In the spring of 1847, with the end of the Mexican-American War in sight, many people in the New Mexico territory struggle to adapt to American rule. The newly acquired territory brings many challenges and an uncertain stability to the already divided America.
I began writing several years ago after hearing a song that inspired me. Being a student in American history I wanted to share a story of the final formations of the American territories.
I had a good idea of how Pariahs of War series would go as the story continued over several volumes. However, I am as interested as anyone who enjoyed volume one to see where volume two leads the characters as they fight for peace, love, and family...
After completing Domingo the first volume of Pariahs of War. It was time to read the final manuscript. This was an exciting moment and working with The Pro Book Editor team was amazing!
Part One: Domingo
Now that volume one has been released there is no higher honor for a writer than someone taking time to read their book. I hope you enjoy the ride down this path in time with our old friend Domingo.
Pariah's of War, volume three, is nearing completion with an expected release day of April 1st 2022.
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Born in Guadalajara 1808, Son of Devi and Malena Montoya.
Born in San Juan Lagos 1814. Daughter of Antonio and Maria Salinas.
Domingo and Arabella's children.
Domingo's brother and sister-n-law.
Vicente and Marias children.
Chiricahua Apache Chief -Date of birth-Unknown
Red Sleeves horse.
Apache War Chief. Longtime friend of Red Sleeves.
Originally stationed in Portsmouth, Walla Walla, then Nuevo territory (Santa Fe) Johnson finally reunites with his wife and two children in Virginia in Volume three.
Johnson's wife and children.
Born 1798 Saltillo Mexico. Husband of Rosa Sanchez.
Corps commander and Johnsons nemesis.
Became the 1st elected sheriff of Santa Fe in the spring of 1846.
Born 1812 in San Juan Lagos, Mexico. First boyfriend of Arabella and close friend of Vicente (Domingo's brother).
General Johnson's second in command.
Lieutenant Wells' scout.
Born sometime in the early 1800's in the same house (just south of the Gila) that Domingo turns into his ranch, some thirty years later.
Part of Quinn's gang.
Born in Mexico in 1814. A member of Quinn's gang until being forced out. Eventually becomes a ranch hand for Arabella.
Born in Pennsylvania in 1798. Husband of Martha Mitchell. Ben is the well-known heavy drinking Taos constable, lawman, and bounty hunter.
The three prospectors (Bill, Henry, & Joe) are close friends in search of fortune in the south west. Their journey for gold & silver mines is cut short when they find much more than they bargained for.
Born in Janos Mexico, these two brothers are Domingo & Arabella's loyal field hands / line riders.
Two of Ben Mitchell's closest friends and comrades. Both live in Taos.
American soldiers stationed in Santa Fe under the command of General Johnson.
Ranchers who were present at cave.
Miner and old friend of Juan Moraga. He is briefly motioned in Volume two, Dermot's story unfolds in Volume three.
Add a footnote if this applies to your business
When I began writing POW I never expected to have so many characters. I suppose the story had a life of its own and in some degree wrote itself. There are somewhere around 10 main characters but 40+ over all. Some have very little presence in volume one but a heavy presence in volume two (or soon to be released volume three). From my discussions with several readers they have trouble keeping up with the ever growing cast in POW and in one area in particular so I will spend a few moments trying to clear up the confusion. Most of the confusion starts with the Indian ambush along the Santa Fe trail in volume one.
This ambush was coordinated by Red Sleeves and his compadre Black Knife (Half-breed). The three prospectors Bill, Henry, and Joe are traveling with Red Sleeves and unknowingly being set up for an ambush. Also, Quinn and his gang stumble onto the ambush before the prospectors/Red Sleeves arrive and attack the Indians hiding along the trees and brush. The three prospectors are alerted to the ambush and take Red Sleeves prisoner (to sheriff Ricks in Santa Fe) while the Indian waiting in ambush are attacked by Quinn. Juan (one of Quinn's comrades) Is beaten by Quinn and left for dead after he expressed his disapproval in attacking the group of Indians. Volume two starts with Juan waking up after being knocked out by Quinn. Also in volume two the prospectors learn Red Sleeves escaped and they will receive no reward money.
Its important to keep in mind that the beginning of volume two overlaps volume one. This show different prospective of those who witnessed or were affected by the escape of Domingo and Red sleeves.
Hope that helps and happy reading!