Magnolia Belle is a very interesting writer with unique stories,
settings and characters. I hope you enjoy this excerpt.
by Magnolia Belle
T'on Ma is set in Texas during the 1850s, when Lana Cooper meets Two Hawks, a young Kiowa warrior, who gives her the name T'on Ma, Kiowa for Water Woman.
Lt. Liam O'Connell is a West Point graduate assigned to Ft. Worth. On a scouting mission, he meets the Cooper family. One look at Lana and he knows that he must pursue her.
Through adventure, captivity, betrayal, marriage, and death, these three lives intertwine as Lana tries to find her way between two men who she loves. Her choices cost them all.
This ebook is free, and is the first in a three part series: "T'on Ma," "Kuy Syan Joshua," and "Little Wolf Ranch".
Two Hawks watched the crawling Apache and, as soon as the man was in range, took careful aim with his bow, letting an arrow fly. It found its target, sending the man leaping into the air, only to fall back down, dead. At the sight of their fallen comrade, the rest of the band rose to their feet or rode on horses over the nearby hill. Screams and taunts filled the air as bullets whined past the four desperate people or thudded dully into the dead animal.
“What are you singing?” Lana asked Two Hawks as she lay on her stomach next to him.
“My death song.”
She whipped her head around, looking frightened. “Your death song? It’s really that bad, then.”
He only nodded as he took aim at a warrior.
“I got one!” Lana crowed. No one said anything. They were all too busy.
They fought for only fifteen minutes before her brother, Nathan, looked over at Lana. “We’re almost out of powder. Enough for two, maybe three rounds.”
Lana closed her eyes. Now what? She told Two Hawks the news. He only had a few arrows left as well.
Lana reached for his hand. “Don’t let them take me. Please.”
He nodded, his jaws clenching.
She turned to her brother. “I won’t be taken alive. Ceŋtas Yi will see to it.”
“Lana?” Nathan stared horrified at her. “No!”
“Oh, yes, Nathan. They might kill you and Ceŋtas Yi, but they will have a fate much worse for Christina and me. Rape will probably be the least of it.”
Lana took careful aim with her last bullet, blinking back tears, and then fired. Her target went down. Two Hawks shot the last of his arrows and, not waiting to see how they landed, pulled her to him, holding her close as he lay partially on top of her. It was time.
“Kiss?” he asked as he looked into her beautiful, trusting eyes. She nodded and offered her lips.
“I love you, Ceŋtas Yi.” She touched his dark hair, his handsome face in a gesture of farewell. “Thank you for this.”
“T’on Ma, wait for me. I’ll be right behind you. Then we can go to our new life together.”
“I’ll wait.” She paused to take one last look at his eyes. “Be quick,” she whispered.
As he kissed her with longing and love and sorrow, he pulled his long knife out of its sheath. He could feel her lips trembling against his as she rolled slightly away from him, offering him her breast. Apache war cries filled their ears. This would be last thing they heard. He raised his arm straight up, the knife’s blade glinting relentlessly in the sun.
I started writing in 2005 and have published nine novels to date. My favorite genre is historical fiction. Characters become very real to me, and I often find myself not writing, but rather taking dictation as they tell me their stories. That's also why I tend to write in series of novels. Those characters are a gabby bunch! website: blackwolfbooks.com