KAREN: Have you ever seen a ghost? Paty Jager is here today to tell us about her unusual summer where she did. Paty's is a multi-published author of historical and paranormal romances with The Wild Rose Press. In honor of her new release SPIRIT OF THE SKY, she's offering a $5 gift card to one lucky commenter. But that's not all. There are other goodies, too. Read on and find out how you can be a winner!
The Apparition That Opened My Mind by Paty Jager
PATY: Thanks for having me here today Karen.
One of the reasons I feel so strong about this historical paranormal trilogy set among the Nez Perce is not only because I grew up in the area where they summered but I believe I saw an apparition of a Nez Perce warrior as a teenager.
My family owned two hundred acres, part of which was up the side of one of the many mountains in Wallowa County, the area where the Wallowa band of Nez Perce summered(by the lake) and wintered (Imnaha). My summers from age twelve to my graduation from high school were spent doing my chores and then riding my horse, Junebug, on the mountain side.
One such day, I was riding as usual with bare feet and no saddle. Just my horse, a bridle, and me laying backwards with my head resting on Junebug’s rump. The summer sun filtered through the birch and cottonwood leaves as Junebug’s hooves kicked up the fallen leaves from the forest floor filling the air
with the earthy scent of decay and the tang of the pines mixed among the other trees.
Junebug snorted and shied. I sat up and stared the direction she shied away from and I swear I saw a warrior on a horse moving off between the trees. I rubbed my eyes and asked Junebug what she saw. Of course at that moment if she had talked to me I probably wouldn’t have given it another thought. After all, I’d just witnessed an apparition of a time gone by.
This day and moment have stuck with me and it only seemed fitting I write not one but three books about the people who lived in the valley long before my kind came along. And to have sibling spirits in my books only makes the story feel that much more real to me.
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Each blog stop has a picture of an eagle in the post. Follow the tour and send me the number of different pictures you saw while following the tour. If there is more than one correct entry I’ll draw a
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Blurb for Spirit of the Sky
To save her from oppression, he must save her whole tribe. To give her his heart, he must desert his career…
When the US Army forces the Nimiipuu from their land, Sa-qan, the eagle spirit entrusted with watching over her tribe, steps in to save her mortal niece. Challenging the restrictions of the spirit world, Sa-qan assumes human form and finds an unexpected ally in a handsome cavalry officer.
Certain she is a captive, Lt. Wade Watts, a Civil War veteran, tries to help the blonde woman he finds sheltering a Nez Perce child. While her intelligent eyes reveal she understands his language, she refuses his help. But when Wade is wounded, it is the beautiful Sa-qan who tends him. Wade wishes to stop the killing—Sa-qan will do anything to save her people.
Can their differences save her tribe? Or will their love spell the end of the Nimiipuu?
She smiled and his heart leapt into his throat. He thought her beautiful from the first moment he saw her standing in the river fiercely protecting the child, but watching her tense face relax and smile, he was smitten. A light and pleasing calm washed over him for the first time in a very long time. He could only bask in the moment briefly. They were enemies.
“I am from the sky, and I watch over the Nimiipuu.” She nodded her head and flashed him with yet another smile. “You may call me Angel.”
“Only if you call me Wade.”
She nodded. “Let me check your wounds. You have moved around.”
“Why are you taking such good care of me when your warriors left me for dead?”
Her sunshine gaze peered straight into his eyes. “You saved my niece at the village and the wounded from the Bannock scout. You do not have the thirst to kill like the other soldiers.” She bowed her head and removed the blood encrusted bandage from his shoulder. “The Nimiipuu need you.”
Her touch warmed his body, tingling the areas around his wounds. He glanced at her small, delicate hands hovering over his injuries. He shut his eyes, and then opened them. Her hands shimmered as if in a fog. His pain subsided, in fact, his body felt well rested.
A soft lyrical chant rose from her lips as she continued to hover her hands over his wounds. Her eyes remained closed, her light lashes resting on her sun-kissed cheeks. He’d never seen a woman as beautiful as this. He had to learn her true origins and return her to her family.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Wife, mother, grandmother, and the one who cleans pens and delivers the hay; award winning author Paty Jager and her husband currently ranch 350 acres when not dashing around visiting their children and grandchildren. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
She is a member of RWA, EPIC , and COWG. She’s had eleven books and a short story published so far and is venturing into the new world of self-publishing ebooks.
Her contemporary Western, Perfectly Good Nanny won the 2008 Eppie for Best Contemporary Romance and Spirit of the Mountain, a historical paranormal set among the Nez Perce, garnered 1st place in the paranormal category of the Lories Best Published Book Contest. Spirit of the Lake was a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.
You can learn more about her at her blog; www.patyjager.blogspot.com her website; http://www.patyjager.net or on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/#!/paty.jager and twitter; @patyjag.