Story Behind the Story – THE WARRIOR’S CAPTIVE BRIDE

August 14th, 2016


The Warrior's Captive Bride - September 2016

The Warrior’s Captive Bride – September 2016

“…everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission…”

~Mourning Dove, Salish, 1888-1936~


All people throughout history have struggled to understand the root cause of disease.  Attributions included angering the gods or falling foul of evil magic.    Bad spirits could bring illness or death.  Native American tribes are not alone in once holding such beliefs.  Ancient Egyptians wore charms to ward off evil magic.  Ancient Greeks made offerings to their gods at temples erected for that purpose.  In the Middle Ages physicians were less important that holy relics in healing the afflicted by prayer and pilgrimage.

Native Americans relied on prayer and spiritual leaders to heal.  But they also had a vast knowledge of medicinal herbs and roots.  Some medicinal plants were traded over long distances.  Many native peoples believed that spirits, ghosts and witches could cause illness.   I spent time researching how a Native Americans of this period would determine if an illness was caused by ghosts, spirits or a witch.  I admit I borrowed from some of the southwestern tribes as I stitched together my world.  The term ‘Moth Madness’ was Navajo, for example because I could find nothing on epilepsy in historic record or reference from my research of the Plains Indians.

I sympathized with my hero and heroines struggle to understand what was causing Night Storm’s falling episodes.  I had decided that his illness would be a form of ongoing seizures, similar to epilepsy, based on the head injury he suffered in battle.  As the injury heals, his symptoms abate.  But I just could not resist adding a slight supernatural element in the form of his visions.  I feared that my editor would request that I removed this part and I almost did not write it, but I try not to edit myself until after I have heard the input of my editor.  If I had, then Night Storm would never have had his prophetic dreams.

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Loggerhead Turtles Drama Unfolds

August 4th, 2016

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Our heroes

Beach walks can be very exciting.  Today’s petite drama involved a nest of sea turtle eggs.

The Scene before the story begins: 90 or so baby loggerhead turtles waiting in the sand for a few more nights when all the nestlings will all be ready to run for the sea. But there is movement. Above them an enemy waits.

Our Villain – a rascal raccoon (also needs to eat and hence his motivation).

Our heroes Six baby loggerhead turtles who have escaped the raccoon, but are disoriented and unable to reach the sea.

Enemies, Hazards & Travails – the lights from a nearby condo that mislead two of the survivors to head in that direction instead of toward the sea.

Allies – The condo maintenance man who spots the two struggling to climb the steps of the condo pool entrance and takes them two the water.  He has named them Campbell and Soup.  He then alerts another ally – the marine sea turtle conservation and research worker who tells him that he should not touch baby turtles or move them.  The maintenance man cites the circling gulls in defense of his action.  The marine worker then springs into action, digging four turtles from the nest.  These four have somehow evaded notice by enemies.  She puts the four survivors in a bright green bucket for later release.

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The survivors


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The rescue transportation device – a bucket


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One turtle strives for escape from transport


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Turtle ally @motemarinelab


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Observers, also allies?…


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Transport begins

Sea Turtle Nesting Information from @MoteMarineLabs



Nesting Turtle Daytime: Take Photos, No Flash, Call rescue patrol

Live Hatching: “Off the beach, heading away from water, or washing in on the waves” “Place in bucket with moist sand.  Cover with a towel.  Keep in dark place.  Keep out of A/C.  Call rescue patrol

Eggs Exposed: Get Nest ID from yellow stake.  Call rescue patrol.



Fill Holes

Reduce beachfront lighting

Pick up trash  (Plastic bags look like jellyfish – turtle food!)

Remove Beach Furniture at night

Keep Flashlights off the beach


What’s Next? A New Western Historical Release in September

August 2nd, 2016


A Crow warrior captures the woman who cursed him and discovers only she holds the cure.

A Crow warrior captures the woman who cursed him and discovers only she holds the cure.

What a joy to create two sequential stories that include Native American heroes and heroes from the Sioux and Crow people.  Thank you to all who reviewed by last story, RUNNING WOLF, and who wrote to tell me how much you enjoyed hearing the story of my warrior woman.

This tale is of a woman who wants to be a great healer like her grandmother and a man who wants only to regain what he has lost, his ability to fight for his people.  For anyone as anyone who has ever suffered a life altering injury or accident knows, it is sometimes impossible to return to the life one lead.  This is the story of a warriors struggle to become what he once was and the healer who believes he can be so much more.  As you already suspected, the ride will be rough, the stakes high and the outcome uncertain.

In this story, I have blended real medical issues with the mysticism of the Plains Indian tribes in the 1800s.  I hope readers will indulge my blending of science and mysticism and enjoy the adventure of Night Storm and Skylark.

To help you keep time with the Crow people, I added a moon calendar in the back of this story.  Each tribe called the moons by different names so this is my interpretation of appropriate names the moons in each season.

I hope you’ll let me know how you like this new release.


Jenna Kernan’s September Release – THE WARRIOR’S CAPTIVE BRIDE

July 29th, 2016

The Warrior’s Captive Bride

A Crow warrior captures the woman who cursed him and discovers only she holds the cure.

A Crow warrior captures the woman who cursed him and discovers only she holds the cure.

His wife for two moons…? 

Plagued by a mysterious sickness, Crow warrior Night Storm captures the witch he believes cursed him. But his anticipated revenge dissolves when he realizes that beautiful Skylark might be the only one who can provide a cure…

Skylark agrees to pose as Night Storm’s wife so she can find a way to heal him. But when an unexpected desire flares, Sky’s mission changes and she’ll do everything in her power to find a way to make their arrangement last a lifetime!




New Home – The Sunshine State

July 24th, 2016

I’m trying to adjust to a slower speed. This is challenging for a NY girl.

I’ve moved from my long-time home in New York’s Hudson Valley to the coast of Florida.  My driver’s license makes it official.  In the heat of July, I am enjoying writing indoors and find myself developing new routines.

You can't beat the sunsets here.

You can’t beat the sunsets here.

I’ve been swimming first thing in the morning and then getting to my office to write.  In the evenings, I walk the beach.  The Skimmer birds and the Terns are raising their young near the sea grass and I enjoy the raucousness of their parenting.  Those babies are always hungry.

I think the climate agrees with me.  I got my proposal in early for book #3 in the Harlequin Intrigue series APACHE PROTECTORS: TRIBAL THUNDER.  And I’m hoping to have the draft for that story completed this week.

The copy edits for book #2 EAGLE DANCER are done and so are the final edits for book #1 TURQUOISE GUARDIANS.  Those stories arrive in January and February 2017.

I’m turning my attention to my September release, a Western historical, THE WARRIOR’S CAPTIVE BRIDE.  My editor is encouraging me to enter this one in the Rita Awards from Romance Writers of America. That’s good feedback.  I’m looking forward to the September 1 release and hearing from my readers if they agree.