I took the beautiful photo above in the Dragoon Mountains, during one of my research trips to Cochise County before writing APACHE PORTAL. This is where the famous chief of the Chiricahua Apaches lived and was buried by his people. The historical fantasy novel APACHE PORTAL takes place here in the last days of the free Apache and during the frontier’s early ranching period in 1880.
It pleases me that APACHE PORTAL is now available at Singing Wind Bookshop in Benson, Arizona, just north of the Dragoons. The renowned store, established on a working ranch in the early 1970s by Winifred Bundy, continues to offer a stellar selection of Southwest (and other) materials as well as embody the true flavor of the region. Singing Wind is featured in the Acknowledgments of APACHE PORTAL. It is truly worth a visit, or a call to order the book (520) 586-2425.
This is also to announce that I plan to launch a series of articles in 2014 as World of Apache Portal, exploring the times and people depicted in the book as well as how the story came to be written. It will be similar to the popular World of Barbara Reilly series, found in the Articles section of this website, which delves into the details of that book.
Meanwhile I’ve been hard at work on my next historical fantasy novel, scheduled for publication Fall 2014. More info on that forthcoming!