Tuesday, October 28, 2014


I have a new historical romance coming out on November 1st, 2014. It's not the usual set up as the heroine is African-American and the hero is an Oneida Indian. Set during the Colonial era in upstate New York, KINDRED, AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY, follows the developing love story between Kindred Twain and Lelaheo/Cassian Harkness, who have known each other since childhood. Rescued and raised by physician Douglas Twain at his farm, Twainhaven Hall, the two have been formally educated, which sets them apart from others of their class. Kindred becomes an herbalist; Lelaheo desires to become a doctor as he has served as Douglas's assistant.

After being refused entry to a medical school in the Colonies due to his race, Lelaheo applies to one in Germany using his Christian name and is accepted. This separates him and Kindred on the eve of the American Revolution. Once in Europe, intrigues begin. Sadly, one particular intrigue follows Lelaheo back to the Mohawk Valley when his studies end. He returns to Twainhaven Hall and a valley poised for war. Couple the intrigue shadowing Lelaheo, which tests Kindred's love, with a caller come to even the score with Douglas over an incident from years before and...Which will happen first? The destruction of region's peace and way of life? Or the breaking of the couple's bond?

This is not a ballroom book but it does contain a few galas. The story spans two continents and shows life for people other than those bred for the ballroom.

This e-book is published by Devine Destinies and is scheduled for a 11-1-2014 release. For those interested in the area where American history and the history of African-Americans and Native people intersect, I have included a bibliography. I have also added a glossary for Gullah, a dialect spoken by Kindred's grandmother in the book which is still spoken by some African-Americans of the Low Country of the USA but is disappearing.

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