I'm pleased to have Paty Jager as my guest today. Paty's new release, Spirit of the Lake, is a touching paranormal romance set in the magnificent American west. Here's Paty to tell us about her story.
Victoria, thank you for having me here today.
The other day a TV show I had on gave away baby items to pregnant women. My oldest is 31 and there weren't any of the gadgets on the show around then. They'd just came out with the umbrella stroller and the front pack. Now they have strollers with bottle warmers that turn into car seats.
My current release, Spirit of the Lake, is the story of a Nez Perce maiden who is raped by a White man and with the help of a Nez Perce spirit, carries the child to term to prove the White man's deceit. During the eight months of the story, Dove, the heroine, lives with an elderly woman who talks in questions. This woman spends the winter months beside the fire making the tekash, or baby board for the baby.
Baby boards provided mobility for the mothers while keeping their babies close. It also gave the babies security from dangers and the closeness of being near their mothers.
The structure of the board was made from rosebush limbs, willow limbs or any easy to bend limbs that could be lashed together and covered with buckskin. The buckskin could be elaborately decorated with paint and beads or plain.
What was/is your favorite gadget for babies?
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: 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.
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?
His voice floated to the sky as he chanted and swirled circles on her belly with his large hand. The gentle motion and warmth along with the deep tone of his voice soothed her stomach and her fears. One by one she placed the berries in her mouth and swallowed. With each piece of nourishment a new surge of energy filled her body.
His hand remained light, yet heat penetrated her deer skin dress warming her body. The last berry disappeared between her lips, and she swallowed its sweet goodness. She watched him. His long light lashes hovered on his dark high cheeks, hiding his eyes from her. His deep voice continued chanting. The long hard muscles of his arms bulged, contrasting with the gentleness of his touch.
“I have finished the berries,” she whispered, fearful of disrupting his chant.
His eyes slowly opened, and he smiled down at her. “You must remain this way for a short time.” His hand rested on her belly as he shifted to sit cross-legged beside her.
The intimacy of his touch scorched her cheeks.##
To read more about the spirit trilogy or my other books visit my website: www.patyjager.net
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