Wife to an Army veteran, mother of four, rescuer of animals, lover of history, and general scribe.
Bestselling books: Rebekah's Quilt (Amish fiction, first in a series), A Heart on Hold (historical romance, first in a series), The ABC's of Oklahoma Plants (children's nonfiction), The ABC's of Texas Plants (children's nonfiction), and The Big Bad Wolf Really Isn't so Big and Bad (children's nonfiction).
In these 8 sentences, we find ourselves in a Northern Paiute Indian camp with Sanderson, who had come to negotiate the release of some white hostages, only to find the menfolk gone on a hunt and the camp full of women and children. No sooner does he make this discovery. than the hoofbeats of the Cavalry soldiers draw his attention to the ridge. The hulking Strawberry Moon is his captor.
Burning bile rose into Sanderson’s throat as the soldier
reined his horse toward the wolf's den. Before the
mother, who had risked her own life to save her pups, could reach
shelter, the young soldier had his pistol drawn. Sanderson looked away as the familiar
sound of the discharged weapon echoed off the rocks.
The yell from behind him sounded somehow disconnected as
Sanderson turned, in slow motion, to investigate. A soldier was charging,
musket at ready, straight at him. Sanderson patted his sides again, still not
finding any means of self-defense. Strawberry Moon’s roar boomed from behind
him as he unleashed his lance. It found its mark in the soldier – who would
have been Sanderson’s undoing – straight through the gut.
Excerpt from Book 3 of An Everlasting Heart series, A HEART AT HOME, coming from 5 Prince Books, June 2013.
Want to catch up on Sanderson's saga, which began in Arkansas during the Civil War? Book one, A Heart on Hold is available in both print and digital formats! And so is book two, A Heart Broken!
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