THE SAGA OF INDIAN EM'LY Books 1-4 by Sara Harris ***Guest Post -- Giveaway***
The Saga of Indian Em'ly
by Sara Harris
Genre: Historical Adventure
Twelve-year-old Wind That Knocks Down Lodges loves his little sister, Cactus Flower, and the wildness of the desert canyonland the Apache call home. But in one night of misunderstanding and mistakes, Knocks Down and Cactus Flower’s innocent world is shaken as they find themselves locked in the nearby fort with the pale face soldiers and their mother’s lifeless body. With no one to lean on but each other, Knocks Down and Cactus Flower must make their way as children of The People in the pale face world—pale faces who have now become the enemy.
After finding themselves at the mercy of the Army, far from Apache Territory and well on the trail to Colorado, Knocks Down must bring himself to trust the soldier, Pale Face Joe. But Joe disappears, and when ordered to dispose of the children or else, the other Army soldiers waste no time in depositing them at the nearest Catholic orphanage.
They manage to escape the evil orphanage along with a new pale face friend, Kid McCoy. But they are set upon by a gang of murdering claim jumpers who steal Cactus. With Kid McCoy’s help, Knocks Down goes after her. When they encounter a soldier who was responsible for their mother’s death, they realize he’s set on seeing them dead, as well. How can a boy defeat a battle-hardened soldier? Just when Knocks Down is about to give up, the biggest surprise of all changes everything…
by Sara Harris
I first learned of a woman named Indian Em'ly when my parents and I accidentally found her supposed grave while wandering lost at Fort Davis. Her story and legend lives on there in the mountains of south Texas. Several people have told me Em'ly never existed . . . that she is just a legend. They can't explain why she has a tombstone (which has since been taken down . . .) but seem certain she never existed. Me? I side with the Shinbone Star newspaper reporters from the John Wayne classic, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance . . . "when the legend becomes fact, print the legend." This one's for you, Em'ly.
I started writing this four-book series even before I published my first novel, A Heart on Hold. Funny thing- in my four-book Everlasting Heart series (where A Heart on Hold is book #1), a young child is born to 19th century Army wife Charlotte and her husband, Captain Sanderson Redding named Charlie Redding, one of the heroes of my Indian Em'ly saga. Silver Sky is another of my characters from another of my fiction novels, Silver Sky at Dawn (coming soon). Young Cactus Flower is named in honor of Quanah Parker and Cynthia Ann Parker's young daughter, Prairie Flower -- I lived down the road from their final resting places at Fort Sill, Oklahoma when I wrote these books.
Sara is a mother of four, animal lover and advocate, and conservationist. Little House on the Prairie, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, and Lonesome Dove are among her favorite shows/movies and books. Sara holds her B.A. in History and is the author of the historical romance series, An Everlasting Heart, from 5 Prince Publishing and recently debuted into the children's book realm with Chunky Sugars (5 Prince Kids), written for her own chunky baby.
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