Posts Tagged ‘Historical’

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.



Six Ways Authors Use Pinterest

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

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I have started a lot of Pinterest boards including one for my July 1 Western Historical from Harlequin, RUNNING WOLF.  I find Pinterest relaxing, inspiring and fun and thought I would share with you six of the ways I use Pinterest boards in my writing.

  1. Book Specific Board: RUNNING WOLF

Jenna Kernan's Pinterest board for RUNNING WOLF

I used this Pinterest board to find historical shots to help with descriptions and modern photos to make the characters seem more real. Here is a bit about my July 1 release, RUNNING WOLF:

From the moment Snow Raven came charging in to my first scene on her white horse, I have been in love with this character. My heroine is the daughter of a Crow chief and is bright, stoic and brave, even after being captured by her enemies.   At first she wants only to survive until she is rescued. But when faced with the needs of her fellow captives, she grows into a warrior, forgoing her own happiness to win their freedom.

My hero, Running Wolf, is the War Chief of his Sioux tribe and an enemy to the Crow people. Running Wolf is at first intrigued, then confounded and later fascinated by the captive, Snow Raven. They both resist a love that will cost them all. He must lead his people and protect them from their enemies, while she must try to bring her people home.

  1. Series Specific Boards: THE TRACKERS series from Harlequin Nocturne.

Jenna Kernan's Pinterest board for THE TRACKER series

 

This board was far more creepy and atmospheric. I tried to create a mood or otherworldly creatures linked to Native American myth and legend. My characters in this series include Skinwalkers who shift from human form to bears, buffalo, wolves and even ravens. But other supernatural spirits make appearances including Thunderbirds, Thunder Horses, The Whirlwinds, ghosts, the guardian who evaluates your soul after you die and the ruler of the Circle of Ghosts.

  1. Connecting with Readers: My Keeper Shelf

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Readers who want to know what I’m currently reading can always visit my GoodReads page and follow me there. I often run first-reads giveaways there and had two this month. But if you want to see what’s on my personal keeper shelf, you can find out on My Keeper Shelf board.

  1. Genre Specific Board: Western Christmas

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I’ve written a lot of Christmas novellas for Harlequin Historical including my latest in the anthology collection Wild West Christmas and so I began pinning images of winter scenes including Christmas pictures with Western flare. This board remains one of my fan favorites.

  1. Promotion: My Book Covers

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Of course, I want readers to be able to share my beautiful book covers. This board also includes first looks at covers and some of my unboxing, when my author copies arrive! Boy, to I love to see these pins repinned!

  1. Laughs and Giggles: Odds and Ends board

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Sometimes you just need a laugh. That’s why I created this board. Here I’ve collected things that make me laugh, smile or book-related items that I love. My newest favorite is the sign in a library parking lot that reads, “Library Parking Only. Violators will be held in low esteem.”

  1. Secret Boards

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Shhh! This board is secret, a collection for my own use while I am writing my newest series, my first romantic suspense for Harlequin Intrigue. I’m giving readers a peek of the images of Apache people I’m pinning for APACHE PROTECTORS. This board is not viewable to my fans yet, but it will be soon.

Here is a tiny, tiny, teaser for book one, SHADOW WOLF (December 2015)

She aids illegals and he apprehends them but when this humanitarian pacifist witnesses a cartel killing in the Sonora Dessert, she becomes this Apache lawman’s only witness.

So, there are seven ways I use Pinterest. I hope you’ll follow one of my boards. Here are some other ways to connect with me.

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 ***This blog first appeared on Pink Hearts Blog June 27, 2015***