Friday, November 06, 2015

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with RaeLynn Blue

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with RaeLynn Blue

November is Native American Heritage month, and it's a month celebration that is very important to me--Native American culture and pride. The month is misleading in that there are over 100 different Native American tribes in the United States. Most of the tribes are very different in terms of beliefs, practices, and language. 

I had the privilege to spend six years in the Southwest United States, surrounded by the Dine, Zuni, and Hopi. I learned a lot about them, and some of those experiences appears in my stories.

I've written several stories set in the Southwest. This blog post will showcase those titles that take place with Native American heroes and in the setting of the Southwest.

I'll begin with my romance suspense novel, Poisoned Water. It takes place in a town very much like the one I spent those six years in. It's action-packed, but also a great mystery and romance so for those who like JD Robb or other romantic suspense novels, try this out. 

Poisoned Water: A Cheona Cane Novel: 
About thirty miles east of the Arizona border, just off Interstate 40, is a heart that beats in time to the ghosts of the west, of the lost, and of the betrayed. A heart that delivers an original, quirky beat all its own. That heart is Nizhoni, New Mexico; a small, dusty town lodged like a spent bullet in the heart of Indian Country. It is a town I know well, for I grew up here, in Nizhoni and it is the place I call home. Fabled for its wide, dry, open spaces, the Southwest truly lives in Nizhoni. Mud-splattered trucks, bull riders and sexy cowboys with their wide-brimmed hats reside among polished local politicians, well-groomed teachers and spotless, luxury SUVs. Here, the ancestors of lore watch over us from the pale, purple plateaus, red mesas, and brown canyons. These ancestors do not always keep us safe.
Price: $4.99 Genre: Contemporary Romance Suspense 
Tribe: Navajo (the Dine)

Psychic Flames

This new paranormal romance stars a psychic working for the same investigative agency my constant readers have seen in my C.A.K.E. series. Jayden and Eagle meet, it doesn't take any of her psychic ability to know she's incredibly attracted to him. 

Blurb: When an arsonist and murderer destroys a home he is trying to sell, real estate agent, Eagle Boyd wants answers. He hires Jayden Rosenthals' P.I. firm to find them. As the son of a Cherokee chief, Eagle's turned his back to all things mythical and other. He likes concrete facts and tangible truths. 

Even though Jayden Rosenthal is a psychic, her powers couldn't prepare her for her new client, Eagle Boyd. A frustrating skeptic, Eagle embodies everything Jayden had fought her entire life to avoid. Still, she'd drawn to him. 

Jayden and Eagle must join together to find an arsonist and murderer. First, they have to discover the truth within each other

Price: $1.99 Genre: Paranormal Romance Suspense Tribe: Cherokee

Native Hearts Series

My Native Hearts series isn't a new series, but it does focus on Tank Begaye and Lee Stone. Two stories into the series, I knew I liked the concept of my Navajo hero, Tank Begaye, enough to explore his relationship with Lee and to expand it out to others in their friend group and in the area. I plan to write more in this series.
Price: $2.99 each
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Tribe: Navajo (the Dine)

Presented in reading order:

Lasso a Lover: Lee Stone's regular trips to Las Vegas have always been her escapes from her boring life. The biggest draw was the handsome man who wore the cowboy costume at Dante's annual freak party. She didn't know his name, but Lee knew she wanted more of what they’d started a year before. With her sexy cowgirl outfit, she definitely wanted to lasso that lover. 

Tank Begaye's annual visit to Las Vegas had all the ordinary hallmarks of business travel—clients to meet, document signings, a slick hotel room, and one cowgirl to see. For over a year ago, Tank enjoyed all the Sins Vegas had to offer—especially at Dante's costumed freak party. Unlike the year before, however, this time Tank would not go home empty handed. This year, he was going to lasso a lover.

Native Hearts-Lee Stone didn’t want a heart-shaped box of boring chocolates for Valentine’s Day. She didn’t want a trip to Vegas. She’d been there and done that. What she longed for was one Valentine’s Day that didn’t invite tragedy and chaos. The last three years with her boyfriend, Tank Begaye, had been host to a blizzard, a fire, and a heart attack. For once, she wanted to spend the day nestled in her lover’s arms. 

Tank Begaye had weathered the long-distance relationship with Lee for years. Now, he meant to make her a permanent fixture in his life—as his wife. Avoiding the cliché Valentine Day’s proposals at restaurants and public landmarks, Tank knew exactly where to go—his family’s Hogan, deep in the heart of the Navajo Reservation. Surrounded by his ancestors’ spirits, he would ask Lee to join their family’s circle.

Finally, my collection of romance stories set in the paranormal Southwest is Southwest
Heat. The stories in this collection are Speed Demon, Sand Storm, and Hot Summer Shimmer (contemporary) 

Blurb: The Southwest United States is a region filled with enchantment, mystery, and a heat unlike any other. Bestselling romance author, RaeLynn Blue, takes you on three distinct journeys into the land of enchantment and through a region renowned for flavorful green chile, kick butt barbecue, and cultural distinctiveness. 

This collection offers three tales of romance, southwest style. From a cop chasing down a hunky speedster on the back roads outside Albuquerque, to the strange trader selling Native American wares at a state park, SOUTHWEST HEAT conjures a rousing seduction that will leave you spellbound, breathless, and more than just a little heated.

Price: $2.99 each
Genre: Paranormal Romance Story Collection

Tribe: None. Setting is in the Southwest

Of course, there are many ways to help show support for and your appreciation for Native American Month. Go out and help support local and regional events!

~RaeLynn Blue

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