Chelley Kitzmiller Is With Us Today With a Giveaway!

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Half the fun of writing is the research. I love going to the places where the book is set even though the years have usually wiped away the footprints of the buildings and people who once lived there. But there are always the legends…

 

The Warriors of the Wind series began from an Arizona Highways magazine article that Jill Landis sent me years and years ago. Little did she know what that article would become. Little did I know-ha! The article talked about a cave where the Apache believed that the Wind Spirit lived and this drawing is the artist’s concept of what the spirit must have looked like. I was fascinated and the ideas started coming. Research backed up the Apache belief in the Mountain Spirits, one of which is Wind. And that’s how a story, or in this case, a series, was born.

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In The Healer, Logan, who is half Apache, has the power of the wind, but refuses to let himself accept it because he is a Boston-educated doctor, a man of science. To admit that he believes in the supernatural let alone that he possesses a supernatural power is unthinkable. When Sadie, the woman he hired to tutor his wild little sister, uses a ‘mind trick’ to relieve a patient’s head pain, Logan insists she demonstrate her technique on him. The ‘trick’ goes awry, leaving Logan with an insatiable desire to make love to Sadie and a whole bunch of suspicions.  

 

I have never written a book with such strong personal conflicts. I admit that I times I  thought I’d backed myself into a corner and then remembered that I too have supernatural power — it’s called the power of the pen!  

I sincerely hope you enjoy the book and that the history comes alive for you as it did for me.             

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Blurb for The Healer, book 3 in the Warriors of the Wind series:

Doctor Logan Kincade is every Bostonian’s guest of choice—not because of his rugged good looks, his wit or his renown as a surgeon, but because his blood isn’t blue like theirs. It’s red. Apache Red. But the social darling fast becomes a pariah when his modern techniques are rejected by the medical community.

Meanwhile, a plea from his brother summons him home to the Arizona Territory; his sister is coming of age, and he must keep a vow he made long ago to bring the White man’s medicine to his people. But like Boston, home offers no hope for Logan: neither the White man nor the Apache will accept him or his medicine.

After Sadie Davenport’s supernatural healing power is discovered by her greedy aunt and uncle, she faces two options—allow them to exploit her ability for profit, or run away. So, when she sees an ad from a local doctor calling for a sturdy teacher to accompany him to the Arizona Territory, she jumps at the chance. Her one problem? Logan sets her heart on fire upon first sight, but because of her homely disguise he’s unaware of the devastating beauty he just hired.

When their journey becomes embroiled in the clashing world of the Apaches and White man, Logan and Sadie must unite in order to survive. They quickly learn that despite their surface differences, their hearts beat with shared heat and longings—and both conceal intimate secrets. Mysteries that only fuel their increasing desire for one another. As those secrets start to unravel, they realize the truth can either save their lives or destroy their future…

“It will draw you in and not let go.” – Karen Kay, author of WHITE EAGLE’S TOUCH: BLACKFOOT WARRIORS

“Well-researched and beautifully rendered, THE HEALER is a timeless adventure and a touching love story.” – Kathleen Eagle, author of SUNRISE SONG

Bio

A California native, Chelley Kitzmiller lives and breathes the Wild West. She travels the West doing research, decorates her home with everything from a cowhide ottoman to a window valance made of mismatched spurs and frames her own Western photography. She’s known and loved a host of Western movie stars such as Jack Palance, Harry Carey Jr., Ronda Fleming and others. She says, “I’ve had quite a ride and the saddle ain’t even broke in yet.”

As a teen, she hated history. The teacher was only interested in students memorizing names and dates; nothing about what motivated the people to do the things they did.

Her favorite historical romance is Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers. When she read it, she didn’t know that the historical detail was factual and only later discovered the truth and realized that she’d gotten a painless dose of history. SSL was her life-changing experience; it made her want to pen her own historical romance and give to others what Rosemary had given her: history wrapped in an emotional action-packed story.

In her pre-published years, Chelley founded the Orange County RWA Chapter, finaled in RWA’s Golden Heart Contest, organized the Amtrak Love Train (Google the film documentary Where The Heart Roams), organized writers’ conferences, wrote book reviews for Publishers Weekly and had her own book review columns in two major newspapers.

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After publishing four books with NAL and Harlequin, Chelley took a long break to help in her husband’s business, open two bookstores, work as an editorial assistant on nine books for Fern Michaels and one for Lauraine Snelling, learn photography and start a pet rescue. Through it all she wrote and still writes magazine and newspaper articles and grants for the pet rescue.

These days she splits her time between writing, RVing and rescuing pets. Interact with Chelley on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/chelley.kitzmiller and/or http://www.facebook.com/Haveahearthumanesociety and be sure to sign up for her newsletter at www.chelleykitzmiller.com or just send her an email at ckitzmiller@bak.rr.com.

Heartbreak RanchI’m giving away a copy of Heartbreak Ranch, an anthology by Harlequin. And my agent/publisher, The Knight Agency will add a $15 Amazon gift card. Just leave a comment along with your contact information to be entered in my drawing!

 

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40 Comments

  1. Hello Chelley. You are new to me, but I loved this post. I love things about the Indians. I have some Indian blood on both sides of my parents. Don’t know how far beck but there was two granddaughters. For years mostly what I read was Westerns and Indian books. You have an impressive life. I would love to win your book. Thanks for a chance. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  2. Hi Chelley. I loved your post! I was like you hating history when I was in school. Now I love to study history.

    I would love to win a copy of Heartbreak Ranch. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  3. what a fun post!!! It’s so cool to “discover” new facts and legends. It’s even better for me as a reader when an author incorporates that into a book 🙂 Congrats on the new release and thanks so much for sharing! Pleas count me in!

  4. Good Morning! Love the picture of your RV with the promo on the back. I bet that’s a great way to break the ice with new people at stops along the way to wherever you’re going. I’m fairly new to reading westerns but yours sounds great. I’d love to win the anthology.

  5. Chelsea, Thank you for sharing your great post and giveaway. I love good books!!!

  6. Loved reading your post. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Hi Chelley, welcome back to the junction. It’s really interesting how many historical writers hated history in school(me included). Love your books. Keep writing!

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    Good morning Maxie, Cindy, Erin, Janie, Melany and Cathy.
    It’s nice to share with so many early-risers. I wish you all luck in the drawing. Writing is my escape from the much harder job of pet rescue. So when I write, I go to a different time and place and forget – for a little while anyway – the responsibilities that my beloved housesitter is taking care of. I am fascinated by all the Southwestern Indian tribes. I really can’t say why–just am.

    And my dear dear Margaret, thank you so much for bringing me back to P&P. I love being here and chatting with all the readers.

    I hope you will all like my facebook page: https/www.facebook.com/authorchelleykitzmiller

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    Janie–the decal on the motorhome does indeed draw interest. But what is really funny is that usually people comment on it when we first pull in. Two weeks ago, I heard my husband outside say, “Yeah, I was the cover model.”
    And then, of course, I hear laughter!

  10. Love the motorhome! AND looking forward t reading The Healer!

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    Good morning Connie. I hope you enjoy the book. Have a wonderful day.

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    After reading the series, I’d appreciate it if you would email me to let me know if you think I should write the sister’s story. She would be a “horse whisperer” character. She would be fun to write. But Holy Cow-I can’t imagine a man who could match her for spunk and fire. Email me at: ckitzmiller@bak.rr.com

  13. Hi Chelley! How fascinating to learn that a magazine article sparked the idea for your series! THE HEALER sounds like a captivating story and one I would love! Thank you for sharing this great post and giveaway.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

  14. Great post! I always learn something new here.

  15. What a fascinating post which I enjoyed learning abut. The Healer sounds captivating and unique.

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    Britney, Minna, Ellie–thank you so much for your nice posts. People are always asking where writers get their ideas, well, that magazine article was one of them and I owe it to Jill Landis for sending it to me.

  17. A most impressive background. Your talents are many and admirable. Best wishes.

  18. When I read this post which was very interesting and captivating I wondered how you had time for writing, research and all of the other pursuits and contributions which are so wonderful.

  19. Congratulations on your release and on your many exceptional accomplishments. The book sounds enthralling and your writing unforgettable.

  20. Congrats on your new release! I was like you and hated history when I was in school, now all I want to read is historical romance. I really enjoy history now.Loved your book blurb and it sounds awesome and I would love to read it. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    ghurt110 at bellsouth dot net

  21. The Healer looks so good to me, supernatural and historical with an interacial love story, it doesn’t sound like anything I’ve ever read before, which I always consider a good thing. I like reading all sorts of books, so I’m a big fan of mixing different genres together.

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    Elaina, Getting time to do anything is really hard with the rescue. I long for the old days when I was oblivious to the plight of homeless, stray, abandoned and abused animals. Now that I know, I can’t turn back, so writing takes a backseat and the backseat is when we leave in the motorhome. We bought the motorhome with a floor plan that gives me a desk, a drawer and a cupboard. I love it. I don’t care where I go, I just want to go, so I can write! My husband goes fishing and I go off into another world.

  23. “The Healer” sounds like a winner! I love a book with romance and some supernatural. Plus I also love the name Logan as a first name.

  24. Hello Chelley! It is pleasure to learn about you and your book! Enjoyed reading your post today… going to hop over to your site and look around! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
    greenshamrock at cox dot net

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    Ann, Pearl, Quiltlady, Summer, Lori, Colleen–thanks for stopping by today. Maybe all your reads be Good Reads!

  26. Thank you for the giveaway!

  27. Chelley, I am so sorry for misspelling your name. I have a terrible habit of not going back and checking before I send and sometimes I think my IPad has a mind of its own.

  28. Chilly, you have certainly had a wide variety of experience in the publishing world. Good preparation for a writing career of your own. Congratulations on your books. I enjoy books dealing with the clash of cultures and beliefs. The Healer sounds like it will deliver a good story in that area.
    Anthologies are a favorite. The gift card would be put to good use ordering your series.
    Best wishes for a successful release and sales of The Healer.

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    Melanie and Patricia, people misspell my name all the time. It’s my own fault; when I was 16 and living in Columbus, Ohio, I wanted to reinvent myself when we moved to California. My real, legal name is Cheryl. So I turned Cheryl into Chelley.

  30. I love learning about old legends! The drawing of the wind spirit is especially interesting. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  31. What a great post. So nice to learn more about you as an author. The legend of the wind cave is particularly interesting. Your book sounds like it is a great read.

  32. I love Indian stories and your series Warriors in the Wind sounds amazing. You are a new author to me and your interview on how your stories came to be are beautiful. Good luck on your book The Healer, this I will check out. This series sounds really interesting to me as the new anthology book would love to read also. Thanks for the chance. Bless all you gorgeous authors.

  33. What a fascinating life you lead Chelley, traveling, writing, and rescueing animals. Fellow Western writer, Linda Lael Miller, also supports the Rescue Animals Program. My youngest son and my nephew have both adopted rescue dogs, an Australian Shepard and a black Lab and my D-I-L a Mainecoon cat.

    Love the mix of Native American healing ways and modern medicine in your Warriors In the Wind series. Even today there is still conterversy between old and new ways of medical treatment.

    Throw in supernatural elements and you’ve captured aunique twist. Thanks for sharing Jill Landis’s role in your series idea.

    As an ex-RN I’ve seen the power of the mind overthe body. Patients that should have survived died and patients that should have died survived. The will to live is an amazing driving force in survival.

    I’m looking forward to reading how Logan and Sadie handle their healing gifts along with their chemistry!

  34. What a fascinating life you lead Chelley, traveling, writing, and rescueing animals. Fellow Western writer, Linda Lael Miller, also supports the Rescue Animals Program. My youngest son and my nephew have both adopted rescue dogs, an Australian Shepard and a black Lab and my D-I-L a Mainecoon cat.

    Love the mix of Native American healing ways and modern medicine in your Warriors In the Wind series. Even today there is still contraversy between old and new ways of medical treatment.

    Throw in supernatural elements and you’ve captured a unique twist. Thanks for sharing Jill Landis’s role in your series idea.

    As an ex-RN I’ve seen the power of the mind overthe body. Patients that should have survived died and patients that should have died survived. The will to live is an amazing driving force in survival.

    I’m looking forward to reading how Logan and Sadie handle their healing gifts along with their chemistry!

  35. Sorry I was correcting the spelling and I accidentally hit it twice.

  36. Hi Chelley,

    I am not familiar with you work, but I like the premise of your story. Seems like a good daunting romance, full of passion and desire. WHEEEEEEE! LOL.

  37. I’m looking forward to reading Heartbreak Ranch. Sounds great.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

  38. Chelly, thanks to auto-correct, it takes forever to get my kindle to accept the spelling of something a bit different. I forget to check when I know I spelled it correctly. Sorry.

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    Very interesting read!

  40. Sounds like a great story and some great research to back it up

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