Stone and Silt
Top Ten on Hot New YA Literature/Fiction, August 2013 -- Amazon
A ruthless murder and a stolen shipment of gold.
At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a "half-breed." At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.
Those are soon the least of her troubles. Nikaia discovers a hidden cache of gold, and when police find a corpse nearby, her father becomes a suspect. Worse, Elias Doyle is circling, hungry to avenge his brother's death.
Nikaia desperately searches for clues to save her father. In her quest to find the killer, she learns about the power of family, friendship, and young love.
From readers and reviewers:
"I appreciated the historical aspect of the novel, taking the reader on a journey to a time of simpler ideas, but not necessarily simpler times. Nikaia, the novel's protagonist, faces the ridicule of actual bullies (not the proclaimed "she said something mean behind my back" gossip bullies of today's times) and has to dig deep to find her strength. She is spunky without being overly crass and makes bold moves that save not only her, but the object of her first real affection, and in the end, a community's heart." - Literary Musings
"The main character is very well drawn and I want more books featuring her! I enjoyed the setting of 18th century British Columbia; the details of what life was like in that era really enhanced the storyline." - Goodreads
"'Stone & Silt' reads a lot like a cozy mystery, and the author does a great job in dropping a few hints here and there which builds up for the end as you try to guess 'whodunit'.
"The author presents some great imagery of the Fraser Canyon during the Gold Rush years as Nikaia's family travels to and from Fort Yale to Lytton. We also learn a lot about the First Nations people (or 'Native Indians' as the author refers in the book) and their rich customs.
"'Stone & Silt' is a story for all ages that also leaves behind a great message of the importance and value of family. This story was written from the author's heart, and it shows. " - Amazon reviewer
Stone and Silt is available now on Amazon in e-book and paperback, as well as from other online outlets.
Barnes & Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1116306511 (paperback or Nook)
It's a YA historical mystery, based in 1860s British Columbia. Here's the book cover, and check out the trailer below!