With the advent of the new release of THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR, I thought I’d give away another free ebook, plus tell you a bit about the story behind the story of the book, THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR. To be eligible to be a part of the drawing for a free ebook, all you need to do is leave a comment (there’s a button at the bottom of this post).
It was 2005, I believe, and my next story was really supposed to be the story that has now become the book, THE SPIRIT OF THE WOLF. However, that year brought about some changes in my life, and whether for good or for bad, I found myself at a different publishing house. Suddenly, I also found my new editor wanting a new work — a new series, a new idea — something different. And so I did exactly that. I gave her something different — a new idea.
I’d been toying around, through the Blackfoot Warrior series with a paranormal element here and there. Not too much, because I was afraid of going too far into the paranormal, but it’s hard to write a real American Indian story without some paranormal…it was a part of the culture.
Somehow another idea attached itself to this paranormal element, also. I’d always been taken with the movie, Brigadoon, starring Gene Kelly. Have you seen that movie, about a town that comes alive every 100 years for a day? Although I loved the story, there were elements about the story that I didn’t like — for instance, it seemed to me that those people were trapped in a bad situation — and it seemed to me that any real hero would be out there trying to undo the curse that had sent them into that situation — although in the movie I don’t believe it was a curse — it’s been a while since I’ve seen it.
If you read some of my books in the Blackfoot Warrior series, you’ll see a bit of paranormal in WAR CLOUD’S PASSION, LONE ARROW’S PRIDE and SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE. So I was already toying with the idea of a clan that is cursed by the Creator for a deed so evil that the people were trapped in the “mist,” neither dead nor alive — but once a generation (about every 50 years) a hero would be chosen to go out into the world and attempt to undo the curse. And this was the idea I put into motion when I moved to a different publishing house.
My new editor loved the idea, and so away I went. Another fascination for me was the Kansas plains — what is called the Santa Fe Trail. There are some movies out there about that trail, but I’d always been fascinated with the true story that the Santa Fe Trail was so much of a desert, that once camels were brought in to traverse it. But if you drive through that same area today in Kansas, you don’t see a desert — you see beautiful greenery and farm land. It always struck me as a tribute to mankind in general that man could take a desert and turn it into something that would support a great amount of life. And so here was a golden opportunity to set to paper the romance of the Santa Fe Trail.
I’m also an old movie buff — or at least I used to be — and at this time period I was watching many of the old Harlow movies. I was quite taken with Jean Harlow’s story and was fascinated with some of her movies and the man she loved so much, William Powell.
And so the heroine is based on my perception of the actress, Jean Harlow. And the hero? The heroes of my stories are often a combination of different people…some being real people (like my husband) and different characters in different books and research that I do. For instance, I’ve been quite inspired by the hero in the book, BUCKSKIN BRIDGADES, who is an adopted Blackfeet scout. The hero in my book is also a scout and he is also Blackfeet.
There’s also another fellow, a real warrior from the Assiniboine tribe who lived in the time of George Catlin and Karl Bodner. A painting of this man by Karl Bodner inspired the hero of this story, also. Interestingly, when I visited the Assiniboine reservation years and years ago, I was invited to a counsel meeting, and the then head of the Assiniboine tribe looked like a direct descendent of this man. Here is that painting, off to the right. In the book THE SPIRIT OF THE WOLF, which is the 2nd book in the Lost Clan series, the hero is Assiniboine — another inspiration from real life (from the past).
So the ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR came into being — a story about a desperate hero who must undo a terrible curse in order to set his people free. Along the way, he finds love, which he considers inopportune, to say the least, especially when she needs continual “saving.”
Will he be forced to make a choice between saving his people or his new-found love?
THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR will be coming out April 1, 2014 from Samhain Publishing. It will be in ebook format.
Hope you’ll enjoy the story.