T. K. Lukas Orphan Moon (Volume 1)

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Orphan Moon (Volume 1)

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9780996235617: Orphan Moon (Volume 1)

An epic saga of adventure and grit on the edge of the western frontier, Orphan Moon demonstrates the power of a courageous human spirit in the face of tragedy, loss, and the struggle to survive.
Kindle Book Reviews and Book Awards Semi-Finalist - Literary Fiction - 2016Readers' Favorite Bronze Medal Winner - Western Fiction - 2016Writers' League of Texas Top Five Finalist - Historical Fiction - 2015The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Award Finalist - Adult Fiction - 2015
PRAISE FOR ORPHAN MOON
"It's no surprise this book gained acclamation in several book awards. As I read along, this novel had me cheering, crying, and white knuckling my Kindle. The book flows with themes of romance, dark family secrets, past family conflicts, hope and dreams, and the primal instinct of survival!"     The Curious Dame - Amazon Five-Star Review
1860 - Palo Pinto, Texas. Under the spectacular glow of a Comanche moon, a family is slaughtered, their homestead torched. Nineteen-year-old Barleigh Flanders survives the terrifying midnight raid. Fiercely determined to rebuild, she seizes an opportunity meant for another. Desperate, near penniless, her foolhardy scheme could prove calamitous, yet it's her only hope. 

Her grueling physical journey stretches from Texas, to Missouri, and into the rugged Utah Territory. However, it's her emotional journey that takes her to places of uncharted darkness, discovery, and redemption when old family secrets are revealed. What she accepted as her past turns out to be an elaborate lie that reaches across generations, reshaping her memories of the Grandfather she despised, the father she adored, and the mother she never knew. 

Along her journey, she encounters a mysterious stranger. In Hughes Levesque, Barleigh gains an unsought ally with dark secrets of his own. A Texas Ranger turned hired gun, Hughes makes it his personal mission to keep Barleigh safe. Doing so may cost him his life, his job, and his heart, none of which he's keen to lose. 

Orphan Moon is a heart-wrenching saga of family love, loss, and betrayal. Both a gripping adventure and a timeless love story, it gallops across the bleeding edge of the western frontier.

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I was listening to a compelling segment on NPR as they interviewed author Christopher Corbett who spoke about his critically acclaimed, non-fiction book about the Pony Express. His book, Orphans Preferred, took its name from the California newspaper help-wanted ad, circa 1860, that read: "WANTED, YOUNG, SKINNY, WIRY FELLOWS. NOT OVER 18. MUST BE EXPERT RIDERS WILLING TO RISK DEATH DAILY. ORPHANS PREFERRED. WAGES $25 PER WEEK. APPLY PONY EXPRESS STABLES, SAINT JOSEPH, MISSOURI."
After his interview, I did two things. First, I read Mr. Corbett's book, which, by the way, is a fascinating and funny revisionist history of the nineteen-month-long run of the ill-fated enterprise. And second, I started thinking... If I was a young girl living in the 1860's, I'd want to be a Pony Express rider! But, dang it, the ad clearly said "Young, skinny, wiry FELLOWS..."
So I started thinking some more...
And one thought led to another, and another, and before I knew it, I had an outline, then a draft, then a finished manuscript for Orphan Moon.
Turns out, what we know about the Pony Express is actually very little, and the stories, while rooted in fact, are layered in fiction. So, I decided to toss my hat in the ring and throw one more tall tale onto the pile of perpetual myths that keep the little Pony running.One-hundred fifty-five years later, and we're still writing and reading stories about the romantic western icon, the beloved image of Americana, the brave lone rider of the Pony Express. 
I'd be honored if you'd consider reading and reviewing Orphan Moon
Thank you and happy reading,T.K. Lukas

About the Author:

T. K. Lukas, a native Texan and an award-winning author, writes both contemporary and historical fiction. Her debut novel, Orphan Moon, is a historical fiction based in 1860's Texas and other western frontier locations. The book, published in 13 countries, has been on numerous Amazon Kindle bestseller lists. Look for the release of books two and three of the Orphan Moon Trilogy in 2017.

T. K.'s latest release is a contemporary suspense/thriller novel, If the Devil Had a Dog, with a U.S. Marine turned CIA operative as the lead male character. While researching this fictional hero, an interview with a real-life retired Marine turned CIA operative led to a request from him for T. K. to write his biography. Look for Memoir of an American Sheepdog - the Marco Benzini Story in 2017.

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