The rugged West, a greedy villain, violence, and true love
Date of Release: Feb. 1, 2016
Genre: Historic Western Romance
Publisher: Five Star/Cengage
This novel is set principally in the Arizona Territory of the early l880’s where a courageous settler from the East and an aristocratic cattle baron become involved in a love/hate relationship. The two, although attracted to each other, are initially distrustful and antagonistic toward one another. The dangers they face draw them together.
Mary suspects that Cal is responsible for trying to drive the homesteaders and sheepherders off the land cattlemen consider rightfully theirs. When her uncle is murdered, Mary intends to discover who is responsible and why. In so doing, she becomes a person of interest to a vicious outlaw.
Behind the Scene:
As an undergrad I was an English major and a social studies minor. I loved American history in particular. My husband and I are Easterners but we’ve made nine trips out West. We would move there if our family wasn’t located in the East. I enjoy writing diverse types of fiction but always knew I would want to write a Western that was historically well-researched and realistic yet also had romantic elements. I think The Killing Land fits the bill and is a novel that both men and women will enjoy reading.
About Seewald: Multiple award-winning author, Jacqueline Seewald, has taught creative, expository and technical writing at Rutgers University as well as high school English. She also worked as both an academic librarian and an educational media specialist. Sixteen of her books of fiction have been published to critical praise including books for adults, teens and children.
Her short stories, poems, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in hundreds of diverse publications and numerous anthologies such as: THE WRITER, L.A. TIMES, READER’S DIGEST, PEDESTAL, SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY MAGAZINE, OVER MY DEAD BODY!, GUMSHOE REVIEW, THE MYSTERY MEGAPACK, LIBRARY JOURNAL, and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. She’s also an amateur landscape artist and loves blue grass music.
Her writer’s blog can be found at: http://jacquelineseewald.blogspot.com