Just in Time for Christmas...A Cover Reveal

Merry Christmas to all from Northwestern Montana (USA)!

As the snow falls gently outside, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in these mountains lurking beyond our windows.

Some of you are receiving this Newsletter as a result of the current free (giveaway) promotion of BRIDGET'S STORY.  Others have not yet received or read that novelette.  If you belong to this second group, please follow the link here to download your free copy.  A short read, but provides some background for the LONGSHOT SERIES.  Either way, I hope you enjoy or have enjoyed it.

Hold on tight now, here comes our latest Cover Reveal!

This is the cover for the first book in a new series.  The Thatchery (Monica Haynes) has again applied her considerable cover design talent and experience in bringing this forth.  I couldn't be more delighted with the result of her fine efforts.

North of the Sun by Keith R. Baker

North of the Sun by Keith R. Baker

The Title: NORTH OF THE SUN, tells where the bulk of the story takes place, north of the Sun River in western Montana.  It is a tale of the conflict to take over the lands of the Blackfeet Tribe and the Whiskey Trade which made that possible. The characters battle over lands, Buffalo hides, fair practices and against one another; some fight their own consciences.  At times it is hard to imagine that anyone truly wins in the end.  But such is the history of progress in the North American West of 1870.

You'll recognize a couple of the main characters, and a few peripheral ones.  There are a few new players that populate the pages, one or two of whom might even survive to the end of the book.  We'll notify you when NORTH OF THE SUN is available for order.

Thanks for your patience and patronage.  We love our loyal fans and readers!

With best wishes for peace and prosperity in the New Year,

Keith R. Baker

P.S. I'm participating in a couple of free book promotions. Be sure to check out the Wild West Shootout and the Civil War History and Fiction Giveaway for all of the historical fiction books your reading device can handle!

Wild West Shootout

Forget looking at the clock. Look at the CALENDAR!!

Don't tell me that time flies!  Don't I know it?!  It is already May of 2017.  The US Civil War has been over for more than 140 years.

Or has it?

Dear reader,  you are aware that I write Historical Fiction Novels that are based largely upon historical fact.  In order to do so, extensive research into past events is an ongoing part of the daily routine here.  Quite often while researching a particular fact or facet of the history, an unexpected and interesting event or person or item gets uncovered and contributes to the overall effort.  Even more rare than that is the uncovering of an event/person/item of interest that changes the entire direction or even the setting for a story that I've been working with.

Such is the case right now.  My writing plan(s) for 2017 were cast with the idea of completing at least one historical fiction novel (set during the Fur Trading Era of this continent, roughly covering some of the years from about 1760 through about 1845) and one Science Fiction title.  Well! Just forget about that!  The focus now is upon the period at the end of and following the Civil War years.

Some items demand attention more than others.  Temporarily leaving behind the research for the Northern Plains Indians (the Blackfeet Tribes in particular) has been a tough decision for me, but one I hope you'll agree with and even enjoy?  Why is that a tough decision?  Because I get very caught-up in the lives of the people groups that I research. 

So what is drawing me a different time and place?  Learning of the many overlooked (suppressed?) details leading to the creation of THE INDIAN TERRITORY before it became the State of Oklahoma.

To those readers who have urged me to continue with the Longshot Series: Thank you!  While the current work-in-process will not have Longshot in the title, Rob Finn and other characters from that series make reprisal appearances in the upcoming novel.  The new book is planned be part of the FINN Family Chronicles.  While I'm working to complete this one, any of you who've not yet downloaded the prequel, Bridget's Story, in the last series will find it available in this promotion among a wonderful selection of FREE historical fiction books. These are available to you May 1 - 5.

Take advantage of this FREE promotion—fill up your reading device with bunches of brand new books.

Take advantage of this FREE promotion—fill up your reading device with bunches of brand new books.

Enjoy your summer.  It is finally greening up here in the mountains of NW Montana.  Good weather encourages on site visits, which is good because there's more of it to be done.

As always, thanks for reading.  For those who write letters of encouragement or comments: Thank you and keep those cards and letters (emails) coming.  I read them all and respond to every one.