Posts Tagged ‘Historical’

Western Christmas Weddings is coming to Audible

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

 

 Audible cover for Western Christmas Weddings

 

I have some big news!

I’ve just finished production of the Audible version of my Christmas release: Western Christmas Weddings.  These three Western winter weddings are sure to warm your heart and wait until you hear my narrator!  He has a wonderful, rich melodic voice just perfect for my stories.  I will be putting an audio excerpt up on my website soon but I could not wait to share the news!

These three Christmas novellas are FINALLY all together in one collection and I am so pleased to bring them to my readers.  The audio version is just over 9 hours and includes: His Brother’s Bride, The Sheriff’s Housekeeper Bride and my RITA nominated novella, Fallen Angel.

I’ve got an excerpt up on my books page.  Here’s the order link for Amazon.



Story Behind the Story – THE WARRIOR’S CAPTIVE BRIDE

Sunday, 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~

Source: Legendsofamerica.com

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

Tuesday, August 2nd, 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.

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.



New Home – The Sunshine State

Sunday, 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.



Jenna’s July News

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Jenna with the Beefeaters at the Tower of London

Jenna with the Beefeaters at the Tower of London

This July my husband and I celebrated an important anniversary in style with a trip to Great Britain, much of the time in Liverpool and London. What marvelous cities. Liverpool is a wonderful port city and London perfectly mixes fascinating history with an ultra-modern urban center.

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It is true what Samuel Johnson said, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

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In July, I also completed my next Western Historical and am happy to report that the finished manuscript is now with my editor. More details on that as they arrive.

This story is tentatively called Medicine Woman but I am only 50/50 on my titles so that may change. Here’s a tiny teaser:

MEDICINE WOMAN…Coming soon from Harlequin Historicals

When a Crow warrior develops a mysterious falling sickness he captures the woman he believes cursed him and discovers that she is not a witch but may be the only one who can help him.

Please check back for title changes, release dates, excerpts,and giveaways.