Paty Jager on her spirit trilogy and the Nez Perce Indians (and giveaway too)

For your reading pleasure, paranormal/western romance author Paty Jager dropped by our little Café today to talk about her latest Paranormal romance series. Books one and two, Spirit of the Mountain and Spirit of the Lake, have already hit print to much acclaim, and we are pleased and delighted to have her share a little time with us. :) Welcome, Paty!


Julianne, thank you for having me here today.


Author Paty Jager
My spirit trilogy has required a lot of research because they are set among the Nez Perce Indians before they were forced on to reservations.


The children of Nez Perce families were taught by their grandparents. The grandfathers taught the boys how to make weapons, hunt, fish, track, and fight. Grandmothers taught the girls how to take care of their families, do the chores, and help their men. The elders passed down the stories of the trickster coyote and how "The People" came to be. By reading books of their legends you see how the legends taught the children basic truths about life and how to conduct themselves to be good Nez Perce.


There is a Nez Perce myth that the adults would tell the children if they were bad. An antlered beast that lived in the lake of the Wallowa band would come for them during the night and take them to the bottom of the lake.


Having grown up in the Wallowa lake area and heard this story, I researched and found that it was indeed an old Nez Perce tale. Learning this, I had to incorporate it into my trilogy. The hero in Spirit of the Lake is a Nez Perce spirit who resides in the body of an elk and lives in the lake of the Wallowa band of Nez Perce.


Blurb for Spirit of the Lake:


Two generations after his brother became mortal, Wewukiye, the lake spirit, prevents a Nimiipuu maiden from drowning and becomes caught up in her sorrow and her heart. Her tribe ignores Dove's shameful accusations—a White man took her body, leaving her pregnant, and he plans to take their land. Wewukiye vows to care for her until she gives birth, to help her prove the White man is deceitful and restore her place in her tribe.


As they travel on their quest for justice, Dove reveals spiritual abilities yet unknown in her people, ensnaring Wewukiye’s respect and awe. But can love between a mortal and a spirit grow without consequences?


Excerpt:
“You are not eating.” The deep voice laced with concern spun her shivers into waves of heat.


She opened her eyes and studied the man standing in front of her. His broad shoulders blocked the sun. Even with his eyes filled with concern the lines beside his eyes, which deepened when he smiled, remained. His full lips were perpetually tipped at the corners in mirth. The lightness he brought into her heart just by his presence, she had not felt since realizing her family believed she brought the sickness to her mother. No one had ever gazed upon her with such favor.


He knelt beside her, glanced at her stomach, and questioned with his eyes.


She nodded.


He placed a hand on her stomach. “You must gain strength.”

His encouraging words brought a smile to her face as his hand slowly moved in a circle. She studied his face, searching his eyes, skimming across his angular cheeks, ending at his full, inviting lips.
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This post is part of my blog tour. Leave a comment on as many of my guest blogs as you can and the person who travels with me the most will receive an autographed copy of Spirit of the Lake, a sweatshirt, and cowboy chocolate. To find all the places I’m visiting go to my blog: http://www.patyjager.blogspot.com/ The contest runs from May 18th – May 29th covering thirteen blogs. I'll notify the winner on May 30th. In the event of a tie I will draw a name.


You can learn more about me at: http://www.blogger.com/www.patyjager.blogspot.com or at my website: http://www.patyjager.net/ or on Facebook.


Bio:
Wife, mother, grandmother, and the one who cleans pens and delivers the hay; award winning author Paty Jager and her husband currently farm 350 acres when not dashing around visiting their children and grandchildren. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.




Paty is a member of RWA, EPIC, and COWG. The Wild Rose Press has published nine of her books. Perfectly Good Nanny, won the 2008 EPPIE for Best Contemporary Romance. She edited for an e-publisher for four and a half years and teaches workshops at conferences, writers meetings, and online.

Thank you for being with us today, Paty, and bringing us this fascinating article! :) Good luck to you with these books, and in all future endeavors.Folks, don't forget to leave Paty a comment for a chance to win her prize pack. We hope y'all have enjoyed this little chat. Until next time! *waves*
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Juli D. Revezzo has written the Victorian romance novel WATCHMAKER'S HEART. Check it out at Amazon.

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