Posts Tagged ‘Native American’

Cover Reveal – Apache Protectors: Wolf Den is coming soon!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Apache Protectors: Wolf Den #1

After the dam collapse on his reservation, things have been crazy for rookie tribal police officer, Jake Redhorse. But they are about to get worse, when he returns home late from another double shift to discover that someone has left a newborn baby in the bed of his pickup.

I’m so thrilled to introduce you to my newest hero, Tribal Police Officer Jake Redhorse.  If you read The Warrior’s Way in my last Apache Protector series you have been introduced.  Jake is one of four brothers and he’s the only law enforcement officer.  His story kicks of the new series, Apache Protectors: Wolf Den.

There’s more trouble on the Turquoise Canyon Reservation when the recent uptick in runaways is discovered to be something far more sinister.

Surrogate Escape is coming in March 2018.

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Enter the world of Apache Protectors: Wolf Den

A riveting new series begins!

A newborn abandoned in his truck? Tribal policeman Jake Redhorse immediately summons nurse Lori Mott–his former fiancée–for help. But Jake jilted Lori and now must regain her trust while fighting awakening desires neither can deny. The infant they adore offers them a second chance…if they can discover why she’s the target of kidnappers.



Apache Protectors series continues…

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

The New Cover is Here…

…for my January 2017 release.  This is the first of four and available now on Amazon.  I’ll be posting what I sent Harlequin’s Art Department so you can see how they did.  I’m loving the single male hero covers and really intrigued by the perspective.  This is Carter Bear Den.  He’s a hot shot who fights wildfire for a living and wildfire is about to take-over his world when he arrives just in time to rescue his old flame from a mass shooting and uncovers a plot that threatens his tribe.  TURQUOISE GUARDIAN is available for pre-order now.

New Cover for Apache Protector - TURQUOISE GUARDIAN by Jenna Kernan

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Her Warrior Protector 

Carter Bear Den is a proud Apache of the Turquoise Canyon Reservation. The former US Marine is a member of the Turquoise Guardians working to protect his people and their land. When he discovers a grisly mass shooting at the Lilac Copper Mine, Carter’s one thought is to find Amber Kitcheyan.

After breaking her engagement to Carter and relinquishing her membership with the reservation, Amber found work at the mine. Now she is the sole survivor of the shooting—at best a witness, at worst a suspect. But Carter swears to protect the only woman he has ever loved, even if it means losing everything else.

Apache Protectors: Tribal Thunder



How to tell if you are haunted, possessed or cursed?

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Haunted, Bewitched, Cursed?

Haunted, Bewitched, Cursed?

 

My September release: The Warrior’s Captive Bride from Harlequin Historicals opens with a warrior convinced he is cursed.  But how do you know for sure?  Well, it’s difficult, but here is a cheat sheet to help you decide.

WITCHES: These are living beings with the power to curse humans.   They are vengeful and make you sick but they are mortal and vulnerable. The best way to stop a witches’ curse is to assuage them.  Failing that, a more permanent solution is to kill the witch.

GHOSTS: These are departed, restless earthbound spirits.  Particularly dangerous are the fallen ghosts of your enemies, but loved ones can also cause suffering and illness to the living.  This is one of the reasons that it is impolite or outright dangerous to speak the name of a person who has died.  Owls or owl dreams can summon ghosts and foretell of death.  Ghost Sickness is dangerous and the only cure is to stop the ghost from haunting you.  The symptoms of ghost symptoms include: nausea, fever, fatigue, suffocating sensation and hallucinations.   Breaking a taboo can draw trouble in the form of ghosts.  Relief will require a shaman of considerable skill.

SPIRITS & SUPERNATURALS: Supernatural spirits are immortal.  They are very powerful and have the ability to influence nature.  These beings are most powerful.  They are not earthbound and are to be respected and feared. They can and do attack the living but are generally above such things.  Appeasing a petulant supernatural or superior spirit will require the help of a powerful, spiritual leader of great skill.



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.