Carol Ann Didier ~ NAVAJO NIGHT

carol ann didierHi fillies,

I am so pleased and honored to be able to blog with you regarding my second Native American historical romance due out today, NAVAJO NIGHT.  And, it seems congratulations are in order, too, for your second birthday P&P. Hooray!

While I was researching the Dinéh, The People, I discovered a not-so-well known fact concerning one of the darkest periods in their history—something they called, “The Long Walk,” hence the title, NAVAJO NIGHT. It was very similar to the tragic “Trail of Tears” made by the Cherokee when President Jackson forced them to leave the Carolinas and Georgia and marched them to the then Oklahoma/Indian Territory. When I read about it, I knew I wanted to include that in my story as well as the taboo love between a Navajo holy man and a Virginia preacher’s daughter.

In 1860, because of complaints about Navajo raids on white mining camps and ranches in New Mexico, Colonel Christopher “Kit” Carson (of Wild West fame) was commissioned by General James Henry Carleton to round up 7,000 Navajos and move them to a barren plain called the Bosque Redondo on the Pecos River in the southern part of the state. It was Carleton’s shortsighted belief that if the Navajo were instructed in the benefits of becoming more like the white man, they could be civilized, Christianized, and eventually fit into the white society.

Kit Carson, having made friends with the Navajos in earlier days, feared it would not be an easy task. Nor was it. He finally resorted to a “scorched earth” policy whereby the army burned their villages, destroyed their farm plots and peach orchards, killed tnavajo-rugheir livestock or took them, and literally drove The People like cattle south from the four corners area.

It was grueling march of over 400 miles. Many Navajo died from disease, lack of proper food and clothing, horrible weather conditions, as well as mistreatment by the army itself.

Once on the reserve, the ones who survived felt those who had not had the better end of it.

Into this struggle a man and a woman from two different worlds try to find a bridge between two life-ways to prove that love knows no color, creed, or race, but happens in the heart; and if allowed to grow, can conquer differences in culture, hatred, and personal loss. The question then became, could the Navajo holy man with a crippled heart heal the white woman with a crippled foot?

Notah Begay, Spirit Talker, wonders why the young woman and her father have ventured so deep into his people’s territory. They look harmless, but he needs to be sure, for trouble is coming to Dinétah, Navajoland, in the form of the United States Army in a desperate move to put all the Navajo on a reservation in southern New Mexico.

JoAnna Lund and her father are risking everything to settle safely out west and leave their tragic past behind. As a lone rider blocks their trail, they are prepared for trouble.

But from the moment JoAnna locks eyes with the tall, proud Navajo brave, she feels an irresistible attraction. Later, she is captivated by Notah’s devotion to his twins and his tribe. She feels though, that someone as perfect as he, will never look at someone as imperfect as she.

Notah is forever haunted by his failure to cure his young wife during a healing sing for her. He has sworn never to love that deeply again. With all his Holy Man training, he fights his growing desire for the gentle, spirited JoAnna. At least, until she is threatened, and then nothing—and no man—will prevent him from claiming the woman who has made him hers forever.

 

Carol Ann Didier’s APACHE WARRIOR (April 2008) was her debut novel for Kensington’s Zebra line. NAVAJO NIGHT, due out September 1, 2009, promises to be another romance filled with carefully researched historical facts and the culture and beliefs of the Navajo Indians.
Carol has been published in CHARISMA and LITERARY LIFT-OFF magazines, and also writes inspirational vignettes, verses for greeting cards, and stories for her grandchildren. She makes her home on the East Coast of Florida.

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Carol is giving away a book, a bookmark, and an engraved pencil, to one lucky commenter.

www.carolanndidier.com

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39 thoughts on “Carol Ann Didier ~ NAVAJO NIGHT”

  1. congrats Carol Ann on your new release NAVAJO NIGHT; the culture and beliefs of the Navajo would be so interesting to read about. Thanks for bringing this book to our attention.

  2. Carol Ann, what a terrific read this will be! Thanks for sharing. I remember hearing Kit Carson’s name in a heroic sense as a child, but when I read Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and read of the destruction, even decimating the peach trees, I truly wept.

    Welcome to the Junction today, Carol Ann.

  3. Congrulations Carol on your new release-I can imagine how exciting it is!

    I have to say the book cover is a definate attention grabber-Id buy the book for that alone probably LOL…. but, most importantly-I think your book sounds very good-and very interesting!

    I say to my husband often … “see, I learn alot of really cool facts from reading romance!” haha-he just smiles at me!

    Congrats again!

  4. Hi, Carol Ann! Welcome to Wildflower Junction. We’re so glad you’re here!

    I absolutely love the premise of your story. Was it common for the Native Americans to be romantically involved with white women?

    Very sexy cover–hubba, hubba. Even if he does have facial hair, eh? 🙂

  5. I’d love to read JoAnna and Notah ‘s story!

    Is the beautiful silver jewelry that you are wearing in the picture from a trip out west?

  6. Hi Carol and welcome! We’re so glad you could join us today.

    I knew about the “Trail of Tears,” having grown up near the path the Cherokee took through Southern Illinois, but “The Long Walk” is new to me. Thank you for sharing and educating.

  7. Hi, Carol Ann!

    Thanks so much for sharing your book and research with us.

    I read a blurb about your book that said, “But he is fascinated by JoAnna’s gentle spirit, and her honesty sparks a passion that his carefully-guarded heart can’t deny.” I am a sucker for books where honesty is prevalent. Honesty IS the best policy, and it is great to be reminded of it in books too. (Can’t hurt!)

    Have a great day!

  8. Carol Ann,

    Thanks for being to light the tragic events of the Navajo People. “The Long Walk” is in the history of the Native Americans and alot of people are unaware of these horrible events.

    I am a freelance writer for the Navajo/Hopi Observer in Flagstaff AZ. The Navajo and Hopi, among other tribes are fighting to save a sacred mountain. A place they go to worship and hold sacred ceremonies. The site to visit for more info is http://www.savethepeaks.org/

    Well Carol Ann your books is a must read and again thank you for sharing the events of history that alot of people are not aware of.

    Walk in peace and harmony,

    Melinda Elmore

  9. Great post, Carol. I can hear your love of research and passion for the Navajo people. Thank you so much for sharing a bit of their history with us. I’ll be looking for your book on the shelves. Congratulations!

  10. Hello Carol,

    Thank you for sharing with us today about your new release. It sounds fascinating. I do love reading about the struggles of the Indians. Have a great day.

  11. Hi Carol Ann. Congratulations on the release of Navajo Night. Sounds great. I enjoyed your post regarding the Navajo.

  12. Hi Carol Ann,

    Welcome to our little corner of the world. The Fillies are delighted to have you. Your newest book looks wonderful! Wow! I’d like to take that guy on the cover home with me. Talk about sexy!

    Great blog!

  13. Welcome Carol Ann,how interesting your post was,those books look like the kind you cant lay down,cant wait to read an see what happens!

  14. To Robyn L, Tanya Hanson, Mellisa D., Pam Crooks, Laurie G, Tacy Garrett
    Ladies, thank you so much for responding to my post. I am answerin in batches because I didn’t know how to respond at first, duh, so I’m behind in getting back to your lovely comments.
    Robyn, I truly hope you find NAVAJO NIGHT a good read and enjoy a love from a different time and place.
    Tanya, it is so interesting about Col. Kit Carson, because he started out as a friend of the Navajo and stayed with them at varius times in their camps. I tried to show in the book that he had mixed emotions when he had to go after them and round them up. Enjoy!
    Melissa D, I’ve learned a lot too, from reading other historicals, even if people don’t view romances as educational. We know differently though. Thanks for responding.
    Pam Crooks, Romances between Native Americans and white woman were definitely frowned upon by white society and many thought a white woman should kill herself before she would submit to an Indian. Well, I like to prove them wrong in my love stories. Thanks.
    Laurie G. Yes, my jewelry did come from Arizona and New Mexico. The Zuni and Navajo do excellent silver work. I enjoy my pieces. I hope you will enjoy JoAnna and Notah’s love story as well.

  15. OK, now the next group of lovely ladies, thanks so much.

    Laney4 – Hi, thanks so much for your comment. I try to be as honest and truthful as I can when I write about Native American customs and beliefs. I don’t go for the movie revelations about them. They had many good qualities and outshone the white man sometimes. My herioines are, hopefully, inspiring as well. Best Wishes, Carol Ann

    Melina Elmore – Hi again, I’ve visited your site and left messages too. Thanks for stopping by. I will also check out the Navajo/Hopi Observer newspaper. Wow, good for you. Sounds interesting.Thanks again, Carol Ann

    Karen Witemeyer – Thanks for your uplifitng commenets. yes, I do love the resaerch and have to be careful because I can get lost in it and think I have to include everything I find. Thanks again. Carol Ann

    Roberta Harwell – I do hope you enjoy JoAnna and Notah’s forbidden love story. It was fun to write.
    Thanks for taking the time to comment. Carol Ann

    Minna – so pleased you took the time to comment. May you find it an enjoyable read. Go to my website when you’ve read it and leave me a comment please, http://www.carolanndidier.com. Thanks again. Carol Ann

    Crystal B. – Your comments are appreciated. It makes my heart glad. Carol Ann

    Linbda Broday – Thanks so much for letting me blog with your site. In fact, I need to learn how to join your find group of fillies, if I may.
    Carol Ann

    Vickie Couturier – Yea, another French name like mine, Didier -DDA – ha, ha. Can’t claim to be French though, a gift from my ex-husband. Oh well, he did leave me his name and two wonderful sons.
    Well, don’t know where that came from, but thanks for making a comment. I trust you will enjoy learning about the Navajos and a timeless love.
    Carol Ann

    Karen B. – I had a friend in school named Karen Bryant, guess you are not her, but it’s a good name. Hope you will buy and enjoy JoAnna’s taboo love for a Navajo as much as I enjoyed writing it. Carol Ann

  16. Carol, thanks for being on Petticoats & Pistols. What a great story, what a tragic background to set it against.
    It reminds me of Tony Hillerman’s writings about the Navajo, which I love.

  17. Hi Carol, welcome to the P&P! Congrats on your new release. It sound like a great read.You have gaven some geart info here. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Hi Carol, Your book sounds terrific. I always enjoy “clash of culture” stories. Put them in the context of history and I’m hooked! We’re glad to have you at Wildflower Junction : )

  19. Congratulations on your release today, Carol!
    Great post, too. I love to read about interesting history in conjunction with the writing of a book. Sort of a behind the scenes look at the story as it was created. Navajo Night looks like a winner. Plus, your cover is smokin’ hot. 🙂
    Lara

  20. Congratulations on your release. I had my first experience with the Navajo when I lived in Farmington New Mexico. My family has a Cherokee heritage. I wish I could have met some of them. I really enjoy reading about Indian heritage regardless of clan. One of my favorites was Creek Mary’s Blood. I loved that book. Unfortunately I couldn’t keep it because it was loaned to me. I’d love to read it again.

    Linda Henderson

  21. I love reading anything about the different Indian tribes – it’s such a tragedy how they were treated. I think we have a lot we could learn from their ways. And as others said, what a fantastic cover!!

  22. Love the sound of your stories, The new cover is awesome. I want to tell you also I love your website the opening page is great.

  23. What an impressive-sounding story! I look forward
    to reading this story soon. Congratulations on
    your Release Day!!

    Pat Cochran

  24. Congratulations Carol! I can’t wait to read this one. I absolutely adore Native American stories, especially those rich with culture 🙂
    Love the cover!

    Kara

  25. Hi, Carol Ann. It was nice to see you here because your book is already on my “wish list.” I’ve always loved Native American romances.

  26. Another example of short sighted greed on the part of the settlers in this country. The Cherokee assimilated into the white culture and still were not respected or accepted. They were shoved out of the way for white settlers. The Navajo tried to maintain their culture and suffered the same fate. Obviously, white settler greed for land and resources was the only factor that mattered. There were some individuals that did not agree with the methods used or the measures taken. Unfortunately, they were not able to change the policies that forced people from their homelands, sent their children far away to schools which systematically separated them from their beliefs and culture.
    Your book sound like a good read. good luck with the release.

  27. Again, ladies, please forgive me for taking so long to get back to you, had activities that took me out afternoon and evening. I’m going to answer you all, individually but in one email, if that is OK with you.

    Mary Connealy – I love Tony Hillerman and read him too. Yes, much of our treatment of the Native Americans was sad, that is not to say they were perfect either in their treatment of whites when captured, but we swhould have been able to deal differently with each other then, the country was so big and wide open, it should have been able to hold all of us.

    Quilt Lady – It was my pleasure to be on here today. I am thrilled and overwhelmed by the lovely comments and well wishes. Thanks.

    Colleen – I hope you will enjoy NAVAJO NIGHT and look forward to getting some feedback from you after you finish it. I liked my hero and heroine in this very much.

    Victoria Bylin of Wildflower Junction, love that title. Thank you for posting a comment. Enjoy!

    Lara Santiago – Thank you for stopping by and leaving a good word. You know I am proud to be in a group with you.

    Kristen Painter – Appreciated your well wishes. Thanks much.

    Linda Henderson – I have not read Creek mary’s Blood, it sounds like I should look into that one. I’m araid I can’t claim any Indian blood, but I do love learning about them.

    Jeanne Sheats – I love learning about the different tribes too, if you like NN, you might like my APACHE WARRIOR on the Chiricahua Apaches under the leadership of Cochise of wild west fame. Let me know what you think.

    Sherry – Thank you for visiting my web site, the ladies who did it for me, I felt did do an awesome job. I am afraid I still use my computer like a glorified typewriter. Thanks for your comments.

    Karen Kay – Thanks so much, you know I love your books and look for your name on the dedication page of NN.

    Joye – What a lovely spelling of your name. I hope you will buy NN and enjoy a love story in another time and place. Thanks.

    Pat Cochran – I truwt you will like my characters and the historical content in NN and enjoy a good read. Thank you for your congratulations. It’s been wonderful to read everyone’s well wishes.

    Stonehawk – I love that name, that is surely a hero’s name if I ever heard one. I may just borrow it for use in another book. Wow. Love it. I hope to keep writing Native American romances for a while.

    Kara – I love to learn about the culture and b eliefs of the tribes I write about and try to be as authentic as I can. It is only fair to portray them as they should be portrayed.

    Karen W. Hopoing you find this a good read about a timeless love in any culture.

    Thanks again, so much, Ladies. You all have made my day.
    Carol Ann

  28. I can hardly wait to get somewhere that I can buy your book. I love telling the clerks little tidbits when I pick up books that I have searched out because of reading the blogs. I love the cover!

  29. Congrulations Carol on your new release! I haven’t read any of your books but the book sounds great. I would love to enter.

  30. Patricia Barraclough – Yes, I agree we did not treat them fair and they are the real first Americans. When I write my novels I try to write it with their point of view in mind. I do hope you’ll pick up NAVAJO NIGHT and see how I dealt with their Long Walk.

    Connie Lorenz – Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you will pick up a copy. I know Barnes & Noble carries it, also Books-A-Million here, but you can always get it on Amazon.com too.
    Would love to hear from you after you read it. Visit my web site, http://www.carolanndidier.com

    Kimmy L – Thank you for you good wishes. I trust you will find a copy of APACHE WARRIOR (really cheap now on Amazon.com) or NAVAJO NIGHT and enjoy JoAnna’s love story.

    Thanks for coming by and leaving your comments, ladies. I am very grateful to you. You have made my heart glad.

  31. TO EVERYONE WHO CAME BY – YOU HAVE MADE MY DAY! THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH. IT HAS BEEN A REAL TREAT AND PLEASURE TO READ YOUR COMMENTS.

    MAY THERE BE MANY BOOKS IN YOUR FUTURES TOO.

    CAROL ANN

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