Okay, I always wanted to say that for real and since I am guest blogging with Jenny, I finally get my chance. Hope I said it right!
Hi, all. My name is Liz Fichera and I come to you all the way from the American Southwest. Phoenix, Arizona, is my home, although I was born and raised in a small town just outside of Chicago, Illinois. When I first moved to the desert, I never expected to last more than a year because, really, how can people live without snow and ice hockey?? And Chicago-style deep-dish pizza? But survive, I did. And I love everything about the Southwest so it should come as no surprise that many of my short stories and novels take place in my adopted state, oftentimes against the backdrop of Native American legends.
CAPTIVE SPIRIT, my historical romance debut with Carina Press, is such a story.
Here’s the book cover summary:
Sonoran Desert. Dawn of the sixteenth century.
Aiyana isn’t like the other girls of the White Ant Clan. Instead of keeping house, she longs to compete on the Ball Court with her best friend Honovi and the other boys. Instead of marriage, she daydreams of traveling beyond the mountains that surround her small village. Only Honovi knows and shares her forbidden wish, though Aiyana doesn’t realize her friend has a secret wish of his own…
When Aiyana’s father arranges her marriage to a man she hardly knows, she takes the advice of a tribal elder: Run! In fleeing, she falls into the hands of Spanish raiders and finds herself being taken over the mountains against her will. Now Aiyana’s on a quest to return to the very place she once dreamed of escaping. And she’ll do whatever it takes to survive and find her way back to the people she loves.
Aiyana is a Hohokam Indian. The Hohokam Indians were the original inhabitants of the Sonoran Desert. In fact, their villages were pretty much right where my neighborhood in Phoenix is located. Interestingly, the Hohokam vanished mysteriously around 1500 AD after living in the desert since 300 BC and no one really knows why. There are all sorts of theories—war, drought, famine, migration—but no one really knows why a thriving community of approximately 50,000 people at its peak would simply up and vanish. The Pima Indians were the ones who called them Hohokam which means “Those Who Have Gone.” This is also the piece of little-known history that inspired me to write CAPTIVE SPIRIT.
I keep all sorts of goodies on my web site for CAPTIVE SPIRIT, including the first chapter and a book trailer. The book trailer contains photos taken not far from my house where the Hohokam once lived and where many of their petroglyphs still remain.
If you’re a social media nut like me, I’d love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter where I like to hang out and talk about books, writing, and the best brands of dark chocolate, when I’m not plotting my next novel.
Thanks for inviting me to blog with you today, Jenny!