Friday, September 1, 2017

A Rare Trip Away from Home

When this posts on Friday, September 1st I will be on a rare trip away from home. Generally, I’m perfectly happy to stay in Albuquerque or perhaps take a day trip to see some of this state’s amazing sights, but on August 29, my younger son Grant and I will drive across Texas (in the late August heat, mind you) and arrive at Texarkana for a family visit at some undetermined time. You see, Grant and I both have back problems, and we’re not certain how many hours we can drive at a stretch without arriving at our destination all “stove up,” as the saying around here goes.

Ergo, I will rely on the wonders of the electronic world to take care of putting this up on time and in proper form without any help from me. By the way, if you’re not reading this, perhaps Blogger screwed up.

This week, just a reminder that the revised version of Cut Hand is coming out from SDP Publications in late October. The following is a write-up for Hometown Reads:

Artist: Maria Fanning

A Strobaw Family Saga

          Far from the world he knows, he’ll find a home.
          Among strangers, he’ll find acceptance.
          And in the arms of an unexpected man, he’ll find love.
          Young Billy Strobaw comes West to escape the stigma of his Tory family. In the Dakota Territories, he encounters the Yanube warrior Cut Hand. Billy’s attraction to the other man is as surprising as the Yanube perspective on same-sex love. Unlike Europeans, the Siouan tribe celebrates such unions. Billy and Cut Hand can live as partners and build a life together, which Billy agrees to do.
          As Billy struggles to acclimate to a very different culture, quickly discovering the Yanube have as much to teach him as he has to impart to them, a larger struggle is brewing. The white man is barreling through the Great Plains, trampling underfoot anyone who stands in his way.              As a leader of his people, Cut Hand must decide whether it will be peace or war.
          In a historical romance taking place against the epic backdrop of the early American West, where a single spark can ignite a powder keg of greed, lust for power, and misunderstanding, one man must find his place in history and his role in the preservation of all he has come to value.

     Mark Wildyr is an Okie by birth and New Mexican by choice who turned a childhood interest in Native American cultures into a career. His seven published novels and approximately sixty short stories detail how attitudes toward homosexuals—who once held places of honor among some of the tribes—began to change upon the coming of the white man, with his suspicion and fear of those who are “different,” ultimately becoming pariahs even among their own people as the Europeans became dominant.
          Wildyr continues to be fascinated by how different people interact together to discover who they are when measured against others. He gives back to his community by teaching a free writing class at an Albuquerque community center.

Website and blog:
Twitter: @markwildyr
274 pages

ISBN: 978-1-63533-759-4

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