Historical Fiction set in 1864 Colorado Territory
As our nation approaches the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre, which occurred Nov. 29, 1864, when Colonel John Chivington led a U.S. Army assault on an encampment of peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians in southeastern Colorado (then Colorado Territory), it is right that we acknowledge the atrocity and examine the events that led up to the massacre. Initially touted by Colonel Chivington as a military victory, the massacre took the lives of an estimated 130 Indians, at least 100 of them women and children. As I researched the two years leading up to the massacre, I concluded that there were atrocities perpetrated by whites and Indians, as well as honorable people among both groups.
Native Americans had lived in relative harmony with white settlers until 1859 when gold was discovered near present-day Denver, bringing thousands of white settlers west. With buffalo herds decimated and Native hunting grounds turned into crop and ranch land, hostility builds to all-out war. Prairie Grace depicts the conflict from the eyes of Georgia, a daring young settler woman, and Gray Wolf, (fictional) nephew of historic Cheyenne Chief Lean Bear. Georgia and Gray Wolf learn to appreciate cultural differences, become voices of reason, and find love.
Prairie Grace is fast-moving and entertaining. It also is well-researched and believable. More than a dozen historical people, as well as actual places and quotes are incorporated into the story. I invited both a Colorado history authority and former president of the Kansas Buffalo Association to review the draft manuscript for authenticity and accuracy. The book has romance, but fellows, that is not the main storyline. Read more about the story and why I wrote it on the About Prairie Grace tab.
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