Native American History Meets Fictional Paranormal Romance
All books take research. Researching for my Spirit Trilogy, Spirit of the Mountain, Spirit of the Lake, and Spirit of the Sky took even more research than normal. I not only had to research the time period but the Nez Perce Indians who called Wallowa Valley their summer home. They were known as the Lake Nimiipuu(their name for themselves). This was the band of Nez Perce led by Young Chief Joseph as they, and several other bands, tried to avoid living on the reservation and headed for Canada in 1877.
Besides books and online websites, I managed to connect with two Nez Perce people who were willing to answer my myriad of questions and help me make my books as factual to the everyday living of the Nimiipuu as I could get. If they didn’t know the answers, they would take my question to an elder and ask.
I’ve been asked to write more Native American romances. These three books were the books of my heart. I grew up in Wallowa Valley and heard about the Nez Perce but only saw them during the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. This bothered me growing up. And I think that’s why I wanted to tell their story. I read many books written about and by(some with help) the Wallowa band and felt if I gave the stories an entertaining twist it would get the Wallowa bands history to more people that those that live in the Pacific Northwest.
To make them entertaining I added the sibling spirits and romance. With the spirits the books are catalogued as paranormal or fantasy because the spirits are shapeshifters.
I have many factual happenings and how the band lived, but the elements of the spirits and the romance are all figments of my imagination. The historical facts, especially in book Three- Spirit of the Sky, are factual. I read accounts by the Nez Perce and the Army about the chase and exodus to Canada.
Book one, Spirit of the Mountain, begins before the White man comes to the valley. This books shows the deep connection the Nimiipuu had with the valley. Book two, Spirit of the Lake, is a look at how the Nimiipuu’s lives were turn upside down by the coming of the White man to their valley. And as stated above, Book Three is the story of the chase, the subsequent surrender, and how the fleeing Nimiipuu were treated afterwards.
Here are the blurbs for each book:
Spirit of the Mountain
Evil spirits, star-crossed lovers, and duty…which will prevail?
Wren, the daughter of a Nimiipuu chief, loves the mountain and her people—the Lake Nimmipuu. When a warrior from the enemy Blackleg tribe asks for her hand in marriage to bring peace between the tribes, she knows it is how she must fulfill her vision quest. But she is torn between duty and her breaking heart.
Himiin, as spirit of the mountain, watches over all the creatures on his mountain, including the Nimiipuu. When Wren shows no fear of him as a white wolf, he listens to her secret fears and loses his heart to the mortal maiden. Respecting her people’s beliefs, he must watch her leave the mountain with the Blackleg warrior.
When an evil spirit threatens Wren’s life, Himiin rushes to save her. But to leave the mountain means he’ll turn to smoke…
Spirit of the Lake
Can a spirit set upon this earth to see to the good of the Nimiipuu stay true to justice when revenge burns in his heart?
Wewukiye, the lake spirit, saves a Nimiipuu maiden from drowning and bringing shame to herself and her family. Learning her people ignored her accusations against a White man who took her body, leaving her pregnant,Wewukiye vows to help her through the birth and to prove the White man’s deceit.
Dove slowly heals her heart and her distrust as Wewukiye, the warrior with hair the color of the sun, believes in her and helps her restore her faith in her people and herself.
On their quest for justice, Dove reveals spiritual abilities, ensnaring Wewukiye’s respect and awe. But will these abilities seal their future or tear them apart?
Windtree Press http://windtreepress.com/portfolio/spirit-lake/
Can enemies not only work for peace but find love?
Sa-qan, a Nimiipuu eagle spirit, must take a human form to save her mortal niece when the Nimiipuu are forced from their land by the U.S. Army. Sa-qan strives to remain true to her spirit world and her people, but finding an ally in a Cavalry Officer has unraveled her beliefs.
During battle with the Nimiipuu, Lt. Wade Watts finds a blonde woman hiding a Nez Perce child. He believes she is a captive when her intelligent eyes reveal she understands his language. Yet she refuses his help. Their paths cross several times during the skirmishes, and he finds she is his savior when renegade warriors wound him.
Spirit of the Mountain is available for $0.99. The other two will be published by the end of the month.
Windtree Press http://windtreepress.com/portfolio/spirit-mountain/
Award-winning author Paty Jager and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. On her road to publication she wrote freelance articles for two local newspapers and enjoyed her job with the County Extension service as a 4-H Program Assistant. Raising hay and cattle, riding horses, and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
Her first book was published in 2006 by Wild Rose Press since then she has published seventeen novels, two anthologies, and five novellas. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her penchant for research takes her on side trips that eventually turn into yet another story.
You can learn more about Paty at her blog; Writing into the Sunset her website; http://www.patyjager.net or on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/#!/paty.jager , Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1005334.Paty_Jager and twitter; @patyjag.