Last December (what a different world!) I wrote and published Evergreen and Expectations: A Keowee Valley Christmas Story via Kindle. It’s a brief dive back into the 18th century, the Southern frontier, and a chance to spend Christmas with Quinn, Jack, and Ridge Runner, the protagonists from my 2012 historical novel, Keowee Valley.
Here’s the gist:
It is Christmas in the Keowee Valley. Over a year since Quincy MacFadden Wolf and her half-Cherokee husband, Jack, returned from adventures abroad, it should be a season of celebration and good cheer. Quite unlike herself, Quinn is surly and sad, longing for the good company of friends and family. But the Twelve Days of Christmas will bring surprising revelations and unexpected guests, and Quinn will discover she is capable of great purpose–and that she is more at home on the frontier than ever before.
Katherine Scott Crawford returns with a short story filled with characters from her awarding-winning historical novel. Set on the wild Carolina frontier in the years before the American Revolution, the Keowee Valley is still beautiful and mysterious, and Quinn and Jack a pair of lovers as rare and real as they ever were.
I wrote the story as sort of a Christmas gift to readers of Keowee Valley, those of you so faithfully asking for so long about when you’d get to read more. But really, I wrote it for myself. I’d missed Quinn, Jack, Ridge Runner, Fire Eater, their adventures, and the gorgeous and wild land which is their world, more than I’d thought. I also wanted to explore the history of what Christmas was really like on the frontier in those wild and woolly days, for the Cherokee people and settlers, including so many German families in the South Carolina backcountry, and more.
Right now, Evergreen and Expectations is FREE with Kindle Unlimited, and only 99 cents otherwise! I hope you check it out, and I hope you are having the happiest of holidays.