1885 – 1914. Mary Fields, a fifty-three-year old second-generation slave, emancipated and residing in Toledo, receives news of her friend’s impending death. Remedies packed in her satchel, Mary rushes to board the Northern Pacific. Days later, she arrives in the Montana wilderness to find Mother Mary Amadeus lying on frozen earth in a broken-down cabin. Certain that the cloister of frostbit Ursuline nuns and their students, Indian girls rescued from nearby reservations, will not survive without assistance, Mary decides to stay.
She builds a hennery, makes repairs to living quarters, cares for stock, and treks into the mountains to provide food. Brushes with death do not deter her. Mary drives a horse and wagon through perilous terrain and sub zero blizzards to improve the lives of missionaries, homesteaders and Indians and, in the process, her own.
After weathering wolf attacks, wagon crashes and treacherous conspiracies by scoundrels, local politicians and the state’s first Catholic bishop, Mary Fields creates another daring plan. An avid patriot, she is determined to register for the vote. The price is high. Will she manifest her personal vision of independence?
PRAISE FOR DELIVERANCE
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
“Under McConnell’s hand, the atmosphere, frontier challenges, and landscapes of Montana come to life. Mary Fields is a true historical figure, dramatized in novel format. Her story will delight readers who look for a blend of accurate historical facts, hard-hitting drama, and realistic scenes powered by a feisty protagonist whose values and concerns become part of the social changes sweeping the nation.”—Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Miantae Metcalf McConnell has fashioned a historical narrative marrying prose and poetry, fact with creative writing. With the discerning eye of a photographer, the deft hand of a historian, and the literary heart of a poet, the life of Mary Fields, legendary black woman of Montana, rises majestically off the page into living history. If the reader has any interest in Mary Fields, aka Stagecoach Mary, Deliverance is the one book you must read.—Michael Searles, Author, Emeritus Professor of History, Augusta University, Georgia
Miantae Metcalf McConnell provides us with a great story and history of Mary Fields, an important black westerner. A must read for youths and adults. —Bruce Glasrud, Author, Professor Emeritus, California State University
WISHING SHELF U.K. 2016 Finalist Nonfiction
‘Powerfully written with excellent characterization. The author knows her history and seamlessly has her characters live within it. Wonderful cover too.’
‘This author works wonders with her pen. The prose really is lovely; every sentence is a joy to read. A fascinating tell on the life of Stagecoach Mary.’
‘… a well-researched, thoroughly enjoyable novel based on a strong, black woman living in the west. I’d highly recommend it anybody.’
‘…Rich pickings for any history student.’
‘Excellent in many ways. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on women’s right to vote. This was very well researched; I’d recommend it to history students. It’s so well written I had no idea what happened and what didn’t. I always enjoy books
with a strong female hero.’
‘A fascinating, hard-hitting saga. A FINALIST and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
MIANTAE METCALF MCCONNELL’S RESEARCH enabled USPS historians to verify Mary Fields as the first African American woman star route mail carrier in the U.S. A fact-based chronicle of Fields’ life in Montana from 1885 until her death, the narrative examines women rights, bootleg politics, Montana’s turn-of-the-century transition from territory to state and its scandalous 1914 woman suffrage election.
A juvenile delinquent chases his dream to build the greatest aircraft in history–and the world tries to stop him. A rising political star runs from her childhood dream–and the world encourages her on. A self-loathing geneticist hides below the streets of Las Vegas–and rebels against the whole world. An artist tries to make his father proud–at the cost of everything he loves.
When all four lives collide, each must make a choice. And the world will never be the same.
Quote from the back cover:
Alexa counted her shallow breaths. “Roble, what…what is it you need?”
He pulled his arrowhead out from his shirt and rubbed it. “I don’t need to hear how scary the world is and how I shouldn’t try anything. I don’t need to know how much suffering there is out there,” he pointed out the window, “or how bad I should feel about it. What I need…” he looked up, his grey eyes pleading, “…is to see someone who is still happy after growing up.”
Lowering his head, he added, “I need to see living, Ms. Patra, because I actually want to live.”
Quote from inside:
The East China Sea glistened like an endless glass sheet. The F-22 Raptor Super Kai flashed just above its surface, ripping twin aerated water plumes into the air.
A grey destroyer sat broadside in the water just ahead. Roble hurtled toward its bow without slowing.
Crossing above the ship, the jet’s sonic shockwave rocked sailors to the deck as if Roble’s soul had exploded through their bodies. Sea spray from the wake doused the ship’s hull like an exclamation point.
Advisory: This novel contains sex, drugs, and fighter jets.
Accustomed to supernatural revelations, Omaka Ochuba is shown a vision for her secondary school. She eagerly dives into bringing it to pass, but her efforts are thwarted repeatedly by the school’s mean popular girls.
Ona, Omaka’s twin sister, is disheartened at her inability to hear God’s voice and drifts away from her faith. A sudden change in school brings her love and renewed hope, but the reality of an inevitable separation places a shadow over her happiness.
Will Omaka win the fight for the soul of her school?
Can Ona cling to her new love or find her way back to a love greater than every other?
Book 1 – White Lies
Private Investigator Ashley Reid and Sean Hayes are torn between two crimes – One of the most influential businesswomen in the country is missing and Sean has to save her life, while Ashley has to deal with a league of shadows that has resurfaced after a gap of two centuries.
Book 2 – True Crime
Private Investigator Sean Hayes and his partner Ashley Reid are hired to find the fate of a girl who went missing 15 years back. And, before they could’ve made a move, the NYPD reaches out to Sean to investigate a murder case.
A long-closed case means Ashley has to treat everyone as a suspect. Sean, on the other hand, has to work with Detective Miller who opposes Sean’s approach at every step.
With limited evidence and a dearth of time, will Sean and Ashley be able to get to the end of the investigation and find the true intentions behind both the crimes?
Who Am I
I’m the caterpillar that turns into the butterfly
I’m the whispering in the winds when you walk by
I’m the light behind the twinkling in your eyes
I’m sometimes the conscious you despise
I can be your worst nightmare or your best friend
I can help end life or help it begin
I’ll be there when you lose and there when you win
I can keep an open-mind or give a swift kick in the behind
I’m your relief when you are stressed
I’m the ears that listen to the releasing of your unrest
Divinely created I am a woman truly blessed.
A complicated office romance is not what scrupulous travel writer Zara Castillo has planned for, especially not when her career is finally taking off, but her easygoing colleague Matthew Villanueva is everything she wants in a man. When their relationship is tested by distance, issues she thought she had long buried emerge once again. Zara delves into her past in a quest for answers. Now she must face her demons or lose the love of her life.
Set in Metropolitan Manila with travel bouts to different islands in the Philippines, Throwing Rules to the Wind explores the lights and shades of seeking closure, forgiveness, and love.
A wave of infection, the Jackson Virus, has swept the world, leaving in its wake a terrifying apocalyptic wasteland populated by wild cleanskin survivor groups and the ravenous, infected night predators – the jacks. In this nightmare landscape, one of the last remaining sanctuaries is Kulin Wallcom, a community enclosed by a 10-metre wall patrolled by what’s left of the military. The wallcoms are the last remaining bastions of defence and security in a world gone over the edge.
But the people of Kulin can’t stay behind their wall forever.
Recovery expert, John Bradley, is part of a major operation into the wasteland looking to not only ensure the survival of Kulin by bringing back critical supplies from the abandoned Southstone Supermall, but, more crucially, to also locate and extract the only person left who may be able to reverse the tide of infection.
However, the mission faces danger at every turn. It seems to be compromised from the inside, Southstone is thought to be an impossible target overrun with infected, and wasteland survivor bands, led by the psychopathic wasteland leader, the Headhunter, are bent on making sure the operation has to fight each step of the way to get back to the wallcom before nightfall.
A mysterious threat stalks New Orleans at night, leaving a trail of dead bodies, whispered rumors of vampires, and a terrified police force who want nothing to do with it.
When he becomes the first to survive, Evan Conroy enlists the help of his best friends to investigate and find a rational explanation for the paranormal attacks. But every answer they uncover reveals even more questions and one among them will discover that she is not quite what she seems.
Dissonant is a 15,000 word story that takes place 20 years before the events of The Eyes of The Sun and contains a three chapter preview of book one.