Back in 2003, while I waited for my debut novel to release, I joined with other authors affiliated with my publisher and purchased an ad with the Romantic Times. In order to take advantage of the savings offered at that time, I had to submit an ARC for review. Boy was I scared.
The Internet publishing industry was still fairly new, and the reviews of most e-books I read weren't kind. In fact, I thought the reviewers were much more critical of small press offerings. I was proven wrong with my very first review ever.
Last night, I was searching on Google for information about 'Ginger Simpson' and found the old review. What I find very strange is somehow, my NEW cover, the one created by Eternal Press has been tied to the old copy. Nothing else changed...just the cover. I read the review again, and recalled how awed I was to be a debut author and get such a wonderful surprise. I really thank the reviewer for overlooking the amateur mistakes I made in the first copy. Somehow, she wove through all the passive voice, intermittent head-hopping, and wayyyy more tags than I should have used, to find and enjoy the story. Thank you Susan...I still love you even though I don't know you. *lol*
RT Rating: 4
Setting: 1800s, Dakota Plains
Publisher: www.wings-press. com (Now http://www.eternalpress.ca)
Published: May 2003 Buy Now at Amazon (Yep, it's still there, but re-released 3/09)
Note from GS - Downloads are available at Eternal Press, Fictionwise, and other ebook sites, while print is available through me or at Amazon.com.
After a whirlwind marriage, Cecile and Walt set out across the prairie to fulfill Walt's dream of building a ranch. Cecile finds that frontier life is quite different from the pampered life she led. She befriends Lone Eagle, an injured Sioux warrior, while Walt is away. When he fails to return, her pregnancy and the realization that she cannot survive alone force her to join Lone Eagle's tribe.
With Lone Eagle, Cecile finds a second chance at love and a new family. However, her life is shattered when a trader raises the possibility that Walt is alive. Cecile begins an agonizing journey that forces her to choose not only between the two men she loves, but also between the white man's world and her Sioux family.
PRAIRIE PEACE is a wonderfully poignant story about second chances and new beginnings. Amid the romance, Simpson intersperses thought-provoking portrayals of frontier hardships, the Sioux nation and the prejudices of that era. You're sure to remember this story long after you've turned the last page. SENSUAL (May, 261 pp.)
One thing I've discovered when I Google my own name...you can't take back anything you ever posted. Information is there forever. There are things out there I'd long forgotten...like having a page on Author's Den. It was great fun to go back and read some of my old interviews. I guess having a bad memory does serve a purpose. I felt like I was reading them for the first time. *smile* I never realized so many other share my name...a TV producer, a horsewoman, a retired Navy officer who is also an author... And I thought I was an original.