Jack’s novel is released! Sunstone Press of Santa Fe, New Mexico, released Death at La Osa: A Pueblo Tribal Police Mystery on December 21, 2021.
One reviewer writes, “This is an artfully crafted story providing not only the thrill of smart detective work but also portraying the spiritual connection of people to the land, to their ancestors, and to ‘the old ways.’ This book will hold readers’ interest from beginning to end and is highly recommended not only for its literary quality but also for its depiction of life in New Mexico. It is a murder mystery that goes far and beyond to the sacred themes of love and life.” –Review on Amazon book review
As I have written in My About page on Sage to Meadow, “What I seek to accomplish in Sage to Meadow blog is to write about nature, wild and domesticated living things, people that live with the land and the constant cycles of the seasons that envelop our lives.” In novelistic form, I will continue working with those themes. For example, here is a quote from Death at La Osa, my first novel of the River Who Knows? cycle.
“Quail Looks Away set her pails down and attended the words as best she could understand. A sudden wind blew dust across the plaza and stirred the cottonwood trees along the river, the leaves rattling softly when green and luscious and filled with moisture. Yellowed leaves fell with the wind. Soon all cottonwood leaves would turn yellow, falling in the stream and collecting along the banks. Quail would swish away the leaves with her hand to get un-leaved water for her kitchen. Rio Tulona was also called Rio Cottonwood, for along its banks, leaves carpeted the ground.”
I think you can see how I have carried the themes of Sage to Meadow over to my Author Page.
Please take a moment and visit my Author Page and look at Chapter 1 of the novel, Death at La Osa, set in northern New Mexico with its desert mesas and high country of the Sangre de Cristos and Tusas Mountains. Sign up for the Author Page and get new posts and the news.
I send you Merry Christmas greetings from Taos, New Mexico, where I am visiting my family.
Snow falls today and Taos Mountain is obscured, yet clouds dash past and the peak emerges in sunlight.
I drove about this morning and Mass was being said at Ranchos de Taos and Old Martina’s Hall beckoned me to come in and warm myself, in time, at the bar again. I will go again.
Aspens grow high next door.
I split wood and keep the fire burning. This period of time, December 10 through January 20, is The Time for Staying Still, according to Taos Indian ceremonialism. Letting the earth renew itself is The Purpose, the reason for staying still. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Renew yourself.
A mid-morning rain fell on the place. The air is cool, almost cold, and the sky has not cleared and probably will not this day. This photograph shows a break in the clouds towards the south, the town of Stephenville, lying about nineteen miles away. My mother came to Stephenville–I tagged along–and bought plants at Wolfe Nursery. The nursery had a large sign of a wolf that signaled the entry to the nursery that encompassed acres and acres of tended trees and several hothouses.
The rain caused an eruption of this blossom upon the sage near the house.
Fall has come to the place, the farm, the ranchito, the people of Sims Valley, and all the wildlife abounding.
This is my ranchito pond three days ago before winter solstice today. I scared ducks from the water. They arose and congregated in the air with a flock that soared from Blue’s pond forming an all-school choir, beating wings westward to Celebrity Ranch.
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