Diane Kalas introduces Honor Bound

Last March 2017, I introduced HONOR BRIGHT, Officers of the 7th Cavalry 1, to readers of Petticoats and Pistols blog and the response delighted me. I am hooked on research and enjoy sharing it with readers. Please join in the discussion.

My current release is HONOR BOUND, An Inspirational Historical Romance Set in the West, Officers of the 7th Cavalry 2.

I will gladly gift a paperback copy of HONOR BOUND to someone leaving a comment.

I will also gift a paperback copy of HONOR BRIGHT, Officers of the 7th Cavalry 1, to another reader leaving a comment.

Captain Joseph Hawthorn, a character from book 1 is the hero of HONOR BOUND. Story opens in August 1875 and ends in May 1876, days before the 7th Cavalry departs Ft. Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory, in pursuit of the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians. Joe lost his fiancée to another officer of the 7th Cavalry in book 1, and learned the painful results of his arrogant behavior. Joe is a redeemed man now, although cautious about entering into a relationship with Ivy O’Hanlon, the girl who is determined to have him tutor her brother. With a spring campaign planned against the hostile Indians, he must consider Ivy should he not survive as an officer in Custer’s 7th Cavalry.

As a writer who has tackled serious subjects before, I enjoy adding humor. Davey O’Hanlon is a sixteen-year-old boy who idolizes Custer’s officers and wants to “go with Custer,” an idea that strikes terror into the heart of his sister, Ivy O’Hanlon. Readers will learn about the US Military Academy, known as West Point, and cadet training in the 1870s. Davey’s journey is pure fun to read. In addition, Ivy becomes a matchmaker for Sergeant Major MacIntyre, father of four redheaded sons in need of another wife. Love it!

Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer had many sides to his personality that have been well documented by family members, friends, and military leaders in numerous letters, books, newspaper articles, and interviews during his lifetime and afterward. My research unveiled events I never knew happened to the boy-general during that last year of his life.

Have you ever thought of Custer as a whistler-blower? Would you risk your career and take a stand against officials in your government when you knew they were lying to tax-paying citizens and cheating people, both the Indians and the Army’s enlisted men? I hope I have caught your interest.

Another facet to Custer’s last months of life was that he stood at a crossroads. Although, I believe Custer did not think of the drama that unfolded around him that spring of 1876 as a crossroads where he could take a different course of action other than what he pursued. I hope you are intrigued even more.

Each book in Officers of the 7th Cavalry takes the reader closer to the final event in the Little Bighorn Valley. Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and 268 troopers, including civilian and Indian scouts, and civilian family members of Custer lost their lives June 25, 1876.

Coming in spring 2019: HONOR FIRST, Officers of the 7th Cavalry 3. You will learn who survived the Custer massacre and who did not return to Ft. Lincoln from books 1 and 2.


An Inspirational Historical Romance Set in the West

Officers of the 7th Cavalry 2

August 1875. Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory. Lieutenant Joseph Hawthorn’s career goals in the United States Army Cavalry, centered upon exceeding Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer’s military achievements. Joe eagerly awaits the 1876 spring campaign with Custer and the famous 7th Cavalry in pursuit of the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians.

August 1875. Bismarck, Dakota Territory. Ivy O’Hanlon and her brother arrive in the Dakota Territory to live with their uncle who owns a tavern. Ivy has a huge problem. Her conscience will not allow her brother to assist Uncle Grady behind the bar. At 16, Davey idolizes Custer’s officers and wants to join the 7th Cavalry. Ivy fears losing her brother to the Army, but reluctantly decides the cavalry was better for Davey than working in the tavern.

With a ruined engagement behind him, the last thing Joe needs is to meet a beautiful woman with an Irish temperament, who is determined to help her brother pass the entrance exam into the U.S. Military Academy. As an officer and gentleman Joe could not refuse to tutor Davey O’Hanlon.

Ivy finds Lieutenant Joseph Hawthorn more than a golden-haired officer with vivid blue eyes. He is intensely serious, although manages to capture her romantic interest. For Joe, he tries to resist lovely Ivy O’Hanlon’s charm. After all, he may not return from the Indian campaign scheduled next spring 1876, as the 7th Cavalry heads to the Little Bighorn River valley.

Author Bio:

Diane Kalas, author of Inspirational Historical Romance, collects antique books written by men and women who lived through the American Civil War, and/or who pioneered out West. With a degree in interior design, she enjoys touring historical sites, especially Federal era homes with period furniture. Diane’s biggest challenge is writing Inspirational Historical Romance. Her biggest distraction is her fascination with historical research. Published writers Pamela Griffin, Gina Welborn, and Kathleen Maher have been critique partners and mentors. Diane is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Diane’s novels are available on Amazon in E-book and paperback versions.

HONOR BRIGHT, Officers of the 7th Cavalry 1

HONOR BOUND, Officers of the 7th Cavalry 2

 PATRIOT HEART, Journey Home Series 1

FAITHFUL HEART, Journey Home Series 2

HOPEFUL HEART, Journey Home Series 3

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33 thoughts on “Diane Kalas introduces Honor Bound”

  1. Nothing better than a good HWR, unless it is about a man in uniform. The 1800’s had a variety of men brought to be in a uniform of the Calvary. Many harsh encounters with the lawless and now we know the proud original dwellers of the land, the American Indians, challenged even the best of them. Lt. Joseph Hawthorne sounds like a really good officer and gentleman. I want to get to know him.
    I missed your first book. I will want to catch up.

    • Hi Jerri: Thank you for leaving a comment. The research was both fascinating and sad for this series. So many errors made.

  2. I love HWR because of the history! I have been taught so much more history from authors of HWR than I ever was taught in a history class! I would love the opportunity to read one of your books! A giveaway is an awesome way to find a new author put on my go to authors list! I’m disabled and reading has become my job! Lol A job I’ve come to love more than any job I ever had in the real world!

    • Hi Stephanie: Before I became a writer of historical romance, I felt the same way about learning history through some wonderfully well-written historical fiction. I enjoy giving away my paperback books and always encourage readers to pass them on to friends or local library. Thank you for leaving a comment.

    • Hi Debra: Thank you for leaving a comment. Writing historical fiction is a challenge I can’t resist even though it is a lot of work. Good to know others love the 19th century history as well.

  3. I want to thank Karen Witemeyer for arranging this blog spot for me. Petticoats and Pistols is my favorite blog for many reasons. Great reader response and so many published authors to support the blog.

  4. The following is a brief explanation of the problems between the US government and the American Indians at the time of my Officers of the 7th Cavalry series:

    Indian policy after the Civil War included the treaty process by which Indians agreed to cede traditional lands, remove to a reservation, and cease hostilities aimed at other tribes, settlers, and the Army. In return, the federal government promised to provide Indians with annuities that included food, household and farming equipment, and sometimes weapons. During President Grant’s administrations (1869-1877), the Peace Policy was not very successful; corruption continued to rob the Indians of annuities, and intense battles mocked the government’s promise of peace on the Plains.

    Source: U.S. Army Officers’ Wives on the Great Plains, 1865-1900

    • Hi Quilt Lady: I was a fan of the historical romance novels long before I decided to write one. Thank you for leaving a comment.

  5. Good morning, Diane……Welcome back to P&P! We love when you visit. Custer is such an interesting subject. He was adored by some but hated by others. From what I’ve read he was very arrogant or at least he came across that way. I’m not sure we really know him even though tons of books have been written about his life.

    Congrats on the new book! It’s looks great.

    • Hi Linda, nice to hear from you. In Honor Bound, book 2 in my series, I have a timeline of events that happened to Custer that spring of 1876. Even though most know the outcome, I’d make a bet (if I was the betting kind) that not many people know the shocking behavior of President Grant against one of his Army’s commanders.

      Thank you for leaving a comment.

  6. I want to share a Reader Endorsement for HONOR BOUND by Terry Burns, western writer.

    Honor Bound, a delightful book that I found myself reading in one sitting. A look at the men of the Seventh Cavalry as seen through the eyes of some of General Custer’s officers. For readers of historical romance you’ll love the depth of description and the authentic development of the characters. This is a good read and easily recommended.

    Terry Burns
    Author and Literary Agent

    Terry Burns has written more than 40 books throughout various genres. His most popular works are his Christian Western Fiction novels and his helpful books on publishing, which draw on a decade’s worth of experience as a literary agent in addition to his work as an author.

    http://terryburns.us/ Current on Amazon: BADGE and the BIBLE and the sequel BADGE and the BRIDE.

  7. I really enjoyed your post. I love historical romance and all the research that goes into it. I’m really looking forward to reading your books. Thank you for your post.

  8. That sounds like a fantastic series. I’ll have to check it out. I absolutely love learning about our American west.

    • Hi Carrie. Lots of fascinating research went into this series. It’s more about the officers than George Custer, but you’ll learn about his personality, good and bad. Thank you for leaving a comment.

  9. Just curious…in your research did you look at the Battle of the Greasy Grass from the Lakota or Cheyenne POV, either in books or by talking to historians of the tribes themselves? Or at this nation’s determination to exterminate indigenous peoples via bullets, the distribution of small pox blankets, starvation and so on? And it goes on now.

    I apologize to you for my perspective and my post. Even though my own father was a hero at the Battle of the Bulge (which I did not know until after he had passed away), he refused to speak of it at all, all of his life, because of the horrors of war, regardless of some selfless heroes. I find my father heroic because he survived that war and went on to live his life without every talking about it. In fact, I’ve learned that for much of the time, people who have seen actual combat rarely talk about it, unlike those on US bases who have never seen combat.

    Again, I apologize to you. My father’s strong influence and the influence of the Indians on my mother’s side of the family have given me obviously strong opinions. And I thank you for listening to them.

    • Hi Eliza: I just read your comment and was not offended by your point of view, your compassion in regards to the Native American Indians and the changes forced upon them in the last half of the 19th century. As Dr. Phil humorously says “No matter how flat a pancake, it still has two sides.”

      As a Christian, I want what God wants for His children. To know God we must read the Bible that He inspired, to give us knowledge of Him and His attributes, likes and dislikes. God hates war. The Old Testament is full of wars of annihilation. God grieves for His children involved in wars. The New Testament is where our hope is for our eternal salvation and destination, which is paradise with God, the Father. Jesus Christ is the answer for world peace. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. Jesus is the second person of the Holy Trinity. Through Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross, we humans through faith have God’s remedy to bridge the gap between God and people. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of Your Son, Jesus.

      No human organization can bring about world peace when the leaders leave God, the living, loving God of the Bible, outside and refuse to bow their heads and ask for His guidance. We should not stop trying to achieve the goal of peace, however.

      In my current release, Honor Bound, I tried to show both sides of the issues. The outcome of Custer’s last campaign is well known. One-third of Custer’s regiment was overwhelmed by Indians who outnumbered the cavalry. In my research of the aftermath of the Battle of Little Bighorn, I learned the Indians scattered, some to Canada where they almost starved to death before returning to the reservations.

      The research for Officers of the 7th cavalry was emotionally draining. In book 3, I am focusing on the 26 wives the officers left behind. Libbie Custer lost five (5) male family members. How she dealt with her grief is remarkable.

      I am definitely considering writing comedies in the future, although there is humor in all my books because I enjoy those situations where we humans are just plain goofy.

      Thank you for leaving a comment.

      • Thank you for your kind, thoughtful reply, Diane. I appreciate it.

        By an odd coincidence in your post about God hating war, I’ve been reading a series of books by John Dominic Crossan, one of which is “How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation.” The others are “In Search of Paul” and his just released “Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision.” Crossan was a Catholic monk scholar who studied at the Vatican, in Jerusalem and in Turkey (Galatia, et al). I’ve met him him and he is a model Christian in my book. I really appreciate what I’ve learned from his lifetime of Bible study and walking in Jesus and Paul steps.

        Back to the Indians, before the Greasy Grass battle, the Indians who left the reservations to go to Rosebud Creek were doing so for their own belief system. From wikipedia:

        “Among the Plains Tribes, the long-standing ceremonial tradition known as the Sun Dance was the most important religious event of the year. It is a time for prayer and personal sacrifice on behalf of the community, as well as making personal vows. Towards the end of spring in 1876, the Lakota and the Cheyenne held a Sun Dance that was also attended by a number of “Agency Indians” who had slipped away from their reservations. During a Sun Dance around June 5, 1876, on Rosebud Creek in Montana, Sitting Bull, the spiritual leader of the Hunkpapa Lakota, reportedly had a vision of ‘soldiers falling into his camp like grasshoppers from the sky.'”

        Ironic, no? The Indians gathered at Rosebud Creek for their own annual spiritual event. Those who left reservations would likely have gone back if had not been for the Bighorn battle. Everyone was a loser on both sides. It’s a case of the dominant culture not understanding different cultures, different spiritual systems, and politics and a military mindset. To be clear: the military came after Indians who were purely on a spiritual event and caused the battle, and all the deaths from Indians defending themselves. It was just Custer’s bad luck that he had no idea just how many Indians really were at that spiritual gathering. The fault is the military’s, not the Indians defending themselves.

        There are some firsthand Indian accounts by those who were children at the time, but not much is read from those Indians’ perspective, particularly that there were women and children in that Indian encampment.

        As an aside, many Indians were starving ON the reservations because enough food wasn’t brought in, AND it humiliated the men used to providing for their own families, but that’s a discussion for another day.

        God bless and take care.

        • Hi Eliza: In Honor Bright, book 1, I have a disturbing scene where my heroine learns that the Indians were, indeed, starving that winter on the reservation. Reason? The river steamer was frozen in upstream & couldn’t be unloaded by the captain. That man refused to allow the Indians to handle the situation themselves and remove the food & transport it back to reservation. Custer tried to intervene, believe it or not, and the government refused immediate action, said it would take time to get the committee together and sign forms, etc. Shameful. A disgrace. In Honor Bound, book 2, Custer became a whistle-blower when he learned through Indians & enlisted men . . . ah, I shouldn’t giveaway my story! It was just released.

          When I mentioned how emotionally draining this research was it’s because I had no idea what really happened before Custer’s last campaign. When I share my newfound information with family and friends, they all say something along the lines of “fate.” As a Christian, I know things could have been settled peacefully, but human nature can be corrupt, evil. So, we learn from the past and pray for more love and understanding for our fellow human beings. And you are correct when you say there were no winners. Such a waste of life.

          Thank you for your heartfelt comments. I appreciate your interest.

  10. I fear for the men in the 7th Cavalry. I hope the main characters of your books return! You’ve obviously done a tremendous amount of research. I appreciate that when I’m reading a book I can depend on the author being faithful to the era and events he/she writes.

    • Hi Caroline: The fear for the officers and men of the seventh cavalry builds with each chapter in Honor Bound. I lay out what happened before Custer’s last campaign starting in the fall 1875 and through the spring 1876. Don’t depend on Hollywood movies for the truth; it doesn’t seem important to them. The research for the Custer books was daunting because there is so many books written about the boy-general. The story ends three days before the regiment departs Ft. Linc. The massive organization of 2,000 men and equipment prepared for war is in place.

  11. I would be interested in seeing some other aspects of Custer’s personality that you have found in your research. I am sure there were some good points to his personality, but he seems to always have been driven by his massive ego. We have been to Little Big Horn Battlefield. Walking the ridge gives you the feel of what they were up against. Like many other confrontations with the native tribes of the Americas, they didn’t have to and never should have happened.

    • Hi Patricia: I feel the same way about this horrendous confrontation with the Indians. I couldn’t help being emotional reading about what exactly occurred. At the point of discovery, both sides reacted as they’d been trained. The Indians and Cavalry fought to the death. Custer’s personality was an interesting mix of boyish playfulness with his wife, whom he adored and was faithful. Custer’s reputation is two-fold: Capable cavalry officer and fearless leader; arrogant and petty tyrant.

      HONOR BRIGHT, book 1 in the series features Custer more than HONOR BOUND, book 2. He held nothing against a West Point roommate who went South at the outbreak of the Civil War. In fact, Custer was best man at that officer’s wedding and crossed the “enemy” line into Virginia to keep his promise during the war. I find that amazing.

      Thank you for leaving a comment.

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