The dark frontier romance Red Black Dawning is currently in the making with an expected word count of approx. 80K.
Projected release: winter 2018/19.
Anno 1865. Three regional conflicts, three conflicted hearts.
As the Indian Wars rage in Colorado, Ute hunter Tókwar wanders without purpose after finding his wife and unborn child murdered and mutilated by Unionist militia. Sick with grief, he’s about to leave for the Spirit World when he witnesses a joint Arapaho/Cheyenne attack on a white man’s convoy.
Dog soldier Hevo thirsts for blood. With his band of warriors on the prowl, he aims to avenge the innocents slaughtered at Sand Creek and wipe out all Pale Faces. His plan comes to an abrupt halt when he’s wounded during a raid gone wrong and forced to help assist the dramatic childbirth of a surviving enemy.
Heavily pregnant Annabelle is the daughter of a cotton plantation owner and his black slave. While her fiancé, a renegade Confederate soldier, is imprisoned at Camp Douglas, she flees the Civil War-ravaged Arkansas with a group of settlers to build a new home at the western frontier—only to find herself the sole survivor of an Indian assault.
Tókwar knows his newfound solace is temporary. The beautiful, feisty mixed-blood woman he calls Belle is restless, and despite his growing attraction for her and fatherly love for her son, he and Hevo must travel east and return her safely to her man. But how will he enter the Pale Faces’ war zone without risking his life—or once more losing his heart?
About the project:
The novel combines three parallel conflicts in 1860s’ North America: the Indian Wars (here, the Colorado War west of the Rocky Mountains where Ute, Shoshone, Arapaho, and Cheyenne tribes fought against the white army and militia on the then-called Colorado Territory), the Civil War (the Confederate south vs. the Unionist north – here, scenes in Denver and references to the battle of Mine Creek, Kansas), and of course, black slavery and the process toward its abolition. The story also deals with the traditional wars between the Utes and the Cheyennes.
The biggest challenge in writing historical fiction is getting the facts right, thus conducting research and ensuring the accuracy of locales, ethnicities, traditions, dates, events etc. is of utmost importance. This is very time consuming. I’ve listed issues I’m currently looking up on the Research page with links to potential sources. Should you have relevant information on this particular period of American history or answers to specific questions, please leave a comment on the Contact page. Any feedback or contribution is greatly appreciated.
You can also find old maps and relevant photos and art on the Research page!