The audio edition of the The River People is out!
This novel is a bit different from my norm: an historical story set in the west (wet) side of Oregon a few hundred years ago, and it features a young girl becoming a woman.
River-Song’s father, Chief Sits-and-Thinks, is growing old and sick, but he trusts in her to lead their people. Her best friend has become her rival as they compete to marry the big chief’s son. But as River-Song proves herself to him, she begins to see he isn’t the man she thought. Then she must use her gift of words when a wandering band of braves seek a new home with them. They speak her mother’s language so she can understand them. River-Song feels pulled to their leader but confused about her place in the tribe. Can this young girl hold her tribe together as the new braves join them, and again when hostile warriors attack their valley?
Come visit the River People in the Pacific Northwest before fur traders or missionaries arrived. River-Song lives in a valley of meandering streams that give them salmon and trout to eat. Oak trees abound in the valley, and a forest of cedar and fir surround them, making a canopy and giving them planks for their long houses, canoes, and totem poles.
I have another Native American novella called In the Land of Huckleberries and Wokas. It’s also set in Oregon, but across the mountains in Klamath Basin.
These stories are very different from my other work, but I enjoyed writing both. These stories seemed to write themselves! The River People has a special place in my heart because it’s the first book of mine that my daughter read, and later I found her playing “The River People” with her Barbie dolls. A very sweet author and mommy moment for me!
The audiobook for A Spy for Christmas is available on Amazon and Audible.com!
(Audible offers a free app for listening to audiobooks, and you can get a free audiobook by signing up for their trial membership.)
Later this spring, The River People will also have an audiobook!
I’ve had my head buried in my latest writing project, Point Hope, and I wanted to share the cover with you. Coming this spring!
The mighty Pacific has a rugged, rough, unforgiving beauty—like Trey’s life.
Trey and Rosette Sinclair were once in love. Now they both feel hurt and unwanted. Their marriage is on its last legs when their family is faced with two deaths and an orphan. They’re already raising two young children and Trey’s teenage brother Alex.
After an IED brought his Navy career to an end, Trey became an EMT in his hometown of Coos Bay, Oregon. He struggles with PTSD, which affects his ability to do his job and connect with his family again. His wife seems to be living life without him.
Rosette is the mother hen and friend to all. She can’t figure out what happened to her marriage, or to Trey—the man she once so desperately loved. It feels like she’ll lose everything along with him. Meanwhile he’s enclosed in his own world without her.
Trey and Rosette make a shaky agreement: to play “family” for now so they can take care of Trey’s recently orphaned niece. But can faking it ever be enough?
It’s make-it or break-it time. If they split apart, who will raise Hope?
Many of my reviews praise my ‘real characters with real problems’ and this story delivers more romantic and family drama. I’m so excited about this complex storyline and characters with their secrets and flaws. Watch for a preview as we near March!