Published by Glynnis Campbell on June 15, 2013
Mathilda Hardwicke, a rebellious artist rejected by her family and New York society, heads west to Gold Rush California to make a new life for herself as a mail-order bride. When fate leaves her at the altar in Paradise Bar--a ramshackle gold camp full of ragtag miners--she's sure she's leaped out of the frying pan and into the fire. But unbeknownst to Mattie, she has a protector.
Sakote, a fierce Konkow warrior, is bound by honor to watch over the white woman. And though his tribe is threatened by the encroaching miners, he's strangely drawn to Mattie, who delights in making pictures of him and whose destiny seems entwined with his.
When a tragedy at the camp forces Sakote to steal Mattie away, she finds herself in an unfamiliar Paradise of savage wonder, and she soon discovers a forbidden love more precious than gold.
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As the Holiday season approaches there are many that are having to start from scratch, having lost everything in the fire at Paradise, California. I was reading Glynnis Campbell’s newsletter about the very special donation she is making. I asked her if I could share it with everyone here. Below is her newsletter:
|My home town has been in the news this week. In a matter of hours, my beautiful Paradise, California burned to the ground. All 27,000 residents were evacuated, but high winds spread the flame so rapidly that not everyone escaped. In the state’s deadliest, most destructive fire ever, the beloved town where I grew up was reduced to ashes.Paradise is gone. The house my dad designed and built. The school where my husband and I met. The nightclubs we played in. The place we bought burgers as kids. The gazebo where we were married. The hall where we held the memorial for his father. The family home where I gave my brother one last hug.It feels like my past has been erased. Like it was never real. That it must have been a dream. And I need to do something about that.|
|Mom’s house–my writing retreat–BEFORE|
|Paradise folks are scrappy. They’re spirited. Maybe it’s the pioneer blood that runs through their veins or the gold fever that made them endure hardships to come to California in the first place. Whatever fuels that spirit, I believe they’ll overcome despair and rise like a phoenix from the ashes.I want to do my part to help rebuild and restore the town that raised me.|
|My book, NATIVE GOLD, is set in the Paradise area during the Gold Rush. So here’s what I’ve decided to do. I’m going to keep track of all worldwide sales of NATIVE GOLD for the rest of 2018 and DONATE 100% OF THE PROCEEDS TO THE TOWN. It’s too early yet to designate a specific charity, because it’s not yet clear what Paradise will need. But I plan to set aside the funds for a project providing something good for the whole community.If you’d like to help, you can purchase an ebook for $4.99 or a paperback for $14.99, and all of the proceeds will go to this worthy cause. If you’re feeling very generous, you can even buy books as gifts for your friends, your family, and your local library. I know my friends in Paradise will be so touched by your support, and your generosity means the world to me.Be a hero, and use any of the buttons below to purchase NATIVE GOLD!|