I’m pleased to announce that my new historical fiction, Wings of the Dawn, is now available for purchase digitally through a number of outlets including Apple Books, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Scribd, Amazon, and others. In print it is available on Amazon. Locally, you can purchase print versions at Gallery 15, 405 North Broadway in Burns, Oregon. The gallery is open Thursday to Saturday 11 AM to 5 PM. We’ll have a sidewalk book signing there June 18 from 11 AM to 2 PM. Please join us if you’re in town.
Here’s the story of Wings of the Dawn:
Nicole Duval, a high-class lady with a past. She’s octaroon – a woman of one eighth negro blood. It’s New Orleans of 1853. Nicole has gained her freedom from slavery, sells out, and heads west to escape her past and the threat of being re-enslaved. In Independence, Missouri she meets up with her cousin Magdalena. Together they outfit wagons, engage drivers, and start the two-thousand-mile journey to California, admitted to the Union as a free state in 1850. Both cousins try to pass for white. They are helped by a few enterprising gentlemen, fellow members of their wagon train, and Indians. They are hindered by storms, dust, deserts, mountains, slave hunters, disease, and Indians. The people and the relationships they form along the way transform their lives, and they are propelled on their journey by the wings of the dawn.
This book is my eleventh novel. It’s been a long time in the making which you can read about on my blog on my website www.marjoriethelen.com or in the author’s notes at the end of the book. Slavery is a difficult subject, and I had to do a lot of research. I’ve spent most of the last eighteen months in the 19th century. In the whole process I learned a lot, which is one of the reasons I write. I’ve moved on to finishing the 5th book in the Deovolante Space Opera series, Return to the Stars. I’m now spend my time in the world of astronauts and galaxies.
Thank you for reading my books.
With all good wishes,
I'm a serious writer, meaning I have a regular daily writing habit, and I'm interested in sharing my work through publication. My favorite literary form is the novel. I write to entertain myself and my readers.