My new Middle Reader story, “The Jaguar Drum” will be available as an Amazon Kindle e-book freebie from Dec. 19, 2020, through Dec 23, 2020. This would be a great Holiday season gift for a 10-14 year-old that likes to read and has an interest in history. It is also available in paperback from Amazon for $18.50. The high cost is because of the color pictures.
Happy Holidays everyone – I am trying to get “Bear Market” published before,the end of 2020. I will probably make it.
The Jaguar Drum is now available on Amazon as either a paperback or a Kindle ebook. The Jaguar Drum is a Middle Reader-level book that is an easy read while presenting an aspect of history that is not often presented.
Meet Manik Balam, the Mayan boy overtaken by the Spanish conquest of Central America. Trained as a Jaguar Drummer in the temple, is captured by the Spanish when they conquer his village. He becomes a talented guitar player and plays for the king and queen of Spain. He leads a long and successful life in Spain, but never forgets his home or his background.
Nov 1 – 5, Le Cochon Volant: The Flying Pig is available free through Amazon. Nov 5 – 9, Chipmunk Jumped Over HIm is free though Amazon.
Here’s your chance to get a couple of good reads for free – but hurry off is for a limited time, then I need to start collecting my meager royalties again.
Why was a musician and part-time wiccan killed during a celebration at a Las Vegas park? Was it the shaman that blessed his bust? What did the musician’s death have to do with the execution of a casino owner that owed the musician money? What did all of this have to do with poison dart frogs in Peru?
The third book in the O’Flaithearta Biological Consultants Mysteries features TheHerbster, toads, poisons, and the Peruvian jungle. Just think about the witches in MacBeth.
Coming soon. Watch for it.
My YA novel, ‘Chipmunk Jumped Over Him’, is the result of a fascination with Native American tales and wisdom concerning the natural world. As a biologist, I have a deep personal interest in the natural world and how it operates. Watching things like a coyote trying to catch blackbirds in a Sierra Nevada meadow gives me great pleasure. Native Americans have lived on this part of the planet for thousands of years. During those millennia they watched and learned from the critters around them. Their worldview was and is framed in the interactions of things within the environment. Native Americans expressed and passed on their knowledge through storytelling. The Navajo (Diné) refer to such tales, at least in part, as Grandfather Stories.
After Reading many of the tales, especially coyote stories, and some of the tales from the Washoe people, especially the saga of the Weasel Brothers (which was the source of the concept for the book’s title), I decided that I would like to tell a story. I wanted to frame a story associated with current situations, but that used Native American tales, concepts, and characters. I hope that I have, with this book, succeeded in providing a Grandfather Story of my own, but in the style and with the intent of the Native American storytellers whose stories I have read.
For the benefit of readers who may want to explore the stories that inspired me, I have included a bibliography at the end of the book. The book is available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback versions. You can find it, and my mystery novel, at amazon.com/author/fentonkay.
371 folks signed up to try for 100 Kindle copies of “Chipmunk Jumped Over Him”. Well, 100 of those people now have their copies and, I hope, are reading them and enjoying the read. I truly enjoyed writing Chipmunk and I hope that the winners and others will enjoy reading the story. If you won a copy of Chipmunk, and enjoy the book, tell your friends about it. It is aimed at middle-readers and is intended to provide some guidelines for living a good life and to demonstrate the teaching ways used by Native Americans.
My next middle-reader story is in review mode with my esteemed experts and Beta Readers. I anticipate that it will be available in a very few months. It is a story framed in the Spanish conquest of Mesoamerica and the Mayan people. The story features a Mayan boy that was trained to play the Jaguar Drum for ceremonies in a Mayan Temple in what is now Belize. He is captured by the Spanish and goes on to become a talented guitarist in 16th Century Spain. I think it is going to be another great read.
Goodreads Book Giveaway
Chipmunk Jumped Over Him to be given away to 100 eager readers. The giveaway will start on Valentine’s Day and run for one month.
It is many years after the climate change catastrophe. The people that survive on the edge of the Great Basin Desert have adopted many Native American traditions; traditions that allow them to continue to live successfully in an arid and harsh land. Among those traditions is the coming of age journey. Boys, at 15 years of age, travel with Coyote, the Trickster, into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Vincent, with Trickster, goes on his sojourn and deals with everyday issues of living in the wild. He is set the task of destroying an ancient monster. Vincent defeats an evil Shaman with help from Trickster, Chipmunk, and other creatures. He outsmarts another trickster, Raven, and returns to where his grandfather awaits him, a confident young man.
This Native American-inspired YA coming of age story is worth reading and will inspire young readers.