogs, or social media sites
  • Post pictures of yourself reading the book on social media sites
  • Post “Bookstagram”-style pictures of the book with pretty backgrounds and props  on social media sites
  • Tell your family, friends, book clubs, etc. about the story
  • Call your local public or church library to request they carry copies of Sand Creek Serenade
  • Call your local booksellers to request they carry copies of Sand Creek Serenade


If you’d like to be an influencer for this novel, please leave me a message with the ways you’ll help get the word out, and I’ll send you the link to download the e-book copy.

The Best News Ever?

Okay, so maybe that headline is a touch of click-bait, but the news certainly IS exciting, and it ranks pretty darn high on my list, even if it is not the BEST news ever! I found out a couple nights ago that my upcoming novel, Sand Creek Serenade, is going to be reviewed by Publishers Weekly! 

Sand Creek SerenadeFor those who don’t know, Publishers Weekly is a magazine that goes out to bookstores, libraries, and other bookish places, to help them find stories they might like to carry. Never in my lifetime did I expect to see one of my titles in this publication, so I’m just a wee bit THRILLED!

I’m being honest when I say that I’ve been terrified of what the response might be to this story–for a number of reasons. For one, I’m used to being in novella collections, where the overall success of the whole book isn’t on any one author’s shoulders, but rather, we all write the best story we can, we all help market and promote it, and so we all reap the benefits of each others’ work. This time, it is my name alone on the cover. That’s fantastic, and I’m excited about it, but it also means I will sink or swim alone. It’s new territory for me, and the “new” can often be frightening.

This story was also scary in that it was about a well-documented historical event, the Sand Creek Massacre. While many average readers may not know about this terrible piece of American history, there is enough information out there that many readers will know about it. I have always shied away from writing about such events because, no matter how hard an author tries, he or she will never get every shred of the history correct. I guess there is enough “perfectionist” in me that I haven’t wanted to get any of the facts wrong. But the moment this story came to me, I knew it had to be told, so I’ve had to fight past my fears of writing about such a well-documented event.

The last reason why this has been a scary story for me is that most times, the faith elements in my stories are fairly light. The characters pray, perhaps quote a Scripture from which they draw strength, or perhaps someone hears a sermon with just the right point to speak to their current issue. Through most of this book, that’s just what the faith element was. But toward the end, there is one scene where the spiritual arc takes a bit of a deep dive–far deeper than any other story I’ve written to date. I absolutely love what happens, and I hope readers will as well. But it has always felt like a risky scene, and as a fairly conservative person, the risk scares me. 

All that said, I am taking some great encouragement from the fact that Publishers Weekly has chosen to review my story, and most of all, trusting that God is going to allow this book to reach those readers He meant it for. If He will do that, I have nothing to fear!

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!