Welcome, welcome to my blog today!
I’ll be giving away a free copy today of the e-book, LONE ARROW’S PRIDE. This story, LONE ARROW’S PRIDE is a lighthearted book even though the subject matter of the tale is rather serious.
Because recent events bring to mind that the world in which we live can be a place of violence, a world of double-speak and a platform for injustice, I thought I’d throw in a little bit of light-heartedness to perhaps chase away the gloom. I think that one always hopes to find ethics, honor and truthfulness in one’s environment, but more and more we seem to exist in a place where good is bad and bad is good. It’s a 180 degree reverse vector world, it seems.
And so I’ve decided to give away my most light-hearted romance book. Yes, some of the subject material in the book is serious, but it really is a lighthearted approach. And so I thought I’d say a bit about the book and part of its inspiration (there was more than one inspiration for this book).
One of the best friends that I’ve ever had is the inspiration for the male character. In real life, I met this man when I was a freshman in college. The way I met him was unusual, actually. My boyfriend at the time was playing jazz in the music practice room area in the music hall (I was a music major) — and my friend was there playing jazz sax along with him. I can’t tell you exactly what happened. All I know is that my spirit soared as soon as I saw him. And as it turns out — although we were only friends — he has been one of the most inspirational people in my life.
This cover off to the left here is one of my favorites. The passion in this cover pulls at my heart.
Getting back to my story. Much later (years later) when my friend wasn’t spoken for, and neither was I, we were briefly an item. Little did he know that had he asked me, I probably would have followed him anywhere. But he never asked and eventually — because life does go on — we drifted apart.
But our friendship never died. We’d see each other now and again when I was in LA or more specifically when I visit Florida (he now lives in Florida). One of the things that I always think of whenever I think of him is a little dance that we’d do as we would be walking — and he always made me laugh — always.
And so the story of LONE ARROW’S PRIDE is my most light-hearted story. It had to be light-hearted because my friend is — and we always laugh when we’re together. But I never forgot that he never asked — even though I adored him — and so of course that experience is in the book — it had to be.
It was during the writing of this book, however, that I lost my sister, Vicki. Her passing was such a shock to the family, coming as it did early in life — and it happened while I was writing this book, that it took me a while to finish the book. But truth is, the writing of the book — finishing it — helped me through that time period in my life. Now, I’ve been trying and trying to post a picture of Vicki, but so far I’ve not been able to accomplish it. Forgive me.
But it wasn’t all bad news. At that time period in my life, I was also adopted officially into the Blackfeet Tribe — to honor me for work that I had done with them concerning literacy. There was one other, the head of the project, who was also adopted and the picture off to the right here was taken during the ceremony (we were given Blackfeet names). (I’m the one to the right in this picture.) All of this went into this book — all my fears, my loss, my triumphs. The story itself — a Treasure Hunt — was put to me by my brother-in-law and husband — who were telling me the very true legend of the Superstitious Mountains — But that’s the subject of another blog.
All things told, LONE ARROW’S PRIDE is one of my favorite books — and I hope it becomes one of your favorites, also. So please come in and leave a comment — again, I’ll be giving away a free book today to some lucky blogger. Come in and tell me your thoughts about all this — and the cover, which I absolutely adore. LONE ARROW’S PRIDE can be purchased here for a song at the moment: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/4298/lone-arrows-pride